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The Most Relaxing Waterside Hotels In Bali

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Bali is the perfect place to unwind by the water, but due to a law preventing hotel occupation of Indonesian waters, you won’t find any overwater bungalows here. Luckily for its waterbaby visitors, the island’s hoteliers and hosts have responded by getting creative. If you’re rocked to your deepest sleep by the sounds of lapping water, here are five dream places you could stay when visiting this Indonesian paradise.

The Laguna Resort & Spa Bali, Nusa Dua

With its private beach, seven pools and a veritable jungle of Balinese fauna, The Laguna is one of Bali’s most luxurious destinations. With trees this high, it can feel like you have the huge hotel all to yourself, which makes stumbling across little waterfalls all the more special.

Descend into its escape spa for the ultimate Balinese treatment and, once you’ve been massaged into a semi-conscious state, set off from your part of this private beach for a lazy kayak along the quiet Nusa Dua coastline.

The Laguna, Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua Lot N2, Nusa Dua, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 771327

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Laksmana Villas, Seminyak

Although the area is known for its loud and lively party scene, quiet respite can be found in this secluded enclave of ten private villas. Just steps away from the world-famous Kuta beach, each villa has its own private pool to boot. And for the ultimate relaxation, you’ll have your own staff including a chef per villa.

Laksmana Villas, Jl. Raya Semer No. 883, Banjar Semer, Kerobokan, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 737498

A Hawker in Jimbaran Beach in Bali
A Hawker in Jimbaran Beach in Bali | © DavidNNP / Shutterstock

The Watergarden, Candidasa

Candidasa is a sleepy seaside village nestled amongst Bali’s unspoiled beauty, an absolute must for any serenity seeker. At The Watergarden, traditionally carved thatched cottages are hidden in a lush, tropical garden linked by private waterfalls, lotus ponds and freshwater koi streams.

The Watergarden, Jalan Raya Candidasa, Karangasem, Candidasa, Bali, Indonesia, +62 363 41540

Beautiful Lotus Lagoon pond in Candidasa village, Bali.
Beautiful Lotus Lagoon pond in Candidasa village, Bali. | © Dmitry Polonskiy / Shutterstock

InterContinental Bali Resort, South Kuta

Built on the shores of exclusive Jimbaran Bay, the InterContinental Bali Resort evokes a traditional Balinese fishing village while providing every point of waterside relaxation you’d hope for. At sundown, its beach fills with open-air eateries dishing up the freshest seafood.

Intercontinental Bali Resort, Jalan Uluwatu No. 45, Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan, Jimbaran, Badung, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 701888

Tourists enjoy the sunset at a bar on Kuta beach in Seminyak, Bali.
Tourists enjoy the sunset at a bar on Kuta beach in Seminyak, Bali. | © siaTravel / Shutterstock

Under the stars, wherever you want

For the real waterbabies out there, nothing beats laying your head to rest on a boat. Although not a hotel per se, with its Sleep Aboard option, boat rental service GetMyBoat allows you to book a boat in almost any location on the island. Sleep soundly, sailors.

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