Are you planning a trip to Bali? With literally thousands of hotel and villa options on this lush Indonesian island it can be difficult to decide which one to pick! But don’t worry, we have you covered with 9 incredible places to stay based on your travel personality!
THE TRADITIONAL TRAVELLER: HOTEL TUGU, CANGGU
The Traditional Traveller, an adventurer that looks for an authentic experience in a location. You are not satisfied with a modern take on a traditional style, you want to stay in a hotel that truly draws its influence from the region you travelling in.
If this is you, then in the heart of Canggu, 100 yards from the beach, you will find Hotel Tugu and feel is if if you have travelled back in time a thousand years! As you walk through the dark wood entrance into the magnificent central reception hall you will start your journey through time, staying in a privately owned hotel that is home to one of the largest collections of Indonesian art and antiquities in Indonesia.
If you want to look beyond Canggu, Tugu has three other hotels located in Java and Lombok which all embody meaning of the word ‘Tugu’, which is monument.
THE WELLNESS TRAVELLER: DESA SENI, CANGGU
The Wellness Traveller, a traveller that is looking for a place to maintain a healthy body and mind, wants to eat only the freshest ingredients, desires a tranquil, relaxing environment and to stay in a place that is is as eco-conscious as you are at home. If this is you then Desa Seni is your idea destination!
Desa Seni is the fulfilment of a vision two friends Thomas Talucci and Howard Klein had over ten years ago to create a traditional Indonesian Village. They spent over a year collecting antique wooden Indonesian homes, renovating them and turning them into a collection of unique guest buildings.
Despite how incredible the resort is, one of the main reasons to stay here is for the Yoga. Desa Seni is the go-to spot in Canggu (and Bali) for your daily yoga session, yoga retreat and yoga teacher training courses. With dedicated teachers that have been with Desa Seni for several years you will embark on a personal journey with them during your stay. (Read More).
THE LOCATION TRAVELLER: BLUE KARMA, SEMINYAK
The Location Traveller is the explorer who wants to be right in the centre of the action, walking distance to bars and restaurants, shops and the beach. At Blue Karma you are in the heart of Seminyak, an easy walk or complimentary shuttle down to Seminyak beach where you can take a surf lesson, enjoy a Bintang at sunset at the popular La Plancha or simply watch as fire lanterns are sent out over the ocean after the sun has gone down.
Blue Karma is a dream location with nine separate 1 to 4 bedroom villas making this a great destination for solo travellers, couples and groups. Some of the villas have private pools, but the main pool in the middle of the resort is so pretty you probably won’t tear yourself away from the loungers there anyway! And if you are heading beyond Seminyak you can check out Blue Karma Ubud.
THE LUXURY TRAVELLER: PEPPERS, SEMINYAK
The Luxury Traveller enjoys the finer things in life, they are looking for privacy, style, and a location that meets every one of their desires. Peppers Seminyak offers its guests luxury villa accommodation with private pools, separate bedrooms, each with indoor/ outdoor bathrooms and huge shared living spaces with fully equipped kitchens.
If you tire of your villa (unlikely!) you can head to the hotel’s restaurant The Laneway or The Spa to enjoy a traditional Balinese massage. And if you venture outside of the resort, Peppers offer golf buggy services to drive you to the main street where you can quickly wander to the beach, to some great restaurants and awesome sunset party spots like Potato Head.
THE WOW FACTOR TRAVELLER: THE KAYON RESORT, UBUD
The Wow Factor Traveller isn’t satisfied by a standard hotel, they are looking for a place to take pictures that will be the envy of their friends, a destination they will never forget! Nestled in the rain forest just outside of central Ubud lies the stunning Kayon Resort, by Pramana Experience.
For this one, I think the pictures say it all! The resort is encircled by the Petanu river and enjoys a view of a beautiful waterfall. Guests are treated to the sound of the river and music of the birds from their bedrooms and around the resort. The central point and one of the most stunning features of Kayon is the infinity pool looking out over the rainforest. A stay here is truly magical and is not to be missed!
THE INSTAGRAM TRAVELLER: SAL SECRET SPOT, BINGIN BEACH
The Instagram Traveller is always looking for the perfect shot to share on their social media accounts, they seek out destinations that will be the envy of their followers! If you are searching for a dreamy location to get those perfect Insta pics, then Sal Secret Spot is the place for you!
Sal is a boutique eco hotel, offering two locations, one right on the beach and one a 10 minute walk from some of the great surf breaks and beach bars at Bingin Beach. And if you are not one for surfing you can laze around the salt water swimming pool, relax in one the reading spots or enjoy a fruit smoothie and make friends at the large family style dining table!
THE ADULTS ONLY TRAVELLER: THE COLONY HOTEL, SEMINYAK
The Adults Only Traveller is looking for a destination where they can lie by the pool without the little ones dive bombing in front of them! The Colony Hotel in Seminyak offers a chic over 16 year old environment, just minutes walking distance from some of the best restaurants and beach clubs in the town, including Sea Circus, Petitenget, La Lucciola and Ku De Ta.
The hotel has a great restaurant Urchin Grill & Raw Bar and a lovely outdoor bar at the front of the hotel facing the street. Drop in here between 5 and 7pm for some reasonably priced cocktails and wines for happy hour!
THE VILLA TRAVELLER: VILLA KUBU, SEMINYAK
The Villa Traveller, above all is looking for privacy and a place that feels better than home, to share with friends and family on their adventure abroad. If this sounds like you then look no further than Villa Kubu in Seminyak!
Villa Kubu has 17 luxurious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom private pool villas, each uniquely designed and ready to cater to your every need. Kubu Koncierge services include in-villa maxi bar stocking, spa bookings, beach club and restaurant reservations, event tickets, transports, shopping tips, island tours, local activities, laundry and nannies.
THE AFFORDABLE LUXURY TRAVELLER: SRI RATIH COTTAGES, UBUD
The Affordable Luxury Traveller wants to enjoy a taste of the luxury life at a fraction of the cost. They don’t want to miss out on unique small hotels, a good location, a great restaurant and impeccable service. If this describes you then Sri Ratih Cottages in Ubud is a perfect choice!
Sri Ratih offers a luxury experience from around $75 a night. Rooms and suites are located around a central swimming pool and luscious gardens. All the rooms have private terraces and indoor / outdoor bathrooms, with the suites offering large bathtubs to relax after a day exploring Ubud and the surrounding region!
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