15 dream-worthy Bali hotels to book now
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The Indonesian island of Bali is one tourism destination whose reopening we’ve been eagerly awaiting. The opening to foreign travelers has been delayed a couple of times, but when we get the green light, these hotels will be at the top of the list.
Bali experienced a hotel boom in the last few years before the pandemic, and while COVID-19 will have disrupted this somewhat, a huge variety of beautiful, luxurious hotels are waiting to welcome you to this Southeast Asian paradise. And whether hotels are part of an international points and rewards program or not, be on the lookout for special deals and discounts as many are trying to entice travelers back with great deals.
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St. Regis Bali Resort
Location: Nusa Dua
With the only villas in Bali that offer direct beach access via private gardens, the St. Regis Bali Resort is one of the most exclusive and luxurious hotels on the island. The 41 villas have recently been refurbished and feature Balinese arts, crafts, bedding and rugs. The Kayuputi restaurant, one of several dining options, serves haute cuisine inspired by Bali’s rich and unique culinary traditions. There are several pools and swimming lagoons, including two whirlpools and a children’s pool, and a spa with offerings ranging from Ayurvedic treatments to manicures and pedicures.
The St. Regis Bali is a Category 8 property in the Marriott Bonvoy program. Read more about getting the most out of this program in this handy guide. On standard dates, you can book a room with 85,000 points.
The Ritz-Carlton, Bali
Location: Nusa Dua
This clifftop hotel overlooking Nusa Dua beach has villas with private pools as well as great views. The three restaurants at The Ritz-Carlton Bali offer Indonesian cuisine, tapas, and grilled seafood, and chef-led food experiences and wine tastings are an extra draw for foodies. If you’re after some pampering, the spa located within a tropical greenhouse provides a memorable setting.
The Ritz-Carlton Bali is a Marriott Bonvoy Category 6 hotel. An award night on standard dates runs 50,000 points. Or, you can use a Marriott up to 50k free night certificate like the one awarded on the anniversary of the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card.
Set beside a sweep of white sand at Jimbaran and conveniently close to Ngurah Rai International Airport, with over 400 rooms of various types the InterContinental Bali is like a self-contained village and is ideal for large gatherings of family and friends, including weddings. The focal point is the large central swimming pool that overlooks the sea. Available amenities include bike rentals, tennis courts, yoga classes and kid-friendly activities.
The InterContinental Bali is part of the IHG Rewards Club. Jimbaran Deluxe rooms are often available from 20,000 IHG points plus a 10% service fee.
Location: Nusa Dua
The ever-popular Conrad Bali has recently undergone a refurbishment and now offers even more comfortable, luxurious rooms amid tropical gardens set beside a wide golden beach. More than 300 rooms come in a huge range of categories and sizes — from twin suites and family rooms to poolside villas and penthouses — so whatever your needs, you should be able to find something that’s a fit. The activities offered by the Kura Kura Kids Club here are particularly enticing and educational, with preparing Indonesian sweets and learning basic Indonesian language among the highlights.
Use your Hilton Honors points to book award nights at Conrad Bali. Standard rooms go for 60,000 Hilton points. For those looking to stock up on Hilton points, consider the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card, which lets you earn 130,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend $2,000 in purchases on the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass Card in the first 3 months of Card Membership. Plus, you can earn an additional 50,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after you spend a total of $10,000 in purchases on the Card in the first 6 months.
W Bali Seminyak
Seminyak boasts the best sunsets in Bali, and there are myriad places from which to enjoy them at the W Bali Seminyak resort: loungers on the lawn, the patio bar and restaurant, the lagoon-like pools and the long sandy beach beyond the resort among them. Rooms face the garden or the ocean, and some have balconies and private pools; all are decorated in accordance with the W chain’s signature modern, trendy flair (and there’s a large polished concrete W sculpture out front!).
This Category 7 property is available for 60,000 Marriott points per night on standard dates. If you can find off-peak dates, it’s just 50,000 points per night or use a Marriott 50k free night certificate.
Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Location: Ayung River Valley, Ubud
With steep jungle on one side and the Ayung River on the other, Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve allows guests to experience the lush, green heart of inland Bali. The swimming pool overlooks terraced rice paddies and the four outdoor and covered dining areas overlook the river and rice paddies.
While you can normally redeem Marriott points at Ritz-Carlton properties, you can’t redeem for stays at Ritz-Carlton Reserves like this one.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
Location: Sayan, near Ubud
Guests reach the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan by crossing a suspension bridge across the Ayung River Valley — a dramatic and memorable entrance to a gorgeous property. Surrounded by verdant rice paddies and lush tropical forest, the stunning architecture within the beautiful natural setting is a highlight of the many attractions at this resort. Natural teak wood is used liberally in the design of the suites and villas, which combine elements of traditional and contemporary Balinese style.
There’s also another Four Seasons property on Bali if you’re looking for a location at the beach: the Healing Village Spa at Jimbaran Bay, in the south of the island.
Four Seasons doesn’t have a loyalty or rewards program, although that may change in the future. However, Four Seasons properties typically participate in American Express’ Fine Hotels & Resorts program, which offers upgrades upon availability, complimentary daily breakfast for two and more.
On a ridge overlooking the Ayung Valley, the Amandari resort is designed to resemble a traditional Balinese village. It offers romantic individual thatched-roof villas, an infinity pool, well-tended gardens, a tennis court, a spa with open-air waterfalls, and shuttle buses into central Ubud. The Amandari first opened in 1989 and is a beloved favorite of travelers who return to Bali.
Aman doesn’t have a loyalty program but booking a stay with your American Express card provides a few perks (a room upgrade if available, late checkout, and breakfast).
The Bulgari Resort Bali
The Bulgari Resort Bali combines the best of Bali’s tropical beachside location with the Bulgari brand’s sense of Italian style. Thatched-roof villas and breezy public areas with Balinese arts and handicrafts are stepped into the hillside. The resort also has a private beach and an infinity pool overlooking the sea and is a short drive from the iconic, tiered Uluwatu Temple on a cliff overlooking the sea.
Although Bulgari hotels are affiliated with Marriott, they aren’t part of the Marriott Bonvoy points program; they do, however, participate in the Marriott STARS program for travel advisors (meaning you must book through a participating travel advisor to get any perks).
Location: Tampaksiring, Ubud
Hoshinoya Bali is one of the few Hoshino hotels outside Japan and combines the stylish simplicity of both Japan and Bali. On a hillside leading down to the Pakerisan River and shrouded in the forest, the large resort contains Japanese-inspired individual villas, and several comfortable “cages” suspended above the valley (despite how they might sound, they’re a lovely place to relax and enjoy the views!).
Hoshinoya isn’t part of any rewards program.
The Legian Seminyak Bali
Come for the sunsets, stay for … everything else. Situated on the long sweep of white sand Seminyak Beach, The Legian Seminyak Bali is close to the trendy shops, bars, and restaurants of Seminyak village, but sheltered from the hustle and bustle. The three-tiered swimming pool reaches down to the beach, and the ample outdoor lounging areas are shaded with palm trees and overlook the pool and the sea.
The Legian Seminyak Bali is a member of the Grand Luxury Hotels loyalty club, which offers perks like a room upgrade on arrival, where available. American Express Platinum cardholders will also receive benefits like complimentary breakfasts and dining credits when booking with the card.
Wapa di Ume Sidemen
Location: Sidemen, Eastern Bali
Away from the congestion of Ubud and southern coastal areas, Wapa di Ume Sidemen resort in eastern Bali sits on the lower slopes of Bali’s sacred Mt. Agung. It’s said that Sidemen is like the Ubud of two or three decades ago, and is a great alternative to the charming, yet busy, town inland. The resort is in the midst of a local village, and guests can borrow bikes to explore outside the grounds. Or, stay in and enjoy the two-tier infinity pool, daily yoga sessions and airy covered dining areas.
Wapa di Ume Sidemen is a boutique hotel and not part of any rewards programs, but additional discounts and benefits are available by booking directly with them.
Andaz Bali in Sanur, which opened in April 2021, is an ideal place for a family vacation, as Sanur is a famously family-friendly beach destination and the rooms at the resort can be combined to form a family compound. Day passes are also available if you’re staying elsewhere in Sanur but want to experience the lovely pool and gardens of the Andaz Bali.
The Andaz Bali is a Category 4 hotel in the World of Hyatt program. Standard rooms will set you back 15,000 points per night and Premium Suites cost 30,000 points per night.
The Bali branch of this iconic Singaporean hotel, Raffles Bali opened in 2020 and is one of the island’s newest resorts. Set beside a quiet beach in a part of Bali best known for its fish market (Jimbaran’s Kedonganan Fish Market), the seafood served here is super fresh. The emphasis here is on seclusion and privacy: the beach is far less crowded than others nearby, and the 32 villas are set within peaceful and private corners of the resort. “Wellness Butlers” can facilitate a wide range of cultural, culinary or physical activities for you onsite or outside the resort.
As a new resort, make the most of one of their opening offers. Raffles Bali is part of the ALL (Accor Live Limitless) rewards program, which can be used in 110 countries and has the advantage of not being subject to any blackout dates.
Location: South Kuta
The Bali branch of this Dubai-based luxury hotel group is pegged to open in 2021, so watch this space. Inspired by a Javanese water palace (visitors to the Taman Sari in Yogyakarta on Java island will be familiar with this idea!), the Jumeirah Bali will also offer traditional Arabian hammam experiences and a blend of Arabian and Balinese hospitality.
The Jumeirah Bali will be part of the Jumeirah One loyalty program. Points collected can be used toward stays, discounted spa treatments, attraction passes and more.
Featured photo of the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan in Bali by sutthinon sanyakup/Getty Images.
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