There are monkeys in Ubud and temples in Uluwatu, but the beach is what draws most to Bali. With the most developed travel accommodations in all of Indonesia, Bali’s beaches are some of the most popular in the world. And, just because they’re popular doesn’t mean you’ll be overrun with tourists. If you know where you’re going, the Bali beach resorts have something for every type of traveler.
ST. REGIS BALI RESORT, NUSA DUA
The St. Regis Bali Resort is as opulent as they come, befitting the St. Regis brand. Situated on an immaculate beach in Nusa Dua, meaning the “Garden of Bali,” all areas of this 123 suite-hotel ooze luxury: from the light, airy lobby featuring modern Balinese décor to the 3,668-square-meter saltwater lagoon – to which the Lagoon Villas have direct access.
Hungry travelers can choose between the resort’s Kayuputi beachfront restaurant, the Boneka restaurant serving a range of continental food, or the Gourmand Deli, offering a bistro menu with a selection of wines and coffee. For guests wanting to relax over cocktails or an impressive Afternoon Tea, The King Cole Bar is the place to be.
With a 24-hour butler service and Remède Spa complete with Aqua Vitale Thalassotherapy Pool, the St. Regis Nusa Dua lives up to the lofty St. Regis brand in one of Southeast Asia’s most popular beach destinations.
FOUR SEASONS BALI AT JIMBARAN BAY
The Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay located near the southern tip of the island boasts 156 villas and residences, each with their own private pool. This distinguished hotel has received several accolades of note, the most recent being its five-star rating awarded in the Forbes Travel Guide 2017.
Swimmers and surfers of all ability levels will love the watersports available at Four Seasons Bali, with their Tropicsurf classes including heli-surfing and stand-up paddleboarding. Guests can make the most of the hotel’s infinity pool that seemingly merges with the stunning Jimbaran Bay. The serene sun lounging is also highly recommended for more relaxed visitors, either by the pool or in the bay.
What sets the Four Seasons Bali apart are its signature experiences: the hotel offers all kinds of activities from artist workshops to private rafting lessons and their Jimbaran Bay Cooking Academy, where guests can learn how to make authentic Indonesian cuisine.
W BALI SEMINYAK
The W Bali Seminyak hotel boasts 229 rooms, suites, and villas, each one offering either a spectacular sea view or a gorgeous garden view. With a 24-hour fitness center and relaxing AWAY Spa, guests will be able to stay healthy and de-stressed as they enjoy their stay.
With a wide range of eateries and bars on-site, the W Bali Seminyak is the ideal holiday destination for young people looking to let their hair down and have some fun in the sun. Guests can spend the evening enjoying Pan-Asian cuisine at Starfish Bloo, devouring meat and seafood at FIRE, or drinking and dancing on WOOBAR’s skydeck.
From Taiwan to Bali, the W hotels are known for being lively and hedonistic, but there is tranquility to be had as well. For those loving to swim and sunbathe, W offers a 1,790-square-meter outdoor pool, creatively designed to emulate Bali’s well-known and aesthetically pleasing rice fields.
After taking a dip in the pool, those looking for an even more calming and serene atmosphere can head to the Oasis, a tropical garden featuring tranquil ponds and a traditional Balinese pavilion.
ALILA SEMINYAK BALI
Guests looking for a relaxing, romantic resort in the trendy area of Seminyak will find the Alila Seminyak Bali ideal. Set directly on a five-mile stretch of beach between Kuta and Legian, this hotel offers fulsome views of the Indian Ocean, exquisite cuisine, and modern architecture inspired by nature.
The hotel immerses its visitors in greenery and landscaped terraces designed by Gaurang Khemka of the award-winning URBNarc firm. With 99 rooms, 140 suites, and one penthouse available, guests will be spoiled for choice.
For those looking to get out and about, the Alila Leisure Concierge team can help them explore the thriving local area, from learning more about Bali culture to planning a romantic evening, or splashing out on some retail therapy with a personalized shopping plan. The Alila Seminyak also offers a kids’ club, daily yoga classes at 7.30 a.m. every morning and holistic fitness activities at the on-site gym. With its beach bar and restaurant offering signature cocktails, snacks and an on-beach barbecue, guests at the Alila can really have it all.
While there is a private beach, the Amankila is more for those in search of privacy. With 34 separate beach house suites, some of which have private pools, the accommodations at Amankila emanate rustic charm and relaxing beach vibes. The unique architecture of Amankila, inspired by the Ujung Water Palace near Amlapura, gives the guests of this distinct hotel a truly unique experience.
The suites available at Amankila include the Amankila Suite, comprised of two bedrooms, a terrace, a private pool and butler service, the Indrakila Suite, with one bedroom, a terrace with sea views and private swimming pool, and the Pool Suite, featuring a private pool in a walled courtyard for even more privacy. When guests wish to leave the seclusion of their individual beach houses, they can opt to dine at the hotel’s ocean-view restaurant, which makes the most of locally sourced ingredients in their delicious dishes, or head to the spa for a revitalizing scrub, wrap, or Balinese bath.