Bali has long been famous for its natural beauty. Now it has the top-notch accommodations to match. Bali’s five-star establishments hold their own with the best of them, offering stylish stays, luxurious amenities, stunning scenery and superlative service to discriminating guests with a taste for the tropics. Preparing to check Bali off your bucket list? Check out our list of coolest Bali hotels before you book.
#1 Viceroy Bali Hotel
Since 2012, the Viceroy Bali Hotel has won a steady stream of awards including Best Hotel in Asia, Best Honeymoon Hotel and a Seal of Excellence from the Seven Star Global Luxury Awards. The family owned and operated resort consists of 25 luxuriously appointed private pool villas, situated in Bali’s majestic “Valley of the Kings” (so called after the generations of Balinese royalty who have resided in nearby villages). Each villa comes equipped with the latest electronic amenities, an espresso machine, a full mini bar, a king-sized bed with lush bedding, and stunning valley views. There’s even a helicopter pad, just in case a car ride from the airport is a little too average for the trip you have in mind.
#2 Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, Bali
When Bulgari’s in the name, you expect something exceptional. The Bulgari Hotel & Resort in Bali delivers with its combination of the breathtaking beauty of unspoiled nature and sophisticated contemporary design (one part traditional Balinese forms, one part high Italian style). Each villa has its own garden, pool and an outdoor living room that looks out over the alang alang rooftops (coconut thatch) and the Indian Ocean. From the plunge pool, to the pristine private beach (accessible only by elevator), to the personal shoppers, to the helicopter volcano tour, opulence is the order of the day.
#3 W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak
The W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak is undoubtedly one of the coolest Bali hotels, seen as a stylish adult playground on the captivating Island of the Gods. On the legendary beaches of Seminyak, guests of the hotel experience a revitalizing blend of traditional Balinese mythology and W Hotel’s dynamic energy and aesthetics. It begins in 237 retreats, suites, and villas, all designed with W’s signature chic and innovative touches. The WET® pool and AWAY® Spa set the scene for a stay in paradise (but if you do have to work, the WIRED business centre and comprehensive WORDS library have you covered). For those who are prepared to venture beyond the hotel, Bali’s hippest boutiques, galleries, restaurants and clubs are within strolling distance.
#4 Conrad Bali
The Conrad Bali Resort and Spa takes everything to the next level. Its stylish accommodations are divided between the luxurious guest rooms of the main resort and the secluded Conrad Suites, located in an exclusive wing of the hotel offering a private pool, lounge and entrance. Complimentary access to a Reflection Lounge is provided for guests who have an early arrival or late departure. Guests are treated to ‘well-being from the inside and out,” with the multi-sensual experience of Shanghai Tang, Tara Smith’s ‘Good For You’ vegan products and world-renowned Aromatherapy Associates amenities.
#5 The St. Regis Bali Resort
This St. Regis Bali Resort located in the heart of the “Garden of Bali” boasts panoramic ocean views, 123 beautifully appointed suites and villas, surroundings of seawater lagoons and lush gardens, bespoke Butler Service, award-winning dining venues, bars, the Remède Spa and a Children’s Learning Centre. Travellers are treated to handcrafted Balinese art, marble bathrooms, king-sized beds and splashes of vibrant Balinese colours. For recreation, there’s the Bali Golf & Country Club next door, a fitness centre, a swimming pool, a stunning turquoise salt water lagoon and a Water Sports Centre.
#6 Alila Villas Uluwatu
Poised above the ocean on an elevated plateau that meets with limestone cliffs, the view from the Alila Villas Uluwatu is nothing short of picture-perfect. Life at the edge of the world includes cutting-edge design from award-winning Singapore architectural firm WOHA, signature fine-dining and traditional warung-style restaurants, a spectacular clifftop pool and bar, and a spa experience that blends ancient Asian healing with modern relaxation techniques. Guests can also take part in morning yoga classes performed in The Pavilion and explore the gallery that showcases arts and crafts from various places across the archipelago, high-end antiques and Baron batik.
#7 AYANA Resort and Spa
In Sanskrit the word “ayana” means “a place of refuge,” and the AYANA Resort and Spa couldn’t be more perfectly named. Set on 77 hectares of cliff-top tropical gardens perched 35 metres above Jimbaran Bay, the 290-room hotel and 78 luxury private villas have received accolades from Forbes Travel Guide, Condé Nast Traveller and Travel + Leisure. Dine at lavish restaurants, relax at the Thermes Marins Spa and award-winning Spa on the Rocks, or partake in one of the many opportunities for recreation, including mountain biking, golf and tennis.
#8 Alila Villas Soori
Alila Villas Soori stands out as one of the coolest Bali hotels, it’s a paradise on an island that’s already considered a paradise by many. Located near the Tanah Lot Temple, one of Bali’s most sacred and most visited temples, the beachfront resort balances tranquillity and vitality, simultaneously soothing and stimulating the senses. The Soori Estate is perched on 5,250 sqm of beachfront landscape, nestled between lush rice fields and glistening volcanic black sands lapped by the Indian Ocean. Guests enjoy multiple dining options, a spa and an eco-friendly environment designed by internationally renowned Singapore-based SCDA Architects using local building materials.