This Seminyak beachfront venue offers great comfort with its fine selection of room accommodations and services. The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa defines its new concept of Bali’s evolving hospitality industry with its excellent guest rooms, suites and villas. The rooms are styled in fine Balinese fabrics and traditional carvings to bring the local culture into your experience.
Insider Tip: Opt for the 1 Bedroom Ocean View Villa for a private infinity pool with a stunning view right from your bed.
Melia Bali, located at Nusa Dua, is only a 15-minute drive away from Ngurah Rai International Airport. The rooms and villas are styled in contemporary luxury and the jewel tones set a relaxing ambience. The resort provides superior recreational and leisure facilities including poolside bar, sauna, snooker/billiards, squash courts and whirlpool.
Insider Tip: For extra privileges and access to private Villa Pool and Beach, choose one of the Level Lagoon Access Suites that are also family friendly.
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua offers comfortable accommodation with a collection of both indoor and outdoor activities. The age-appropriate areas include a specially-designed teen room with Nintendo Wii and a home theatre. The younger children’s room has its own playground, books and educational toys. Also, a recreation room just for toddlers comes complete with a separate playground and Lego building bricks.
Insider Tip: The Westin Resort Nusa Dua is a one-stop destination for those looking for a quiet and family-oriented hotel with activities for all ages.
Alila Ubud Hotel
The Alila Ubud Hotel is located near the artistic and cultural center of Ubud on the edge of the Ayung River. The 56 rooms are housed in 14 two-storey blocks designed to resemble a Balinese village. All rooms have panoramic views of the Ayung River and surrounding volcanoes. Facilities for recreation include outdoor pool, spa and water sports.
Insider Tip: Bring your swimsuits - the spectacular pool is nothing like you have ever seen.
The Stones - Autograph Collection by Marriot
Just 20 minutes from the airport, The Stones is complemented by its exceptional service standards, unique hotel designs and lavish amenities creating a remarkable 5-star luxury resort experience. On-site amenities of this exquisite hotel include the Celestine Spa, international restaurants, a fitness center and more than 25,000 square feet of event space.
Insider Tip: For those who want to venture out, Consulate of Malaysia, Ground Zero Monument, and the Consulate of Spain are just some of the attractions easily accessible from the hotel.
Located along Batu Bolong Beach in Canggu, this gem of a place is more akin to a museum than a hotel. Countless antiques from Bali and the archipelago from its owners’ private collection are liberally sprinkled throughout the hotel. Stunning pieces include a 120m statue of Garuda, an eagle that frequently appears in Indonesian mythology; guardian statues from the 12th century; and an immense 19th-century marble table. The 21-room Tugu is both a sanctuary and a cultural experience.
Insider Tip: The Walter Spies and the Le Mayeur Pavilions are decorated with memorabilia from the European artists’ lives in Bali. Both painters settled on the island in the 1930s.
Elephant Safari Park & Lodge
Those wishing to get a closer look at the almost-extinct Sumatran elephants should consider booking a night or two at the Elephant Safari Park Lodge, around 20 minutes north of Ubud. Nestled within the park’s extensive 3.5ha grounds, the 25-room lodge features pachyderm-inspired decor and balconies overlooking the park’s activities. The highlight for those staying at the lodge is the daily elephant chauffeur dinner service that ferries guests from their rooms to the park's restaurant.
Insider Tip: Numerous activities for guests are available, including day and night safari rides, as well as elephant bathing and hand feeding.
Immerse yourself in the serenity of an Indonesian village at Canggu's Desa Seni Resort, a verdant garden peppered with 13 refurbished antique houses. In keeping with the resort’s bygone era theme, the wooden bungalows house a colorful mix of artefacts and handicrafts from across the archipelago. Adding to the rural charm is the resort's vegetable garden, which supplies Desa Seni’s restaurant with a daily fix of fresh organic produce.
Insider Tip: Desa Seni offers daily yoga classes.
Not just a resort, but a wellness centre, Fivelements is the perfect base for those wishing to unwind. Its located amid rice fields, half an hour’s drive from Ubud. The resort’s nine Balinese-style luxury villas, dramatically perched above the Ayung River, blend right into the surrounding tropics. The Sakti Dining Room, housed in an impressive two-story bamboo structure, is one of the only restaurants in Bali that serves a wide selection of raw vegan dishes.
Insider Tip: Reconnect with your inner self through one of the resort’s holistic treatments administered by traditional Balinese healers.
The jewel in Bali’s crown, Bulgari is a luxury cliffside retreat perched 150m above the breaking waves of the Indian Ocean on the south-western tip of the island. The resort’s 59 opulent thatched-roof villas boast volcanic stone walls, Javanese mahogany, exquisite locally-woven fabrics and floor-to-ceiling glass walls for optimal views. Harking back to the brand’s origins, Bulgari’s signature restaurant, II Ristorante, serves contemporary reinterpretations of traditional Italian dishes.
Insider Tip: Bulgari’s private stretch of white-sand beach is accessible only via the resort’s inclined elevator.