The Indonesian island of Bali is home to popular spots like Ubud, Kuta, and Seminyak, gorgeous destinations filled with sandy beaches and lush mountains that lend themselves to romance. We visited the island’s top hotels and evaluated which lend themselves best to an amorous getaway — taking in mind the comfiness of the beds, the ambience of the public spaces, and quality of spas to relax with a significant other. Take a look at our picks for the most romantic hotels in Bali and start planning your love-filled vacation!
The Bale is one of the most luxurious properties in Nusa Dua, and its soothing zen-inspired decor and gorgeous grounds wow at first sight. Housed in private pavilions set within their own walled gardens, the hotel’s 29 rooms offer a level of privacy hard to find in other luxury resorts. All units have lovely infinity pools, upscale amenities, and top-notch bathrooms with outdoor showers. The spa offers wonderful signature treatments in minimalist rooms, and there's a beautiful two-tier infinity pool. There are two excellent restaurants and a small fitness center with yoga classes, plus the hotel has a private beach club with loungers on a nice stretch of sand a short walk away. Rates can be steep, but freebies such as breakfast, airport transfers, welcome massages, and free daily restocking of the minibar add value.
Tucked away on a private stretch of sand, Kayumanis Nusa Dua is an intimate and luxurious adult-only retreat that feels a world away from the large neighboring resorts. Each of the property’s 20 villas is housed in a beautiful pavilion with an indoor-outdoor design and tasteful, traditional Indonesian decor. All have private pools, outdoor bathrooms, and top-notch services such as personal butlers, and drivers for free private day trips to as far a Jimabaran. The on-site beach is not the prettiest around, but it is sandy and relaxing, and has padded lounge chairs and a beach club. The spa is small but excellent, and also offers in-room treatments. The on-site Italian restaurant is mediocre, but there's a great Indonesian restaurant on-site and plenty of other options within a short distance of the hotel. The Bale Hotel offers a similar adult-only experience, but it's not right on the beach and can be pricier.
This five-pearl boutique resort in the green hills of the artsy Ubud area has 20 separate villas, each providing guests with their own butler; many have private pools. The rooms are individually designed and make abundant use of teakwood and Balinese art, giving the spaces an authentic Balinese feel; the indoor/outdoor bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and rainfall showers are a highlight. Rooms come with flat-screen TVs, DVD players, free Wi-Fi, and stocked minibars (with free items). A fresh made-to-order breakfast, daily high tea, and happy hour are all included; the on-site restaurant also serves Western and Asian specialties for lunch and dinner, and room service is available almost all day. There is a lovely outdoor infinity pool with a poolside bar, a full-service spa with a variety of treatments, and a fitness center that offers yoga classes.
With its gorgeous, secluded setting in a tropical rain forest, the five-pearl, 30-room Como Shambhala Estate is a peaceful oasis that attracts travelers seeking a health-conscious getaway. With extensive spa and wellness facilities and a team of resident holistic health experts, the hotel aims to restore and revive. Nutrition-driven dining at two on-site restaurants is complemented by a wealth of activities such as guided walks and free yoga classes. Spacious rooms and suites are set in several freestanding Residences spread around the vast grounds (though some can be quite a hike to main areas), plus private villas with pools are also available. The Viceroy Bali is a similarly intimate and luxurious option, so it's worth comparing rates.
This five-pearl resort is best known for its breathtaking main pool, which sits dramatically over jungle treetops and offers gorgeous vistas of the gorge below. With a secluded location about 30 minutes from Ubud, the hotel offers a peaceful, rain forest getaway, complete with a luxurious spa and dining options that range from an on-site restaurant, bar, and cafe, to romantic private dining experiences. Its 44 suites and private villas offer panoramic views as well as private pools and terraces. The jungle setting means that various critters are to be expected, which might be an issue for some, and travelers should also be prepared for pricey dining. Those seeking an equally luxurious and more wellness-oriented experience might want to consider COMO Shambhala Estate, though it can be pricier.
Just off a busy Jimbaran street but set far enough away to be private, this intimate property has 13 spacious villas. Many units come with outdoor bathtubs, canopy beds, and direct pool access or hot tubs. A private beach club is a five-minute walk, or free shuttle ride, away. There's also a full-service spa on-site with a small gym and room service is available, adding to the romantic vibe of the property. Upping the romance factor, children under 16 are not allowed.
The 10-room Villa Semana is an upscale hotel that provides a quiet, romantic vacation geared toward adults (no children under 12 are allowed). The Ayung River winds past a hillside gazebo, charming spa, thatched-roof restaurant, and infinity pool on this lovely property. There are also village walks, cooking classes, yoga, and tours available. Stylish, serene Balinese villas feature flat-screen TVs, lily ponds, private pools, and outdoor showers, in some.
The 25-room Viceroy Bali is a luxury hotel that draws high-end clientele with its tropical setting overlooking Petanu Valley and its convenient helipad. The property also offers airport limousine service, an open-air restaurant, and a lovely pool with a swim-up bar. A hillside spa and modern gym complete the list of excellent amenities. The spacious Balinese villas have private pools, flat-screen TVs, safes, and indoor/outdoor sitting areas; some have thatched-roof gazebos. There’s golf cart transportation on-site, but the grounds are often sloped so getting around can be tricky.
The Seminyak is a relatively small luxury resort with direct access to a sandy beach and within easy walking distance of restaurants, shops, and nightlife. The hotel’s 105 stylish rooms and private villas have local accents like wood carvings and polished hardwood floors plus amenities such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, deep soaking tubs, and iPod docks. Villas have private pools, and open living and dining areas overlooking the garden. The hotel has two restaurants, a spa, a fitness center, and daily activities for all ages. But the highlight here is the oceanfront infinity pool, complete with stunning sea views and a lounge area with bar service. Travelers looking for even more local charm can consider neighboring The Oberoi, though rates will be higher.
The 53-room Ayung Resort Ubud is an affordable jungle getaway on the Ayung River with a temple-inspired design and an extensive collection of Indonesian art. Romantic and extravagant, with an impressively carved rock wall and lush grounds, the luxury property offers two large pools, a spa with cabanas, two great restaurants, and free morning yoga. It's about a 25-minute drive from downtown Ubud, and offers free shuttle service a few times daily. Accommodations range from standard rooms with large balconies to villas with private pools; all have marble bathrooms and espresso machines.
One of Bali's chicest properties, the five-pearl Bulgari Resort Bali is an ultra-luxury resort with 59 villas featuring Javanese mahogany furnishings and volcanic rock interior walls (plus five chic three- and five-bedroom mansions). Along with a private beach and gorgeous infinity pool, the resort offers four bars and restaurants, an opulent spa with a long menu of services and the option of private treatment pavilions, a fitness center with personal trainers, and plenty of space for meetings and weddings. However, the removed location, while peaceful and romantic, may not be to everyone's liking, and it's not a good spot for travelers who like to explore destinations on foot. Travelers who'd prefer to be in the center of cultural action might want to check out the Royal Kamuela in Ubud, a luxury property in the heart of Bali's artistic and cultural hub.
This luxury mid-size resort on Seminyak Beach in Petitenget, with a stunning three-tier series of infinity pools, a separate adult lap pool, a full-service spa, a fitness center, and multiple on-site dining and bar options, sets itself apart. The rooms are spacious -- ranging from studio suites to expansive villas with butler service and private pools. All rooms have balconies, deep soaking tubs, flat-screen TVs, stocked minibars, Nespresso coffeemakers, air-conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. With a low staff-to-guest ratio, everyone receives topnotch, personalized service.
This beautiful upper-middle-range 32-room boutique hotel in central Ubud is surrounded by nature but is still within walking distance to the heart of town. With a gorgeous infinity lap pool and wading pool, as well as a full-service spa, fitness center, and on-site restaurant, guests need not ever leave the property, but should they want to, Komaneka at Bisma does offer free shuttle service to town and to its sister Komaneka resorts, and Bisma guests can use the facilities at each. Rooms at Komaneka Bisma are spacious with balconies, separate living areas, and large bathrooms (with both deep soaking tubs and rainfall showers). Amenities include flat-screen TVs with Apple TV, free Wi-Fi, DVD players, minibars, and air-conditioning. Service and staff are top-notch, and many guests return to this hotel year after year.
The five-pearl RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA is part of the massive AYANA resort, but located a 20-minute walk inland from the namesake facilities. It offers an array of amenities, including several restaurants, an orchid-filled tea house, and a huge network of outdoor pools and waterfalls. There's also a Balinese village recreated alongside rice paddies where guests can browse vendors and partake in nightly performance dinners. Couples and tourists looking for seclusion and luxurious rooms with private balconies will find both here. Guests who prefer to be near the ocean should compare rates with the main AYANA Resort and Spa that's perched on the cliffs below.
The 46-room Uma By COMO, Ubud is an upscale hotel that blends modern and traditional minimalism on a secluded property, overlooking the Tjampuhan Valley. The on-site amenities are particularly appealing: It has a breezy yoga pavilion, garden pool with a bar, and open-air spa. The hotel also offers 24-hour concierge service, two restaurants, a gym, Balinese activities, and village tours. Stylish rooms, suites, and villas include flat-screen TVs and minibars, and many have pools; some also feature outdoor whirlpool tubs.
The most remote of the Komaneka properties in Ubud, the upper-middle-range Komaneka at Tanggayuda sits in a lush jungle area on the Oos River, about a 20-minute drive to town. It's basically a compound of individual suites and villas -- all rooms are spacious and have patios. All 35 guest rooms come with flat-screen TVs with free Apple TV, free Wi-Fi, minibars, and air-conditioning; bathrooms have deep soaking tubs, separate rainfall showers, and double sinks. Robes and slippers, fruit baskets, and frequently replenished cookie jars are thoughtful touches. There are three swimming pools, a small fitness center with a yoga room, and a full-service spa.
Perched on a clifftop above a lovely sandy beach, family-friendly Karma Kandara is one of southern Bali’s most luxurious resorts. It offers 54 stunning multi-room villas set in private gardens with infinity pools, all featuring full kitchens, outdoor dining areas, and upscale amenities such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and outdoor showers. The gorgeous, serene grounds include two pools (one of them overlooking the ocean), a top-notch spa with cliffside massage huts, a Mediterranean restaurant, and a rooftop bar with views. But the highlight here is the hip beach club, complete with cabanas and a restaurant, and accessed via a funicular. Banyan Tree Ungasan Bali has an even sleeker feel, but rates are higher.
The luxury Bidadari Private Villas & Retreat - Ubud is an intimate Balinese getaway in the forest that is home to six charming villas. Each of these spacious retreats has a private pool, kitchen, indoor/outdoor bathroom, and balcony or terrace. The resort offers a range of services, including a free round-trip Ubud shuttle, butler service, in-room dining, a 24-hour front desk, and guided bike tours. However, the jungle setting has steep steps that aren’t suitable for those with limited mobility.
The 16-room Puri Sebali is a contemporary upscale resort located in the jungle overlooking the rice fields outside Ubud. It's quite far from the center of town, though the resort runs a free shuttle that takes about 15 minutes. Suites and villas are decorated with a lovely blend of traditional Balinese and rustic-chic styles. All have nice views of the surrounding jungle and rice fields, and villas have beautiful private pools and gardens. The restaurant serves traditional Indonesian fare for all meals, and the lovely outdoor infinity pool is a guest favorite -- as is the spa with semi-open treatment rooms and a whirlpool. For an equally chic alternative closer to town, KaJaNe Mua Private Villa & Mansion has lower rates right near the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.
The 20-room Sankara Resort is an upscale property situated in a rural area about a 20-minute drive from central Ubud. Rooms and villas are attractive and spacious, with a slightly rustic style, and all come with flat-screen TVs, DVD players, minibars, and free Wi-Fi. Villas have private pools and outdoor kitchenettes, and many of the units have amazing rice-field views. The list of freebies is long and includes breakfast, afternoon tea, a scheduled shuttle to town, yoga classes, treks, and wood carving lessons. The lovely outdoor main pool with a bar is a plus, and the small spa gets rave reviews. The restaurant also draws praise for its Asian and Western cuisine. As an alternative, the Payogan Villa Resort & Spa is a similar property. It's less intimate, but slightly cheaper.