11 Remarkable Hotel Picks in Bali for This Year’s Holiday Season

As the holiday starts in earnest, we rounded up a selection of places to stay at the Island of the Gods, just for you

It’s no secret that Bali is everyone’s favorite island escape. So, it goes without saying that, with the holiday season upon us, enjoying a beachfront spot with your loved ones in Bali sounds like a good idea. With Indonesia’s favorite island destination now open to domestic visitors and hotels and resorts reopening their doors (while enforcing stricter safety and health regulations, of course), we have gathered some of the most remarkable places for you to stay at the Island of the Gods for the end of this year.

1. Nirjhara

Situated in Kedungu, a coastal area near the famous Tanah Lot Temple, Nirjhara is a new boutique resort where luxury and sustainability meet. Interestingly, the nature-based design of the boutique resort draws inspiration from the traditional villages that the owner first encountered while traveling to Bali in 1996. Nirjhara means “waterfall” in Sanskrit, an appropriate name for a space situated in the middle of natural wonders. Furthermore, the resort is also just minutes away from Tanah Lot Temple as mentioned earlier, and also Pantai Kedungu, a scenic beach popular for its beginner and intermediate surf breaks.

There are 25 villas in Nirjhara ranging from River Pavilions, Canopy Suites in the shape of treehouses, Two Bedroom Pool Villas and an exclusive Two-Bedroom Villa named The Residence. More importantly, Nirjhara also practices sustainability throughout its property with the use of its own drinking water in recycled glass bottles, implementing ozone water treatment and eliminating single-use plastic.

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2. InterContinental Bali Resort

Situated by the white sand beaches and tranquil waters of Jimbaran Bay, InterContinental Bali Resort features award-winning beachfront facilities combined with charming Balinese hospitality. More importantly, InterContinental Bali is now welcoming guests again with its festive offerings to ring in 2021. The year-end getaway starts from IDR 2,000,000 nett per room per night at the appealing Jimbaran Deluxe. A particular highlight of the offer is a popular guided cycling tour around Jimbaran area.

To top it off, the resort also has leveraged the IHG Clean Promise—which is associated with the world’s clean experts Ecolab, Diversey, Cleveland Clinic—to support the personal wellbeing of every guest throughout their stay. Speaking of which, you can also restore your personal wellbeing with exhilarating wellness activities such as an introductory yoga session for two persons, access to the Fitness Centre and complimentary one time 60-minute Balinese Massage for two persons as a part of this festive promotion.

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3. Meliá Bali

Meliá Bali is a unique sanctuary of exotic beauty and comfort for those seeking their dream vacation. Located on the shores of Nusa Dua, Bali’s prestigious resort enclave, the entire property occupies 10.7 hectares of lush tropical gardens with an enormous lagoon swimming pool winding throughout the grounds. The contemporary tropical architecture, bold décor, and spacious gardens express the essence of Bali.

The family-friendly resort has become a timely choice for planning your next trip as it has rolled out an array of offers starting from IDR 900,000++ featuring extra benefits for stay periods until December 2021. Aside to that, Meliá Bali also offers Day Pass packages for those who need a simple daytime getaway. With these Day Pass packages, guests can enjoy the extensive pool, food and beverage offerings, pristine beach, and well-equipped facilities of Meliá Bali starting from only IDR 150,000++.

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4. Grand Hyatt Bali


Grand Hyatt Bali has just recently announced its reopening—starting from December 15, 2020—to tourists, travelers and vacationers looking to enjoy a well-earned year-end break in Nusa Dua. To that end, the resort has also prepared a wide array of offers, from special staycation packages to festive-themed dining programs to make the holiday memorable. For instance, its Christmas Eve Staycation packages offer a two-night stay with complimentary room upgrade, on top of the Christmas Eve dinner at Garden Café for two persons at IDR 2,888,000++.

More importantly, with health concerns still at an all-time high, Grand Hyatt Bali remains committed to providing a safe and clean environment. Recently, the resort has achieved Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation, the gold standard for prepared facilities. Under the guidance of GBAC, a Division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, Grand Hyatt Bali has implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention in each of its facilities, to ensure its guests a worry-free stay.

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5. Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort Hotel

Quietly located within the exclusive and serene five-star beach resort enclave of Bali’s famous southern peninsula with its stunning sunrises, pristine beach, and beachside pathways, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort is a sumptuous retreat within close reach to Bali’s tranquil and serene eastern coastline of Nusa Dua.

The French-inspired luxury five-star beachfront resort with tropical gardens and modern architecture offers 415 well-appointed rooms including 39 suites and villas alongside complete resort facilities: three restaurants, two bars, SoFIT, SoSPA, outdoor and indoor kids club and 12 function rooms including a Grand Ballroom and a Beachfront Ballroom. Special for the holiday season, the resort offers an array of culinary delights in a series of food and beverage specials that are meticulously tailored to share. Case in point: Its “Dine 4 Pay 2” for Christmas themed buffet brunch & dinner at Cucina during the Christmas day.

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6. Hilton Bali Resort

Situated in the southern part of Bali, in the prestigious Nusa Dua area to be exact, Hilton Bali Resort sits atop a 40-meter cliff with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. The resort, which is famous for its extraordinary view from the majority of its rooms, extensive lush gardens and one of the most picturesque secluded beaches on the island, offers 401 well-appointed rooms and suites along with 19 luxurious villas.

For anyone looking for a yuletide getaway, Hilton Bali Resort is currently offering a year-end sale, which offers room discounts of up to 15-percent, with free changes and cancellations up to 72 hours before arrival. Furthermore, this “Prepay and Save” offer is valid for direct bookings through the resort’s website. Aside to that, on the first day of January 2021, you can simply shift your food intake to a healthier choice at The Breeze with the resort’s Detox Day.

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7. The Westin Resort & Spa Ubud

Located amidst a rich expanse of rice paddies, ancient temples and lush greenery, the Westin Resort & Spa Ubud features 120 contemporary guest rooms, suites and villas, each equipped with the brand’s signature Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Bath that deliver total relaxation. Additionally, there are two private Pool Villas that offer an intimate experience for larger groups and families with prime views overlooking the entire resort.

As the holiday season approaches, the Westin Resort & Spa Ubud, Bali is inviting guests to explore a restorative family destination devoted to personal wellness and recovery with its festive special offers. Of particular note is the #DiIndonesiaAja package, which invites guests to create their very own adventure with its Deluxe Garden View and Daily Breakfast for two persons at Tabia restaurant with Ubud valley view. Other than that, there’s also the “Recover and Rejuvenate Package,” which starts from IDR 1,500,000++ per room per night.

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8. W Bali – Seminyak

Located in the trendy enclave of Seminyak, W Bali – Seminyak reinvents the exuberance of its locale, where designer boutiques, diverse galleries, lively restaurants and modern cocktail bars and clubs hold court. As the first W Hotel in Indonesia, W Bali –  Seminyak brings a “new scene unseen” to the Island through its modern design and signature bars and restaurants that allow guests and locals alike to mix and mingle or disappear into their private escape.

As a luxury oasis in Petitenget’s vibrant neighborhood, the resort offers a welcome back deal with rates starting from IDR 2,500,000++ per room per night for stay period from December 15-23, 2020 and January 3 – March 31, 2021. After that, guests will also receive IDR 1,000,000 resort credit from the second night onwards. To top it all off, the hotel is also back with the safety and hygiene procedures that have been put in place to comply with local government authorities and WHO guidelines.

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9. Ayana Resort & Spa Bali

As a world–class destination resort located on 90 hectares of cliff-top land perched above Jimbaran Bay, Ayana Resort & Spa Bali is no doubt one of the most popular accommodations among travelers. The property boasts 19 restaurants and bars including the iconic Rock Bar, an exclusive private beach, 12 swimming pools and a world-class spa with Hydrotherapy Seawater Pool and Spa on the Rocks treatment villas.

Ayana is currently offering a “50% Off Your Second Room” package, which is specially designed for leisure connoisseurs, as this package comprises of two connecting rooms with 50-percent savings on your second room, plus daily breakfast for four people, for bookings and stay period until December 28, 2020. Aside to that, you also get the best value with the “Flight Bundle Package” by saving up to 20-percent of your travel budget when you book your flight and room at Ayana as a bundle directly through the resort’s website.

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10. Hyatt Regency Bali

Hyatt Regency Bali is a luxury beachfront hotel in Sanur that’s built on nine hectares of lush tropical gardens. The property features 363 rooms that are designed with a modern Balinese touch featuring open air balconues overlooking the lush garden or calming Indian Ocean.

And now, to welcome 2021, the resort has an array festive offerings on hand. First, for residents and expats, the hotel announces a limited time offer at IDR 988,000++/room/night including accommodation in a Standard Room and breakfast for two. You can book now for stay periods immediately until June 30, 2021, with no penalty for date changes and also no minimum stay. Moreover, the hotel also offers a Christmas staycation, which starts from IDR 3,596,500 nett that includes a two-nights stay, breakfast and Christmas dinner on December 24 or 25 for two people. Lastly, there is the New Year staycation, which starts from IDR 4,053,500 nett and includes a two-nights stay, breakfast and New Year’s Eve dinner for two people as well.

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11. Alaya Resort Ubud

With 106 luxurious rooms, Alaya Resort Ubud is a sanctuary of serenity and sophistication in the culturally charged village of Ubud. It was been built with a rare sensitivity towards the surrounding environment and shares its rice terrace views with a number of the communities’ local independent cafes and eateries. As part of Ubud’s evolving hospitality scene, the exotic boutique property offers guests a stylish place to stay that reflects Ubud’s and Bali’s unique artistry.

Speaking of which, Alaya Resort Ubud is currently offering a “Bali is Back” package that includes a complimentary upgrade to Alaya Room with minimum stay of two nights at only IDR 845,000 nett per night.

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