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Bali is one of the world’s top destinations when it comes to lush, exotic beauty with wildlife-filled jungles, stunning lakes and waterfalls, as well as postcard-perfect beaches and crystal-clear warm water for outstanding snorkeling and diving. While many romance-seekers come to enjoy its delights, it’s ideal for travelers of all types, from solos to families. If you’d like to enjoy luxury at a budget-friendly price, you’ll find some fabulous affordable resorts too.
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The Menjangan offers a remote and tranquil location inside West Bali National Park for enjoying abundant wildlife sightings, including monkeys and deer that wander right outside your door. Often referred to as the best-kept secret in Bali, the resort is spread across 943 acres as the largest within the boundaries of the park while hosting only a minimal number of guests and friendly, highly attentive staff for the ultimate place to relax and recharge. Enjoy the songs of the birds and the sea that laps the shore, along with a wealth of more active pursuits, like a snorkel or dive safari, or exploring the wilderness on horseback or by double-deck safari-style minibuses. There’s also an open-air spa, two outdoor pools and a fantastic restaurant and bar serving delicious meals throughout the day, starting with a very generous free breakfast.
The Amatara Agung Raka offers a tranquil location that overlooks the rice paddies just a 15-minute walk from Ubud’s Monkey Forest. It has elegant rooms and villas in one- and two-bedroom layouts, all with upscale, modern amenities. All of the villas have extra-spacious bathrooms with large tubs, many are partially open to the outdoors. The hotel’s focus is its two pools, each of which look out to lush greenery, including rice fields, while the on-site restaurant sits within an open-air space with a thatched roof serving Indonesian fare. Massage and spa treatments can be enjoyed at the spa.
This luxury property sits across lush grounds with lots of greenery, featuring luxe suites and villas, all of which come with butler service and modern amenities like flat-screen TVs with DVD players, iPod docks and large bathrooms with stone tubs. Ultra-luxe villas have extra outdoor lounge space and private dipping pools. There are two beautiful swimming pools and an Ayurvedic-based spa, along with a yoga studio for taking private classes. The on-site restaurant serves a mix of international and local fare that can be enjoyed on an outdoor patio; breakfast and afternoon tea are both included in the rates.
The Laguna Resort & Spa sits along the golden sands of Nusa Dua Beach, offering a lush setting with tropical gardens that surround seven beautiful lagoon swimming pools, some of which even have beaches and islands. Its Lagoon Spa is a highlight with treatment rooms that open up onto the serene lagoons, while the rooms, suites and villas all come with terraces or balconies boasting lagoon or garden views – some provide direct lagoon access. There are two main restaurants, Banyubiru, which serves an extensive international buffet, and Arwana, a seafood-focused eatery that lies adjacent to the beach.
This popular four-star hotel offers some surprisingly great deals providing affordable luxury on the east coast of Bali, looking out onto the world-renowned Keramas surf break. The Komune Beach Club is a destination within itself, ideal for unwinding with cocktails by the pool and dining at the restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with varied menus featuring everything from traditional Balinese and fresh seafood to Australian lamb shanks and pizza. After dark, look forward to watching the night surfing events that take place right out front. The rooms provide a tranquil retreat after a day out in the sun, all of which come with the usual amenities like free Wi-Fi and then some. For the best of the best, the Beachfront Pool Suites feature private infinity pools with direct sea views.
Located in a Balinese Village overlooking the Wos River just a 20-minute drive from downtown Ubud, The Lokha Ubud Resort offers stylish suites with modern amenities and villas with private plunge pools and wooden decks. All boast views of the jungle ravine. There’s an open-air restaurant for dining with the sounds of the river and a romantic spa with semi-open-air treatment rooms and large soaking tubs tucked among the jungle setting. Guests can also enjoy the outdoor pool and activities like cooking classes, guided walks and cycling tours.
One of the best hotels in East Bali, the Bloo Lagoon is made up of eco-friendly villas that enjoy an exceptional cliff-top setting in a secluded area less than a 10-minute walk from Padang Bai Beach. The traditional Balinese Villas come with kitchens and outdoor bathrooms – some boast ocean views. The property hosts a gorgeous lagoon-style pool, a full service spa for enjoying massages, wraps, facials and masks as well as a top-notch restaurant with a menu of Indonesian and international fare. Activities like cooking classes, scuba diving and morning yoga are all included too.
Arguably the best hotel in Sanur, Segara Village was designed like a Balinese village and sits right on Sanur Beach. The sprawling property hosts a wide range of rooms that all include balconies or terraces, along with three swimming pools and a sunken hot tub bar. There’s a lively beach club, multiple restaurants and bars, and a small spa for massages and a variety of treatments. The beach, right out your door, is the place to be, and within just a short walk along the promenade are tourist shops, beach bars, restaurants, massage huts and more.
The Candi Beach Resort & Spa is an intimate, upscale property with coconut palm grove gardens that lead to a small sandy beach. It offers accommodation in rooms, single-story bungalows, suites and villas, with upscale features like balconies with ocean or garden views. Villas have patios/gardens with their own private pools. There are two pools for all guests, including a beautiful infinity pool set just back from the beach, while the spa offers Balinese treatments and massages along with a ritual bath area that boasts floor-to-ceiling windows with ocean views. The two restaurants on-site serve pan-Asian, Balinese and Western cuisine.
The Sankara Resort is tucked into the jungle about a 20-minute drive from the center of Ubud and the popular Monkey Forest. You’ll be treated like royalty no matter which room you choose, all of which are extra-spacious offering luxurious perks like huge soaking tubs and rain showers – villas have private pools and outdoor kitchenettes, many boast rice field views. There are a ton of extras too, including a delicious multi-course breakfast, afternoon tea, regularly scheduled shuttles to town, wood carving lessons and yoga classes. Guests can also enjoy swimming in the picturesque main pool, treatments at the highly-lauded spa and frequent entertainment like Balinese dance performances in the evening at the on-site restaurant.
Located about six miles from central Ubud on a hillside that edges the Pakerisan River, Hoshinoya Bali blends perfectly into its forested surroundings. There are three categories of villas, all featuring their own poolside lounge area with lots of upscale touches like Bose speaker systems, bathrooms with aromatic salts and beautiful Balinese decor. Enjoy relaxing at the spa which offers decadent body rituals and massage, and enjoy yoga sessions, offered every morning at sunrise and sunset. The on-site restaurant offers mouthwatering dishes with an a la carte menu that blends Indonesian and Japanese fare – for breakfast, American, Indonesian or Japanese options are available, all with fresh-pressed juices.
The Tegal Sari is one of the best value hotels in Bali, set upon tropical grounds in Ubud offering beautiful views of the surrounding rice paddies. Enjoy a serene atmosphere complete with a rooftop stone bottom pool and poolside bar, two on-site restaurants and 24-hour room service. Rooms and villas come with rice paddy, tropical garden or pool views along with soaking tubs, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. All villas have living areas and some include balconies, patios, private pools and/or kitchenettes. There’s a yoga room and spa services on-site too.
Set along the southern shores of Bali in the upscale resort area of Seminyak overlooking the beach, Alila Seminyak offers a variety of elegant minimalist-style rooms with luxurious amenities that include large marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs. There are five infinity pools spread across the property, including an adults-only option, while the spa stands out providing pampering treatments utilizing natural, handmade products. There’s an outstanding 24/7 fitness center, a 24-hour coffee shop, beach bar and main restaurant serving dishes like the catch-of-the-day, ramen and sushi.
Located in the far north of Bali, Gaia Oasis is made up of two separate parts, featuring villas that are nestled in the Abasan Mountains and a cluster of cottages on Pantai Beach framed by a sapphire sea. There’s no air-conditioning, Wi-Fi or TVs, providing a chance to get back to nature, with breezes coming in from the sea and the mountains and plenty of tranquil outdoor spaces, complete with hammocks. There’s a spa and a pool at both hotel areas, and a variety of activities are available like yoga sessions, meditation, bodywork and dance. The on-site restaurant features primarily Indonesian and vegetarian fare that’s done either a la carte or buffet-style for breakfast, lunch and dinner.