Escape the bustle of south Bali and go back to nature at these dreamy eco villas and Instagrammable bamboo houses that seamlessly blend with nature!
Don’t get us wrong – we love the luxury six-star resorts in Nusa Dua, and allll the fancy villas in Seminyak. But there really is nothing quite like going back to nature and staying somewhere that’s at once eco-conscious, artsy and a hit on Instagram. We’re of course talking about Bali’s breathtaking au natural stays, AKA bamboo houses and villas. These one-of-a-kind abodes are not only wonderfully sustainable, they also blend seamlessly with the island’s natural, tropical landscape, giving you a much needed sanctuary away from bustle, and a Instagram opportunity you won’t find anywhere else.
But with SO many options spread across the island, how to choose the best bamboo abode for you? Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up our favourite bamboo houses in Bali – from bucket-list-worthy treehouses to comfy yet elegant eco villas, here’s where to go for a truly unique stay in Bali, surrounded by nature.
TOP 10 BAMBOO HOUSES IN BALI
Tucked away amongst the villages, mountains and jungles of East Bali, Hideout started out as a single jungle hut, run by a small family. Fast forward to today, and this eco-resort boasts an entire collection of the most stunning bamboo houses in Bali that celebrate island-style slow living. Each abode is uniquely designed, fully equipped with must-have amenities and those all-important panoramic views of Mount Agung and a sacred river. There’s even in-house experiences to try, like massages and cooking classes. And if you can drag yourself out of your bamboo abode, the Gembleng Waterfall, Besakih Temple and Tirta Gangga water palace are just minutes away…
Hideout, Banjar Alas Tunggal, Selat, Karangasem, p. +62 815 5319 0001, e. [email protected]
2. Camaya Bali
With no shops or restaurants nearby, Camaya is where you can truly escape from it all. This collection of uniquely designed one- and two-bedroom houses are located in the middle of nature, overlooking the wonderfully lush Sidemen Valley. While we love all its bamboo houses, our fave has to be the Butterfly House. Made famous by Netflix, it’s a haven for architecture and art buffs. Think one-of-a-kind designs, impeccably made interiors, open living, large net hangouts and a sunken pool too, all with the view of rice terraces for as far as the eye can see. Spend the day basking in nature, grazing at the in-house restaurant or venture out to the rice paddies, where local farmers are busy tending to their crops.
Camaya Bali, Banjar Dinas Pandangaji Kawan, Selat, Karangasem, e. [email protected]
3. Suenyo Eco Retreat
You’ll need to look twice here, because you could easily miss one of the most stunning bamboo houses in Bali, camouflaged amongst the greenery of Tabanan. Yep, Suenyo Eco Retreat is a tropical hideaway where you can enjoy utmost serenity surrounded by lush jungles and the Yeh Poh River. The retreat pays homage to the heritage and history of its location, by inviting each guest to experience Balinese ceremonies, Indonesian cuisine and special wellness programmes. As for the bamboo abodes, you can stay in the breathtaking one-bedroom houses, each with their own private infinity pool and spectacular designs.
Suenyo Eco Retreat, Pandak Gede, Tabanan, p. +62 811 322 332, e. [email protected]
4. Ulaman Eco Luxury Resort
For the best of both worlds where luxury meets eco-friendly living, head to Ulaman, home to some of the most unique bamboo houses in Bali. Think bamboo villas perched on long bamboo pillars, or bamboo pods lining the river. The best bit is, staying here means you’ll have access to sustainable and elegant, five-star facilities. We’re talking a lotus-shaped restaurant serving international gastronomy where you can graze in style. Or the two infinity pools overlooking a waterfall and a river. There’s even a majestic yoga shala, modern gym and a tennis court. If that’s not enough, the resort boasts not one, but two spas – the Riverside Spa with hot and cold plunge pools, a steam room and infrared sauna, and the sky-high Tree House Spa. You can also try SUP yoga along the river, tour to the nearby village, or experience a Balinese water ceremony.
Ulaman Eco Luxury Resort, Buwit, Kediri, Tabanan, p. +62 812 3858 0063, e. [email protected]
5. Magic Hills Bali
Experience the magic of off-the-beaten-path Bali at Magic Hills, a hidden gem in East Bali which offers three two-storey bamboo abodes that are as dreamy as can be. A fine choice for honeymooners and nature lovers, you can’t go wrong with any of the houses, each fully decked out with modern amenities and 360-degree panoramic views over the rice fields and Mount Agung. We say, go with our fave, the Princess House fit for royalty. Wake up to chirping birds and a morning mist, then trek through the surrounding hillsides, all before a breathtaking sunset. Then, wind down with a cosy movie night in the open air lounge, before sleeping beneath the stars…
Magic Hills, Banjar Dinas Padangaji Kawan, Selat, Karangasem, p. +62 812 4644 4223, e. [email protected]
6. Oniria Bali
Open-plan and perfectly breezy, Oniria brings luxe outdoor living into a boho bamboo house. This little nook sleeps up to four people, where you can dream each day away surrounded by lush jungle, rice fields and a small river. There’s even an indoor garden in the living room, which opens out to a stunning plunge pool. Wake up to the sounds of the flowing river, then venture out to the rice paddies and tropical garden out front. Come sunset, you’ll be serenaded by the resident frogs, and if you’re lucky, you’ll be lulled to sleep beneath the flicker of magical fireflies…
Oniria Bali, Pesaban, Karangasem
7. Veluvana Bali
With Mount Agung on one side and Sidemen’s greenery on the other (and all around!), nothing beats jungle-living at Veluvana. Offering unique bamboo houses in East Bali, Veluvana welcomes adventurous wanderers from all over the world to discover Bali’s less travelled destinations. Each house was built by local Balinese artisans using sustainable, natural materials to minimise its carbon footprint. But that’s not all. Staying at these uber Instagrammable houses means you can wake up to the best sunrise views, freshest air and the sounds of nature. Plus, with the help of the staff, you can plan a romantic getaway that starts with a floating breakfast and a flower bath, and ends with a candlelit dinner by the pool.
Veluvana Bali, Jl Raya Tebola, Sidemen, Karangasem
8. Bambu Indah
Bambu Indah, AKA beautiful bamboo, is the brainchild of Bali’s leading jewellery artisan, John Hardy, boasting a number of bamboo houses, a riverside warung, natural swimming pools, and everything Ubud’s natural surroundings have to offer. Each bamboo house overlooks the river and peaceful jungle, home to impeccably made artefacts and Indonesian touches in every corner. While we love all the different structures, travel back in time and stay at the Tree House – perched between two ancient Banyan trees, it’s a cosy abode which sleeps three people with the ultimate view of the whole resort. Climb up the spiral staircase and you’ll find everything you need – a comfy bedroom, a dressing room, a bathroom and a private terrace. Psst – there are even day pass options if you just want to explore the beautiful grounds.
Bambu Indah, Jl Baung, Sayan, Ubud, e. [email protected]
9. Green Village
So much more than ‘just’ a collection of beautiful bamboo houses in Bali, Green Village is entire village of eco-conscious communities located by the Ayung River, just a short walk from the world famous Green School. Created by the architectural maven IBUKU, this collection of luxury villas are made almost entirely of bamboo. Each of the two- to five-bedroom houses feature an open concept design to soak in the natural lighting, breeze and jungle harmonies. Best bit is, you’ll have access to the village’s community area where you can mingle with like-minded, green expats and travellers.
Green Village, Jl Tanah Ayu, Abiansemal, p. +62 811 392 2254, e. [email protected]
10. Firefly Eco Lodge
Unlike any other bamboo house in Bali, Firefly Eco Lodge is a sky-high four-storey bird’s nest – in fact, you may have seen it on Netflix! Climb up the bamboo ladder, and you’ll find a cosy bedroom on each storey. Down on the ground level, you can lounge all day and make new friends at the shared kitchen, living and dining areas. Fancy a bit more privacy? Check out Firefly’s charming rooms and suites, as well as the individual one- and two-bedroom cottages.
Firefly Eco Lodge, Jl Gunung Sari Banjar Ambengan No. 9, Ubud