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THE BEST HOTELS IN BALI

Best hotel in bali

The best hotels in Bali? It's hard to know where to start...

Let’s be honest: you don’t really have to stay at the best hotels in Bali. Because even the not so great ones come with breathtaking backdrops: ocean views with jagged cliff-tops, verdant rice fields stretching as far as the eye can see or beautiful sunsets with mountain peaks taking centre stage. 

But then again, if you’re heading to Bali and fancy splashing out, why wouldn’t you stay at one of Bali’s best hotels? You could wake up to the ocean waves in Seminyak, deep in the jungles of Ubud or on the tranquil beaches of Nusa Dua. 

This probably doesn’t make the decision any easier for you. Not sure where to stay in Bali? Read on for some of our favourite neighbourhoods and the top places to stay in each one.

Still putting together the rest of your Bali itinerary? We’ve got you covered with some fab Bali restaurants, the coolest bars in Bali and everything else to add to your Bali bucket list.

The best hotels in Seminyak, Bali

Canggu’s slightly more prestigious sister, Seminyak is the place to stay if you’re looking to split your time between beaches and shopping. Come to Seminyak for some of Bali’s best clubs as well as a large number of the island’s best hotels. Expect luxurious five star resorts, fancy sea-front villas and excellent proximity to all this area has to offer.

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The Trans Resort Bali is perfectly located for exploring the rest of Bali. Sat on the edge of Seminyak, it’s home to huge, spacious rooms, a lengthy swimming pool spanning the whole of the building and a rooftop bar to keep you hydrated until the end of the night. If you’re planning on exploring Seminyak’s coolest clubs, The Trans Resort is a great place to stay.

Alila Seminyak is beautiful. This stunning beachfront luxury hotel is a perfect midpoint between relaxing beach days and mornings spent wandering around the area. Minimalist architecture and palm trees in every direction ensure you never forget that you’re in Bali while staying here. The best part? There are five infinity pools all just waiting to be jumped into.

There are W hotels all over the world but W Bali is especially something to rave about. Known for bringing out your fun side with endless activities, it’s vibrant and colourful with huge bean bags for tanning in the sun and bright pink coconuts to keep you cool. A spa, two bars and three restaurants ensures you never get bored. W Bali is also home to seriously decadent brunches on Sundays, too.

Anatara Seminyak

Set only a six minute walk from the Seminyak shopping and nightlife district, Anantara Seminyak comes with all of the luxuries of its Uluwatu hotel but more buzzing access to the surrounding entertainment. Each suite comes infused with stylish Balinese charm and you’ll wake up to the sound of the waves each morning.

The best hotels in Ubud, Bali

Journey up north a little further and you’ll reach Ubud. Calmer, quieter and far greener than Bali’s southern towns, Ubud is home to a spectacular range of getaways. Hotels here come swathed with rice field views and overhanging canopies of plants. They’re usually larger and more spacious, with more of an emphasis on relaxation, spa days and yoga than in other parts of Bali.

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Search for “The best hotels in Ubud” and we guarantee you’ll see The Kayon Jungle Resort pop up at least once or twice. As the name suggests, this luxury hotel sits deep in the jungle. It’s got a magical infinity pool with a backdrop of nothing but greenery and bath tubs just crying out to be filled with flowers. It’s handy if you’re looking to snap a few photos for your social media, too.

Everything about Kamandalu in Ubud is chilled out. From the enveloping white curtains draped over the beds to the huge swimming pools with leaves lazily brushing the edges. The outdoor bathrooms come complete with huge bathtubs, ready for a cosy evening in your room after a busy day of exploring Ubud. There’s also a famous spa with some very impressive treatments, if you’re on the hunt for top level relaxation.

Amandari was influenced by traditional Balinese villages and sits overlooking the Ayung River Gorge. You’ll fall asleep here listening to the sounds of the river running below. This tranquil resort has an open-air restaurant, a spa and an infinity pool, covering all bases for a relaxing break in the heart of Bali. Rooms come inspired by Balinese artists with a hefty dose of luxury in every corner.

The Udaya Resort is brilliant for anyone looking for a fancy hotel in Ubud without wanting to splash out quite as much as other famed hotels in the area. Slightly cheaper than its five star counterparts, Udaya Resort and Spa is still home to everything you need to transport you into a world of Indonesian charm. Expect an organic restaurant and free yoga as well as multiple swimming pools to cool off in afterwards.

The best hotels in Uluwatu, Bali

Surfers and beach-lovers unite: Uluwatu is waiting. Sitting on Bali’s southernmost point, Uluwatu is especially popular for watersports and white sand beaches. It’s the more adventurous part of southern Bali, with nearby Nusa Dua and Jimbaran offering similar levels of luxury but with more focus on enjoying a new book while tanning instead of getting up close and personal with the waves. 

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It’s basically impossible not to check into the Ayana Resort & Spa and feel like a celebrity. The sort of luxury where you’ll appreciate every second you get to spend here, the Ayana Resort is in the Jimbaran end of Uluwatu and comes with spectacular oceanfront views. It’s also a brilliant choice for foodies, with nine restaurants to choose from and Jimbaran’s famous seafood market close by.

The Edge is a collection of villas rather than a traditional hotel. It comes with all of the essential facilities to ensure you’re cool and comfortable. The Edge sits high on a cliff, overlooking the crashing waves of Pecatu. Each upscale villa comes with its own private pool with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. There’s also a communal pool with equally incredible views.

The Ungasan Clifftop Resort is famous for its spa and infinity pool so, if you’re looking for a lowkey break with incredible views, this is the place to stay. Each chic suite is surrounded by grassy gardens and in the centre you’ll find the resort-wide infinity pool. Its location right at the bottom of the island makes it a great getaway spot for sunset views each evening.

Search for Karma Kandara and you’ll probably stumble upon the beach of the same name. Perfectly situated for lengthy beach days followed by an afternoon nap, Karma Kandara is the definition of relaxation in Uluwatu. This five star resort is artistically designed and a real winner for honeymooning couples. It’s right on the beach, with white sand and a lagoon filled with corals. 

The best hotels in Nusa Dua, Bali

You’ll mostly find honeymooners and couples heading to Nusa Dua. Far quieter than the rest of southern Bali, Nusa Dua is home to some of Bali’s best hotels for doing nothing in the best way possible. If you’re looking to head out and explore the area, you’d be better off staying in Seminyak or Canggu. But, if you’ve craving a date with a coconut and a new beach read, Nusa Dua is the way forward.

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The Mulia’s incredible deep blue swimming pool (well, one of four) is the sort you’ll end up spending most of your holiday in. This luxury resort comes with its own section of white sand beach and you’ll struggle to split your time here evenly between the two. Sleek decor and stylish suites are the cherry on top at this five star Nusa Dua hotel.

The Laguna

Almost all of the rooms at Nusa Dua’s The Laguna come with sea views or pool views, which means it’s virtually impossible to start a morning without jumping into one or the other. And while the water-based activities threaten to steal the show, the two restaurants battle for attention, too. This resort also has a large amount of green space, palm trees and beautiful flowers.

The Ritz-Carlton

A Ritz-Carlton hotel would be prestigious anywhere but, when paired with Bali’s gorgeous backdrops, becomes an even more premium offering. And the Nusa Dua resort doesn’t hold back. These zen-like quarters are somehow both relaxing and exciting, with multiples of everything: swimming pools, restaurants, spas and more. You know what you’re getting with The Ritz-Carlton but this one takes it to the next level.

The Apurva Kempinksi

This hotel was recently voted as the best luxury hotel in the world, which means even the highest standards probably don’t anticipate how incredible it is. The Apurva Kempinski is a huge, sprawling hotel with cool charm and subtle Balinese decor. Come here for the stunning setting, stay for the rooftop dining and pool overlooking the ocean. 

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