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.
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One of the best resorts in Bali is the Ametis Villa, which has luxury villas with private pools. This resort is located in Canggu, a coastal village that’s peaceful and scenic, and is just a short walk from Batu Bolong Beach, which is famous for surfers. 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 Seminyak 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.
Located in the southern part of Bali, the Jamahal Private Resort & Spa is near Jimbaran bay, a sandy beach perfect for lounging in the sun. Guests stay in villas that have one or two 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 is a posh spa onsite and private gardens to relax in afterward. The Jimbaran Beach Club is open every day just 10 minutes away, and a shuttle bus is available to take you from the resort and back.
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, then enjoy sunset cocktails at the restaurant and poolside.
Bvlgari is a big name in the luxury resort industry, and one of the best Bvlgari resorts is located in Bali. This resort overlooks dramatic cliffs with the Indian Ocean down below and has lavish villas that are private and free-standing. High Italian style marks the décor and vibe of this resort. The Bvlgari 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.
Guests stay in cabanas that overlook the ocean while staying at The Khayangan Dreams Villas. There are only a few luxury villas in each of the resort’s two clusters – each with their own luxury perks and stunning views from a private pool. It’s located south of Bali and is a popular place for honeymooners, couples and weddings. There are living and dining pavilions here with comfortable sofas, flowers, and traditional design.
The Soori Bali 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 coast of Bali, this resort is in Tabanan and next to Kelating beach, the Tanah Lot Temple, and the Mount Batukaru mountain range. The on-site restaurant, Cotta, serves traditional Balinese cuisine.
The Samaya Seminyak 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 luxury pool villas and 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.
If you’re looking for a smaller boutique-type resort, then consider the Purist Villas in Ubud, which offers an intimate atmosphere with luxury 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, while you can also take yoga classes and take part in other activities too, including mountain climbing, rafting, bicycling, painting classes, and dancing classes.
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 its location along the Ayung River Gorge makes a perfect backdrop for healing energies. There are beautiful villas here that are located in various 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 Programmes are also available — starting from three nights.