The Best Places to Stay in Bali: The best areas and hotels for all budgets

The Best Places to Stay in Bali:10 of the best areas to consider and the best hotels to suit all budgets

Bali is a larger island than most people imagine and one of the best things about Bali is the incredible diversity, the different areas and huge range of things to do on the island. (Check out my post on my top 10 favourite things to do in Bali) But with such a huge choice it’s difficult to narrow it down to the best places to stay in Bali!

Bali really does offer something for everyone and each area is really very different so it’s important to do some research on where to stay in Bali and carefully consider what they have to offer and the pros and cons of the different areas so that you can pick the best area in Bali that best suits you.

Whether you are looking for an action packed break full of shopping, surfing and nightlife, a relaxing stay in a luxury resort or a serene yoga retreat. It’s all possible in Bali, you just have to find the best places to stay in Bali for you.

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Where to Stay in Bali and the Best Hotels for all Budgets

South West Bali – Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Canggu

The Kuta, Legian, Seminyak strip used to be small fishing villages but nowadays is home to Bali’s most popular resorts and one of the best places to stay in Bali. In fact it’s hard to tell where one resort ends and the other begins. Kuta, Legian and Seminyak all offer long, wide beaches, great surfing, mesmerising sunsets and a huge choice of accommodation, dining, shopping and nightlife in close proximity to the airport. These are some of the best places to stay in Bali for those who want to be in the heart of all the action. 

Kuta Beach, Bali

Kuta Beach, Bali

Kuta

Kuta is the most famous resort in all of Bali and is packed with a huge choice of hotels, shops, surf schools, restaurants, spas and the most happening nightlife on the island. Kuta has become a surfing mecca, the beach is a great place to learn how to surf and the resort is a favourite with budget travellers, backpackers and young people who like to be in the heart of the action without breaking the bank. Kuta is one of the very best places to stay in Bali if you like the party.

Kuta is very popular, however, it can be too crowded and noisy for some people so if you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing escape you will probably prefer choosing a more laid back resort somewhere else on the island. Read this for tips on visiting Bali on a budget.

Where to Stay in Kuta:

Backpacker: Kayun Hostel in Kuta is a backpacker’s haven. It has a very social atmosphere, so if you’re looking to meet other backpackers and party, this is definitely the place for you. There is an nice swimming pool area where you can hang out and make new friends and there are both mixed bed dorms and a female only dorm. The rooms are spacious and the beds are comfortable, some dorms also have privacy curtains around the dorm beds which is a nice touch.  Keep in mind that it can get a bit noisy at night because of this, especially if there are a lot of people partying. Another plus is that there are big lockers to store valuable items and that it’s in a great, central location in the Kuta/ Legian nightlife area. For the price, you can’t beat it. Click here to check it out and to book

Budget: Starting at $28 per night, the Bakung Sari Resort & Spa is the perfect place for party goers on a budget. It’s located near the nightlife in Kuta, making it easy to reach the bars and clubs. On the hotel premises is a Balinese style bar serving delicious snacks and drinks. The hotel is set amongst lush garden and the modern, air conditioned rooms make for a comfortable and relaxing stay close to all the action. Click here for prices and to book. 

Midrange: The Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest is only located six kilometers away from the airport. There’s an outdoor swimming pool, spa, and fitness center for you to enjoy and the rooms are comfortable and well furnished with a desk and robes. The hotel also offers room service, bicycle rentals, a business center, and free Wi-Fi in public areas. It’s also a great hotel if you’re visiting Bali for business or without a laptop, as they have a range of secretarial services like a fax machine, photocopying machine, an LCD projector, and broadband Internet access. Click here for more info.

Luxury : The Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel is one of the plushest stays conveniently located in the center of Kuta but set amongst lush, tropical gardens. Many of the best shops, restaurants. and bars are only steps away, and the hotel offers many different options for water sports like parasailing, paddle boarding, jetskiing, snorkeling, wave riding, and submarine rides. The adventure doesn’t stop there, they also offer low altitude helicopter rides that soar above Bali for an incredible perspective of this island from above. The breakfast is known to be delicious, and the rooms are spacious, comfortable, and large. For the price and location, it’s perfect for a luxurious and adventurous stay in Kuta. Click here to check prices and book.

Surfing and sunsets on Kuta beach, Bali

Surfing and sunsets on Kuta beach, Bali

Legian

Next to Kuta is Legian. Legian is slightly more upmarket and less crowded than Kuta but still offers a good mix of accommodation, eating and shopping options that will suit most budgets as well as some stylish bars and lively nightlife venues.

Legian is within easy reach of both Kuta and more upmarket Seminyak which makes it one of the best places to stay in Bali due to the great choice for those who want the best of both worlds – to experience both areas and be close to the action without the crowds of Kuta or the expense of Seminyak.

Where to stay in Legian:

Budget: The Loft Legian Hotel is the perfect option for travelers on a budget. The hotel is only 7 mins from the beach and there is a great onsite coffee shop. They offer free Wi-Fi in the rooms, 24 hour security, and daily housekeeping to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. Their rooms are tastefully furnished with various comforts such as a TV, mirror, and towels. For charm and comfort on a budget in Legian, this hotel is a wonderful option. They also have special deals that include airport pick up or drop off or scooter rental with the room rate Click here for prices and to book.

Midrange: The Grand La Walon Hotel in Legian is known for its accommodating staff and fantastic location only 6 mins walk from the beach and in the heart of Legian. There’s an outdoor pool, garden, and spa center and the air conditioned rooms are spacious and equipped with a TV, refrigerator, minibar, and ensuite bathroom, decorated in tasteful neutral modern colours. They serve a delicious breakfast and are conveniently located in the midst of it all in Legian, but the rooms are quiet enough to make you feel like you’re tucked away. You barely have to leave the hotel with the onsite ATM and ability to request a massage in your room. Click here for more details.

Luxury: You’ll love your stay at the Sara Residence in Legian. It’s only a 12 minute walk to the beach, the rooms are apartment styled, fully equipped with a bathroom, kitchen, and living room. You have the chance to request staying for a few nights to a few months. The rooms are modern and decorated with neutral colors and artwork that will make you feel right at home. There is also free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and massage treatments. You can also rent a bicycle and explore the area and enjoy a delicious Western or Balinese meal in the comfort of your apartment. Click here to check prices and to book.

Seminyak

Seminyak is one of Bali’s most upmarket and stylish beach resort areas. The beaches are reasonably quiet and the resort still has a great selection of upmarket hotels, villas and luxury 5 star resorts, designer shops, classy bars, trendy beach clubs and some of the islands best fine dining restaurants.

Where to stay in Seminyak:

Budget: There are quite a few hidden budget gems in Seminyak, including the Harris Hotel Seminyak. This brightly decorated hotel is only 5 minutes from the beach. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a safety box, and cable TV. You can relax in their pool, enjoy their spa, or even work out at their on site gym. Their cafe serves both Balinese and Western dishes, as well as offering room service to enjoy their food in the comfort of your room. Click here for more info and to book.

Midrange: For those of you who want the luxury without wanting to break the bank, the L Hotel Seminyak is a perfect option. It’s only 6 minutes from the beach and a 15 minute walk to Seminyak Square that has many famous bars, restaurants and sights like Ku Te Da and Potato Head. Their modern suites include a sofa bed, pillow menu, and iPhone dock. They have a relaxing pool for you to take advantage of, as well as a spa and an a la carte breakfast. Click here for prices and to book

Luxury: The Oberoi Bali hotel is one of the best luxurious options in Seminyak. Located merely 7 minutes from the beach, this hotel stretches over 15 acres of lush, tropical gardens that immediately give you a relaxed piece of mind. Their beach side accommodation is decorated in Balinese architecture, while their outdoor pool overlooks the ocean. You’ll feel like royalty as you use the en suite bathrooms equipped with a sunken bathtub that opens up to private grounds. The rooms are modern and styled with teak wood furnishings. Their open-air massage center overlooks a private pond. You can also use their fitness center, and enjoy their al fresco setting breakfasts. Click here for prices and to book

Canggu

Canggu is a collection of villages and beaches nestled in the rice fields just North of the popular Kuta, Legian, Seminyak strip. Canggu has increased a lot in popularity recently and is now one of Bali’s most trendy up and coming areas offering trendy eateries, hip bars, boutiques, yoga schools and surf breaks. Canggu makes a good beachside alternative to the scene in Ubud.

There is a variety of accommodation in Canggu from budget homestays, hotels and surf camps to expensive private luxury villas. Canguu also has some good co working spaces  making this one of the best places to stay in Bali for digital nomads who also want to be close to the beach.

Where to stay in Canggu:

Budget: Backpackers and budget travellers will fall in love with Lay Day Surf Hostel. You’ll immediately make friends in the social and relaxing atmosphere with great staff that serves cheap beer. It’s in a great location, only 2 kilometers from the city center. Their superior facilities and guest rooms will immediately make you feel right at home. There are two pools and a restaurant around the corner that delivers delicious food to your door step. Click here to check prices and to book.

Midrange: The Voyager Boutique Creative Retreat boasts an outdoor swimming pool amongst lush, tropical gardens, which is what Bali is all about. The hotel itself is decorated with elegant rattan furniture, floor to ceiling windows, and a private bathroom. Conveniently, there are car and motorbike rentals right from the hotel, as well as free parking and airport pick up service. For tropical style and comfort without breaking the bank, this is the hotel for you. Click here for more details and bookings

Luxury: Soori Bali is the epitome of luxury. Located in Canggu, this hotel is only a 1 minute walk from the beach. The hotel itself offers a phenomenal view of the Indian Ocean and rice terraces. The private infinity swimming pool on site offers a panoramic view of the ocean, which you can enjoy in between natural spa treatments. The two level restaurant offers mouth watering Continental, Indonesian and Japanese food. Click here to book.

South East Bali – Sanur

Laidback Sanur Beach offers a more peaceful alternative to the busy beach resorts around Kuta attracts more families and older visitors.  Sanur has a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets as well as many restaurants and boutiques but a limited nightlife scene.

The ocean is a lot calmer here and the beach walk makes for a nice, relaxing seaside stroll however, being on the East coast means that you do miss out on those fabulous Bali sunsets.

Where to stay in Sanur:

Budget: The Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel is only 3 minutes from the beach and set amongst beautiful gardens. You’ll feel the comfort of home in their Balinese-styled rooms with marble flooring, cotton duvets, beautiful furnishings, and garden or palm lined swimming pool views. The rooms offer standard amenities, while the hotel has a spa, hair salon, tennis courts, hot tub, and sauna. Enjoy a meal at the cafe and relax next to their pool to soak up the sunshine. Click here for rates and to book.

Mid Range: Hotel Prama Sanur Bali is a gorgeous mid range hotel that still offers luxurious facilities and accommodation. It’s only a 1 minute walk from the beach and boasts 2 outdoor pools, tennis courts, a fitness center, and room service. The hotel is in a tranquil setting and surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens. Take advantage of their water sports, and make sure to indulge in their delicious international food and seafood. Click here to book.

Luxury: At Fairmount Sanur Beach Bali, you’ll be treated like royalty. The hotel is tranquil and peaceful, and only a 1 minute walk from the beach. There’s an outdoor pool and two dining options. The rooms are modern and are decorated in Balinese furnishings, fitted with a TV and an iPod docking center. Not only that, but there’s a gym, fitness center, and even a library on site, so you’ll never have to leave the hotel! Enjoy your afternoon coffee and tea in their comfortable living area, and enjoy seafood, Western, and Balinese dishes. Click here for prices and to book.

 

 

 

In Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Inland Bali – Ubud

Ubud is Bali’s spiritual and cultural hub. Ubud is a small town surrounded by stunning, gorgeous green rice paddies in Bali’s central highlands that has become one of the most popular places to stay in Bali, especially following the film ‘Eat, Pray, Love’.

Ubud attracts spiritual seekers, yogis and artists with it’s plethora of quality yoga schools, workshops, alternative therapies, spas and vegetarian and vegan restaurants.

Due to the sudden rise in Ubud’s popularity the center is no longer a peaceful village so for the best experience it’s wise to stay a little further out among the stunning rice fields to escape the crowds but it’s still one of the best places to stay in Bali for those who want to experience the spiritual side of the island.

Where to stay in Ubud:

Budget: For those of you on a budget, Champlung Sari Hotel is in a great location next to Ubud Monkey Forest. It offers two outdoor swimming pools, a spa, and landscaped gardens for guests to enjoy during their stay. The rooms have wooden furnishings, a private terrace, and an attached bathroom with a bathtub. Enjoy an international meal with beautiful pool or forest views, or relax in their spa with a facial or body treatment. Click here to check prices and to book.

Midrange: Puri Sebali Resort boasts an outdoor swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, and modern amenities. The rooms themselves offer traditional furnishings, as well as a flat screen TV, seating area, and minibar. Various rooms offer beautiful garden views, which you can spend some time at relaxing in the sun. The property offers a free shuttle service for its guests, and is only 20 minutes from Ubud Monkey Forest, a popular attraction in Ubud. Click here for more details.

Luxury: Viceroy Bali is a very luxurious hotel located amongst the beautiful rice paddy terraces of Ubud. It boasts extravagant villas each with their own private pools and amazing views of the Petanu River. Better yet, it’s only 5 minutes from Ubud, which you wouldn’t believe with the privacy that this hotel offers its guests. Villas are equipped with an iPod dock, espresso machine, and marble bathrooms with a bathtub. The onsite gym offers yoga classes, while their spa offers incredible, relaxing treatments to add to your time in Bali. Enjoy French and Asian inspired food at their restaurant, paired with delicious wine and cocktails. Click here for prices and to book.

Sunset at Ulu Watu, Bali

Sunset at Ulu Watu, Bali

The Bukit Peninsula – Nusa Dua, Jimbaran Bay and Ulu Watu

The rugged Bukit Peninsula, at the Southern tip of Bali, is home to stunning white sand beaches, epic surf breaks and luxury hotels.The Bukit Peninsula is one of the best places to stay in Bali for surfers and luxury travellers.

Nusa Dua

The white sands of Nusa Dua are home to some of Bali’s most luxurious and exclusive beachfront resorts and this is also where you’ll find the posh Bali Collection shopping mall. It’s a beautiful area although it can feel a little cut off from the real Bali and most tourists tend to stick to their resorts.

Where to Stay:

The St Regis Bali Resort is only a 2 minute walk from the pristine beaches of Nusa Dua. The hotel features an outdoor lagoon pool and spa. The modern rooms feature cultural fabrics and views of the sea. For maximum comfort, rooms come with an iPod dock, flat screen TV, and a balcony or terrace that overlooks the garden, pool, or sea. For the extra luxurious, you can choose to have a private hot tub or plunge pool with your room. Spend your mornings at their on site fitness center before you make your way to the beach. Click here to book.

The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Nusa Dua is boarded by a white sandy beach, which is only a 1 minute walk away from the hotel. The Laguna features 7 large lagoon swimming pools and  views of the Indian Ocean. The luxury doesn’t stop there, the rooms are spacious, air conditioned, and come with wooden furnishings and flooring. For the adventurous, there are a ton of recreational activities, like kite flying, sand sculpturing, and water sports. Click here for more.

Jimbaran Bay

Also on the Bukit Peninsula is Jimbaran Bay which is famous for the romantic seafood BBQ restaurants on the beach and the spectacular sunsets in Bali. Accommodation at Jimbaran Bay is mostly big hotel chains and luxury 5 star resorts and the area suits those who just want a relaxing holiday and aren’t bothered about exploring far outside their luxury resort.

Where to Stay:

The Ayana Resort and Spa offers rooms that overlook the private beaches of Jimbaran Bay. The hotel is situated on a cliff-top tropical garden, 35 kilometers above Jimbaran Bay. There are 12 swimming pools and 21 dining options, a spa, fitness center, and massage therapy. The rooms feature flat screen TVs, wooden furnishings, marble bathrooms with bathtubs, and free toiletries. You can enjoy a buffet breakfast surrounded by lotus ponds before making your way to the ocean. Click here for more details and to book.

The Four Seasons Resort Bali is located at the edge of Jimbaran Bay. Their outdoor swimming pool offers panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Take your pick between 3 different dining options at the resort that serve fresh seafood dishes. The Balinese styled villas are surrounded by tropical gardens and are well-appointed and spacious, featuring an outdoor private pool. You can also take cooking classes, work out at the gym, or enjoy their on site spa. Click here to check prices and book

Ulu Watu

The area around Ulu Watu is where you’ll find some of best surf breaks in Bali, stunning cliff side sunset views and one of the most famous temples in Bali. As the area mainly caters for surfers, there is a good choice of budget accommodation around Ulu Watu but it’s also prone to traffic jams.

Where to Stay:

Budget: For those of you on a budget, Mamo Hotel in Ulu Watu is the perfect option. Offering comfort for an incredible price, this hotel is a modern Balinese-styled building. Enjoy their outdoor pool and spa, free Wi-Fi, and flat screen TV and mini bar inside of the rooms. Enjoy a drink by the poolside bar before making your way to the beach, which is only a 6 minute walk away. Click here for check prices and to book

Midrange: The Blue Point Bay Villas & Spa Hotel is situated on top of a cliff, so you know you’re getting some phenomenal views of the Indian Ocean. The different sized villas are stylish, comfortable, and luxurious, and all for a great price. The two pools are on the edge of a cliff, adding to your swimming experience. Choose between Mediterranean food, seafood, and BBQ, which you can choose to eat outside or in the comfort of your hotel room. Click here for more details.

Luxury: Anantara Ulu Watu Bali Resort boasts an outdoor infinity pool, spa, fitness center, and hot tubs. The air conditioned rooms feature a living area, TV, iPod dock, and safe, and you can choose to have either pool or ocean views. Indulge in international cuisine in their restaurant, and take part in Balinese dance lessons, yoga classes, ceramic making, and a batik making workshop. You’re never going to want to leave this luxurious hotel! Click here to book.

 

East Bali – Candidasa

To escape the crowds head to North or East Bali. Candidasa, the main beach resort in East Bali, offers a peaceful holiday a world away from some of the more popular South Bali resorts. Candidasa makes a good base from which to explore the temples, culture and traditional Balinese villages on Bali’s more authentic East Coast.

There are also good diving spots nearby although the actual beaches aren’t as good as others on the island. Candidasa has a good range of accommodation options from affordable sea facing bungalows to 5 star resorts and a good dining scene so its one of the best places to stay in Bali for those who enjoy plenty of comfort and facilities but who also like more cultural activities in their holiday.

Where to stay in Candidasa:

Budget: The Dasa Wana Resort is a perfect hotel for those of you on a budget. Without breaking the bank, this hotel has comfortable accommodation and friendly staff. There’s an outdoor pool, sun terrace, and restaurant serving local Balinese dishes. It’s in a wonderful location as well in Candidasa. Click here for prices and to book.

Midrange: Candi Beach Resort and Spa is set along a private beach in the beautiful Mendira Bay. They have 2 outdoor pools, including an infinity pool with breathtaking views of the ocean. Enjoy the beach or spend your day doing one of the many activities they have to offer like snorkeling and scuba diving, tennis and table tennis. The rooms are decorated with Balinese touches, including a mini bar. Click here for more details.

Luxury: Villa Sasoon offers wonderful accommodation that features air conditioned rooms that are spacious, secluded and private. Some villas feature a private pool and gardens. The staff at this hotel are known for being very accommodating and friendly. The entire hotel has an outdoor pool and opportunities for diving and fishing day trips. Relax at the spa with a massage and enjoy your home away from home. Click here for prices and to book.

Gianyar

Gianyar is located in the centre of Bali’s East coast and makes a great base for an active and cultural holiday. The town of Gianyar is one of the most authentic and best preserved traditional Balinese towns where you can visit temples, markets and see traditional crafts being made.

Other things to do include relaxing on uncrowded black sand beaches and visiting the Gianyar theatre, Bali safari and marine park and Sukawati Art Market. There is a varied range of accommodation and some good local Balinese restaurants and warungs in Gianyar.

Where to stay in Gianyar:

Budget: Nirmala Guest House is the perfect option for those of you on a budget. It’s only a 1 minute walk from the beach and is surrounded by tropical Balinese gardens. Spend your days relaxing on the beach or going surfing, and your evenings in their air conditioned rooms that have a private bathroom and free toiletries. Click here for prices and booking

Midrange: The Vision Villas Resort offers top quality accommodation without leaving a dent in your wallet. It’s in a serene location, away from the bustling streets in Bali. There’s an outdoor pool, water gardens, library, children’s room, and onsite restaurant for you to enjoy. It’s in proximity to many of Bali’s adventurous activities like surfing and whitewater rafting. Click here to book.

Luxury: The Mara River Safari & Lodge is only 2 minutes from the beach and near Mount Agung and the best part is that you can see African wildlife right from your balcony! There’s an onsite outdoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi throughout the premises. The lodges offer air conditioning, a safe, mini bar, and flat screen TV. Various lodges also have a private balcony, allowing guests to view the wildlife. You don’t even have to leave your room here to get a massage. Spend your evenings indulging in their delicious international cuisine in the restaurant. Click here for more details and to book.

North Bali – Amed

Amed is a string of quiet beachside villages on the North Eastern coast of Bali that offer a low key tourism scene that is a world away from the busy resorts in South Bali. The most popular places are Jemeluk, Bunutan and Lipah but many other villages also offer some facilities to cater to tourists.

Amed’s black sand beaches are dramatically beautiful and there is good snorkelling and diving in the area. Amed is one of the best places to stay in Bali if you want to do the spectacular sunrise trek up Gunung Agung. Accommodation and dining options around Amed are mostly budget friendly and low key but there’s not much of a nightlife and shopping scene here but it’s one of the best places to stay in Bali for those who want to escape the tourist crowds.

Where to stay in Amed:

Budget: Hotel Uyah Amed is a budget hotel in Amed that offers the amenities of a 5 star hotel. It’s in a wonderful location, only 100 meters from Amed Beach. The spacious bungalows offer incredible views of the sea, garden, or pool, whichever one you choose. The hotel itself has dark wood furnishings, and the rooms have a private balcony and bathroom. Enjoy a massage or table tennis as well before enjoying their Western and Balinese meals. Click here for prices and to book.

Midrange: The Baliku Dive Resort is a perfect option for those of you on a slight budget, but still want the amenities that come with a luxurious hotel. This hotel is situated above a fishing village in the hillside, with incredible views of the Lombok Strait. For the more adventurous, you can arrange snorkeling and scuba diving trips here. Enjoy the carved wood furnishings that come with each Balinese styled room, and private terraces with phenomenal views of the sea. Indulge in seafood and international dishes at this hotel as well. Click here for more info.

Luxury: The Griya Villas and Spa is only 6 minutes from the beach and a 2 minute drive from Lipah Bay. You can choose to stay in villas that have a private swimming pool that overlooks the sea, a fitness center, and a spa. The villas themselves are Balinese styled with authentic furniture and decorations. They have a living area with a sofa, flat screen TV, and kitchen with cooking facilities. Enjoy a massage on site or indulge in their delicious food at their on site restaurant. Click here for more details and to book.

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