The Best Resorts to Book in Bali

Find your ideal getaway, nestled in the gorge of the sacred Ayung River
Find your ideal getaway, nestled in the gorge of the sacred Ayung River | © COMO Shambhala Estate
Sarah Lempa

Between towering volcanic mountains, intricately designed temples, and resorts drenched in sophistication — the beauty of Bali knows no bounds. From the pumping surf of Uluwatu to the relaxed waterways of Ubud, here are the best resorts in Bali.

1. Bali Tropic Resort & Spa

Hotel

Bali Tropic Resort & Spa
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On the powder-soft shoreline of Nusa Dua lies Bali Tropic Resort & Spa, a boutique retreat with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean. Palm-thatched cabanas are just steps away from the Sriwedari Sunken Bar, where you can swim right up and grab a mojito or three. Their bungalows and traditional Balinese-style suites are even more relaxing after an afternoon spent at the onsite spa.

2. Padma Resort Legian

Luxury

Padma Resort Legian
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For close proximity to the nightlife in buzzy Seminyak without all the noise, Padma Resort Legian is the ideal hideaway. The well-manicured grounds and five-star amenities are less than 20 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport, making arrival an absolute breeze. Take your pick between five pools — yes, five — the main pool, lagoon, family, infinity, and their beach club pool.

3. Candi Beach Resort and Spa

Hotel

Candi Beach Resort and Spa
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A palm-fringed lawn right up against the turquoise waters of Candidasa is enough of a reason to stay at Candi Beach Resort and Spa. Skip the crowds at other spots and head 90 minutes east of the airport, where you’ll find a private shoreline backed by craggy mountains. The myriad of onsite activities include yoga, temple visits, snorkelling and cooking classes — to name a few.

4. The Anvaya Beach Resort Bali

Resort, Hotel

The Anvaya Beach Resort Bali
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Beachside seafood barbecues, fitness facilities, and authentic Balinese dance performances put The Anvaya Beach Resort Bali in Kuta on the map as an everything-in-one type of resort. You can be as chilled out or active as you’d like, thanks to a wide array of facilities, all of which live up to the resorts five-star status. With a kids club and the onsite Sakanti Spa, it’s spot-on for the whole family.

5. The Apurva Kempinski Bali

Hotel, Chain Hotel, Resort

The Apurva Kempinski Bali
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Beachfront luxury is epitomized at The Apurva Kempinski Bali, a clifftop resort in Nusa Dua that completely sums up the word opulence. This five-star accommodation comprises 475 carefully decorated rooms, over half of which have their own private plunge pools. Izakaya by Oku, their onsite restaurant, features delicately plated masterpieces that taste as good as they look.

6. Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana

Hotel, Luxury

Resort Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana
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Reminiscent of an art museum, Tanah Gajah’s 20 individual villas are aesthetic pleasure at its finest — with intricate water gardens, high ceilings, and an endless array of original Balinese artworks. Lush, verdant rice fields surround the grounds, making it a hidden world of creative luxury, just outside of central Ubud. Thoughtful touches, like flower petal-filled baths and afternoon tea, make this place even more magical than meets the eye.

7. Padma Resort Ubud

Resort, Hotel

Padma Resort Ubud
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When the morning mist hangs low atop the organic-shaped infinity pool (all 89m of it) at Padma Resort Ubud, it’s easy to understand why this resort is top-rated among travellers. Balinese cultural performances, including the Barong and Kecak dances, take place right onsite. Between agroforestry tours, jungle treks and yoga classes set in a giant bamboo nest — no amenity is left out.

8. Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort

Resort

Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort
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The iconic and elegant Anantara Uluwatu resort is a result of architectural brilliance and an excellent location. Perched on the top of the cliffs of Uluwatu, the building meanders down to the beach, leaving a trail of scenic structures along the way. There are so many lavish ways to enjoy your day at this resort, from dipping into the infinity pool to indulging yourself at the in-house spa, playing golf to joining a yoga class. Romantic enough for a honeymoon destination and cosy enough for a family trip, this resort is arguably one of the best in the surfer paradise of Uluwatu.

9. W Bali

Resort, Hotel

W Hotel Bali
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Located in the heart of the vibrant Seminyak Beach, W Bali certainly matches the lively atmosphere surrounding it. The world-class, multi-tiered pool is among the most popular in Bali – even those not staying at the hotel pay to hang out and sip cocktails here. Just like the Seminyak neighbourhood, W Bali is alive around the clock, with all-night raves and DJ performances. Rest assured though, if you fancy an early night, the quiet rooms (complete with luxury bed linen and views of the Indian ocean) will provide welcome respite.

10. Amankila

Resort, Hotel

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Nestled strategically between the coastlines of Lombok Strait and the backdrop of the magnificent Mount Agung, a breath-taking view is guaranteed when staying at the Amankila. Located far from mainstream tourist destinations like Seminyak or even Ubud, the resort offers a distinctive experience dwelling in the rural countryside, where you’ll be charmed by the local history, wisdom, art, and culture.

11. COMO Shambala Estate

Resort, Spa Hotel, Hotel

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© COMO Shambhala Estate

More than just accommodation, a stay at COMO Shambala Estate could easily be a spiritual journey that changes your life forever. Promoting holistic health and wellness, the resort offers nothing less than the whole package; from yoga teachers to dieticians, an entire team of experts will help you feel rejuvenated on departure. The limited suites and private villas are nestled in the gorge of the sacred Ayung River. Hit up Glow cafe for healthy dishes, like grilled mahi-mahi with cucumber and melon gazpacho, finished with tropical fruit grown on the estate.

12. Menjangan Dynasty Resort

Resort

Menjangan Dynasty Resort
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Who says staying in a five-star resort means missing out on nature? The Menjangan Dynasty Resort is a glamping resort – but in true luxury style. Expect freestanding baths, marble floors and luxurious double beds in your yurt. The real highlight here is the five-star PADI dive centre onsite, where you can dive among the pristine reefs of Menjangan Island, located on the far west of Bali. Despite its rural feel, expect high-end amenities, such as the lavish outdoor pool and Pasir Putih Beach Club & Bar, which serves tapas and pad thai under a bamboo canopy.

13. Viceroy Bali

Resort

Viceroy Bali
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Located in the Valley of the Kings, where generations of Balinese royals have lived, Viceroy will make you feel like nobility. Surrounded by lush jungle just outside Ubud, the view is only topped by the services and facilities, which include a five-star bar, restaurant, fitness centre, infinity pool and library. Each of the 40 private villas is furnished with a private pool, making it a perfect honeymoon destination.

14. Alila Villas Uluwatu

Resort, Hotel

Alila Villas Uluwatu
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Practicing yoga atop a paddleboard at the edge of a cliffside infinity pool sounds like a hippie’s fever dream, but it’s a daily activity at Alila Villas Uluwatu. The spa has a nonstop soundtrack of tumbling waves and chirping birds, offering therapeutic massages and quick pick-me-ups. Wholesome and traditional Indonesian fare topped with fragrant sambal sauce is available at The Warung, an in-house eatery dishing up local favourites.

Fancy relaxing at a Bali-based spa hotel? Check out the best spa hotels to book on the island of Bali, or for more hotel options, check out where to stay on Bali, Indonesia, for a local experience, all bookable with Culture Trip.

Edira Putri contributed additional reporting to this article.

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