Hotels of the week: Bali

Bali is a deservedly very popular honeymoon destination – great hotels, beautiful beaches, interesting towns, amazing food and a fantastic tropical climate. As with many beach destinations, you’ll probably find that you can get the best prices by booking a package through a travel agent – Virgin Holidays, for example, has eleven day packages for under £2000, for two people, which is an amazing deal – but I’ve used prices from the hotel’s websites here.

If you’re travelling to Bali, it’s worth combining a beach stay with a stay in the interior – Ubud is well known as the cultural heart of Bali, and there are some lovely hotels – or hopping across to one of the other gorgeous islands nearby, like Lombok. But for today, I’ve chosen to focus just on three hotels near the beach.

Tropical Bali Hotel

One of the great things about southeast Asia is that there are some fantastic bargains to be had when it comes to good-quality accommodation. Though a five star hotel in most places in Asia will cost much the same as a five star hotel in the rest of the world (if a little cheaper), there’s some lovely smaller hotels and guesthouses that offer excellent value for money. Tropical Bali Hotel is a great example of this. It’s a bit of a distance from the centre of Sanur (a popular resort town), though you can walk there in about thirty minutes or get a cheap taxi, but for that you can expect a real tranquility that you wouldn’t get elsewhere. The pool area is gorgeous, especially considering the price-range, and guests rave about the food served here being the best in town – so you certainly wouldn’t feel like you were missing out on anything by not paying so much.

The bedrooms are simple but very nice, and still have the romantic feel that you would expect from a honeymoon hotel. They all open up to the beautiful garden, each with a balcony or terrace in front where you can enjoy your breakfast and soak up the surroundings.

Rates from £27 per night.

Tugu Bali

There’s a decadent feel to the rooms and suites at Tugu Bali, furnished with lots of dark wood and Indonesian handicrafts. The upstairs rooms boast lovely sea views, while those downstairs (including the Dedari Suites, above) have private plunge pools – definitely a bonus. Particularly striking is Puri Le Mayeur, right on the beautiful lotus pond and boasting a sundeck as well as a pool.The hotel is situated on the southwest coast and overlooks a black sand beach, and the stylish resort of Seminyak is only twenty minutes away.

The big honeymoon seller for me is the “picnic in bed” experience that the hotel offers (see above photo). An antique four-poster bed is set up on a private stretch of beach, surrounded by lanterns, and you and your husband/wife can enjoy a completely private (and unique) dining experience as the sun goes down – an unabashedly romantic way to spend an evening.

Rates from £180 per night.

The Balé

If you’re after complete luxury and privacy, then The Balé is the place for you. Sitatued in on a hillside in Nusa Dua, the resort is made up of 29 pavillions, each with their own swimming pool and daybeds. Plus, there’s personal butler service, and in-room dining options include a private barbecue set up by the chef for you. Indeed, it would be far too easy never to leave your room….

If you can drag yourself away from your private pool, you can head down to the hotel’s beach club, just a short distance away and linked by a regular shuttle, where you can soak up the sun from a deckchair or enjoy a swim in the warm sea. Back at the hotel, you can wind down further in the gorgeous spa, or enjoy a drink or dinner in the bar and restaurant. This is very much a modern resort – all clean, sharp lines and neutral colours – which will appeal to some people, but less so if you’re looking for a bit of local colour.

Rates from £400 per night

Photos courtesy of by Sektordua; Tropical Bali HotelTugu BaliThe Balé

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