Whether you’re booking for a honeymoon, special occasion or simply an indulgent break, Bali has a luxury resort that delivers. But with new resorts popping up every week, and easily over a hundred five-stars now on the island, the issue then becomes choosing which to book.
From a property with the most photographed pool on the island to a resort that’s practically a full-blown wellness retreat, we’ve handpicked some of the best.
Viceroy Resort, Ubud
Nestled in the jungle, but just a five-minute drive from Ubud centre, Viceroy Resort offers guests the best of both worlds: a totally self-contained stay and a wealth of things to do and see close-by. An infinity pool, private yoga lessons and award-winning restaurant give you little reason to leave. Should you choose to, however, nearby waterfalls, cafés and cultural sites await.
The Mulia Bali, Nusa Dua
One of three resorts on the Mulia complex in Nusa Dua, The Mulia is a celebrity favourite, comprised of all suites. Its pool, overlooking the beach and surrounded by white statues, is easily one of the most photographed on the island. Nine restaurants, a spa, and a fitness centre with daily group classes help make every day of your stay different.
COMO Shambhala Estate, Ubud
Treading a fine line between resort and retreat, COMO Shambhala Estate in Ubud offers four wellness programmes that promise lasting change, as well as access to a yoga teacher, Ayurvedic doctor and dietician all living on-site. Rooms and suites look onto jungle and rice fields, while residences all feature private pools.
Bulgari Resort, Kuta
While Bali’s luxury resorts can tend to blur one into another, Bulgari Resort in Uluwatu stands out. For starters, there’s an Italian-inspired aperitivo hour at on-site Il Bar. And then there’s the private stretch of beach reachable only by the resort’s inclined lift. But it’s the mansions, designed to be like comfortable (yet wildly luxurious) homes, that truly makes it unique.
The Villas at AYANA Resort, Jimbaran
To say The Villas at AYANA Resort in Jimbaran Bay is a sprawling resort would be a massive understatement. The resort has 19 bars and restaurants, 12 pools and an 18-hole putting course. Choose from ocean view or ocean front pool villas. Or, if you’re with a group of friends or family, book the 3000 square-metre, three-bedroom AYANA Villa.
The Legian, Seminyak
For a stay just a stroll away from Seminyak’s chic boutiques and pumping nightlife, look no further than The Legian. But despite being so close to all the action, the resort is an oasis of calm. Sign up for yoga lessons, book a spa treatment or swim in a three-tiered outdoor pool before retiring to a room with a balcony overlooking the beach or a Club Villa.
The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah, Ubud
The former home of one of Indonesia’s most respected art collectors, The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah in Ubud now houses 20 villas, each featuring Balinese pieces from his collection. Morning treks through the surrounding rice paddies are on offer here. As are hot air balloon rides, cooking lessons and yoga classes. The resort’s restaurant looks out onto Mount Agung.
Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay
The Four Seasons name is synonymous with luxury around the world, and Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay is no exception. The resort right at the edge of seafood mecca Jimbaran Bay provides top-notch service and immaculate grounds with pool villas that channel an authentic Balinese village. A main pool and three dining outlets make it easy not to leave.