Where to Stay in Bali
From stunning sandy beaches to awesome spas and cultural attractions, Denpasar is a fabulous place to visit on your honeymoon or romantic getaway. All of the hotels that made our list offer couples five star service and a selection of unique activities. Spend a few days enjoying the white sandy beaches, then head to Ubud to visit historic sites and enjoy Balinese spa treatments. Viceroy Bali
Viceroy Bali offers 10 villas with lush valley views, private pools and attentive service. If you are planning a honeymoon to Bali and would like to explore the area around Ubud, this is an exceptional place to stay. Each of the villas has marble floors and bathrooms, antique furnishings, broadband internet connection and terraces with garden and valley views.
Guests are given electric buggies to get from their secluded villa to the spa, restaurant and resort pool, just in case they need a change of scenery from their own private villa pool. The Lembah Spa has scenic views of the Petanu River Gorge and offers a selection of Balinese and Western treatments. Be sure to arrive early to use the steam room and the Jacuzzi with 68 jets. Dining at the the resort is an experience for the senses. The restaurant serves French-accented Asian cuisine and has a wine list of 160 wines from around the world. Plan a romantic dinner surrounded by lush tropical valley views and reflecting pools. Rates start at about $600 per night (+62 361 971777).
»Pan Pacific Nirwana
Located in West Bali with views of the Indian Ocean, the Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort is a beautiful retreat for spa and golf enthusiasts. Guests rooms and suites offer tropical garden and ocean views, modern decor and spacious layouts. If you are planning a golf and spa vacation, book one of the Golf Suites with balcony overlooking the 6th hole on the Greg Norman championship golf course. The one bedroom and two bedroom villas are great for families who need more space. Nirwana Spa offers holistic treatments and services which can be enjoyed right on the water's edge. Choose from traditional Balinese therapies and Western techniques. The spa incorporates organic and natural ingredients and is one of the top luxury spas in Bali.
The resort has 4 free-form pools, including a shallow wading pool for kids, a tall water slide and basketball nets. Couples can relax in the waterfalls and jacuzzis. Take tour of the lush tropical resort grounds and take a look at 13 different temples, take a tour of the working rice paddies, go on a bike ride through the surrounding villages and watch the candle-lighting ceremony at dusk.The resort can arrange a number of tours for visitors, including a visit to Beratan lake and its floating temple, a tour of the sacred temple of Uluwatu, river kayaking or white-water rafting, jungle trekking on Bali's volcanoes, and shopping in the villages of Thopati, Celuk, Batuan and Mas. Take the kids to the Elephant Safari Park and take a cruise around the island. The Golf Club offers a 18-hole Greg Norman course with dramatic ocean views and tropical surroundings. The resort is located 55 minutes from the International Airport.
Rooms start at $175 USD per night (+62 361 815900).
»Hanging Gardens Ubud
Hanging Gardens Ubud offers a stunning double-level swimming pool with infinity edges hanging over the surrounding landscape. The hotel provides the ideal base for exploring the natural wonders and numerous cultural attractions in the heart of Bali. The boutique resort is situated on the gorge of Ayung River in Buahan Village, 15 minutes from the artistic village of Ubud and a 90-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. The hotel is a sanctuary of tranquility, attracting adventurous travelers, families and honeymooners.
Ayung Spa overlooks the waterfalls and offers three treatment pavilions, Jacuzzi and a fully-equipped gym. The spa offers a diverse menu of women's and men's treatments, including herbal baths, massages, wraps, scrubs and facials. Guests are accommodated in 38 luxury villas embracing the contours of the hillsides. Each villa has a heated, private infinity-edged plunge pool and terrace that provides vistas of the Ayung River below, the surrounding rice terraces and the ancient Pura Penataran Dalem Segara Temple. The hotel offers a blend of scenic views and fine dining, from gourmet dishes at the Beduur Restaurant to nutritious and light fare at the Diatas Pohon Cafe.
Leisure activities include traditional painting, yoga, Balinese cooking classes, relaxing next to the double-level infinity-edged pool, shopping at the in-house boutique and cultural sight-seeing excursions in Ubud. If you want to get married in Bali, the hotel's wedding planners will assist you in planning your dream wedding. Rates start at USD $391 per night (+62-361 982 700).
»COMO Shambhala Estate
COMO Shambhala Estate is a peaceful hideaway located in a lush tropical environment near Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. This Balinese "Retreat for Change" health spa encourages guests to make real and lasting improvements to their lifestyles while learning to relax more completely. The rooms and suites are decorate with calm tones and romantic touches such as four-poster beds and luxurious baths. You will have easy access to pools and relaxing areas with shade from your room. Ask the butler to help you unpack and the personal assistant to help set up your laptop.
Immerse yourself in authentic flavors of Indonesian dishes or enjoy a nutritious dish at Kudus House. Intimate gourmet meals can be served in your private Residence or at the unique Tea House, which can accommodate from two to 20 guests. The Spa provides comprehensive treatments that include multiple types of massages, authentic Ayurvedic programs, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, body care and facials for restorative skincare. It also offers adventure activities and healthful COMO Shambhala Cuisine as part of the spa's holistic approach for wellness. The spa resort offers a guided four- to five-hour experience through Bali's lush landscape.
During this adventure, guests trek through rice paddies for about two hours, from the estate to its sister property in Uma Ubud, where bicycles await. The adventure continues climbing up to Sebali Village before plunging in and out of three jungle gorges—all on good roads—on the way back to the estate. Garden weddings can take place on this lush estate that communes with nature. The estate offers the Bali Meeting Rooms with a theater-style sitting of up to 40 persons. The resort offers three- to seven-night packages. Rates for the three-night package start at USD $490 per night (+62 361 978888).
»Jimbaran Puri Bali
Jimbaran Puri Bali is a tropical getaway with luxurious villas, fantastic beach, a unique beach wellness center and romantic amenities for honeymooners.
Travelers have a choice of accommodations, ranging from spacious cottages to luxury villas with private pools just steps from the water. Luxury cottages have terraces with plush chairs, perfect for relaxing surrounded by nature. If you need more space, book one of the two-story pool cottages which have two bedrooms. The villas offer the ultimate in privacy and relaxation, featuring modern design with Balinese touches. Click here to find more awesome luxury honeymoon villas.
We recently reported on the spa in our feature on the Best Spas with Water Views because of the stunning outdoor treatment pavilion right next to the ocean. Indulge in a soothing massage, followed by a healing bath steps from the water. Couples can receive side-by-side massages as well as side-by-side baths. Book a romantic dinner on the beach for two with views of the orange Balinese sunset. Another night, dine with a view of lily ponds at Tunjung Restaurant where candles illuminate the tables. Nelayan Restaurant serves freshly caught fish and delicious Mediterranean-style cuisine.
Cottages start at $335 USD per night.
»Alila Villas Soori
At at time when travelers are more and more interested in a deeper cultural immersion at their destination, Alila Villas Soori in Bali introduced "Journeys by Alia." A handful of signature programs and tours lets you experience the country more fully. "All About Rice" includes an in-depth look at how rice is cultivated and its cultural significance. During the "Journey of Culinary Delight," the resort chef personally takes hotel guests to the bustling traditional market in Kerambitan where fresh local ingredients are selected for cooking at the resort's open-air kitchen at Ombak.
"Exploring Kerambitan" is all about observing life in a local village, from wayang-style artwork to salt-making. "Kopi Luwak Voyage" is for coffee lovers because you get to observe the entire coffee-making process as well as sample coffee and local tea. "Journey of the Gods" takes visitors to one of the holiest sites in Kerambitan, Pura Ulun Suwi, as well as other temples in the area. This is a beautiful retreat featuring contemporary Asian architecture, complete with lush gardens, eco-friendly construction (following EarthCheck environmental standards), and magnificent views. This all-villa getaway offers its guests luxurious accommodations surrounded by tropical gardens, private pools and shady lounge pavilions. Rates start at $510 per night (+62 361 894 6388).
»Uma by Como Ubud
Uma by COMO, Ubud is a spa hideaway on the outskirts of Ubud in central Bali. The hotel overlooks Tjampuhan Valley with Oos River running below it. All around the property are lush banyan trees, coconut palms and rice paddy fields. Ubud is in the cultural center of Bali, offering you the chance to immerse yourself in authentic Balinese living in quiet comfort and luxury. The 46 spacious, sunshine-filled modern guest rooms and suites have all of the comforts and conveniences of a modern resort while offering a rural residential feel with beautiful tropical gardens.
Kemiri Restaurant serves world-class Indonesian cuisine created from fresh local produce and served al fresco beside a pond fed by a waterfall. Italian flavors of seasonal vegetables, seafood and meats are prepared at the Italian-style restaurant and lounge bar, Uma Cucina. Both restaurants feature the hotel's signature nutritious COMO Shambhala Cuisine offered in set or à la carte menus. The poolside Uma Pool Bar entertains you with the hotel's signature martinis, sangrias, fine wines, champagnes and other beverages as well as light bites amidst relaxing background music.
Explore the health-giving essence of Bali in open-air studios of the COMO Shambhala Retreat, which concentrates upon holistic wellness through a complete range of Asian-inspired spa treatments. The spa facility provides four tranquil treatment rooms, a reflexology and yoga areas, sauna, steam rooms, gym and an outdoor spa pool. Nearby adventure vacation activities include trekking expeditions into the volcano-dotted Balinese lands, biking, ancient temple tours and cultural festivals in Ubud. The hotel offers wedding celebration packages, including a Balinese blessing and tropical weddings. The hotel's Kemiri Restaurant hosts open-air receptions that seat 70 wedding guests. Hotel rooms start at USD $270 per night (+62 361 972448).
»Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua
Check into one of the fantastic villas at Laguna Resort on your honeymoon.
»Anantara Seminyak Resort
»Banyan Tree Bintan
Banyan Tree Bintan is an ideal getaway for those who love spectacular ocean views.
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»Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa
The 5 star Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa offers the perfect Bali getaway; located in lush tropical gardens, the hotel resembles a Balinese palace with all the amenities to make guests feel like they’re in one. Three outdoor pools, aqua aerobics, Balinese dance classes, a Balinese fishing tour, a private beach, snorkeling, canoeing, rafting, and free scuba diving lessons are available for guests to partake in.
There are also recreational facilities such as a tennis court, racquetball court, playground, game room, and a fitness center. In addition to the four bars on location, there are numerous restaurants at the hotel offering everything from traditional Balinese dishes to Italian and Asian cuisine.
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