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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
8.2 Very Good based on 220 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Best seller. Comfortable rooms. Near the gay nightlife.
A very good value for money luxury beachside resort with a wide range of facilities offering 128 Balinese-styled suites and bedrooms located just a short walk from all the gay nightlife.
The Royal Beach Seminyak resort (just over 4.5 hectares of tropical gardens) has two beautiful pools, one on the beach and another in the garden area. Each spacious, secluded spa villa features a private whirlpool or swimming pool. There is a great choice of good value for money restaurants nearby.
Jl. Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura), Seminyak | map
8.7 Very Good based on 146 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Ocean views. Excellent gym & bar. All suites.
The Anantara Seminyak is an all-suite resort offering contemporary Balinese-designed accommodation with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Each suite is equipped with a signature jacuzzi terrazzo tub – big enough for two, satellite TV, free WiFi and outdoor loungers. We like the iPod docking station and the espresso coffee machine! The pool suites have direct access to a semi-private pool and sunbathing terrace. 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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18 Jalan Sari Dewi, Seminyak | map
8.5 Very Good based on 52 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 140-sqm completely private villas features a private 8-meter 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 dining options (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 from The Elysian. Expect great service and the warmest of welcomes.
Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak | map
9 Very Good based on 121 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Iconic & trendy. Great gym & bar. 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 newly opened (2010) W Bali does not stray far from these themes (think illuminated wardrobe door knobs, BOSE sound systems, LED-lit bedside tables and you will get the idea).
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 particularly 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.
Location-wise, the W is perfectly positioned just a few minutes’ walk from the area on Batu Belig Beach popular with gay sunbathers. The 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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Jl Drupadi 8, Seminyak | map
8.9 Very Good based on 45 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Stunning villas. Peaceful & private. Great location.
A member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), 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 come with a private butler and chef service to give you a full personalized service. Recreational facilities include an outdoor pool, barbecue facilities, massage service and yoga class. A fantastic choice.
Jl. Drupadi No. 8, Seminyak | map
8.8 Very Good based on 169 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Superb location. Close to the nightlife.
The Seiryu Villas offer 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. The villas are located in a quieter part of Seminyak close to the beach. Seiryu has a private beach club for residents.
Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak | map
9.1 Fantastic based on 84 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Oceanfront. Private beach. Great facilities.
Legian Beach is one of the most famous and popular in Bali, and this hotel occupies a prime location right on the beach front. Every luxurious suite and villa at The Legian has an ocean view and is just steps away from sand. Even the smallest suite is a massive 99 square meters 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, a fitness center, selection of restaurants, and offers free WiFi and much more. The hotel has a great seafront location and just a few minutes by taxi from the gay nightlife. KU DE TA is less than a 5-minute walk away.
Jalan Kunti 108, Seminyak | map
8.1 Very Good based on 62 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Quiet area. Excellent spa. Convenient location.
The Amala offers luxury private retreats in heart of Seminyak. Each of the studios and villas are set in beautiful mature gardens. The Spa Villas feature a private jacuzzi/plunge pool, steam shower and a complimentary minibar of healthy snacks. The exceptionally spacious Pool Villas feature a 6-meter private pool, kitchenette and living room. WiFi is available free of charge.
There is a great choice of restaurants just moments from the hotel. You can walk to the gay bars and clubs – about 15 minutes.
Jl. Pangkung Sari No. 3, Seminyak | map
9.6 Fantastic based on 15 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Stunning villas. Spacious & private. Great service.
An astonishing new luxury all villa resort set within 5000 square meters of private grounds. Guests get privacy and space as each villas has a walled garden with a gazebo, 14 meter long pool and luxury sun loungers. Inside, the contemporary styled villas extend to over 125 sqm of living space with a spacious bedroom and luxury bathroom featuring 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 Beling Beach and gay bars in Jl Camplung Tanduk.
Jalan Drupadi 22, Seminyak | map
Why this hotel: Spacious & private. Luxury villas. Near the nightlife.
A small luxury villa resort in Seminyak that is worth considering. Serene Garden offers just 3 large, very private, fully staffed 1, 2 or 3-bedroom villas.
Each villa has its own private pool, garden, a large living room, fully equipped kitchen at least one tropical bathroom. Each villa has its own butler, and your chef will prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner whenever you want it. There is free WiFi and cable connected 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.
Jl. Kayu Aya, Seminyak Beach, Denpasar | map
9 Very Good based on 185 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Grand & outstanding. Beautiful design. Ocean views.
Exquisite beachside luxury resort built in traditional Balinese style. Set in 15 acres of beautiful tropical gardens on Seminyak Beach, The Oberoi offers gay travelers a complete Balinese experience in private villas that feature thatched roof, teak wood furnishings, private pool, satellite TV, DVD player, iPod docking station, sunken bathtub in en suite bathroom. WiFi is free. Oberoi Spa has open-air pavilions and a variety of massage treatments. The resort also has a gym and an outdoor pool that overlooks the ocean.
Well-located for the Bali gay scene, The Oberoi is just 500 meters from the famous 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)
Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Nusa Dua | map
8.3 Very Good based on 416 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Ocean views. Beachfront location. Large facilities.
If you are looking for a reasonably-priced luxury resort with, effectively, a private sandy beach - and not intending to spend every night in the bars on Dyana Pura Street in Seminyak, then the Grand Nikko Bali might be for you.
We particularly like the Club Rooms that have excellent views of the Indian Ocean. Guests have access to the Club Lounge for breakfast, sunset cocktails, high tea, all day refreshments, free WiFi, and the private club lounge pool. Relatively peaceful as children under 12 years are not permitted in the Club facilities.
This resort has earned its gay-friendly credentials by hosting the 2012 G Tennis Tournament. Twenty km / approx. 45 by taxi ($10+) from the bars and clubs in Seminyak.
Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran | map
8.8 Very Good based on 858 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel: Hilltop location. Fantastic spa & bar. Private beach.
Romantic gay couples and gay honeymooners should give AYANA careful consideration. This graceful 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. This is the sort of resort that, should you wish, you need not leave during your holiday. However, 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 very 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.