You’ve booked your flights, but next up is where to stay in Bali? Bali is a wonderful holiday destination for both backpackers and couples, on their first trip to South East Asia because it gently eases you into South East Asian culture. Next up in my series of content, is a guide to where to stay in Bali. It includes everything from, boutique hostels to 5* hotels. Keep reading to find out more!
The island is usually split into four sections when deciding on a road trip: north, south, east and west. To the south, the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars, while Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are popular resort towns and are great for surfing too. The best surfing spots on the island are Padang Padang and Uluwatu. Further inland is Ubud, a hill town known for its spa treatments, yoga and ecotourism, which may include a trip to a monkey preserve. Where should you visit whilst in Bali? Where to stay in Bali? Which places have the best things to see and do in Bali? I have the answers here!
Finding the perfect place for your stay in Bali is not that hard of a task to achieve as there are hundreds of beautiful places to stay, from basic to luxury. It’s also worth moving around during a trip to Bali so that you can really get a feel for the island, and it’s various different regions too. Choosing a place to stay in the South or Central Bali would depend on whether you are travelling alone, with a partner or with your family. Here are the top ten places to stay in the south and central of Bali.
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WHERE TO STAY IN BALI: REGIONS
South Bali includes Kuta, Western Bukit and Uluwatu, Canggu, Denpasar, Jimbaran, Legian, Nusa Dua, Sanur, Seminyak, and Tanah Lot. Here you are in the most visited part of the island by far, with tourists flocking to world renowned Kuta Beach and chic Seminyak.
Central Bali includes Ubud, Gianyar, Bedugul, and Tabanan. This region is the cultural heart of Bali and the central mountain range.
West Bali includes Negara, Gilimanuk, Medewi Beach, and Pemuteran. You have here access to ferries to Java and the West Bali National Park.
North Bali includes Lovina, and Singaraja. You can enjoy quiet black sand beaches and the old capital city.
East Bali includes Amed, Besakih, Candidasa, Kintamani, Klungkung, Mount Agung, Padang Bai, and Tirta Gangga. Here, you can discover another atmosphere with laid back coastal villages, an active volcano and the mighty Mount Agung.
Southeastern Islands includes Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, and Nusa Ceningan. These quiet offshore islands in the southeast are very popular for diving activities.
WHERE TO STAY IN BALI: TOWNS
Kuta is one of the main cities in Bali and is the central party spot on the island. Bali’s top nightlife venues and best clubs are mostly spread throughout its southern regions of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak, and several spots around Bukit. My favourite place in Kuta is Sky Garden Lounge; the revolutionary enterprise that encapsulates all backpackers! In terms of hotels, there are many! Especially as it’s considered the most developed area in Bali – with beaches, restaurants, bars and tattoo studios galore.
Where to stay: I have stayed at many hotels in Kuta, here are some of my favourites.
Hard Rock Hotel Bali – Double rooms starting from $194 USD per night
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort – Double rooms starting from $152 USD per night.
EDEN Hotel Kuta Bali – Rates starting from $42 USD per night.
Grand Istana Rama Hotel – Double rooms starting from $45 USD per night. (Try the superior room A – Upper floor)
Kuta Lagoon Resort and Pool Villas – Double rooms starting from $90 USD per night. (Max 3 people)
Bali Bungalo Hotel – Doubles start at $50
Bread and Jam Hostel – Double rooms starting from $19 USD per night (Dorm rooms available as from $9)
H-ostel Bali – Double rooms starting from $17 USD per night (cheaper dorm rooms available for $10)
Sanur is a seaside town in the southeast of the island of Bali, in Indonesia. Its a firm favourite with tourists because of its long stretch of beach offering shallow waters and colorful jukung fishing boats. Here you can also visit the Pura Blanjong temple, built from coral and has inscriptions dating from the 10th century. The leafy main street Jalan Danau Tamblingan is lined with art galleries and restaurants.
Where to stay: I have stayed at many hotels in Sanur, here are some of my favourites.
The Alantara Sanur – Rates starting from $160 USD per night
Tandjung Sari Hotel, Sanur – Rates starting from $110 USD per night
Hotel Inna Bali Beach Garden – Rates starting from $40USD per night
Guest house Tropical Bali Hotel – – Rates starting from $56USD per night
Hotel Sanur House – Rates starting from $20USD per night
Seminyak is a beach resort area at the southern end of Bali, Indonesia, with many luxury hotels, villas and spas, as well as high-end shopping and restaurants. Sleek bars and clubs with busy sunset scenes line Seminyak and Petitenget beaches, which are wide, west-facing stretches of Indian Ocean shoreline with gray sand and good surfing conditions. Seminyak is the more western and expensive region on the island, and hotels here are mostly more than $100 a night. But you do get what you pay for!
Where to stay: I have stayed at many hotels in Seminyak, here are some of my favourites.
eqUILIBRIA Seminyak – Rates starting from $295 USD per night. (Private pool available)
Villa Lodek Deluxe – Rates starting from $217 USD per night. (Private pool available)
W Bali – Seminyak – Rates starting from $327 USD per night
Villa Karisa Boutique Hotel – Rates starting from $44 USD per night. (Try the deluxe double room)
Kosta Hostel – Rates starting from $11 USD per night (cheaper for dorm beds)
A quieter region of the island is located around the small town of Canggu. The area has black sand beaches and is known mostly for its surfing! It’s surrounded by terraced rice paddies and known for beaches like Canggu and Echo, with strong surf. The nearby Seminyak resort area has high-end shops and restaurants. Just south of Seminyak, the beachside town of Kuta is known for its nightlife. North of Canggu, Tanah Lot is a Hindu temple that sits just offshore on a rocky outcrop.
Where to stay: I have stayed at many hotels in Canggu, here are some of my favourites.
Villa Uma Girasole – Double rooms starting from $183 USD per night. (Up to 6 people are allowed in the room)
Ngeluwungan Boutique Villa – Double rooms starting from $66 USD per night. (Sun terrace available)
The Slow – Double rooms starting from $136 USD per night
Regali Villa Canggu – Double rooms starting from $133 USD per night. (Private pool available)
Canggu Beach Hostel – Price: $26 For Double Room. (Dorm rooms available for $9)
Ubud is my favourite place in Bali because there is so much to do here! Ubud is the cultural hub of Bali and is the place that I would recommend you go if you want to experience real Balinese culture. Situated right in the centre of Bali surrounded by dense jungle, there are no beaches here, just beautiful nature and wildlife. Udud is known as a center for traditional crafts and dance as well as yoga, wellbeing and massage. The surrounding Ubud District’s rainforest and terraced rice paddies, dotted with Hindu temples and shrines, are among Bali’s most famous landscapes. Ancient holy sites include the intricately carved Goa Gajah (“Elephant Cave”) and Gunung Kawi, with its rock-cut shrines.
Where to stay: I have stayed at many hotels in Ubud, here are some of my favourites.
Aria Villas Ubud – Rates starting from $243 USD per night. (Sun terrace and private pool available)
Viceroy Bali – Rates starting from $596 USD per night. (Private pool available)
COMO Uma Ubud – Rates starting from $306 USD per night. (Try the one bedroom villa)
Alaya Resort Jembawan – Rates starting from $107 USD per night. (Max 2 people)
Adi Cottage – Rates starting from $40 per night. (Private balcony available)
Ubud Sari Health Resort – Rates starting from $49 USD per night. (Sun terrace available)
THE GILI ISLANDS
One of the top 5 things to do in Bali is to visit the Gili Islands! There are three islands to choose from including: Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno and all are worth a visit. I’ve visited Gili T and Gili, and found them both super different, Gili T was the party island, whereas Gili M was like a paradise island. Getting to the islands is easy, with boats leaving from Padang Bai on the mainland and it takes about two hours to reach the islands. When you’re there why not head in to the water for some snorkelling, wander around the island talking to locals and try and find some wild sea turtles.
Where to stay: I have stayed at many hotels in The Gili Islands, here are some of my favourites.
Gili T: The Trawangan Resort – Rates starting from $100USD per night.
Gili Meno: Villa Mojo – Rates starting from $250USD per night.
Gili Air: Grand Sunset Gili Air – Rates starting from $45USD per night.
Gili Air: Manta Dive Gili Air Resort – Rates starting from $45USD per night.
Gili T: Gili Breeze Tropical Bungalows – Rates starting from $30USD per night.
Gili Meno: Fantastic Cottages – Rates starting from $15USD per night
Gili Air: Scallywags Mango Motel – Rates starting from $20USD per night.
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