The Island of the Gods, Bali offers natural beauty, indulgence, art, culture and adventure in generous doses, and these are the best spots to experience it all.
With its flawless beaches, rich culture, an alluring mythical history and a thriving nightlife, Bali beckons everyone, be it families, friends or couples, to explore its beauty and tranquil, spiritual vibe. If you’re looking to soak in all that the island has to offer while nestling in the lap of luxury, make sure you book a stay at one of these 5 exquisite beachside resorts.
Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa
If it’s tranquillity you seek, this resort is your perfect haven, tucked away in the town of Candidasa on the eastern shore of Bali, away from the hustle-bustle of other touristy spots. Whether you spend a day relaxing on the private beach flanked by a beautiful lagoon or wish to take a lesson in Balinese dancing as you look upon the ocean from its garden terrace, Rama Candidasa offers a horde of unique experiences. You can take a Balinese cooking class with the resident chef or even dabble in Lontar, traditional Balinese art, right here.
Mantra Sakala Resort & Beach Club
Conveniently located in Nusa Dua, just half an hour from the airport, Mantra Sakala is meant for travellers who are looking for both luxury and exclusivity in good measure, with the Cabana Suite giving you direct access to the resort’s lagoon pool and the private two-floored Pool Villa for families and other larger groups. A romantic dinner at the award-winning Sakala restaurant or a party on the Sky Deck will both afford you stunning views of beach and its lush tropical surroundings.
Hotel Komune Resort and Beach Club
Perhaps the most internationally well-known resort of the island, it is Komune’s peaceful location, luxurious interiors and sprawling lawns overlooking the clear blue waters that have earned it a spot among the top 5 resorts in Asia. Located on the pristine Keramas beach, this is as popular a wedding destination as it is for a romantic honeymoon or a family vacation. Its beach club is ideal for a lazy day spent sunbathing by the sea, sipping on cocktails, or you can opt for a day of pampering and relaxation at the Joglo Spa, which also offers treatments for kids.
Whether it is a romantic getaway with your special one or a bachelor party, a stay at Karma Kandara’s private pool villas is surely something to experience. If it is a big family gathering, its four- and five-bedroom residences are perfect, complete with a gym, sauna, spa and cinema room and beautiful views of the property, the pool and the ocean beyond. Indulge in delicious cocktails, delectable seafood and massage on the beach, or a spot of snorkelling and paddling if you’re feeling adventurous.
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
This is among the few hotels in Bali where all the rooms, suites and villas are sea-facing. The location is a popular surfing spot, so if it’s adventure combined with luxury you seek, Sheraton Bali Kuta is your best bet. The resort’s culinary fare is among the best offered in Bali, with its signature open-kitchen restaurant Feast, an authentic Italian restaurant and a lounge with an extensive cocktail menu. If you’re looking to let your hair down and party away till the wee hours of dawn, don’t miss the White Magic Sunsets, the annual poolside party held in September.