Go no further if you are looking at where to stay in Ubud. Our guide will give you the best accommodation choices ranging from luxury to budget.
With so many things to do in Ubud, staying here is a good idea. Moreover, its central location helps to easily explore the rest of Bali.
Luxury (from 250 USD)
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 for two. 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. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com * Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *
Villas inspired by the ancient Hanging Garden, you will find this place simply out of this world. Overlooking the Ayung River, the villas come with private infinity pool with a superbly beautiful view of the surrounding greens, perfect for a couple. The rooms are well designed with a hint of Balinese interior with lots of wood and soft plushes. There are also a 5-star facilities of spa and dining options. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com * Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *
A popular boutique hotel located on the hillside in Ubud. It is far enough from the hustle and bustle of the city but yet close enough to the tourist attractions around. Its villas are nestled within beautiful gardens with private terraces overlooking the valley. The breakfasts are well loved and the free daily yoga classes are highly rated. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com * Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *
Tucked away in Ubud, just 15 minutes walk to the famous Monkey Forest, this affordable villa features eclectic designs with a common theme true to its name. There are trees and greens surrounding the pool and the individual villas. The high ceiling with wood interior is definitely a unique experience itself. Recommended for couple who appreciate unique designs and experiences. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com * Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *
Going to Lombok and unsure of where to stay? Here you will find tips on the best areas to stay in Lombok plus the recommended accommodations.
Long overshadowed by Bali, its popular neighbor to the west, Lombok is quickly becoming the next hot spot for travelers visiting Indonesia. This island comes with pristine beaches, amazing waves, friendly locals, and dramatic landscapes.
Northwest Lombok – near to Gili Islands for luxurious hotels
With just a hop from Gili Islands, it is no wonder that this area is popular for a lot of travellers as a choice to stay. At this beautiful bay, you will find luxurious to mid-range hotels such as the recommended:
Senggigi beach – mid-range resorts with beautiful sunset beaches
Not far from the capital of Lombok, Mataram, Senggigi beach is a good place to stay *, with a stretch of curved beaches with undeveloped hills covered with coconut groves. This place is a favourite place for tourists to photograph, especially the sunset view is stunning. This is a perfect base for exploring western Lombok, and you will find lots of mid-range to budget accommodations here. Note that there are also a number of nightclubs around, in case you are looking for peace.
Sudamala Suites & Villas Senggigi For those looking for a beachfront resort with Lombok style and charm. Go straight for the sunset and ocean view resorts for the ultimate experience overlooking the ocean and Mt. Agung in the distance. This is a place for some quiet relaxation, soaking in a pool overlooking the oceans with green surroundings. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com * Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *
The new hip and upcoming place that is Kuta, Lombok that will soon rival its same name in Bali. It is also a surfer’s paradise with 17 different breaks around. The place is now dotted with various homestays and budget accommodations *. The local restaurants (warungs) are also abundant alongside with many hipster cafes to cater to the crowd.
Featuring the best beaches in Bali, here are the beachfront and nearby places to stay, from luxurious to affordable hotels, resorts and villas.
There will be something for someone who wants to spend the most time at the beach, be it with a sea view from the room, or a quick walk to the beach or a direct access to their very own private beach. For your honeymoon, solo trip or with family and friends, these places to stay will not disappoint, with their close access to the finest beaches in Bali.
Nusa Dua beach is definitely one of the top choices for those who want a real beachfront resort experience. Dotted with many choices, every resort comes with its own privacy and secludedness. Swimming here is great as the currents and waves are low. The water is crystal clear for snorkeling.
Samabe Bali Suites & Villas
For those who wants to splurge on a special occasion, this 5-star beachfront luxurious villa will bound to impress. 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. Prices starting from 600 USD. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com * Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *
Kuta beach is one of the most popular beaches in Bali, particularly famous for surfing but there are also many other activities to choose from. Here is the place to be seen and to have fun. Just a little walk down is the Legian beach, for a more upmarket crowd but with still the vibe and energy. At night you can find the Kuta beach parties among the beach clubs that are guaranteed to entertain.
Sanur is one of the more relaxing town in Bali. Many people who know Bali well will escape to this place, especially for its many beachfront villas and resorts. The waves here are milder and best for swimming. The sea here crystal clear where you can even spot sea creatures like starfish when walking at the beach.
Though the ocean currents are strong and the waves high in Jimbaran, and it is not recommended for swimming, this beach is one to be reckoned with. Especially that it has one of the most famous bars in Bali, the Rock Bar. When the tide is low, it would be a perfect beach for strolling along enjoying the sun while the waves lap at your feet.
Located close to the Uluwatu temple, this beautiful secret beach is surrounded by big rocks and overgrown plants and monkeys. The beach is covered with huge rocks and small caves for exploration and when the tide is high, it is also good for swimming. Just beware of sharp corals and sea urchins. Staying nearby here would be like a secret hideaway from the bustle of Bali.
This delightful and pretty villa is situated just a short walk from Padang-Padang beach. The design of the rooms and the place are clean, modern and bright, with little touches of plants, greens and wood to complete the place. One can’t help but be cheerful and at peace staying here, and to top it off, the price is very reasonable, starting at only 70 USD. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com * Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *
A really secluded beach with some effort to access, you will not find many places to stay around here but you will surely escape the crowds. The effort is well worth it to find this hidden beach, with white sandy beach and crystal clear blue sea. There are not many tourists here while you would see local people harvesting seaweed.
This resort is located 150 m above sea level offering sweeping views of the Indian Ocean. Each luxurious traditional Balinese designed villas feature private sundeck and plunge pool. Its floor-to-ceiling glass bathrooms overlook the private courtyard. The beach is only 1 km away and accessible only by the resort’s very own inclined elevator. This is definitely a splurge well spend, with price starting from 763 USD. Check out the latest prices on Booking.com * Check out the latest prices on Agoda.com *
Nusa Lembongan is a small island about 7km out of the sea from Bali. Dream beach at Nusa Lembongan is known for its serene sea lapping on long sandy bays. It is an island with big rocks and small vegetation with spots of sandy bays. Most people stay longer at this island to explore all the beauty of it.
This very affordable hotel in Nusa Lembongan is like living in your very own home in Bali, with private terraces and beautiful gardens. Located very close to Dream beach, it almost let you think you own a beachfront house in Bali! Well rated with prices starting only at 49 USD! Check out the latest prices on Booking.com *
I would like to share my personal review of Bintan Lagoon Resort, as I have stayed there on my trip to Bintan Island. An easy ferry ride from the Tanah Merah port in Singapore will bring you to this plush resort that stands its ground on the shores of the Pasir Panjang Beach. It is one of the most popular weekend trips for Singaporeans and also other tourists from neigboring countries who are looking for some sun and sea, relaxation, family time, good food and some fun. Bintan Island is also known for its top-class golfing courses, making it one of the most sought-after golfers’ paradise.
Bintan Lagoon Resort * boasts of 300 hectares (740 acres) of lush green grounds and, more importantly, a private beach.
Getting to Bintan Lagoon Resort
There’s only one way to get there i.e. by ferry from Tanah Merah. But in that, you have two options:
One, hop into the direct high-speed ferry ride operated by the Mozaic Ferry Lines that’ll take you straight to Bintan Lagoon Resort ferry terminal in all of 75 minutes. This way you can avoid the long immigration queues and hassles of a public ferry terminal, and enjoy a beautiful ride directly to your resort.
Boat ride to Bintan Island
Two, opt for the public ferry services plying to Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal in Bintan. The ferry rides are pretty comfortable and, upon landing, you can either avail the public shuttle transfers or arrange for an exclusive ride to the resort.
The ferry ride fares differ depending on season and day of the week. So it’s best to look up the current fares before booking. I went in the month of November and paid close to S$70 for a roundtrip.
Note: The Bintan Lagoon Resort suspends its personal ferry service from December-February due to monsoons, and provides resort shuttles for guests landing at the public ferry terminal. Direct services resume from March.
Drive from the port to Bintan Lagoon Resort
We ended up experiencing both the options mainly because we booked too late and did not get tickets directly to the resort while going, but managed our return tickets via the direct Mozaic Ferry Lines. It turned out to be great! We took the public ferry on a beautiful, sunny morning in Singapore and reached Bandar Bentan Telani, and arranged for a car to take us to Bintan Lagoon Resort. It would take over an hour, we were told. Just as we were cursing ourselves for procrastinating over tickets, the busy town gave way to beautiful winding roads and red earthy scenes. The clouds had gathered in the sky, and it was one of the best car rides of my life.
Bintan Lagoon Resort Location
This modern resort is strategically located on the Pasir Panjang beach, which is approximately two hours away from both Bintan’s capital, Tanjung Pinang (73 km) and the Chinese fishing village of Senggarang (76 km), which are both major tourist destinations.
Getting around the island is easy enough, with most resorts offering to book taxis or help you rent a car for the day. You can look up Indorent Car Rent for rented vehicles, or Adventure Scooter if you want to go zipping past the countryside in a two-wheeler.
Bintan Lagoon Resort Review
The first thought that crossed my mind on reaching the resort was how big and green it was. All of 740 hectares and cradling one of Indonesia’s best golf courses, I could see why people throng to this place for short weekend getaways.
Entering Bintan Lagoon Resort
Boasting around 470 Indonesian-style rooms, the resort features two outdoor swimming pools, a state-of-the-art indoor gym, an indoor gym for kids, a tennis court, and two world-class golf courses – the Jack Nicklaus Seaview Golf Course and the Ian Baker-Finch Woodlands Golf Course. The fine-dining restaurants and cafes serve some delicious Asian, Japanese, Indian, and Western cuisine along with the local Indonesian dishes. The pool-side bar called the Verandah looked quite tempting as did the Terrace Sports Bar which was quite packed with many guests chilling with drinks and watching live games on the big-screen TVs, although we did not get the chance to visit them.
My friends and I headed for our lunch at Haskell’s, a charming 12-hour cafe offering food and light snacks anytime between 10:00AM to 10:00PM. Our eyes feasted on the spectacular view of the golf course, while we finally sat with some food and beer after the long journey. I settled for burger and fries, and my friend went for their buffet that was a mix of Indonesian and Western cuisine and was pretty decent too.
The buffet was close to Rp700,000 per person, while the a-la-carte menu offered various items starting from Rp150,000.
Golfers at the Bintan Lagoon Resort
The resort rooms were quite nice; we had taken sea-view deluxe rooms and it was very refreshing to sit on the balcony and take in the view. The rooms had all the standard amenities like a flat-screen TV, four-poster bed, Wi-Fi facilities, tea and coffee makers, hair dryer, minibar, but what caught our attention was the private massage space. It was a big Indonesian-style space with pillows and formed a part of each room.
Of course, you could always get your senses soothed at one of the resort’s luxurious spas that include the Javanese and South China Seas special body treatments, along with the more common foot reflexology and neck and back rubs. They even have a massage area by the sea for guests preferring an on-the-beach experience. The prices of the treatments start from S$60 and go on up to S$350.
Tip: Should you look for cheaper spa treatments, go exploring the neighboring parts of Pasar Oleh and indulge in a full 90-minute body massage for as much as Rp500,000, although you may have to compromise on the ambience.
Our deluxe sea-facing room with in-room massage space
Though we didn’t have any time to order any room service in our one-night visit, we were comforted by the fact that it’s a 24-hour thing and kept that as the fall-back option. Some suites and private villas also have whirlpool tubs: something we read about while looking for budget rooms in the resort. Maybe, next time!
We spent a part of the evening in the entertainment zone which wasn’t the best we’ve seen. For starters, it was empty and didn’t exactly leave us spoilt for choices. You can give this a miss. Since we had a kid with us, we spent some time playing pool and air hockey. It also had a foosball table and a bunch of bikes for rent.
Entertainment zone at Bintan Lagoon Resort
However, the lobby seemed to be quite the chill-out zone and was buzzing with guests simply lounging in the chairs or snacking on something from Mojo Café that serves light nibbles and fresh coffee. The reason might also be that the Wi-Fi connection is strongest in this area! You can also while away your time at the quaint shops selling souvenirs and swimming gears, though we suspect they are at a much higher price than that available outside the resort.
Tip: If you’re a golfer, carry your own equipment as the resort charges an excruciating price for both rent and sale.
Stretching over 1.7 km, the private beach is absolutely beautiful. This is definitely a plus point in my review of Bintan Lagoon Resort. The white sandy beach complements the clear blue sea which is ideal for both a leisurely swim and some water sports. The resort offers packages for everything from banana boat rides, jet skiing, kayaking, snorkelling, surfing, boarding, and canoeing.
Private beach at Bintan Lagoon Resort
We spent a great evening picking shells, getting our feet wet, and watching a glorious sunset, after which we headed towards the beautiful Nelayan café for some great seafood. Formerly known as Rice, this dining space is right on the beach and offers a cosy ambience amid the sound of crashing waves and soothing sea wind. We enjoyed their pork ribs but the Wasabi prawns sent us to food coma, and I wouldn’t mind going back again just for those jumbo prawns.
The next morning, right before we returned home, we revisited the beach – this time to try our hands at some of the exciting land activities the resort offers, like ATV tours, beach volleyball, electric car/bike rides, and Segway among other things. Given limited time in hand, we decided on a 15-minute ATV ride through the jungles lining the beach. The guide took us on the ATV trail, which was both scary (for first-timers) and exhilarating, and left me with a very satisfying sense of accomplishment on completing it.
We took single-seater rides, which cost us around S$40 for 15 minutes, while a 30-minute ride and a 60-minute ride would cost S$66 and S$110 respectively. The costs will jump another S$20, approximately, if you go for the double seaters.
ATV ride at the Bintan Lagoon Resort
And then, just like that, it was time to go back home. As we dragged our feet back to the Bintan Lagoon Resort ferry terminal, we longed for one more night – usually the sign of the end of a wonderful holiday. There was so much more to explore within the resort itself that I’m definitely going back for more.
To sum my review up, I would recommend staying at the Bintan Lagoon Resort * as it’s a one-stop shop for all holiday activities. Irrespective of whether you are going there with your friends or family, there’s something for everyone. Although the room rates are higher than other resorts, watch out for their super deals online. It was how we managed to get great rooms at a very reasonable price – around S$88 per night per room.
There are negatives and positives for every holiday resort. My recommendation is based on direct ferry access from Singapore, nice rooms, great private beach, water sports and land activities, kids’ play area, and delicious seafood at the beachfront restaurant. So, next time you’re planning a short trip, give this destination a thought.