When you vacation somewhere as beautiful as Bali, it may seem as though the last place you want to be spending all your time is the hotel room. But with its vast array of stunning resorts and rooms with a view, this island is actually the perfect place to splurge on accommodation. We’re breaking down some of the most unique hotels in Bali, from sprawling bamboo lodges to giant inflatable bubble tents on the beach.
The Bubble Hotel
If you’re looking for the most unique stays in Bali, this one is a clear winner, literally. The Bubble Hotel has three locations across the island–surrounded by jungle in Ubud, nestled in the rugged hills overlooking secluded Nunggalan Beach, or steps away from the white sands of Nyang Nyang. While the bubbles are completely transparent, they do come with curtains and AC to keep you cool and comfortable. If you’re on a trip for two, you can add some extra romantic touches with flower petals strewn across the bed or candles on the lawn that make the space feel even more magical than it already does. Make sure to bring a camera for this unforgettable stay.
Morabito Art Cliff Hotel
Want multiple vacations in one? At Morabito Art Cliff Hotel in Bingin, guests can get a taste of Greece without ever leaving Bali. Their Santorini suite comes complete with gorgeous blue floors and white furniture, as well as a cliffside terrace that looks out over the famous waves of the Bukit. Soak in the sun from cosy wall-to-wall sofas or your private jacuzzi. They also have lofts in the style of Cartagena, Capri, Manhattan, Miami, and Venice, so keep globe-trotting for as long as your budget allows.
Sandat Glamping Tents
Try to picture yourself sitting under a million stars and chatting until the early hours. As the newest travelling style, glamping romantically brings you in touch with nature while allowing 5-star hotel comfort. Glamping is all about escaping from the world into the heart of nature with no trace of modernisation yet a luxurious twist. It gives another reason to believe that there is still much to experience in Bali.
As one of the most popular glamping sites in Bali, Sandat Glamping Tents offers 5 safari-style tents with each having its private infinity-edge pool together with a terrace that leads into the forest. The interiors of the tents are amazing! If you have always harboured the fear of the discomforts in camping tents, then glamping here can be even more comfortable than your own home. The decorations are down to detail to give the occupants the real touch of Bali’s nature. Pearl chandeliers, hand-painted furniture, coffee plants and white shells, you will feel at home while in the wild. Each cottage is also equipped with a ceiling fan, AC, mini-fridge, i-pod docking station, internal phone service, and, of course, Wi-Fi connection.
The tents are surrounded by rice fields, vast vegetation and beautiful mother nature. Perfect seclusion has been done with bamboo screens together with vertical gardens thus giving you all the privacy you need. So when the jungle is alive at night – and it surely will – don’t worry about your safety. For the nature lovers, be ready to enjoy the melodious and at times discords sang by the night creatures.
Mana Earthly Paradise
Located in Ubud, Mana Earthly Paradise, an eco-hotel run by Earth Company, is ready to welcome back conscious, sustainable travellers in the post-pandemic era. Officially opened in September 2019, this property was designed for this anticipated demand for sustainable tourism. Through ecological practices and innovative technologies, the property concretely addresses the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its three core facilities: eco villas, an organic restaurant and a conscious store.
They use solar power for the lighting, harvest rainwater, circulate wastewater, compost food waste, reduce water usage with water-saving showers and water-saving toilets. They also provide environmentally-friendly toiletries and use zero-waste mattresses.
Mana’s six eco villas are made of earthbags – a construction technique that produces far less carbon footprint than using conventional materials like cement, clay bricks and steel, which require enormous energy for production. The villas are also durable; earthbag buildings can stand for decades if not centuries. Not having to replace them means saving even more resources and further reducing waste. They have slow heat transfer so the villas stay cool during the day and warm at night.
COMO Uma Resort
Looking for luxury that’s not too far away from the action? While Canggu tends to be one of the most overcrowded areas in Bali, a stay at the COMO Uma Resort is like entering another world. Their 12 penthouses offer bright and airy interiors with every amenity you could ever need. Outside, guests are greeted by an infinity pool with unbeatable views of the Indian Ocean, and a sleek arched roof that perfectly frames your personal panoramic seascape. To keep from breaking the bank, COMO Uma also offers chic smaller rooms with light wood furniture, outdoor showers, and a true Balinese feel. All of the options maintain an elegant minimalist style, masterminded by a duo of celebrated Japanese and Italian designers, that will have you in vacation mode as soon as you arrive.
Escape and revitalise yourself in a lush and private tropical paradise. Located in Uluwatu, this place is next to the famous beach, Padang Padang. Blended by the harmonious traditional ambience, Kampung Jimba welcomes you to the natural sanctuary, surrounded by the tropical forest that reflects the island’s natural. The accommodation is limited with a collection of 5 unique buildings with 13 rooms in total.
To celebrate the essence of the village living, each joglo is designed in a traditional manner, blending with unique artwork that harmonises with the surrounding environment. Surrounded by tropical forest, this villa offers traditional authentic bedrooms. You can expect to relax and rest in natural vibe rooms overlooking the tranquil and exotic forest after a day of exhilarating explore.
Because these properties are so special, they’re also in high demand. Keep that in mind when you’re planning a trip to Bali, as you’ll want to book any of these gems well in advance to make sure your spot is secure.