Who needs nature when you’ve got top-notch accommodation? Environmentally questionable theories aside—Bali’s got both. The Island of Gods’ five-star establishments hold their own with the world’s best, offering stylish stays, luxurious amenities, stunning scenery and superlative service. And that’s according to ~discerning~ 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.
The Slow Bali
You could travel the globe far and wide, and never find a better place to rest your bones, stir your senses, and expand your mind. A six minute walk from the waves, The Slow is set in Canggu, 500m from Batu Bolong Beach. The boutique accommodation will let you experience local culture (Ubud hipsters not included) and an eclectic art collection from all around the world. Some suites even come with a private plunge pool and native wood furnishings, whilst others feature floor-to-ceiling windows that allow natural light (and views of the pool or garden). Eating and drinking at The Slow showcases it’s unique, sustainable (yet unequivocally luxurious) attitude towards life. Fiery tastes attest to Moran the chef’s penchant for cooking with an open flame. Embrace it.
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran
Anywhere that has a 2,900sqm swimming pool gets our tick of approval. Not only can you swim and sun yourself into that special kind of happy-stupid that comes with a tropical holiday, for those who can’t sit still with a mojito, there’s also a vibrant culinary scene and Balinese wellness centre to explore. The Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali is less than 5 minutes walk from Jimbaran Beach, and a proudly 5 star establishment. We recommend ditching the kids at the kids club, chilling in the swim-up hammocks, unwinding with a massage, indulging in Peruvian-Japanese cuisine at the rooftop bar (with stunning ocean views) and shopping at Samasta Lifestyle Village.
Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, Bali
When Bulgari’s in the name, you expect something exceptional. The Bulgari Hotel & Resort in Bali delivers with its classy appreciation for (and access to) unspoiled nature, and sophisticated contemporary design (the lovechild of traditional Balinese decor and 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.
W Retreat & Spa Bali
The W Retreat & Spa Bali is undoubtedly one of the coolest Bali hotels; a stylish adult playground on the captivating Island of Gods. On the legendary beaches of Seminyak, guests of this hotel experience a revitalising blend of traditional Balinese mythology and W Hotel’s dynamic energy and aesthetics—which extends to 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.
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 also 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.
The St. Regis Bali Resort
Forget whisky; luxury is the order of the day. The St. Regis Bali Resort, arguably the centrepiece 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.
Alila Villas Uluwatu
Poised above the ocean on a plateau backed by limestone cliffs, the view from the Alila Villas Uluwatu is nothing short of picture-perfect. Life at the edge of the world includes award winning design from Singapore architectural firm WOHA, signature fine-dining, traditional warung-style restaurants, a spectacular clifftop pool & 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. And if you book at the right time of year your surfer girl/boyfriend will be forever in your debt.
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. Guests here can 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.
South Kuta’s worst kept secret, Aryaduta Bali is a sought after, ideally situated holiday destination. Located close to Bali’s most recognised attractions like Kuta Beach, Waterbom Park and Segara Beach, the hotel is just ten minutes from Bali airport and ten minutes from connecting roads to Seminyak, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran Bay, Ubud and beyond.
Patulous spaces, abstract shapes and a modern je ne sais quoi entice you to overstay your welcome in Sanur’s Artotel—and that’s before the colossal staircase ‘magics’ you upwards to your room. 25 minutes from Ngurah Rai and 3 minutes from the beach, Artotel Sanur brings vibrancy and colour to Bali’s favourite seaside village that will satisfy the needs of travellers looking for a refreshing Bali experience. To say more would spoil your appetite. Suffice to say: check it out.
TS Suites Leisure Seminyak
If “free mini bar” and “rooftop pool” don’t get your mouth-a-water, nothing will. TS Suites Leisure Seminyak Bali is a dash of hip and a hefty measure of sophistication, offering a fresh, contemporary lifestyle right in the heart of Seminyak’s ‘hipstrict’—on the main street of Jalan Nakula. 5 minutes walk from Seminyak shopping district, 15-minutes walk from Double Six Beach (and a 15 minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport) TS Suites Leisure Seminyak caters to your every persuasion.
Looking for a true discovery of Balinese culture? Minutes away from the streets of Jalan Petitenget and the fashionable and sophisticated beach of Seminyak, Alila Seminyak will help you find it. Situated in one of the most upmarket districts with trendy cafes, clubs, boutiques and other 5 star hotels in Seminyak, Studios at Alila Seminyak provides far more than a photogenic accommodation experience to its guests (your Instagram will thank you later).