Alila Villas Uluwatu
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The award-winning Singaporean architects at WOHA are the masterminds behind this eco-friendly Uluwatu resort built using recycled materials. Here, seemingly on the edge of the world, there’s a 50-metre infinity pool with panoramic views of the Bukit Peninsula and a sunset cabana suspended over the cliffs.
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Set among lush jungle overlooking the Ayung River Valley, the Ubud outpost of the ultra-exclusive Aman chain is about as peaceful as it gets. Suites are replete with luxuries such as an outdoor sunken marble bathtub, while guests of the three-bedroom villa can frolic in their private two-tier infinity pool.
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At this quiet hide-out on Amuk Bay, on Bali’s east coast, each of the 34 suites is elevated on stilts to make the most of the ocean views. Inspired by the water palace outside nearby Amlapura, the centrepiece is an elegant three-tiered pool that resembles terraced rice paddies.
Aman Villas at Nusa Dua
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Overlooking Bali National Golf Club in Nusa Dua, this tranquil resort combines stonework and tropical Balinese gardens to striking effect. Guests receive priority reservations to tee off, while villas come with a private chef and a garage to park your rented ride.
Ayana Resort and Spa Bali, Jimbaran
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The iconic Rock Bar may be the jewel in Ayana’s crown but this cliff-top resort sparkles all over. It has infinity pools and a spa on the rocks and offers jaw-dropping sunsets and cliffside dining in a location that is unsurpassed. With the resort’s 12 pools and private white-sand beach, the hardest part is deciding where to cool off.
Bulgari Resort Bali, Uluwatu
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Luxe Italian fashion house Bulgari knows how to roll out the red carpet. Its Bali resort is located high on the Uluwatu cliffs and offers two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom mansions complete with a private elevator and 24-hour butler service.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
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Recently receiving a major makeover, this 156-villa resort in Jimbaran Bay is styled like a traditional Balinese village over 14 hectares. There’s plenty to keep guests active, including heli-surfing and exploring the bay on floating water bikes.
Hanging Gardens of Bali, Ubud
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A jungle retreat with an Insta-famous pool, this Ubud resort is one of the most photographed in Bali. Each of the 44 villas features floor-to-ceiling windows and traditional thatched roofs, allowing the lush, natural beauty of Ubud to colour the hotel.
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The renowned architect behind Potato Head Beach Club is also credited with this contemporary urban hideaway that turns island luxury on its head. Every element has been crafted locally, from the hand-pressed Balinese temple bricks lining the façade to the indigo-dyed robes. Better yet, a mixologist whips up a welcome drink in your room on arrival.
Karma Kandara, Uluwatu
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At home among the mammoth properties on Bali’s “billionaires’ row”, this resort teeters on a cliff-top overlooking one of the island’s best surf breaks. Each luxury pool villa comes with its own Smeg kitchen and the Med-inspired beach club offers blissed-out beats and water sports, along with outdoor films in the evenings.
Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort
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Equipped with 17 private pool villas and 415 suites, this breezy beachfront paradise in Bali’s south is ideal for those seeking privacy with all the trimmings of a five-star resort. As well as an anti-ageing spa and a lagoon pool, there’s an all-day kids’ club to make those poolside Mojitos seem even sweeter.
The Balé, Nusa Dua
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With just 29 private pavilions and a no-children policy, this secluded Nusa Dua resort is geared towards couples. In addition to share-food concept Tapa Bistro, there’s a 24-hour butler service for when you don’t want to leave your room and a private beach club overlooking Geger Temple.
The Edge, Uluwatu
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A boutique resort comprising just eight villas on the edge of the cliff in Uluwatu, this lofty sunset paradise takes luxury to a new level. As well as a wine cellar, cigar lounge, eight-seat private cinema and Apple TV, there are quarters for the nanny.
COMO Uma Canggu
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Newly opened COMO UMA Canggu has already changed the face of laid-back luxury in up-and-coming Canggu. The design is a clever combination of Asian and Italian influences, resulting in a sophisticated surf shack vibe, with 12 rooms finished with a rooftop balcony that frames the ocean, as well as a private butler service. Yoga and surfing tuition is also offered on-site (this is Canggu, after all).
The Slow, Canggu
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Ksubi co-founders George Gorrow and Gareth Moody are behind this boutique stay in the heart of Canggu. Featuring quirky photography, a restaurant with a convivial share-plate concept and the flagship store of their new menswear label, Non-Type, the 12-room island resort combines art, music, retail, threads and beds in a tropical setting.
W Bali, Seminyak
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Few poolside hangouts are hipper than the one at this contemporary beachfront hotel in the heart of Seminyak. Known as Wet, the pool covers 1790 square metres and is dotted with palm trees and neon-coloured beanbags. Definitely the type of place where you can get away with wearing your sunglasses inside.
COMO Shambhala Estate, Ubud
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This holistic haven in the heart of spiritual Ubud is a different kind of health retreat. Featuring an on-site yoga teacher, Ayurvedic doctor and resident dietician, along with a program of massages, beauty treatments, hydrotherapy and springwater pools, COMO Shambhala has gone to staggering lengths to create a unique experience for guests. The property itself is quite the design feat: one residence even has its own private waterfall, crafted from 1200 tonnes of Sumba Island stone.
Fairmont Sanur, Sanur Beach
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Located on a sprawling four-hectare property just 200 metres from sleepy Sanur beach on Bali’s eastern edge, Fairmont Sanur Beach doesn’t just claim natural beauty as its calling card. This 120-villa resort also boasts a 24-hour on-call butler service, 50-metre infinity lap pool and the requisite on-site spa, offering traditional Balinese massages and deep cleansing facials.
Four Seasons Sayan, Ubud
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Extravagance takes on a new form at the jungle-fringed Four Seasons Sayan, set next to the flowing Ayung River. Along with the 18 suites and 42 private villas, the lush property has seven hectares of private gardens bursting with tropical plant life, creating a naturally relaxing setting for any guest looking to reset. All villas at Sayan’s Four Seasons feature plunge pools and stays are complemented with a range of restorative extras including yoga classes, meditation, silk-cocooned sacred naps and chakra ceremonies.
St. Regis Bali Resort, Nusa Dua
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The waterfront location of this secluded retreat certainly lends itself to lazy days on the pristine stretches of Nusa Dua beach but adventure lovers will find a few additional activities to add to their holiday lists: parasailing, diving, fishing and jetskiing are all popular here. Families are also well catered for with an on-site learning centre for kids, where half and full day programs keep little ones entertained. With that free time, parents can indulge in the spa, Remède, or make requests from the round-the-clock butler.
The Ungasan Clifftop Resort, Uluwatu
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Considering Bali is ringed by ocean, you’d be remiss not to secure a luxury stay perched on a cliff edge to admire it. The Ungasan Clifftop Resort is one such place – enjoying expansive views of the Indian Ocean, staying at this hotel feels like you’re sailing towards the crystal blue horizon. It’s not exactly like braving the rough seas however, especially since multi-bedroom villas come equipped with their own private pools, private yoga sessions and butlers.
The Seminyak Resort and Spa, Seminyak
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In the heart of buzzy Seminyak, this Small Luxury Hotels of the World inclusion is the perfect balance of happening and halcyon. If you have your sights set on seclusion, try out one of the three on-site eateries, stretch out on a sunbed near the infinity pool or take a turn through complimentary afternoon tea. If you’re keen to explore Seminyak, you’re within walking distance of popular restaurants such as KU DE TA or coffee hotspot Revolver Espresso.
Viceroy Bali, Ubud
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Perched above the sweeping, verdant Valley of the Kings and just 10 minutes from Ubud and its picturesque rice paddies, the bungalow-dotted Viceroy Bali is wonderfully secluded, offering views of the landscape at every turn. Guests can fill their days with a range of activities such as yoga, cooking classes, Balinese dance lessons without having to venture outside the sheltered property. Out in the valley however, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the surrounds with horse riding, diving and rafting tours – all of which can be organised through the hotel.