It’s true; there are two kinds of Bali. The loud, beer-soaked, sunburnt kind and the seriously luxe, chic version. Fortunately, neither is particularly expensive. I can’t help with the former, but here’s my pick of luxurious places to stay on the island, each of which starts under $300 USD a night.
The Bale, Nusa Dua – lots of light, lots of space, zero children. Perfect. From $283.00 USD
L Hotel, Seminyak – a more metropolitan style than you’d expect in Bali (L Hotel wouldn’t be out of place in downtown New York), this is the place to stay when you plan on spending your trip flitting between the beach and the bar. From $98.00 USD
Alila, Ubud – bliss without a beach in sight – think volcanic mountains brushed with lush jungle. From $218.00 USD
Hu’u Villas, Seminyak – Loft-style living, for when you want to pretend you’re still at home but the weather is mysteriously awesome and everything is much cheaper. From $295.00 USD a night.
The Amala, Seminyak – Secluded? Spacious? Seminyak? It might seem like an impossible trio, but Amala makes it happen. From $153.00 USD a night.
The Menjangan, Buleleng – Isolated and genuine, The Menjangan and its surrounds offer a version of Bali only a relative few ever see. From $145.00 USD a night.
Uma by Como, Ubud – Be warned: Uma hotels are the modestly-priced gateway drug to the absolute luxury that is Como. Simple styling amongst traditional details without being fussy. From $202.50 USD a night.