From the throngs of tourists clogging every nook and cranny of Tirta Empul, you might think Bali has just one temple worth visiting. But this sacred island is crammed with thousands of Hindu landmarks—and the key to uncovering the best of them might just be at your hotel.
The Four Seasons, which has resorts in Sayan and Jimbaran, takes guests way off the well-trodden temple route to visit secret water sanctuaries and shrine-filled caves where village priests perform traditional blessings and rituals.
Ubud’s Amandari offers its guests exclusive early-morning meditation and purification ceremonies with a Balinese priestess at the lush Pura Mengening temple.
Hoshinoya Bali’s concierge team directs guests to Pura Penataran Sasih, the island’s oldest temple, where ancient Hindu relics—including a Bronze Agle drum from 300BC—are stored.
Banyan Tree Ungasan Bali
And all the way south in Ungasan, the Banyan Tree is your ticket to the locals-only Pura Dalem Batu Pageh, a revered site built some 300 feet above sea level atop a cave inhabited by hundreds of bats.