Hotels in Bali
Food in Bali ranges from a variety of fresh local cuisines to food from around the region and the globe. Bali restaurants cater to both local and foreign tastes, from the high-end cuisine to casual spots by the coast and off the beaten path. Restaurants in Bali will inspire and excite visitors with new flavors, and a few of them offer cooking classes as well. Nasi Ayam Kedewatan is located in the Sayan pass, and serves local Indonesian fare like lilit (minced chicken satay) and snacks like fried chips with nuts and spices. Mozaic has French fusion with Asian inspired tasting menus. Dine in their garden or beautiful pavilion. Arrive early to get the seafood satay Warung Satria, as the fresh ingredients go fast. Warung Sobat is and old-fashioned spot the serves fresh Balinese seafood with an Italian edge. The name translates to “friendly small eating place,” fitting for a family-run restaurant. Mama San does Southeast Asian cuisine with a large cocktail menu. Ajeg Bali is a stand set up on Kuta Beach that provides simple, local food, with great spiciness.
If it weren’t for the surrounding rice paddies of Kerobokan, you could be forgiven for mistaking Kafe Warisan for a Parisian bistro.
In true Aman form, this luxurious hideaway displays an unwavering commitment to seclusion and romance from its perch high above the Ayung River gorge on the outskirts of Ubud. The resort is a re-imagined Balinese village, where pebbled walkways meander along 30 freestanding suites.
Billing itself not as a resort but as a “retreat for change,” this lush private estate employs a small army of life coaches, energy healers, yoga masters, and nutritionists to help guests “make informed life changes.” (Among the recently informed: Donna Karan and Annie Lenox.) The property’s five
Overlooking the Indian Ocean, this all-suites resort is convenient to both the beach and the shops and restaurants of Seminyak.
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.