Hotels in Bali

Those that travel thousands of miles to Bali for a peek into traditional Indonesian culture will love the 21-cottage Hotel Tugu, in the quaint fishing village of Canguu, on a peaceful beach on Bali’s southwestern coast.

Privacy and tranquillity prevail at Sentosa, an enclave of 38 villas with indoor-outdoor baths, individual pools and gardens, and fully stocked kitchen pavilions. The gym is a paean to wellness, offering nutritional advice as well as yoga and Pilates.

Situated near the small village of Bebengan, the Sukhavati Estate is a six-bedroom villa surrounded by the Penet River and dense jungle. The setting creates a sense of remoteness, although the estate is just a 15-minute drive from major tourist destinations such as Kuta and Ubud.

Set in Bali’s dazzling green central highlands among 18 acres of gardens, this property’s Star Wars-esque architecture seems—well, rather alien at first. Once the shock of the incongruously mod elliptical white lobby building wears off, though, all is forgiven.

Pansea opened Ubud Hanging Gardens in the Summer of 2005, in a dramatic Ayung River gorge.

Set right on the grounds of an elephant sanctuary 30 minutes north of Ubud, the Elephant Safari Park Lodge—opened in March 2008—allows guests to get up close and personal with the park's 27 resident Sumatran pachyderms.

The Location: Set in the middle of a working rice plantation in Canggu—25 minutes from Bali’s capital city of Denpasar—this eco-compound of antique Indonesian houses is surrounded by palms, tropical landscaping, and brilliant green rice fields.

Expectedly luxurious and dramatic, this Four Seasons sits atop a cliff at the southern end of Jimbaran Bay.

Surrounded by palm trees in the quiet village of Lod Tunduh, Puri Tupai is a private villa just 10 minutes outside Ubud.

A local couple runs the humble Rumah Roda Homestay where you feel completely dropped into nature. That includes organic vegetables from the garden used in traditional Balinese cooking.

Half the fun of staying at this tiny retreat, set in the quiet fishing village of Pemuteran on Bali’s northwest coast, is getting there.