Though the cultural identity of Bali is exquisitely distinct, the landscape of the island is incredibly diverse. Coastal cliffs towering hundreds of feet, hidden beaches, forested hills, scenic river valleys, and idyllic rice fields – there is a different spectacle waiting whichever area of Bali you are in. And just the same, you can be sure that there is a luxury hotel waiting to welcome you there.
Taking into account amenities and facilities, location, design concept, guest reviews, unique selling points, awards earned, cultural experiences offered, and more, we have carefully selected the best luxury accommodations found on the island. All offering villa accommodation with private pools, we present our top 12 luxury hotels and resorts in Bali:
The Edge Bali
The Edge Bali – the name is as clever as it is literal. Perched on the very edge of a 530-feet high cliff, its breathtaking location is obviously one of the biggest factors for earning the top spot on our list. The resort gazes out into the Indian Ocean from the southernmost tip of Bali.
Only forty-five minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport, the resort’s private butlers will be ready to look after your catering needs, allowing you to indulge in marvelous seafood and European dishes. Their five-star villas come with added extras including a home entertainment center, and during the daytime, you can enjoy the tropical garden and pools.
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Setting: Ocean clifftop
Accommodation: Cliff-front, oceanview, and private pool villas
Four Seasons Sayan
Located in Sayan, Ubud, the resort will also take you to the lush tropics of the Ayung River. It is surrounded by the cathedral-like canopy of Bali’s forest heartland and idyllic rice fields of the neighboring villages. From its spectacular architecture to its staff and in-house events, Four Seasons Sayan is a perfect representation of Balinese culture draped in utmost luxury.
Only ten minutes from both the Ubud Palace and Art Market, you’ll have plenty of things to enjoy. The Monkey Forest is close by, and the unique location offers a multitude of sporting activities, such as hiking and cycling. The Riverside Café offers Western food, giving you an essence of home comfort, should you need it. It seeks to bring you closer to Bali’s soul, helping you gain inner peace. It’s one of the world’s best resorts on Condé Nast Traveler’s list.
Setting: Riverside jungle and rice fields
Accommodation: Luxury suites, private pool villas, and riverfront private pool villas
Mandapa, a Ritz Carlton Reserve
The Mandapa is situated only ten minutes from downtown Ubud and will give you the ultimate experience of Bali’s green paradise. This Ritz Carlton resort presents a perfect blend of the island’s cultural and natural beauty. Expansive private pool villas provide lavish accommodation amidst a pristine forest, all built with careful detail in faithfulness to traditional Balinese design.
The secluded resort introduces guests to a different side of Bali. You’ll be surrounded by the rainforest, the Ayung River and its lush vegetation, only a short distance from historical sites such as the sacred Tirtha Empul Temple and the Goa Gajah otherwise known as The Elephant Cave.
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Setting: Riverside, jungle, and rice fields
Accommodation: Garden or riverfront private pool villas
Classy and sophisticated mixed with traditional Balinese is how one can describe the character of the Bulgari Resort. Another cliff-top property, it is nestled along the rugged southern coastline of Uluwatu.
The resort features a secluded beach at the bottom of the cliff accessible only using the resort’s custom-designed inclined elevator. It also conceals the only Bvlgari store in the whole of Bali.
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Setting: Clifftop and ocean beachfront
Accommodation: Private pool villas and mansions
It is a rarity for any 5-star hotel to be family-operated, let alone one that has been recognized as the world’s best resort; but that is exactly the case for the Viceroy Bali. Their award-winning villas come with heated private pools and designed with mahogany and marble, aiming to provide a tranquil getaway for honeymoons and weddings. Romantic floating breakfasts are a must try.
Located in Ubud’s highlands and sitting next to the Petanu River, the Viceroy offers space and scenery. It’ll take you an hour from Ngurah Rai Airport to get here, but if you just happen to own a helicopter, you can use the hotel’s private helipad.
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Setting: Jungle hilltop
Accommodation: Private pool villas
Four Seasons Jimbaran
While the Four Seasons Sayan immerses guests into the forested heartland of Bali, its sister hotel in Jimbaran Bay will allow you to experience the island’s tranquil coastal beauty. Dotted right on the edge of the peaceful Jimbaran Bay, the property features a three-mile stretch of beach together with yoga and fitness facilities, a cultural center, and a cooking academy.
The villas are strikingly detailed, designed to portray an authentic Balinese village; and yet, each boasts flat-screen televisions, minibars, air-conditioning, extensive bathrooms, and other state-of-the-art luxuries.
Location: Jimbaran Bay
Setting: Ocean beachfront
Accommodation: Private pool or garden villas
Ritz Carlton Bali
The second on our list from the Ritz Carlton chain of hotels, Ritz Carlton offers opulence right on the southern shores of Bali. Its vast selection of luxuriant private villas includes both cliff-top and beachfront settings.
Found in Nusa Dua, this hotel is a perfect tropical escape. The Indian Ocean will be right before your eyes, and you can soak up the sand, sea, and sun on the incredible beachfront. In addition to the mesmerizing seaside surrounding, The Ritz Carlton also features six dining venues, unique spa experiences, a fitness center, yoga studio, and play area for kids.
Location: Nusa Dua
Setting: Ocean beachfront and clifftop
Accommodation: Private pool, garden, or oceanfront villas
The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah
Once the residence of one of Bali’s elite art collectors, the Chedi Club is a luxurious 5-hectare expanse featuring twenty individual villas. The hotel promises an authentic Balinese experience and scenery of “rice fields as far as the eye can see”.
With private pools, a farm shop, hot air balloon rides, and local cooking classes, there’s a long list of alternative activities you can partake in. One of the highlights is the performance of the traditional Kecak dance which you can watch at the resort’s very own amphitheater. You’ll also have a view of sunrises over the majestic Mt. Ayung.
Setting: Rice fields
Accommodation: Private pond or pool villas
Set in a hill in Bali’s historic Karangasem Regency, Amankila takes in the captivating splendor of Bali’s eastern face. Its very name means “peaceful hill”, though obviously, this jewel of the Aman hotel group is much more than just that. This relatively undisturbed side of the island is home to historic and religious sites to which the resort’s design impressively blends in.
The architecture of the place represents the very identity of Bali down to the smallest detail. Amidst the surrounding tree-tops, 34 individual suites are built on stilts while a gorgeous infinity pool cascades down the hillside on three levels portraying the iconic rice terraces. Other features include a private beach club and exclusive tours of the neighboring floating palace and temples.
Setting: Oceanfront jungle hillside
Accommodation: Hillside garden suites or private pool suites with ocean view
COMO Shambala Estate
Next on our list is a resort that was created to provide a transformative experience, an approach which they call a ‘retreat for change’. Every aspect of this paradise resort was carefully designed to provide holistic nourishment, from the lush landscape to the cuisine, to the hospitality of its staff.
Its stunning design offers a touch of nature, with wooden and earthy notes. The tropical beauty and greenery will instantly trance you, along with the yoga and pilates classes. You’ll be accompanied by healthcare professionals, too, who can offer tips and expertise.
Setting: Jungle, rice paddies, local village
Accommodation: Terrace garden suites and private pool villas
Hanging Gardens of Bali
For a place that borrows a name from one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Hanging Gardens of Bali clearly does not disappoint. This 44-villa hotel is a paradise in the middle of Ubud’s tropical forest with a spectacular multi-level infinity pool and stunning views of the Ayung River and the jungle beyond.
The villas are decorated with strong Balinese influences and aim to bring you closer to the local culture. The cuisine is fresh, healthy and crafted with locally-grown herbs – you’ll be able to meet new tastes and styles of food.
Setting: Riverside jungle hills
Accommodation: Private pool and riverside villas
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Komaneka at Bisma
Found on a marvelous hillside in Ubud, Komaneka is surrounded by resort-owned rice fields, verdant vegetation, and overlooking the dramatic Campuhan River. This 5-hectare resort is luxury embraced by tropical greenery.
With Indonesian influences, you can dine at the Seneng Kitchen and later enjoy your room, which comes with a private balcony, sun loungers and loads of technology. The Monkey Forest is less than a kilometer away – you’ll never be far away from the culture and beauty Komaneka has to offer.
Setting: Rice paddies, and riverside jungle
Accommodation: Luxury suites and private pool villas