A holiday in Bali conjures up images of exotic abodes, grand designs, and diverse landscapes that are truly breathtaking. Known as “the Island of the Gods”, Bali captivates travellers with its pristine natural beauty, pampers them with world-class spa treatments and immerses them in utterly intoxicating cultural traditions. But where to stay in Bali for your next holiday?
Travellers shouldn’t overlook the island’s range of five-star resorts. HotelsCombined’s 300 million-plus annual visitors have helped highlight the seven most popular five-star resorts to stay in Bali, so you can experience endless indulgence, unwavering service and opulent amenities, all without breaking the budget.
Surrounded by picturesque rice fields, The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah in Ubud is one of Bali’s most secluded resorts. The 20 individual villas turn it into an exclusive community with nightly cultural performances, yoga classes, personal butlers, an organic farm and guided treks through the countryside. The resort is only four kilometres from the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and 12 minutes’ walk from Goa Gajah.
The villas range from one bedroom to family size and possess unique rustic styles and decor, including artwork from the renowned collector, Hendra Hadiprana. Certain villas boast private plunge pools and recent HotelsCombined guests have also highlighted the resort’s “fantastic bar”.
Price (AUD): $315-$639
Komaneka at Bisma delivers rural solitude while keeping guests close to Ubud’s shops and restaurants. The resort’s lap pool is utterly photogenic with its infinity edges and green surrounds of rice fields and tropical forest. The resort also organises a number of activities such as authentic candlelit Bisma barbecues, treetop picnics, cycling tours and wood-carving classes.
Guests stay in opulent suites or villas overlooking coconut groves and rice terraces. Along with rain showers and plush beds, some villas even come with private pools and fish ponds. The on-site Seneng Kitchen serves up delicious local fare, while the jogging track treats active travellers.
Price (AUD): $119-$1417
Recognised by HotelsCombined guests for its “wonderful staff” and “stunning pool”, Jamahal Private Resort & Spa is an award-winning resort near the coast of Jimbaran. The on-site spa surpasses its reputation with classic Javanese and Balinese treatments in a tranquil atmosphere. Just 400 metres away, the resort’s exclusive beach club boasts a bar with sun loungers on a private stretch of sand.
The garden and pool villas accentuate Jamahal Private Resort & Spa’s Balinese culture with traditional timber furnishings and open rooms that connect with the surrounding nature. For extra luxury, opt for a villa with a pool, in-room spa and poolside cabana.
Price (AUD): $283-$640
The Kayon Resort is an authentic jungle retreat, nestled on a hillside encircled by Petanu River and dense tropical rainforest. The Kayon Resort features a selection of elegant rooms made from local bamboo and stone, which overlook the jungle or river. The River Edge Pool Villa is the epitome of luxury with its infinity pool, deep soaking bathtub and waterfall views.
Check into Serayu Spa for scrubs, massages and beauty treatments, or begin the day with a yoga class on the rooftop pavilion. Only 10 minutes from Ubud, guests can venture out to local restaurants or indulge in delicious cuisine and enjoy 180-degree views at the on-site Kepitu Restaurant.
Price (AUD): $105-$543
Seek out a beautiful spot on Seminyak Beach at The Oberoi Bali, where lush tropical palms meet an ocean of cocktail blues and greens. This memorable Bali resort boasts ancient temples, ornate wood carvings and beautiful gardens surrounding exquisite villas and thatched rooms. A natural stone amphitheatre hosts Balinese dance performances throughout the week.
Guests can spend their stay in Bali relaxing by the beach on soft lounges, visit a turtle sanctuary, enjoy an intimate candlelit dinner by the ocean and indulge in unique spa treatments in open-air pavilions. The Royal Villa boasts a sunken marble bathroom, private garden and swimming pool, and a unique pillow menu.
Price (AUD): $230-$993
“Ocean views” and “fast check-in” are just two of the reasons HotelsCombined guests love The Legian Bali. One of Bali’s most awarded resorts, this haven of relaxation and wellness is nestled along the coastline. Its three-tiered pool captures uninterrupted ocean views, while the Wellness Centre promotes health with yoga, steam rooms, a whirlpool, gym and more.
Guests find a dream home in the resort’s beach-facing suites and the exclusive villas with private pools. The Beach House offers the ultimate five-star experience with its absolute beachfront location, infinity pool and sunbathing decks with comfortable day beds.
Price (AUD): $614-$1745
Just 10 minutes outside of Ubud, you’ll find an oasis of alfresco restaurants, fruit trees, sun-drenched infinity pools and unimaginable villas. The two-storey Bale Daja villa is a breathtaking residence with its spacious bedrooms and infinity pool overlooking the forested valley below. According to HotelsCombined guests, the resort’s location also makes it perfect for shopping holidays.
Guests seeking more holiday indulgence should visit the Tirtha Wangi Spa for healing and beauty treatments. Soaking up views of the Mount Batukaru volcano, the on-site Batukaru Restaurant complements its stunning vista with signature dishes such as “pepes ikan” (grilled fish in banana leaves) and “iga babi” (grilled pork ribs).
Price (AUD): $273-$1257