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The west coast district of Seminyak is home to a huge number of hotels, restaurants, shops and Bali gay nightlife on Dhyana Pura. There is a long, wide sandy beach, although swimming in the sea is not advised. All the luxury resorts we’ve listed have made up for this with fabulous swimming pools.
At the northern end of Seminyak, just beyond the W Hotel is Batu Belig beach, which has been adopted by the gay community as its beach of choice.
Jalan Camplung Tanduk, Seminyak | map
8.1 Very Good based on 277 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Best seller. Fabulous beachside pool. Near the gay nightlife.
A very good value-for-money luxury beachside resort offering 128 Balinese-styled luxury suites and bedrooms located just a short walk from all the gay bars and clubs and a range of great restaurants.
The Royal Beach Seminyak (over 4.5 hectares of tropical gardens) features two beautiful pools, one on the beach and another in the garden area. Each spacious, secluded spa villa has a private whirlpool or swimming pool.
Most popular luxury hotel in Bali on Travel Gay Asia in 2013.
Jalan Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura), Seminyak | map
8.7 Very Good based on 182 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Ocean views. Excellent gym & bar. All suite.
The all-suite Anantara Seminyak offers contemporary Balinese-styled rooms with panoramic views of the ocean. Each suite features a signature jacuzzi terrazzo tub, satellite TV, iPod docking station, espresso coffee machine, outdoor loungers and free WiFi.
The pool suites have direct access to a semi-private pool and sunbathing terrace. The resort is in an excellent beachside location close to a great choice of restaurants and the gay nightlife on Dhyana Pura.
We are fans of the Anantara hotels. We have found them to offer a consistently excellent quality of service and exceptionally warm welcome to gay travellers.
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Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak | map
8.3 Very Good based on 396 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Beachfront location. Fabulous pool. Close to KU DE TA.
This beautiful beachfront resort is located next to the gay-popular KU DE TA restaurant & bar. It features a infinity pool, a spa and restaurant and a lounge bar with ocean views.
Each spacious Balinese-styled room features a 42” flat screen TV, DVD player, iPod docking station, free WiFi and rain shower. Some rooms have a hot tub with sea views.
The Seminyak Beach Resort offers free shuttle services to Seminyak, Legian and Kuta beaches. Bicycle rentals and butler services are available.
The Seminyak gay bars and hotspots can be reached in 10 minutes.
18 Jalan Sari Dewi, Seminyak | map
8.6 Very Good based on 60 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Private pool villas. Great location. Popular choice.
The Elysian offers some of the best resort-based private villas in Seminyak. Each of the 14 0m² private villas features a private 8-metre pool, a-state-of-the-art in-house entertainment system with Apple TV, a preloaded iPod and BOSE sound dock.
The beach is just moments from your villa, or you could choose to relax in one of the cabanas by the main pool.
The Elysian offers a choice of excellent restaurants (including 24-hour in-villa dining) or you can try one of the many local restaurants (KU DE TA is just a few minutes’ walk away). The gay bars on Jalan Dhyana Pura are about a 15-minute walk away.
Expect great service and the warmest of welcomes.
Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak | map
9 Very Good based on 301 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Iconic hotel. Fantastic facilities. Near the gay beach.
Most seasoned gay travellers understand the W concept. Achingly cool, iconic and innovative. It’s more like checking into a Hollywood film set than a beach resort. The W Bali does not stray far from these themes (think illuminated wardrobe door knobs, BOSE sound systems, LED-lit bedside tables).
The “Talent” (staff) are all graduates of W’s smile school and generally live up to the brand’s reputation of doing everything legally possible to keep their guests happy. The food is worthy of a special note – particularly the Fire restaurant which serves some pretty fantastic steaks.
We like the ‘Ocean View’ rooms in the main building as they have stunning beach views and are a lot closer to the main pool area than the private villas.
The W is perfectly positioned, just a few minutes’ walk from the gay-popular Batu Belig Beach. The gay bars and clubs in Seminyak and the Double 66 Beach can be reached by taxi in 15-30 minutes (depending on traffic).
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Jalan Drupadi 8, Seminyak | map
8.7 Very Good based on 68 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Stunning villas. Peaceful & private. Great location.
Space at Bali offers a boutique complex of luxurious private pool villas, located minutes away from all the shops, restaurants and gay nightlife in Seminyak.
Each villa has free WiFi, spacious living area, flat screen TV, DVD player, bathtub and rain shower. All villas also have a private butler and chef service to give you a full personalised service.
Recreational facilities include an outdoor pool, barbecue facilities, massage service and yoga class.
Jalan Drupadi, Seminyak | map
8.7 Very Good based on 229 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Superb location. Close to the nightlife.
The Seiryu offers a sense of refined Japanese-style luxury combined with Balinese hospitality. Think Zen minimalism but with rather generous goodies such as LCD TV, jacuzzi, private pool, a gazebo daybed, free WiFi and fully-equipped kitchen.
There is a private beach club for hotel guests.
Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak | map
9 Very Good based on 110 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Oceanfront. Private beach. Great facilities.
One of the most famous and popular hotels in Bali. The Legian occupies a prime location right on the beachfront, just a few minutes by taxi from the gay nightlife. KU DE TA restaurant is a 5-minute walk away.
Every luxurious suite and villa has an ocean view and is just steps away from sand. Even the smallest suite is a massive 99 m² and has its own living space and two outdoor terraces.
This resort has 3 swimming pools (one reserved for adults only), an exceptionally good spa, gym, selection of restaurants and free WiFi.
Jalan Pangkung Sari 3, Seminyak | map
9.3 Fantastic based on 22 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Stunning villas. Spacious & private. Great location.
Stunning, all-villa luxury resort set within 5,000 m² of private grounds. You have all the privacy and space as each villa has a walled garden with a gazebo, 14-metre pool and sun loungers.
Inside, the contemporary-styled villas extend to over 125 m² of living space with a spacious bedroom and luxury bathroom with exclusive toiletries. Other facilities include Nespresso coffee machines, free WiFi and satellite TV.
Location-wise, One Eleven Resort is about halfway between the gay area on Batu Belig Beach and gay bars in Jalan Camplung Tanduk.
Jalan Drupadi 22, Seminyak | map
9.2 Fantastic based on 2 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Spacious & private villas. Huge rooms. Near the nightlife.
This small luxury villa resort in Seminyak offers just 3 large, very private, fully staffed 1, 2 or 3-bedroom villas. Each villa has its own private pool, garden, large living room and fully equipped kitchen.
You also get your own butler, and your chef will prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner whenever you want it. There is free WiFi and cable TV with over 60 channels.
If you are tempted to leave your own pool, then there is a huge choice of restaurants, cafés and shops nearby, and the gay nightlife can be reached within minutes. Book early.
Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak | map
9 Very Good based on 220 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Superb luxury choice. Beautiful design. Ocean views.
Exquisite beachside luxury resort in traditional Balinese style, set in 15 acres of beautiful tropical gardens on Seminyak Beach. The Oberoi offers private villas with thatched roof, teak wood furnishings, private pool, satellite TV, DVD player, iPod docking station, sunken bathtub and free WiFi.
Oberoi Spa offers a variety of massage treatments in open-air pavilions. The resort also has a gym and an outdoor pool that overlooks the ocean.
Well-located for the gay scene, The Oberoi is just 500 metres from the gay-popular KU DE TA restaurant and Seminyak Square Shopping Mall.
Jimbaran Bay is located to the south of the Airport. The bay is renowned for its white sandy beach and, unlike many other beaches on Bali’s west coast, safe for swimming*. The bay is home to a number of excellent luxury hotels, restaurants and a few boutique shops.
Nusa Dua is on the eastern side of the Bukit Peninsula, about 25 minutes drive from the airport. Nusa Dua has some of the very best sandy beaches on Bali and safe swimming conditions*. A taxi to the gay nightlife in Seminyak will take at least 45 minutes and will cost around 200,000 IRD (approx $20). (*always check conditions locally)
Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Nusa Dua | map
8.2 Very Good based on 535 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Ocean views. Beachfront location. Large facilities.
Great-value luxury resort with a private sandy beach, the Grand Nikko is an excellent choice if you don’t plan to spend every night out to the bars in Seminyak.
We like the Club Rooms that have beautiful views of the Indian Ocean. The hotel has a Club Lounge for breakfast, cocktails, high tea, all-day refreshments, and a private pool. Children under 12 are not permitted in the Club.
This resort has earned its gay-friendly credentials by hosting the 2012 G Tennis Tournament. Twenty km / approx. 45 by taxi ($10+) from the Seminyak nightlife.
Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran | map
8.8 Very Good based on 1186 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Award winner. Fantastic hilltop location. Private beach.
This romantic resort is set at the top of a limestone cliff on Bali’s southwest-facing coast. It has a wonderful private white sandy beach, exceptional hotel facilities and the amazing clifftop ‘Rock Bar’.
AYANA has four swimming pools. Our favourite is the stunning “Ocean Beach” pool that is built into the cliff and has panoramic Indian ocean views. If you fancy a night out, then the gay bars in Seminyak are about 45 minutes away by car.
This is a popular resort, so the best time to visit is outside of the traditional family holiday seasons.
AYANA won the 2010 Condé Nast Traveler Readers Awards for #1 spa in Asia & Indian Subcontinent and 2009 World Travel Awards for Leading Luxury Resort.
A remarkable district in the central part of the island, located about 30 km from Seminyak. Ubud is surrounded by rice paddies, forests and rivers and is famous for arts & crafts and peaceful scenery.