Top 10: Best Resorts In Bali (Ubud & Canggu)

Top 10: Best Resorts In Bali (Ubud & Canggu)

Okay, let’s be honest. When we travel, we usually look for the cheapest room on Airbnb because we don’t really need that huge master bedroom, a hot shower, and access to a pool with rainforest views. Or do we?

If you want to take a break from your low budget travels and live like a king or queen in the best resorts in Bali for a couple of days, check out the 10 accommodations featured in this blog post. They are ranged somewhere between medium and high prices.

Scroll further down to read about my experiences with Airbnb and Agoda in Bali if you’re more interested in low budget travel! At the bottom of this blog post, you will find a short section about how to get collaborations with hotels in Bali (the hotels listed here were collaborations we contacted).

 

Hotels and resorts in Bali

Due to the spike in tourists and the increased money inflow, many luxury resorts and hotels have popped up in recent months. As some of them even comply with international standards, you can now find accommodation suitable for every purse size. This accommodation guide will help you get an overview of some of the luxury hotels and cozy resorts we visited during our 1-month stay in Bali.

You will also get an honest review of each of the accommodations so you can decide which of them best suits your needs. I sincerely hope you will enjoy your stay in Bali and find a place that feels like a second home! We left pieces of our hearts in some of the places…

 

 

Jungle Room Bali

This quiet jungle resort is located very close to the city center of Canggu (although Canggu doesn’t really have a center, it’s actually made up of 2 main streets and several side streets). It’s a peaceful place to unwind and enjoy the tropical weather. Breakfast and pool usage is included in your stay. Unfortunately, mosquitos are as well, so make sure to bring a repellent with you! What we enjoyed most were nature sounds at night. We could hear geckos and crickets all night because part of the room we stayed in was open. Jungle Room Bali* truly deserves its name.

The breakfast is complimentary and consists of a cup of tea and an a la carte meal. You can pick between sweet and savory foods. The fruits were very tasty but I wasn’t a big fan of the chunky cashew granola. We enjoyed our breakfast by the pool in a relaxed atmosphere. However, we didn’t connect with any other guests. People at Jungle Room seem to tend to stay for themselves. The Balinese staff treated us rather formally. Jungle Room is located north of Canggu. You need to get a scooter to get around in Canggu, anywhere you stay, so the location didn’t matter that much to us.

In 2019, I returned and stayed in a bigger house with 3 other girls. And I would happily come back every year from now!

Jungle Room Bali Resort

 

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Accommodation type: Resort

Overall rating: 8/10

Location: 8/10

Facilities: 10/10

Breakfast: 6/10

Vibe: 9/10

 

Kalapa Resort

The full name of this accommodation is Kalapa resort & yoga retreat, although it feels more like a classic resort than a yoga retreat. They offer complimentary yoga in a small room once per day. Located right next to Jungle Room, Kalapa resort is a quiet place where you can relax and take a break from the busy Canggu life.

The accommodation includes access to 2 pools and a fruit buffet with complimentary breakfast a la carte. The staff is very friendly and the overall experience was good. This place is ideal if you want to have some cozy pool days during your Bali stay.

What I particularly love about Kalapa Resort are the outside facilities. Walking from one pool to another feels like a trip through a fantasy movie set. The curved trees, numerous stairs and all the lanterns to both sides of the path make it a special experience.

Kalapa Bali

Accommodation type: Resort

Overall rating: 9/10

Location: 8/10

Facilities: 9/10

Breakfast: 9/10

Vibe: 9/10

 

Planta Villa

Kalapa’s sister resort Planta is located only 5 minutes away from Canggu’s famous Echo Beach. Planta is a luxury boutique resort consisting of 5 bedroom suites, each equipped with a bathroom and a fridge. The accommodatio features a pool, a common kitchen, an outdoor living room, and a TV room.

Planta focusses on design, comfort, and facilities, which come together to create wonderful quality and opulence. The breakfast can be ordered on request (they have vegan oatmeal!) and will be delivered to the place of your choice. The staff was hyper-friendly and the 2 cats tolling around made the overall experience another tad better!

Planta is a perfect place to relax and retreat from the busy Canggu life. It is located in a quiet, yet very convenient area. Right opposite on the main road, there is a whole foods store. Down the road, you will find some lovely cafes and shops.

Accommodation type: Luxury Boutique Resort

Overall rating: 10/10

Location: 10/10

Facilities: 10/10

Breakfast: 10/10

Vibe: 9/10

 

The Chillhouse

Our favorite accommodation clearly was The Chillhouse.* We loved it so much that we happily returned to this place at the end of our Bali trip. And then again twice in 2019. Chillhouse = home!

The Chillhouse is a yoga, surf and lifestyle retreat that offers tropical vibes, 2 daily yoga sessions, 2 pools, amazing organic food, and stylish rooms. Our room was called “Indah” and it came with a little outside area and an outdoor bathroom.

Their newly opened restaurant “Cassava” offers some of the most delicious dishes I’ve ever tried. If you decide to stay at The Chillhouse, please try the black rice flour pancake “Egg Hopper” in the vegan version, the vegan Nasi Campur from the lunch menu and the “Avo Great Day” with scrambled tofu and extra sides. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

What we loved most about this place were the people. Both staff and visitors were all super-friendly, which made it feel like home. When we returned to The Chillhouse at the end of our Bali stay, it felt as if we were coming home. I want to give special thanks to the Austrian owner Alex who helped us in so many ways that I will be forever grateful. He is one of the most inspiring people I met during my stay, which explains why The Chillhouse has such a beautiful family vibe. I’m happy to go back there anytime! I met the owner Alex twice, in 2018 and 2019. I love how he kept the adventure-lifestyle even with his 3 children now.

 

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Accommodation type: Retreat

Overall rating: 10/10

Location: 9/10

Facilities: 9/10

Breakfast: 12/10 just kidding haha it was excellent so definitely 10/10!

Vibe: 10/10

 

Villas Rimba

If you’re traveling with a large group of people, why not book a whole villa for yourselves? We stayed at one of the Rimba Villas with 6 double bedrooms, meaning 12 people could have easily fit. The villa has a kitchen, a large dining table, a private pool overlooking rice fields and 6 bathrooms behind each of the bedrooms. Pure luxury!

The breakfast can be ordered on request. We ordered one of each of their smoothie bowls and loved them all. Especially the chocolate one! It is too good to be true.

The villa we stayed at is located a little outside the center of Canggu, yet only about 10 minutes away from the beach by scooter. We especially loved that there was a tree inside of our villa! It is an absolutely magical place and I would gladly come back with a group of friends and stay a little longer.

Villas Rimba Bali

Accommodation type: Villa

Overall rating: 9/10

Location: 7/10

Facilities: 10/10

Breakfast: 10/10

Vibe: 9/10

 

The Udaya

This luxury resort* is located north of Ubud’s city center. The hotel offers a free shuttle to the city center. However, the shuttle only leaves at fixed times, which in my opinion were not frequent enough. The large pool offers loungers standing in the water and a beautiful rainforest view. Our room was spacious, clean and bright. The stone bathtub had a gorgeous view but the rose petals would have cost 350k so we ended up not using it at all.

Breakfast is included but we considered it rather disappointing. The portions were tiny and the fruit we were served was not perfectly ripe. The staff was very friendly and helped us take our breakfast to the pool. The treatment was rather informal and anonymous. We never really felt “at home” at The Udaya. Perhaps that was due to our short stay but despite the beautiful facilities we could never quite settle.

The complimentary 15-minute massage was, frankly said, a joke. We were treated in the lobby area while other people were walking by. Before and after the massage, the staff asked us to book one of their expensive treatments. We felt as if we were lured into the spa just to be talked into paying more money. There are 2 free morning yoga sessions per week.

Udaya Bali Resort

Accommodation type: Resort & Spa

Overall rating: 6/10

Location: 6/10

Facilities: 10/10

Breakfast: 2/10

Vibe: 6/10

 

The Ark

We shared some special moments with the staff at The Ark* because we stayed there during Nyepi. This Balinese holiday is equivalent to Western New Year’s Eve but it’s much more magical. During Nyepi, you are not allowed to leave the house, use fire (no cooking), or make any noise. Moreover, the whole island is shut off the Internet for 24 hours. This means we had to stay in the Ark for 24 hours without the Internet. The time passed much faster than expected as we engaged in conversations and card games. Not the card games you’d think, though! In the living room area stands a bookshelf with lots of spiritual books and cards. You can use those cards to receive spiritual guidance either by yourself or with someone helping you. Thank you Suzie for doing these “card games” with us and for interpreting the outcome! In the afternoon, we did a meditation and in the evening we watched the stars. It was my first time ever seeing the milky way and also my first time to realize how much artificial light pollutes the sky.

At the Ark, you will stay in a beautiful little bungalow or apartment with a double bed. The geckos? sitting on the ceiling will take care of the mosquitos for you. You’ll have access to the shala and the yoga equipment provided there and the small pool with a rice terrace & palm tree view. Every morning you can join the breakfast, which takes place at the large wooden table in the kitchen area. As much fruit as you can eat, oatmeal, avocado-chocolate pudding, turmeric tonic, tea, and granola are part of the breakfast. If you want to make your own meals throughout the day, you can use the kitchen anytime. I enjoyed making durian nicecream with the Vitamix blender.

To get to the city center, you have to rent a scooter. Walking would take about 20-30 minutes. The Ark is located a little off-grid, which makes it very peaceful and quiet. In the small street that leads to the resort, you can find small shops, laundry, taxi service, and scooter rental.

 

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Accommodation type: Retreat

Overall rating: 9/10

Location: 8/10

Facilities: 9/10

Breakfast: 9/10

Vibe: 10/10

 

Visesa Ubud Resort

Visesa* was probably one of the most luxurious accommodations I have ever stayed in. We had our own little apartment with a private entrance, a private pool, and an outdoor bathroom. At our arrival, the bathtub was filled with red roses – what a pleasant surprise! However, I don’t know they only prepared the bathtub for us to take pictures (because it was blogger collaboration) or if they always do that for customers who book this apartment. You’ll have to find out for yourself!

Desa Visesa Bali Resort

The staff was always very friendly and helpful and the breakfast buffet was a dream. Before our massage treatment, we met a healer who could diagnose problem areas in our bodies – pretty magical! Actually, our whole stay at Visesa felt like a dream. The only negative points to mention would be the distance from Ubud center and the high prices for activities offered at the hotel (yoga was ridiculously expensive for instance). Luckily, the hotel offers an hourly shuttle to the center and back. Problem solved! Also, the gym is free and the view on the rice fields offers the perfect scenery for a pretty epic workout. Floating breakfast is available on request.

On the Visesa property, there are two restaurants where you can have dinner. The more luxurious one, Padi Fine Dining, is fully pescetarian. We enjoyed a fantastic 7-course menu there, fully vegan on our request. It was a very special experience we are extremely grateful for. If you’re interested in meat-free gourmet food, Padi Fine Dining is the place to go.

Accommodation type: Resort / hotel

Overall rating: 9/10

Location: 7/10

Facilities: 10/10

Breakfast: 10/10

Vibe: 9/10

 

Aura House

This place made me speechless. It was, hands down, the most beautiful accommodation I have ever stayed at. Nestled along the beautiful Ayung River gorge, Aura House is a 3 story villa entirely made out of locally grown Asper Bamboo. How incredible is that!?

On their own website, they say: Aura house redefines architectural innovation through Balinese craftsmanship. And it sure does! You won’t believe it until you see it yourself. Unfortunately, it is fully booked out for the next months. So if you want to visit Aura House, make sure to plan and book a few months before you visit.

The breakfast we ordered to our living room was excellent. On request, we got steamed veggies, a tempeh dish, red rice and some fruit platters as well as Balinese coffee with almond milk. There is really nothing to complain about. If you have the chance to visit, do it! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Accommodation type: Eco Villa

Overall rating: 10/10

Location: 8/10

Facilities: 10/10

Breakfast: 10/10

Vibe: 10/10

 

Ecclesia Villa

Last but not least, I’d like to recommend the villa we booked for a week when we were 6 girls. It was not a collaboration but we absolutely loved the design and the location. Located within a 5-minute walk from Echo Beach, this probably is one of the best locations you can stay in Canggu.

It has 4 bedrooms, a large kitchen, dining table and TV area as well as a private pool and a BBQ area upstairs. The facilities were super clean and modern. We didn’t want to leave!

You can find it on Airbnb here.

Accommodation type: Luxury Villa

Overall rating: 10/10

Location: 10/10!!

Facilities: 10/10

Breakfast: –

Vibe: 9/10

 

 

Airbnb & Agoda

You can find most accommodations on Airbnb or Agoda. Whenever we didn’t have a collaboration, we looked for cheap (but beautiful and clean) places on these Internet platforms. Some accommodations only cost about 8€ per night. The first week I stayed in such a place. It was a homestay in Canggu named “OK Bali”, which I really enjoyed. It was super basic with room service every 3 days and a semi-functional kitchen but the guests and staff were very friendly.

However, Airbnb’s can become quite expensive in the checkout area due to the service fee. Therefore, I recommend checking out Agoda. This platform offers daily specials such as hotels discounted 70% or more. You can make some excellent deals there. We booked our hotel in Munduk – “Karang Sari” – via Agoda and paid only 12€ per night for a double room.

We also found that some accommodations have cheaper prices on booking platforms than on their own website so definitely compare prices before you book anything! If you haven’t registered at Airbnb yet but would like to get 30€ free credit, make sure to register HERE.

 

Collaborations with hotels

Just like regular companies, hotels need promotion to spread the word of mouth. Therefore, many places love to collaborate with bloggers on a “service for service” base. In other words, if you have a substantial amount of followers on your social media channels or a successful website, you can stay for free in exchange for promotion on your channels. Usually, no financial transactions are conducted – which technically means no taxes for both parties (this might defer depending on the country you’re registered in).

If you want to collaborate with a hotel, the best way to approach them is via Instagram DM (if Instagram is your preferred social media channel) or email. Most of the bigger resorts have already done hundreds of collaborations so they will send you an offer right away. For a better deal, I recommend to make the offer right away yourself. You need to communicate the value of your work and make them clear how they benefit from this collaboration. Make sure to also communicate the preferred date and length of the stay. Here’s what I usually suggest:

  • Daily Instagram posts (2 posts if you stay for 2 nights)
  • Daily Instagram stories
  • High-resolution images (usually I just send the ones I took for Instagram)
  • Feature in a blog post or vlog

DISCLAIMER: Re-writing this blog post in December 2019, I added this disclaimer here to remind you that YOU create your own value. Now I don’t offer so many services anymore in exchange for a stay because:

  • I have a higher following and more experience
  • My audience is specifically interested in vegan + travel, a rare combination (and therefore more valuable to the hotels)
  • I take high-quality photographs and edit professionally, meaning they get excellent content for free

Don’t underestimate the work you put in to create content as you travel. Other companies pay thousands of euros for the same professional services.

On a less serious note, collaborating with hotels can be a lot of fun. Sometimes you get to know the owners, which can yield additional perks. And if you like to take pictures for Instagram anyway, it doesn’t really feel like additional work. Nevertheless, be aware that you have to plan extra time in the hotel for taking pictures. Finding the perfect Instagram setting usually involves more work than most people would expect. Considering that most companies spend a lot of money on sponsored posts to get exposure on Instagram, the accommodations get a pretty decent deal.

If you have any questions about Instagram or how to earn money with your profile, send me an email at [email protected] I offer private coaching sessions where I answer all your questions and share my knowledge and experience with you.

 

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4 Comments

  1. April 1, 2018 / 12:32 pm

    That was a very interesting and inspiring read! Makes me want to go to Bali 🙂 So, job well done Laura!

    • April 1, 2018 / 2:28 pm

      Thank you, Nele! I’m happy you liked the article. Happy Easter!

  2. Anna
    April 13, 2018 / 12:18 am

    I love that you are so open and honest about it and explain how the “business” works! Love your whole blog anyway!! <3
    Since I am not a blogger I always stay in AirBnBs or hotels (also use Agoda) in Bali haha but it's still cheap of course. 😀
    Bali is my happy place! <3

    • April 14, 2018 / 5:18 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Anna! I am happy you like my blog. Bali made me very happy, too. 🙂


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