Spirituality, legend, art, rice paddies, volcanoes, beaches and sunsets – few places capture the imagination quite like the “island of the gods”.

Don’t listen to anyone who says that the magic of Bali no longer exists. Overdevelopment has really damaged many parts of the island, but it won’t take long to find a ravishing spot of your own. The choice of accommodation is superb – lodges, surf lodges, buffets, spa retreats, lavish five-star palaces – with globally high standards.

The best hotels in Bali are:

Neighborhood: Ubud

Set in a deep valley “V” on the outskirts of Ubud, overlooking the Ayung River, interlaced rainforest and layered green rice fields, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan woos right from the get-go. The villas tick all the romance boxes – spa baths, giant mesh beds, private pools – while candlelit dinners can be arranged in the jungle or along a murmuring river. Kick off your wedding day with a two-hour tantric bliss at the spa.

Price: Doubles from £565

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Neighborhood: Uluwatu

One bedroom villa with swimming pool in Alila Uluwatu

(Alila Uluwatu)

Black volcanic rock, soft white rock, purple lines and vines that look like giant matchboxes perched on 100-meter-high cliffs, all backed by the seemingly limitless bright blue Indian Ocean – the design at Alila Villas Uluwatu seems to embody all that is inherently interesting about Bali. The whitewashed villas have one, two or three bedrooms, a butler and floor-to-ceiling doors that open onto a private pool. Throw yourself in a sexy spa (try the signature shirodhara treatment), welcoming service and top-notch food and you won’t feel the need to leave the hotel.

Price: Doubles from £635

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Neighborhood: Ubud

Bedroom in Keliki Valley, which offers unobstructed views of the rainforest and surrounding valley

(Capella Ubud)

If Wes Anderson were to set his next film in Bali, the set would probably look like this dreamy campsite. Overlooking Keliki Valley, a 30-minute drive from Ubud, Capella Ubud greets guests at the outdoor reception before directing them to one of 23 stage tents. Wake up to the sound of birdsong, have breakfast with a muffin overlooking the river, spend the day hiking through nearby rice fields, visit temples or receive blessings from Balian healers , and enjoy evenings roasting marshmallows around a campfire.

Price: Doubles from £703

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Neighborhood: Tejakula

Restaurants in Gaia Oasis: the perfect place to eat for pescatarians

(Gaia Oasis)

It’s a four-hour zigzag drive from Ubud to this peaceful northernmost Bali resort, but the scenery is stunning and worth every minute from here. The estate is split between two sites: one in the mist-shrouded Abasan Mountains, the other at their feet on the coal-black sands of Tejakula. Good food and there’s free morning yoga and great massages (very reasonably priced). And the best bit? Nearly all profits go to supporting local communities, including families recently displaced by the eruption of Mount Agung.

Price: Doubles from £50

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Neighborhood: Sanur

An aerial view of Fairmont Sanur, seconds away from one of Bali’s loveliest white sand beaches

(Fairmont Sanur)

Fairmont is a resort with all-round appeal. The soothing wooden aesthetic, vibrant tropical gardens, Willow Stream spa, a giant swimming pool, four bars and restaurants are ideal for couples, families or solo travelers. But what really sets the deal apart is its location on one of Bali’s most beautiful beaches, all of which are golden sands, the waters of the Indian Ocean gentle and undulating red, yellow and blue. jukung The fishing boat. The rooms are modern, spacious and the service provided is top-notch.

Price: Doubles from £202

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Neighborhood: Uluwatu

Six Senses Uluwatu .’s dramatic clifftop location

(Six Senses Uluwatu)

Perched on the cliffs of Uluwatu, the villas are large and beautiful, with sunny terraces, private pools and plenty of space for rollaway beds. There are bathrobes for everyone, big and small, and the Rocka restaurant has an on-site selection of kids staples (and underage can eat for free). Find a cultural highlight for the whole family at nearby Uluwatu Temple, with millions of monkeys and the nightly Kecak fire dance. Relax by the pool, or go to the spa while the little ones tie their hair, garden and cook at the futuristic-minded kids’ club.

Price: Doubles from £388

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Neighborhood: Ubud

A bamboo ‘moon bed’ in Bambu Indah

(Beautiful bamboo)

Want a comfortable vacation that brings many benefits? Stay at Bambu Indah, built on the outskirts of Ubud, in cooperation with Green School right on Bali. Every single building here is built from local materials by local craftsmen and is filled with local produce. Each villa is different, reflecting Indonesia’s diverse architecture – teak wedding houses, semi-moon houses, two-story cottages that look like a giant witch’s hat. The hotel also has a natural algae-filtered river pool and an excellent restaurant.

Price: Doubles from US$115 (£87) bambuindah.com

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Neighborhood: Abiansemal

Beauty center in Fiboardsments

(Functions)

Rice fields, river valleys, jingling waterfalls, healing pools, sunrise yoga, jasmine massages – Fiboardsments is the Bali spa you’ve been dreaming of. All sorts of magical treatments are available, from a fire blessing ceremony with a local priest, to aura cleansing, chakra balancing and classic Balinese massage. The nine bamboo suites are large and full of light, and the vegan food is a revelation.

Price: Doubles from £149

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Neighborhood: Canggu

Master bedroom of penthouse and pool at Como Uma Canggu

(Like a Canggu)

Surfing is always in the air at this stylish new beachfront hotel in Bali’s most luxurious hood. Spend the day with your toes in the sand, piňa colada in hand, gazing at dozens of surfers twirling in the waves – or join them for a session at the Tropicsurf school (all classes are available). levels are served). The rooms are spacious, with large spa-style bathrooms, if not as cool as you might expect from the Como brand, but the colorful beach club, better food, spa and service all match pocket-friendly.

Price: Doubles from £189

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