With some 4,300 options to choose from, picking the best Bali hotels is no easy feat. The bar is set high: on this island blessed with postcard scenes around every bend, even the most basic Bali villas and bungalows offer dreamy views and innovative designs from bamboo and volcanic rock. There are countless hidey-holes dotting the jungles around Ubud, cliffside villas in Uluwatu and clubby beach retreats lining the coast from Seminyak to Kuta, but only some manage to stand out with extraordinary settings, service, or amenities. From the classic big-hitters to whip-smart new arrivals, we've tried, tested, and whittled down the best Bali hotels to book right now.
This 12-room bolthole is all of Canggu distilled into an achingly cool cocktail of art, music and interior design. Conceived by fashion designer George Gorrow and his wife Cisco, the hotel matches brutalist concrete with tropical teak wood and mid-century modern furniture, topping it off with a jealousy-inducing collection of works from Gorrow’s artistic friends. Downstairs, the restaurant dishes up comforting fare inspired by Balinese flavours and international classics, the caramelised half chicken with Sichuan salt and fermented chilli mayo is a must. On the shopping front, there’s a sleek boutique with edgy T-shirts under Gorrow’s Non-Type label and a wide collection of Cisco’s beautiful ceramic-and-wood tablewares.