Best Luxury Hotels in Bali

A lot of people comes to Bali for their honeymoon or for a recuperation holiday. There are plenty of things to do and places to stay in Bali that fits a budget holiday. Whether you are on a honeymoon or on a self-pampering holiday, there are sure to be a luxurious hotel to fit your needs.

If you are looking for peace and tranquillity, you may want to stay at Nusa Dua *, which is hidden with beautiful and luxurious hotels, villas and resorts with pristine private beaches and clear blue seas. If you are looking for some vibrant nightlife and a wonderful selection of restaurants, upmarket Seminyak is the place to stay *. If you are looking for a deep in the forest kind of private retreat, then Ubud * has a few hidden treasures to offer.

Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villa & Spa, Nusa dua

This luxurious villa stretching across a golden private beach is one worth the splurge. Decorated with unique themes, each spacious villas come with a private pool, kitchennette and open-air garden bath. There is a 24-hour butler service, in-house spa and personal beachside breakfast.
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St Regis, Nusa Dua

For those looking to splurge on their honeymoon or important trip, this hotel delivers the experience with style. Ranging from villas to suites, there is one that would meet your needs and appetite. The setting is like a dream with thatched roofs, palm trees and running pool overlooking the ocean. To top it off, it comes with impeccable service, sumptuous breakfast at the famous Boneka restaurant and amazing spa in an overall uncrowded hotel.
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Samabe Bali Suites & Villas, Nusa dua

For those on a honeymoon, this 5-star luxurious villa will bound to impress your better half. Offering suites with an uninterrupted view of the ocean plus a romantic bath with glass enclosure, this villa promises privacy and relaxation with style. It also comes with 24-hour butler service and free flow alcohol among many other extras.
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COMO Shambhala Estate, Ubud

Nestled in a private location deep in the tropical greenery, with just 15 minutes drive from Ubud, this hotel offers the best luxurious retreat in nature. Each room features wooden furniture and flowing white adornments against a backdrop of greenery, with relaxing outdoor terraces and open bathrooms. This place is almost like in a dream.
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The Oberoi, Seminyak

For those who are looking for privacy and to splurge for a honeymoon or special occasions. With quick access to Seminyak beach, this Balinese inspired accommodation is built on 15 acres of tropical gardens. The Frangipani Cafe inside here is famed for its cuisine. Notable are their open-air massage pavilions and outdoor pool overlooking the ocean.
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Amarterra Villas Bali, Nusa Dua

For those looking for a dreamy villa in a sanctuary within Bali, this hotel comes with a beautiful pool surrounded by Balinese styled modern villas. The stylishly designed hotel grounds, with rattan and thatched verandah and lots of greens, would make you almost not wanting to leave the place, even though it opens up to a beautiful beach. The service is well rated and it also comes with free shuttle and private pool.
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Alila, Seminyak

For those who loves minimalism, this comes with Balinese touches but keeping true to its philosophy. The hotel has 5 swimming pools to choose from, with plenty of the Indian ocean view. With world-class service, with available spa and babysitting services. Stay here if you want a good location to access the highlights of Seminyak too.
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The Legian Bali, Seminyak

For those who wants a well located beachfront villa with modern and high class style. This hotel comes with pool that seems to run into the ocean, the feeling of tucked in an oasis all by yourself, and a well designed garden with gold fish pond. There’s also yoga every morning and customized breakfast.
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Best Budget Hotels in Bali

Visiting Bali does not just mean luxurious honeymoon or fancy getaways. There are plenty of things to do and places to stay in Bali that fits a budget holiday. The best area to stay in Bali when on a budget is either at Ubud * or Sanur *. These places are dotted with affordable boutique hotels and hostels.

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Mid-range Budget (30 – 50 USD)

Nick’s Pension, Ubud

For those who are seeking a mixture of peace and action in the heart of Bali – Ubud. The rooms come with traditional Indonesia architecture and air-condition. There are also a swimming pool, restaurant, Wifi and parking provided.
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Linda Villa, Sanur

For the budget conscious, this guesthouse in Sanur is a steal, featuring swimming pools, clean air-conditioned rooms and a simple breakfast. It is located at a quiet place with only 15 minutes easy walk to the beach. Prices starting from only 24 USD!
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Budget (15 – 30 USD)

Jukung Guest House, Sanur

For those looking for an affordable guesthouse with quick access to the beach. Located just 5 minutes walk from Sanur beach, this clean and great serviced guesthouse comes with air-conditioned and tv rooms with balcony, breakfast and a pool. What more can one ask for?
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Hotel Desak Putu Putra, Ubud

For those who appreciates Balinese architecture and relics, this affordable homestay is built based on it. With a green garden filled with Balinese statues and flowing fountains, this place would not let you forget that you are in Bali. It comes with air-conditioned rooms, private balcony and very sumptious breakfast!
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Super Budget (below 15 USD)

Suwardika Homestay & Dormitory, Sanur

For those looking looking for Balinese comfort in a budget, this homestay comes with both private rooms and dorms. This family-run cozy homestay has clean rooms with some Balinese touch to a modern place. The owner is known to be very friendly too.
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When is the Best Time to Visit Indonesia

When to visit Indonesia depends of course on what you are planning to do there and not too much on the weather. The weather, in general, is pretty stable in Indonesia, hence most times would be a good time for you to visit Indonesia.

But if you are going there for specific reasons or activities or festivals, then you might want to plan around it. As Indonesia is also large and widespread, weathers may differ from region to region.

Weather in Indonesia

In terms of weather, the best time to go to Indonesia is from July to August as the temperature is at its coolest at these times and also the driest in terms of rain. But it is also the peak season naturally, thus take note of the tourist crowds and do book in advance.

Also, note that the weather is also changing nowadays and it may differ from the usual schedule that we know about. Therefore, I would say, come to Indonesia with an open-mind and try not to let any weather changes impede your trip!

High/Peak and Low Season in Indonesia

From April to September will be the high season in Bali, as it is purportedly the dry season and also generally the summer holiday season in many parts of the world.

The quieter months are from October to March, and though it is considered the rainy seasons, most of the rains come only in the evening and leave pretty quickly. Therefore, it is still possible to enjoy Bali in this weather if you plan your days earlier and rest in the evening.

Best time to visit Indonesia

The best months to go to Indonesia in terms of weather and also the crowd are the shoulder seasons, that is either March or October. At these times, you will have a relatively dry weather yet without the tourist crowds!

Indonesia Festivals

If you want to visit some of the festivals in Indonesia, here are some of the popular and interesting festivals to visit that you might want to look out for:

February / March

Bau Nyale Festival – In February or March, hundreds of people will rush to Lombok to catch a glimpse of the first nyale (worm-like fish) at the huge fishing festival.

March / April

Bali Nyepi day – also known as the day of silence, is celebrated every year as the Hindu New Year (Saka new year). The date changes according to Balinese calendar every year but would usually fall between March and April.

May / June

Waisak – In commemoration of the birth, enlightenment and death of the Gautama Buddha, the Indonesian Buddhist will usually observe this special day sometime during the full moon of May / June. During Waisak in Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world, the day will be grandly celebrated by thousands of monks and pilgrims.

June / July

Yogyakarta Festival – In June to July, you will find shows and exhibitions here.
Bali Arts Festival – Normally around June-July, There will be performances from all remote corners of Indonesia, almost forgotten ritual and village dances, food and offerings, classical palace dance and even contemporary dances from the schools of Denpasar.
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July / August

Jalan Jaksa Festival in Jakarta – takes place inJuly / August, where you can find the street closed to all traffic and replaced with food stalls, craft workshops, street artists and musicians.
Bali Kite Festival – held yearly in July in Padang Galak Area, Sanur Beach, Bali. People from Denpasar villages will make their traditional giant kites and fly them in a competition.

August / September

Toraja Funeral Ceremony – usually between July to September, this is ancient and fascinating funeral rite is to send the spirit of the dead to the after-world in order to prevent misfortune on the deceased family.
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Baliem Valley Festival – unique only to the Papua people and celebrated in August, the main event is the mock-war between the local tribes, with more than 20 different tribes, each with 30-50 people, clad in traditional clothing and fighting gears.
Kesodo Ceremony– Hundreds of thousands of Tenggerese will gather at the famous Mount Bromo in August to ask for blessings and another year free of eruptions.

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3 Days Itinerary in Ubud and Around, Bali

Ubud is Bali’s heart and soul, with so many things to do, you can easily spend 3 days here. Geographically it is also located in the center of southern Bali. Ubud can seem to offer too much sometimes, with rice fields to traverse, traditional dances to relish, art museums and galleries to explore, cooking courses and yoga classes to join and traditional markets and villages to discover.

In this 3 days itinerary in Ubud, you will explore in depth the village of Ubud with a full day walking tour, and then a day around the tourist attractions of Ubud and lastly a short excursion out to caves and rice fields.

Ubud Itinerary Map

Day 1 – walking tour of Ubud village

Today would be a walking tour day in the village of Ubud. The best starting point is the public market (pasar umum). This market is a mesmesrizing place itself, offering many things in a bargain, from T-shirts and bangles to tea leaves and bananas. Start here before 8 am to catch the mass local produce before they disappear as the souvenir stalls take over.

Lady selling flowers at the Market @ Ubud, Bali

Lady selling flowers at the Market at Ubud, Bali. Photo by David Stanley

From the market walk to the opposite to Ubud Palace, also known as Puri Saren Agung, to admire the architecture and the gamelan instruments on display. These instruments are used in the evening’s traditional dance performance.

Continuing down the main road you will see Pura Dalem Ubud temple, closed to the public but good to admire from the outside. Further on is Pura Taman Saraswati, a majestic temple with a pond full of lotus flowers. Close by here is the Museum Puri Lukisan if you are keen on a collection of works by local and foreign artists inspired by Bali.

Walk down Jalan Raya Ubud to Panestanan and spend some time here enjoying the peace, passing yoga and meditation centers. From here you can choose either to explore the nature by doing one of the best walks in Bali at Campuhan ridge or get a motor taxi (ojek) and head to Neka Art Musuem for its marvelous artworks and lush gardens. End the day with dinner, drinks and dance at Jazz Cafe Tebesya.

Legong and Barong Traditional Dances, Ubud, Bali

Legong and Barong Traditional Dances. Photo by Arian Zwegers

Day 2 – Around Ubud

Wake up early morning and head to the popular Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud. This is a lush jungle dotted with temples, transporting tourists away from the urban sprawl of Ubud. Exit through the southern gate to Nyuhkuning, a charming village renowned for its wood carvings. This village is also a good place for cycling (bike available for rent here) due to its flat roads.

Then head south to the magnificent Aung Rai Museum of Art with expansive collections and beautiful gardens. From here head to Jalan Suweta for lunch of the famous roast pig (babi guling) of Ubud at Ibu Oka. After that walk off the meal at Botanic Garden (open 8 am to 6 pm daily). Turn up at the main street of Petulu between 4-5pm to watch the flocking of thousands of herons and egrets there. End the day with a sumptuous dinner at Bali Buddha.

Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali

Monkey Forest at Ubud

Day 3 – Day trip excursions from Ubud

Today we will discover the wonders that surround the Ubud city starting with Goa Gajah Cave. This mysterious and fascinating cave is known for its T-shaped that was created over a thousand years ago. It contains Hindu and Buddhist artefacts and bizarre carvings around the entrance.A travel tip is to come here early before 9 am to escape the crowds from tours.

Next head on to Gunung Kawi, where massive shrines are carved into cliffs surrounded by stunning landscapes. Not far down from here is the Kafe Kawi, a perfect place for lunch. Further on we head to Tirta Empul, one of the top 10 temples to visit in Bali, with a complex of pools, temples and gardens. The hot water springs are regarded as holy in Bali and have the magical power to heal, resulting in its invasion by locals and tourists alike.

Head west and ride down the beautiful road to Kendaran, with sloping coconut palms flanked by padi fields and volcanic mountains. At the end of the road, turn north to Tegallalang, a village handicraft shops. Return in time to Ubud to catch a traditional dance performance with live music. This is a must to sum up your experience in Ubud.

Rice fields terraces, Tegalalang, Ubud, Bali

Rice fields terraces at Tegalalang. Photo by Pandu Adnyana

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