Following my recent return from Bali, I thought I’d create a list of the Best Hotels in Bali giving you the lay of the land for you to plan your next trip. After returning to Bali the past 4 years in a row, I feel like I know certain areas of the island pretty well (check out the best cafes in Bali here).
This post takes into consideration both beautiful hotels and great shoot locations. Here is my list of the Best Hotels in Bali.
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The Best Hotels in Canggu, Bali
Canggu is full of amazing hotels, but these two make the list of the top hotels in Bali as well as the most Instagrammable hotels in Bali. Whether you are looking for a place to chill with friends or a jungle oasis, Canggu’s best hotels have it all.
THE CHILLHOUSE, CANGGU
The Chillhouse has to be my favorite hotel and the place I spent the most time on my last trip. This is why it’s obviously first on the list for this Best Hotels in Bali review.
It’s hard to put into words my deep love for this place but the best way to describe it is family. This year I had the pleasure of meeting the owner Alex, his energy is the exact reason The Chillhouse feels like home.
The staff goes above and beyond to really make you feel valued. They remember you by name, and even memorize your breakfast order and allergies (always a win in my eyes)!
The Chillhouse has 20 rooms on the property with the addition of the Chilla Villa right next door. Perfect for friends, this villa has 4 rooms and a private pool.
They also have The Commune, a homestay with 3 bedrooms, a pool and a full-size kitchen making it perfect for families. This was my favourite place to stay. It’s right across the street giving you a little more privacy, but what makes it so special is the fact that this is actually the owner’s home.
Adorable family photos fill the walls, and you feel the love radiate throughout the entire home. All accommodations at The Chillhouse include breakfast and two yoga sessions. Plus, they also offer extra services you can sign up for such as massages and surf lessons.
Located in one of my favorite areas in Bali, Canggu is filled with amazing vegan cafes and restaurants. The hardest decisions you will make in Canggu is always where to eat!
The Chillhouse also has their own restaurant, Cassava, open to anyone coming for breakfast or lunch. The new menu is delicious, and it makes for a perfect place to set up and work for the day.
It became my regular office where I would reply to emails, edit and take calls. Because everyone deserves a little break, I would often work in a bikini so I could enjoy a 20 minute break and cool off in the pool!
Also located in Canggu, The Jungleroom is one of the most unique and quaint hotels in Bali. Tucked away from the busy sounds of the street, The Jungleroom offers a very peaceful stay.
Rather than just the typical room, you stay in these adorable rustic homes; think cottage in the jungle. These houses are actually traditional teakwood homes imported from Sumatra. In fact, some of them are up to 100 years old.
I first discovered the Jungleroom last year when staying there with my mom and best friend. I fell in love with their accommodations and couldn’t leave Bali without another night here.
It’s very different from the typical accommodations you will find. This makes it a great space to photograph. It’s not uncommon to see photo shoots going on here during your stay.
Another reason to stay here is the breakfast. The Juice bar provides organic cold pressed juices and smoothies, fresh coconuts, and smoothie bowls. Plus, they serve breakfast all day! Their motto is, “Eating is about freedom. Food should make you happy. To eat intelligently is an art – pure enjoyment, sharing, laughter, health and nourishment.”
They also cater to vegetarian diets, with a few vegan, gluten-free and raw options. My favorite on the menu is the coconut chia pudding topped with huge chunks of fresh fruit!
The Best Hotels in Ubud, Bali
Bali is known for having lots of Instagrammable spots, and one of the most Instagrammable hotels in Bali is in Ubud. Whether you are looking for a hotel with a flower bath in Bali or for a floating breakfast in Bali, Ubud has them both.
THE UDAYA, UBUD
While I didn’t actually stay here this time around (I was already booked elsewhere), I did come here on several occasions, and it’s definitely on the list of places to stay for next time.
I was initially invited to The Udaya to experience their spa and a one hour massage. The spa was so peaceful and offered the most delicious ginger tea. I also had one of the best massages of my life. I have never passed out so hard! After 10 minutes, my friend woke me up since I kept sleeping haha.
After the massage we were invited to enjoy the flower tub or relax in the jacuzzi. They have a flower bath in each massage room, but the jacuzzi is public. How could I pass up the chance to take a flower bath in Bali? It is definitely something that you need on your Bali bucket list.
Thanks to falling in love with the property I organized with the owner to revisit with the girls from the Pangea Dreams Retreat as a shoot location. Myself along with 13 women were welcomed to shoot around the property including the yoga space made completely out of bamboo, a spacious suite, and in the spa where they set up flower tubs for us.
The staff went above and beyond not only setting up one tub for us but two! The owner and his staff nearly brought me to tears with the surprise they gave me. They set up a special third tub to celebrate my 200K Instagram milestone! This caught me completely off guard and never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined something more beautiful!
The suite was spacious with tons of large windows letting in tons of natural light, a private pool overlooking Ubud’s tropical forest and a bathtub big enough for two!
The Udaya also offers other unique services for your stay. For example, if you want to to enjoy a floating breakfast, Bali is the place to do it. The Udaya offers a floating breakfast in the villas if you stay. They also offer daily yoga classes and free shuffle bus into the city center (only 5 minutes away).
** If you’re interested in joining a Pangea Dreams Retreat use code LISAH10 for a discount on the total price!**
Designed to capture the essence of a real-life Balinese village, the villas at Kamandalu Ubud respect the surrounding natural environment, each with its own unique character. Kamandalu is one of the first places I remember seeing on social media offering the famous Bali floating breakfast, which they are now known for.
The hotel also has one of the largest swimming pools in Ubud. A swim-up bar completes it (a rare find in Bali hotels), making it a great place to unwind and soak in all the beauty of Ubud.
This property is spectacular from every angle. While I didn’t stay at this property, it was another shoot location during the retreat, so everything in this review is based on what I saw, experienced and tasted.
First things first, breakfast! Kamandalu offers a traditional breakfast setting in the restaurant. However, they are really known for their insta-worthy floating breakfast, the best floating breakfast in Ubud.
To be honest, the floating breakfast is expensive. It costs about $80 USD for two people. However, if it’s the photo you’re after, it’s worth every penny!
The floating breakfast options include a continental breakfast with a few extras, eggs anyway, rice and noodles and pancakes to name a few. The breakfast also comes with a bottle of sparkling wine if you want to kick-start your day with mimosas and a boozy brunch. Weeww! 😉
We arrived and decided to fuel up with lunch before shooting in the presidential suite at Kamandalu. The hotel’s restaurant had a wide-spread menu offering options for everyone’s taste buds, from pissa, pasta, and burgers to traditional Indonesian dishes. They have plenty of options for vegans and vegetarians. Plus, they have a great selection of refreshing fresh pressed juices and other drinks.
For a more unique and romantic dining experience, consider the forest dining tree deck. It looks absolutely stunning! It’s a 6-course dinner on a deck at the edge of a tropical forest underneath twinkle lights to the sound of the river below. Sounds romantic, doesn’t it?
The presidential suite at Kamandalu has to be one of the most impressive rooms I have ever seen. The two floor, three bedroom villa is surrounded by a large swimming pool that looks out onto the Ubud valley. The view from the second floor is absolutely breathtaking.
Other services Kamandalu offers are massages and a private swing in the forest, daily yoga sessions, and afternoon tea. Click here for current rates and availability.
Other Instagrammable Hotels in Bali
Besides Canggu and Ubud, there are plenty of hotel options in Bali to get Instagrammable photos. Here are options for Uluwatu and Seminyak.
LA JOYA BIU BIU, ULUWATU
Again I didn’t stay here this time around, but my stay last year can’t go unnoticed. We actually stayed at their first hotel, La Joya but spent all our time at Biu Biu as it’s the better photo opportunity. Sitting right on the cliffs of Uluwatu La Joya Biu Biu is one of the most magical places to witness the sunset.
Uluwatu is one of my favorite areas in Bali. The first time I was here, I was totally amazed by the cliffs and their beauty. Hearing the waves crash against them is both powerful and so peaceful all at once.
What makes La Joya Biu Biu truly unique is their spectacular cliffside infinity pools and jacuzzi. They have three infinity pools that trickle all into one another and the jacuzzi sits right on the edge. Both are perfect for a sunset beach shoot. I had to take advantage of that!
Despite the monsoon rains when we visited, our stay was perfect. We spent most of our time stuck in our room, but we still loved the hotel. The room was beautiful. It had a huge king size bed with wooden pillars as well as a single bed. This was perfect because my mom was with us.
When we wanted to go to the restaurant, it was a mad dash where even an umbrella couldn’t save us. We made the most of it and made sure to dance in the rain though!
Last on the list is Tijili, the hotel has the most adorable quirky decor from paint splattered on the floor to colorful props and wicker chairs in the lobby. The reason I love this property so much and keep coming back (three years in a row!) is their incredible staff!
I feel like staff has been a common theme in all these hotels. Staff is the biggest factors in making your stay memorable, and the Balinese people are so kind-hearted. Customer service is always a top priority. It’s hard not to fall in love with everyone!
‘A stay at Tijili feels like dropping in on your hippest Balinese artist friend—the one with superb taste and a terrific sense of what’s happening.’ I pulled this line off their website, and I couldn’t agree more.
Tijili balances a combination of both trendy and traditional elements. The rooms are a little simpler compared to the hotels listed above, but the beauty of Tijili lies in the common spaces such as the pool and lounge area.
Poolside you have huge couches and bean bag chairs to lounge on or call your office for the day. The pool also has a really impressive jungle wall that makes a great backdrop for photos.
Tijili is also very centrally located in Seminyak, making it really easy to get around. You can walk to the beach or some of my favorite restaurants in Bali like Nalu Bowls and Shelter which are right around the corner. Or you can hop on a Go-jek (motorbike taxi) to take you anywhere you need to go.
I hope this post was helpful for planning your trip to Bali (because Bali should be on everyone’s bucket list!). For more Bali inspo right now, check out this list of the best cafes in Bali. Which Bali hotel is your favorite or the one you most want to visit?
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