Need a holiday that’s an easy getaway, where you and the kids (or your other half) can kick back and relax with a dose of culture and beachside sunbathing? Bali is the answer. But where to stay? There is a lot packed onto this small island state, from mountain retreats to beachside bungalows. Here is our roundup of some of the best for all budgets.
Double Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak
With 150 metres of direct beach frontage, this 5-star resort is in a league of its own. You’ll find services found nowhere else on the island, from in-suite check-in and check-out with welcome cocktails to a 24-hour butler service and housekeeping. Everything you need is onsite, from the signature Plantation Grill and Seminyak Italian for food, to the Rooftop Sunset and Sling Bars for after dinner drinks, while the limousine service is your gateway to explore more of island in style.
Sun Island Hotel Legian
If you’re in Bali to experience the energy this vibrant island has to offer, this is the place to stay. Situated on Legian Street, one of Bali’s best entertainment and shopping districts, this is the ideal resort to launch into exploring the island from. Recharge with beautifully appointed accommodation, indulge at the Island Spa, or sip a cool drink at the Rooftop Bar or poolside restaurant and bar.
Away Bali Legian Camakila Resort Legian
Experience the best of both worlds at this tranquil beachside resort just a stone’s throw from the bustling Legian entertainment and shopping district. Enjoy beautiful Balinese style accommodation with two swimming pools, a day spa, and multiple dining and bar options onsite.
Furama Villas & Spa Ubud
Mirroring the peaceful essence of the surrounding paddy fields and mountains, this boutique resort of just 24 villas offers a truly unique getaway. Covering 2000 square metres of lush rainforest, guests can unwind with cooking classes, traditional Balinese dance lessons, yoga, or relaxing poolside. Make the most of Bali’s cultural capital Ubud with the complimentary shuttle, or the resort can organise myriad excusrions to explore the surrounding region.
Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach
Blending Japanese traditions with Balinese hospitality in a lush tropical setting, the Hotel Nikko is an ideal getaway to island life for the whole family. Make the most of absolute beach frontage, a swim-up pool bar, a range of great dining options, and a kids club. Daily shuttle buses allow you to explore further afield, while the onsite The Spa, offers relaxing Balinese massages and more.
A boutique collection of just nine villas, this accommodation allows you to enjoy Bali’s enviable lifestyle like a local. Fully equipped with kitchens, private pools and air-conditioned bedrooms, the villas are a haven away from the hustle. You’re far from disconnected however, just a two-minute walk to Jalan Raya Seminyak, bali’s main shopping, dining and entertainment district, and 10 minutes to Kuta. This really is the best of both worlds.
If island life is the flavour you seek, Novotel Lombok is the answer. On the southern coast of Lombok, Bali’s lesser known island neighbour, this 4-star resort offers peaceful beachfront luxury just 20-minutes from Bandara International airport. Join in daily yoga classes or sign up for a dive at the dive centre, indulge in local delicacies at the onsite restaurants, or sip a cocktail poolside and enjoy a sunset stroll along the white sand. The choice is all yours.