The Indonesian island of Bali is one of those magical places that leaves you wondering, ‘was that real’?! One thing that took me by surprise when we visited was just how creative the people and the island is. It’s unlikely you’ll see anything like it anywhere else in the world!
Bali is a popular destination, so there’s potentially thousands of accomodation options across the island, leaving you spoilt for choice. So why opt for a regular, cookie-cutter hotel when you can stay in creative, artistic and eco-friendly spaces?!
Here’s my top picks for 10 of the most unique places to stay in Bali.
Accom images in this post via booking.com.
Stay in a treehouse at Eco Tree House Amed
Amed, East Bali
What better way to wake up in the trees in a wooden tree house! Eco Tree House Amed is a relatively new guest house with friendly staff, spacious tree houses and a peaceful, lush location that is also close to the beach in Amed. These tree houses don’t spare any luxuries! You can still expect four-star service, private treehouse bathrooms and breakfast available.
Amed is an up-and-coming area where there is still the traditional culture and a range of activities available such as snorkelling, bike riding, hiking and canoeing.
Stay in a Pink Hotel at Pink Coco
Uluwatu, Gili Trawangan & Gili Air
This striking Pink Hotel is a fun and popular choice for visitors to Bali. They have three locations, one in the luxury peninsula of Uluwatu and the two others on the dreamy nearby tropical islands of Gili Trawangan and Gili Air. Relax by the round swimming pools or take a walk to the beach – the hotels have a great location next to the beach.
Stay in a Waterfront Villa at Dreamsea Bali
If a relaxing, beachy oasis is what you’re after, look no further than Dreamsea Bali. Located on the Uluwatu peninsula, these villas each look directly out over the ocean. It’s within distance of multiple beaches and the area is known for being the quieter, more laid-back surfing destination of Bali.
Wake up to a View of the Jungle with Pramana Watu Kurung Resort
Ubud is the cultural hub of Bali and is a great location to experience another side of the island, away from the coastal areas. It’s surrounded by jungle, waterfalls and rice terraces, so what better place to stay than looking out over the lush landscape. Wake up to the cooler mountain air as you look out over the valley in an Ayung Valley Suite or make the most of their terrace and pool views.
Look out over Rice Terraces at Calma Ubud
In a Balinese village minutes away from Ubud, the Calma Suites overlook rice terraces and the lush valley. The tranquility at this location is perfect for ultimate relaxation and you can enjoy the landscapes from the infinity pool and restaurant. They even offer the popular flower baths that Bali has become known for!
Relax in a Traditional Balinese Villa at Bali Agung Village
Experience the traditional side of Bali when you stay in a Balinese villa at Bali Agung. This resort is in the hub of Seminyak where there are myriads of restaurants, cafes and shopping opportunities. Traditional villas are surprisingly cool inside with their high, thatched roof design. This makes them a perfect oasis after a long day shopping, swimming and exploring.
Experience a Traditional Rice Barn at Hidden Valley
Rice barns is Asia are built differently to other parts of the world, and the barns at Hidden Valley are a traditional example of what the Indonesian style is. These Lumbungs have a traditional appearance but boast a modern interior with air conditioning and a swimming pool just steps from your door.
Up the Luxury with your Private Pool at Villas Sabbia
I couldn’t get away with doing a Bali post without mentioning that staying in a villas with your own private pool is a must in Bali! The rooms at Villas Sabbia speak for themselves as true luxury and gorgeous design. They’re also one of the tops picks for staying in Seminyak.
Lessons in Art & Interior Design at The Slow
This boutique accommodation features a mix of local culture and eclectic art in each room. The Slow Canggu is minutes walk from the beach and is a great way to experience the more cooler, hipster area of Canggu. The area has a range of hip cafes and boutique shopping, which makes it hard to decide whether to spend more time out and about or in your stunning accomodation!
Waterfront Sunset Swings at Ombak Sunset
This waterfront resort has its own beach with a set of overwater swings. Enjoy the sunset from the calm waters on Gili Trawangan. If the beach isn’t your thing, relax by the large pool or explore what the island has to offer by bike or scooter.
What’s your favourite accom style from above? I can’t go past the ones with lush jungle landscapes. If you’re heading to Bali, check out my guide to shopping in Bali for what to buy, how much to pay and where to find it.
PS – if you have any questions about visiting Bali I’d love to help out!