If you’ve ever thought of visiting Bali or you’re a blogger or an Instagrammer, this is a must-read for you. I will tell you about my favorite hotels and eco lodges we stayed at in Bali, without any of their owners or marketing telling me to write this – only my honest opinion.
Upfront: Except for 3 places I will tell you about, we did not know where we were going to stay before arriving in Bali. We just went with the flow, which is what I recommend. Don’t just stay in one place in a hotel on Bali. Don’t.You can easily book little hotels and home stays spontaneously which is how we did it. I also did that in Thailand and Cambodia, and it works just as well in Indonesia. If you don’t know who I went with, go back to my posts from Bali. 🌴
Without further ado, here are the top 5 hotels you need to visit if you ever go to Bali.
Ubud, Bali. Desa Visesa was a dream come true. It is a luxury resort, but it doesn’t have that “only rich people allowed/the staff treating you well just because you can afford the hotel” type of vibe. No, to the contrary. If you know me, you know I’m always up to no good and as silly as can be. No attitude. No shame in the game. I loved the people working there and they loved us right back. The buffet had plenty of vegan options, including my favorite Bali dessert – bean pudding! We had our own beautiful villa with a private pool here, which we used for breakfast in the pool and skinny dipping of course. I thought that’s what a private pool was for, is it not? 🐒
Ubud, Bali. A quiet eco lodge in Ubud that feels like home. People that stay here will become your family. It’s all about conscious living. You eat together, do meditation or yoga or tarot card readings. As a symptom of trauma in my life, I got sick here. And I healed here. I got to forgive the person that physically and mentally hurt me. I got over fears. All through energy healing and with the help of a dear friend from Brazil who currently is in charge of the Ark. The Ark also produces their own soaps and shampoos for you to use from only natural ingredients that you could even eat. They have a kitchen packed with superfoods and fermented goods like Kombucha, my holy grail. This was the first place I ever stayed at where they could compete with my level of health nerd. We also experienced Nyepi (Balinese New Year) here, a day spent in silence. We sat together, people from Argentina, Russia, Norway and Brazil, all coming together. Cooked and talked with candles lit instead of electricity.
Canggu, Bali. If you’ve watched my Instagram stories during our one month trip around Bali, you know how much we enjoyed this hotel. The hotel is made up of bungalows, all apart from each other, each following a different kind of theme. Our bungalow was held in all red tones and reminded me of Africa.
Our days here went like this: 8am Yoga Flow, lavish breakfast at my favorite cafe in Bali, work (editing and/or Instagram), luscious lunch or dinner at one of the nearby warungs. Read about my top 5 healthy food spots. If you want to get into yoga or are already a pro, this is the place for you. They offer two classes each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Alex, the owner of The Chillhouse, is from Austria and is one of the most awesome people I’ve met. He has the kindest heart and best energy and will always put a smile on every guest’s face. I think you can tell from the picture that we were truly happy here.
Canggu, Bali.This lodge does its name justice. Set in the jungle, it is comprised of a small number of bungalows/houses each with their own space. Our bungalow was breathtaking. At night and in the morning you are surrounded by animal sounds. I found myself sitting on the porch in the middle of the night here, listening to the sounds of the jungle. Looking at the sky and the stars and thinking about what a crazy beautiful world we are able to live in. That’s what Jungle Room will do to you.
And finally, home stays. Home stays are a great way to get to know other travelers while having your own space. They are like Airbnbs, but usually an apartment complex. Similar to a hostel, a home stay is an open space, usually with a shared kitchen or pool, but unlike at a hostel, you have your own apartment. You can easily find home stays by searching for them on the platform Airbnb.
I will reveal to you that you can collaborate with these and other hotels if you’re a passionate travel instagrammer or photographer.
If you want to collaborate with hotels while traveling, I recommend sending an e-mail prior to your stay with possible dates and a reasonable offer. Remember that they too put in a lot of work to make their guests feel welcome and make their hotels or lodges feel like home. If you’re honest and kind and equipped with a professional camera, collaborations will work out for you in Bali. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions in the comments and I will get right back to them! DMs on Instagram will get lost quickly. 💚
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