A destination most people would be happy to have to go to for business, Bali is a gorgeous Indonesian island with spectacular beaches, lush mountains, and a unique culture. If Bali is your next work location, it’s worth tacking on a few vacation days to experience why it’s often called paradise. But business travelers likely have a few things to consider before booking a hotel — the business-centric facilities available, availability of Wi-Fi, and convenience of vacation. We visited hundreds of hotels throughout the island to see which are best suited to traveling professionals. Take a look at our picks for the best business hotels in Bali and get inspired!
Formerly the Bali Hilton, the 541-room Ayodya Resort Bali is a sprawling, upscale beachside property with an enormous spa, a fitness center, a colorful kids' club with a big playground, and lagoon-style and infinity pools. Extensive meeting facilities also make the Ayodya Resort an obvious venue for conferences and events, and there are plenty of restaurants with cuisine ranging from Italian pastas to Japanese teppanyaki. Most rooms have attractive Balinese decor and marble bathrooms are lovely, though some furniture looks a touch dated -- still, they're a great value for this caliber. While the beachside location makes the Ayodya Resort a popular choice, just note that there's little within walking distance.
Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran is a five-pearl luxury hotel with 118 rooms and suites, all of which have large balconies and some that feature direct access to the hotel's star attraction: an enormous, wraparound saltwater lagoon-style pool. Le Meridien does not have a private beach, but instead offers access to a luxury beach club on a nearby stretch of sand, though guests are expected to spend a minimum amount in order to use the sunbeds. The hotel include a fitness center, a luxury spa, and a wide range of bars and restaurants with international cuisine. There are also spaces available for meetings or events.
The Banyan Tree Ungasan, Bali is a gorgeous five-pearl resort with 73 luxurious (and enormous) villas, many with private pools and/or Indian Ocean views. Located on Bali's southern coast, the hotel is ideal for quiet relaxation, with an elegant spa, a kids' club, a library, a modern gym with cardio and weight equipment, and a peaceful infinity pool abutting the ocean. Three meeting rooms for up to 180 people are also available. There are numerous on-site dining options, ranging from a casual pool bar to a themed buffet restaurant, which frequently features traditional dance and music performances.
This mid-sized, upper-middle-range hotel in Nusa Dua is a well-maintained property with extensive facilities without the luxury resort feel or high prices of other hotels in this posh area. Although it's removed from the beach, guests get free access to the nearby Mercure Beach Club, with lounge chairs, thatched huts, and free towel service. A free shuttle runs from the hotel to the beach. More functional and modern than traditional or romantic, the smallish rooms all come with extras such as free bottled water and mini-fridges. There's also a fitness center and a bi-level pool with cabanas and lounge chairs. Guests can order room service or dine in at the 24-hour Soka Restaurant, but should budget extra for breakfast, as it's not included in room rates.
The 190-room Le Grande Bali is an upscale hotel with a remote location in the heart of a golf course in southwestern Bali. Contemporary rooms have free Wi-Fi, furnished balconies, and deep soaking tubs, but many are starting to show some wear and tear, and standard units lack local charm. The pool is nice an quiet, and the spa offers an array of treatments as well as indoor and outdoor facilities, but with only one restaurant serving Chinese cuisine, dining options are quite limited here. Although there is free shuttle service to nearby beaches and malls, most major attractions at least a 20-minute drive away, which makes it a better pick for golfers and those looking to spend some quiet time by the pool than for travelers expecting a beach getaway. Still, Le Grande Bali is by far the cheapest upscale option in the area.
The Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa is a luxury family-friendly property located right on a quiet sandy beach in the Nusa Dua Peninsula, an area home to many other high-end resorts. Its 382 rooms are spacious, sunny and upscale, with plenty of traditional Balinese touches such as delicate wood carvings and flower designs, and furnished terraces, some with direct access to the lagoon pool. One of the best on-site perks is free access to a lovely spa complete with a serene outdoor pool, saunas, whirlpools, and steam rooms. There are also a fitness center featuring tennis and squash courts, two large pools, a kids’ club, and a diving center with free scuba diving lessons. Varied dining options range from casual Italian to Balinese fine dining, but food gets mixed reviews. Travelers looking to stay all-inclusive may want to compare rates at Melia Bali Indonesia, located just down the beach.
The 301-room Grand Mirage is an upscale all-inclusive beach resort in the quiet Tanjung Benoa area. It caters to families and couples with a wide array of daily activities for all ages, free non-motorized water sports, a pool with a swim-up bar, and an excellent spa with a large hydrotherapy area and treatments also for kids. Spacious rooms have flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and free minibars (replenished daily), and all have furnished balconies, some overlooking the ocean. But the property is starting to show its age, and some rooms have maintenance issues. Those not set on staying at an all-inclusive may want to compare rates at Novotel Bali Benoa.
Formerly the Puri Nusa Dua, the 172-room Vouk Hotel & Suites is an upper-middle-range property that offers decent value for money. Rooms are spacious and sunny with amenities such as flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and minibars, as well as balconies furnished with daybeds. They’re in good shape overall, but there have been some complaints of moldy showers. The property has a casual restaurant serving international and Indonesian cuisine (but food gets mixed reviews), and a long shaded pool lined with padded loungers. There's also a pleasant spa with treatment cabins for couples as well as a small fitness center. The hotel's location is a little isolated, but free shuttle service to Bali Collection and Geger Beach -- where the Vouk has free loungers for guests -- is available several times a day. Those interested in staying directly on the beach may want to compare rates with Sadara Boutique Beach Resort.