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Top Five Holiday Retreats in Bali

With luxurious hotels and villas permeating every space on the island, you’re probably wondering which ones would best suit you and your family’s preferences this holiday season. Here are our top five picks for the best holiday retreats in Bali’s most popular spots.

The Mulia, Nusa Dua

This five-star hotel is situated right along Nusa Dua’s bay, and it has been winning accolades since 2012. The nearly 75-acre property is comprised of three hotels, which include The Mulia, Mulia Resort and Mulia Villas. Each of them offers a distinct concept, yet with the same amount of luxury. The Mulia impresses with its stunning beachfront where visitors can have some time to relax and reflect on their journeys. The Mulia Resort features stunning pools, including an oceanfront pool and the children’s splash pool. It offers more fun with its variety of beach activities like windsurfing and canoe trips.




Meanwhile, the Mulia Villas are known as the largest on the island, drawing visitors with sophisticated facilities like private pools, massive bathrooms and furnishings that will take you to a whole different dimension. Keep in mind that the villas are quite far from the beach and the resort’s restaurants. But no need to worry. You can always call for someone to pick you up with a golf cart to get you to those places.

Rest assured there will be plenty of space here for you to set up a tree and watch your family unwrap gifts.

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Maya Sanur Resort and Spa, Sanur

One of the area’s most popular resorts is Maya Sanur Resort and Spa. The property has not only one, but four on-site restaurants and bars in addition to an outdoor pool. What is also interesting about Maya Sanur Resort and Spa is its strategic location, located 30 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport by car. It takes 25 minutes by car to get to downtown Kuta and 30 minutes to get to Seminyak. Guests are provided with several accommodations, including a TV, private bathroom and fitness centre.




Do expect some nice culinary offerings in the resort’s restaurants. Graze serves international dishes, Kuu Izayaka will delight those who like Japanese treats, Reef greets guests in the morning with breakfast, while the Tree Bar is where you can have some good times with a glass of wine and cocktails.

The resort is a great spot for large family dinner gatherings during the holidays.

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Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort, Tanah Lot

This sprawling resort is set away from the tourist spots, but offers a secluded world that visitors can enjoy on their own. Pan Pacific Nirwana has 278 rooms, suites and villas, in addition to nice swimming pools.




But the most interesting site of the resort is its golf course, designed by Australia’s professional golfer Greg Norman. Sports enthusiasts will have a good time here, as the course includes five ocean-side holes, three cliff-to-cliff tee shots and eight holes set up into terraced rice fields. Other facilities include a yoga room, gym, tennis courts and squash courts.




This getaway is perfect for families that want to eat well but still be active during the festivities.

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W Retreat and Spa, Seminyak

Unlike hotels that aim to provide some privacy and a more relaxed ambience, the W surprises guests with its vibrant concept. Those who are familiar with the area know that Seminyak is a hotspot for creative souls, where designer boutiques, art galleries, cool restaurants and stylish cocktail bars are ubiquitous. To adapt to this strong ambience, the hotel features over 150 retreats and suites with interesting design and colourful interiors that will never leave you bored.




What is also uniquely fun about this spot is the fact that it caters to not just regular visitors, but also professional recording artists. Recently, the hotel opened its first planned private music studio, in addition to writer’s rooms for musicians on the go.


W hotel's music studio


The W is definitely not your conventional type of resort in Bali, but it’s perfect for holiday goers who want to get wrapped up in their own creativity during their time in Bali.

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Padma Resort, Ubud

One of the toughest things to do is to pick just one hotel as the best holiday getaway in Bali’s cultural capital. Ubud is known as the most exotic area in Bali, and is therefore a huge draw for international holiday goers. We chose Padma Resort because of its undeniably stunning river valleys and bamboo forests.




Padma Resort has more than 149 rooms that are divided into three types: premiere, premiere deluxe and premiere club. There is also a fitness centre and spa where guests can experience a top-notch Asian massage. Moving away from the beach scene, visitors can embrace the island’s nature in this hotel. Here, guests can observe how local villagers live their lives in the rice fields. If you are up for an authentic Balinese experience for the holidays, this is definitely the place to be.

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Featured Image: W Hotel

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