Latest Bali Deals
Home » Accommodation » Bali’s Not So Ordinary Hotel Stays

Bali’s Not So Ordinary Hotel Stays

If you find yourself bored of the everyday hotel experience on your Bali holiday then these might be for you.

1. Stay in a bubble on the beach – Bubble Hotel

This Bubble tent is a new trend that’s gaining popularity in a few countries. Your accommodation is literally a bubble on the beach!

Can you imagine waking up on stretches of soft sand beaches while the sea crashes merely metres away from you?

Since the tent is transparent, there are no secrets, it’s just a king-size bed in a bubble 10 metres from the sea. Needless to say, there isn’t air-conditioning.

Photo via sutomo_yollies

Photo via deafebya

Each bubble can fit two people, but if you’re traveling in a group, the staff at Bubble Hotel can set up three more bubbles in close proximity. Upon request, breakfast sandwiches, lemonade, candlelight dinners, and campfires can also be prepared for you!

Now you’re probably wondering where to keep your bags and where the bathroom is. There’s actually a secure storage area provided to stash your things as well as a private toilet and shower area.

From your bed, you’ll get to enjoy unobscured views of the ocean as well as the stunning star-studded sky if you happen to stay on a clear night. You’ll be surrounded by beautiful Bali greenery, and if you’re keen to cook on the beach, you can request for a BBQ too!

Bubble Hotel

Rate: From USD $84 (approximately Rp. 1.1 mil)

Address: Available upon booking. 90-120 minutes’ drive (20-25 kilometres) from Seminyak.

Check Rate on Airbnb 

Not an Airbnb member yet?
Get a $25 credit by using this link 

2. Fireflies over the streams and paddy fields at Firefly Eco Lodge

Located in central Ubud, Firefly Eco Lodge offers a bamboo cottage quietly nestled in the rice paddies. The walls and ceiling of the cottage are made with intricately laid woven bamboo, so you can expect to feel the cool Bali breeze in the evenings, and the warmth of the sun in the morning.

Photo via missyyu

Photo via risma.rusdyantoro, rismarusdyantoro

Once you’re awake and ready for breakfast, your meal will be delivered out on the patio overlooking the rice fields.

Photo via katkakvardova, eelizamarie, natasha_gidlevskaya

If you’re hungry at any time, you can order an array of snacks, and if you’d like dinner under the stars, the staff will prepare a traditional Balinese meal with fresh ingredients from their organic garden. The lodge provides a cell phone to guests so if you need anything at anytime, the staff is just a call away.

Photo via _deeregilme

You will be amazed by how peaceful it is at the cottage. With its open-air concept, you’ll hear the small stream just below the cottage, and at nighttime you might just see fireflies light up the night.

Photo via wanderlust_byrose

Along with a comfortable bed and small loft area, the cottage has an attached bathroom with a modern toilet and rain shower. Thoughtfully decorated, the cottage has lovely touches such as a shell chandelier and fresh marigold flowers at the head of the bed.

Photo via brianaautran, natasha_gidlevskaya

As you’re out walking through the fields, keep an eye out for the resident goat! Often, breakfast is served with fresh goat cheese thanks to that guy.

Photo via erytriana_iie

Firefly Eco Lodge

Rate: From USD $24 (approximately Rp. 320,000)

Address: Jalan Gunung Sari, Banjar Ambangan, Peliatan, Ubud, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Contact: +62 822 4703 5046

Check Rate on Airbnb 

3. Return to the rice paddies and jungle at NewEarth Haven Eco Dome

One of NewEarth Haven’s latest projects, the Crystal Dome, is an ecologically-conscious two story dome submersed in beautiful Bali nature. The Dome was brilliantly built to allow guests to rejuvenate in an energetic and serene setting.

Photo via yuniqueyuni

Made of natural materials and bamboo, the Eco Dome was intentionally designed to blend in with the environment. Being mindful of nature, the Crystal Dome has a composting toilet and local water capture.

But living with this ecological vision doesn’t mean taking away your modern comforts – fret not, you will still have access to features such as wifi, power outlets, and touch panel lighting. There is also a designated “work space” on the ground level of the dome so that you can balance your time between nature, work, and play.

Photo via anneconolly

The bedroom is fitted with a spacious California king bed. As you’re lying in bed at night, you can look up at the stars through the skylight at the top of the dome. On the second storey of the dome, you can sit at the window seat and enjoy tranquil views of the surrounding rice fields and jungle.

Photos taken by Nomadicfare

With just a few minutes’ walk through the rice fields, you’ll end up at Akasha Restaurant and Juice Bar. Akasha is known for its delicious vegetarian (primarily vegan) dishes and raw desserts. So if all the rest and relaxation has worked up your appetite, head over to Akasha for a tasty, healthy meal!

Photo via puaypreeyada

Photo via kwiinter, hollywandrs

NewEarth Haven Eco Dome

Rate: From USD $77 (approximately Rp. 1 mil)

Address: Jalan N Sinta, Keliki, Tegallalang, Gianyar, Bali Indonesia, 80561
Contact: +62 813 3888 5397

Check Rate for Amethyst Crystal Dome 

4. An all-bamboo home in tropical greenery at Hideout Lightroom

A slightly smaller version of Hideout Bali, the Hideout team calls Hideout Lightroom the younger sibling of Hideout Bali. To construct this all-bamboo masterpiece, local village craftsmen were even engaged to make the furniture from bamboo!

Hideout Lightroom sits next to a little river stream in the rice fields of Selat. Nestled between two villages and near the base of Gunung Agung, Hideout Lightroom offers an authentic experience of Balinese life.

Other outdoor perks include a full-size bathtub where you can bathe in flowers and essential oils while basking in the sunlight. There is also a beautiful rain shower surrounded by swaying palm trees and other tropical greenery.

Photos taken by reisjunkalienchrisblogwelikebali

Inside Lightroom, there is a queen size bed, cozy sitting corner, and small kitchen space. Though Hideout does not prepare breakfast for you, they will stock the kitchen area with bananas, bread, and peanut butter as well as plates, bowls, utensils, and a kettle for tea and coffee, so you can make your own meal in the morning!

Since Hideout Lightroom was built in a natural landscape, there are a few creatures that might wander around nearby. There is also a friendly dog and cat who live around the Hideout space so feel free to say hi or give them a cuddle!

Photo taken by thenomad 

Hideout Lightroom

Rate: From USD $97 (approximately Rp. 1.3 mil)

Address: Jalan Alas Tunggal, Selat Duda, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia 80862


5. Sleep with the lions at Mara River Safari Lodge, Gianyar

Ever wanted to dine with the rhinos?

Now you don’t have to fly halfway across the world to have an African safari adventure – you can get it at the Mara River Safari Lodge.

Mara River Safari Lodge 1

Located in the heart of the Bali Safari and Marine Park, this resort will definitely make your stay a memorable and unforgettable one, with its quirks and unique activities.


Photo via Abigail Chang

Not only will you get to feed carrots to zebras, rhinos and elephants right from the comfort of your own balcony…


View from balcony (Photo via Amesh Budiristio)

You’ll even get to watch the rhinos and zebras graze together while you are dipping yourself in the pool.

You can dine with lions at the in-house Tsavo Lion Restaurant too!


From honeymoon to family-friendly getaways, this resort is suitable for all. Couples will enjoy the romantic atmosphere at the restaurant in the evenings, while thrill-seekers can quench their thirst for adventure at the night safari, where you can come into close contact with predatory animals.4.-Night-Safari-Tiger-experience-by-Bali.tamansafari.com_

On a similar vein, young children will love the petting zoo, informational performances and the vibrant Disney-esque Bali Agung show, which also features props that are completely handmade by the staff!

We’d love to say more, but you’ll have to make a personal trip there to experience the wonders of this place. This we’ll say – you won’t regret it.

room via stephawie

Photo via Stephawie, Mara Safari Lodge

Read our fun-filled experience at Mara Safari Lodge here!

Mara River Safari Lodge (From USD $148 per night)

Location : Jl. Bypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra Km. 19,8 Gianyar 80551 – Bali –
Phone: +62 361 479 1800

Check rate on Agoda Check rate on  

6. Stunning Eco-Friendly Jungle Retreat – Villa Pererepan

Here, what could be more romantic than being in bed together with your soulmate, watching fireflies casting their light over the beautiful jungle view?


Villa Pererepan (Villa Awang Awang) is set along the Petanu river valley, surrounded by gardens and jungle and offering amazing views – perfect for nature-loving couples. 

However, since it’s close to the jungle, do be prepared for bugs, and well… a more ‘natural’ experience.

It’s also an eco-friendly accommodation – almost all the furnishings and materials used in the décor are sustainable.


And did you know, the designs of both the villa and the plunge pool are based on one of nature’s greatest mysteries – the golden ratio (otherwise also known as the golden section or the golden rectangle)?

It encompasses the harmonic and symmetrical principles of nature itself. Nature expresses the golden ratio through a simple series of whole numbers which you may have heard of – the Fibonacci series.

Villa Pererepan, Ubud (From USD $163 per night)

Location: Jl. Melayang, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 80571
Contact: +61 882271112

Check Rate on Agoda Check rate on  

7. Experience another world at your very own Hideout – Eco Bamboo Home with water wheel

If you ever want to try cosplaying Robinson Crusoe, the Hideout is the place to do it.


Photo via indrekalts

This secluded wooden hut, found on the Gunung Agung highlands, is set to give you all the privacy you need – and more. Its largely hidden location is not the only reason why it’s so unique though.


Photo via sashajuliard

No, here’s the catch – the Hideout was handcrafted out of wood, and is also fully sustainable on its own.

Don’t believe us? You can check out that magnificent water wheel. This contraption is actually the only source of water and electricity for this tiny miracle in the woods!


The cozy atmosphere is also bound to make you feel at home, and for how it’s fully equipped with everything you can possibly need, the price for a night’s stay at this place also comes at a steal.


Photo via valentino.traveler

No matter what your six-year-old says, this is the best hiding place ever.


Photo via sashajuliard

Eco Bamboo Home with water wheel (From USD $46 per night)

Location: Selat, Bali, Indonesia

8. Feel like a mermaid at this Water Villa – Villa Laksmana II

Do you love water? Is soaking in cool calm water your favourite pastime, and you wish you were born a mermaid?

Water Villa Outside View-inpainted

If so, you’ll love this exotic water villa, one of the rare villas you’ll find in Bali that’s completely surrounded by water.


In fact, the first thing that greets you upon entering the villa is the pool!

laksamana airbnb

You also get two huge comfy beanbags for nights when you just want to soak your feet in the water and admire the starry night sky.

Water Villa Overview Outside


Villa Laksmana II (From USD $191 a night, minimum booking of 3 nights)

Location: Jalan Kayu Aya, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

Check Rate on 

Write up for Villa Laksmana II contributed by Candice Neo

9. Travel back in time at the secret wooden house

These swanky villages may be located right smack in the middle of Bali’s hustle and bustle, but it’s nothing like those boring apartments or run-of-the-mill villas that you’ll most likely stay in when you visit Kuta.


In fact, when you step into this accommodation, you’ll probably feel like you’re in ancient Bali. The five antique teak cottages available are found in your very own secret garden, surrounded by banana and coconut trees, as well as other exotic flora and fauna.


All the furniture in the rooms are also personally designed and made out of recycled wood.

2. exterior collage

Better yet, the compound is only a short distance away from the major tourist areas, yet still affords you privacy and a unique experience of true Balinese life.


Photos via Airbnb

Just don’t forget that it’s actually the year 2015!

Secret wooden house in Denpasar (From USD $35 per night)

Location: Jalan Gunung Soputan No 99a Gang Dukuh Anyar, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

Check Rate on Airbnb 

10. Go for eco-luxury at Sharma Springs Bamboo House, Ubud

What could be more eco-friendly than staying in a house made of bamboo?



It’s not just about the beautiful view and cool mountain breeze. You are staying at one of the most amazing examples of sustainable design.

bamboo house 6

bamboo house 2

Sharma Springs Bamboo House (From USD $334 per night)

Location: Tanah Ayu, Sibang Gede, Abiansemal, Badung 80352 Bali, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 469874

Check Rate on Airbnb Official Site  

11. Camp in comfort at Sandat Glamping Tents, Ubud

The term Glamorous Camping perfectly defines the experience you will get when staying in one of these charming tents in Sandat.

sandat glamping 4

Connect with nature without giving up the comfort and luxury of sophisticated furnishings – and of course, wifi.

sandat glamping 2

Hardcore campers might frown at the concept, but hey, that’s how you ‘camp’ in style, isn’t it?



Sandat Glamping Tents (From USD $182 per night)

Location: Jalan Subak Sala Banjar Sala Ubud
Phone: + 62 821 44081998

Check Rate on 

12. Do a luxury rustic holiday at Thematic Village Houses at Bambu Indah, Ubud

Bambu Indah may have one of the greatest villas above water in Bali, but that’s not all to it.


If you want to live the village life, these quirky themed houses may be what you’re looking for.

You can even climb up to a tree house in the compound that overlooks the valley!


Photo via sarahcatelli,

Or do a Tarzan swing across the natural pool!


Photo via sarahcatelli

Or enjoy a sunset cocktail on the Afrika deck, with a majestic view of the rice fields and distant mountains.


There are eight different themed houses, and each is more beautiful than the next – the pictures say it all.

Deciding where to stay will be a blissful dilemma indeed!


Thematic Village Houses at Bambu Indah, Ubud

From USD $155 per night (Approximately Rp. 2,260,675)
Location: Jl. Banjar Baung, Desa, Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 977 922 / +62 361 974 357 / +62 812 3834 3174 (Whatsapp)

Check Rate on Agoda 

13. Live in paradise on earth at Sapulidi Bali

Want to live on your own island but can’t afford to do so (obviously)?


At Sapulidi Bali, you’ll no longer find yourself surrounded by people all day – instead, you’ll meet the pleasing sight of beautiful nature all around you.

The resort’s executive rooms all feature the magnificent view of a natural fish pond. But of course, you won’t have to swim with the fishes – private pools are provided at the back.


Photo via Geralda Nenni HP


Photo via cici-lestari

If you’re not exactly a fan of water, the resort also features superior and deluxe villas, which are surrounded by rice paddies far and wide.


Photo via destinebali, dueanphenjoop

In the evening, the setting sun gives an almost ethereal glow to the surface of the water and grass.

So when you look out your window at the endless greenery stretching ahead of you, it’s almost as though the rest of the world doesn’t exist.

And sometimes, we like it better that way, don’t we?

Sapulidi Bali (From USD $60 per night)

Location: Jl. Raya Pengosekan, Banjar Pengosekan Kelod – Mas, Ubud, Gianyar – Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 977309

Check Rate on Agoda Check rate on 

14. Chill in a quirky home at Room@Bali Hip Suites, Ubud

When you escape from the beach party scene of Seminyak to the quiet mountainous region of Ubud, you’d want to make the most of the tranquil view.

room@bali 1

Room@Bali offers four private suites with stunning, uninterrupted views of the Ayung river valley and a chic themed decor.

room@bali 4

That’s not to mention it shares the same view with luxury resorts like the world renowned Amandari and Four Seasons Hotel, but at an affordable price of USD150 per night!


room@bali 7

Room@Bali Hip Suites (From USD $50 per night)

Location: Jl.Raya Sayan, Kutuh, Sayan, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 8989403

Check Rate on Agoda Check rate on  


15. Holiday on a yacht on The Dragoon 130

If staying on land is too mainstream for you, why not try an Indonesian Phinisi yacht-turned-luxury-party-yacht – The Dragoon 130?

the dragoon 130 4

Built entirely from teak, the yacht features high-end quality materials like ebony, eco-leather, and an awesome surround-sound system.

the dragoon 130 2

Up to 12 people can stay comfortably in the six suites on board.

the dragoon 130 3

If the USD $10,000 per day price tag for a cruise is too steep for you, individual cabins are also for rent while the yacht is anchored and prices start at USD $150 per night.

The Dragoon 130 (From USD $150 per night)

Phone: +62-81907877809 (Francesco Baffa ), +62-81999062636 (Pietro Rizutti)

Official site


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *