The Best Hotels To Stay In Bali

A private balcony overlooks the beach at the Alila Seminyak resort
A private balcony overlooks the beach at the Alila Seminyak resort | Courtesy of Alila Seminyak / Expedia
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6 January 2021

Bali is renowned for its luxurious resorts, but you’ll find backpackers rubbing shoulders with the rich and fabulous on this diverse island. From extravagant five-star hotels (including some with private butler service) to quirky 1970s boutique hotels, there’s an ideal place to stay for everyone. We’ve whittled it down to help you decide.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay

Despite this hotel’s name, Bali has just one season: summer all year long. The best way to enjoy the island’s sun is from your private infinity pool looking out to sea, of course. Unwind in a traditional Balinese-style thatched villa, made using local materials. Watch Bali’s award-winning chef Dayu and her team cooking up their favourite seafood recipes at Jala’s nightly à la carte dinner on-site.

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At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Wapa di Ume Sidemen

Nestled in between verdant rice paddies, you’ll find the network of jungle tree houses known as Wapa di Ume Sidemen. This five-star boutique hotel offers a secluded hideaway from the bustling streets of Bali’s major towns. Soak in the flower-covered open bathtub at the Kapha Spa or take a vinyasa class in the spectacular yoga pavilion. If the pace feels a little too slow, book a white-rafting tour down the Telaga Waja River, or a hike through the Sidemen valley.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Alila Seminyak

At Alila, the sliding floor-to-ceiling glass doors maximise the indoor-outdoor lifestyle, opening your cosy, wood-panelled lounge to a private terrace with ocean views. Make sure to drop by the spa for some treatments using fresh local ingredients. Afterwards, dine at the oceanfront restaurant Seasalt, named after the organic salt farmed the traditional way in East Bali.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Amankila

Serene, spacious suites mark out Amankila from the rest. Would you rather have an ocean suite with its own infinity pool or a garden villa with views of Mount Agung? With private jet charters on offer, you know this is luxury at its finest. If you’re looking for a sundowner, the mangosteen cocktails are a real winner. Just order from your butler, available 24 hours a day. At the restaurant, it’s all about locally sourced food, from fresh fish delivered from the surrounding sea, to herbs and vegetables from the resort’s garden.
Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Bar/lounge

Hotel Tugu Bali

Deciding which room to stay in at Hotel Tugu Bali is tough. The options are plenty, whether it’s a traditional Javanese timber house, a suite floating above a lotus pond or an Art Deco abode with an outdoor sunken bath. Ordinary isn’t on the menu when it comes to dining. Feast like the royal Balinese families – the sticky mango pork belly is divine – or opt for a romantic beachside picnic.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Full-service spa
Beach towels
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge

Tanah Gajah

Formerly owned by Hendra Hadiprana, an illustrious Indonesia art collector, this intimate estate consists of 20 private villas, adorned with Balinese artwork. From private airport transfers to gourmet afternoon tea, no expense is spared at Tanah Gajah. At sunset, catch a hot air balloon ride to see the island from above, or watch a Kecak dance at the hotel’s own amphitheatre.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge

The Purist Villas & Spa

With sundecks under lush bamboo and Balinese gazebos overlooking the tropical jungle, you can unwind at The Purist’s 18 uniquely styled villas. Make sure you try the fresh, seasonal dishes at Cafe Balisimo. Spanish chef Aliwalú cooks up colourful vegan dishes, sourced locally. Those looking for adventure should book onto the guided hike up Mount Batur, an active volcano 1,717 metres above sea level, for panoramic dawn vistas.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

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  • The Slow

    There’s only one speed here and just two suites on offer but trust us, that’s all you need. The Pool Suite benefits from a private pool, with brilliant floor-to-ceiling windows. Meanwhile, The Grand Suite enjoys an earthy, neutral colour scheme with natural bed linen and a rainfall shower. The arty, 1970s vibe means you’ll elevate your trend levels by just being here. There’s also Old Man’s, a great beginners’ surf spot on your doorstep, if riding waves appeals.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    W Bali - Seminyak

    Among Seminyak’s established chic and desirable resorts, W Bali Seminyak sparkles with glamour and class. Providing every service you could dream of, relax in the large pool area, get pampered at the spa or work out at the fitness centre. Here, you can also select some light entertainment from the library of books and DVDs, feast at one of the restaurants and let your hair down at the bar. This is the place to stay if you want to be treated like royalty.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Full-service spa
    Express check-out
    Conference space
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Limo or Town Car service available
    Fitness facilities
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace

    The Damai

    Situated on the north side of the island, Damai Villas has the irresistible charm of being away from crowded tourist areas; this is the ultimate place to experience genuine Bali. Its dreamy setting among the hills by the coast, with views of Java’s volcanoes peaking over the distant horizon, Damai is a heavenly slice of escapism. Visit the nearby spice plantations or head out on a dolphin-watching tour from Lovina. With excellent service and facilities, including a quality restaurant and spa, embrace the bliss and expect heartache on departure from this utopian resort.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Restaurant
    Full-service spa
    Express check-out
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Hotel Puri Madawi

    Inspired by traditional Balinese art and culture, Puri Madawi offers a comfortable stay in an authentically designed environment. With tailored customer service, activities can be booked at the hotel reception; however, located at the northern tip of Seminyak, a mere 300 metres from the beach, it is simple to stroll along the shore to go scuba diving or horse riding. If venturing out is too strenuous, the swimming pool surrounded by luscious tropical trees provides the ideal tranquil atmosphere for relaxation.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Outdoor pool
    Breakfast available (surcharge)
    Restaurant
    Concierge services
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Multilingual staff
    Terrace
    Bar/lounge
    Smoke-free property

    Additional reporting by Bethan Sweeting

    These recommendations were updated on January 6, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.