Where to Stay in Bali: The Best Area, Hotels & Places to Stay in Bali

Where to Stay in Bali: The Best Areas, Hotels and Places to Stay in Bali to suit all Budgets

Wondering where to stay in Bali? The Island of the Gods is a larger and much more diverse island than most people imagine, so deciding where to stay in Bali is one of the most important decisions to make when planning your trip. From gorgeous beaches to tropical jungles, verdant rice terraces and mystical temples – the different areas of Bali all have a unique appeal, offer different experiences and suit different types of travellers so you need to do a bit of research to find the best places to stay in Bali to suit you.

One of the reasons I love this island so much is because there are so many things to do in Bali. The Island of the Gods is home to some of the best surf spots, yoga retreats, spas, beaches, temples, viewpoints and luxury resorts in the world. The Balinese people are some of the sweetest people I’ve ever meet and Bali is amazing value for money.

anna bali rice terraces ubud

Bali really has something for everyone, whether you’re looking to surf and party the night away, treat yourself to a relaxing spa and yoga retreat, have your own ‘Eat Pray Love‘ moment among the rice terraces and temples, enjoy a luxury honeymoon or romantic couples trip or an action and adventure packed affordable family holiday – you can find the perfect place to stay in Bali.

Bali is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on earth and one of my all time favourite places. And every area of Bali is so different – that’s why I can’t help but to keep coming back to Bali again and again.

I’ve been lucky enough to stay in all the main tourist areas of Bali as well as some of the more offbeat areas. I know how confusing it can be planning a trip to Bali, especially if its your first time visiting this magical island, so that’s why I put together this mini Bali travel guide with all of my Bali travel tips to help you find the best location to stay in Bali.

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the best places to stay in Bali

In this blog post, I’ll describe all the different locations, beaches, areas and places to stay in Bali and give my recommendations for some of the best hotels and resorts in Bali.

Bali is amazing value for money and is still one of the most affordable destinations in the world. Your money will go so much further in Bali than in Europe, America or Australia, so maybe you can afford to treat yourself to a luxury beach resort or a beautiful spa overlooking the rice terraces on your Bali holiday. Everywhere in Bali is beautiful though, even budget hotels and backpacker hostels are beautiful, comfortable and have amazing staff.

As well as helping you with where to stay in Bali, I’ll also include my essential Bali travel tips at the end including the best time to visit Bali, a quick sample itinerary for how long to spend in Bali as well as tips for getting to Bali, getting around and Indonesian visa info. 

Where to Stay in Bali: The Best Areas

When planning a holiday in Bali the first thing you’ll have to decide is which beach or area of Bali you want to base yourself in, then you can find the perfect hotel or place to stay there.

Some of the most popular places to stay in Bali include Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Canggu which are home to some of the best beaches, sunsets, surf, nightlife and shopping. Nusa Dua, Jimbaran and Ulu Watu in the Bukit Peninsula are popular with surfers and those wishing to stay in luxury beach resorts while inland Ubud is the cultural and spiritual heart of the island offering yoga retreats, spas, temples and rice terraces.

Every area of Bali has a different vibe and will appeal to different people so choose where to stay in Bali carefully – you don’t want to stay in Ubud if you want to surf or party on the beach, and you don’t want to stay in Kuta if you’re looking for a peaceful yoga or spa retreat.

To make it easy for you to decide here’s a quick rundown of the best locations to stay in Bali, depending on your interest and who you are visiting Bali with.  I’ll describe the areas in more detail later in the post and give hotel recommendations for each.

  • My Favourite Places to Stay in Bali – Ubud, Ulu Watu, Nusa Lembongan, Canggu
  • Best Beaches in Bali – Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, Legian,
  • Best places to stay in Bali for First Time – Seminyak, Canggu, Ubud
  • Best places to stay in Bali for Couples & Honeymoon – Ubud, Nusa Dua, Ulu Watu, Jimbaran,
  • Best places to stay in Bali for Luxury – Seminyak, Ubud, Nusa Dua, Ulu Watu
  • Best places to stay in Bali for Family – Nusa Dua, Sanur, Ubud, Jimbaran
  • Best places to stay in Bali for Nightlife – Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Canggu
  • Best places to stay in Bali for Yoga – Ubud, Canggu, Ulu Watu
  • Best places to stay in Bali for Surfing – Kuta, Canggu, Ulu Watu,
  • Best places to stay in Bali for Digital Nomads – Canggu, Ubud
  • Best places to stay in Bali for Budget Travellers & Backpackers – Kuta, Canggu, Ubud
  • Best places to stay in Bali for an Island Escape – Nusa Lembongan, Gili Air
  • Best places to stay in Bali for Views – Ulu Watu, Ubud

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It can take longer than you think to get around Bali and there’s not really any proper public transportation so make sure you choose a place to stay that’s near the things you want to see and do as the traffic can be pretty bad around the popular tourist attractions in peak season.

For the perfect Bali holiday I would recommend staying in a few different areas, spending some time on the beaches and also a staying a few days in Ubud to have a taste of the best that Bali has to offer all in one trip! Also make some time to stay on one of the islands near Bali like Nusa Lembongan (only 30 minutes from Sanur) and the 3 tiny tropical paradise Gili Islands which are about 2-3 hours away and actually in Lombok) but well worth the trip.

Keep reading my mini Bali travel guide blog for more info about all the different areas of Bali, what to see and do there, and my recommendations for the best hotels and places to stay in each. As prices change depending on season and demand click on the links provided to check the most up to date prices for your dates.

Hopefully my tips will help you decide where to stay in Bali and help you have an incredible holiday in Bali. If you find the post useful and want to book any hotels I recommend if you use the links provided I can earn a small commission which helps keep this blog going at no extra cost to you. Thank you! 🙂

The Best Places to Stay in Bali

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 beach resorts, bars, shops, restaurants and tourist attractions making it one of the most popular 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 and there’s a hotels here to suit all budgets and tastes.

Kuta Beach, Bali
Kuta Beach, Bali

Kuta

Kuta is the most famous beach 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 breaks here offer 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 on a budget and if you like to 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 also tips on visiting Bali on a budget  and see here for tips for traveling in Kuta, Lombok.

The Best Places to Stay in Kuta:

Backpacker: Kayun Hostel

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.

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. Keep in mind that it can get a bit noisy at night because of this, especially if there are a lot of people partying.
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Budget: Bakung Sari Resort & Spa

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.
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Midrange: Swiss-Belhotel Rainforest

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.
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Luxury : Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel

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.
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Surfing and sunsets on Kuta beach, Bali
Surfing and sunsets on Kuta beach, Bali

Legian

Next to Kuta is Legian. Legian Beach 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 for a first time visitor 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.

Best Places to Stay in Legian:

Budget: The Loft Legian Hotel

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
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Midrange: The Grand La Walon Hotel

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.
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Luxury:  Sara Residence

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.
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Seminyak

Seminyak is one of Bali’s most upmarket and stylish boutique 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, the most famous being Potato Head Beach Club, and some of the islands best fine dining restaurants. This is the best place to stay in Bali for those seeking luxury while also wanting to be close to all the action and the best beaches in Bali.

Best Places to Stay in Seminyak:

Budget: Harris Hotel

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.
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MidrangeL Hotel

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 an iPhone dock. They have a relaxing pool for you to take advantage of, as well as a spa and an a la carte breakfast.
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Luxury: The Oberoi Bali hotel

The Oberoi Bali hotel is one of the best luxurious hotels 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.
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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 – so book your accommodation well in advance!

Canggu makes a good beachside alternative to the scene in Ubud and is also popular with digital nomads. 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 surfers as well as digital nomads who also want to be close to the beach.

Read More: The best things to do in Canggu and The best places to stay in Canggu and The best surf camps in Bali.

Best Places to Stay in Canggu:

Budget: Lay Day Surf Hostel

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.
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Midrange: Voyager Boutique Creative Retreat

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.
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Luxury: Soori Bali

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 making this one of the very best places to stay in Bali.

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.
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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. Still, Sanur is one of the best places to stay in Bali for those who want a quiet and relaxing beach holiday.

Where to stay in Sanur:

Budget: The Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel

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.
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Mid Range: Hotel Prama Sanur Bali

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.
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Luxury: Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali

At Fairmont 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.
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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. It’s also home to the sacred monkey forest, incredible luxury spa resorts like the famous Four Seasons Sayan with infinity pools with epic rice paddy views and many Balinese temples to explore. You can also take a trip from Ubud out to visit the Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Tirta Empal Temple and to hike Mount Batur.

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 place in Bali for those who want to experience the spiritual and cultural side of the island of the gods.

Read More: The best things to do in Ubud and The best places to stay in Ubud and The best yoga retreats in Ubud.

Best Places to Stay in Ubud:

Budget: Champlung Sari Hotel

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.
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Midrange: Puri Sebali Resort

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’s sacred monkey forest.
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Luxury: Viceroy Bali

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, lush tropical gardens 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.
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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 as it’s home to famous luxury resorts like The St Regis Bali, The Bulgari Resort Bali and Alila Villas Ulu Watu. 

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 and a great place to stay with family although it can feel a little cut off from the real Bali and most tourists tend to stick to their resorts.

Best Places to Stay in Nusa Dua:

The St Regis Bali Resort

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.
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The Laguna

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.
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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. There is now Bali Bobo, a friendly, luxury hostel in Jimbaran but most of the accommodation at Jimbaran is mostly 5 star beach resorts, luxury hotels making it one of the best places to stay in Bali for couples or honeymooners or those who just want a relaxing holiday and aren’t bothered about exploring far outside their beach resort or having too far to travel from the airport.

Best Places to Stay in Jimbaran:

Ayana Resort and Spa

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.
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Four Seasons Resort Bali

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.
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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 and luxury resorts with stunning views around Ulu Watu and its one of the best areas to stay in Bali if you want to catch a wave.

Best Places to Stay in Ulu Watu:

Budget: Mamo Hotel

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.
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Midrange: The Blue Point Bay Villas & Spa Hotel

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.
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Luxury: Anantara Ulu Watu Bali Resort

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!
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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

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.
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Midrange: Candi Beach Resort and Spa

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 snorkelling and scuba diving, tennis and table tennis. The rooms are decorated with Balinese touches, including a mini bar.
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Luxury:  Villa Sasoon

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.
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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

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.
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Midrange: The Vision Villas Resort

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.
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Luxury: The Mara River Safari & Lodge

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.
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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 offbeat places to stay in Bali for those divers and those who want to escape the tourist crowds.

Where to Stay in Amed:

Budget: Hotel Uyah Amed

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.
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Midrange: The Baliku Dive Resort

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 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.
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Luxury: The Griya Villas and Spa

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.
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So as you can see there are so many different areas and places to stay in Bali – you’ll probably need to visit Bali several times to check them all out! That’s why I return again and again to experience all the different areas of Bali!

Essential Bali Travel Tips

So now you know where to stay in Bali, here’s everything else you need to know before visiting Bali including information about visas, when to visit, how to get to Bali and get around and how many days to spend in Bali… 

Best time to visit Bali

Bali is a tropical island so it’s warm all year round with the temperature being between 28°C and 32°C (82°F to 90°F) all year round. The more mountainous areas, like Ubud, feel slightly cooler. 

There are two distinct seasons in Bali that you should know about and take into account when planning your trip. Bali’s dry season generally runs from April – September and is the best time to visit for beach days, sunbathing, hiking, diving and most outdoor activities. The dry season is the main tourist season with July and August being the busiest, peak tourism months. 

The wet season is from November to March with the frequent tropical downpours that give Bali is luscious, tropical, greenery. The wet season is a good time to visit Bali to enjoy cheaper prices at the spas and luxury resorts, escape the crowds and find the best hotel deals. Some areas like East and North are not so wet, whereas areas like Ubud see the most rain. Christmas and New Year are also busy times.

In general, the best time to visit Bali is the shoulder seasons in April and May and September and October. It may be a little hot and humid and you experience a short downpour but you’ll get to enjoy all Bali has to offer while avoiding the peak season crowds and prices. Experienced surfers can surf all year round with Bali’s plethora or world class breaks but beginner surfers will be better off visiting Bali in the dry season.

How to get to Bali 

Bali is a long way from Europe and America but just a short hop from Australia. Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) also known as Denpasar International Airport is very close to the beaches of Kuta and Jimbaran and is Bali’s only airport. 

There are not many direct flights from Europe or North America to Bali but there are frequent connections Asian hubs like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok and also with Australia and the Middle East. 

To reach Bali from Europe or America you’ll probably have to fly to one of these cities and then change so why not break the journey and have a few days stopover and explore somewhere like Singapore on the way. 

Most nationalities can get a 30 day Visa on Arrival at the airport which costs USD35. This can be paid in cash in several major currencies or by card. You can extend the visa by a further 30 days by visiting the immigration office in Denpasar. Once you arrive, walk to the right as you exit the airport and get a fixed-rate coupon for an official taxi. 

Getting around Bali 

There isn’t really a proper bus or public transport system in Bali. The locals use Bemos (mini buses) to get between the villages but the schedules are erratic and it would be a complicated and time consuming way to get across the island. 

So most of the time you’ll have to either rent a motorbike or car or hire a taxi or driver to get around. Bali’s roads are narrow and windy and traffic jams and congestion are common around the popular tourist areas in peak season. This is another reason why it’s important to plan where to stay in Bali carefully – so you don’t spend all your time sitting in traffic!

The Kura-Kura Bus is a public shuttle bus service that operates daily between the popular tourist areas of Bali and Gojek is an online taxi and motorbike taxi app that works in the most developed areas of Bali and is a cheap, safe and convenient way to get around. They can also deliver food or groceries to you.

Hiring a private driver is not expensive in Bali and is a good way to do a day’s sightseeing if you don’t want to drive yourself or join a tour as you get the freedom to go wherever you want on your schedule. If you want the contact for my driver just email me. 

How many days to spend in Bali

You could spend a month in Bali and not see it all! One of the best things about Bali is it’s diversity – each area has a different vibe so to get the most out of your holiday to Bali I’d recommend staying in at least 2 different places – by the beach and in Ubud.

If you’re coming from Europe or America then I’d recommend allowing at least 2 weeks for your Bali holiday. A quick sample itinerary could be to spend 10 days in Bali – 5 days relaxing on the beach or surfing and 5 days soaking up the culture, spirituality and enjoying the rice terraces in Ubud. You could also break up the journey with 2 or 3 days in Singapore on your way to or from Bali! 

 

 

I hope you find my mini Bali travel guide useful. By the way this article contains affiliate links, if you click on the links provided you can check availability, compare prices, read reviews and if you choose to book we can earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you, which helps to keep the site going. Thank you and happy travels! I hope you love Bali as much as I do. 🙂

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Johagavanna Dreschler April 6, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Wonderful post! Thanks.

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Anna April 9, 2017 at 7:11 am

Thank you, hope it was helpful for you 🙂

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