The Authentic PR team have been spending a bit of time in Bali recently, combining our stay on trad yacht Prana by Atzaro with some time on the beautiful island of Bali, Indonesia. Here are our top picks for where to stay:
Set high up in the hills of Ubud, over looking the rice terraces, this design hotel fuses traditional Indonesian architecture with contemporary Scandinavian styling. Pared back design touches are everywhere, from mid-century styled furnishings to the retro radios in the rooms. Our private suite with its own plunge pool overlooking the paddy fields and lush tropical hillside of Ubud, provided the utmost in seclusion and serenity.
When it was time for cocktails, the stylish Jungle Fish Pool Bar with its hanging chairs, infinity pool and breath taking reviews over the jungle ravine hit the spot. A unique experience.
BAMBU INDAH: Ubud
This high-end eco sustainable hotel in Ubud was opened in 2005 when owners John and Cynthia Hardy, who also own The Green School in Ubud, brought eleven antique Javanese bridal homes to Bali, restored, and decorated with objects and textiles collected from around the world. Since then the hotel has expanded to become a truly exceptional destination which is pioneering a sustainable future with innovative, bespoke and luxurious bamboo structures for a truly one a kind experience.
The utmost in barefoot luxury, Bambu Indah has all the comfort of a five star hotel but with the experience that you are completely at one with nature.
THE SLOW: Canggu
The Slow is a super cool boutique hotel in Canggu, the latest Bali beach hot spot on South Coast of Island -loved by surfers, yogis and foodies alike.
Redefining the Bali hotel experience, hotel design is pared back and minimal with concrete floors, bare stone walls and bamboo chairs. They call it “tropical brutalism’. We say it works. With 12 suites, a restaurant, and an art gallery, The Slow is a cultural hub, hosting a regular calendar of art exhibitions showing work from International artists, live music and even a film festival, which sees their rooftop transformed into an open-air cinema. The artworks are on show throughout the hotel giving it an ever-changing contemporary aesthetic. Grand Suites have floor to ceiling windows overlooking the rice paddies with interiors of locally made furniture and crafts, King Sized beds, walk in rain showers whilst Pool Suites overlook your own private tropical plunge pool
The message here – “Get Here Fast, Take It Slow.”
SUARGA PADANG PADANG: Uluwatu
Self named as “Rough Luxury”, this is an eco friendly, stylish hotel in Uluwatu, set on the hillside in a stunning location with cinematic views overlooking Padang Padang, one of Bali’s most famous surf spots. The hotel aims to provide luxury at minimal expense to the environment.
Their 36 rooms, pavilions and villas are spread out over a gorgeous terraced landscaped gardens inspired by Balinese rice paddies, whilst the interiors at Suarga Padang Padang are a masterwork of Balinese craftsmanship given a contemporary edge. Suarga’s name in Sanskrit fittingly means paradise.
The Purist Villas Resort and Spa, Ubud
The Purist Villas offers a perfectly designed luxury hotel, with 18 uniquely styled luxury villas. The resort is nestled into stunning surroundings just four minutes from Ubud, with views over the paddy fields, lush tropical surroundings and total tranquillity.
The hotel has been created by designers Alberto Cortes and Yvonne Hulst, the team behind the wildly successful Giri Hotel in Ibiza. Cortes and Hulst have a finely tuned design aesthetic, drawing on global influences for style touches with a firm nod to luxury – it’s this that sets The Purist apart and makes it one of our Top 5 luxury hotels in Bali.