Holidays are serious business on this island. Prepare to be overwhelmed with choices from perfect beachside family hotels, spectacular clifftop stays, or trendy boutique resorts. Imaginations seem to know no bounds, with both Indonesian and international designers take great inspiration from the island, with chic and innovative properties launching regularly.
1. Alila Uluwatu
Up there as one of the best ocean views from a swimming pool on the island, Alila’s one to three bedroom villas are an ultimate luxury retreat. Dine on a cliffside terrace or take a sunset yoga class, inhaling and exhaling as the sun disappears into the sea.
2. Alila Seminyak
From Beach Suites to Penthouse, the Alila is all about style, and swimming pools are an art form. With five in total, the infinity pools are integrated throughout the resort. There’s even a private party pool for special occasions.
3. The Oberoi Bali
Pretty thatched villas featuring sunken marble tubs and floor-to-ceiling windows, welcome the fresh breeze over the Indian Ocean. There’s a real Balinese character to this luxury beachfront property, not far from Seminyak’s buzzing restaurants and nightlife.
4. Mulia Resort, Nusa Dua
On the southern tip of Nusa Dua, the Mulia is a huge beachfront property you could spend your entire trip exploring. With great views, choose from four fine dining restaurants, five bars and float in no less than six swimming pools. Or head to the beach for some windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding, or a quiet stroll.
5. Double Six Luxury Hotel
Amidst the buzz of central beachside Seminyak, the luxury is topped off with all suites boasting sound systems and espresso machines. Sip cocktails from the rooftop bar or indulge in the martini lounge. Very civilised indeed.
6. W Retreat & Spa, Seminyak
Glam it up in one of over 200 retreats, suites or villas in the trendsetting capital of Seminyak. Music and good times are a fixture of this hotspot, with regular guest international DJ’s emanating cool vibes, or make your own at the W Hotel’s Sound Suite; a private music studio and the first of its kind in the W stable of properties.
7. The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa
Superbly sophisticated, The Seminyak is an elegant mix of intricate local designs mixed with contemporary minimalism. Thatched pavilions, tropical gardens and a beachside infinity pool exude romance, Bali style.
8. The Legian & Club at Legian
Part of the Leading Hotels in the World family, The Legian is mind blowingly Zen. Featuring private suites created by local designer Jaya Ibrahim, and an amazing two-tiered infinity pool, it’s the luxe option for families or couples. Kids will love the local dance and flower-necklace making lessons.
9. Four Seasons Resort
Shake the sand from your feet and head inland. The lush, jungle-like hinterland is an intrinsically Balinese experience. Luxuriate in the Spa, take a yoga class in a bamboo open-air studio, bicycle through palm lined paths, or explore local villages from this magic location beside the Ayung River.
10. Grand Nikko Bali
Perched atop a 40 metre cliff, the Grand Nikko in Nusa Dua is a large, plush property exuding 5 star style. Great for families, with four interconnected pools, a 30 metre water slide, or practice your swing at the 18 hole golf course next door.