As you may expect from this a popular honeymoon destination, resorts in Bali abound. The island has lots of lodging options to choose from–indeed your only problem may be deciding where to stay finding something that isn’t full of loved-up couples in case you’re not one of them! We’re here to assist.
If you’re frightening in surfers’ beach paradise Canggu you’ll find an excellent backpacking option at Serenity. Visitors to civilization capital Ubud will appreciate the comparative solitude of Komaneka. Also, those partying and shopping at and around Seminyak will adore the serenity of Kayana. And choices for really getting away from it include clifftop Alila Villas in Uluwatu, Alassari Plantation in Selemadag, or Sun Suko Boutique Resort in Pemuteran. A good alternative for arrival or departure is headquartered in Sanur, which is near the airport and contains some excellent bars and restaurants. The amount of astonishing things to do in Bali is rivalled by the number of resorts to rest your mind afterwards. We’ve chosen our favourites below.
Fancy your stylish apartment, complete with a spa-inspired bath? Plus another living area with a kitchen overlooking your private swimming pool along with a generous verandah for hanging on your Dedon loungers? Add 24-hour butler support, free afternoon tea, a sunset cocktail plus a 30-minute massage – all contained in the standard cost. Now at this tropical hideaway, the design is more super-cool, with exposed timbers and rock softened by floaty fabrics and candles, and should you end up getting more zen out than you would like, buzzy Seminyak is just 20 minutes away.
Among the loveliest options in Seminyak, the five-star has enormous modern rooms (the Extreme WOW package is over 500 square metres), all adorned in glossy whites and muted tones with splashes of bold colour. At the same time, attributes consist of serious luxuries, including a Bose sound system. Four terraced pools with loads of sunbeds lead down to the beach, and waiters are available to bring you that second mint julep. Bars and restaurants abound – our favourites contain the Chill Bar within the 24/7 spa area and the beachside Starfish Bloo serving Pan Asian cuisine.
You’ll feel like part of a royal family member the minute you arrive in this expansive hotel as a gong regally sounds your birth, and that’s before you get to the enormous marble-and-chandeliered lobby/reception. Accommodation, dispersed throughout a lush resort dotted with lagoon pools, is composed of huge rooms with giant beds and luxe bathrooms, all overlooking gardens or water. The spa opens more lagoons. Luxurious Cabins contain ice, curries and dim sum, and more traditional fare, and also the beachfront bar is the location for preparandial cocktails and an impressive nightly fire dancing performance.
Maya Sanur Resort
Within an enviable beachfront setting, Maya has beautifully designed apartments which are stacked, Modernist style, over pools. Contemporary interiors have a trendy Danish mid-century vibe with glass doors opening to balconies and terraces where the verdant setting was used to boost privacy. Food and beverage are a real feature here: Reef is the signature restaurant for al fresco dining table as well as an unbelievably complete breakfast menu; Kuu serves modern Japanese, also Graze is available daily for cafe-style cuisine; for cocktails, the Tree Bar overlooks Sanur beach. The sea-facing spa is pretty unique too.
Clifftop Alila Villas have also won an award for environmentally sustainable design. There are 30 villas, each with their butler, and are simple stunners. Luxurious bathrooms have deep tubs and a slew of locally created smellies. The beach is far down the valley so hang out around the 50 m infinity pool (you get your lap pool in case you reserve the three-bedroom Penthouse) or look into the spa, before residing in one of two exceptionally fantastic restaurants serving genuine Indonesian cuisine.