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Written by Beverley Lennon
Co-written by Junanto Xu
You may have stayed at budget hotels and call yourself a savyy backpacker. Or splurged on a luxury boutique hotel and call yourself a glamorous travelista.
But have you ever stayed on a yacht-house, an African style safari lodge (yes in Bali!) or a hotel that resembles a campsite?
We’ll bring you through some of the most unique hotels that you never thought you’ll find in Bali. Read on to find out!
Note: The prices reflected below are the low season rates, and they exclude tax and service charges. Accommodation rates often change with room availability, and low or high seasons. We recommend double checking for the final prices before confirming your booking.
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Boutique Hotel Sensation gets a step ahead, delivering guests superior luxury and innovation. The impressive property uses awe-inspiring features to wow their guests. Besides being located on the beach, the luxurious villas are inspired by the three forces, sky, sea and earth that set you in a special mood.
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While they have three villas, we’d like you to check out Villa The Cloud! It’s the place to experience that Crazy Rich Asian lifestyle with a good bunch of friends (the villa sleeps 6 guests). Take a peak at their Instagram location and you’ll know why we consider it highly addictive.
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10/10 for the cool innovative factor at Villa The Cloud as an expansive pool lies right in front of the property, making it look like a floating cloud. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer remarkable views of the Indian Ocean and surrounding lush greenery, right from inside your cloud, from which you’ll be brought to seventh heaven!
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2. Check into an inflatable igloo: Jungle Bubble Lodge
Yet another transparent glamping experience that lets you sleep under the stars! Yes, inflatable hotels seem to be a trend and we sincerely can’t wait to try them out too! One we’re overly excited about is this cute inflatable igloo hidden in the deep jungles of Bali!
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What an off-beat travel accommodation to check out when you’re in Gianyar as you get to immerse in nature without quite leaving your material comforts behind! This buzzworthy hotel is see-through, which means… unhampered views of its surroundings obviously!
Though you won’t be able to catch the Northern Lights from your bed (you can do so in an inflatable igloo room in Iceland!!), the Jungle Bubble Lodge in Bali lets you relish the beauty of Mother Nature in peace and serenity.
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The stay is minimalistic but you get a proper bed and private bathroom so you can ultimately say you’re escaping into your own perfect little bubble!
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Nothing is more comforting than lounging your heart away on a hammock overlooking the rice terrace outlined by the view of mountain peaks guarding from afar.
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Camaya Bamboo House is a green haven where your wildest romantic dreams come true. This gorgeous villa is entirely made from bamboo and is surrounded by panoramic natural wonders; ranging from rice terrace, rainforest to evergreen hills. Here, you can rest while being completely guarded by mother nature.
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Staying a night or two here guarantees you with one to two bedrooms, a private kitchen and an open shower in the building. But what’s more convenient is that the villa will provide you with a free scooter rental, so you can embark on an adventure to discover Bali and its beautiful surroundings.
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If you don’t feel like getting adventurous, relax and enjoy a peaceful stroll amidst the rice fields, lay on your hammock and appreciate the fantastic view, sign up for a yoga or cooking class – your holiday, your choice!
Imagine being able to slip into the pool from your front door. And the water edge of the 60-metres-long lagoon is just right outside your window.
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That’s what you get when you stay in the Lagoon Villa at Villa Seminyak, which is just a short distance from the Seminyak beach.
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How much closer to the sea can you get?
Bubble hotels have been a total craze lately. This creative concept has burst into the scene of Bali, starting on the coast and now deep down in the jungle too!
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For optimal jungle views in Ubud, you might want to consider a stay at the transparent Bubble Hotel. Now you barely need to book a room with a balcony as you get to enjoy the panorama right from your bed!
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It does not get any better as you are not even deprived of basic necessities and comforts. You’ll be provided with air-conditioning and a private bathroom too!
Their deluxe double bubble room even features a private pool (from which you can be served a floating breakfast), a scenic hammock overlooking the jungle and an Instagrammable swing for your perfect for envy-inducing pictures!
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The bubble domes are hidden deep in the jungle and make you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. Thankfully though, you are not as the property features a restaurant and all necessary facilities. Of course, privacy is ensured and we’re sure it would make an ideal location for a romantic escape!
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6. A barefoot luxury beachfront glamping experience – Menjangan Dynasty Resort, Beach Glamping and Dive Centre
Have you ever wondered what hidden gems are tucked away in the west of Bali?
This luxury beach glamping resort bordering West Bali National Park and surrounded by lush jungle and mangrove forests will get you completely obsessed with glamping! Time to forget all about the hustle and bustle of the more touristy sides of the island. It might take you slightly more than 3.5 hours’ drive to get here from the airport, but it’s totally worth it!
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The luxury tents at Menjangan Dynasty Resort are of high standards and are packed with your much-loved creature comforts (electricity, beds with linens, high-pressure showers and more) while still allowing you to be right in the middle of nature!
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You’ll feel like you’re back in a luxe summer camp with their collection of high-end tents right by the beachfront. And needless to say; you’ve got world class snorkeling right out your front door (or, erm, tent flap)! If you’re up for some added luxury, we recommend the Cliff Tent Villa which comes with your very own private plunge pool!
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Your staycation at the glamping site looks adventurous but trust us as it is 100% comfortable. The surrounding environment is kept as natural as possible, so you can wake up to the chirping of birds and fall asleep with the natural white noise of bugs and you only need to take a few steps to an incredible underwater world.
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The latest find we’re obsessing over, Morabito Art Cliff is here with their very own version of Santorini.
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Yes, there’s no need to pay a hefty price for a flight to Greece – all you have to do is head to Bali for a taste of Greece’s famed island!
Laze the day away in a jacuzzi tub facing the sapphire oceans by day, and by night enjoy the cool tropical ocean breeze in the LED-lit tub.
Great for couples who are longing to truly get away, Morabito Art Cliff indulges your senses in every way.
And just so you know, they also have accommodation that transports you to Marseille (France), and more!
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8. Stay in a bubble on the beach – Bubble Hotel
This Bubble tent is a new trend that’s gaining popularity in a few countries. Your accommodation is literally a bubble on the beach!
Can you imagine waking up on stretches of soft sand beaches while the sea crashes merely metres away from you?
Since the tent is transparent, there are no secrets, it’s just a king-size bed in a bubble 10 metres from the sea. Needless to say, there isn’t air-conditioning.
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Each bubble can fit two people, but if you’re traveling in a group, the staff at Bubble Hotel can set up three more bubbles in close proximity. Upon request, breakfast sandwiches, lemonade, candlelight dinners, and campfires can also be prepared for you!
Now you’re probably wondering where to keep your bags and where the bathroom is. There’s actually a secure storage area provided to stash your things as well as a private toilet and shower area.
From your bed, you’ll get to enjoy unobscured views of the ocean as well as the stunning star-studded sky if you happen to stay on a clear night. You’ll be surrounded by beautiful Bali greenery, and if you’re keen to cook on the beach, you can request for a BBQ too!
9. Fireflies over the streams and paddy fields at Firefly Eco Lodge
Located in central Ubud, Firefly Eco Lodge offers a bamboo cottage quietly nestled in the rice paddies. The walls and ceiling of the cottage are made with intricately laid woven bamboo, so you can expect to feel the cool Bali breeze in the evenings, and the warmth of the sun in the morning.
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Once you’re awake and ready for breakfast, your meal will be delivered out on the patio overlooking the rice fields.
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If you’re hungry at any time, you can order an array of snacks, and if you’d like dinner under the stars, the staff will prepare a traditional Balinese meal with fresh ingredients from their organic garden. The lodge provides a cell phone to guests so if you need anything at anytime, the staff is just a call away.
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You will be amazed by how peaceful it is at the cottage. With its open-air concept, you’ll hear the small stream just below the cottage, and at nighttime you might just see fireflies light up the night.
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Along with a comfortable bed and small loft area, the cottage has an attached bathroom with a modern toilet and rain shower. Thoughtfully decorated, the cottage has lovely touches such as a shell chandelier and fresh marigold flowers at the head of the bed.
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As you’re out walking through the fields, keep an eye out for the resident goat! Often, breakfast is served with fresh goat cheese thanks to that guy.
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10. Return to the rice paddies and jungle at NewEarth Haven Eco Dome
One of NewEarth Haven’s latest projects, the Crystal Dome, is an ecologically-conscious two story dome submersed in beautiful Bali nature. The Dome was brilliantly built to allow guests to rejuvenate in an energetic and serene setting.
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Made of natural materials and bamboo, the Eco Dome was intentionally designed to blend in with the environment. Being mindful of nature, the Crystal Dome has a composting toilet and local water capture.
But living with this ecological vision doesn’t mean taking away your modern comforts – fret not, you will still have access to features such as wifi, power outlets, and touch panel lighting. There is also a designated “work space” on the ground level of the dome so that you can balance your time between nature, work, and play.
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The bedroom is fitted with a spacious California king bed. As you’re lying in bed at night, you can look up at the stars through the skylight at the top of the dome. On the second storey of the dome, you can sit at the window seat and enjoy tranquil views of the surrounding rice fields and jungle.
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With just a few minutes’ walk through the rice fields, you’ll end up at Akasha Restaurant and Juice Bar. Akasha is known for its delicious vegetarian (primarily vegan) dishes and raw desserts. So if all the rest and relaxation has worked up your appetite, head over to Akasha for a tasty, healthy meal!
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11. An all-bamboo home in tropical greenery at Hideout Lightroom
A slightly smaller version of Hideout Bali, the Hideout team calls Hideout Lightroom the younger sibling of Hideout Bali. To construct this all-bamboo masterpiece, local village craftsmen were even engaged to make the furniture from bamboo!
Hideout Lightroom sits next to a little river stream in the rice fields of Selat. Nestled between two villages and near the base of Gunung Agung, Hideout Lightroom offers an authentic experience of Balinese life.
Other outdoor perks include a full-size bathtub where you can bathe in flowers and essential oils while basking in the sunlight. There is also a beautiful rain shower surrounded by swaying palm trees and other tropical greenery.
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Inside Lightroom, there is a queen size bed, cozy sitting corner, and small kitchen space. Though Hideout does not prepare breakfast for you, they will stock the kitchen area with bananas, bread, and peanut butter as well as plates, bowls, utensils, and a kettle for tea and coffee, so you can make your own meal in the morning!
Since Hideout Lightroom was built in a natural landscape, there are a few creatures that might wander around nearby. There is also a friendly dog and cat who live around the Hideout space so feel free to say hi or give them a cuddle!
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Ever wanted to dine with the rhinos?
Now you don’t have to fly halfway across the world to have an African safari adventure – you can get it at the Mara River Safari Lodge.
Located in the heart of the Bali Safari and Marine Park, this resort will definitely make your stay a memorable and unforgettable one, with its quirks and unique activities.
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Not only will you get to feed carrots to zebras, rhinos and elephants right from the comfort of your own balcony…
You’ll even get to watch the rhinos and zebras graze together while you are dipping yourself in the pool.
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You can dine with lions at the in-house Tsavo Lion Restaurant too!
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From honeymoon to family-friendly getaways, this resort is suitable for all. Couples will enjoy the romantic atmosphere at the restaurant in the evenings, while thrill-seekers can quench their thirst for adventure at the night safari, where you can come into close contact with predatory animals.
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On a similar vein, young children will love the petting zoo, informational performances and the vibrant Disney-esque Bali Agung show, which also features props that are completely handmade by the staff!
We’d love to say more, but you’ll have to make a personal trip there to experience the wonders of this place. This we’ll say – you won’t regret it.
Read our fun-filled experience at Mara Safari Lodge here!
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Here, what could be more romantic than being in bed together with your soulmate, watching fireflies casting their light over the beautiful jungle view?
Villa Pererepan (Villa Awang Awang) is set along the Petanu river valley, surrounded by gardens and jungle and offering amazing views – perfect for nature-loving couples.
However, since it’s close to the jungle, do be prepared for bugs, and well… a more ‘natural’ experience.
It’s also an eco-friendly accommodation – almost all the furnishings and materials used in the décor are sustainable.
And did you know, the designs of both the villa and the plunge pool are based on one of nature’s greatest mysteries – the golden ratio (otherwise also known as the golden section or the golden rectangle)?
It encompasses the harmonic and symmetrical principles of nature itself. Nature expresses the golden ratio through a simple series of whole numbers which you may have heard of – the Fibonacci series.
If you ever want to try cosplaying Robinson Crusoe, the Hideout is the place to do it.
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This secluded wooden hut, found on the Gunung Agung highlands, is set to give you all the privacy you need – and more. Its largely hidden location is not the only reason why it’s so unique though.
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No, here’s the catch – the Hideout was handcrafted out of wood, and is also fully sustainable on its own.
Don’t believe us? You can check out that magnificent water wheel. This contraption is actually the only source of water and electricity for this tiny miracle in the woods!
The cozy atmosphere is also bound to make you feel at home, and for how it’s fully equipped with everything you can possibly need, the price for a night’s stay at this place also comes at a steal.
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No matter what your six-year-old says, this is the best hiding place ever.
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Do you love water? Is soaking in cool calm water your favourite pastime, and you wish you were born a mermaid?
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If so, you’ll love this exotic water villa, one of the rare villas you’ll find in Bali that’s completely surrounded by water.
In fact, the first thing that greets you upon entering the villa is the pool!
You also get two huge comfy beanbags for nights when you just want to soak your feet in the water and admire the starry night sky.
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As you enter the master bedroom of this luxurious three-bedroom penthouse, slide the door of the pool deck and you’ll be greeted by a sunlit infinity pool, overlooking panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.
Isn’t this celeb-worthy suite simply the ideal luxury nest for a very special getaway?
Notice that the arc-shaped pool deck makes the perfect frame for sipping cocktails on lazy afternoon, and we think this is arguably the best feature of the penthouse – COMO Uma Canggu’s latest addition.
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The penthouse is designed and furnished to please and excite the most fastidious of you – spacious, bright, with nods to both traditional and modern!
Aside from the usual dining options, the resort features a healthy grab-and-go juice bar- no excuses not to keep up with your New Year’s resolution! Healthy drinks, snacks and salads are all you can find at the Glow Juice Bar.
Experiences at the COMO Uma Canggu are endless. They include surfing classes, golf, tours at nearby attractions but also soothing moments at the resort spa.
And when your vacation stay is one that includes services from a private butler, you know it is one to consider!
These swanky villages may be located right smack in the middle of Bali’s hustle and bustle, but it’s nothing like those boring apartments or run-of-the-mill villas that you’ll most likely stay in when you visit Kuta.
In fact, when you step into this accommodation, you’ll probably feel like you’re in ancient Bali. The five antique teak cottages available are found in your very own secret garden, surrounded by banana and coconut trees, as well as other exotic flora and fauna.
All the furniture in the rooms are also personally designed and made out of recycled wood.
Better yet, the compound is only a short distance away from the major tourist areas, yet still affords you privacy and a unique experience of true Balinese life.
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Just don’t forget that it’s actually the year 2015!
What could be more eco-friendly than staying in a house made of bamboo?
It’s not just about the beautiful view and cool mountain breeze. You are staying at one of the most amazing examples of sustainable design.
The term Glamorous Camping perfectly defines the experience you will get when staying in one of these charming tents in Sandat.
Connect with nature without giving up the comfort and luxury of sophisticated furnishings – and of course, wifi.
Hardcore campers might frown at the concept, but hey, that’s how you ‘camp’ in style, isn’t it?
Bambu Indah may have one of the greatest villas above water in Bali, but that’s not all to it.
If you want to live the village life, these quirky themed houses may be what you’re looking for.
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You can even climb up to a tree house in the compound that overlooks the valley!
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Or do a Tarzan swing across the natural pool!
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Or enjoy a sunset cocktail on the Afrika deck, with a majestic view of the rice fields and distant mountains.
There are eight different themed houses, and each is more beautiful than the next – the pictures say it all.
Deciding where to stay will be a blissful dilemma indeed!
Want to live on your own island but can’t afford to do so (obviously)?
At Sapulidi Bali, you’ll no longer find yourself surrounded by people all day – instead, you’ll meet the pleasing sight of beautiful nature all around you.
The resort’s executive rooms all feature the magnificent view of a natural fish pond. But of course, you won’t have to swim with the fishes – private pools are provided at the back.
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If you’re not exactly a fan of water, the resort also features superior and deluxe villas, which are surrounded by rice paddies far and wide.
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In the evening, the setting sun gives an almost ethereal glow to the surface of the water and grass.
So when you look out your window at the endless greenery stretching ahead of you, it’s almost as though the rest of the world doesn’t exist.
And sometimes, we like it better that way, don’t we?