The Best Boutique Hotels in Indonesia

The atmospheric Ubud Valley Boutique Resort sits in thick jungle
The atmospheric Ubud Valley Boutique Resort sits in thick jungle | Courtesy of Ubud Valley Boutique Resort / Expedia
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21 June 2021

With 17,000 islands, stretching from Bali to Java and unspoilt Sumba, there’s an archipelago’s-worth of thatched jungle resorts to blissed-out beach villas to choose from in Indonesia.

Indonesia’s refined arts and crafts traditions lend themselves particularly well to the country’s boutique hotels, many of which are decked out in rich teak, pitched beneath pavilion-style roofs and dotted with hand-carved curios – though there are plenty of modern, minimalist offerings, too. From cultural hangouts in the jungles of Bali to sandside retreats on the surf-washed beaches of Sumba, this Southeast Asia archipelago has spoiling stays for all.

Sun Suko Boutique Retreat

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
Rustic relaxation is the order of the day at this charming resort, set between the forested hills and gorgeous beaches of Bali’s remote north-coast fishing village and beach of Pemuteran. Beautiful wooden carved beds and sculptures adorn the rooms, set in pavilion-roofed villas around an outdoor pool. Traditional Balinese massage is on offer at the spa, while yoga classes offer more opportunities for wholesome relaxation. The food is similarly nourishing, with juicy rambutans and freshly baked dark bread among the breakfast offerings.
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Balquisse Heritage Hotel

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Set on a former coconut plantation, now alive with tropical flowers, the setting of this luxurious resort near Bali’s Jimbaran Beach is hard to match for beauty – but the rooms give it a close run, with their elegantly faded wooden shutters, antique furniture and traditional Indonesian textiles. The Asam Garam restaurant is the perfect place to try exquisite Indonesian dishes like rendang curry and ayam goreng (Malay fried chicken), and with no fewer than three pools and an indulgent spa menu to choose from, there’s no shortage of ways to relax.
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Ubud Valley Boutique Resort

Resort
Ubud is Bali’s beating cultural heart, and this stunning hideaway combines the area’s best features: a natural setting in thick jungle (with views best enjoyed from the infinity pool), traditional wooden architecture, and a supremely laid-back atmosphere. Ramp up the relaxation even further with yoga and a Balinese massage, and feast on local cuisine at the Pakerisan restaurant – the Balinese satay and roasted pork come highly recommended.
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Capella Ubud, Bali

Resort, Luxury
4.7/5 (14 Reviews)
From $950 Per night per room
There’s no need to choose between a camping adventure and hotel luxury at the superb Capella Ubud, where extremely comfortable tents, decked out with metal screens and wall art depicting scenes from Balinese mythology, are spread among the jungle terraces. There’s no better way to pass a balmy evening than at Mads Lange restaurant, feasting on Balinese barbecue while enjoying a traditional storytelling performance around the campfire.
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Bisma Eight Ubud

Hotel
4.9/5 (249 Reviews)
Bisma Eight
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From $244 Per night per room
This stylish hotel brings together hip modern design features like polished concrete and minimalist furniture with the rustic-chic aesthetic for which Ubud is famous, with wooden screens and shutters and a lovely courtyard rich in native bamboo. The Mandala Spa offers treatments using organic Balinese ingredients, a philosophy which also extends to the Copper Restaurant, where the food is a modern take on island classics; try the gulai ikan (squid, snapper, mussel and prawn curry).
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Lelewatu

Resort
The lesser-visited island of Sumba truly feels a world apart, and Lelewatu distils the things that make the place special: the thatched-pointed roofs, for example, which crown the luxurious guest villas, and the rich Sumbanese cuisine at the clifftop restaurant, where menu highlights include papaya and seared fish salad and grilled cuttlefish. A range of tours are on offer to help you explore this unspoiled island, from cycling to traditional villages to hiking the hills.
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The Lombok Lodge

Lodge
Lombok is Bali’s quieter, more laid-back sibling, and the minimalist suites and villas of Lombok Lodge exude the island’s characteristic easy charm. Superb pasta dishes and refreshing cocktails are on the menu at the L’Osteria restaurant, while private jetty dining, perched above the ocean, is an ultra exclusive option. Boat-hop to the popular Gili Islands to the north of Lombok; or, better still, zip over to the lesser-known “Secret Gilis” to the south to dodge the crowds.
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Villa Borobudur Resort

Resort
The 9th-century Borobudur temple, the largest in the Buddhist world, is one of Indonesia’s cultural wonders, and sits just 3km from this collection of luxe villas, which overlook jungle, rice paddies and smouldering volcanoes. Tours to the temple are on offer, as are other cultural experiences like Javanese cooking classes. When it comes to exploring the great outdoors, rafting on the Elo River and hiking in the Menorah Mountains are among the adventures that await you. Return after an adrenaline-fuelled day to soak up the calm of the resort’s all-inclusive villas, many with heat-slaking private pools.
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Meridian Adventure Marina Club and Resort

Resort
4/5 (1 Reviews)
From $184 Per night per room

If diving’s your thing, the Raja Ampat islands are the place to be, with world-beating corals, coastal caves and myriad marine life (including rays, sharks, turtles and more) to explore. Dive packages and courses, whether you’re a seasoned diver or a total beginner, are on offer from this stylish resort, where comfortable, contemporary rooms, a spa and a pool, and a games room with darts, ping pong and pool are all on offer in a spectacular spot overlooking a mangrove forest.

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Keraton at The Plaza, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Jakarta, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta

Hotel
4.6/5 (122 Reviews)
Executive Room at Keraton
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Keraton at The Plaza keeps Indonesian cultural elements relevant within the modern and metropolitan Jakarta by presenting its own distinctive and creative take on the rich culture through concept, architecture, and design. The hotel accentuates its Indonesia-inspired character by combining lifestyle with culture; tourists can experience the best of both worlds. Like an oasis in the middle of the bustling capital city, visitors can expect a great balance between the vibrant city atmosphere mixed with the calm and serene ambiance of the intimate and lavish hotel. Also boasting a strategic location, many of the city’s main tourist attractions are within walking distance, from museums to shopping malls.

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  • Adhisthana Hotel, Yogyakarta

    Budget Hotel, Hotel
    4.4/5 (71 Reviews)
    From $15 Per night per room

    Among many things that can make a stay at Adhisthana Hotel remarkable, the hotel’s tasteful design and décor are high on the list. Staying true to its Javanese vintage theme, the hotel chooses traditionally inspired pieces of furniture and ornaments, from wooden windows to batik cushions, put together in each room to create a homey and nostalgic ambiance. Located in the Special Region of Yogyakarta, known for its lively ancient cultural heritage, the Adhisthana Hotel is a perfect choice to complete anyone’s cultural traveling experience.

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    Tijili Seminyak Hotel, Bali

    Hotel
    4.5/5 (307 Reviews)
    Tijili Seminyak Hotel exterior
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    From $26 Per night per room

    Embracing Bali’s ever-growing contemporary dynamics while cherishing the island’s cultural heritage, Tijili seamlessly merges the two worlds into a well-defined concept hotel located in the heart of the bustling Seminyak neighborhood. Tijili itself is a Balinese traditional design that portrays Dewi Sri, the rice goddess believed to be a source of prosperity and fertility, a motif and concept that graces the hotel’s corners in abundance. Visitors will find work of local artists in the form of furnishings, art pieces, installations, and more.

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    Bliss Surfer Hotel, Jalan Sriwijaya

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    As if an extension to Bali’s stunning and adventurous beaches, this hotel is dedicated to passionate surfers who just can’t bear to leave the ocean. Embellished with whimsical, surf-inspired design elements, the whole hotel reverberates with every surfers’ excitement to explore and conquer the waves on this beautiful island. Even the pool is styled as an opulent lagoon, an excellent spot to laze the day away between wave-riding and beach safari. Surfers can also find virtually every piece of surfing equipment they’ll ever need at a charming shop located right in the lobby.

    ARTOTEL THAMRIN-JAKARTA, Jalan Sunda

    Hotel
    4.2/5 (236 Reviews)
    Artsy room at Artotel Thamrin Jakarta
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    From $37 Per night per room

    It’s hard not to spot the eye-catching building of Artotel amid the surrounding stern concrete in the capital Jakarta. Stepping inside, the ambiance only gets more lively with dynamic artworks from local talents. Successfully merging art with lifestyle, visitors can expect an exciting, distinctive experience during their stay. Every floor has a different artistic theme, presenting an elaborate and comprehensive aesthetic experience. Located in the heart of the bustling Thamrin area of Jakarta, many cultural, shopping, and lifestyle destinations are within walking distance.

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    Summerbird, Jawa Barat

    Hotel
    4.2/5 (58 Reviews)
    Summerbird Hotel interior
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    From $35 Per night per room

    Summerbird cherishes every guest with its charming rooms, all of which are unique with different design features, from French to Scandinavian, rustic to minimalist, chic to vintage. Thoughtfully arranged and designed, tourists can enjoy a pleasing aesthetic in its every corner, from the lobby to corridors. Many couples choose the venue for a pre-wedding picture session, a testament to its astounding beauty. An important part of the gorgeous establishment, the Summerbird Eatery adds a marvelous appeal and functionality with an impressive menu and laid-back atmosphere to dine and relax.

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    Majapahit Hotel, Surabaya

    Hotel
    4.6/5 (218 Reviews)
    Hotel Majapahit Surabaya Managed by AccorHotels
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    From $46 Per night per room

    Perhaps the only thing that matches this hotel’s architectural elegance is its cultural and historical value. The building itself, established in Surabaya, dates back as far as 1910, when Indonesia was still colonialized by the Dutch for its rich natural potential. A stay at this lavish, intimate hotel will induce an experience otherwise reserved only for the ancient Javanese royals. In fact, at various points during its long history, the hotel has hosted the world’s royals and public figures. Furnished with a grandiose pool area, meticulously-maintained garden, and lavish ornaments, this is nothing short of opulent.

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    Edira Putri has contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on June 21, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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