6 Best Places to Stay in Bali | Best of Bali 2023
Bali is no doubt one of the best destinations in Indonesia when it comes to a honeymoon getaway. It is a place that has something for every type of couple looking to spend their first days as lifelong partners- from sampling the thriving food and seeing the wonderful art scene to staying in Instagram-worthy villas with infinity pools to the interesting Hindu temples to idyllic beaches, you’ll never run out of things to explore in this alluring island in Indonesia.
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Best Places to Stay in Bali and Top Things to Do:
Sanur is a captivating little town in the southeast part of Bali Island compared to the busy streets and bustling nightlife of Kuta and Seminyak. It is a place where couples can get away and have a proper relaxing and peaceful honeymoon. With its great selection of luxury beachfront villas, rich historic temples, calm beaches, it is the best place in Bali when you want something a little bit on the mature crowd than the buzzing beats of Kuta and Seminyak.
Top Things to do:
- Explore the Balinese architecture at Museum Le Mayeur
- Have your ultimate beach club experience at Artotel Beach Club
- Join the Bali Kite Festival and try kitesurfing
- Visit the Turtle Conservation and Education Center
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Recommended Place to Stay in Sanur:
Faithful to its name, The Samata Sanur is the perfect place to stay in if you are aiming for a holiday to balance your mind, body, and soul. This haven is located in the quieter downtown of Sanur, giving you a reprieve from the usual touristy places in Bali. Surrounded by the endless expanse of rice fields and the azure Indian ocean, this boutique resort is sure to give you a tranquil and relaxing stay.
The Samata Sanur has extensive facilities and activities that focus on the health and well-being of their guests. Fitness enthusiasts will surely love their wide variety of state-of-the-art exercise equipment, tennis court, and boxing ring. They also have boot camp and personal training sessions with professional trainers. Their spa professionals, on the other hand, are trained to design a treatment program according to your needs and lifestyle. Putting emphasis on nutrition, the local and global cuisines at the resort’s in-home restaurant, Zenso, are also ideal for health-conscious guests.
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Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali Suites & Villa
Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali is a luxurious getaway paradise located along the golden shores of Sanur Beach in southeast Bali. With ultra-modern design and an area that spans five hectares, you’ll be spoiled for space in this world-class resort. It has 120 ultra-modern suites and villas, each of which offers round-the-clock butler service that will cater to your every need. While each suite has an enclosed balcony where you can enjoy a stunning view of the luscious tropical garden and the panoramic blue ocean, their Signature Spa Suite is the perfect choice if you want to indulge in a luxurious spa treatment in the comfort of your own treatment room. On the other hand, their villas are more secluded and offer an expansive area and a private pool where couples, friends and families can spend quality time together.
While located in the quieter part of town, Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali Suites & Villa is not too far from Sanur’s abundant shops and cafés. Travellers with kids can also take advantage of the resort’s babysitting services and their Kids’ Club where the little ones can spend fun time playing. Fairmont Bali also boasts an elevated infinity pool set at the beachfront for a picturesque sea view. Cooking classes and yoga lessons are also available while sports activities can be arranged at any of the beach counters.
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A town that lies behind the busy Kuta and Seminyak, Canggu is a trendy, hip place that will tickle your creativity and inner carefree being. It’s perfect for couples looking to be one with the waves and see the amazing rice fields that are all around. Though surfing is the number one thing to do in Canggu, there are still a lot of things to explore in this laidback and quiet town such as local warungs, hipster cafes, and restaurants.
Top Things to do:
- Surf at Batu Bolong Beach
- Attend yoga sessions at The Practice
- Grab lunch at Old Man’s Bar
- Lounge all day and watch the sunset Vue Beach Club
- Try the hippest Bali cafes. We highly recommend The Shady Shack Canggu
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Recommended Place to Stay in Canggu:
Hailed as one of the World’s Top 5 Luxury Villas by UNRESERVED Magazine, Villa Sungai is probably one of Bali’s best kept and most exclusive secrets. This boutique resort is nestled atop a small river in Cepaka and designed to give you an intimate and ultra-luxurious escape unlike any other. It only has two villas, each of which features three king suites and an 18-metre horizon pool where you can swim or relax while the calming sound of the river and the breathtaking view of the jungle surround you.
At Villa Sungai, luxury is about personalised and heartfelt service. From the time of your arrival, you will be pampered like a VIP by your dedicated 24-hour butler and villa staff who will cater to your every need without being intrusive of your space. On the other hand, your very own chef will satisfy your gastronomic desires with meals made using the freshest ingredients bought daily at the local market. You can also enjoy traditional spa and massage treatments in the villa’s air-conditioned treatment room or at the poolside overlooking the jungle.
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A haven for romantics and antique lovers, Hotel Tugu Bali is designed as a boutique museum hotel that houses the biggest collection of Indonesian art and cultural antiques in the country. Each of the hotel’s 21 suites is carefully created to display and recount romantic tales, folklore and legends of the ancient times. There’s also a lotus pond on the property, creating a dreamy and romantic atmosphere.
What makes Hotel Tugu Bali more perfect is that it is at a prime location, giving you easy access to what Canggu has to offer. It’s located right across Balong Beach so you can enjoy the sea or watch the famous Bali sunset at the comfort of your suite. The hotel has various dining options where you can enjoy Indonesian, Japanese and other Asian cuisines. A must-try is the nation’s favourite dish, Nasi Campur served on a Congklak board at Iwa restaurant.
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Kuta’s claim to fame is the sunsets at Kuta Beach, which is arguably the busiest beach in Bali Island. This town is the party center of Bali with its awesome sunny weather, soft golden sands, and beachside cafes making it the top spot for locals and tourists looking for an active and bustling holiday.
Top Things to do:
- Spend the whole day at Asia’s #1 waterpark, Waterbom
- Hit the shops at Beachwalk Shopping Centre for some souvenirs or a bit of entertainment
- Grab a bottle of beer and watch the sunset at Kuta Beach
- Join the Happy Hour at Azul Beach Club
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Recommended Place to Stay in Kuta:
Imbibing a home-away-from-home atmosphere with its spacious and contemporary interior adorned with relaxing earthy colours, White Rose Kuta Resort, Villas & Spa is an oasis located at the heart of Kuta-Legian area. The 1.6-hectare property is surrounded by lush tropical gardens that give a calming feeling, making you forget that you are in the same area where the famous clubs in Bali are located. The spacious Balinese-Style accommodation, on the other hand, creates a cosy and sophisticated ambience.
White Rose Kuta Resort, Villas & Spa is convenient for travellers as it is just 15 minutes away from the airport and just a few steps away from Kuta Beach where you can enjoy the party scene or watch the mesmerizing sunset. You can also join activities and programs such as cooking sessions, yoga, and art and handicraft demonstration. For your dining options, enjoy a buffet-style American breakfast and a wide variety of international cuisines at Bunut Cafe. Experience your connection with the universe and indulge in rejuvenating treatments at Island’s Spa.
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Alaya Dedaun Kuta
Promising affordable luxury and a culturally-related experience, Alaya Dedaun Kuta is a boutique resort with a concept of a traditional village. The resort only has 12 villas, each of which is nestled within its own native garden compound and has a full-length private pool, fully equipped kitchen, canopied bed and an en-suite bathroom. Alaya Dedaun also houses Dedaun Restaurant where you can enjoy the finest Indonesian and Asian cuisine made from farm-fresh and locally-produced ingredients.
During your stay at Alaya Dedaun Kuta, don’t miss the chance to indulge in age-old Indonesian beauty rituals from the resort’s spa, DaLa. With the philosophy that if you can eat it, you can apply it, DaLa only uses the freshest and totally edible local ingredients. And since they have been awarded as Asia’s Best Boutique Hotel Spa, it seems that their philosophy is right.
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Uluwatu is a breathtaking gem in Bali Island’s Bukit peninsula and is home to some of the most scenic and luxurious villas, resorts, hidden beaches, and world-class surf breaks, which makes it a surfers mecca worldwide. Uluwatu is a great place to have a posh and relaxing honeymoon trip away from the crowds with its arresting silhouette of the clifftop temple against the fierce sunset sky.
Top Things to do:
- Witness the sunset at Uluwatu Temple watch and Kecak Fire Dance
- Enjoy a full day at Sundays Beach Club
- Feast on a sumptuous seafood dinner by the beach at Jimbaran Bay
- Drive around the cliffs and marvel at the beach
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Recommended Place to Stay in Uluwatu:
Six Senses Uluwatu
Six Senses Uluwatu is a dreamy resort located at the top of the cliff of Pecatu and promises an out of the ordinary getaway. Check-in at one of the twenty-eight sky suites and penthouses or any of the 75 secluded cliff villas and wake up to uninterrupted views of the vast ocean and the horizon. Enjoy an extensive breakfast buffet of local delicacies, homemade bread, pastries and jams, freshly pressed juices and an endless array of tropical fruits. Most of the ingredients are picked in their own garden so you can be assured that they are fresh and organic.
A 10-minute drive from Pura Uluwatu, one of Bali’s most sacred temples, Six Senses Uluwatu lets you get to the heart of the island’s culture and in touch with your spirituality. Dress up like a local and experience the traditional Balinese Kecak dance at the temple or take part in some of the sacred Balinese-Hindu rituals. The resort also offers Wellness Screenings based on your needs and lifestyle to design a treatment or a bespoke multi-day program that will focus on cleansing, fitness, and sleep.
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Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu
Radisson Blu Bali is a seaside resort hotel where you can have an affordable yet satisfying tropical vacation. It has easy access to some of the pristine beaches in Bali such as Padang Padang, home of the world-famous surfing competition, Rip Curl Cup Invitational. You can just stay and lounge in their wide outdoor pool or spend a day at the beach and enjoy sunbathing and water sports. You can also check out some popular sights and local shops in Seminyak and Nusa Dua which are near the hotel.
Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu has spacious suites and rooms designed with locally-inspired architecture and artworks reflecting Balinese style. Each accommodation has a private terrace allowing you some peace as you look at the calming views of the Indian ocean and the farmland. There are two dining options at the resort. Have your fill of Indonesian and international flavours at the Super Breakfast or weekly themed buffets at Artichoke. For a more formal evening, head to Filini and enjoy their authentic Italian cuisines.
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Ubud is not only the place to eat, pray, and love your way to forever but it is also the cultural hub of Bali. It is no doubt a town of spiritual awakenings with multiple movies and books being set in this alluring town of Ubud. It is the place to be in Bali for that culturally inclined couple who want to see terraced rice paddies, colorful streets full of art studios, contemporary galleries, and Balinese culture and arts.
Top Things to do:
- See the Tegalalang Rice Fields, Sacred Monkey Forest, and Elephant cave in this tour, plus fly high on the Bali Swing!
- Find the best handmade goods in Ubud at the most famous art market in Bali, the Ubud Art Market. You can take this tour to see other Ubud highlights.
- Visit the Gates of Heaven at Lempuyang Temple
- Go on an adventure and take this Ayung River rafting tour
- Follow Julia Roberts’ Eat Pray Love journey to find the ultimate spiritual healing in Bali
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Recommended Place to Stay in Ubud:
Enjoy utmost privacy and a pampered lifestyle in this award-winning five-star boutique resort in Ubud. Viceroy Bali offers a luxurious and peaceful retreat and will get you closer to nature with its 30 traditionally designed villas. Sitting atop Bali’s Valley of the Kings, each villa features traditional Balinese architecture entwined with modern amenities. There is also a 15-metre heated private pool where you can lounge or swim while enjoying the serenity and the beauty of the valley.
With facilities including Lembah Spa where you can meditate and relax, fine dining restaurants that will satiate your palate and a private helipad, Viceroy Bali is the epitome of an exclusive and luxurious sanctuary. It also houses an infinity pool with a swim-up bar where you can dip, sip and admire the spectacular view of the jungle. Outside the resort, you can go cycling, trekking, or you can join any of the offered tours to witness the beauty and diversity of Ubud. If you want to see Bali’s renowned landmarks such as the Kintamani Volcano and Caldera Lake, you can also take up their helicopter tours.
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Ayung Resort Ubud
Situated in the lush rainforest along Ayung River, Bali’s most sacred waterway, Ayung Resort Ubud is a unique destination that promises absolute tranquillity and relaxation. This eight-hectare resort is a sanctuary of luscious greenery that conceals a plethora of culture, history and art. Even as you enter the resort, eclectic collections of artworks and artefacts will greet you in the lobby making you feel like you are in a real museum. While the rooms are more modern with their concrete walls and ceilings, the villas, also called Rumah kudus, feature Javanese architecture with vaulted ceilings, hand-carved details and beautiful canopy beds as well as traditional Balinese furnishings.
With superb hospitality that Balinese people are known for and a calming ambience that gives you the feeling of inner harmony and peace, Ayung Resort Ubud definitely deserves to be awarded as Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice 2019 and World Luxury Hotel Awards’ Best Luxury Forest Resort. Don’t miss the chance to taste Bali’s iconic food, Bali Guling, or dine at the highest point of the resort, Altitude, which overlooks the Ayung Valley. You can also soothe your stress away with a holistic treatment from the mystical Dewi Sri Spa.
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Seminyak is a nice, intimate alternative and the ultimate escape from the crowds of Kuta Beach. The area has an expansive collection of beach clubs, restaurants, boutiques, and posh galleries. It is perfect for couples who are looking for an array of romantic cocktail bars, delightful restaurants, fun surfing, and beach lounging.
Top Things to do:
- Lounge at the beachfront or infinity pool of the Potato Head Beach Club.
- Watch the sunset at Tanah Lot temple or if you want to avoid the crowds, we recommend going in the morning around 7am and watch the sunrise.
- Swim and enjoy the water of the Banyumala Twin waterfalls in the Munduk area.
- Treat yourselves with some amazing tacos and an awesome dragon fruit margarita at Mexicola.
- Appreciate the local Indonesian art at Nyaman Gallery
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Recommended Place to Stay in Seminyak:
Katamama Suites is part of Desa Potato Head, a famous beach club in Seminyak where you can enjoy music, art, wellness and the beauty of Bali. The hotel has 57 suites that allow you magnificent views of the surrounding garden, pool and the blue ocean. Mixing ancient craftsmanship and contemporary aesthetics, Katamama’s striking rust-coloured exterior is made of hand-pressed Balinese bricks traditionally used for holy temples. Inside each suite, you will find a cosy balance of wood finishing, teak furniture and modern amenities.
Katamama Suites does its share to help protect the environment too. You’ll be impressed with the bamboo cutleries, refillable all-natural essentials and soaps, as well as the handwoven fabrics used in each suite. All the restaurants at the beach club also only use organically grown and locally produced ingredients.
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The Trans Resort Bali
A luxurious and comfortable place at the heart of the lively and stylish Seminyak, The Trans Resort Bali is convenient for guests as it has easy access to shops, boutiques and famous dining places in the area. It is also just a 10-minute drive from Seminyak Beach and the resort offers a free shuttle to all the guests. If you don’t fancy the ride, then experience the beach vibe at the resort’s White Sandy Beach Pool with white sand, a lap pool, a pool with a slide for kids and a jacuzzi. There are also luxurious loungers by the poolside.
The Trans Resort Bali features 184 guest rooms and suites with jacuzzi and 16 villas with a private pool. It also has a spa, a fitness and wellness centre and a boutique where every purchase made helps fund various education and health programs for the less privileged. The resort has various dining options including the elegant club and lobby lounges, The Restaurant that serves all-around-the-world dishes and The 18th Rooftop Bar where you can sip and chill while enjoying the sunset. Foodies will also appreciate the numerous restaurants located near the resort, making The Trans a perfect base for a food crawl.
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So, there you have our list of places on Where to Stay in Bali. We hope this article was helpful for your search for the ultimate honeymoon vacation in Bali, Indonesia. Don’t forget to share this with your friends.
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