A Guide to Luxury Bali Hotels: Part 2

By Ricky
Last Updated: 2022-10-07

Who is ready for part two of our guide to the best luxury Bali hotels? Let’s pick up from where we left things in part one and explore the hotels found in regions such as Ubud, Tabanan and beyond.


Away from the beach and up in the mountains surrounded by tropical forests interspersed with valleys, gorges, rivers, rice fields and terraces, Ubud’s impressive landscape makes it a tropical paradise all of its own and it is known as the cultural heart of Bali. Ubud is home to the Sacred Monkey Forest, and full of art and craft markets, galleries and museums promoting local and overseas art and Balinese dances are often performed in the streets of Ubud town. Made famous by the book and film “Eat, Pray, Love Repeat” it has recently become busier and has seen many new eateries develop in the area giving you a wide choice of culinary delights to experience and plenty of luxury accommodation to choose from. We have chosen two.

Four Seasons Rsort Bali at Sayan


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This is your riverside sanctuary in Bali’s cultural heart. With locally inspired experiences and rice bowl architecture, set against the lush Ayung River Valley, you can float above treetops on a dramatic suspension bridge and cross into a different world. This remarkable five-star resort offers expansive suites, perfect for romantic getaways in addition to spectacular home-style villas with private pools for families. Its poolside restaurant on the banks of the river offers a European contemporary grill menu of the most succulent meat and seafood under a canopy of Banyan trees. Swim up to a lunch of pasta, ceviche or grilled fresh fish or dine in the mystical beauty of the jungle at night. There are another four restaurants and bars where you can enjoy Balinese and Indonesian cuisine and light snacks so you will never tire of the variety of the gastronomy here. With facilities and amenities such as the Sokasi cooking school, Balinese dance and gamelan performances, fitness centre, steam room, sauna, riverside pools, whirlpool plunge pools, resort-wide wi-fi and a daily shuttle bus service to and from Ubud centre there is plenty for you to do here and the hotel’s Sacred River Spa, immersed in lush jungle greenery, awaits you when you are ready to indulge in blissful spa treatments and ancient Balinese healing rituals.

Capella Ubud


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Capella Ubud is not just included in the Leading Hotels of the World list, it also won the esteemed title of The Best Hotel in the World in the Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best Awards in 2020 and is a perfect choice for your Bali Holiday. Set within a dramatic terraced landscape, in untouched nature, this refined and luxurious tented camp, nestled between the rainforest, rice terraces and the Wos River in the Balinese artist village of Keliki, is a unique experience in personalised and stylish comfort. Within this super luxury camp, are twenty-two one-bedroom tents as well as one two-bedroom lodge, all with private saltwater pools. One-bedroom tents have large outdoor decks, indoor and outdoor bathrooms and unspoilt views. All have outdoor dining areas, oversized daybeds and private pools. Guests have exclusive access to the “Officer’s Tent” living room as well as the tailored service of a Capella Culturist 24 hours a day. The two-bedroom lodge offers an open plan living room, a master bedroom with a king-sized bed, a twin bedroom with two double beds, two bathrooms (one featuring a Japanese bathtub and one with a hand-hammered copper bath) and a large wooden deck with two large daybeds. A private pool further compliments this accommodation. Multi-sensory culinary journeys await you with a choice of Mads Lange, Api Jiwa, the Camp Fire, bespoke private dining and in-retreat dining influenced by the jungle setting and local heritage. Seasonal, sustainably-farmed ingredients are the priority at Mads Lange, while Api Jiwa cooks up intimate, authentic Asian barbecue food. Enjoy comforting camp snacks around the Camp Fire, as you listen to live storytelling or a nostalgic film. Reconnect with yourself and nature through a variety of cultural, culinary and physically and spiritually adventurous activities offered in and around the camp.

Viceroy Bali


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A secluded haven, Viceroy Bali luxury resort situated only a 5-minute drive from the bustling Ubud shops is the place where time slows down, connecting you with vibrant Mother Nature and offering rejuvenation. The level of service and attention to detail is second to none with over 170 staff for just 40 pool villas. They can anticipate your needs and personalise each stay, whilst maintaining privacy. Your private, heated infinity villa pool overlooks a spectacular jungle ravine known as Valley of the Kings. Every detail of this tropical sanctuary has been meticulously designed to provide an extraordinary expression of Balinese authenticity whilst also being world-class. Viceroy Bali is celebrated as much for its exceptional Bali Restaurant food and drink as its beautiful private pool villas. From the vibrant, all-day dining restaurant and bar of Cascades, which overlooks the lush jungle valley, to Bali’s fine dining at its best with the grand Apéritif restaurant and bar, which transports you back to a bygone era through its art-deco design. In 2020, Apéritif Restaurant & Bar was awarded Indonesia’s Best Restaurant at the World Culinary Awards. An extensive 24 hours in-villa dining menu is also available. Perched magnificently atop a gorgeous valley with spectacular views overlooking the Petanu River gorge, the Viceroy Bali’s Lembah Spa has an extensive menu of holistic treatments and a fitness centre with a squash court. It is considered one of Bali’s most tranquil settings and the perfect location for the pursuit of health and wellbeing.


The expansive Tabanan region of Bali with its rice fields and terraces, unspoiled natural beauty and black volcanic sand beaches, is less often explored by tourists but easily accessible if you want to get off the beaten path and experience the real Bali on your Bali Holiday.

Soori Bali, Kerambitan

A hidden refuge in Tabanan, the last frontier of Bali. This is Bali as it should be. Set on the edge of the ocean between Mount Batukaru and terraced rice fields, Soori Bali is a rejuvenating, peaceful, hidden gem. Designed, owned and operated by the renowned architect Soo K Chan and his wife, Ling Fu, the resort prioritises environmental and cultural sustainability, treasuring and preserving nature’s gifts. Crafted from local materials, the hotel maintains a true sense of place. Each of the 38 villas features a private pool with sweeping vistas. Keeping things pure, each of its restaurants uses fresh produce from nearby farms and spices from its garden to produce out-of-this-world gastronomical delights and the resort’s spa only uses the highest quality organic products. Within easy reach of the Tanah Lot Temple, the resort is perfect for those seeking spiritual and recreational delights. Based at the seaside, with yoga and meditation classes, spa treatments, fitness centre, children’s programs, flower offering classes, daily rice field walks, in-villa wi-fi, villa host, Segway rentals, outside excursions and so much more on offer, you will have as much relaxation or activity as you choose, while enjoying the real core and essence of Bali.


Set on a rocky peninsular, Uluwatu is home to the Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple and some of Bali’s best, large and small sandy beaches set against a cliff backdrop. Uluwatu has grown in popularity and has become a favourite spot for surfers. The name Uluwatu comes from ulu, meaning ‘land’s end’, and watu meaning rock. With its easy laid back atmosphere, this is the resort to stay in on your Bali holiday if you intend to do a lot of surfing.

Bulgari Resort Bali

Cascading down a lush hillside towards the Indian Ocean on Bali’s Southern coast, the Bulgari Resort Bali is a veritable emblem of the tropical exoticism of the Orient, combining the breath-taking beauty of the unspoiled nature of Bali’s beaches with a sophisticated contemporary design borne out of the encounter between traditional Balinese forms and high Italian Style. The quality of the services along with the views of the Indian Ocean offered by its magnificent position 150 metres above the sea is the perfect introduction to luxury hotels from Bulgari Hotels and Resorts. The infinity pool is flanked by luxe cabanas on one side and unobstructed ocean views on the other. Situated next to Il Bar, Sanghar Restaurant and Il Restorante – Luca Fantin, it’s a prime location for guests who are invited to enjoy food and beverage services right from the privacy of their cabana. It features luxurious villas with private sundecks and plunge pools and the beach is only accessible through the resort’s inclined elevator. A full range of excellent services makes for a comfortable stay while also offering several activities for exploring the island and its environs. Day excursions to the nearby islands, helicopter flights over the volcano, holistic activities, and visits to the local markets with a personal shopper are all coordinated to run smoothly by the Leisure Concierge who takes care of each guest’s activities down to the smallest request.

Six Senses Uluwatu

Experience colourful culture on top of the cliffs at the southernmost tip of Bali where the site of Pura Uluwatu is located, the sacred temple considered one of the island’s core spiritual pillars. Here at the Six Senses Uluwatu resort, tradition mixes with beautiful beaches, uninterrupted ocean views, great surf breaks and an eclectic wellness and dining scene. Bali’s sense of calm and serenity is beautifully interpreted in 28 sky suites and penthouses and 75 cliff pool villas, which are all interspersed with lush vegetation for seclusion and accompanied by a Guest Experience Maker from Six Senses hotel in Bali. The Retreat and The Presidential Villa are sumptuous and stately Bali accommodations. The hotel’s restaurants are an ode to Balinese food culture. Bali’s unique cuisine is influenced by Indonesian, Chinese and Indian cultures with aromatic spices enhancing fresh vegetables, meat, and seafood. The hotel offers an eclectic range of cuisine as you go on a culinary journey of local ingredients inspired by flavours from Europe, Asia and Bali. And when you are ready for the pampering, find your Zen in the hotel’s spa where you can choose traditional Balinese spa treatments with a modern twist alongside more in-depth wellness treatments focused on cleansing, sleep or fitness.


Jimbaran is a coastal resort south of Kuta that started as a fishing village and its long beach with calm waters, is still lined with fish restaurants. Local fishermen’s boats still bring their catch of the day in and you can choose your fish that comes in off the boats, to be cooked up in any of the beachside restaurants. This resort offers up a combination of a tourist resort with a traditional Bali community and is ideal for those looking for a tropical paradise in a less touristic environment.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay

This is a beachfront Balinese Village rooted in Heritage. Sheltered in a calm bay along three miles of golden sand, the breezy villas channel authentic Balinese villages where you can become one with Bali’s magical energy and gentle, inimitable nature. Together with unforgettable views and authentic art offerings arts offerings, this is the perfect place to retreat, surrounded by lush tropical landscapes. The villas are housed in a private stone walled courtyard and are inspired by traditional Balinese architecture featuring separate thatched roof pavilions. Each villa offers spacious indoor and outdoor living areas, lush gardens, a private pool and its sun terrace. The Residence Villas, each with their own private pool and tropical gardens are located in an adjoining enclave just steps away from Jimbaran beach. Ideal for families and groups of friends, they offer privacy and seclusion in a breath-taking setting. With a choice of four restaurants and bars to choose from you can sample culinary delights ranging from traditional Balinese cuisines, including the nightly barbecue menu inspired by the Jimbaran fish barbecues to all corners of the world or you can choose from the extensive western and Asian menu available for your in-villa dining experience in privacy. And when you are ready to pamper yourself, indulge in the hotel’s spa treatments where ancient wisdom illuminates modern ways for rituals that honour timeless traditions.

Ayana Resort and Spa

With a view across manicured botanical gardens, towards the Indian Ocean and beyond, Ayana Resort and Spa is perfectly located to enjoy Bali’s famed sunsets. Each of the 294 renovated rooms and suites, features regal island décor with traditional touches evident in intricately carved furnishings, textiles and beautiful artworks crafted in villages all around the island. Take advantage of all the world-class facilities that Ayana has to offer from a selection of 12 different swimming pools, 2 gyms, 10 restaurants, bars and entertainment venues, strategically located throughout the hotel’s 90-hectare integrated resort and even an 18-hole miniature golf course. The Ayana Spa offers the ultimate luxury day spa experience and escapes with exclusive wellness rituals delivered with a touch of Balinese grace. Guests are also invited to enjoy Bali’s only Aquatonic Sea Water Jet Pool, a 2-hour healing journey overlooking lush gardens at Jimbaran’s sunset coast. Drift and dream with a unique wellness ritual exclusively crafted for Spa on the Rocks which features two luxury spa villas perched atop large rocks surrounded by the blue Indian Ocean. Relaxing, warm waves of touch deliver complete comfort and relief as you drift to the sound of the ocean and the caress of the gentle breeze.

We hope you enjoyed part two of our guide to luxury Bali hotels, keep an eye out for more hints, tips and inspiration coming to you every week right here on our blog.