Published on April 30th, 2019
Bali, the famed Island of the Gods, with its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing a picturesque backdrop to its colourful, deeply spiritual and unique culture, stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth.
With world-class surfing and diving, a large number of cultural, historical and archaeological attractions, and an enormous range of accommodations, this is one of the world’s most popular island destinations and one which consistently wins travel awards.
Bali has something to offer a very broad market of visitors from young back-packers right through to the super-rich.
Ubud is one of those places where a holiday of a few days can easily turn into a stay of weeks, months or even years. The size of the town’s expat community attests to this, and so do the many novels and films that have been set here, creative responses to the seductive nature of this most cultured of all Balinese towns.
This is a place where traditional Balinese culture imbues every waking moment, where colourful offerings adorn the streets and where the hypnotic strains of gamelan are an ever-present soundtrack to everyday life.
It’s also somewhere that is relentlessly on trend – a showcase of sustainable design, mindfulness, culinary inventiveness and the very best that global tourism has to offer. Come here for relaxation, for rejuvenation and to have what may well be the most magical holiday of your life.
Fabulous Seminyak is the centre of life for hordes of the island’s expats, many of whom own boutiques, design clothes, surf, or do seemingly nothing at all.
It may be immediately north of Kuta and Legian, but in many respects, not the least of which is its intangible sense of style, Seminyak feels almost like it’s on another island.
What could be a better gateway to the wonderful beaches of south Lombok? Imagine a crescent bay, turquoise in the shallows and deep blue further out. It licks a huge, white-sand beach, as wide as a football pitch and framed by headlands.
Now imagine a coastline of nearly a dozen such bays, all backed by a rugged range of coastal hills spotted with lush patches of banana trees and tobacco fields, and you’ll have a notion of Kuta’s immediate appeal.
Sprawling, hectic and ever-growing, Bali’s capital has been the focus of a lot of the island’s growth and wealth over the last five decades.
It can seem a daunting and chaotic place, but spend a little time on its tree-lined streets in the relatively affluent government and business district of Renon and you’ll discover a more genteel side.
More a state of mind than a place, Canggu is the catch-all name given to the villa-filled stretch of land between Kerobokan and Echo Beach. It’s packed with an ever-more alluring collection of businesses, especially casual cafes.
Three main strips have emerged, all running down to the beaches: two along meandering Jl Pantai Berawa and one on Jl Pantai Batu Bolong.
Many consider Sanur ‘just right’, as it lacks most of the hassles found to the west while maintaining a good mix of restaurants and bars that aren’t all owned by resorts.
Teluk Jimbaran (Jimbaran Bay) is an appealing crescent of white-sand beach and blue sea fronted by a long string of seafood warungs (food stalls) and ending at the southern end in a bushy headland, home to the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay.
8. Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua translates literally as ‘Two Islands’ – although they are actually small raised headlands, each with a small temple. But Nusa Dua is much better known as Bali’s gated compound of resort hotels.
It’s a vast and manicured place where you leave the chaos of the rest of the island behind as you pass the guards.
Continuing seamlessly north from Seminyak, Kerobokan combines some of Bali’s best restaurants and shopping, lavish lifestyles and still more beach.
Glossy new resorts mix with villa developments. One notable landmark is the notorious Kerobokan Prison.
10. Nusa Lembongan
Once the domain of shack-staying surfers, Nusa Lembongan has hit the big time. Yes, you can still get a simple room with a view of the surf breaks and the gorgeous sunsets, but now you can also stay in a boutique hotel and have a fabulous meal.
Top Hotels In Bali
1. Bisma Eight
Bisma Eight is a boutique hotel experience set within the natural and cultural heart of Ubud. Opening in early 2015, Bisma Eight is rooted in the artisan heritage of central Bali. With 38 suites, each a mix of modern design and traditional Balinese craftsmanship, Bisma Eight adds something new to the landscape of central Bali by revisiting what it is that defines Ubud.
2. The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa
The Seminyak is stylish beachfront resort that represents a new era in Bali’s evolving hospitality industry. The property is all about tropical sophistication with a choice of elegantly appointed guest rooms, suites and villas designed to accommodate the needs of today’s savvy travelers. Set within a charming landscape that encompasses native greenery, lily ponds and traditional thatched pavilions.The Seminyak is a modern retreat with distinct Balinese touches that provides a welcome escape from the outside world. A signature brand of hospitality together with heartfelt service promises a truly unrivaled experience.
3. Sankara Resort Ubud
“Welcome to our Home” Spacious landscaped compound with local plantation, including flowers, Balinese Frangipani, Mangosteen, Coconut, Red Palm, many rare trees. The Sankara Resort is surrounded by the natural of environment with Balinese traditional village of Kumbuh, Mas -Ubud.
It is 90-minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport and just 10-minutes from the artistic center of cultural Ubud. Encompassing a collection of 30 Balinese stylishly appointed suites and villas. Sankara Retreat Resort is a peaceful retreat to feel totally relax, size 80 acre, artistic design infinity pool with a wooden sundeck in from the lobby and restaurant, lies entire the resort surrounded by rice field and coconut trees.
Indulge yourself, relaxing the cooling shade in the middle of resort landscape gives you an opportunity to feel the cool breeze while lay down on pool chair. Feel the sounds of the natural water flow from the river while sunbathing or reading books. Enjoy your truly peaceful ‘Home’.
4. Hotel Terrace At Kuta
Hotel Terrace at Kuta is a little gem in the heart of Kuta with affordable price. Strategically located where shops, restaurants and pubs are just steps away from the hotel. Only seven minutes walking distance to the famous Kuta Beach for it sunset and good wave for surfing.
Hotel Terrace at Kuta is great hotel not just for couples but also for family those looking for affordability at prime location, the hotel ensure you for great comfort and excellent service. We are looking forward for your visit.
5. Mason Elephant Lodge
Welcome to Bali’s most unique hotel and winner of the 2016, 2017 & 2018 World Luxury Hotel Awards for Best Luxury Lodge in Asia and Best Luxury Eco Safari Lodge in the World.
Ideal for animal and nature lovers, guests staying at the Mason Elephant Lodge arise to the sights and sounds of gentle giants set among lush botanical gardens and jungle.
Get up close and personal with Bali’s largest herd of 31 Sumatran elephants at the island’s premiere interactive and intimate elephant experience.
6. U Paasha Seminyak
U Paasha Seminyak Bali Hotel is enviably located in the heart of Seminyak with nightlife and beach life both close by. Featuring modern and contemporary design, our Bali resort offers uncluttered spaces that create a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere that calls for enjoyment.
U’s unique concept of service including our 24 hour room concept which allows guests to enjoy their room for 24 hours from arrival, as well as breakfast whenever/wherever during the stay, international and local calls at cost, pre-select amenities such as pillows, tea, music and soap that guests can select from our online U Choose programme and more.
7. Bisma Eight
Bisma Eight is a boutique hotel experience set within the natural and cultural heart of Ubud. Opening in early 2015, Bisma Eight is rooted in the artisan heritage of central Bali.
With 38 suites, each a mix of modern design and traditional Balinese craftsmanship, Bisma Eight adds something new to the landscape of central Bali by revisiting what it is that defines Ubud.
8. Tejaprana Resort & Spa
Tejaprana Resort & Spa is snuggly nestled in the lush jungles of the Petanu river valley in Tegallalang, a mere 4 kilometers from the lively cultural town of Ubud.
Designed by award-winning Balinese architect renown for his ability in creating serene spaces immersed with Balinese Taksu, or life quintessence, let Tejaprana Resort & Spa be your space to clear mind and spirit.
9. IZE Seminyak
A chic, modern hotel attracting a young, sophisticated crowd keen to embrace the action in the heart of lively Seminyak. Stylish, cutting-edge architecture and interiors combine with just the right amount of Balinese bonhomie to create the ideal urban tropical retreat.
Located in the heart of Seminyak area, where fashionable playground, scenic beach, sunsets and Balinese culture, diverse and upscale shopping and entertainment can be found within walking distance.
IZE Seminyak offers vacationers in one of the world’s most admired islands an amicable escape with a breakaway hospitality style that is both, fun and sophisticated.
10. Hilton Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai Airport
Relax and enjoy your stay at Hilton Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai Airport. The hotel offers an ideal location, only 500 meters from Ngurah Rai International Airport. Take the complimentary shuttle service to the vibrant nightlife, shopping and dining in downtown Kuta, just 10 minutes away.
Settle in to a comfortable guest room with a range of modern, comforting amenities. Unwind and watch the 40-inch HDTV, surf the web with complimentary WiFi, or catch up on work at the spacious desk with ergonomic chair. Wake up refreshed and enjoy a delicious cooked-to-order breakfast in our restaurant, also open for lunch and dinner.
The hotel also offers a lounge and a 24-hour Pavilion Pantry convenience market, stocking all those travel essentials. Unwind in the sunshine by the beautiful outdoor landscaped pool or maintain your fitness regimen at the 24-hour fitness center.
Families will appreciate our dedicated children’s pool and it’s easy to stay on top of work with our 24-hour business center and meeting facilities. This hotel next to Ngurah Rai Airport boasts more than 10,000 sq. ft. of flexible indoor/outdoor meeting space, for an unforgettable event.