The news of Indonesia lifting all quarantine restrictions for fully vaccinated visitors last month has made travellers all over the world jump in excitement, as it puts their favourite holiday destination back on the map.
And of course the most enticing and prominent vacation spot out of the whole Indonesia is Bali province. The experience of visiting Bali, as one can argue, is mind-altering, something that can change your perception of life.
Alongside with a spiritual makeover, you get to experience the natural beauty of the Island with its stunning beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, volcanic mountains, coral reefs and rice paddies. Bali is a magical blend of culture, people, activities, weather, culinary delights, and luxury accommodation.
It’s not hard to fall for all that when choosing your holiday destination, but what’s harder is to find a resort that will make you stay. Here is a list of the most exquisite resorts in Bali.
1. Amandari, Ubud, Bali
It’s a 5-star resort with spectacular views of the Ayung River Gorge and emerald green rice fields. It’s a perfect getaway hidden in lush jungle, atop a hill. The retreat is organically integrated into a local village, as its design echos traditional Balinese architecture, which is unique and unmatched. The whole entourage immerses you into local culture and traditions. There are 30 authentic free-standing suites, separated by private gardens. Some lofty lodges have their private pools.
Amandri is a place of serenity, the name itself translates as “peaceful spirits”. This is a perfect place to enjoy your private yoga and meditations sessions. Conveniently, there is an ancient meditation site, located 129 steps down from Amandri, next to the Ayung River.
The resort offers you multiple enriching opportunities such as farming learning experiences, whereby you can make an input into restoring depleted soil, bringing it to a healthy state and nurture biodiversity. Every evening you can enjoy showcases of authentic Balinese dance and cuisine.
An outdoor dining pavilion, spacious tropical garden and of course, you can’t expect a luxury resort to be without an infinity swimming pool.
2. COMO Shambhala Estate
A residential health-focused retreat with luxury villa-style accommodations near Ubud. It offers guests next-level personalisation and five-star service.
You can expect various resident experts, including a yoga teacher, an Ayurvedic doctor, and a dietician to be at your disposal. Here you will dive into holistic health programmes tailored to each guest’s needs and goals. Wellness experts will help you improve your health and bring your mind and body into a perfect shape.
The Japanese design with its exquisite wood work, thatched roofs beautifully intertwines with Balinese culture. The aesthetic of this place will make you fall in love forever.
The resort offers outdoor activities such as hiking and climbing. There is an opportunity for you to discover local wildlife by rafting on the Ayung River. COMO Shambhala Estate features sauna and steam rooms, yoga pavilions, tennis courts, outdoor jungle gyms and hydrotherapy vitality pool.
The 30 suites are scattered across the 9-hectare estate, immersed in nature. All lodges are situated in the five uniquely themed residences.
This place will help you reconnect your body, mind, and heart.
3. Hoshinoya, Bali
Hoshinoya resort hotel is where traditional Balinese culture meets the Japanese aesthetics of space. Surrounded by the lush green hills, Hoshinoya Bali is beautifully placed in just a stone’s throw away from the Pakerisan River, which once played an important role in fostering the rise of Bali ancient civilization. Sacred water canals are running through the resort’s estate. They are part of the island’s age-old water temple network, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage landscape.
This unparalleled resort takes the second place in Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s list of top 10 resorts in Indonesia.
4. Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort
A lavish French-inspired 5-star beachfront resort is one of the most popular in Nusa Dua. It has 415 rooms, including 39 villas and suites with tropical gardens and sophisticated architecture throughout the territory. That’s a perfect place for stunning beach sites admirers.
The overlap of French and Balinese culture creates a unique mixture of world-class design and authenticity, a place where european sophistication meets Indonesian hospitality. Picturesque views of the resort’s captivating beach site will leave you speechless.
5. Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort
Located right at a cliff’s edge, this luxury resort is a hotspot for surf lovers. It reveals pristine ocean views of the world-renowned Impossible Beach, which is stretched right in front of the resort. This beach attracts surfers from all over the world as it offers them what they are hunting for - the greatest waves. The Hotel offers its visitors a collection of 74 breathtaking sea view suites, furnished with the most exquisite interiors.
The rooms offer private pools, balconies alongside with jacuzzi and private courtyards. The resort presents a wide range of themed restaurants and bars. As for other activities, apart from surfing, you can also enjoy Balinese lessons, watch plays at a local mini theatre and try some holistic wellness programmes.
6. The St. Regis Bali Resort
Placed directly on the beachfront of Nusa Dua, The St. Regis Bali Resort is a 5-star hotel featuring the only private villas with immediate beach access. Ashore of Indian Ocean, the resort gives its guests once in a lifetime experience of embracing Island’s natural beauty with the most spectacular stretches of white sand. The guests can enjoy their privacy in tastefully furnished and spacious villas with a private gate the beach or relax in an exquisite spa.
The Hotel offers special events such as an exquisite floating breakfast including a bottle of sparkling wine with handpicked seasonal tropical fruit or a romantic 7-course dinner in an exceptional setting of Swarovski crystal chandeliers inside the Cloud Nine Chapel.
7. Alila Seminyak Resort
Located on Bali’s southwest coast, Alila Seminyak offers you a sweet getaway. It is a lush secret garden amid a hectic tourist area. It's not only a luxury resort, Alila Seminyak is strongly committed to social, cultural and environmental responsibilities. The hotel is a prominent representative of a sustainable tourism.
The resort’s suites stand out with their elegant minimalist design, marble bathrooms and furnished balconies. The overall interior will amaze you with natural greenery embedded into the hotel’s interior As a guest you can enjoy the hotel’s luxury spa with handmade natural products as well as yoga and meditation sessions. Within the resort’s estate you can find five infinity pools that have picture-perfect views of the ocean and the volcanic sand beach.