The Coolest Airbnbs in Bali, Indonesia

The island of Bali offers a variety of unique Airbnbs
The island of Bali offers a variety of unique Airbnbs | © Mike Sivyer / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Edira Putri
3 September 2020

Bali is known for its rippling rice fields, vivid-green mountains and fascinating religious temples. No matter your taste or reasons for visiting this tropical island, you’ll be able to find the perfect place to stay. From a nature seeker’s hideaway in the jungle to a rustic beachside loft, here are the coolest Airbnbs in Bali, Indonesia.

Scenic and secluded Ubud villa

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Scenic and Secluded Ubud Villa, Bali
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If tropical beauty and tranquility are what draw you to this magnificent island, you can’t do better than this serene two-bedroom villa, surrounded by lush jungles and rice fields. The floor-to-ceiling glass panels not only allow the warm natural sunlight in, but they also allow you to enjoy the splendid greenery from just about anywhere in the villa. On top of the modern but earthy interior – think boat-shaped bookshelves, upcycled wooden furniture and industrial lighting – the villa also has a stunning swimming pool that extends to the jungle.

Zen Hideaway

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Zen Hideaway, Bali
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Many travel junkies are more than familiar with the daring images of Zen Hideaway’s swing overlooking Ubud’s dense tropical jungle, but that’s not all there is in this stunning riverfront villa. Zen Hideaway is perched in the most excellent spot to enjoy the view of the sacred Ayung River, the Ubud valleys, the waterfall, the rice fields and even the grand Mount Agung. Sleeping up to four, the hideaway offers a tropical atmosphere with earthy tones, a Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic and wooden designs that integrate nicely into the surrounding nature.

Aura House

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Aura House, Bali
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Secreted away in the thick foliage of the rainforest, Aura House is straight from the pages of The Swiss Family Robinson. It is constructed almost entirely from bamboo – with naturally-twisting handrails, harp-like walls and thick beams – and contains two en-suite bedrooms, a sprawling living room and a private pool. Wake up to the sound of the gushing Ayung river and watch the sunrise through the teardrop-shaped door, and then wander down to the communal kitchen for a traditional Balinese breakfast before lounging it off in a comfy hammock. If you’re looking for romance, Instagrammable petal baths and couple’s massages can also be booked.

The Bed by the Sea

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The Bed by the Sea, Bali
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Located in the youthful Canggu surf neighbourhood by the vibrant Echo Beach, the Bed by the Sea reverberates the love for art, crafts and nature. Renting a room will give access to a shared swimming pool, tropical garden, common area and fresh, healthy breakfast. Two guests can enjoy its sunny, tropical surroundings and homey interior, with the beach just a short stroll away if you fancy a refreshing dip or dancing until the early hours in one of the buzzy clubs.

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  • Dulang Village

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    Dulang Village, Bali
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    Strategically located within the busy Kuta district, Dulang Village offers you tranquility with serene gardens, a seawater pool, a rustic gazebo and an al fresco wooden interior. The area serves as a wonderful tropical haven to relax after a beach day or a Bintang beer hangover. It reminds you of how the area used to be: a quiet fishing village with splendid coastal charms. The property can sleep three and also includes an award-winning restaurant on site, serving a scrumptious local and international menu.

    Vassani Stay

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    Vassani Stay, Bali
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    This private loft is a five-minute walk from the beach and employs an industrial but earthy architecture, making it both modern and rustic at the same time. Also employing some traditional elements and tropical charms, the design is versatile enough to be a lovely home for just about anyone. Sleeping two, the property comprises a kitchen, living room, workspace, king-size bed and swimming pool in the garden lined with beanbag chairs.

    Villa Lua room

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    Villa Lua room 2, Bali
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    This one-bedroom villa combines everything great about the Canggu neighbourhood in Bali and brings it to you: a chic, rustic interior, tropical greeneries, contemporary art, a hammock, yoga, a swimming pool, a rice field, a clear blue sky and more. Located in the quieter part of Canggu, the property provides a tranquil haven while being within walking distance of all the youthful fun Canggu has to offer bars, surfing, restaurants, concept stores and more.

    Chloe Byrne contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on September 3, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.