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Photographs of beautiful beaches and resorts in Bali consistently adorn the covers of travel magazines, and Bali is always listed as a bucket list destination synonymous with tropical paradise. However, there are many other reasons to visit Bali too, including its towering volcanoes and waterfalls, rice valleys, traditional villages, and majestic temples. On top of all that, the locals are friendly, cultural traditions are strong, and the natural beauty is breathtaking.
Bali has the widest range of accommodations in all of Indonesia, and most of the top resorts are located in Seminyak, Nusa Dua, and Ubud. The atmosphere is luxurious yet casual, and life centers on surfing, sunbathing, and other beach activities.
So if this region is on your travel bucket list right now, here are some of the most beautiful resorts in Bali to make your vacation as memorable as possible.
Ametis Villa (prices & photos)
One of the best resorts in Bali is the Ametis Villa, which has 14 rooms for guests. This resort is located in Canggu, a coastal village that’s peaceful and scenic. There’s a private beach onsite, as well as massage treatments in the spa. Ruby Spa specializes in Zen healing and wellness treatments for relaxation and energy restoration. There are some trendy restaurants nearby to try, and the area’s beach is popular with surfers. The resort is a 35 minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport and about 15 minutes from Seminyak when there’s no traffic. Echo Beach and Tanah Lot are the most popular attractions in the area.
The Legian Bali – Seminyak (prices & photos)
The Legian Bali is located along a very popular stretch of beach in Seminyak, next to famous sightseeing spots and local attractions. Guests can swim in the two-tiered infinity pool, take a Balinese dance lesson, or even learn how to make a traditional flower necklace while staying here. This is a great resort choice for couples on romantic getaways, as well as families traveling with children.
Jamahal Private Resort & Spa (prices & photos)
Located in the southern part of Bali, the Jamahal Private Resort & Spa is right next to a private beach that’s perfect for lounging in the sun and getting active with watersports. Guests stay in villas that have one, two, or three bedrooms, which are classified as garden suites, pool suites, and pool villas. This is a great place to stay for couples and travelers looking for tropical spa treatments, since there’s an Indonesian spa onsite and private gardens to relax in afterwards. The Jimbaran Beach Club is open every day from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm, and a shuttle bus is available to take you from the resort and back.
WakaGangga (prices & photos)
WakaGangga is located on Bali’s western shore in Tabanan and is a great place to stay for travelers looking to enjoy the tranquility of nature away from tourist crowds. It’s a wonderful place to relax and enjoy sunsets and lazy days lounging on the black sand beach. Horseback riding is a popular activity in this area, and there are some horse stables in the area to reserve a ride. The rooms here have a bungalow style and come equipped with a fan, mosquito net, mini bar, and bathrobes. Guests can step out onto their balconies to see the Indian Ocean and rice terraces, and complimentary sunset cocktails are served between 7:30 and 8:30 pm every day at the restaurant and poolside.
Bulgari Hotel & Resort (prices & photos)
Bulgari is a big name in the luxury resort industry, and one of the best Bulgari resorts is located in Bali. This resort overlooks dramatic cliffs with the Indian Ocean down below and has 59 villas that are private and free-standing. High Italian style marks the décor and vibe of this resort. The Bulgari spa specializes in treatments that include massage with exotic herbs and oils, warm volcanic stone treatment of the chakras, and Ayurvedic facials and body wraps.
Khayangan Luxury Resort Villas (prices & photos)
Guests stay in cabanas that overlook the ocean while staying at the Khayangan Luxury Resort Villas. There are three luxury villas in each of the resort’s two clusters – each with their own luxury perks and stunning views. It’s located south of Bali near the Bulgari Bali Resort and is a popular place for weddings. There are living and dining pavilions here with comfortable sofas, flowers, and traditional design.
Alila Villas Soori (prices & photos)
The Alila Villas Soori is a top pick for honeymooners because it’s in a remote, private location that is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and next to a black sand beach. Located on the west cost of Bali, this resort is in Tabanan and next to Kelating beach, the Tanah Lot Temple, and the Mount Batukaru mountain range. The onsite restaurant, Cotta, serves traditional Balinese cuisine. There’s also an Alila Villas resort in Uluwatu, which is located on the southern part of the island on the Bukit Peninsula.
The Samaya Seminyak (prices & photos)
This resort faces the beautiful Petitenget Beach and has luxury villas that make a visit to Bali an incredibly memorable experience. This is an ideal place to stay if you enjoy intimate dinners and inspiring sunsets with a scenic backdrop. It’s only a short walk from the beach and has 23 pool villas and seven royal pavilion villas. The pool villas are located right on the beach and have their own full-sized private lap pools. Afternoon tea and high speed Wi-Fi are complimentary.
9 The Purist Villa & Spa Bali – Ubud (prices & photos)
If you’re looking for a smaller boutique-type resort, then consider the Purist Villa & Spa in Ubud, which has just seven villas designed like traditional huts. The décor here is authentic Indonesian, with woodcarvings, Balinese artifacts, and minimalist furnishings. Some of the villas have wooden sundecks, private pools, gazebos, and pebble stone floorings. There’s a pool café that serves afternoon tea and typical Balinese sweets every day at 4 pm. You can also take a one-hour yoga class and take part in other activities too, including mountain climbing, rafting, bicycling, painting classes, and dancing classes.
Como Shambhala Estate – Ubud (prices & photos)
If you’re looking for a little holistic healing in your Bali vacation, then consider staying at the Como Shambhala Estate, which is located in a rainforest. This estate is both a luxury resort and a wellness retreat, and it’s location along the Ayung River Gorge makes a perfect backdrop for healing energies. There are 30 villas here that are located in five residence buildings, as well as a few retreat villas and private villas with multiple bedrooms. Popular things to do while staying at this resort include hiking, climbing, yoga classes, and massage therapies. Wellness programs are designed for three, five, or seven-night stays.