When it comes to beachside bliss on the Island of the Gods, Bali's best beach hotels and resorts are the cream of the crop.
Beach resorts and Bali go hand in hand, with countless boutique boltholes and five-star fantasies dotted along stretches of powder-white sand and azure waters. From holistic hideaways to hedonistic havens, Bali’s best beach hotels and resorts have something for every type of traveller, whether knocking off a bucket list trip, making new memories with the family or simply getting away from it all.
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One of the newest beach resorts in Bali, Jumeirah Bali takes inspiration from a tranquil Javanese-Hindu water palace to create a contemporary haven perched just metres from a private beach.
The all-villa resort places privacy as a top priority, with personal butler service meaning you won’t have to lift a finger. Should you drag yourself away from the private pool and modern amenities of your villa, make a beeline for the heavenly hammam, Bali’s first and only, or settle into shavasana with a yoga practice from the resort’s Master Yogi.
Gaze out over the Uluwatu coastline from your table at Segaran Dining Terrace, where South East Asian cuisine takes centre stage, or while away the day at Maja Sunset Pool Lounge, perfectly perched by the infinity pool.
Contemporary architecture and the natural world intertwine at the stylish Alila Seminyak, a long-time member of many a ‘Bali's Best Beach Hotels & Resorts’ list. Vertical gardens, green roofs and landscaped terraces sit metres from the ocean, setting the soporific scene for lazy days spent on Seminyak’s sands or by one of the five swimming pools. Embrace the drama of an open kitchen at the coastal-inspired Seasalt, or watch the sunset from the beach bar, where cocktails flow freely. Just make sure you don’t miss the soothing spa, where Asian-inspired treatments will have you drifting into dreamtime.
Strike a balance between peace and party at The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa, where laidback luxury and scenic seaside beauty combine at one of Bali’s best beach resorts.
Perched just metres from Seminyak Beach, and next door to the iconic beach club, KU DE TA, this five-star resort is close enough to all of Seminyak’s action, but tranquil enough to ensure relaxation and rejuvenation.
Spend hours at the serene Kahyangan Spa, or at Infinity Beach Club, sipping on cocktails as the sun sets over the oceanfront pool. Start each day in the open-sided dining pavilions of Santan Restaurant for local and international breakfast options and end them at the alfresco Sanje Restaurant & Lounge, dining by candlelight.
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Nestled away in the centre of buzzing Kuta, The Anvaya continues to be one of Bali’s best beach resorts, delivering five-star opulence and iconic Balinese hospitality. Find your inner zen with a yoga class on the hotel’s private sandy beach, or let the stress melt away with a massage at Sakanti Spa.
Spend a day hopping between the resort’s eight pools, before watching the sun set over the sand, cocktail in hand, from the Leisure Deck. Discover the delicacies of Indonesia at Kunyit Restaurant or sample Californian cuisine, served with a side of breathtaking views, at Sands Restaurant.
No list of Bali’s best beach hotels is complete without Hyatt Regency Bali, a five-star oasis nestled among nine hectares of tropical gardens on the southeast shores of the island. Mere metres from the golden sands of Sanur Beach, where breathtaking sunrises come standard, this tranquil escape epitomises island luxury, with three beautiful swimming pools, a blissful spa and two restaurants. Balinese design meets modern amenities in the elegantly appointed rooms, dotted among tropical gardens in the style of traditional villages, while the soothing Shankha Spa combines old and new traditions for the ultimate in relaxation.
Treat yourself to a five-star tropical escape at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort, one of Bali’s best beach hotels. Taking inspiration from the fancies of the French, this hedonistic hideaway is situated in a quiet spot on Bali’s famous southern peninsula, away from the hustle and bustle of the island’s larger towns.
Spend afternoons sipping on spritzers at Manarai Beach House, or lounge by the lagoon pool, with a creative cocktail from L’OH Pool Bar in hand. Foodies will delight in the culinary options – snack on Pan-Asian street food at Kwee Zeen, dive into Italian flavours alfresco at Cucina or devour the barbecue buffet at Toya Beach Bar & Grill.
There are Bali beach resorts and then there’s The Apurva Kempinski Bali, a five-star high-end resort that epitomises Indonesian elegance through a stunning open-air design.
Standing proudly on majestic cliffs, the resort is home to 475 rooms, suites and villas, many with private plunge pools. Embrace the theatre of Balinese hospitality at Pala Restaurant & Rooftop bar, take your tastebuds to Japan at Izakaya by Oku or for something truly unique, visit Koral Restaurant, where you’ll dine alongside floor-to-ceiling aquariums. Should lounging on the beach not feel relaxing enough, venture to the sumptuous spa, where a wealth of wellbeing treatments will look after mind and body.
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Perched on the palm-fringed white sands of Mengiat Beach in Nusa Dua, this resort is a five-star sanctuary dedicated to dreamy tropical living. There’s no doubting what makes it one of the best beach hotels in Bali – contemporary accommodation that combines the finest traditional Balinese features with the latest in modern amenities, a multi-level swimming pool and panoramic views are just the beginning.
There’s something for the whole family at Merusaka Nusa Dua, with a range of activities to book, including bike rental, water
Some of the island’s best breaks are just metres from the luxurious COMO Uma Canggu, making it one of Bali’s best beach resorts for keen surfers. But even if paddling out isn’t your cup of tea, there’s plenty to entertain at this bohemian beachfront destination. Find inner peace with hands-on healing at COMO Shambhala Retreat, or dance the night away at COMO Beach Club, where cocktails and international dishes are served with a side of panoramic views. Plump for a penthouse for your very own rooftop pool, or laze by the 115-metre lagoon pool, where you can even pick up a trick or two with beginner surfer lessons.
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