The Best Hotels To Book Your Stay In Bali

Discover Balis breathtaking natural beauty with hotels by the beach and rainforest
Discover Bali's breathtaking natural beauty with hotels by the beach and rainforest | Courtesy of Alila Seminyak / Expedia
Leyla Rose

Bali is renowned for its luxurious resorts, but you’ll find backpackers rubbing shoulders with the rich and fabulous on this diverse island in Indonesia. From extravagant luxury hotels – including some with private butler service – to quirky 1970s boutique places to stay, Bali hotels have something ideal for everyone. We’ve whittled it down to help you decide – and they’re bookable via Culture Trip.

1. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay

Hotel, Luxury

Outdoor seating area at The Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay with marble floor and oceanviews
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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.

2. Wapa di Ume Sidemen

Luxury, Boutique Hotel, Resort

Balcony looking over Wapa di Ume Sidemens deck, infinity pool and surrounding rainforest
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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.

3. Alila Seminyak

Resort, Chain Hotel, Spa Hotel

Spacious double bedroom at Alila Seminyak, Bali with minimalist table, chairs and sofa area with large windows overlooking the ocean
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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.

4. Amankila

Resort, Hotel

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.

5. Hotel Tugu Bali

Luxury, Chain Hotel

Large double bedroom at Hotel Tugu Bali with green wall, four-poster bed and large windows
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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.

6. Tanah Gajah

Hotel, Luxury

Two single beds in spacious room at Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana, with white bedding, white brick walls and large window
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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.

7. Como Uma Ubud

Overlooking hills, rice paddies and coconut fields, Como Uma Ubud is a luxury resort with the atmosphere of a rural hillside home. The rooms are filled with details such as large French doors and freestanding baths. Wander through the koi carp ponds for your deep tissue massage or order cocktails in your private pool. Alternatively, head out and explore the surrounding countryside and nearby artists’ town of Ubud by bike.

8. The Purist Villas & Spa

Spa Hotel, Luxury

Four-poster bed with lace curtains, marble floor and large windows looking out to foliage at 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.

9. The Slow Bali

Independent Hotel, Hotel

Large seating area and dining table with minimalist wooden furniture and plants at The Slow Hotel
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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.

10. W Bali - Seminyak

Resort, Hotel

Two double beds and corner sofa in cream and green colours and a view to the garden at W Bali - Seminyak
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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.

11. The Damai Bali

Resort, Hotel

View of deck and infinity pool overlooking rainforest and the ocean at The Damai
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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.

12. Hotel Puri Madawi

Hotel

Eclectic room four-poster bed, marble floor and wicker roof at Hotel Puri Madawi
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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.

Discover where else you can stay in Bali with our guides on the best beach hotels and places to stay with a pool, or explore where you can lay your head on a budget – there’s something for everyone. For some stylish and cultured options, see the best boutique hotels in Indonesia, bookable with Culture Trip. If you’re looking for calm, discover our guide on the best meditation retreats and centres in Bali.

Additional reporting by Bethan Sweeting.

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