Affordable, accessible and always warm – it’s no wonder Bali has long been a favourite for Aussie travellers. But what the Indonesian island does especially well, and is becoming increasingly known for worldwide, is luxury resorts.
Steps from deserted beaches, perched onto towering clifftops and tucked into dense jungle, their settings are unlike anywhere else. And that’s just the start.
Tempted, and ready to book? Read on.
Why Bali Is The Perfect Destination For A Luxury Escape
So, what exactly makes Bali so perfect for a luxury break?
There are of course the reasons Bali is so popular among Aussies in the first place: dozens of weekly direct flights, plenty of English-speaking locals, and some of the most stunning jungle, beach and rice paddy scenery you’ll ever see in your life.
But then come the perks of the island’s luxury resorts. Ever had your own butler to cater to your every whim? Swam in a private pool that hangs over a crashing sea? Indulged in a four-hand massage? Bali’s sumptuous stays offer all that and more.
For starters, there’s the level of service you can expect. Balinese people are known for their warmth and hospitality, and that’s something you’ll most definitely experience throughout your stay, every step of the way.
Not sure what to do in the area, or what’s actually worth seeing? Hotel staff, or if you’re lucky, your own butler, can help out. Need a hand organising a driver, tour guide or ride to the airport? Leave it with them. Want to store your suitcase at the resort after checking out? No problem.
Next are the resort spas. With the Aussie dollar stretching as far as it does in Indonesia, you’ll be guaranteed to be getting more pamper for your buck. But the treatments themselves are pretty special too.
While you’ll find traditional services – massages, scrubs, facials and more – Bali’s spiritual and healing culture weaves its way into spa menus with an offering of cleansing rituals, confidence-enhancing facials, and four hand massages. Treatments use the likes of salt crystals, jasmine blends and fresh coconut to deliver immersive, relaxing experiences that oftentimes leave lasting results.
Private pool villas are another signature of Bali luxury resorts. And are more than worth a mention. After all, there’s nothing quite like a solo evening swim after a long day of sightseeing. Or an entire day of pool lazing without another soul in sight.
Taking all these factors into account, plus of course Bali’s general holiday perks, it’s easy to see why the island has become the ‘it’ destination for luxury resorts– not just for Australians, but for the rest of the world too.
The Best Luxury Resorts in Bali
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.
Hotel Indigo, Seminyak
As far as prime beachfront real estate goes, Hotel Indigo couldn’t be in a better position. With interiors inspired by the ‘banjar’ lifestyle – meaning ‘community’ – the hotel’s spaces are thoughtfully designed, intentionally paying homage to the pulsating neighbourhoods that surround them. It truly is Bali at it’s 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.
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