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Bali Travel Guide: Where to Stay in Bali

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!

In absence of me having visited over the past three years I have got nostalgic and decided to pull together more content from my time travelling around south east asia and Indonesia. This guide to 2 weeks in Bali will help you plan your trip, find somewhere to stay in Bali, give you ideas on things to do in Bali and much more. 

You may have many questions about your 2 weeks in Bali. But fear not! This guide will answer all your questions about where should you stay in Bali.

Once you land in Bali, will you arrive to Denpasar Airport which is close to the beachside city of Kuta on the south of the island. Kuta has lively bars, night clubs and trendy restaurants, 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, so whether you are a pro or want to learn make sure you add a stop here. 

Then if you head further inland you’ll come across the gorgeous intimate town of Ubud, a hillside town known for its spa treatments, yoga, monkey forest and buddha bowls. It’s also where a lot of the yoga retreats and meditation centres are on the island, so is perfect if you want some time to relax and recoup.

 

READ MORE: Ultimate Guide to one week in Bali Itinerary

Where to stay in Bali

Where to stay in Bali: Regions

Here are the various regions you could stay during your trip to Bali, I’ve stayed all over and can promise you Ubud is amazing! Or you could opt to stay in Kuta or Seminyak, depending on whether you are travelling as a backpacker, couple or family. Here is my guide of where to stay in Bali….

  • South Bali – Kuta, Western Bukit, Uluwatu, Canggu, Denpasar, Jimbaran, Legian, Nusa Dua, Sanur, Seminyak, and Tanah Lot
  • Central Bali – Ubud, Gianyar, Bedugul, Tabanan
  • West Bali – Negara, Gilimanuk, Medewi Beach, Pemuteran
  • North Bali – Lovina, Singaraja
  • East Bali – Amed, Besakih, Candidasa, Kintamani, Klungkung, Mount Agung, Padang Bai, Tirta Gangga
  • Outer Islands – Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan

And if you’ve got more time, why not also spend some time travelling between the islands of Indonesia.

Where to stay in Bali

Where to stay in Bali

KUTA

Kuta is one of the main cities in Bali and is the central party spot on the island. One of the most fun things to do in Bali is head out for a night in Kuta! Bali’s top nightlife venues and best clubs are spread throughout Kuta, Legian and Seminyak.

My favourite place in Kuta is Sky Garden Lounge; there are a range of different venues within the super club, where you can hang out, drink and dine, the complex’s top floor is where everybody heads first.

Where to stay: I have stayed at many hotels in Kuta, here are some of my favourites.

Luxury Hotels 

Hard Rock Hotel Bali – Double rooms starting from $194 USD per night

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort – Double rooms starting from $152 USD per night.

Mid Range 

Grand Istana Rama Hotel – Double rooms starting from $45 USD per night.

Kuta Lagoon Resort and Pool Villas – Double rooms starting from $90 USD per night

Budget

Bread and Jam Hostel – Double rooms starting from $19 USD per night

H-ostel Bali – Double rooms starting from $17 USD per night 

Where to stay in Bali

Where to stay in Bali

SANUR

Sanur is a seaside town in the southeast of the island of Bali and is a favourite with couples and families due to its long sandy beaches and shallow waters. The ocean here is calm and great for children, snorkelling and relaxing by the beach. You can also find the colorful jukung fishing boats here, as well as the town being close to other tourist attractions in Bali such as Pura Blanjong temple, which was built from coral and has to be seen to be believed. 

Where to stay: I have stayed at many hotels in Sanur, here are some of my favourites.

Luxury Hotels 

The Alantara Sanur – Rates starting from $160 USD per night

Tandjung Sari Hotel, Sanur – Rates starting from $110 USD per night

Mid Range 

Hotel Inna Bali Beach Garden – Rates starting from $40USD per night

Guest house Tropical Bali Hotel – – Rates starting from $56USD per night

Budget

Hotel Sanur House – Rates starting from $20USD per night

Where to stay in Bali

Where to stay in Bali

SEMINYAK

Seminyak is a beach resort area at the southern end of Bali, Indonesia, with many luxury hotels, villas and spas and it’s a popular area for couples and families, with their resort life. There are also many bars, cafes and clubs, offering visitors the opportunity to splash the cash. Whilst here you could also head to the beautiful Petitenget beaches, which are wide, west-facing stretches of Indian Ocean shoreline and a great place for an hour of surfing. Seminyak is the more western and expensive region on the island, and hotels here are tend to cost more than $100 a night. 

Where to stay: I have stayed at many hotels in Seminyak, here are some of my favourites.

Luxury Hotels 

eqUILIBRIA Seminyak – Rates starting from $295 USD per night.

Villa Lodek Deluxe – Rates starting from $217 USD per night.

W Bali – Seminyak – Rates starting from $327 USD per night

Budget

Villa Karisa Boutique Hotel – Rates starting from $44 USD per night.

Kosta Hostel – Rates starting from $11 USD per night

Where to stay in Bali

Where to stay in Bali

CANGGU

Canggu used to be a quiet and lesser known area of the island of Bali, but over the past few years has become a haven for digital nomads and backpackers alike. It’s surrounded by terraced rice paddies and known for beaches like Canggu and Echo, with strong surf which draws in the crowds. Just north of Canggu, you will find the iconic temple of Tanah Lot, 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.

Luxury Hotels 

Villa Uma Girasole – Double rooms starting from $183 USD per night. 

The Slow – Double rooms starting from $136 USD per night

Mid Range 

Regali Villa Canggu – Double rooms starting from $133 USD per night

Ngeluwungan Boutique Villa – Double rooms starting from $66 USD per night.

Budget

Canggu Beach Hostel – Price: $26 For Double Room

Where to stay in Bali

Where to stay in Bali

UBUD

One of my favourite places in Bali is Ubud. 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. This is where you want to go for amazing food, yoga and rice field adventures.

And it’s also home to monkey forest and stunning temples, as well as hundreds of juice bars, yoga studios and wellness retreats. I love Ubud but it can get quite busy so if you can, go out of season to really enjoy it’s comforts. The surrounding Ubud District’s rainforest and terraced rice paddies, dotted with Hindu temples and shrines, are among Bali’s most famous landscapes.

Where to stay: I have stayed at many hotels in Ubud, here are some of my favourites.

Luxury Hotels 

Aria Villas Ubud – Rates starting from $243 USD per night

COMO Uma Ubud – Rates starting from $306 USD per night.

Viceroy Bali – Rates starting from $596 USD per night.

Mid Range 

Alaya Resort Jembawan – Rates starting from $107 USD per night.

Budget

Adi Cottage – Rates starting from $40 per night

Ubud Sari Health Resort – Rates starting from $49 USD per night

Where to stay in Bali

Where to stay in Bali

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.

Luxury Hotels 

Gili T: The Trawangan Resort – Rates starting from $100USD per night.

Gili Meno: Villa Mojo – Rates starting from $250USD per night.

Mid Range 

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.

Budget

Gili Meno: Fantastic Cottages – Rates starting from $15USD per night

Gili Air: Scallywags Mango Motel – Rates starting from $20USD per night.

Where to stay in Bali

Photo credits: All images from booking.com

 

Did you enjoy my guide to where to stay in Bali?

 

Other posts that may help you:

Ultimate Guide to one week in Bali Itinerary

A Guide to a Weekend in The Gili Islands

A Guide to Where to Stay in Bali

25 Fun things to do in Bali

Gili Islands Accommodation: Backpacker Hostels to 5* Luxury

 

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