Bali is pretty much without question one of the most romantic destinations on the planet. (After all, the tropical island was the setting for the “love” portion of Elizabeth Gilbert’s mega-hit “Eat, Pray, Love.”) Settled into the emerald-colored jungles and rice fields of central Bali, these eleven Ubud resorts live up to the island’s uber-romantic reputation.
The Viceroy Bali delivers an upscale, serene, and secluded atmosphere that attracts couples and honeymooners. The Petanu River Valley and the distant Mount Batur volcano form the 25-room hotel's lush backdrop. Villas are traditional and luxurious with private pools, lush valley views, open-air sitting areas, terraces, stone floors, canopy beds, and marble bathrooms with sunken or soaking bathtubs. An open-air restaurant, lovely pool with a swim-up bar, hillside spa, and modern gym complete the list of excellent amenities.
This 20-villa boutique resort is situated in the green hills of Ubud on nearly 14 acres of land, including authentic rice fields and landscaped gardens. Most villas have private pools and some feature couples' spa treatment rooms, but they all come with indoor/outdoor bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, BOSE sound systems, and a personal butler. Shared amenities include a lovely outdoor infinity pool with a poolside bar, a full-service spa, and a fitness center that offers yoga classes.
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.
The focus here is on romance, with secluded villas supplying outdoor tubs, private pools and lounges, and personal butler service, as well as candlelit dinner service. The grounds include lush tropical gardens that are alive with exotic plants and animals. A wooden footbridge suspended over the murmuring Ayung River leads to an open-air spa while meandering stone pathways wind through cinnamon and palm tree groves to tranquil pools and the resort's 23 private -- and undeniably romantic -- villas. To help keep the vibe quiet, kids under the age of 16 aren't allowed.
The Kayon Resort is a luxury property with 23 rooms nestled in the jungle beside the Petanu River, a 15-minute drive from Ubud. It's a lovely setting that's quiet and peaceful. Rooms are modern and decorated with many locally sourced items to create a true Balinese atmosphere. All have a balcony or terrace, and some have their own private plunge pools next to the forest. The restaurant is a beautiful place to dine throughout the day, and a waterfall-view terrace draws guests for lunch or tea in the afternoon. Yoga classes are free, the pool is picturesque, and the spa is relaxing. For a similar property closer to Ubud, travelers may want to check out the Purist Villas and Spa, which has two pools, though rates are a bit higher.
Situated on 20 acres along the Ayung River, this 53-room luxury resort has beautiful riverfront surroundings and feels removed from the outside world. Carved stone walkways, which are inspired by the Borobudur Temple and took five years for local artisans to complete, lead to lush tropical gardens throughout the grounds. Granite floors, traditional Balinese furnishings, and balconies with forest or pool views create a luxurious yet natural atmosphere in rooms, which are inspired by the Hindu legend the Ramayana. Villas have open living/dining areas, hand-carved details, Javanese architecture, teak wood, and vaulted ceilings; many have private pools and beautiful canopy beds.
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. Note that the jungle setting has steep steps that aren’t suitable for those with limited mobility. For a less rustic experience, try the Komaneka at Bisma.
A quiet, friendly resort with naturally beautiful grounds, this boutique hotel in central Ubud is surrounded by nature, but is still within walking distance to the heart of town. Its gorgeous infinity lap pool and wading pool, full-service spa, fitness center, and on-site restaurant mean that 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 (where Bisma guests can use the facilities). The 32 rooms range from Suites to larger villas with private pools; All have contemporary furnishings that blend with the environment, and balconies or patios.
Named after the butterflies that once filled the surrounding forests, the Kupu Kupu Barong Villas & Tree Spa was the first luxury resort in Ubud when it opened in the 1980s. The seven-acre property overlooks rice terraces and the Ayung River, the longest river in Bali. The peaceful property has two pools and restaurants, a pool bar, and butler service. Villas are charming and romantic thanks to luxurious Balinese designs including lovely canopy beds, pitched wooden ceilings, and bamboo ceiling accents. Rooms also have thatched rooftops, red-tone wooden floors, rice hat lampshades, wooden carved furniture, and Indonesian textiles.
The Kamandalu Ubud is a luxury eco-friendly villa resort styled like a traditional highland village and set in lush terraced grounds. The spacious villas open up to garden terraces with beautiful views, and some have private pools and Balinese daybeds. Facilities are first-class and include a huge pool with a swim-up bar, a smaller infinity pool with jungle views, a lovely yoga pavilion, and excellent dining. There's also a free shuttle service to Ubud that runs six times a day. Guests with compromised mobility may wish to look elsewhere, as the property lacks elevators and has a lot of steps.
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. Stylish, luxe rooms have an understated elegance, with gray checkered floors, canopy beds, and light wood furniture. The hotel also offers 24-hour concierge service, two restaurants, a gym, a spa with a fishpond courtyard, and a yoga pavilion. Free guided village walks are available, as are hikes, temple tours, mountain bike rides, and Balinese workshops, though those cost an extra fee.
The upscale 14-villa Natura Resort and Spa is a quiet and traditionally designed property looking out over the unspoiled Petanu River valley, a location that’s a short drive from downtown Ubud. Along with its secluded vibe, the romantic resort offers two infinity pools, a hot tub, an open-air restaurant and bar, and a riverside spa. Simply decorated thatched-roof villas have outdoor soaking tubs, private terraces, and private plunge pools in some. The hotel offers candlelit poolside dinners, free high tea in the afternoon, and free Wi-Fi throughout. However, some villa furnishings are dated and worn. For more luxurious interior designs, guests could consider the Ayung Resort Ubud.
Villa Awang Awang is an intimate boutique property, popular with couples and honeymooners, in the thick jungles outside of central Ubud. Its five villas -- built of stone, teak, and terra-cotta tiles by local craftsmen -- each have kitchenettes, private infinity pools, and patios and bright living rooms filled with rattan and bamboo furniture, some of which could use updating. Apart from a free breakfast the hotel has limited services and facilities (no full restaurant or spa), though meals and massages can be pre-arranged.