Bali has been on top of travelers’ bucket lists for years, and it’s no wonder why. With its lush jungles, pristine beaches, and welcoming hospitality, it’s easy to fall in love with this paradise. On top of that, in Bali, you will find many luxury resorts and hotels for affordable prices.
Forbes has recently named the 10 best resorts in Bali in 2023. Let’s have a look at them to help you find your next winter escape. We’re sure each of you will find the one place that will make your trip to Bali an unforgettable experience.
1. Capella Ubud
Are you searching for a place where you could truly disconnect? Capella Ubud is a sanctuary-like resort set in the rainforests of Keliki Ubud. It consists of 22 one-bedroom tents and a two-bedroom lodge, all of which feature their own terrace and a saltwater pool.
You can enjoy a fine dining experience at the on-site Mads Lounge or Api Jiwa restaurants sourced from local vegetable and poultry farms. They also provide vegan and gluten-free options.
If you decide to explore the area, there are free bike rentals and organized activities, such as helping local families and learning about Balinese culture from them.
2. Como Uma Ubud – Best for Honeymooners
Located only 5 minutes drive from the center of Ubud, yet very tranquil and romantic. Como Uma Ubud is a couple’s favorite choice and is especially popular among honeymooners.
It offers 32 rooms, 4 suites, and 10 villas overlooking the jungle. Facilities include two on-site restaurants and a bar, an outdoor pool, a gym, a sauna, and a spa. Plus there are complimentary yoga classes, a shuttle bus to downtown Ubud, and guided walking tours.
Como Uma Ubud is also known for its attentive staff, which will take your stay to the next level.
3. Alila Seminyak
If you’re rather looking for a beach-front resort, Alila Seminyak is the one to meet your needs. As the name suggests, it’s located on Seminyak Beach. And so, you will be able to enjoy the most beautiful sunsets in Bali, a lot of surfing, and vibrant nightlife – surfers and party-goers will adore this place.
There are different types of rooms available, from standard rooms to a penthouse, and all of them boast a balcony or a terrace. You will also find five pools, a fitness center, and a spa there.
4. Stranded Villas – Best Airbnb
Do you wish to have the place entirely to yourself but still enjoy the amenities of a 5-star hotel? Stranded Villas is an exclusive getaway listed on Airbnb and it provides its guests with more than just a bed and breakfast.
You will actually have two double beds in separate bedrooms, both overlooking the pool, and delicious breakfast served every day. Don’t feel like cooking at all? You can hire a personal chef through the property manager or even ask for an in-house masseuse. Sounds out of this world, doesn‘t it?
5. Ayana Resort & Spa Bali
Wellness seekers, alert! At Ayana Resort, you can get treated by some of Bali’s best healers, fitness instructors, and health experts. Spoil yourself surrounded by unspoiled nature with a Thalasso massage. Then, grab a bite in one of Ayana’s 19 restaurants or head over to the world-famed Rock Bar.
Wait, that’s not all. If you prefer to unwind in an active way, you can make use of 14 swimming pools, go to the gym, and play tennis or golf in an 18-hole putting course. You will also be just a stone’s throw away from the beaches of the famous Jimbaran Bay.
6. Grand Mirage Resort And Thalasso – Best for Families
Traveling with your little ones? Grand Mirage Resort And Thalasso made it to the list for its top-notch family-friendly amenities and convenience.
The rooms are sold with the all-inclusive package, meaning that you can enjoy unlimited meals, snacks, and drinks in its 10 restaurants, go for massages, and let your kids enjoy all the non-motorized watersports. All day, if they wish.
At night, you can look forward to live music and dinner performances featuring cabaret, Balinese dances, and fire dances.
7. Segara Village Hotel – Best for Budget Travellers
Did you know that in Bali, you can stay at a fancy hotel on a budget? Segara Village Hotel isn’t only one of the best-value options on the list, but it will also provide you with an authentic experience.
This hotel was built in the 1950s and was the first of its kind in the Sanur area. Today, it has 117 rooms with either garden or pool views and boasts the often sought-after traditional Balinese vibe. You can also easily access the beachfront.
8. Green Village
The concept of Green Village is rather different from other top-class resorts. It consists of 12 luxury villas built by handy artisans from locally sourced bamboo. They are nestled in lush greenery and offer incredible views of the Ayung River and the surrounding forest. The food they serve is also made from organic and fresh products.
If you want to learn more about sustainable lifestyle, you can visit the nearby Green School. You can take a class about bamboo house architecture or learn how to play rindik – a traditional gamela bamboo instrument.
9. Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape
This resort is another option if you’re coming to Bali to reconnect with nature. It’s set deep in a jungle and thanks to the way it’s constructed, with no walls and no doors, it will be easier than anywhere else on the island.
You can also look forward to a swimming pool, yoga classes, spa, or bike rentals if you decide to explore the area on your own. Alternatively, you can take a walking tour or a shuttle bus.
10. Desa Potato Head
Wondering why the name is so funky? Well, it’s easy – this 226-room resort is known to be bursting with creativity. There are plenty of things going on at its beach club or you can take part in wellness or cooking workshops.
You will also love Potato Head if you’re passionate about sustainability. In their Sweet Potato Lab, they give a second life to waste found on the beach. And you can find them and even use them at the property – some things, such as the chairs and the flip flop wall actually come from the lab.