If you are looking for a wonderful five star Bali stay with a touch of glamour and a breathtaking view or two thrown in, you need to stay at one of the best hotels on Bali. Here are ten of the best and also some of the newest 5-star resorts that are opening in Bali.
Six Senses Uluwatu Bali
Uninterrupted ocean views and contemporary accommodations with a dash Balinese style are just the start at this Uluwatu resort. The philosophy at Six Senses Uluwatu Bali is all about spirituality meets culture in a refined space that takes guests away from the everyday and into an enticing world of relaxation and discovery. And who doesn’t need a little escape from the everyday when they’re on holiday? With multiple villa options plus dining and relaxation facilities and a birds-eye view location on top of Uluwatu’s cliffs, Six Senses is guaranteed to impress those seeking a relaxing getaway.
Kimpton Naranta Bali
Nestled on a hillside estate in Nusa Dua, Kimpton Naranta Bali represents the classic barefoot luxury resort of old Bali but with lots of new features. Comprising 45 private villas with a private saltwater plunge pool plus 5 villas with garden views this is a boutique resort that promises luxury with elegant laidback style. With multiple dining and bar options plus evening hosted Social Hour complimentary airport transfers and daily yoga programs the Kimpton is more like a lodge than a hotel.
Surrounded by forests and rice paddies, Nirjhara is located a few minutes away from the picturesque Tanah Lot temple in the district of Tabanan. This contemporary resort mixes modern style with a Balinese flavour and has an eco-focus with materials such as recycled wood and natural locally-sourced stones featuring around the resort. With accommodation that includes unique tree house style villas and more traditional pool villas with stunning jungle and rice paddy views, the Nirjhara resort delivers on style and substance and promises a bevy of photo opps for Instagrammers.
Raffles Bali is located on the southern edge of Jimbaran beach and is an all-villa resort with views across Jimbaran Bay. This brand-name hotel is an enclave of 5-star style with a modern beach/Balinese vibe. This resort is very much less is more and very boutique with only 35 villas, 2 restaurants, and a spa. But what Raffles lacks in size it more than makes up for in personal service and style. If you’re after a boutique stay and have deep pockets, this hotel is hard to beat.
InterContinental Bali Resort
The InterContinental Bali Resort may not be the newest resort in Bali but it has just undergone a multi-million dollar upgrade that makes it more than worthy of a stay. The Club InterContinental facilities like the club lounge rooms and lounge area that have been totally refurbished and given a fresh and modern look. Club guests can also access an upgraded new pool area and accompanying bar. You also have a choice between a regular, Club or Singaraja room. This classic Bali resort remains one of our favourites and is great whether you are visiting as a couple or staying at the InterContinental Bali Resort with kids.
The Apurva Kempinski Bali
The Apurva Kempinski Bali is anything but subtle with this glitzy five-star hotel presenting itself as a majestic open-air theatre resort that styles itself as the embodiment of Indonesian elegance. There are 475 rooms, suites, and villas and 60 per cent of these have their own private plunge pool. There are also multiple dining and bars with the most notable being the aquarium-styled Koral Restaurant with fish that swim by your table. For sheer wow factor, this is a Bali hotel not to be missed.
Jumana Bali Ungasan by Hilton
The Jumana Bali used to be a Banyan Tree and still retains the same air of luxury and style but at a much more affordable room rate these days. All of the rooms at this resort have private pools and many have ocean views (although some of these are obstructed). With ocean view restaurants and multiple bars there are lots of choices for where to eat and drink and the resort’s signature pool with floating lounges is the stuff of holiday dreams.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
One of the area’s original hotels, Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay, is famous for being the world’s first large scale luxury beach resort to feature plunge pools in every guest room. The Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay has undergone a major renovation of its villas, adding features such as a 50 percent bigger bedroom combined with a new indoor living area featuring double sliding doors to the garden and pool, offering both air-conditioned and outdoor living spaces. Trust me, you won’t want to leave this luxury hotel as it is large but never crowded with a combination of stunning gardens, pools, and restaurants plus amazing views over Jimbaran Bay.
Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape
Buahan, A Banyan Tree Escape is a true jungle retreat that offers guests a unique and immersive experience in the heart of Bali. Located 40 minutes’ drive from Ubud, this resort is a standalone luxury experience that puts you into the Balinese jungle, albeit with a very luxurious touch. With only 16 villas, all of which have private pools and unobstructed views over Bali’s seven peaks, the resort is a boutique property that entices guests to escape the everyday. Dining is a bit different with only vegan/vegetarian offerings available making it ideal for those who follow a plant-based diet.
Modelled after a modern Balinese village, Andaz Bali invites guests to discover the old and the new Bali. This beachfront resort located in Sanur is built around an existing mature landscape of greenery and the beach and has a mixture of villas and suites, some of which have pools or garden courtyards. Dining comes with 5 choices from light to gourmet style including Indonesian and Mediterranean. Located right in the heart of Sanur, this resort has plenty of other dining options on its doorstep.
We’ve got plenty of hints and tips for travelling in Bali and also some great hotel and resort suggestions. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, we’ve reviewed the Ritz-Carlton Bali Resort, Peppers Seminyak Resort, Apurva Kempinski Bali, Bulgari Resort Bali, Aria Villas Ubud, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort, The Mulia Bali, Merusaka Nusa Dua, Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort, Anantara Seminyak Bali, the InterContinental Bali for couples and those travelling with kids. We’ve compared the Singaraja and Club rooms at the InterContinental Bali and found the best luxury family hotels in Bali and the best honeymoon hotels in Bali.