The four best new hotels in Bali

Start planning your long weekend vacations – we recommend four boutique hotels in Bali for your next beach siesta
By Benita Lee |

For guilt-free luxury

Alila Seminyak

Holidaying doesn't have to hurt the Earth, not when you choose Alila's trendy Seminyak space to rest your head. Green spaces are abundant here, from corridors to roofs, with public spaces ventilated by the salty ocean breeze. Love-your-environment practices employed by the resort include using local and recyclable building materials, going 100 percent paperless, bottling its own water, and putting in place low-energy light fixtures. Plus, it also gives back to the local community by supporting two elementary schools in Kerobokan, as well as the Anak-Anak Harapan Children's Home.

Stay in one of the 240 rooms and suites, and you’ll be able to step onto the beach anytime you want. For a week of extravagance, get the key to the penthouse and round up your family or friends to make full use of the three bedrooms, kitchen and living spaces, a private pool, and a terrace overlooking the glittering waters. Additional facilities on the grounds include five infinity pools, an event centre, a kids' club and a spa.

Alila Seminyak. 9 Jln Taman Ganesha, Petitenget, Kerobokan, Seminyak (+62 361 3021 888). Room rates start from $371.

Bisma Eight

For a forest retreat

Bisma Eight

A charming blend of industrial chic and traditional Balinese aesthetics, this countryside getaway provides all the comforts of high-end accommodations, but at an affordable price.

Only suites are available, so give your holiday an upgrade when you book one of the 38 rooms – they're separated into Forest, Canopy and Garden categories, with panoramic views of the Ubud jungles, sheltered balconies or private gardens. And you'll feel right at home with little touches such as teak furnishings and ikat pillows crafted by the local artisan community, Japanese-inspired soaking tubs made from cedar wood, and bath salts by Balinese makers Republic of Soap. 

Dining is an adventure in itself: forage for veggies in Bisma Gardens, the organic farm on the premises, and reap the fruits of your labour in Bali-inspired comfort food at Copper Kitchen and Bar. For a quick pick-me-up, The Library Café brews blends from local coffee roasters, which you can sip on while ruminating on your latest read. To unwind, soak in vitamin D rays by the rooftop infinity pool – Ubud's only temperature-controlled one – throw back cocktails at the tropical bar, and watch the sun set over lush greenery.

Bisma Eight. Jln Bisma, Gianyar, Ubud (+62 361 4792 888). Room rates start from $269. 


For beachfront serenity

The Katamama

Thanks to the people behind Potato Head Folk Singapore, you get to luxuriate in a prime spot by the Seminyak beach at this seaside hotel, which opens in March. Check into one of the 58 rooms and relax in cosy quarters, decked out with curated artworks, homely furniture and outdoor spaces like balconies, gardens or pools. For the ultimate indulgence, the presidential penthouse has two bedrooms, a private rooftop garden with ocean views, and soundproof glass in the rooms – so you can sleep without hindrance from the outside world.

If you love your sunset walks, you won't be disappointed here. The surrounding neighbourhood includes names like Potato Head Beach Club, high fashion boutique Escalier and raw vegan café Alchemy, a first for the island. Or choose to dine in-house and feast on Spanish cuisine at MoVida x Potato Head, followed by post-dinner drinks at Akademi, a bar helmed by mixologist Dre Masso. This stretch of sand is nothing if not hip.

The Katamama. Jln Petitenget No 51B, Seminyak (+62 361 3029 999). Room rates start from $419.


For a high-end nature experience


Bask in the beauty of Mother Nature at Ritz-Carlton Reserve's Bali resort, which stands surrounded by a majestic landscape of temples and rice paddy fields. Situated along the Ayung River, the hotel features traditional-meets-contemporary Balinese designs that work their way into 35 spacious suites and 25 private pool villas. Stepping in feels like a journey into an indigenous village, with elements of nature weaved into the interiors and a traditional rice terrace nestled in the centre.

It's also home to four eateries offering Indonesian and Mediterranean cuisines, as well as menus for those who wish to #eatclean. To complete your immersive experience, there are outdoor adventures, treks to historical landmarks, spa facilities including a river-facing yoga studio, a sauna and a vitality pool, and an educational kids' programme that offers visits to the organic garden and farm. Perfect for a quiet retreat to clear your mind.

Mandapa. Jln Kedewatan, Banjar Kedewatan Gianyar, Ubud (+62 361 4792 777). Room rates start from $796. 

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