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Bali Bliss: Your Ultimate Guide to Hotels and Accommodation in Indonesia’s Tropical Paradise

Last updated on March 7th, 2024 at 04:20 am


Contrary to what many think, Bali is not a beach destination – it’s a cultural destination! It’s also very well known, so it’s not the isolated quiet place you might think.

It’s great for solo travel, couples, families, and groups. From North America, it’s best to visit during spring, summer, and fall. Here are some more accommodations that we recommend:

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Uluwatu is at the bottom of the tourist triangle– can take a while to get to because there’s only one road in and out. It’s famous for the temple, which is magnificent at sunset but just know it gets crowded. Stunning property on a bit of a cliff, and very contemporary.

Potato Head Suites (formerly Katamama suites)

This hotel started out as a famous beach club in Seminyak, which has great partying and shopping. It’s got a fun vibe and the design feels like something you’d see in New York.

This hotel is a slightly lower price point. The rooms are somewhat plain, but they have gorgeous oceanfront views. They also have a beautiful bar with frequent live music. There’s a back building that’s on a main road, which can be loud, so make sure not to book one of these rooms for your client.

This is one of the first Aman hotels. It offers a quieter and more isolated version of Bali.

This is one of the most exquisitely designed hotels by Bill Bensely. The rooms feel like you’re in the home of a turn of the century explorer. It’s extremely romantic and otherworldly. Since it’s on a cliff with winding staircases,  we don’t recommend it for older grandparents or families with really young kids.

Bali temple offerings

This hotel is a spa destination and offers an exemplary zen atmosphere. The makeup of rooms is a little weird so consult reservations before booking.

This is a 4-star hotel at a bit lower price point, but lovely and a good option for someone who wants to be closer to town.

This property is on the water and in an area with a big surf break, so it’s filled with surfers and some of the scenery as well. It’s a good choice for someone who wants a longer stay as the spaces are larger and they have kitchens.

This traditional property is good for someone who wants the old school Bali feeling. It’s fun and funky, but not 5-star luxury.

This is an older property, but it’s great and ticks all the boxes – on a long strip of beach, has a pool, and a wonderful restaurant.


An island to the east of Bali, it’s a bit quieter and all about the beaches (not many cultural activities or parties). It’s also close to the Gili Islands which are great for diving. It’s also convenient to fly into and to combine with Bali.
Aerial view of Lombok

Very traditional, not 5-star but still lovely

The resort is perfectly located on the white sandy shores of Medana Beach for you to enjoy romantic walks, sunset views and exhilarating water sports. They have expansive gardens and an infinity pool overlooking the ocean.


The biggest island of Indonesia.

aerial view of java mountains and volcanoes
In Yogyakarta this is one of the early Aman hotels and also one of the least expensive. It’s really peaceful and the only property that has a view of the Bourbar temples which makes it really special.

The Aman Train is one of their newest ventures. It goes from Yogyakarta to Jakarta.


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The reason you come to the Komodo Islands is to see komodo dragons. Many people travel by boat throughout the islands, but this 4-star hotel is the perfect place to see the komodo dragons if your client doesn’t have a budget to be on a boat.

This property is on a very isolated and beautiful island but with so many activities– – hiking, kayaking, yoga, snorkeling, diving. They also have an incredible Spa experience. It’s best easily accessed from Singapore.

This is the most isolated and hardest to get to property – you fly into Jakarta to a local airport and then take a 4 hour 30 minute boat ride– but what you’ll experience on the island is unbelievable. The sole reason to come here is for the diving. This bucket list property is within the coral triangle. You have to book a minimum of seven nights, and it can book out up to years in advance.

Owned by Chris Burch, this property is the definition of barefoot luxury. It’s a quiet island with no nightlife, but it is a fantastic surf spot, a popular honeymoon destination, and many opportunities to engage with the local population.

Aqua Expeditions is a very small cruising company. This is an old British military boat, that was then a private boat, and is now an epic cruise. It has 16 cabins that you can rent (don’t need to book the whole boat), and it follows seasonal routes.

This is not your typical cruise ship– it’s an older, traditional boat, but the rooms are young and hip. There are 10 cabins, and they set up fun activities like parties on the boat and barbecues on the beach. It has routes through the Komodo islands and Raja Ampat which has amazing diving.

For the top 10 best spas in Bali, click here. For a sample 8-day Bali itinerary, click here. For luxury hotels, click here.

We can also customize your itinerary based on your needs (Group? Seniors?) and wants (Luxe? Honeymoon?)! Get in touch with us now.

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