Bali is one of those places which just begs to be escaped to; with its’ forested volcanic mountains, achingly beautiful beaches, tropical coral reefs and a wonderful spiritual essence, this Indonesian island will seduce you at first glance. It’s the perfect place for romance, just make sure that your accommodation delivers in this regard too; read on for our guide to the Top 5 Best Romantic and Intimate Hotels in Bali…
The Pavilions Bali
The stunning all villa boutique hideaway of The Pavilions Bali enjoys a prime location in the timeless and laid-back seaside town of Sanur. You are a 30-minute drive from Kuta area with Ngurah Rai International Airport a 45-minute drive away. The beach is just a 3-minute walk away, though a shuttle is laid on too.
There are just 25 traditional Balinese villas in this intimate resort; each are unique in décor and design but all benefit from original Balinese artwork and woven organic fibre furnishings. The villas are surrounded by magnificent tropical gardens and feature private sundecks; many also have private pools and all offer discrete butler service; there’s nothing quite like having your breakfast delivered to your terrace each morning by your butler to aid relaxation! Garden Villas are particularly tranquil with spacious walled gardens, but the Pool Villas are standout stunning and seduce even seasoned non-romantics! If budget allows, definitely splash out on a Honeymoon Pool villa, you have more space both inside and in your pool and even the bed is larger too!
Indulge your appetite at the delightfully authentic Jahe Restaurant or how about a leisurely lunch at the Poolside Café and Bar. For maximum romance, share a candlelit dinner together on your private terrace as the sun sets around you. The Pavilions Spa is surrounded by a private garden, which provides the perfect backdrop for a reviving massage, healing therapy or an all-natural beauty treatment. There’s also a well-equipped fitness centre, an open-air yoga studio and a beautiful outdoor pool.
The Ritz-Carlton Bali
The Ritz-Carlton Bali is an intimate, luxurious and locally-inspired resort is located in Sawangan, Nusa Dua and is set on 12.7 hectares of expansive and beautifully manicured beach-front and cliff-top land. You are located 30 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport and just minutes away from the Jimbaran Bay, Pecatu and Uluwatu area, as well as cultural sites including Jatiluwih and Ubud. There 313 hotel rooms and elegant Zen-like suites, including 34 cliff top and ocean view villas. The suites have living areas, and balconies or terraces with sea or garden views and villas add butler service and personal chefs; some have private pools too – ideal for a romantic dip. The Ritz-Carlton Club Level includes a private infinity pool and sun deck exclusively for club guests, whilst The Ritz-Carlton Spa offers a range of wellness treatments. There’s also a gym and beach access is via an awesome 70-metre high glass elevator! Led by a highly skilled culinary team, The Ritz-Carlton, Bali features six restaurants and lounges, offering an authentic gastronomic journey, combining the finest local ingredients with international influences ranging from a Japanese restaurant to a tapas bar.
Sofitel Nusa Dua
The Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort offers 8 hectares of lush lime green tropical grounds, beautiful pools and picture-perfect beaches under the Bali sunshine. You are just a 15 minutes’ drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport and 15km from the lively shops of Jalan Legian. Nusa Dua is derived from the two small islands on Bali’s eastern shoreline. The pristine gated complex which houses the hotel is a secluded haven which also includes an upmarket shopping complex, an 18-hole golf course, temples, a museum and golden sandy beaches. The resort offers 415 chic rooms including 39 suites and villas. Some rooms enjoy ocean views, direct pool access or private plunge pools, upgrade to a lavish suite for butler services, or even better, the villas feature canopy beds, living rooms and marble bathrooms. The pool is ‘lazy river’ in style, meandering under bridges and ending up at the main pool area. It is the perfect place to cool off, unless you prefer to laze on the beautiful beach which borders the resort, there’s a beach club here too. The SoSPA at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort will help you unwind and get in the holiday mood with a soothing treatment. There are 3 restaurants and 2 bars, Sofitel chefs ensure memorable gastronomic adventures; take a journey through French cuisine accented with local flavours and specialities.
Hotel Tugu Bali
Owned by Indonesia’s biggest art collector, Hotel Tugu is not only a luxury hotel but also home to many fascinating and beautiful works of art, antiques and cultural artefacts collected from all over Indonesia which gives the place a deeply romantic air. The hotel lies just a 3-minute stroll from the sandy Canggu Beach and you are 13km from Nirwana Bali Golf Club and the iconic water temple at Tanah Lot. The hotel is made up of thatched suites which are dotted between lotus ponds in the hotels lush grounds. The opulent suites are all unique and feature beautiful antique furnishings, most include private plunge pools and carved 4-poster beds. Opt for the ground floor for private garden space, or the first floor for stunning views of the Bali Sea. Relax by the large, deep blue pool, surrounded by lush foliage, or indulge yourself in a treatment at the lavish spa. You can take a yoga class, learn to cook using traditional Javanese or Balinese methods or learn local styles of flower arranging or Balinese dance. There are five restaurants but you are equally encouraged to dine in numerous romantic nooks around the lush grounds. There’s also a stylish bar, a Japanese restaurant and Sunset Beach which is home to Tugu’s legendary full moon barbecues.
The Viceroy Bali is situated just 5 minutes’ drive to the thriving culture and arts centre of Ubud, yet the location feels like another world, utterly tranquil and totally relaxing. With only 25 pool villas, Viceroy Bali offers absolute privacy. Each villa has its own heated pool and outdoor cabana as well as unrivalled views of the surrounding valley and dense jungle. A soft, artfully manicured garden rolls gently off to the side of the main hilltop infinity pool overlooking the jungle valley opposite. There’s a swim-up bar or you can relax in the Balinese balé (gazebo) to enjoy that cocktail. Nearby, a path leads down to CasCades restaurant, the beating heart of the resort with its 10-metre cone-shaped grass thatched roof which serves delectable Balinese and Western creations. There’s also a sublime spa, a fitness studio and a library.
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