Jimbaran & Uluwatu
Looking for a luxury Escape to Bali? Then come to Jimbaran to slow your pace right down. Spend your days sunbathing, resting, strolling about town. Watch the fishermen bringing in their catch, and then enjoy a seafood dinner on the beach.
Jimbaran is a great choice for luxury escapes to Bali. It’s an authentic community that attracts tourism, without being overwhelmed by visitors as some other areas of Bali are.
For luxury accommodation, there is a range of luxury beach resorts that benefit from the locale, the facilities, and the beautiful setting. The villas and hotels tend to be mid-range and upwards, attracting families and couples. It’s also a popular wedding destination and top spot for romantic breaks.
Depending on the length of your stay, you might want to leave town one afternoon and head down to Uluwatu. There you’ll find the Uluwatu Temple, and some of the best of Bali’s beaches, on the Bukit Peninsula. You can also take in some traditional Balinese Kecak dance.
If you’re looking for more variety, Jimbaran is just 30-60 minutes from the Kuta, Legian and Seminyak area, close enough to visit every few days. This is handy if you’re looking for more shops and restaurants, as Jimbaran is limited in this area.
Situated on Bali’s west coast, Jimbaran is just 20 minutes from the airport and you’ll find a taxi stand at Arrivals. Uluwatu is only 15-30 minutes south of the Jimbaran, as is Nusa Dua. Ubud is further, at 2-2.5 hours away.
You won’t need a car, as the best way to explore Jimbaran is really on foot. If you’re planning to go a little further afield though, there is Bluebird Taxis and private drivers available for hire.
- Escape to: Grand Hyatt Bali
Known as the crown jewel of Bali’s resorts, the Grand Hyatt Bali is a world-class five star hotel. It sits on a stretch of luxury beachfront at Nusa Dua, with glistening white sand and turquoise sea welcoming you to a resort paradise.
A village-style resort, the Grand Hyatt Bali’s 636 luxury rooms and suites are situated in 24 low-rise Balinese villas. The hotel is awash with gardens, ponds, waterfalls and a playground of sculpted rivers and pools. There is a private beach for guests, and five swimming pools on site.
The hotel is conveniently located for airport access, leisure activities, trendy hotspots, and a convention centre, an ideal spot for a luxury escape to Bali.
On arrival, you will find an expansive lobby overlooking manicured gardens and with sea views. In the evening, you can also enjoy views of the Indian Ocean from the rooftop Salsa bar. It offers a wealth of luxurious facilities both in the resort and accessible by short taxi ride, all in an exquisitely beautiful setting.
The Grand Hyatt Bali also provides bespoke wedding event packages. Each event is customised to desires of the client, with a professional wedding planner to manage all the details. The hotel hosts wedding ceremonies, receptions, and pre-wedding events, and in-house chefs ensure world-class catering to suit all styles.
- Escape to: Anantara Uluwatu Resort
Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort is a palatial resort on the southern coast of Bali, offering exceptional views of the Indian Ocean in a setting of deluxe natural beauty.
The secluded resort comprises 72 suites, each with sea views, and villas with private pools.
The activities at the resort are unsurpassed. As well as a fitness centre and Anantara Spa, and a breath-taking cliff edge infinity swimming pool, there is also elephant trekking and river rafting. There are yoga classes and cycling, cooking and dance classes, and golf on nearby world-class fairways.
The resort is a dream destination for surfers and water-sports enthusiasts. A private elevator takes guests down the cliff side onto ‘Impossible Beach’, a beach renowned for its incredible waves. Here, visitors can enjoy a fast long ride along Impossible Break, the Padang Padang Tube, and easy take-offs at Bingin and Dreamland.
And the cuisine is sumptuous. Guests benefit from the Splash Pool Cliff Dining Retreat, Dining by Design, 360 Restaurant and SONO Teppanyaki. Here, visitors enjoy world-class local, international, and fusion cooking, dining in plush restaurant surroundings or served poolside or in-room. The 360 Restaurant, as its names suggests, provides 360 degree views of the stunning landscape, the Indian Ocean being particularly beautiful at sunset.
Luscious, secluded and extravagant, Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort is a popular choice for romantic luxury escapes to Bali and destination weddings. The resort offers a glass-fronted sea chapel, and lawned gardens with sea views, as a setting for your dream wedding.
- Escape to: The Edge
The EDGE is one of Bali’s most luxurious villa resorts, located in the village of Pecatu, on the cliffs of Uluwatu. oneeighty° can be found here at The EDGE.
An indulgent celebration of sophisticated beach culture, oneeighty° offers a genuine luxury experience.
The five star villas are large and fantastically well-appointed. There are two private pools and tropical gardens and private sundecks. And the villas also benefit from state-of-the-art entertainment systems, private home theatres, and free wifi.
A personal villa butler is also on hand for guests. The butler can help with arrangements for travel and entertainment, as well as preparing and serving breakfast in the private villa kitchen.
For lunch and dinner, gourmet menus are tailored by the Balinese Executive Chef, Nyoman Suasa, previously Sous Chef at the Beverley Wilshire on Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles. Diners will also appreciate the extensive, award-winning wine list and stellar cocktails from the mixologist team.
Visitors can enjoy the world-class spa and fitness centre, with relaxing body treatments and steam baths. World-class golf facilities are located nearby, and the glass-bottom sky pool is a sight to behold, extending six metres over the edge of the cliff.
The resort also boasts a cliff-side VIP deck, a terrace and sand lounge, and an enclosed bar with 180° panoramic views of the landscape. The resort also has a wine cellar and cigar lounge.
Very highly rated by visitors for its location and rates, The EDGE is situated just 45 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport.
- Escape to: Karma Kandara
The luxury beach resort of Karma Kandara, Bali, is ideal for a blissful escape from the mundane. Nestled in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Bali’s Bukit Peninsula is better known as ‘Billionaire’s Row’. The Balinese retreat offers legendary opulence, with its spacious villas, fine restaurant, and world-class Karma Spa.
The Karma Spa is the jewel of this resort. Founded on the principle of karmic philosophy that pleasure should always be part of one’s cure, the spa offers indulgent, sensuous treatments to relax, restore, and rejuvenate. The Asian-inspired therapies are holistic in nature, with a view to health, beauty, and wellbeing. In a beautiful setting, the Karma Spa is a sanctuary, and enjoyed by solo travellers and groups.
For livelier entertainment, there are the Karma Beach clubs. There is beachcombing and water-sports during the day, ensuring it is fun-filled for families. And then DJs, live music, cocktails and seafood feasts for chilled-out luxury in the evenings. For hedonism in a paradise setting, the vibe here is world-class and unique.
Karma Kandara, Bali, sits in lush green landscapes, and provides breath-taking views of tropical beaches. An ideal choice for romantic breaks and larger gatherings, the spirit of Karma Kandara means blissful, barefoot days and carefree, glamorous nights.
- Escape to: W Bali
W Bali, Seminyak, is regarded as one of the very best resorts in Bali. It combines modern convenience with cultural authenticity, in sumptuous surroundings and landscapes of outstanding natural beauty.
The resort boasts eclectic boutiques, galleries, world-class dining and nightlife, and an army of staff to cater to all visitors’ whims and desires. There are even beach ambassadors to wait on you while you sunbathe.
The AWAY® SPA is a particular delight of the resort. Begin your luxury spa indulgence with mediation in one of the three
single treatment rooms, and then move onto a full body and soul revival. There are also two double treatment rooms with Vitality Baths, and two spa suites with Wet & Dry Treatment Areas. For beauty treatments, guests can make use of the hair salon or mani/pedi facilities, and there are also a hamam and detox/oygen room. The AWAY® SPA is open 7.00 am to 11.00 pm.
For a more invigorating afternoon, guests can make use of the state-of-the-art fitness centre, aptly-named FIT. Open around the clock, there is early morning yoga and a gym open for midnight workouts.
The huge 1,790m2 swimming pool, WET®, has a design inspired by the Balinese rice fields. This is also open 24 hours a day.
OASIS is a further ‘escape within an escape’: a secluded spot in the most traditionally Balinese setting of the resort. There are two reflective ponds and a lush tropical garden, with a Wantilan (Balinese pavilion). This oasis is ideal for private events, including destination weddings, intimate parties, and romantic dinners.
- Escape to: Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort
Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort is another world-class resort that offers an escape into luxury. This upscale beachfront hotel combines contemporary design with Balinese and Indonesian cultural influences, to create an exquisite backdrop for an indulgent break.
The 60 properties comprise 59 suites and a penthouse, with ocean views from spacious balconies. Guests also benefit from an infinity-edge swimming pool with sea views, and Jacuzzi terrazzo bath tubs big enough for two. Offering an array of rejuvenating and revitalising treatments, there is the Anantara Spa.
MoonLite Kitchen and Bar is a rooftop restaurant, serving contemporary Asian cuisine, whilst Wild Orchid offers Asian and Continental cuisines. Visitors can also enjoy Dining by Design in any of the resort’s glorious surroundings.
Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort is ideally located to access other leisure and shopping facilities in the area. The nightlife in particular is very popular with visitors, as are the numerous elegant restaurants and cafes. There are key historical sites that are popular with visitors to the region, and the local beaches offer first rate surfing and windsurfing.
With its backdrop of tropical paradise, Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort is a world-class option for destination weddings. Each wedding package is created bespoke, and there are wedding and event planners to take care of all the details.
- Escape to: Kembali Villas
Kembali Villas offers seven luxury private Western-style villas, four two-bedroom, and three with three bedrooms. The villas boast spacious, contemporary design and modern comforts, and privacy and customised service.
Kembali Villas offer a luxury escape to Seminyak, in tranquillity and indulgence.
Each villa has a private garden and swimming pool, and benefits from the service of friendly professional staff. A room maid prepares breakfast for guests in their own villa from 8.00 am, and afterwards makes up the bedroom and collects any laundry, and leaves visitors to their privacy. A gardener and pool attendant service the pool and garden, and four security guards on site.
There are babysitting services, and staff are available to support guests with flight bookings, reconfirmation and other airline information, as well as luggage handling, secretarial services, wake-up calls, mail and courier services, internet and fax facilities. A complimentary airport transfer is provided.
- Escape to: Maca Villas & Spa
Inspired by the notion of the tropical village, the Maca Villas are 25 private villas set into a lush Balinese landscape. The resort is located in Seminyak, a tropical sanctuary that combines contemporary design and high-end luxury, with the sensuality of the natural world.
Environmentally conscious in its design, the Maca Villas are aesthetically sympathetic to the setting, and leave the smallest possible carbon footprint.
The décor is striking. Built with organic structural materials, the villas weave customised furnishings and Bali-inspired pieces of contemporary artistry. Each villa benefits from LCD flat screen televisions with satellite channels, iPod docking station, and high-speed internet; and provides cool ocean breezes and an abundance of natural sunlight.
Breakfast is served each morning by your personal butler.
Offering an escape from the frenetic pace of mainstream tourism, the compound provides total privacy, security, and peace of mind. The seamless outdoor and indoor living spaces allow for luxurious days around the pool or in the spa, and evenings in one of the best wine bars on the island, Masé Kitchen & Wine Bar.
The Masé Kitchen & Wine Bar is a charming fine dining restaurant and wine bar. Guests enjoy international cuisine with a twist, and an extensive wine list. Open from 7.00 am to 11.00 pm, the restaurant is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The Maca Villas are a perfect base from which to enjoy island life.
- Escape to: The Viceroy Bali
The Viceroy, Bali, is owned and operated by an Australian family, and the hospitality at this resort reflects a real understanding of the needs of international guests.
The surrounding villages in Ubud have played host to Balinese royalty for generations, earning the region the appellation of ‘the Valley of the Kings’. This opulence and sophistication is more than evident at Viceroy.
The Viceroy, Bali, is situated just a short distance from the village of Ubud. This is a charming destination for those seeking to explore outside the resort. Here, visitors will find local shops, galleries, and chichi cafés.
The resort comprises 25 luxuriously appointed private villas, and places an emphasis on the best of privacy and comfort. Offering a tropical sanctuary for travellers from around the world, there are breath-taking views of Ubud’s ancient tropical landscape.
All the villas are well-appointed, with state-of-the-art electronics, an espresso machine and full mini bar, in the height of comfort and chic design.
The leisure facilities include a valley-top infinity pool and complete modern gymnasium. Guests also benefit from a restaurant and bar, CasCades, and a luxuriant spa and beauty centre, Lembah.
- Escape to: The Hanging Gardens of Bali
The Hanging Gardens of Bali, known as the world’s first seven-star boutique hotel, is a luxury destination in the heart of the jungle.
Offering an escape into the centre of the magical Island of Gods, the Hanging Gardens of Bali is nestled among rainforests and rice terraces, on the edge of a breath-taking valley. The resort benefits from lush indigenous flora and fauna, and offers a genuine tropical paradise of cocoa and coffee trees, bamboo, flame trees, and orchids.
The resort is situated near Payangan, and overlooks the Ayung River and ancient Dalem Segara temple.
The villas have been carefully and sympathetically woven into their surrounding landscape, with 700 local craftsmen creating the structures using traditional materials and indigenous ideas. Each of the 44 villas boasts a traditional Alang Alang thatched roof and an immersive experience in a tropical environment.
Visitors are led from the reception by a winding path of 88 steps to the award-winning resort restaurant at the Hanging Gardens of Bali.
Beyond this, there is one of the world’s most famous, and frequently award-winning, swimming pools. Suspended above the rainforest, the infinity pool was designed by a specialist architect and draws visitors from across the world.