Best Hotels in Bali : Luxury Escapes on the Island’s Southern Shores

With its lush gardens, luxury rooms, gastronomy and spa, Tugu Bali in Canggu is one of the best hotels in Bali, photo by Ivan Kralj

Bali island has been on the top of the travel lists for years! Known for luxury escapes, honeymoon packages, spa hideouts, and sandy beaches ideal for surfing or just sunset watching, Bali became a backbone of tourism in Indonesia. With rapid development on the island, choosing the perfect Bali accommodation suddenly propelled you to a world of infinite choices. What are the best hotels in Bali?

Well… If you end up in the south of the island (and this is very likely due to the position of Denpasar Airport), the convenient yet trendy neighborhoods on its western coast are – Seminyak and Canggu!

This blog post will introduce you to some of the best places to stay in Bali! If you choose these luxurious villas that will spoil both you and your partner, you will hardly even want to step out of the resort! Here are some great suggestions for your one-of-a-kind Bali holidays!

Hip, happening, and – pricy?

The hip and happening part of Bali is constantly shifting north of the mass tourism of Kuta. Seminyak already caught hold of the popularity among tourists. On the other hand, Canggu, even further north, promises to be an upcoming hub for young, relaxed, and creative people.

The atmosphere in Bali’s most thrilling and vibrant districts may be laidback, but the accommodation can hit your wallet

Less crowded than Kuta, which is notorious for its nightlife, the upscale beach resort area of Seminyak is famous for its large number of upmarket spas, sleek boutiques, sophisticated fine-dining restaurants, chic beach bars, cafes, and clubs. The hip hangout spots and cool lifestyle shops, next to the traditional craft markets, made Seminyak an intriguing mixture of old and new.

However, this high-end lifestyle in Bali’s most thrilling and vibrant districts comes with a price! The atmosphere may be laidback, but the accommodation can hit your wallet in this quite fashionable area.

If the options of where to stay in Seminyak and Canggu overwhelm you, do not despair! We’ve picked some great options for your Bali trip! The Amala Estate, Origin Seminyak and Tugu Bali are among the best hotels in Bali! These resorts in Seminyak and Canggu are worth affording!

1. The Amala Estate
Price per night: 370 Euros (two-bedroom villa)

Pool villa at The Amala Estate, one of the best hotels in Bali, photo by Ivan Kralj
The Amala Estate has deep pools, perfect for plunging on a hot day

The Amala Estate is the newest member of Lifestyle Retreats, the family of premium boutique resorts and hotels setting the high quality standards of accommodation in Bali.

Developed just next door to The Amala, from its “residence with private pool” concept, The Amala Estate might not yet have reviews on Booking.com, but that’s only because they added it to the platform in the second half of 2019. Trust me; it will soon reach, if not outstrip the superb review score of The Amala hotel (9,2/10, at the time of the writing). So you better claim your spot in one of the eight fantastic pool villas as soon as you can!

Butlers and chauffeurs at your service

Pipeaway blogger Ivan Kralj sitting on the wooden walkway over the central swimming pool in The Amala resort, one of the best hotels in Bali, Indonesia, photo by Mladen Koncar
The central pool is an alternative to your private one, especially if you want to meet other guests

The Amala Estate was located in a peaceful corner, yet close to the very heart of the Seminyak district. Restaurants, bars, shops and beaches were all within walking distance.

While all Seminyak hotels in this selection would organize a private airport transfer for their guests, Amala’s chauffeur would be at your service even during the stay! The resort provided all rides in Seminyak on a complimentary basis!

Additionally, butlers spoke excellent English, and even some non-expected languages, such as Japanese! They were at disposal around the clock, discretely catering for anything a guest might need. From cutting fruits or shining shoes to organizing private excursions!

Rest your body, mind and spirit

Orchid flower in a cage in the lobby of The Amala, one of the best hotels in Bali, photo by Ivan Kralj
Orchid in the cage at The Amala’s lobby

I stayed in the two-bedroom villa, sometimes also referred to as The Amala residence with a private pool. This spacious unit of 375 square meters had a master bedroom with a king-size bed. There was another room, with two single beds.

The three-bedroom pool villa had even more square footage, and the third bedroom could alter as a yoga room.

One could also count on using the Wellness Studio at The Amala for yoga practice! Here, the resident wellness master Leona Chen, specialized in traditional Chinese medicine, aromatherapy, and Ayurvedic self-healing skills, lead complimentary morning yoga sessions with mindful breathing, as well as sunset meditation with the enchanting Tibetan singing bowl. Additional programs for balancing body, mind, and spirit, such as ancient meridian energy work or Indian fusion dance classes, were always available!

Two massage beds in The Amala Spa, a luxury escape in Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
The Amala Spa offers a wide range of massages you can enjoy together with your loved one!

The Amala Spa menu was very comprehensive! The range of body massage and care treatments, facials, and rituals, as well as holistic and life enrichment programs, was wide indeed. The resort’s name was Amala for a reason; the word means ‘clean’ or ‘pure’ in Sanskrit!

Just opposite the front desk, at Pure Boutique by Lifestyle Retreats, one could buy a selection of organic body oils, lotions, scrubs, or bath salts. If one couldn’t wait to enjoy a DIY spa treatment at home, the villa’s ensuite bathroom, besides the usual amenities collection (such as adorable ginger-green-tea soaps), also offered aromatic herbs! A relaxing evening in a bathtub or a quick semi-open-air shower; the choice was yours!

Chill-out garden with a pool

Sun loungers and tropical vegetation around the pool at the villa in The Amala Estate, one of the best hotels in Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Tropical vegetation and a swimming pool. Now, you just need to order your cocktail!

The villa’s open living area was the most impressive! The luxurious living room centered around the large, but hidable flat-screen TV with satellite channels. I have hardly used this sort of entertainment during my stay! It would’ve been a sin to ignore the verdant surroundings abundant with tropical plants and trees!

In the center of this private chill-out garden, the decent-sized swimming pool with an inviting sundeck felt like a much better version of Bali holidays.

The resort had the central swimming pool with its Jacuzzi and little library. But reading a book in one’s own serene corner, without anyone’s interruption or gaze, was blissful!

The pools in the Amala Estate were atypically deep, so they allowed safe jumping!

The Amala recognized that pools of today were not just swimming places, but also – Instagrammable brunch areas. So it joined those hotels in Seminyak that served floating breakfast if desired by guests.

Decadent food in a tranquil hideaway

Open-air dining room in the pool villa of The Amala Estate, one of the best hotels in Bali, photo by Ivan Kralj
Luxurious furniture elevates your experience at The Amala Estate

One could consume lunch or dinner in the privacy and comfort of the villa as well. The massive teak dining table was a beautiful piece of furniture that was stealing gazes as soon as one entered the Amala villa. Probably, only its size prevented me from catching hold of it and bringing it home! In the end, its design mainly added to the temptation of the seductive food that Amala’s Bamboo Restaurant, just a phone call away, readily delivered.

The villa also had a fully equipped kitchen for your own cooking. But resisting a pan-Asian/international menu with yummy salads, tofu burger, red duck curry, or steamed fish in banana leaf (to name just a few of the all-day-dining choices) was not an option.

For those who wanted to have hands-on experience in preparing meals, the Amala cooking class could’ve been a useful introduction to learning Balinese culinary secrets.

A great variety of a la carte breakfast at The Amala Estate, one of the best hotels in Bali, photo by Ivan Kralj
With so many great and not always typical breakfast options, you will want to extend your stay in order to try them all!

The butler explained the no-limits breakfast options as soon as I checked-in. Every day at The Amala Estate started with a feast! Besides daily specials (from egg frittata to burrito, from pan bagnat to salmon guacamole), the menu included bakery products and pancakes with gluten-free options, miso soups, smoothie bowls… There was also a typical Bali cuisine, such as mie/bihun goreng, nasi goreng, or bubur ayam. Still, less expected options of tamagoyaki, scrambled tofu, or egg whites were also available.

Add to this a welcome skewer with marshmallow, brownie and strawberry, a complimentary tropical fruit basket, cookies, and soft drinks in a free mini-bar, with a possible order of some sunset cocktail, and the definition of indulging in this tranquil hideaway could hardly get more decadent!

Electric dreams in the oasis of nature

Welcome message and elephant-shaped towel on the bed in the villa at The Amala Estate, one of the best hotels in Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Comfortable bed in the air-conditioned room, with a cute elephant-shaped towel

Amala’s shaded walkways dressed in greenery, its celebration of life at every corner, and policy of not accommodating children at the resort, just like in its sister property The Balé Nusa Dua, really contributed to the feeling of an exquisite sanctuary.

They promised a revival experience during your holidays. They would indeed bring you back to nature but never let you down with technology. Villas had multifunctional electrical sockets, and even Bluetooth speakers, so you could connect your devices as you liked.

Was there any downside to staying at The Amala Estate? Naturally, with so many plants and water at this lush resort, there was an increased interest of insects. That did include butterflies, but also – mosquitos! However, the resort staff did their best to treat the air regularly and safely.

Strong ACs protected both sleeping rooms. Also, mosquito nets encircled the plush white beddings like a baldachin on the throne of dreams.

During the regular evening turndown service, the housekeeping staff would leave a “sweet dreams” poetical message on the bed. Good sleeping at one of the best hotels in Bali was guaranteed.

For the best accommodation deal, check the prices of The Amala Estate on Booking.com!
Do you want to stay in the Seminyak area, but need to save some money? Not far from The Amala, just across the Jalan Sunset Road, there is Kosta Hostel we covered in our article on chill & cheap getaways in Southeast Asia!

2. Origin Seminyak Hotel
Price per night: 165-273 Euros (one-bedroom villa)

Were you looking for something with a more urban feel to it? Then Origin Seminyak villa could become your favorite Bali vacation spot!

Villas for keeping you fit and relaxed

Clean architecture lines of the urban pool villa at Origin Seminyak, one of the best hotels in Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Pool villas at Origin Seminyak are marked by clean lines

Located in the very heart of Seminyak, a short walk away from the Petitenget Beach and the iconic Seminyak Eat Street, Origin Seminyak Hotel is a collection of eight newly renovated pool villas and studios!

Managed by In Situ, the cutting-edge hospitality developer, also responsible for other members of the same family Origin Ubud and Origin Uluwatu, this stunning property opened at the beginning of 2019!

Its contemporary look got a signature of Arkana Architects. Bali’s top design studio interpreted architecture as an integral part of a lifestyle.

Here, the portrayed lifestyle put a spotlight on fitness enthusiasts. They also took care of those who just wanted to find a peaceful relaxation corner, away from the crowds. Possibly in the company of a lover or good friends.

While I stayed in a one-bedroom pool villa, they also had the versions with two, three, or four bedrooms. These could also easily interconnect, for larger families or groups.

There were rooftop studios as well, with no pool, but with a bathtub and a shaded daybed.

Spacious and spa-licious

Whale floatie in the pool in Origin Seminyak villa, one of the best hotels in Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Pools at Origin Seminyak are big enough for floaties, but also for scuba diving training!

As soon as one walked in, it was clear that these were some of the most spacious villas one could find in Seminyak.

My pool villa had a surface of 188 square meters. The ceiling was high too, which meant there were quite some stairs to climb. This could get annoying if you were prone to forgetting something on the upper floor.

At the same time, the open-plan design layout was giving the whole unit a feeling of spacious airiness. Immediately it was clear: this place was meant for – breathing.

Blossoming frangipani, one of those sacred trees of Southeast Asia, was rooting this private garden with local traditions.

On the other side, a modern, large pool (8,5 x 3 meters) dominated the open-air area. The stone frogs spurting water were giving that spa-sound background that quickly activated one’s relaxation mode.

Next to the soft grass, there were two sun loungers. If you desired, the concierge service quickly brought a pool floatie to your timber deck, be it a pink flamingo or an orca whale.

Training in nature

Open-air living room at pool villa in Origin Seminyak, one of the best hotels in Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
The living room at Origin seamlessly blends into a garden

Completely opened on one side, the living and the dining area naturally relied on the outdoor space.

Furniture materials such as wood or rattan, a stump for a tabouret, or tropical imprints on cushions such as fronds or banana leaves, were discretely overflowing this stylish villa with nature.

The living space even had a pond with golden fish swimming around the giant stepping stones, which eventually transformed into stairs for the upper floor.

Natural elements were blending into the black and white geometric design. It was consistently present throughout the house, from pillows and blankets to storage boxes and tiles.

Pipeaway blogger Ivan Kralj training at the crossfit corner in the villa at Origin Seminyak, one of the best hotels in Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Origin Seminyak offers a well-equipped gym in your own villa!

However, the biggest surprise on the ground floor was the cross-fit corner with a large mirror. It had some excellent training equipment you did not normally expect to find in a hotel room! I’m talking dumbbells, kettlebells, TRX, battle rope, pilates balls, yoga mats…

If you were a newbie to fitness, there was a display with work-out ideas on the wall, with images!

For your convenience, there was a handy shower in the small bathroom on the ground floor. A powerful fan was also helping you withstand the exercising in the tropical climate.

If you were a fitness junkie, The Samata in Sanur could be a great Bali accommodation choice too! I’ve never seen such a gym in any hotel! Check it out in our selection of top Bali resorts for recharging your batteries!

Keeping you hydrated and satiated

Samosas from the grazing menu in Origin Seminyak, one of the best hotels in Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Delicious samosas from Origin’s grazing menu

In the other corner, one could find a kitchenette/pantry with snacks and refreshments. The mini bar was stocked with soft drinks, but also chips, dry fruits, flavored cashews, and chocolates.

While most of the hotels would still be serving you bottled water, Origin Seminyak villas opted for an environment-friendly water station. You could use it to fill up your glass at your convenience!

Green apples gave an additional nature touch to the modern seating area in front of the TV with Netflix content.

If you didn’t feel like exploring an array of eating options in the neighborhood, Origin Seminyak was offering simple lunches you could consume in the privacy of your villa.

Wayan & Gede designed the western and Indonesian meals, but the grazing menu was still in the making during my “recently opened resort” visit. Therefore, I’ve only tried the decent samosas and the beef burger from the “under construction” lunch menu.

Breakfast served in the villa at Origin Seminyak, one of the best hotels in Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Breakfast served in your villa at the time you requested

A la carte breakfast had more elaborate choices, and options were changing daily. They delivered it in tasting portions. One could combine the offer of bakery products, tropical fruit, muesli, French omelet, nasi goreng ayam, French toast, and so on.

While the content was satisfying and focused on healthy organic ingredients, the only problematic part of the concept was that one needed to select the items night before, as well as choose the exact delivery time. For guests who preferred less planning during their laidback Bali holidays, this might’ve represented an unnecessary complication. Hopefully, meal planning would get less formalistic when the hotel gets in full swing. Putting an alarm clock to enjoy your breakfast while it’s warm, is not the best way of spending the relaxed time that was promised by the rest of the resort concept.

Upper floor for sleeping and pampering

A swing on the villa terrace in Origin Seminyak, one of the best hotels in Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
You cannot say you’ve been in Bali if you didn’t sit on some swing!

On the top floor of the villa, there was a large master bedroom with a comfortable bed, an open closet with sarongs for visiting local temples, discrete décor, another minibar, and a TV set.

The equally spacious ensuite bathroom had a double washstand adorned with a chic black chandelier. The bathroom products had the fragrance of amber, honey, and black tea.

For an authentic Bali feeling, there was a relaxing swing on the large balcony.

The metal shutters, as some post-industrial remnants, were accentuating the villa’s black-and-white stripe design. They were throwing shade in a similar pattern on the inner side and giving the same contrast from the outside.

Vast activity offer, from surfing to scuba diving

Pipeaway blogger Ivan Kralj on the first training at Wayan Tembok surfing school at Double-Six Beach in Bali, Indonesia
My first wave riding at Wayan Tembok surfing school on Double-Six Beach

Origin Seminyak had a wide range of in-house services that catered for active holidays one could design according to one’s own needs.

For instance, I enjoyed a great massage by a local therapist who arrived at the resort and provided the service on a massage table installed in the villa. I didn’t need to look through the numerous spa options in Seminyak. The recommended one came over, and I could enjoy post-massage time in the privacy of the villa, without hitting the busy Seminyak roads!

On the other occasion, the concierge organized a private surfing lesson for me at Wayan Tembok surfing school on Double Six Beach. This 500-meter stretch of sand on Seminyak Beach was perfect for surfing beginners. And, to be honest, that was an incredible experience! It even made me reflect on the idea of moving to Bali for some extended period, and just – surf!

Bicycles displayed on the activity wall in Origin Seminyak, one of the best hotels in Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Borrow a bicycle and explore Seminyak at your own pace!

If you wanted to have the same exhilarating vacation time, it is good to know that Origin villas Seminyak offered free use of not only bicycles and skateboards, but also surfboards!

If you desired a private lesson in yoga, aerial yoga, or even scuba diving, all of that was possible!

Origin Seminyak could organize your excursion that could include hiking in Bali hinterlands, snorkeling on some great beaches, rafting in rivers or sightseeing with a private helicopter!

Even when giving suggestions on where to eat or drink, or which Seminyak beach club to visit, I found their staff very knowledgeable and helpful.

All itineraries could be personalized, so Origin could indeed make your stay in Bali island original, one of a kind!

For the best accommodation deal, check the prices of Origin Seminyak on Booking.com!

3. Hotel Tugu Bali
Price per night: 241-311 Euros (Rejang or Dedari Suite)

Unlike the first two 4-star properties in this selection of the best hotels in Bali for luxury escapes, Hotel Tugu Bali had a 5-star classification.

Located in Canggu, which was slowly taking over the hip gloriole of Seminyak, this unique accommodation was well worth extra miles if you were coming from the south of the island.

Monument to heritage and romance

Sculptures at Tugu Bali, one of the best hotels in Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Antique artifacts are scattered around Tugu Bali, Indonesia’s prime museum hotel

In the Indonesian language, tugu meant ‘monument’. And indeed, if monuments had the function to honor and memorize, the legacy of Indonesia had an extraordinary recognition in the project of Tugu Hotels. They were a very peculiar compound of accommodation and museum.

The founder of Tugu Group was Anhar Setjadibrata. In the 1970s, this dreamer couldn’t look how his countrymen were discarding the antiques and artifacts, the silent witnesses of Indonesian past.

In the times when Indonesians regarded being ‘modern’ as fashionable, a poor medical student turned a passionate art collector. He became the owner of an impressive collection. Later, he decided to share it with the world through the projects of hotels, restaurants, and spas.

Set just next to the surf paradise of Batu Bolong, the most popular part of Canggu Beach, Hotel Tugu Bali was built by blending the architectural traditions of Bali and Java.

There were ten thatched pavilions connected by a maze of narrow walkways and koi-fish-rich waterways.

In the setting of a lush tropical garden, including the natural lotus pond of 700 square meters (see featured image), the art & antiquity collection was adding to the overall nostalgic atmosphere.

Tugu Bali hotel was a monument to the romance of the yesteryear.

Authentic luxury

Bedroom of the Rejang Suite in Tugu Bali, one of the best luxury escapes in Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Sleeping in Tugu Bali suites means surrendering to a fairytale

The low doorways, discretely opened if the villas were not occupied, were giving a glimpse of luxury that Dedari Suites with private pool were providing to the guests.

During my stay at the Tugu Hotel in Canggu, Rejang Suite was the one I called home. This type of unit was on the upper floor of a Javanese house, reachable by a wooden spiral staircase.

While it didn’t have its private pool, this suite was a much better viewing point. Your gaze could travel freely over the resort’s flora, all the way to the blue Indian Ocean hitting Bali shores.

With its 75 square meters, the suite dressed in luxurious timber was large enough to accommodate a big bed and several seating areas, including a working desk (if you felt like working).

Private spa section of Rejang Suite, with a massage bed and sunken bathtub, in Tugu Bali, one of the best hotels in Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Always wanted to have a private spa in your hotel room? Checked!

The TV set was smartly hidden under a white cover, as it would draw attention away from this authentic interior that spoke history.

The suite had a separate shower, toilet, and washbasin areas with a handcrafting touch of the local artisans.

The terrace (closed by both transparent and mat windows from all sides) was a perfect place to enjoy breakfast.

It also had its extraordinary surprise. With a large massage bed that could function as a daybed, and a unique round sunken bathtub filled with flower petals, this part of the suite resembled a private spa!

The chanting masseuse

Wide massage beds at Tugu Bali spa, former storage chests for rice, photo by Ivan Kralj
Massage beds at Tugu Bali spa were once storing rice. Today, they are the place of the most special massage rituals!

While the room was providing incentives to switch off at any moment of one’s stay, Tugu Bali spa enriched the journey to the relaxed state of mind, soul, and body, in a very special way.

The spa was named Waroeng Djamoe, after an ancient apothecary producing healing jamu drinks. But there was much more to this concept than just providing traditional herbal medicines!

The ancient rituals of mystic healing triumphed in Kamar Mantra. In this massage therapy, therapists would chant hypnotic Hindu mantras while applying heating herbal oils onto one’s body.

In the old times, this “magic” process, believed to penetrate the soul, was reserved exclusively for the higher caste. At Tugu Bali, the doors to the state of inner peace, bliss and harmony, were opened to anyone.

Well, anyone who could afford it. The most extensive treatment in the offer costed more than 3 million Indonesian Rupiah (200 Euros). But it also lasted 8 hours!

Gastronomic events for various tastes

A dancer and gamelan orchestra at the cultural evening in Bale Agung hall, at Tugu Bali, one of the best hotels in Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Cultural performances at Tugu Bali are a unique backdrop for a dinner!

Hotel Tugu Bali dug into the forgotten, not only in its museum-type décor or ancient Oriental healing secrets. In the gastronomy department, old recipes came to life. They made the heritage of Indonesian cuisine, with various influences of the Asian neighborhood, triumph on the plates served in one of Tugu Bali’s three in-house restaurants! Not bad for the hotel that had 21 guestrooms only!

Did you dream of the imperial dining in the royal chamber of Bale Puputan, while sitting in the antique armchairs around the largest 19th-century whole marble table in the country? Possible.

Did you prefer experiencing dining as a theater? Then eating in the super high Bale Agung hall, next to the oldest 5-meter Garuda statue carved out of one tree trunk, while gamelan orchestra and dancers delivered a century-old choreography, could be your thing!

One of the various eating rooms at Tugu Bali, one of the best hotels in Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Tugu Bali has a wide range of intimate corners for enjoying your meal

How about stepping into Bale Sutra 1706, a 313-year-old Kang Xi temple? This place is now housing Tugu Bali restaurant focused on Japanese fusion, with fine wines and sake bar!

If you wanted to feel the Indian Ocean breeze, JI Terrace by the Sea would deliver the food of Indonesia, Japan, India, and Thailand with a view.

For a romantic dinner at Hotel Tugu Bali, eating in the candlelit hut at the lotus pond, in the bed on a torch-lit beach, or basically at any other intimate corner of the resort was possible!

Did you want to cook your own meal? Joining Tugu Bali cooking class could be the best way to dig deep into the culinary secrets of Indonesia!

Eating well, anywhere, and at any time!

Tugu Rijsttafel, a traditional Indonesian meal at Tugu Bali, luxury escape in Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Tugu Rijsttafel is a great example of Indonesian traditional gourmet food

You could have a hard time choosing from the Tugu Bali restaurant menu. For a good overview of various Indonesian textures and flavors, try Tugu Rijsttafel! This famous dish included rice platter of Javanese chicken curry, beef in coconut sauce, prawn croquette, shredded beef, ‘tempe’ soybean cake, crisp grated coconut, yellow pickles, peanut crackers, garden vegetables in garlic and red pepper and Javanese chicken satay! Vegetarian guests would find some fantastic dishes too, made after recipes inherited from famous cooks.

Besides the elaborated cultural dining experiences inspired by history, such as the eunuch dinner or almost forgotten satay parade, even the breakfast at Tugu Bali was an authentic culinary event.

Rich breakfast at Tugu Bali, one of the best hotels in Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
At Tugu Bali, one can order breakfast anywhere and at any time of the day!

Tons of gourmet dishes to choose from, from power breakfast bowls to Indonesian sweet and savory treats, could be enjoyed at ANY time of the day! That’s right! At Tugu Bali, one was not pressed to get up early to not miss the feast!

Another special moment would be the hotel’s Jajan Pasar afternoon tea session near the main pool. However, your complimentary selection of Indonesian delicacies, with a quality coffee or simply delicious chai latte on the side, could be delivered anywhere you liked!

Past treasures worth preserving

As the very first hotel in Canggu, Tugu Bali was raising the quality of accommodation in the whole Badung Regency.

Indonesian sculpture in front of an old Javanese house repurposed as a hotel suite at Tugu Bali, one of Indonesia's best luxury escapes, photo by Ivan Kralj
Sleep in the old Javanese house and discover the true spirit of Indonesia!

In the market where Seminyak high-end hotels were competing in delivering new urban trends, Tugu consistently relied on the power of history and its secrets. Maybe this was the reason why the rooms at Tugu Bali had the biggest keyrings I’ve ever seen! Carrying a decorated wooden dagger around might’ve been impractical. But it was a constant reminder on a treasure this unique boutique museum hotel was celebrating.

Could charming historic houses win the battle with beach clubs whose decibels hit them back with thousands of noise daggers until 2 am? I don’t know. I wish to believe that places such as Tugu Bali could find the solution in facing modern challenges if they wanted to continue delivering the romance of the past times.

From the very first moment at the reception desk with shadow theater background, when they ornated my forehead with rice and tucked the frangipani flower behind my ear, until leaving the hotel when they gave me some souvenirs, water, and fruit for the road, all adorned with a smile, I believed it was indeed a ritual of making me Balinese.

Tugu Bali encapsulated the soul of Indonesia, and thus deserved a sturdy spot among the best hotels in Bali.

For the best accommodation deal, check the prices of staying at Tugu Bali resort on Booking.com!

Best hotels in Bali – conclusion

The accommodation market in Bali is exceptionally dynamic. New establishments are popping up all the time.

Sometimes, they are taking over existing spaces (as in the case of Origin Seminyak or The Amala Estate). They redevelop the property and elevate previous unsuccessful entrepreneur experiments into resorts that can answer the expectations of the tourists of today.

Swimming pool at Tugu Bali, one of the best hotels in Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Large swimming pool at Tugu Bali

Then there are specific projects such as Tugu Hotels, which advocate for tradition. They take over even older houses and temples for a touristic make-over that nobody ever imagined.

While Origin focuses on modern urban travelers, Tugu targets those with more traditional expectations of what luxury is. The Amala finds its place in the market somewhere in between.

All of these 4 and 5-star hotels readily support the image of Bali island as a place where one can restore the body, mind, and soul.

Finding the best hotel in Bali is an ambitious task. As long as one can handle that luxury escapes come in different forms, and with a variety of content, the quest itself can be an adventure.

If you have stayed at a place that deserves to be mentioned among the best hotels in Bali, please recommend it in the comments section!

But now… While you have some ideas about the high-end hotels in Bali, what are the places to eat some heavenly good food when visiting the island of gods?

Where to eat in Seminyak, Bali?

Seminyak has a great quantity of sophisticated fine-dining restaurants

Staying in one of the recommended hotels in Seminyak (and Canggu) typically means that they will cater to all your needs, including the need for good food. However, eating out in Seminyak can be a significant part of experiencing this area of Bali island!

Already mentioned, Seminyak Eat Street is a place with a high concentration of restaurants. If you are looking for buffet-style eating that could save some bucks and fill your stomach, all-you-can-eat establishments are easy to find.

For an elevated experience of eating in Seminyak, you should give a chance to the following restaurants!

1. Kilo Kitchen Bali

Entrance to Kilo Kitchen Bali, one of the best restaurants in Seminyak, Indonesia, photo by Mladen Koncar
Entrance to green Kilo Kitchen

Kilo Bali restaurant opened in 2014 as a first overseas branch of the Singaporean Kilo concept. However, Kilo Kitchen’s founder is a Puerto Rican. Javier Perez moved to Asia and started opening restaurants where people would feel like at home.

The architecture at Kilo Kitchen Bali is modern, concrete, and not pretentious. It goes green from the little hill in the garden to the plants on the rooftop.

Groups of young people, as well as older romantic couples, enjoy this comfy atmosphere. It’s smart to make a reservation before coming to Kilo Bali!

Wasabi tuna tartare at Kilo Kitchen Bali, one of Seminyak's best restaurants, photo by Ivan Kralj
Wasabi tuna tartare goes well with Kilos mojito

Drawing from its owner’s life experiences, the Kilo Bali menu is a fusion of tastes of Southeast Asia and Latin America. Portions are meant for sharing, so feel free to order more choices!

Definitely include the crispy tempura eggplant with balado sambal, prawn ravioli in sake buttercream and parmesan, the homemade ricotta gnocchi with grilled mushrooms in miso sauce, and the most delicious grilled avocado in ponzu!

Kilo cocktails, as well as their homemade kombucha tea, are worth trying!

Side note: if you’re into unusual interior design, definitely pay a visit to Kilo Bali restroom!

2. Merah Putih

The interior of the restaurant Merah Putih, one of the best restaurants in Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Merah Putih between a cathedral and a greenhouse

Located in the heart of Petitenget, Merah Putih does not only look like a cathedral of fine dining. With high solar-filtered glass walls and a translucent ceiling that collects rainwater, this sustainable and functional architecture provides a roof for both tropical plants, and Michelin starred food.

Merah Putih, as proudly suggested in its name (‘red’ and ‘white’ are the colors of the national flag), serves Indonesian food, both traditional and modern.

Balinese white chocolate martini served in Merah Putih, one of the best restaurants in Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Signature cocktails, such as Balinese white chocolate martini, are enough of an incentive to visit Merah Putih

It also suggests family-style eating, with plates typically set in the middle of the table and encouraging social atmosphere.

I enjoyed mie udang (homemade noodles with sea urchin and yabbies), kembang kol (fried cauliflower salad), and sayur sayuran (local organic veggies that came with citrus & kemangi iced tea).

Their signature cocktails looked promising, and Balinese white chocolate martini (vodka, chocolate liqueur, Balinese white chocolate) did not disappoint.

Cup holders with imprints of the kitchen staff portraits left a friendly, human touch.

3. Sea Circus Restaurant & Bar

Sea Circus bar and restaurant, with decor celebrating circus, sea themes and Buddhism, photo by Ivan Kralj
Circus, seaside, and Buddhism – the celebration of simple eats

Sea Circus defends the less pretentious Seminyak restaurants scene. It was Melbournians who started it, after quitting their jobs in the advertising industry, moving to Bali and deciding they needed a “restaurant, cocktail bar and coffee den”.

This colorful and artsy interior is full of little details evoking circus and seaside memorabilia as part of the interior. They also exhibit works by guest artists.

Nourish bowl with grilled barramundi, served at Sea Circus Restaurant & Bar, one of the best places to eat in Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, photo by Ivan Kralj
Nourish bowl with grilled barramundi

Sea Circus menu is a simple “fish & chips” type of offer, with a variety of burgers, smoothie bowls, and tacos.

I enjoyed my nourish bowl with grilled barramundi, that came with organic kale, baby spinach, chickpeas, red quinoa, beetroot, carrot, sprouts, cherry tomatoes, purple cabbage, roasted pumpkin, toasted seeds, cashews, and lemon agave dressing. I started to drool already over the content description, so I wasn’t surprised the dish was equally mouthwatering!

Side note: to see another unusual washbasin, visit the loo at Sea Circus café too!

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Disclosure: My stay at The Amala, Origin Seminyak and Tugu Bali, as well as a dinner at Kilo Kitchen, were complimentary, but all opinions are my own.

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