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.
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.
Mercure Bali Legian
If you’re looking for a room with your own plunge pool that won’t break the bank, then the Mercure Bali Legian is your answer. The 4-star resort offers plenty of rooms to suit all, including the deluxe king with plunge pool and also the family room, which includes a king bed and a children’s bunk bed. Take the 10 minute walk to the beach, relax by the pool with a cocktail or enjoy a meal at the resorts Ancak Restaurant & Lounge, serving up international cuisine all day - the choice is yours.
FuramaXclusive 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 excursions to explore the surrounding region.
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.
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.
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.
Tony’s Villas & Resort Seminyak
Immerse yourself in a tropical oasis, Tony’s Villas & Resort, located in the heart of Seminyak. The 4-star resort offers a range of room types including deluxe pool access rooms, bungalows and one bedroom private pool villas. Book yourself a traditional Balinese massage at the Frangipani Spa and afterwards dine at the Dong Oman-Balinese Cuisine restaurant that overlooks the resorts lush gardens.
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.
Melia Bali Nusa Dua
For a quieter beach stay in Bali, opt for Nusa Dua, located just 20-minutes’ drive from Denpasar International Airport. There are plenty of resorts stretched out along Nusa Dua beach, but 4-star Melia Bali Nusa Dua is a stand out. The resort offers five restaurants, three bars and a coffee shop, as well as the YHI Spa for indulgence. Choose from 17 different room types, including the most spacious and luxurious The Level Presidential Suite.
Aston Canggu Beach
Hip neighbourhood Canggu is the perfect spot if you’re wanting to catch a few waves by day and relax by night. 4-star resort Aston Canggu Beach offers it all, including 93 chic guest rooms, two dining options, gym and spa all within walking distance to famous surf spot Batu Bolong. When the sun starts to set, head to UpZscale Sky Dining & Bar, the resorts poolside rooftop bar. No need to get out of the pool, simply order from the floating menu and your food float its way to you.
Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa
Land at Denpasar International Airport and find yourself at Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa, after a short 30 minute drive. The 5-star resort offers luxurious rooms, suites and villas with luxurious trimmings, such as plush bedding, marble floating baths and complimentary Wi-Fi. To really indulge, consider the Family Jacuzi Loft Suite or the Presidential Villa. Dine at Double Ikat for authentic Balinese cuisine or take a short shuttle away to the quirky Roosterfish Beach Club.