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One week into winter and already itching for a tropical vacay? Check out our pick of the best hotels in Bali

One week into winter and already itching for a tropical vacay? Check out our pick of the best hotels in Bali

Australians are known for being pretty tough as a populous, but if there's one frontier we're timid on it's bracing for the cold. As soon as the temperatures dip below 20°C, we're blasting heaters and donning thermals en masse. Now that we're a week into winter, some of us are already dreaming of a summer vacay in Europe. But there's another popular tropical destination much more accessible to the everyday Aussie – Bali.

A mere six-seven hour flight from Sydney and Melbourne (even less if you're flying out of Queensland), it's a destination we've been dreaming of for its gorgeous villas, beach-side locale and of course, for its delicious Indo cuisine.

If you're thinking of taking a mid-winter trip to a Balinese paradise, we've picked out the best hotels and AirBnB stays that we have at the top of our to-stay list.


1. Further Hotel


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Located: Pererenan, Bali

Embrace the epitome of elegance amidst Bali's lush landscapes at Further, a sanctuary nestled in Ubud's verdant rice paddies. Inspired by Balinese tradition and featuring of the island's most contemporary and chic interiors, this boutique retreat is the epitome of sophisticated luxury. From the infinity pool overlooking tropical foliage, to the meticulously designed suites, no detail is spared. Indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments, embark on cultural explorations, or simply savour the tranquility, Further invites you to immerse yourself in the art of living well amidst the timeless allure of the Island of the Gods.


2. Bulgari Resort Bali


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Located: Uluwatu

Scattered along the pristine shores of Bali’s southern coast, Bulgari Resort Bali offers the height of opulence, where traditional Balinese serenity meets Italian luxury. The resort's architecture seamlessly blends contemporary design with local craftsmanship, offering breathtaking ocean views from its clifftop villas. Each space is meticulously curated, reflecting Bulgari's signature style. Guests can indulge in world-class amenities, from the lavish spa treatments to the exquisite dining experiences that celebrate both Italian and Indonesian flavours.


3. The Slow


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Located: Canggu

In the heart of Canggu, where the rhythm of waves meets the pulse of creativity, lies The Slow. It's a boutique stay that blurs the lines between luxury and bohemian chic, embodying the essence of island living. This sanctuary of style was designed by George Gorrow, co-founder of Ksubi, and is a masterpiece of minimalist aesthetics and thoughtful craftsmanship. From its sleek interiors adorned with contemporary artworks to its laid-back rooftop bar offering panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, every corner whispers tales of effortless sophistication.


4. Hoshinoya Bali


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Location: Ubud

HOSHINOYA Bali, tucked away in the lush highlands of Ubud, is a sanctuary where time seems to stand still, and nature whispers its ancient secrets. Embracing the essence of Japanese elegance and Balinese spirituality, this resort offers a harmonious blend of minimalist design and traditional craftsmanship. Each villa, ensconced in foliage, features serene water gardens and tranquil private pools that invite introspection and relaxation. The resort's ethos of understated luxury is evident in its bespoke wellness programs, meditative yoga sessions, and gourmet cuisine that honours both local and Japanese culinary traditions.


5. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay


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Location: Jimbaran Bay

Situated long Bali’s golden shoreline, the luxurious haven of the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay, with its thatched-roof villas and infinity pools, seamlessly blends contemporary sophistication with traditional Balinese architecture. Each villa offers sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, creating a serene retreat adorned with rich teak wood and hand-carved artefacts. Guests are invited to rejuvenate their senses with bespoke spa treatments, indulge in culinary delights that highlight local flavours, and immerse themselves in cultural experiences, from cooking classes to temple tours.


6. Alila Seminyak


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Location: Seminyak

Alila Seminyak is a slick beachfront eco-luxury retreat where each suite and villa is a sanctuary of minimalist elegance, offering panoramic ocean views and private terraces that invite endless relaxation. Guests can bask in the tranquility of the spa, savour gourmet cuisine that celebrates local and international flavours, and unwind by the infinity pool overlooking the azure waves. The resort's main restaurant, Seasalt, offers a coastal dining experience with a focus on fresh, sustainable seafood and organic produce, blending Indonesian flavours with a modern twist. And their Beach Bar provides a laid-back atmosphere for enjoying handcrafted cocktails and light bites by the ocean.


6. Lost Lindenberg


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Location: Pekutatan

Lost Lindenberg Bali is an ethereal hideaway that captures the essence of Bali's untouched beauty and whimsical charm in the most unexpected of ways. Tucked away in the serene enclave of Pekutatan, this boutique retreat is a celebration of nature, art, and soulful tranquility. The resort's unique architecture, with its elevated treehouse-like suites, offers an immersive experience amidst lush tropical landscapes. Each space is thoughtfully curated with eclectic furnishings, local crafts, and panoramic views. Guests can savour organic, farm-to-table cuisine at the intimate dining venue, rejuvenate with holistic wellness practices like soothing massages, revitalising facials, and bespoke wellness rituals at their spa, and explore the pristine beaches and vibrant local culture.


7. Six Senses Uluwatu

Location: Uluwatu

Perched majestically on the rugged cliffs of Bali’s southernmost tip, Six Senses Uluwatu is an ode to eco-luxury and sustainable sophistication. This serene retreat, with its panoramic ocean views and exquisite modern design, seamlessly blends with the natural beauty of its surroundings. Each villa and suite is a sanctuary of tranquility, adorned with natural materials and thoughtful touches that reflect Balinese artistry. Guests can immerse themselves in the holistic wellness experiences at the spa, indulge in gourmet dining that celebrates local and organic ingredients, and explore the cultural richness of the island through curated activities.


8. Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana

Location: Ubud

Right in the lush, emerald heart of Ubud is the Tanah Gajah Resort, a serene sanctuary that captures the essence of Bali's rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. Once a private estate, this exquisite retreat now offers an intimate escape with spacious villas that overlook evergreen rice paddies and tranquil lotus ponds. Each villa is kitted out with traditional Balinese art, and guests can rejuvenate with bespoke spa treatments, enjoy farm-to-table cuisine, and immerse themselves in curated cultural activities.


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