Planning a trip to Bali and love staying in unique boutique hotels? Bali is an amazing place to go for boutique hotel lovers as it has so many stylish hotels, villas and resorts with high thread counts on offer.
Bali is the ideal place to go if you’re looking for a relaxing holiday with a focus on wellness and great food. There are some fantastic Bali Retreats and when it comes to where to stay in Bali there are endless options.
In this post I have curated the best Bali boutique hotels in each of these towns to help you find the perfect place to stay in Bali for you.
- Bali Boutique Hotels: Ubud
- Top Things to Do in Ubud
- Food and Spa in Ubud
- Boutique Hotels in Ubud
- Ubud Valley Boutique Resort
- Bali Boutique Hotels: Canggu
- Top Things to do in Canggu
- Food and Spa in Canggu
- Boutique Hotels in Canggu
- Boutique Hotels Bali: Seminyak
- Boutique Hotels in Nusa Dua
- Top Things to do in Nusa Dua
- Boutique Hotels in Nusa Dua
- Bali Boutique Hotels: Jimbaran
- Top Things to do in Jimbaran
- Boutique Hotels in Jimbaran
- Bali Boutique Hotels: Uluwatu
- Boutique Hotels in Bali: Sanur
- How to get to Bali
- Getting Around Bali
- When is the best time to visit Bali?
- Do you need a Visa for Bali?
- Who Paid for What in this Post?
Bali Boutique Hotels: Ubud
Ubud is the opposite of the typical image of busy beachy Bali. Located in the mountains of Bali it is the cultural centre of the island. If you like stunning waterfalls and natural beauty as well as temples and shopping Ubud could be a great option for your Bali vacation.
Top Things to Do in Ubud
Ubud and the area around Ubud are full of interesting things to do:
- Visit the Elephant Cave Goa Gajah
- The Monkey Forest
- Get your camera out at the Instagram Friendly Bali Swing
There are also loads of day trips from Ubud.
- Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Water Temple
- Lovina Beach
- Climb Mount Batur to watch the sunrise
- Tegalalang Rice
Food and Spa in Ubud
- Have a spa treatment with a view at Karsa Spa
- Locavore is considered by many to the best restaurant in Ubud and serves contemporary European cuisine
- Mozaic is the place to go for French-inspired cuisine.
Boutique Hotels in Ubud
Dwaraka The Royal Villas
As the name suggests, Dwaraka The Royal Villas is inspired by Balinese royal palace architecture. Traditional carvings and sculptures feature in all the rooms, creating an authentic and luxurious space.
Dwaraka Royal Vialls is only a 5-minute drive or 15-minute walk from Ubud centre. They also offer free bicycles for their guests as well which is a great way to get around Ubud.
There is an on-site restaurant and spa at Dwaraka Ubud so once you arrive you never need to leave.
Ubud Valley Boutique Resort
Ubud Valley Boutique Resort is the perfect blend of nature, modernity and Balinese culture. If offers stylish wooden villas with ensuite bathrooms.
This Ubud boutique hotel has a bar with jungle views next to its infinity pool and a great restaurant with international cuisine.
Bicycles are freely available and Ubud Valley Boutique Resort Bali’s great location means guests are only 5km from the Elephant Cave. Take care of those sore cycling muscles at the hotel’s wellness centre when you return or just dive straight into the infinity pool.
Bali Boutique Hotels: Canggu
Canggu is a small beach town on the south coast of Bali. This Balinese town is known for its rice paddies and surf beaches. Seminyak isn’t far away if you want something more bustling.
Canggu is the perfect spot to base yourself if you want to get away from it all but still have the option of dipping back in. And there are some great options when it comes to where to stay in Canggu.
Top Things to do in Canggu
- Visit the famous surf beach Batu Bolong
- Visit one of Bali’s most famous temples, Pura Tanah Lot.
- Take an early morning hike to watch the sunrise from Mount Batur
- If you’re staying on a Sunday check out the Canggu market at La Laguna.
Food and Spa in Canggu
- For dinner on the beach front you’ll be hard pressed to beat The Lawn
- For Ocean views and amazing Japanese food head to Ji Restaurant
- Enjoy a fabulous massage from the comfort of your boutique hotel with Casa Home Spa.
Boutique Hotels in Canggu
Tapi Tepi Kali
If you love the bright colours of Bali, but would prefer to return to muted colours and minimalist decor after a day of vibrancy, Tapi Tepi Kali is ideal for you.
From the colours of the rooms to the pebbled pool, everything at Tapi Tepi Kali Canggu helps you on wind.
The on-site restaurant at Tapi Tepi Kali Bali serves Indonesian, Chinese, and American cuisines, so you don’t need to head out into Canggu in the evening. And if you love cooking don’t forget to check out their cooking classes.
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This Bali boutique hotel also offers yoga classes. Echo Beach is just 1.8km away, and Batu Bolong is 2.3km. You can easily take a scooter taxi, walk or cycle to these beaches
Como Uma Canggu
For a more upmarket luxury option, Como Uma Canggu is a beautiful beachfront property on Bali’s south coast. This is a boutique luxury hotel but it also has an extensive range of daily classes and treatments.
This Bali hotel is known for its amazing spa. Relax with dead sea mud therapy, an Indonesian massage, or detoxifying skin treatment.
End your day at the COMO Beach Club Bali, where you can enjoy a global menu alongside live acoustic music and captivating sunsets.
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Boutique Hotels Bali: Seminyak
If it is luxury that you are after on your Bali holiday then Seminyak is the town for you. Seminyak contains Bali’s most high end and hip restaurants and shops.
Seminyak Bali is home to some fantastic restaurants and an awesome Bali sunset. There are also nightclubs and shopping malls in Seminyak.
Things to do in Seminyak
The main things to do in Seminyak involve shopping, treatments, drinking and eating.
- Mejekawi by Ku de Ta is a world-respected restaurant with an amazing beachfront location
- La Lucciola has amazing ocean and sunset views and all-day eating
- Spring -offers a blow dry, DJ and cocktail in the evening
- Prana -one of the oldest spas in the area and great for those staying in the southern part of Seminyak
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Boutique Hotels in Seminyak
If you love plants and staying in a jungle-like environment, you’ll love this boutique hotel in Seminyak. Spend the day lounging by the pool or head to the many shops and restaurants within a 5-minute walking distance of La House Seminyak.
The accommodation at this hotel in Bali is private, homely, and spacious, and the terrace offers stunning views of the luscious garden and pool area. And best of all at La House, breakfast is served every morning in your guest room.
Grandmas Plus Hotel Seminyak
Grandmas Plus Hotel Seminyak is perfect for beach bums as it’s located a 2-minutes walk from popular Seminyak Beach.
The rooms at this boutique hotel in Seminyak are modern, and the hotel is surrounded by activity. Grandmas Plus Bali also has an in-house spa and wellness centre.
If you’re in the mood for a drink, visit the on-site bar for a cocktail or two before heading to one of the trendy restaurants in the area.
Boutique Hotels in Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua is perhaps the most expensive area to stay in Bali. This is the place in Bali to go if you are looking for luxury and complete relaxation – and if you like to play golf even better.
Top Things to do in Nusa Dua
Like Seminyak, the best things to do in Nusa Dua revolve around food, treatments and drinking.
- If you’re looking for a decadent restaurant experience head to Kayuputi at St Regis
- Check out the coconut scrub at the Dandelion Spa
- For an upmarket hotel experience try the Heavenly Spa at the Westin
- For a fun mix of east and west check out Mr Bob Bar and Grill
Boutique Hotels in Nusa Dua
For a high-end modern option check out The Bale. At the Bale, there are pavilion rooms which each come with their own infinity pool.
The pavilions also have their own garden plus a huge daybed. The Bale Nusa Dua is decorated in a contemporary, minimalist design.
If you’re after the complete spa experience have a look at the Revivo Wellness Resort. This chic spa resort is in 2.5 hectares of beautiful grounds.
Revivo Bali offers a range of spa programmes for different health and wellness needs.
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Bali Boutique Hotels: Jimbaran
Jimbaran is located on Bali’s southwestern coast and again is known for luxury accommodation – are you noticing a theme here? Jimbaran also has a famous bay and beach with three grilled seafood restaurants.
Top Things to do in Jimbaran
- For fantastic seafood at one of Jimbaran’s famous beach seafood restaurants try Kedonganan Seafood Cafes and Restaurants
- Thermes Marins Bali Spa at AYANA resort is known for its outstanding massage
- If you are after an Instagram friendly setting look no further than the Rock Bar
Boutique Hotels in Jimbaran
Belmond Jimbaran Burj
For a mid market luxury option check out Belmond Jimbaran Buri. This balinese hotel is a mix of traditional Balinese cottages and pool villas with a stunning garden.
Not only is there a stunning swimming pool, but Belmond Jimbaran Puri also has an open-air beach spa where you can experience a massage whilst listening to the ocean.
Kayumanis Jimbaran Private Estate and Spa
For something more at the top end of luxury explore Kayumanis Jimbaran Private Estate and Spa. This Bali resort is only one minute’s walk from the beach but is 11km from Seminyak.
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Bali Boutique Hotels: Uluwatu
If you’re looking to get away from the crowds, lovely little Uluwatu could be the perfect spot for you.
Things to do in Uluwatu
- Visit the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue
- Check out the Uluwatu Beaches
- See Uluwatu Temple at Sunset
Boutique Hotels in Uluwatu
For a good value boutique hotel option check out the Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort. Located on a cliffside over the Indian Ocean, all rooms are modern Balinese in their design.
Six Senses Uluwatu
The Six Senses Uluwatu also has a cliffside location. This hotel in Uluwatu has a spiritual feel as it is located at the southernmost tip of Bali near Pura Uluwatu. There are stunning ocean views from virtually everywhere in the hotel.
Boutique Hotels in Bali: Sanur
Sanur is a laid back coastal town that is somewhat off the beaten track in Bali.
Things to do in Sanur
- Turtle Conservation and Education Center
- Attend a Yoga Class
- Pick Your Water Sport
- Taste-test Through the Pasar Sindhu Night Market
Boutique Hotels in Sanur
This Balinese hotel has its own spacious lagoon pool plus rain showers and all the modern conveniences you might need. And Klumpu Bali Resort’s in house open-air restaurant is perfect for the end of a busy day.
The Samata is located inland but offers views of rice fields and natural surroundings. This boutique hotel in Sanur has a simple and contemporary design and offers pool villas with kitchenettes – plus every unit has its own living room so it is big on space.
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How to get to Bali
Getting Around Bali
There isn’t much reliable public transport on the island, so most travellers and locals can be seen zipping around on scooters. There are other options for those who aren’t comfortable on two wheels, though.
Here are your best bets for getting around when visiting Bali.
This is the cheapest option, but not always the most reliable one. Buses in Bali run inside the major cities but can take quite a long time to reach your destination and don’t allow much freedom.
There are two taxi apps that you can use in Bali. These are Grab and Gojek, and they work similarly to Uber. These can get pricey to use, especially if you’re travelling longer distances.
Note: In some areas, these taxis may not be allowed to pick up passengers, so some research will be required depending on where you are.
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Motorcycles or Scooters
Scooters are great (if you can ride them) and they’re quicker and nimbler than cars. There are many places that rent out scooters around Bali, so make sure you pick a reputable one based on reviews.
Rent a Car (and Perhaps a Driver)
If you’d like more freedom to do things on your own time, but you’re not comfortable riding a motorcycle, you can rent a car instead.
Bali’s traffic can be intense for foreigners, however, so you may also want to hire a driver to drive you to your desired spots.
When is the best time to visit Bali?
The temperature in Bali is quite steady across the year. The warmest times to visit tend to be November, December and April. July to September tend to be the dry season and are considered by most to be the best time of year to visit Bali.
Do you need a Visa for Bali?
Residents of most countries, including the USA, UK and Australia, will have to get a visa for Bali. However, you can obtain the Visa once you land at Denpasar airport – it isn’t necessary to get it ahead of time.
At the time of writing this post, the cost of the Indonesian visa was US$25 and it was required to be paid in cash.
Who Paid for What in this Post?
I covered all of the costs associated with putting together this Bali boutique hotels post. However, this post does includes affiliate links. That means if you click through and end up making a purchase I will receive a small commission. I wanted to make sure you were aware of this.
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