5 of The best places to stay on Bali

One of the great things about accommodation on Bali is the variety and range to suit every single budget. From the luxury of The Mandapa A Ritz Carlton in Ubud, to your own private villa in Canggu or Amed, Arvina Villas in Seminyak to a humble homestay that ticks all the boxes. Some things are certain, you will still get the same warm welcome from every Balinese host, a comfy bed to give you pleasant dreams whilst staying on The Island of The Gods. The scent of Frangiapani and sweet sound of Gamelan will never be far. You are home…

1. Komaneka at Bisma, Ubud.

The Komneka group of hotels stand out on so many levels. Their approach and their moto “The Soul of Bali in the Heart of Ubud” resonates in every little detail of this luxury resort. The selection of private villas leave nothing lacking. The Bisma Suites are not to be frowned upon, everything Is still on the upper end of imaginable luxury.The staff are warm, friendly and consummate professionals. The culinary delights on offer are par excellence, start your day with a sumptuous breakfast over-looking rice paddies with the backdrop of the Monkey Forest. The complex has so much more to offer, relaxing by the pool, pampering in the spa or just walk 10 minutes into the heart of Ubud. A standard Bisma suite is approx. £64 / $90 per night at the time of writing this and One Bedroom Pool Villa £115/$160 per night.

2. Villa Disana, Amed.

I cannot rate this accommodation highly enough. I spent most of time in March in Bali here. Literally on the beach. 4 self contained large bedrooms surround a large pool overlooking the ocean. To the side a large dining area with a superb fitted kitchen. The standout feature of the villa however is the staff. Kadek and his team ensure VIP treatment from the minute you arrive till that last minute when you have to leave. Believe me waking up in a huge bed overlooking the Amed shoreline, listening to the waves gentle kiss the pebbled shore is some of the best therapy I have had in a very long time(that and Diving of course). Floating in the pool at night with some soft background music looking up at the Milky way I cannot recommend enough. The Villa is withing walking distance of some good diving schools and dive sites. Or you can dive from the beach if you arrange it with your dive shop.

3. Arvina Villas, Seminyak.

This is my go to place when staying in Seminyak. Quite enough to relax and cater for yourself and close enough to the hustle and bustle of Seminyak. There are 5 self contained Villas with a very nice communal pool. The staff are fantastic, everywhere is kept pristine , each villa is serviced daily. Really good WIFI , great Airconand a fully loaded kitchen. You can cook for yourself or nip to the top of the road and within 5 minutes you are at Kreme Seminyak , cracking spot for a coffee and great food. Very reasonable rates, make contact with Syarif direct for current prices. In all the years I have stayed here I have never been disappointed.

4. Kagana Villa, Ubud.

This is the new kid on the block, a privately , locally owned luxury 2 bed villa 10 minutes from the heart of Ubud. The villa owner has many years of experience in high end hotels so the whole place is top end and superbly appointed. Its available for short and long term rental. It feels like your home away from home. Highly, Highly recommended. (kaganavilla.com)

5. Villa Sound of the Sea, Canggu.

This is height of luxury accommodation, part of The Luxe Nomad offerings. Right on the beach in vibrant and bustling Canggu. This is bespoke villa living at its finest. Peace and privacy yet Canggu is on your doorstep. Marka the Villa Manager and his professional staff will deliver the highest level of Villa living you can ever imagine. 6 ensuite master bedrooms, with your very own chef. perfect for the big family get away. The Villa boasts of a 20 metre infinity pool overlooking the sea, what more could you ask for? Even in the current climate, the staff adhere to all health and safety protocols with enhanced cleaning though out the villa for the entire length of your stay.