Known for its idyllic beaches, Hindu temples, and lush rainforests, Bali attracts millions of tourists each year. And after pandemic-related tourism disruptions, the popular travel destination is now officially welcoming back pre-pandemic tourism to the island, with the Indonesian government announcing quarantine-free travel to Bali yesterday.
Effective immediately, the announcement means tourists will be able to enjoy the island and all it has to offer once they return a negative COVID test.
One major drawcard the holiday destination has to offer is its outstanding luxury accommodation options. From Indian Ocean cliff-top infinity pools to secluded treetop jungle resorts, Bali is home to some of the world’s most spectacular villas and resorts. If you’re itching to book a long overdue Bali holiday, here are some of the top places to stay.
Alila Villas, Uluwatu
Perched on a cliff on the South coast of Bali, the Alila Villas are a stunning example of how to use the surrounding landscape to build something truly special.
You can choose from one, two, or three-bedroom luxury pool villas or two or three-bedroom clifftop villas and take a relaxing dip in the 50-meter cliff-edge infinity pool with its floating cabanas.
When you are ready for some fine dining you can choose from the Balinese-Indonesian influenced Warung restaurant or dine 71 meters above sea level at the CIRE western-style restaurant.
Enjoy a private gym, yoga sessions, and the services of your very own private butler at this beautiful locale, 30 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport in the trendy southern region of Bali on the Bukit Peninsula.
The Ungasan Clifftop Resort, Ungasan
Another collection of Villas on the cliffs of southern Bali, the Ungasan has the benefit of beach access and the Sundays Beach Club where you can go for a swim then relax on the beach for a gourmet meal.
These six-star villas are designed for maximum comfort and the resort grounds include a helipad, tennis court, putting green, gym, spa, and the Selatan Restaurant, with its renowned chefs including food influencer, Chef Josh Niland.
The resort is located a few minutes drive to Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple and only 40 minutes to Kuta.
The views from the pool and villas of the resort are unparalleled, sitting 150 meters above sea level, affording landscapes and seascapes of the crystal clear waters surrounding The Ungasan Clifftop Resort.
The Bulgari Resort, Uluwatu
In need of a little Italian-style luxury on your Bali adventure?
With its opulent villas overlooking a private beach, the lavish Bulgari Resort in Uluwatu beckons you to lounge around in style and comfort.
Get a deep tissue oil massage or hot stone treatment while you stay at this lavish resort in one of the fashion houses Bulgari’s most idyllic locations.
While staying at this resort you can enjoy day trips to Nusa Lembongan, part of an island archipelago off the southern tip of Bali, which boasts white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and dense mangroves for you to explore.
Or take a trip to Tirta Empul (Temple of the Water that Flows from the Earth) Hindu temple, where you can complete an ancient purification ritual by placing your hands into streams from thirty aligned springs that flow into two rectangular pools. The internal courtyard composed of a pool honors the gods Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma.
Villa Naga Putih, Ubud
The lush tropical jungle surrounding this beautiful villa will transport you to a world of tranquillity. Listening to the serene sounds of the Petanu River below, you can enjoy the best of Indonesian food from a renowned chef.
Against a breathtaking jungle setting, this four-bedroom, one-bathroom villa offers a wealth of amenities, including expansive balconies, a gazebo, media room and infinity pool. With car hire available, tourists are just a short drive from the Ubud Palace and Ubud Markets.
Designed with the Bali veteran in mind, this self-catered villa is a private, poolside haven with a fully equipped kitchen and grill. Guests are also treated to a complimentary continental breakfast daily.
The perfect place to explore Bali, Ubud is located in the middle of the lush rainforest and is the center of Balinese crafts and culture, with Hindu temples and shrines dotted throughout the area.
Your tropical getaway to white, sandy beaches surrounded by lush rainforests and ancient temples await, now is the time to get away and rediscover all that Bali has to offer.
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