One of the most wonderful things to come out of the tourism boom in Bali is the incredible abundance of accommodation choices available for the millions of travellers who visit the island from around the world every year.
As more and more interest is garnered on the aptly nicknamed Island of the Gods, where activities are limitless, food and booze is cheap, parties fill the days and stretch into the nights, and stunning beaches makes all your tropical paradise dreams come true, everything between five-dollar hostel rooms to million-dollar resorts have popped up all around the island to cater for the likes of budget-seekers to luxury travellers.
We’ve covered the top 10 hostels across Bali, with rooms smack bang in the middle of cities costing as little as $4USD a night! For the cost of a mango in some countries, you get a clean bed, access to an outdoor pool, the chance to meet and make friends with travellers from all around the world, and sometimes even a free breakfast – you’ll really learn how to make your dollar stretch. If you’re interested in saving a bit of cash, check out our article here.
However, on the opposite end of the spectrum, Bali offers some of the world’s most magnificent resorts, luxury villas, and hotels.
Some feature infinity pools built high up in the mountains with million dollar views, others offer massive bedrooms with generous balconies that open up to views of the sun-setting over the ocean; you’ll find yourself waking up to an enormous breakfast buffet spread overlooking the forests at some resorts, and at others, you’ll need to find time amongst sipping cocktails by the pool and ordering world-class room service food to indulge in the world-class spa and massage services of the resort.
Below we’ve outlined the absolute top 10 luxury resorts you need to know about for your upcoming Bali trip. They’re magnificent in ways you can’t even begin to imagine, so prepare your minds to be blown by the amount of luxe thrown into these accommodation choices.
1. W Bali, Seminyak
Situated just a short stroll away from Seminyak beach, W Bali, Seminyak boasts the ultimate 5-star accommodation at a 5-start location. The exquisite architecture, stunning large outdoor pool, and expansive contemporary lounging areas are synonymous with the luxury W Hotels brand.
Guests can enjoy a full service spa, 24-hour concierge desk, a well-equipped fitness centre (you can even request a yoga session), ticketing and currency exchange onsite, and for those who don’t want to leave the premises for good food and drinks, the Fire Restaurant serves up a phenomenal selection of BBQ food, whilst Starfish Bloo Restaurant offers an expansive selection of Pan-Asian dishes.
Don’t forget to pop down to Woo Bar to watch the sun setting over the island whilst sipping on the great cocktail selection available there.
Why Guests Love It: “All the restaurants serve wonderful food in a perfect setting. The location of the hotel is perfect with a lot of possibilities in the neighbourhood: bars, beach clubs, restaurants, shopping. Beautiful big rooms with perfect beds and a wonderful bathroom. Lovely garden with lagoon type swimming pool giving direct access to the beach”.
Book It Here: W Bali, Seminyak
2. Alaya Resort Ubud
The most impressive feature of this resort is the gorgeous rice field that surrounds the footpaths as you navigate your way around in the insides. A wooden boardwalk paves its way through to the different areas, and you’ll feel instantly in touch with nature as you take in the fresh smell of the plants and see the luscious green of the grass as you wake up in the morning.
Each of the massive bedrooms have been decorated with contemporary Balinese earthy tones, making them highly inviting and peaceful. Enjoy your free afternoon tea as you sip it from your private terrace overlooking the natural greenery, work off your two breakfasts in the fully-equipped fitness centre, and go for a leisurely swim in the outdoor pool that overlooks the peaceful rice paddies.
Located only 200m away from the famous Monkey Forest and 700m away from Ubud Market, you’ll have everything you need for a relaxing holiday in the palm of your hands at this wonderful resort.
Why Guests Love It: “The room was BIG and so was the bath! We loved the beautiful spa located in the hotel. The location of the hotel is perfect! 1-minute walk to COCOs supermarket and 5-minutes downhill to the monkey forest”, “The spa was outstanding, the room very comfortable with excellent décor and the overall ambience of the hotel was extremely tranquil despite being located in the centre of Ubud”.
Book It Here: Alaya Resort Ubud
For more resorts option in Ubud, feel free to read this post: The 9 Best Luxury Resorts In Ubud.
3. RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA
All AYANA resorts are synonymous with modern luxury, and RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA is definitely no different. It’s a 5-star accommodation that truly lives up to its hype.
Boasting a whooping 12 different outdoor pools, each exuding a different vibe and experience but all with breathtaking views, 19 different dining areas offering various local and international cuisine options and a fully-equipped fitness centre, you’ll find it tremendously difficult to even step foot out of this place for one moment – why, when you’re truly living like royalty within this resort?
An incentive might be that all guests of RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA are eligible for access to the famous Rock Bar and Spa and Wellness Centre at AYANA Resort & Spa, BALI. Just hop onto the free shuttle service to AYANA Resort & Spa, BALI, and you’re set! This is one of the best resorts you can book in Bali, thus making the rooms highly sought after. We advise you to get your booking in as soon as you can!
Why Guests Love It: “This is the best hotel I have started at! I just loved everything. The amazing king bed, the balcony over the amazing greenery, the wide variety of food and drinks served at breakfast, the friendly and helpful staff, the pool (especially the ocean pool), the rock bar and the spa on the rock. All amazing!”, “The view is spectacular and the bathtub is amazing and huge enough for 3-persons to fit in”.
Book It Here: RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by Ayana
4. Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak Resort
As expected of a resort by the global Marriott brand, this resort is the epitome of luxe. All rooms are decked out in contemporary décor and are furnished impeccably with clean, classy furniture.
A massive pool stretches outside of the hotel, offering poolside views from almost all rooms facing inwards. Some rooms even have direct poolside access. The highlight, however, is the massive square lounge area where you can relax by the pool (pictured above). Absolutely stunning! Here at the Courtyard by Marriott, you’ll be able to take advantage of their expansive fitness centre and relaxing spa services.
Whilst it’s only located a 5-minute walk to Seminyak Beach, you can hop onto the free scheduled shuttle service to the beach and save yourself the suntan. It’s quite central, being located a 15-minute drive away from Seminyak Square and Oberoi Street, and only 30-minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport.
Why Guests Love It: “What made this hotel stand out was the excellent customer service throughout our six-night stay – very impressed. Great location – easy to walk to the beach and the main streets in Seminyak.”, “Loved the location. The staff were very helpful and friendly. It was quiet in the room. The free shuttle was fabulous. The coffee was great.”
Book It Here: Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak Resort
5. AYANA Resort & Spa, BALI
AYANA Resort & Spa, BALI and its sister resort RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA are very similar in that they both offer the highest of quality experiences, both in services by the highly trained staff and the luxurious amenities of the resorts.
The differences are quite minimal, however, one of the most notable ones are that whilst RIMBA offers spectacular views across nature, AYANA Resort & Spa, BALI is set on 90 hectares of cliff-top tropical garden, perched 35m above Jimbaran Bay, and thus offers stunning seaside ocean views.
If you are staying at RIMBA, you will need to hop on a 15-minute shuttle to come to AYANA to take advantage of its internationally renowned Rock Bar and spa and massage services, however, guests at AYANA can simply walk there. The resort offers an on-site golf course and tennis court to pass time, as well as 12 different swimming pools, all built at varying levels for a unique experience.
Why Guests Love It: “The actual resort itself is stunning! The gardens are immaculately maintained; the grounds staff are always seen tidying up. The room was spacious, clean, and the bed was super comfy.”, “The private beach is good to catch the sunset. Many different pools with different styles that enhances the experience.”, “Nice hotel in a huge land means you don’t need to even worry about leaving the resort for a few days”.
Book It Here: AYANA Resort & Spa, BALI
6. Amadea Resort & Villas Seminyak
Rated as one of the best resorts in Seminyak for couples, this accommodation can really do no wrong. It’s a 10-minute walk to Seminyak Beach, it features a gorgeous outdoor pool surrounded by greenery, it’s just metres away from Seminyak’s famous ‘Eat Street’, it offers airport transport services and free parking, you can take advantage of its 24-hour room service, and for those who have some young ones coming along, childcare and travel services are available at the resort, just simply ask!
The highlight of this resort, though, has got to be the incredible spa and massage centre located on the rooftop, featured on a pavilion set in a tropical garden. The experience of receiving a soothing massage in those surroundings will raise your expectations for your next massage by ten-fold.
Why Guests Love It: “Handy location in the centre of Seminyak. Lovely staff who tended to our every wants/needs.”, “Lovely, friendly, helpful staff, lovely rooms, pool with lots of sun loungers and good food!”, “The hotel is just minutes from the Main Street via a private footpath with lush green foliage on the sides. Although close to the Main Street, the property doesn’t receive the hustle bustle noise from the roads.”
Book It Here: Amadea Resort & Villas Seminyak
7. Goya Boutique Resort
Goya Boutique Resort is luxury in the flesh. There is absolutely nothing that can be faulted about this resort, from its mix of traditional Balinese and contemporary design and stunning outdoor infinity pool to its private bathroom featuring luxurious Bvlgari amenities and the opportunity to indulge in a pampering massage at their extravagant spa centre.
You’ll feel like you’re walking on cloud nine the moment you check into this resort, with its tranquil atmosphere slowly melting away all your worries in the world and replacing them with a feeling of contentment. The 24-hour front desk can assist you should you run into any trouble or need help with anything, and there’s even a laundry service on-site, as well as a restaurant offering a fine selection of Indonesian and Western cuisine.
Why Guests Love It: “Location, view from the pool, villa setting, friendliness of staff, excellent breakfast “a la carte”, bathroom amenities (Bvlgari products), the serene and calm atmosphere.”, “Superb resort with an amazing view from the infinity pool.”, “The hotel is not big, but it’s very comfortable, clean, with a quiet and homey feeling. They make it more relaxing with so many trees and plants from the lobby to the pool and dining area. I like the infinity pool with the terrace overlooking to the valley”.
Book It Here: Goya Boutique Resort
8. Pramana Watu Kurung Resort
Pramana Watu Kurung Resort is definitely one of the most romantic resorts that you can book for a holiday in Bali. When you wake up in the mornings, you’ll feel like you’re the only person left in the world – it’s that quiet and peaceful there.
Nestled high up in the forest, there are views for days when you’re floating in the infinity pool, with tropical palm trees framing the scene for when the sun sets in bright reds and purples across the sky.
All rooms offer a flat-screen TV for those lazy days lounging around, and some even offer stunning pool views. A romantic dinner can be arranged overlooking the forests with fairy lights and candles if you’re looking for that extra pizzazz.
Continental and Indonesian breakfast options are available daily at the accommodation, and there’s an on-site restaurant serving local and international cuisine.
Why Guests Love It: “Very friendly staff, convenient location in Ubud and amazing atmosphere.”, “The resort is beautiful and small, hidden in the jungle. The pool has view on the river and the local breakfast is delicious. The room was cosy, clean and beautiful.”, “Awesome setting in the jungle, our room opened out to the infinity pool and the jungle backdrop was incredible.”
Book It Here: Pramana Watu Kurung Resort
9. Amnaya Resort Kuta
The best thing about this stunning rustic yet modern resort is its location: 100m from Waterbom Bali, 100m from the Discovery Shopping Mall, 300m from Kuta Centre, Ngurah Rai International Airport only 2km away, and the beach is only a 12-minute walk away. The rooms are modern yet exude a very homey vibe, with wooden touches and splashes of greenery livening them up.
The tropical feel of this resort is indescribable. All generous-sized rooms here feature a comfortable seating area, a flat-screen TV with English and Mandarin cable channels, and private bathrooms.
Need assistance with anything? Contact their 24-hour front desk for assistance. Relax through the afternoon with a massage treatment at the Bhava Spa, and cook up a storm with the on-site barbeque facilities (additional cost).
Why Guests Love It: “The staff are friendly and go way beyond to assist with anything. The food is excellent and rooms large and clean. The breakfast is amazing and I’m happy it was included in the price”, “Beautiful room, wonderful accommodation staff that really cared how your day was going and if they could help you in anyway to make your stay more comfortable”, “Clean rooms, comfy beds, location is very good close to everything within walking (restaurants, bars, markets, mall, Kuta Beach). The staff are very helpful and friendly, many thanks to Akbar”.
Book It Here: Amnaya Resort Kuta
10. Green Palms Bali
Green Palms Bali is the resort for those who want the tropical paradise experience without having to pay an arm and a leg for it. For as little as under $25USD a night, you’ll be staying in a comfortable, well-furnished room fitted with a seating area, private bathroom, and flat screen TV – some rooms even have direct access to the pool.
You’ll be served up a continental breakfast daily, and if you’re not bothered to head out for a meal, the on-site restaurant serves but British, American and Italian cuisine…you’ll be spoilt for choice! Relax by the poolside if you’re keen to really do nothing all day, or else head out to the Seminyak Square Shopping Centre, located only 1.6km away.
Why Guests Love It: “This place is a hidden gem in Seminyak. Just around 2km from crowded streets but the situation is totally contrasted. The room is awesome – clean, tidy, with classy interior. The service is excellent, they provide Netflix.”, “The place is awesome!
The room is really nice, comfortable bed, great air conditioner, smart TV with Netflix! Housekeeping everyday! The pool/bar area is beautiful! Breakfast is good! The staff are friendly, and the manager, Adam, has been very helpful and made me feel welcomed since the moment I arrived”.
Book It Here: Green Palms Bali
As you can see from the above list, we’ve covered all types of resorts from all over Bali for all types of travellers, so really, you have to book one in sooner or later!
The impressive features of all the above resorts, including cliff-side dining, infinity pools overlooking the ocean, stunning hybrid traditional Balinese with contemporary décor, luxurious spa and massage centres, and convenient transportation services (amongst so many more) are a testament to the absolutely highest quality of resorts available to anyone visiting Bali.
We’ve made your life easier by compiling the best of the best for you, but now you’ve got your work cut out for you – which one will you pick?
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