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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Top 10 Things to Do in Sanur, Bali

Finding things to do in Sanur, this charming seaside town of Bali, may seem not possible as it is on the quieter side. Backing onto a long strip of sandy beach, it lacks the pounding waves of other areas of Bali which makes it a good pick for relaxed swimming and a safe spot for a beach holiday with children. There is a good range of accommodation options in Sanur * as well as a plethora of eateries where you can truly enjoy and dine freshly caught seafood as you take in the beachside views close by.

Sanur does not have many attractions as such, like temples or galleries, but there are still several spots of interest here. One of its charms is its laid back atmosphere without the crowds and throbbing nightlife of areas like Kuta. If you are travelling with a family or simply want to spend some time in a calmer corner of Bali, then Sanur has everything you need.

Here are some of the things you can do in Sanur, yourself or with your family, besides chilling around:

Boat at Sanur Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Boat at Sanur Beach. Photo by Exaudi Ebennezer

View the Blanjong Pillar

The Blanjong Pillar has the claim to fame of being the oldest historical relic in Bali as it dates from 914 AD. If you enjoy uncovering hidden archaeological finds then the pillar is well with a stop when you are in Sanur. The pillar is an inscription related to the first king of Bali named Sri Kesari Waemadewa although it has still not been fully translated due to the ancient Sanskrit and Balinese scripts engraved on the stone. The pillar is located down an unmarked lane off Jalan Danau Poso. Walk down the street until you are facing Pura Belanjong and it is the alleyway directly on the left of the pura.

Belanjong Pillar of Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Belanjong Pillar of Sanur, Bali. Photo by PHGCOM, via Wikimedia Commons

Try out kitesurfing

Sanur doesn’t have any waves which mean that it is often overlooked by those who want to surf in favour of other spots like Kuta and Uluwatu. Many people don’t realise however that Sanur is well known for its water sports and its strong winds make it the perfect place to try your hand at kite surfing. Many of the beaches in Sanur offer kitesurfing activities where you can glide through the water while strapped to a billowing kite.

Kitesurfing / Windsurfing at Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Kitesurfing / Windsurfing at Sanur

Visit Museum Le Mayeur

Museum Le Mayeur used to be the home of a Belgian expatriate who moved to Bali to make impressionist art. Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres lived in Bali until 1958 and his home has now been turned into a showcase of his work. Many of his pieces are portraits of his wife, a famous Balinese dancer name Ni Wayan Polok Tjoeglik. After the death of Le Mayeur, the house became a museum. You can also enjoy the garden and the traditional Balinese compound that the collection is set in.

Eat good local food at Jalan Danau Poso

The centre of Sanur is surprisingly small and there are basically two main roads in the form of Jalan Danau Tamblingan and Jalan Danau Poso. It is on Jalan Danau Poso that you will find some of the best restaurants in Sanur, and many of these focus on local bites rather than Western fare. Look out for Warung Dapur Sanur and Warung Jawa which offer up cheap but delicious Indonesian nasi campur, mixed rice with curries and side dishes.

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Warung Dapur at Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Warung Dapur at Sanur, Bali. Photo by Balikutours

Shop on Jalan Danau Tamblingan

The centre of Sanur is quite compact and much of the action takes place on the main artery of Jalan Danau Tamblingan. Here you will find a huge range of arts and crafts shops selling gifts and souvenirs including traditional Balinese trinkets like colourful kites, masks, and wood carvings.

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Visit the Griya Santrian Gallery

The Griya Santrian Gallery is part of the Griya Santrian Boutique Hotel and is the only real gallery space that you will find in Sanur. The gallery has a range of rotating exhibitions that feature the work of local artists as well as events such as book launches and other arts related showcases. In the past, collections have included paintings, sculpture, photography and even Balinese textiles.

Enjoy the beachfront promenade

One of the signature features of Sanur is the paved path that runs along its coastline. Unlike other parts of Bali which are tricky to walk around, Sanur is the ideal place to go for a stroll. If you are travelling with children then the promenade makes walking around easy even with a stroller. You can hike pretty much the entire length of Sanur along the path. The best times of the day to visit are early morning before the sun gets too fierce and at night under the stars.

A nice walk at Sanur's beachfront promenade, Bali, Indonesia

A nice walk at Sanur’s beachfront promenade. Photo by Matt Croxson, via Wikimedia Commons

Sign up for a dive class

You can’t dive in Sanur exactly but there are a few good dive sites that are just a short boat ride away. If you want to learn to dive, there are a wide range of dive shops and classes to choose from here. The waters close to Sanur are known for teeming with underwater life like puffer fish, lion fish, moray eels, and pygmy seahorses.

Diving at Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Diving at Sanur, Bali. Photo by Ilse Reijs and Jan-Noud Hutten

Visit the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre

The Turtle Conservation and Education Centre is nestled on Serangan Island, close to Sanur and is the place to come if you love turtles. The centre is on a mission to educate visitors of the dangers facing turtles in Bali. They also rescue sick or injured turtles before releasing them back into the wild. This is a great stop especially if you are travelling with young children, who will enjoy seeing the cute baby turtles which are born at the centre. You can also spend the rest of your time of Serangan Island exploring a quieter and less visited part of Bali.

A turtle in a sanctuary at Bali, Indonesia

A turtle in a sanctuary at Bali. Photo by Steve Deeves

Soak up the sun at Pantai Indah

Sanur has a long stretch of coastline but the sands here are actually separated into different beaches. It is not clear here where the one beach ends and another begins. As a rule of thumb, one of the best beaches in Sanur is Pantai Indah which is located half way along the main road of Jalan Danau Tamblingan. The best way to get here is the access point in front of Bali Deli which will also take you to Warung Pantai Indah, a beachside cafe. In this cafe, you can also get a range of dishes like tasty satay, curries, and fresh juices or a cold bottle of beer.

Sunrise at Sanur Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Sunrise at Sanur Beach

Beside relaxing and spending your time on the beach in Sanur, you find that there are also quite a number of other activities to choose from. If you are thinking whether to stay in Sanur * during your holiday in Bali, whether you’re on a couple trip or a family trip with kids, you can see that Sanur may be just the place to be.

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Pura Tanah Lot Temple, Bali

Arguably the most popular temple in Bali, Tanah Lot definitely lives up to its fame, with its dramatic setting. It is one of the six revered, cardinal temples of Bali and is dedicated to the Goddess of the Sea. Tanah Lot means “Land in Sea” in the Balinese language.

Tanah Lot is located at the edge of the rocks, giving it a breathtaking view and look, especially during sunset. The temple itself is 100m offshore and is only accessible to the Hindus. It cannot be reached by anyone during the high tide. The cliff-side path to the north passes the Pura Enjung Galuh temple (behind which are the best views of Tanah Lot) and then some steps down to the beach and onwards to Pura Batu Bolong temple perched atop a rocky headland.

Nowadays, there are many souvenir stalls surrounding the area, catering to the tourists. There are also some eateries that will open up for sunset drinks and meals.

Pura Tanah Lot Temple, Bali, Indonesia

Pura Tanah Lot Temple, Bali. Photo by Madeleine Deaton

History and facts

Tanah Lot temple was built back to 500 years ago by a Javanese priest and has been part of the Balinese mythology, venomous sea snakes are believed to guard the temple.

Where is it

Pura Tanah Lot temple is located in Tabanan at the north-west of the southern part of Bali, about 20 km from Denpasar or Kuta.

Side view of Pura Tanah Lot Temple, Bali, Indonesia

Side view of Pura Tanah Lot Temple. Photo by Vladimir E

Why visit

Although overrun by tourists, Tanah Lot temple is worth a visit just for its architecture, location and its significance as a very important worship place in Bali. The stroll over ragged ocean stones and the sunset cast over the whole setting will be unforgettable.

When is the best time to go

Many people come here during the sunset to catch the sun’s setting magic but if you want to avoid the crowd, early morning (before 9 am) is also a good magical time to admire the temple in silence.

Kecak Dance is held here every evening after sunset at 6.30 pm for 45 minutes. There is also a ceremony held here every 6 months, check with the place you stay.

Carvings of Pura Tanah Lot Temple, Bali, Indonesia

Carvings of Pura Tanah Lot Temple, Bali. Photo by Ken Marshall

Fees

The fee to enter the grounds surrounding Tanah Lot Temple is 60,000 Rp. (as of 2016). You’re not allowed to enter the temple except to pray. Parking fee for a car is 5,000 Rp. A guide is not necessary.

Opening Times

Open from 7am to 7pm for visitors. For worship purpose it is open for 24 hours daily.

Beach and sea, Pura Tanah Lot Temple, Bali, Indonesia

Beach and sea. Photo by Thomas Schlosser

Get in and get around

From Kuta or Seminyak – about 45 minutes drive
From Denpasar – public transport are limited and it is not available after sunset.

Where to stay near Tanah Lot

The nearest popular luxurious hotel you can find to Tanah Lot temple is the Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort *. This would be a great choice if you want to keep catching the beautiful sunset by the temple. Besides, there are also affordable hotels nearby such as Villa Puspa and Kubu Kedungu *. If you are in a budget, then you are in for luck with this highly rated affordable inn called Kedungu Surf Camp *

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Where to eat

Recommended restaurant here is Melasti Tanah Lot. It is on the headland just north of the temple and has one of the most beautiful settings for a restaurant. Here one can enjoy candlelight dinner of fresh seafood while enjoying the famous sunset view. The meal may be a little expensive and the prime view tables are only reserved for evening diners.

Sunset at Pura Tanah Lot Temple, Bali, Indonesia

Sunset at Pura Tanah Lot Temple. Photo by koyne


Nearby tourist attractions

Taman Ayun temple at Mengwi – one of our top temples in Bali, this is more unknown but still a very beautiful royal temple.

Travel Tips

It is recommended to hire a car for the day in Bali for other excursions since all the tourists spots are far from each other. The road to Tanah Lot temple is also dangerous, so it is better to hire a car with a driver to take you there, or get a taxi and ask them to wait while you visit.

If you come early in the day, the paddy fields view along the way is worth the slow ride to take it in. A detour to the rugged beaches nearby such as Pantai Seseh is also recommended.

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Top 5 Things to Do in Canggu, Bali

While backpackers looking to party flock to Kuta to spend a hazy night gouging themselves at Sky Garden, and yogis looking to eat, pray, love may find themselves physically and spiritually in Ubud, I found myself instead in a next upcoming hotspot of Bali – Canggu.

Full of cute cafes, fun bars, trendy shops, and decent surfing waves, Canggu is attracting a beautiful crowd looking to escape the cluster of neighboring Seminyak and Kuta. The town is much more mellow, dotted with lush, green rice patties, along cobblestone roads filled with surfers on scooters. It has a small town feel with all the luxurious amenities.

Scooters through Canggu Shortcut, Bali, Indonesia

Scooters through the “famous shortcut” in Canngu, Bali

Here’s our top 5 things to do in Canggu during your visit in Bali:

Eating heathy and local around Canggu

Good coffee and beautiful, bright nalu bowls (Bali’s answer to acai bowls!) are reason enough to make your way to Canggu. Like other places in Bali, there are plenty of affordable healthy eats – it’s probably one of the easiest places to be vegan throughout all of Asia. Some of my favorite haunts include Crate for nalu bowls, quinoa salads and peanut butter shakes from Peloton, a matcha green tea latte and sweet potato toast from Avocado Cafe, and poke bowls with large chunks of freshly caught tuna at Poke Poke. If you’re looking for something more local, there are plenty of Warungs (local food stalls) including my personal favorite, Warung Heboh where it’s buffet style and you pay by item rather than weight which means you can pile heaps on for a cheap and filling meal!

Coffee, desserts, avocado toast at Crate, smoothies, juices, salad at Peloton in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

From left: Coffee and desserts and avocado toast at Crate; Smoothies, juices and salad at Peloton in Canggu, Bali.

Party, drink and live band in Canggu

While Canggu’s nightlife may be a bit more subdued than in other parts of Bali, you can still have a great out and get up early to surf, depending on how many Bintang beers you’ve had the night before. One of my favorite places to drink has to be Pretty Poison in Canggu. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, there’s an emptied out swimming pool in the back where skaters show off their tricks to an adoring and attractive crowd sipping on their beers and cocktails. Other must visits include Old Mans, which turns into a party after dark, live rock band included on Friday nights, and Deus, a restaurant/bar/motorcycle shop with a big backyard that gets filled to the brim on Sundays as visitors sway to the live reggae band. There’s also free tacos and tattoos on Tuesday. For a fun day party, Finn’s Beach Club is a trendy and affordable alternative to the more popular Potato Head Beach Club, while the Lawn by Old Man’s Beach is a cheap and great place to curl up on a bean bag. and buy a beer while chatting with the friendly staff who occasionally break out their guitars to serenade lucky guests.

Live Band on Friday nights at Old Man's in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Live Band on Friday nights at Old Man’s in Canggu, Bali

Chill with spa and massages at Canggu

If you’re still feeling stressed or just simply looking to pamper yourself, there are a few good places for massages, facials, and other spa treatments in Canggu. While prices may vary, Goldust is a popular spot that comes highly recommended. While it’s a bit pricier than other places in Canggu, the bit of extra cash you spend goes a long way in terms of luxury. Always #TreatYoSelf, especially when on holiday.

Goldust, best spa and massage in Canggu Bali, Indonesia

Goldust, best spa and massage in Canggu, Bali

Shopping at markets in Canggu

If you’re looking to take home something unique and fashionable from Bali, Canggu has a decent amount of boutiques and markets filled with trendy goodies. Old Man’s Market which occurs on the last Saturday of every month is a top hit with fashionistas. There’s also a Sunday market by People’s Café with clothes and jewelry made by local artists. And nothing is better than bringing home a bathing suit, the perfect souvenir to remember your wonderful time in Bali.

Jewelry shopping at Sunday's Market in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Jewelry shopping at Sunday’s Market in Canggu, Bali

Surf at the trendiest spot in Canggu

Of course, no trip to Canggu would be complete without surfing. While Canggu is a becoming a trendy spot amongst beautiful sun seekers, it’s first and foremost a town for surfers. You can take a cheap lesson or rent boards in various sizes right by the beach. The best surf spot for beginners would be Old Man’s beach, while Echo Beach and Berawa are also nice for more seasoned riders. While it’s not exactly empty, the water isn’t as crowded as other neighboring areas.

Surfing babes and new friends at Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Surfing and new friends at Canggu, Bali – what else do we need?

With its burgeoning popularity, new hot spots for eating, partying, drinking, shopping and massaging are likely to pop-up in this little slice of paradise. What’s your favorite places and things to do in Canggu? Do share with us!

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