We review the top 10 best romantic hotels in Bali, Indonesia. Whether you are travelling on a honeymoon or simply as a couple wanting to get away, whether you are looking for spiritual harmony in Ubud or prefer the beach resorts of Seminyak and Nusa Dua, Bali is the perfect island to visit for romance!
Bali is known for thick, tropical forests, volcanic hillsides, pretty beaches, coral reefs and spiritual essence. Also known as the “Island of Gods”, there are many distinct areas; Seminyak is a chic, cosmopolitan beach resort area that appeals to luxury travellers. It also offers spectacular waves, breathtaking sunsets and vibrant nightlife. Nusa Dua offers manicured lawns fronting world-class hotels. Ubud is the spiritual centre of Bali with views over the lurid green paddy fields.
I have compiled a list below containing the most romantic hotels in Bali. Whichever you pick, Bali is a magical island and you will have a wonderful stay.
Wherever you decide to stay, in Bali or elsewhere, book via our luxury travel concierge. We offer free upgrades, free breakfasts and free perks at hotels including the Four Seasons, Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, InterContinental and more.
Typically, our free benefits* at luxury hotels include:
- Room upgrade to next category
- Complimentary breakfast for two per bedroom
- Complimentary Welcome Gift
- $100 USD equivalent Hotel experiential credit per room per stay
- Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
1. Viceroy Bali
The multi award winning 5 Star Viceroy Bali, is one of the best hotels in Ubud Bali. It is also one of the best romantic hotels in Bali. It is right in the center, just a 5 minute drive to the thriving culture and arts centre of Ubud, yet located in a verdent green paradise of foliage, ricefields, sparkling pool and tranquillity.
The hotel’s open lobby is breathtaking with its elegant marble floor and high-vaulted bamboo and grass-thatched roof. A water feature trickles nearby and the tinkling water is relaxing. Head down a grand staircase and the resort opens up into a compact, cool sanctuary clinging to the side of the strikingly verdant Valley of the Kings.
With only 25 pool villas, Viceroy Bali offers boutique luxury and complete privacy for those seeking the exotic. A soft, undulating, manicured garden rolls gently off to the side of the main infinity-edged pool overlooking the jungle valley opposite.
Take the path downwards and you will reach CasCades restaurant, the beating heart of the resort with its 10 metre cone-shaped grass thatched roof. Here, delicious Balinese and Western dishes are created using the highest quality international and local produce. This restaurant offers a perfect setting for a romantic night out or special occasion.
Each of the spacious 25 villas are exquisitely furnished and terribly private. Each has its own heated pool and outdoor cabana as well as unrivalled views over the valley and the dense jungle. Adding to the serenity, the constant calm, cool sound of the sparkling river below rises up the valley as guests sit on their private terraces and relax.
General Manager Anthony Syrowatka explains “what we’ve created is an uber-luxury haven… my family (the owners of the hotel) are on-site every day with a passionate and wonderful staff of 140. For guests, there’s a sense of something they can’t describe – they get this amazing feeling of living in the jungle, a location filled with beauty, but they also feel the warmth and kindness from the staff that cannot be taught, a sense of being part of the family.” Viceroy Bali is truly a sanctuary in paradise, a hidden gem to savour, for those who know about it.
2. Four Seasons Resort Bali At Sayan, Ubud
This is the second Four Seasons hotel on the island of Bali and has a much more spiritual vibe than the beach fronted Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay. Perhaps this is the more romantic of the two hotels as less families and more couples are attracted to this hotel due to the lack of a beach.
Voted #1 hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure in 2018, Four Seasons Resort Sayan encapsulates Bali at its philosophical and soulful best. The hotel is only a ten-minute drive from the stylish boutiques, artist ateliers and atmospheric eateries of boho-chic Ubud which makes Four Seasons Sayan is an inspiring base from which to explore Bali’s cultural heart or to retreat into nature’s meditative embrace.
The Four Seasons Sayan is a tranquil retreat tucked away amongst the lush jungle greenery on the banks of the Ayung River, that flows through a river valley in the heart of Ubud. Guests arrive via a dramatic bridge at tree-level, beneath which the Ayung River valley spreads its tropical arms. From the gravity-defying rooftop lotus pond that seems to float, suspended above the canopy.
The property cascades down the hill to the two-tiered swimming pool, cantilevered over the river, through an enchanting forest that cocoons just 60 suites and villas with stunning rice paddy and jungle views.
Rooms are built from local timber and thatched Alang-Alang roofs and vary from Suite for two tucked in the jungle to the Two Bedroom River View Villas or the Royal Villa, with incredible views of the tumbling Ayung River and lush green surrounds.
The traditional and tranquil spa is perfect for a relaxing massage after a day exploring Ubud, particularly special are the signature treatments designed to balance the body’s chakras.
3. Four Seasons at Jimbaran Bay
The stunning all-villa Four Seasons Resort right on the beach at Jimbaran Bay spreads across 14 hectares down to the golden sands at the end of Jimbaran Bay. This resort is easy to get to in a taxi taking just 20 minutes from the airport and is the kind of resort that you will never want to leave.
Designed around the hillside, this Balinese resort has 147 gorgeous villas which seem to meld into the tropical gardens. The beach and infinity pool are reached via meandering pathways which take you through colourful gardens wafting of hibiscus, jasmine and frangipani and across beautifully manicured lawns.
Rooms mix creams with Balinese touches, netted beds and glass doors lead out to private pools. Bathrooms have double sinks, indoor and outdoor showers and stand-alone tubs.
Breakfast is served alfresco until 11 am and offers a smorgasbord of delights including many items you didn’t even know you wanted. The Pool Terrace Cafe keeps you going with snacks and healthy burgers and you can also grab a snack or a cocktail at the beach club.
The open-air Taman Wantilan restaurant offers theatre-style dining presented by a brigade of speciality chefs at nine culinary exhibitions or show kitchens, perfect for romance.
Of course, there is no Four Seasons rewards program, but if you are a regular guest of the Four Seasons or even want to try this iconic brand for the first time, you can take advantage of loyalty style benefits at Four Seasons hotels for no extra cost by booking your next stay via our luxury travel concierge.
Amankila is set to the picturesque backdrop of Mount Agung and is one of the most romantic resorts on the island of Bali. This beach resort is made up of 34 little villas dotted up the hillside and joined to each other by pretty paths.
Each villa is a beach house hut with a thatched roof and a terrace furnished with coconut-shell tables, rattan chairs and day-beds for relaxing in the sun and under the stars.
Located on the silvery gold sands of Jimbaran Bay, the same beach as our favourite Four Seasons hotel above, both hotels are wonderful and romantic.
There is a huge lap pool by the Beach Club as well as Amankila’s signature three-tier infinity pools which drop down from the reception to the shore and lined with loungers and more thatched buildings.
Views are romantic and straight across the Lombok Strait. The airport can be reached in 20 minutes making Amankila easy to get to.
5. Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Ubud
Back up to Ubud for probably the best and most romantic Marriott Bonvoy hotel on the island. Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, fronts the Ayung River near the Ubud jungle and is a secluded paradise where lush, rolling hills merge with verdant working rice paddies.
The strike of a traditional Balinese gong marks your arrival, followed by a refreshing local drink infused with indigenous herbs. Your butler, who is your person with a plan throughout your stay, will escort you to your villa or suite, one of only 60 available at this boutique property. Luxury accommodations here feature a private outdoor space with views of the river or surrounding scenery.
The verdant rice paddies surrounding Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve are more than simply beautiful scenery. The white grains are the foundation for nearly every meal in Bali, accompanied by fragrant spices, colourful vegetables, tender meats and local fish. Visitors can experience Indonesian cuisine, alongside international dishes, at our four restaurants and you can also arrange a romantic dinner overlooking the river or rice terrace
Away from daily distractions, guests can practise yoga in our peaceful pavilion, enjoy a good book in the library, ride a bicycle through nearby villages, swim in the heated pool or enjoy a massage at the hands of one of our experienced spa therapists.
Located in a district renowned for its arts and crafts, intricately carved temples and natural beauty, Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve captures both the magic of Bali and the serenity of seclusion, offering a place where, similar to the mandapas, a romance and harmony awaits.
6. St Regis Bali
St Regis Bali lies in the heart of the beautiful “Garden of Bali” on a stretch of pristine beach. Its 123 superb suites and villas offer understated elegance and panoramic ocean views over 22 acres of lush gardens and the 39,480-square-foot crystal blue lagoon.
All suites and villas along with the beachside private residence, have private signature St. Regis Butler Service and complimentary Wi-Fi. Award-winning dining venues, bars, the distinctive Remède Spa, fitness centre and a Children’s Learning Center are also on-site. This is the only resort in Bali with 10 beachfront villas with pools and direct access to their private beach. Surely a reason to list this as one of the most romantic hotels in Bali.
The St Regis Bali costs 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy rewards per night and is a category 8 property. This will get you a St Regis Suite, 1 Bedroom Studio Suite with 1 King, Balcony, although it may work out better to pay for your stay and earn rather than spend your Bonvoy points.
7. Alila Villas Uluwatu
Alila Villas Uluwatu is a superb resort at the southern tip of Bali. We were completely blown away by our experience at Alila Villas Uluwatu.
The lobby is the first place you see when you arrive and it offers a sneak preview of the beautiful pool and the ocean. Enjoy a welcome drink as you check-in and a spray of their refreshing mist. You will be transported to your pool villa in the hotel buggy. There are only 65 villas in the resort, comprising of 56 one bedroom villas, 3 two bedroom villas and 6 cliffside 3 bedroom villas.
All the villas’ layouts are well thought out, with a proper resting, lounging and working area, as well as a separation for the bath area. There is plenty of technology from an entertainment system to a large library of music and movies. There are various shower options – an indoor rain and jet shower, an indoor bathtub as well as an outdoor shower.
To make things even better, the bathrooms are overloaded with high-quality amenities – from separate For Him and For Her shower supplies, to a bathtub box containing – sun tanning oil, after sun cooling gel, insect repellent, signature sunscreen, purifying mask, and a bottle of aromatic bubble bath liquid. There is also a pillow mist spray which acts as a sleeping aid by the bedside!
All villas are beautifully designed, featuring contemporary designs with various Balinese elements, such as wood, water, stone and rattan. The open plan design also allows natural light and the sea breeze to come into the room. All villas have their own private pool which occupies the back half of the unit, along with an outdoor cabana and table.
The one bedroom and two bedroom villas are arranged in 4 rows on a sloping hill, while the larger three bedroom villas are located near the lobby area, at the edge of the cliff. Guests can call for an electronic buggy to get around the hotel’s 14.4-acre grounds, or opt to walk around and admire the meticulously manicured landscape and paths.
Breakfast here is excellent as you would expect, an a la carte buffet, where guests can order anything off a daily rotating menu of western and Indonesian food. The dinner options are even more comprehensive and all tastes are catered for.
In the grounds between the restaurants, there is a long 50-metre infinity pool with many chairs and cabanas to lounge or tan. One of the two picturesque overhanging cliff side platforms were in front of The Warung and serves as an extended lounge space for guests to chill and sip cool drinks while admiring the turquoise Indian Ocean which stretched to the horizon. There is also a pathway next to the platform which leads almost 700 steps down the cliff to a stretch of pristine private beach.
At the edge of the hotel was another overhanging platform, used specifically for weddings and functions. A dramatic platform offering gorgeous views of the Ocean, Alila Uluwatu is an extremely popular and superb choice for weddings.
Other amenities located on the hotel ground include a gift shop, a library with public computers, a clinic, as well as a separate 24-hour gym building. For those who want to stay active during their vacations, there is also a complimentary morning Yoga session. Guests can also schedule further activities with trainers if necessary.
8. The Ritz-Carlton Bali
Offering 313 spacious and sumptuously appointed suites and villas, in an elegant tropical ambience, The Ritz-Carlton Bali is a luxurious resort with a stunning clifftop and beachside setting.
Tranquil views over the azure waters of the Indian Ocean are the perfect setting for resort guests to indulge in an idyllic romantic, family or business interlude. Along the foreshore are The Ritz-Carlton Club, six stylish dining venues, an indulgent and exotic marine-inspired Spa, a glamorous beachfront chapel, fun and recreational activities at Ritz Kids and extensive meeting and celebratory event venues.
Experience the exquisite service at The Ritz-Carlton Club®, with your own exclusive Ritz Carlton Club Concierge. This is the best club lounge in Bali and has its own private pool and a manned cocktail bar. Ritz Carlton hotels don’t offer free club lounge access to Marriott Bonvoy elite members. You only get lounge access if you book a club room or many Ritz Carlton resorts offer discounted lounge fees to elite members. At this Ritz Carlton, the rates are around $80pp to upgrade or $60pp to upgrade if you are elite.
This particularly excellent club lounge is located in its own villa halfway between the bottom of the lobby and the Beach. Ritz Carlton club lounges have always been exceptional, and are usually the best in the particular city that they inhabit. They offer an extensive breakfast, light lunch, afternoon tea, light dinner and desserts.
This lounge also offers red and white wine and beer all day with special cocktails and spirits from 5 to 8 pm and after dinner liquors from 8:30 pm to 10 pm. The food on offer is massively generous, it WILL fill you up and makes paying for access to this lounge worthwhile. There are at least 2 Chefs at any one time to cook up items to order.
9. InterContinental Bali
The InterContinental Bali Resort is nestled in 34 tropical acres of lush tropical gardens overlooking Jimbaran Bay on Bali’s southern tip. It is just 10 minutes from Denpasar International Airport (DPS) and is big with 417 guest rooms including a Club InterContinental wing and an open-air lobby.
Designed with the ambience of a tranquil Balinese village, this five-star luxury property is built on the shores of the beautiful Jimbaran Bay. It is perfectly positioned for guests to experience stunning sunsets. It is also particularly good value Midweek in the low season when you can snag a room for as little as $170/room/night. Because of the low prices here, you’re usually better off paying for a room with cash than using your IHG points here.
There is plenty of room for sunbathing around the six pools including one with fountains that you can swim around in and underneath the jets and then more room on the beach with comfy loungers everywhere. It is worth noting that the beach is quite rocky so jelly shoes would be useful here.
IHG Platinum loyalty members usually get a free upgrade from the classic room to a club room here, but without any club benefits. The room themselves are beautiful with lots of dark woods and club rooms are slightly larger (624 square feet instead of 527 square feet). The bathrooms are marble with double vanity and are also huge and the rooms also have large terraces.
Platinum IHG loyalty members can then pay to upgrade access the InterContinental Club Lounge for around $120 per room per night. The IHG Platinum welcome gift is a fruit plate and chocolates, along with a personalized note.
The 24/7 Club InterContinental lounge is very good here. The design is classic colonial style meets Oriental refinement with a crystal chandelier centrepiece and a grand piano. There is indoor seating in air-conditioned comfort leading to an outdoor terrace overlooking a lagoon where you can enjoy the complimentary food and drink along with a selection of daily local and international newspapers and lifestyle publications.
Club guests can indulge in a range of complimentary food and beverage options: gourmet breakfast in the lounge or a choice of four additional breakfast venues around the resort all delivering breakfast between 6.30 am and 11 am. Next, you get light refreshments, such as coffees, teas, soft drinks, mineral water, juices and snacks, then afternoon tea served from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm and evening cocktails and canapés from 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm in the lounge with lots and lots of delicious canapés. Of note, the quality of the food in this lounge is excellent but is nowhere near as generous as the food in the Ritz Carlton lounge above.
One of the pools is exclusively for Club InterContinental guests (ie lounge guests), kids are also allowed but must remain calm in this pool. Club InterContinental guests can also use the Jacuzzi, steam room, and sauna at Spa Uluwatu, return airport transfer, 4 pm check out (Platinum status gets til 2 pm) and you can continue using the club until you leave the resort (even if you have checked out). You also get unlimited use of children’s daycare at Planet Trekkers. When you leave, there is an additional club lounge available with showers, locker facilities, tea and coffee and an outdoor terrace for guests with late-departing flights.
10. Conrad Bali
If you are a Hilton Honors Diamond member or have brand loyalty to Hilton, you must try the Conrad Bali. Although this isn’t the very best or most romantic hotel in Bali, it does have some of the best hotel rooms in Bali for a major brand.
This hotel is simply stunning from the grand, dark wood lobby with windows that swing open to the vista beyond, to the lagoon pools and the huge variety of rooms, some with their own private pool.
Their Pool Villas are the ones to pick and they have private plunge pools and gardens. The villas are hidden away between the reflections lounge and the executive lounge. Guests staying in these villas will have access to the executive lounge at the Conrad Bali. These Pool Villas, although not large, are perfectly formed with their own private garden, plunge pool, sun terrace and outdoor tub. Within the room, you have all the usuals, including a double sink etc but also a large shower area which doubles as a private steam room.
The hotel itself is located on the quieter side of the island of Bali, in the Nusa Dua resort area and away from the madness of trendy Seminyak. Take a taxi from the airport to the Conrad Bali hotel for around $25 for a 20-minute taxi ride.
Pool Villas at Conrad Bali get all the Conrad Suites benefits. If you are a Hilton Honors Diamond member you also get these same benefits, the highlight being the Conrad Suites Club Lounge access.
If you are staying in a Suite or a Pool Villa or are a Hilton Honors Diamond member, you get the following “free” benefits:
- Breakfast from 7:00AM to 10:30AM at RIN restaurant
- Afternoon tea from 3:00PM to 5:00PM at RIN restaurant
- Evening cocktails from 5:00PM to 7:00PM at Conrad Suites Club Lounge
- Complimentary internet access
- Complimentary unlimited laundry & dry cleaning
- 15% off food & beverage in restaurants and bar
- 15% off meeting room rental
- 25% off all Jiwa Therapeutic treatments
The breakfast you get with the Pool Villa or being a Hilton Honours Diamond loyalty member is excellent. It can be taken either at RIN or in Suku. RIN is located by the poolside and is a good option and you get a small buffet section along with an a la carte menu which includes egg dishes like omelettes and eggs benedict and some more unusual options including a steak and breakfast burritos.
The Conrad Suite Club Lounge is located directly above RIN. There is also an exclusive Conrad Suites Pool. The Conrad Suites Lounge at the Conrad Bali offers a huge range of drinks and cocktails all presented beautifully and the canapés are generous and replaced as soon as you finish them, things like sushi, mini-wraps, grilled fish in sauce.
When compared to the Marriott Bonvoy St Regis hotel in Bali the Pool Villas in Conrad Bali do not quite match up, but this is taken into account in the price, and for cost per enjoyment, the Conrad Bali is hard to beat and is definitely one of the best resorts in Nusa Dua. When you stay in a Conrad Pool Villa, you will wake up to the sound of birdsong and waves lapping on the shore. Romance Paradise? It certainly comes close.
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