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.
Amanusa, 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- 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 147-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, while the raw-food-themed restaurant will delight ceviche enthusiasts.
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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 four 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.
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.
The 15 Most Luxurious Villas in Bali
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From a 21-bedroom party estate to a tropical oasis set among the rice fields, these luxe Bali villas are fully equipped and they're all yours.