Bali boasts a captivating blend of exotic beaches, tranquil lakes, active volcanoes, scenic river valleys and stunning waterfalls that cascade down dozens of meters. All of which makes Bali the epitome of paradise.
The most famous vacation spot in the Indonesian archipelago offers unforgettable experiences, particularly for nature and wildlife lovers. That’s why glamping in Bali has become so popular, and why we want to help you discover the best glamping spots on this paradise island
In this article we show you some of the best glamping spots in Bali, all of them have that touch of luxury and glamour you expect when glamping in one of the world’s most beautiful islands.
We’ve also found in the past that when searching for glamping in Bali, booking sites tend to also show villas and hotel stays! That can be frustrating (at least it was for us), so we have included only places that do actual glamping.
We also show what each region of Bali has to offer – to help you choose where to be based – as well as explain the best months to visit.
But first, here’s a few fun facts about this beautiful island!
- Bali is famous for its arts heritage, and has countless traditional handicrafts and dances.
- The water around Bali is some of the world’s richest for coral and sea life.
- The most expensive coffee in the world Kopi Luwak – which is collected from civet excrement – is made in Bali!
- With over 3000 species of fish, Bali is a scuba diving sweet spot.
Glamping in Bali: Where should you glamp?
Across Bali’s five regions there are spectacular waterfalls, rugged mountains, great beaches, dense jungles, alluring panoramas, and beautiful wildlife. However with all that and more on offer, it’s hard to decide which region you should be based during your vacation. (Related: Nature and wildlife in Bali).
That’s why before sharing with you some of the best glamping spots in Bali, we want to first quickly explain what each area of Bali has to offer.
What each region has to offer?
Consisting mainly of the Buleleng District, Northern Bali is filled with interesting historical sites, museums and palaces dating back to colonial times. This region is also ideal for spotting and swimming with bottle-nosed dolphins who have made Bali’s famous Lovina Beach resort area their playground. In fact Lovina has more to offer too, as it has stunning volcanic black sand beaches alongside lovely stretches of golden sand for sunbathing.
In this region there’s also the opportunity to explore the largest town on the northern coast and former colonial capital of Bali; Singaraja. In Singaraja you’ll discover many colonial buildings, including the royal palace of Puri Agung Singaraja that was built in 1604. Another attraction worth visiting in Northern Bali is the Gedong Kirtya Museum which is dedicated to the preservation of Lontar scripts.
This region is also home to Pura Meduwe Karang – an enthralling temple boasting stone carvings which is located around 10 km east of Singaraja.
To sum up: If you’re looking to glamp near beaches with access to dolphin spotting opportunities and great cultural experiences, glamping in the north may suit you best.
This part of the island is becoming a popular tourist attraction and no wonder – it has an incredible stretch of coastline and outstanding scuba diving spots. In fact if you are looking for fantastic snorkelling and scuba diving, Tulamben and Amed in the east are ideal for the over 3000 species of marine life that live there!
However it’s also brimming with lush forests, rice terraces, volcanic beaches, traditional villages and the mesmerizing Lake Batur. Eastern Bali boasts Bali’s highest active volcano too – Mount Agung. It’s officially closed for hiking, but some hikers still test their skills by attempting this challenging trek which starts at Besakih Temple.
Furthermore, Eastern Bali is home to Pura Besakih and Pura Lempuyang – some of the island’s most sacred pilgrimage sites.
To sum up: If you’re looking to glamp near scuba diving sites, but with easy access to some of Bali’s most beautiful natural scenery, then being based in the east may be best.
If you are seeking waterfalls, lakes, wildlife and scenic rice terraces, Central Bali could be the destination for you. This region is rich in flora and fauna, steep ravines, serene lakes and offers countless tourist excursions. Many Bali campsites are located in this region.
The central region of Bali is more developed compared to the east, and has an array of activities. The town of Ubud sits in this region and is known as the cultural heart of Bali as it’s brimming with quaint temples, beautiful royal palaces and botanical gardens. Nearby is the Ubud Monkey Forest as well as the scenic landscape of the Tegallang Rice Terraces.
Hikers will also love this region for the unparalleled panoramas you get on top of Bali’s second highest mountain – Mount Batukaru which stands at 2275 meters. Trekking this mountain gives you a very unique rainforest mountain experience. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Jati Luwih – which comprises over 600 hectares of rice fields – can be seen from Batukaru too.
To sum up: If you’re looking to glamp in a region with access to many excursions, hiking opportunities and breathtaking scenery, then staying in Central Bali may be the best option.
Known as Bali’s busiest and most developed area, the south is full of amazing attractions and surf spots, including great shopping, resorts, as well as Nusa Dua Beach which is a popular place for kayaking and surfing. There’s also Uluwatu Temple in this region which we believe is the most picturesque Balinese Hindu sea temple on the island.
This region is home to the best surfing spots on the island too, some of which include Kuta Beach, Seminyak Beach, Padang Padang Beach, Nyang Nyang Beach and Uluwatu Beach.
In fact Kuta Beach is famous for its exceptional sunset views and a glorious 2.5km stretch of golden sand which is ideal for sunbathing. However if you are looking for lively spots brimming with nightclubs, restaurants and great bars, then both Seminyak and Kuta are the ideal destinations.
We would recommend Seminyak for its upscale and trendy designer bars, many with amazing views of the ocean. But if you want a cheaper option, Kuta is ideal for its low end and more affordable spots.
To sum up: If you’re looking to glamp in a region with access to Bali’s best beaches, superb surfing spots and great nightlife, then staying in southern Bali may be the best option.
This region of Bali is perfect for nature lovers as it’s a remote area home to many animal species like monkeys, rare birds and bantengs. In particular, the huge West Bali National Park – which covers over 19,000 hectares – is a wildlife spotting heaven.
This untamed and serene part of the island has so much wildlife, all of which live in dense forest, mountain ranges, rainforests, and crystal clear water. The reality is that Western Bali is ideal for those seeking an off the beaten path experience.
With around 160 species of birds to discover, this region is a great place for birdwatching. Western Bali is also a good diving location due to the marine life in the region – particularly at Menjangan Island – as well as the underwater temple at Pemuteran which combines nature with art.
To sum up: If you’re looking to glamp in a region with great wildlife watching opportunities, diving spots and have an adventurous spirit, then being based in western Bali may suit you best.
Glamping in Bali: Some of the best glamping spots in Bali
There are many amazing glamping spots in Bali. Below are a few of our favourites!
Sang Giri Mountain Glamping Bali
Located in Tabanan, this tranquil luxury camping spot is beautifully nestled in forested mountains and offers uncompromised views down into the dense rainforest.
Located just 2 miles from UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, Sang Giri Mountain Glamping feels like the perfect nature retreat.
You can enjoy the panoramic views of the mountain here, and listen to beautiful birds from the comfort of your glamping tent, each fitted with a private terrace and seating area. We recommend trying the on site restaurant – Sang Giri Restaurant – for some authentic Balinese cuisine.
Sandat Glamping Tents
Set amongst tropical greenery in Ubud, Sandat Glamping Tents offers great facilities in a scenic and luxurious setting.
This glamping spot features five luxury tents with eco-architectural designs and private pools, as well as three traditional rice barns boasting imaginative bamboo and thatch structures.
We recommend trying the relaxing yoga classes on site, or even the in-room massage service for an even more authentic Balinese experience and an opportunity to unwind.
As it’s situated just 2 miles from the centre of Ubud, there’s the chance to explore ancient temples, captivating rice terraces, and the nearby majestic Ubud Palace. We loved the unique and tranquil feeling here, plus the Ubud Monkey Forest and its friendly monkeys are close by too!
These beautiful eco-luxe tents are located in the rice fields above the Ayung River and the open air tents are a great way to experience nature but in complete luxury and comfort.
On site you can get healing massages with aromatic oils, can enjoy high tea while overlooking the beautiful Ayung River, or even enjoy delicious food while watching a local display of Balinese dance.
As it’s also located just outside of Ubud, from Escape Nomade you have easy access to some top local attractions such as the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, the picturesque Saraswati Temple, and the scenic hiking destination, Bukit Campuhan, which has a 7.5 mile trail with breathtaking valley and river views.
Basecamp Bali – Eco Luxury Bubble
Beautifully nestled in Kintamani, in the heart of a UNESCO Global Geopark, this glamping spot is located on a 25,000-year-old caldera at an altitude of 1,300m!
The luxury bubble accommodation allows you to sleep under the stars and enjoy unobstructed views thanks to the transparent walls of the dome lodge. Fully equipped with a garden, room service, free WiFi, 24-hour front desk and a kitchenette, you also have access to a patio and free parking. It really does feel like wild camping, but in style.
Wake up and enjoy an à la carte breakfast delivered to your room and get exploring – you’ll have easy access to Kintamani which is only 4 miles away, whilst the spectacular Lake Batur is 5.5 miles away.
Bali Beach Glamping
Boasting scenic views of the ocean and lush greenery, Bali Beach Glamping offers impeccable service and great facilities, ensuring an unforgettable stay on the island.
With relaxing spa services, free continental breakfast, a beach club, gym, WiFi in public areas, free parking, and an oceanside infinity pool and great restaurant, you’ll have everything you need.
In total they have 40 air-conditioned luxe accommodations that look out onto the Indian Ocean – perfect to enjoy a cocktail while taking in a romantic ocean sunset by the infinity pool.
The top attractions close by include Tanah Lot, Kedungu Beach, and Batu Bolong Temple.
This hidden gem boasts two luxury safari tents that are located in a serene and spacious area of Melaya, West Bali.
These luxury tents are just a few steps away from the sea, and offer great amenities in a comfortable and relaxed setting.
Take in the sound of the waves and enjoy the views of Javan volcanoes across the strait, while experiencing amazing Balinese food as the sun sets. This site also offers personal experiences like learning to cook Balinese cuisine, and guided trips to the Marine National Park at Menjangan Island – a world renowned diving and snorkelling spot.
This glamping site is the epitome of quirky and unusual – it’s a four storey bamboo nest treehouse that is only accessible by climbing a ladder.
Adventurous souls will fall in love with its out of the ordinary architecture, which is located in green rice fields just outside the centre of Ubud. Each storey is rented separately at an affordable price and includes a comfortable double mattress on the floor around round woven walls.
Although lacking in air-conditioning and maybe not as private as other glamping sites, this treehouse does have a beautiful swimming pool, a communal area for making friends, and fantastic panoramic views from the comfort of your sleeping area.
Autentik Penida Glamping
Located on the beautiful Nusa Penida island, southeast of Bali, this luxury tented camp has air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony so you can soak up the sun and enjoy the verdant surroundings.
Featuring a bar, garden, outdoor swimming pool, free WiFi and luxurious, spacious and comfortable tents, this amazing site is perfect to get away from the busier regions of Bali and enjoy the sound of the sea and the natural landscape on a secluded island.
You can explore Gamat Bay Beach which is less than a mile away, and Broken Beach is 3 miles away. With snorkeling one of the biggest attractions in Nusa Penida, we highly recommend exploring the pristine marine life here or even swimming in Nusa Penida’s natural infinity pool – Angel’s Billabong.
Glamping in Bali: The weather and best months to visit
Boasting a tropical warm climate all year round due to its location around eight degrees south of the equator, Bali has two seasons: A dry season spanning between April and September, and a rainy one between October and March.
The busiest months to visit Bali are the months of July, August, December and January – these months mark the high season and if you’re staying during these months we recommend booking your glamping spot in advance.
Temperatures vary from 22 °C to 31 °C during July and August, and 23 °C to 33 °C during December and January. These months tend to be good for fun water sport activities like scuba diving, surfing and snorkelling.
If you are looking to avoid the peak tourist season, then April, May, and June are a fantastic time to visit, go on walks, and take in the majestic views. With temperatures between 23 °C to 34 °C from April to June, it is a great time to explore the nature reserves, rainforests and waterfalls on the island.