The best luxury hotels in Bali



St Regis Bali Resort

Best Luxury Hotels in Bali - St Regis Gardenia Pool Villa

The St Regis Bali Luxury Gardenia Villa – A honeymooners dream come true

What you’ll like:
  • This gated enclave of five star hotels is a world onto its own. Perfect for families and for keeping Bali’s notorious tropes away from your vacation.

  • No standard rooms. At the St Regis, it’s Suites and Villas only, and they’re massive.

  • The St Regis Butler service. One of the best reasons to book any hotel in their portfolio.


Tucked away behind the gates of Nusa Dua, and set on it’s very own stretch of beach, the St. Regis Bali Resort delivers balinese traditions and a “holiday in the tropics” vibe in a sleek, contemporary hotel that wouldn’t look amiss on the streets of New York.

It’s not all about looks though. The resort comes with some of the largest rooms on the island ( the smallest at 92m2) and many have private pools and bale bengongs ( Balinese gazebos) to laze about in while enjoying the attentions of your private butler, (available at every room category of the hotel).

The St. Regis Bali Resort is home to the Kayaputi, widely considered the best restaurant on the island, and with 7 other dining options to back it up, the St. Regis easily comes out on top as the best culinary destination on the island.


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Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

Best luxury hotels in Bali - Four Seasons Bali at Sayan

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan


What you’ll like:
  • The sense of calm that permeates the whole hotel.

  • Romantic diners under the stars at the Lotus Pond are a must if you’re traveling together.

  • Views over the jungle and Ayung river are second to none


Part 5 star luxury resort and part spiritual escape, the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is one of most unique hotels in our portfolio and on the Four Seasons roster. Found in Ubud amid the undulating rice fields and tropical foliage of the sleepy hillside village of Sayan, the resort’s spa and wellness program’ blend of therapy and spiritual counselling has people flying over just for a checkup.

With philosophical talks led by a former Buddhist monk, laughing therapy yoga, and liberal use of Himalayan salt poultices whenever you settle down for a session, you’ll walk away from the experience feeling like a new you. The serenity doesnt exist only within the spa. All of the resort’s 60 villas overlook the waters of the sacred Ayung river, and the sun rises over the Four Seasons’ hillside infinity pool are a thing of wonder.

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Viceroy Bali

Best luxury hotels in Bali - Viceroy Bali

Viceroy Bali – Infinity Pool


What you’ll like:
  • The limited number of rooms makes this one of the most intimate hotels in our collections.

  • Excellent French fare served at the CasCades restaurant

  • The Breathtaking views of the Petanu River


The Viceroy Bali has the luxury amenities and service you’d expect to find in a sprawling 5 star Balinese resort.

Every villa comes with a private plunge pool and gazebo, there’s a helicopter pad for zippy entrances and exits, and its massive infinity pool overlooks Ubud’s lush jungles like a watery temple of zen. Impressive enough, but what really makes this family owned resort stand out, is the fact that there’s only 25 villas to its name, the smallest of which come in at a palatial 150 m2. Thanks to the acres of space at your disposal and limited room count, the Viceroy Bali is easily one of the best couple’s retreats you’ll come across in Indonesia and in our collections.

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The Legian Bali

Best luxury hotels in Bali - The Legian Bali

The Legian Bali – Poolside


What you’ll like:
  • The excellent beachfront location

  • The fact that it’s so peaceful despite being at the heart of Seminyak

  • The world class service


Guests of the Legian Bali don’t usually go there to stay holed up in their room. One of Seminyak’s best hotels, the Legian’s layout and vibe encourage you to mingle in a relaxed atmosphere. More geared towards adults than young families, this all suite hotel exudes an aura of sophistication and cool where it’s good to see and be seen. If you’re looking for a more relaxed and intimate vibe, the Legian Bali is more than able to accommodate thanks to 11 Club Villas – each with their own 28 metre lap pool – and private butler service. If you want to dive head first in Seminyak’s party vibe and return to an oasis of calm afterwards, this is the place to be.

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Mandapa a Ritz Carlton Reserve

 Best hotels in Bali - Mandapa a Ritz Carlton Reserve

Mandapa a Ritz Carlton Reserve – One Bedroom Pool Villa


What you’ll like:
  • The unique architecture and design inspired by an indigenous Balinese village.

  • The intimate connection with Balinese culture and people, that makes the Mandapa more than your standard hotel.

  • The excellent butler service


The name Ritz Carlton usually inspires images of sprawling cities and busy hotel lobbies. The Mandapa a Ritz Carlton reserve however, is anything but.

Part of the Ritz Carlton group’s “Reserve” properties, The Mandapa, is the latest of a select portfolio of three unique luxury hotels which favor exclusivity and originality above all else. At the heart of this unique resort are three acres of rice paddies, and a 100 year old Hindu temple where locals still gather to for prayers and bath in the waters of the Ayung river that runs adjacent to the hotel.

Though there’s a strong insistence on local culture, the Mandapa doesn’t cut corners on the luxury experience. Within the resort, there’s no lobby, or lengthy check-in procedure. Instead, you’re greeted by a friendly private butler, who’ll take you to your private home And what a home it is. Every one of the hotel’s 60 villas and suites are set in private tropical gardens and equipped with private plunge pools to take the sting off the heat whenever you need it.

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Bulgari Resort Bali

Best Hotels in Bali Bulgari Resort Bali

Bulgari Hotel Bali


What you’ll like:
  • The massive outdoor lift and 1.5km of private beach at the end of it.

  • Sassy designs unique to this Balinese hotel

  • The Il Restorante, is the best Italian restaurant in Bali


When a freakishly talented god of Italian design decides to get creative in Bali, what you get, is the Bulgari Resort. This sexy lovechild of Italian and Indonesian architecture is one of the best looking hotels in Indonesia, and the only rival to its million dollar looks is Bali’s landscape.

Perched on a 160 metre high cliff over the waters of the Indian Ocean, the Bulgari Resort Bali offers postcard perfect views of the landscape from within the cool waters of the infinity pools and sun decks of each of its 59 Villas. It’s flagship restaurant, Il Ristorante, is without a doubt the best Italian restaurant on the island.

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Best hotels in Bali - Amankila Suite

Amankila – Suite


What you’ll like:
  • The privileged location in East Bali, an area still untouched by mainstream tourism.

  • As always, the Aman Resorts stellar standards of service

  • The generously sized villas and laid back vibe of the hotel


Mount Agung towers in the background, and the blue of the Indian Ocean stretches out for miles before it, but the real star of this section of Bali’s East-Coast, is the Amankila hillside resort. Staying here, is a never ending cycle of relaxation, where afternoon naps in the shade of your gazebo, round the clock food and drinks, and dips in the cool waters of your plunge pool help the days pass by like silk on skin.

While you’re there, book yourself in for a meal in the private Bale found about 15 mins from the resort. Surrounded by peanut and banana plantations and with the ocean and it’s emerald islets for a backdrop, it’s one of the most relaxing settings in the world to unwind in while you enjoy the attentions of a Private Butler and Chef.

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The Elysian

Best Hotels in Bali - One Bedroom Pool Villa

The Elysian – One Bedroom Pool Villa

What you’ll like:
  • Incredible location at the heart of Seminyak,
    and yet,once you’re inside, it’s as peaceful as Ubud

  • The privacy and seclusion of the Villa

  • Your private pool nestled in a lush tropical garden


The 27 room Elysian is pocket of serenity that’s a short cab ride away from the heart of Seminyak. Competitive prices, sleek contemporary designs, and a sense of complete privacy make this Balinese hotel one of the best you can choose on your next trip to Seminyak.

Every one of the hotel’s open plan Villas come with private plunge pools, and though the designs make it the least “Balinese” of hotels, if you’re looking for a quiet repose from the parties outside that delivers on the luxury trimmings with aplomb, that shouldn’t bother you at all.

Every other aspect of the hotel – lush balinese gardens, long pool ending in a “waterfall” of sorts and the temple – channels the serenity you’d expect from more quiet Ubud or the East Coast. But, cross the threshold, and it’s Seminyak in all its fun-filled glory with, KuDeta, Potato Head and the restaurant strips only minutes away. If you do want to soak it all in, just grab a bicycle from the hotel. They’re free of charge.

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Alila Villas Uluwatu

best hotels in Bali - Sunset Cabana

Alila Villas Uluwatu – Sunset Cabana


What you’ll like:
  • The hotel’s gorgeous looks are considered second to none in Bali

  • The spacious and exquisitely designed rooms

  • The Sunset Cabana overlooking the Indian Ocean is where you want to soaking in the sunsets.


Could the Alila Villa Uluwatu be the most beautiful hotel in Bali? The competition is tough, but the hotel has got the arguments to back it up.

Its Sunset Cabana is a camera magnet. Same goes for its 84 open plan villas and their subtle blend of modernist architecture and local materials that would look right at home on the cover of “Architectural Digest”. For poolside selfies, the Alila Villas Uluwatu’ hillside infinity pool – perched 200 meters above the sea – is one of the best spots in Bali to get snapped in. Design wise, there’s no doubt that the Alila Villas Uluwatu is a winner, but it’s beauty is more than skin deep. The Bukit Peninsula is more about long surfing sessions in the bone crunching waves and contemplation time in the nearby Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple than the wild parties of Seminyak. It’s a beautiful natural landscape, and the hotel’s gorgeous open plan designs and Instagram friendly features complement it to perfection.

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About Nimah Koussa

The best part about being a travel writer is bringing cities and destinations to life: their stories, secret addresses, luxurious gems and unique holiday moments. And I have been one for a little more than 10 years. From the best bars and restaurants in different cities of the world to hotels where you can check-in to get away from it all, this Magazine is all about making every trip just a bit more meaningful.

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