where to stay in bali - one of the best accommodation in bali

Where to Stay in Bali – Best areas and hotels

It’s very important to know the best areas and hotels to stay in Bali. Choosing good accommodation is essential for a destination like this, where you can find cheap and high-quality hotels if you know what to look for.

However, before you marvel at the best accommodation deals in Bali, I advise you to decide the best Bali itinerary for you taking into account the number of days you’ll be staying. Although it isn’t a large island, most of Bali’s temples and other points of interest are very far away from each other, so if you don’t want to waste a lot of time on transportation, you have to choose where to sleep in Bali with care.

Unless you just want to be on the beach, it’s a good idea to divide your stay among two or three accommodations, which will allow you to visit the surroundings without wasting too much time moving from one place to another.

girl walking in bali finding a cheap accomodation

Although the prices of hotels in Bali are higher than those in the rest of the country, compared to European standards, accommodation in Bali is cheap and often even has some deals.

Before we start, we want to say that we don’t like the hotel chains where once you go to one, it’s like you’ve been to them all. In this article, you’ll find our recommendations of hotels in Bali; in addition to the price-quality ratio, we always look for accommodations that have personality and that, independent of the budget, turn the stay into a full-blown experience within our trip. For us, this is very important when talking about planning a trip to Bali, so we have chosen the best hotels and areas to stay in Bali for you.

BEST AREAS TO STAY IN BALI

There are plenty of accommodation options in Bali, but before talking about specific hotels, in general, these are the best places to stay in Bali:

  • Ubud, the best place to sleep in Bali and get around the island
  • Kuta and Legian, one of the most popular areas to stay in Bali
  • Seminyak, the best neighborhood in Bali to stay in
  • Canggu, one of the best places to stay in Bali
  • Jimbaran, where to find some of the best hotels in Bali
  • Uluwatu, Bali best accommodations with sea views
  • Nusa Dua, one of the most exclusive locations to stay in Bali
  • Sanur, my recommendation for accommodation in Bali if you like diving
  • Bedugul, one of the quietest areas to stay in Bali
  • Tulamben, the best village to stay north of Bali

Below, I’ll give you our recommendations on where to sleep in Bali so that your stay is unparalleled.

ACCOMMODATION IN BALI

To help you with the question “where should I book my hotel in Bali?” in this section, you will find both cheap hotels and luxury accommodation in Bali. Depending on your situation and the type of trip you’re going to do (as a couple, with friends, with family, or alone) we’ll recommend one or the other. To always give you the best option, we have selected the cheapest hostels in Bali, the best hotels in Bali, and luxury resorts in Bali.

In case you’re looking for luxury resorts for a honeymoon in Bali, I recommend our selection of the best villas in Bali. You’d be surprised how many affordable options exist. Additionally, in that article, we explain the differences between a villa and a resort in Bali and tell you why you should choose the first option if you want to get the best accommodation for your honeymoon in Bali.

Now, let’s look at the best locations to stay in Bali one by one:

1. Ubud, THE BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI IF YOU WANT TO BE CLOSE TO ANYTHING

Ubud is the cultural and artistic center, which is why it’s considered an essential place to visit in Bali. It’s undoubtedly one of the best areas to stay in Bali  because it’s in the center, so most of the Bali day trips depart from here.

There are plenty of things to do in Ubud, such as visiting the Ubud Palace or the Sacred Monkey Forest.

Besides being located in a unique enclave, surrounded by rice fields, it stands out for its variety of restaurants and shops, since it is the most popular area to stay in Bali.

monkey forest ubud, where we book a hotel in bali

Ubud, one of the most popular areas to stay in Bali

If you’re lucky enough to find a vacancy for one of the following accommodations for your dates, I wouldn’t think twice about booking it.

ULUN UBUD RESORT

Ulun Ubud Resort, located in Sanggingan, 3 miles from the Ubud temple, is the perfect hotel for even the most demanding guests. The rooms have a modern Balinese style and your pool in the middle of the Bali jungle will make you never want to return from your vacation.

ADIWANA MONKEY FOREST

Adiwana Monkey Forest is located 1 mile from the Ubud market. This hotel has 21 suites, which mix the charm of the Monkey Forest with the indigenous culture of the area. Wondering where to stay in Bali? If you want greater immersion in Balinese culture, this is one of the best hotels thanks to its healthy and traditional gastronomic offerings.

B SAYA VILLAS

B Saya Villas is a complex that has simple, traditional-style villas with wooden furniture. Since it’s located among rice fields, you’ll have fantastic sunset views from your terrace. In addition, every morning, they organize yoga sessions. For me, it’s one of the best accommodations in Bali, with prices starting at $40 per night.

TEJA HOME STAY

Teja Home Stay is located near the Ubud art market. This family business is one of the most popular hotels in Bali. It stands out for its garden surrounded by fountains, where you can see exotic birds. It offers rooms from $20 per night with continental breakfast included.

 

2. Kuta AND Legian, WHERE TO SLEEP IN BALI IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR NIGHTLIFE

In Kuta and Legian, you can find some of the best cheap accommodation in Bali perfect for groups, since most of the island’s clubs are located here.

However, there aren’t just nightclubs in Kuta and Legian, so, in addition to many young people, families and couples choose this area to stay in Bali because they prefer to be close to the beach, shopping centers, restaurants, etc.

beach colored umbrellas in kuta, one of the best areas to stay in Bali

Kuta, the best area to sleep in Bali if you like to party

You should bear in mind that this is the favorite spot for the large number of Australian tourists who decide to spend their holidays in Bali, so, if you’re thinking of staying in Kuta or Legian and you’re traveling during the high season of Bali, you’ll need to book your room well in advance. These are some of our favorite accommodations.

THE SANDI PHALA BEACH RESORT AND MA JOLY RESTAURANT, KUTA

This boutique hotel mixes tradition with luxury and nature. From the tropical garden of The Sandi Phala you can enjoy incredible sunsets overlooking the white sand beach located at the foot of the hotel. Since it’s only 15 minutes by car from the airport, this hotel is ideal for those who want to say goodbye to Bali in style.

THE STONES – LEGIAN BALI, MARRIOTT’S AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION HOTEL, KUTA

This resort has a spectacular pool from which you can admire its vertical garden. The Stones has a spa specializing in therapies from Southeast Asia and an Indonesian restaurant. It’s undoubtedly one of the best luxury hotels in Bali, with prices from $100 per night.

SUN ISLAND HOTEL & SPA LEGIAN

Located just a few feet from the beach, Sun Island Hotel & Spa Legian is  an oasis of tranquility on one of the most vibrant streets of Legian. It has two restaurants, which serve Oriental dishes in a contemporary style. In addition to having several swimming pools, they offer spa services and a weekly calendar with several activities, such as craft classes, towel doubling, cooking, or music sessions.

CARA CARA INN, KUTA

This simple but colorful hostel where you won’t stop taking photos is 700 feet from the central square of Kuta. Cara Cara Inn, offers beds in both shared rooms and private rooms, so it’s one of the best accommodation options in Bali for solo travelers or groups of friends.


 

3. Seminyak, THE DISTRICT where i recommend staying IN BALI

Seminyak is a residential area southwest of Bali known for its beaches, nightlife, and good atmosphere. Among its attractions is the La Plancha bar, which has a chill-out area on the beach with very brightly colored umbrellas; this area is especially recommended for watching the sunset.

sunset from seminyak, the area I recommend to stay in bali

Seminyak, the neighborhood to stay in Bali that I recommend

Without a doubt, Seminyak is a good place to stay in Bali if you want to have lots of shops and restaurants nearby but also escape from the bustle of Kuta.

If you’re looking for cheap hotels in Bali I would suggest you start here. However, in this area, you can also find some all-inclusive hotels in Bali, an option we decided not to try during our 7-day Bali itinerary.

IZE SEMINYAK

IZE Seminyak is a modern design hotel that creates a cool urban refuge. This hotel stands out for the roof terrace with pool and bar, and its spa and wellness services. Just 15 minutes from the beach, it has restaurants with Oriental and European fusion food.

LLOYD’S INN BALI

Lloyd’s Inn is one of my favorite places to stay in Bali. This modern hotel has something of interest for everyone. Its contemporary style combines monochromatic decoration with pieces of wood. The showers are an open concept design, so you can enjoy the outdoors from the privacy of your room. In addition, it is less than a 10-minute walk from the beach and close to the best restaurants and shops in the area.

DASH HOTEL SEMINYAK

Dash Hotel Seminyak is, without a doubt, one of the hotels with the most personality and the most Seminyak atmosphere. In this hotel, the custom-made iron furniture is fused with paintings and accented by colorful sculptures and retro, industrial-style lighting. It has a spa, gym, and an amazing roof terrace. If you’re looking for accommodation in Bali thats different from everything else, you should check this place out.

SUMMERHOME SEMINYAK

Summerhome Seminyak is an eleven-room boutique hotel in a colonial beach style and decorated with white and light colors to create a sense of tranquility. If you want to rest during your trip, this is a very good accommodation option in Bali.


 

4. Canggu, THE BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI FOR SURFERS

Canggu is a fishing town located 6 miles from Kuta. Its environment is calmer than Kuta and Seminyak and more oriented towards cultural activities and rest. Along its beaches, there are two centuries-old temples: Pura Batu Bolong and Pura Batu Mejan. As for its establishments, the Lawn bar stands out, especially for its cocktails, as well as the Ji restaurant Bali, where both Oriental and Western dishes are served.

surfers in canggu one of the areas with best accommodation in Bali

Canggu, best place to stay in Bali and surf

In addition, it is, without doubt, one of the best areas to sleep in Bali if you want to surf or you have to rent a scooter in Bali. Here are my accommodation recommendations:

Theanna Eco Villa and Spa, Canggu

Designed with a mix of Balinese, Japanese, and Scandinavian styles, Theanna Eco Villa is located near the beach. Here, you can not only enjoy the advantages of a villa with butler service and private pool, but you can also benefit from the resort’s services, such as a spa and infinity pool.

KALAPA BOUTIQUE RESORT & YOGA, CANGGU

Kelapa is a small boutique hotel offering spacious villas with open spaces in a traditional Javanese rustic style. It’s ideal for nature lovers who want to escape the hustle and bustle but be close to the beach since it’s only 9 minutes away. In addition to having a Balinese massage area, it offers free daily yoga sessions.

ASTON CANGGU BEACH RESORT

Aston Canggu Beach Resort is a four-star hotel located on the beachfront, with spectacular panoramic views of the sea. The rooms have balconies from which you can listen to the singing of birds in the morning, and from the rooftop pool, you can enjoy incredible sunsets. You can sleep in one of Bali’s finest accommodations from $70 a night.

EASTIN ASHTA RESORT CANGGU

Eastin Ashta Resort is located a six-minute walk from Echo Beach. This three-star resort stands out for its colorful personality. The reception and colorful stairs will grab your attention immediately. In addition, it serves an excellent breakfast and its rooms are surprisingly spacious.


 

5. Jimbaran AND SOME OF THE BEST BALI HOTELS

Jimbaran is a fishing village in the south of Kuta. This very popular area to stay in Bali is also famous for its spectacular white sand beaches. In this town, you can visit the Garuda Wisnu Kencana – a park designed in honor of the Hindu god Vishnu that has impressive statues of up to 400 feet. Visiting this park is one of the most fascinating things to do in Bali.

white sand beach of jimbaran with restaurant, one of the best areas to stay in bali

Jimbaran and some of the best hotels in Bali

If you decide to spend some time in Jimbaran, these are the best hotels for every budget.

RIMBA JIMBARAN BALI BY AYANA

RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA is a spectacular five-star hotel that has a huge garden, twelve swimming pools, two spas, three restaurants, and private beach access. Furthermore, at its facilities, you can find all kinds of activities for the whole family, from Balinese painting, yoga, or cooking classes to bicycle tours or beach picnics.

JIMBARAN BAY VILLAS

Just 1,200 feet from the beach, Jimbaran Bay Villas offers villas with a simple style and a pool with a waterfall. Jimbaran Bay Villas is located in the best area of ​​Jimbaran, close to many restaurants where you can eat grilled fish or seafood.

KERATON JIMBARAN RESORT

Keraton Jimbaran Resort is located on the seafront and next to Jimbaran’s famous seafood market. This traditional Balinese hotel is surrounded by tropical gardens. It has a spa, two restaurants, two bars, and direct access to the beach.

FOX HARRIS JIMBARAN BEACH

Just five minutes from the beach, FOX HARRIS is defined by elements of art, culture, and contemporary style. In addition, it offers exclusive spa and wellness treatments.


 

6. Uluwatu, ONE OF THE BEST ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS IN BALI

Uluwatu is located on the south of the island and is undoubtedly one of the most exclusive areas to stay in Bali. Some of its high cliffs with incredible views of the Indian Ocean even allow space for small beaches. Moreover, in this area, there are important temples, such as the Pura Uluwatu, one of the most important attractions to see in Bali.

uluwatu temple at sunset, one of the quietest areas to stay in Bali

Uluwatu, one of the best accommodation options in Bali

These are some of the essential places to stay in Bali if you go to the Uluwatu area.

ANANTARA ULUWATU BALI RESORT

Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort is one of the most exclusive accommodations in Bali and is located in a unique enclave near the Pura Uluwatu temple and Nusa Dua beach. The resort offers views of the Indian Ocean from all angles, as well as rooms and villas in a contemporary Balinese style with direct access to an infinity pool and a balcony with jacuzzi.

RENAISSANCE BALI ULUWATU RESORT & SPA

This modern luxury resort in Bali is surrounded by hills. Both its rooms and the infinity pool have incredible views of the jungle and the ocean. At Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa staff can provide information about the history of the indigenous people in the area, and you can even relax with a spa session.

TORAJA BAMBU BOUTIQUE HOTEL

As its name suggests, this eleven-room boutique hotel is built with bamboo. Toraja Bambu Boutique promises a totally immersive experience. Its rooms have traditional Indonesian interior and exterior finishes, and overlook the pool and jungle.

PADANG-PADANG INN

Padang-Padang Inn is a three-star hotel that stands out for its proximity to Padang-Padang beach, famous for its slanting palm tree. A great low-priced option, it has an attractive pool, and car and bicycle rental service.


 

7. Nusa Dua, ACCOMMODATION FOR YOUR HONEYMOON IN BALI

Very close to Uluwatu is Nusa Dua, a place where it’s essential to stay in Bali if you are a lover of luxury tourism.

Located on the south of the island, Nusa Dua has gained popularity since the 70s. Today it’s the area where you’ll find the most luxurious hotels in Bali.

Blue beach of Nusa Dua in Bali Luxury accommodations

Nusa Dua, the best accommodations in Bali for honeymoon

It is known for its 5-star resorts, and some of the most romantic hotels in Bali are also located here. If you want to spend a single night in one of the luxury resorts in Bali, I recommend you do it in one of the resorts we found in this area of ​​the island.

THE LAGUNA, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT & SPA, NUSA DUA, BALI

The Laguna is one of the most popular accommodations in Bali because at the foot of it, you’ll find a gorgeous white sand beach. In addition to incredible views of the Indian Ocean, beautiful tropical gardens, and butler service, this resort & spa offers activities such as diving or local craft classes for greater immersion in Balinese culture.

SADARA BOUTIQUE BEACH RESORT

All rooms at this 5-star Bali resort have ocean views and balconies overlooking a tropical garden. The design of Sadara Boutique Beach Resort is based on Balinese heritage, but it exceeds the expectations of its clients with its contemporary urban touch and a sustainable approach to tourism.

THE GRAND BALI NUSA DUA

This establishment is a four-star hotel that has a quiet private beach and a beach club located 5 minutes by car from the hotel. Its lush vegetation is a key element in the decoration of The Grand Bali Nusa Dua.

ALINDRA VILLA

Alidra Villa offers rooms with open spaces in a traditional Balinese style and with hot tubs. Guests receive a small welcome tropical fruit basket.


 

8. Sanur, QUIET AREA TO SLEEP IN BALI

Sanur is definitely a good area to stay in Bali if you are a diving enthusiast.

Five-star hotels abound in this enclave that’s 2 square miles southwest of Bali, and many of them have direct access to the beach. Although it’s an area that has shops and restaurants, it’s quite quiet and has a limited nightlife.

Most travelers who choose this area to sleep in Bali do so because of the incredible seabed nearby or to visit the Gili Islands,  since the ferry to Gili Trawangan is very close to here.

coral in bali divers underwater and goldfish. Sanur is one of the areas with the best bali hotels

Sanur, one of the best areas to stay if you want to dive

It’s also one of the areas with more accommodation options in Bali, among which the following stand out.

TANDJUNG SARI HOTEL

This small hotel is a family business that stands out for its exteriors. Its gardens contain antiques. At Tandjung Sari Hotel, events are held where local groups perform traditional dances. In addition, its restaurant offers dishes with a rustic and traditional Indonesian style.

MAYA SANUR RESORT & SPA

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa is a five-star ecological boutique resort with something for everyone. Its modern design is mixed with elements of Balinese tradition, and vegetation forms a key element of the hotel. It offers yoga lessons every morning, wellness services, and an infinity pool.

SUDAMALA SUITES & VILLAS

The art, craftsmanship, and traditional values ​​of Bali are the central elements in the design of this hotel. Sudamala Suites & Villas seeks to foster an authentic link between the traveler and the traditions of Bali through cultural connections, culinary explorations, and tranquil rest in a unique enclave.

SANTHI & TRESNA BOUTIQUE ECO-HOUSE

Santhi & Tresna Boutique Eco-House is a spacious villa with a six-person capacity and a minimalist design that is located only 500 feet from the beach of Mertasari and less than 3 miles from the island of the turtles.


 

9. Bedugul, A DIFFERENT AREA WHERE TO STAY IN BALI

Bedugul is one of the quietest areas to stay in Bali. Between mountains and near Lake Bratan, in this region, you’ll find the Pura Ulun Danu temple, one of the most well-known and photographed temples on the island.

Temple Tanah Lot in Bali

Bedugul, a different area to stay in Bali

In this area, you’ll also find the Botanical Garden of Bali, which contains more than 21,000 plants belonging to 2,400 species, and the GitGit waterfalls.

If you like to surround yourself with nature on your vacation, this is one of the best accommodation options in Bali.

MUNDUK MODING PLANTATION NATURE RESORT & SPA

Only a 15-minute walk from the Munduk waterfall, this boutique hotel offers luxury villas and suites from which you can observe a unique setting. In this resort in the middle of the jungle in Bali, you can even have breakfast in the infinity pool. In addition, Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort offers coffee made from beans grown in the fields around the hotel. Rooms start at $140 per night.

SARANAM RESORT & SPA BALI

This four-star resort offers spacious villas that overlook and blend into the rice fields. In the surroundings of the resort, you can do activities such as golf or hiking. In addition, Saranam has a fitness center, spa, jacuzzi, an incredible pool, and massage service.

THE GARUDA VILLA AND RESTAURANT

This hotel is at the top of a mountain and has splendid views of the lakes and the jungle, especially from its rooftop. The Garuda Villa has a restaurant where local, Asian, and American dishes are offered.

VILLAGE ABOVE THE CLOUDS

This small ecological boutique hotel located among the rice fields is the best option if you want to stay in a rural environment. Village Above The Clouds offers free yoga classes every morning. In addition, it offers motorcycle rental service for a very low price.


 

10. Tulamben, BEST LOCATION TO STAY IN NORTHERN BALI

Tulamben is a small fishing village to the northwest, and it’s where to stay in Bali if you’ve come in search of seabed to explore.

It’s the most famous location in Bali to dive, partly because on the coast, you’ll find the Liberty, an American ship sunk by the Japanese in 1942. Tulamben is also perfect for lovers of travel adventure and for those who want to visit the temples in the northwest of the island, such as Pura Besakih or Pura Lempuyang.

paradaise gates lempuyang with mount agung at the background

Tulamben, the best area to stay in northern Bali

If you find a room available in one of the following accommodations, I recommend you book it as soon as possible.

RELAX BALI DIVE & SPA RESIDENCE

This accommodation has small villas with sea views. The location of Relax Bali Dive & SPA Residence is perfect for activities such as hiking, canoeing, snorkeling, and diving.

KUBU INDAH DIVE & SPA RESORT

Located in the small fishing village of Kubu, this 15-bungalow boutique resort has a huge garden with views of Mount Agung and the ocean. Kubu Indah Dive & Spa Resort is run by Marco and Gaby, who are also PADI dive instructors with many years of experience.

VILLA ALBA BALI DIVE RESORT

Located in the town of Rubaya, this hotel is on the beachfront. Its facilities have views of the ocean, its tropical garden, and the Agung and Batur mountains. Villa Alba Bali Dive Resort has two swimming pools, a spa, a wellness area, Chinese, Indonesian and American restaurants, a bar, and a gym. Additionally, it offers diving tours to the Liberty sunken ship or to Nusa Penida, where you can dive with stingrays.

BALI UMAH TINJUNG

This hotel has a design inspired by the traditions of East Bali, and its privileged location will allow you to enjoy being on the beachfront and having a view of Mount Agung at the same time. At Bali Umah Tinjung, they organize visits to the Besakih temple and to Munduk, and adventure activities such as diving, fishing, snorkeling, and hiking, among others.

 

BEST BALI HOTELS

Don’t care about the area where you stay in Bali but want to make sure you choose the best hotel for every occasion? Then check out our list of the best hotels in Bali:

CHEAP ACCOMMODATION IN BALI

Do you want to find the best hotel deals in Bali? If you travel as a backpacker or alone, or you’re taking a long trip and want to save up, you should review the next 5 cheap hotels in Bali. Of course, I’m not recommending them officially, since I’ve never stayed at any of these cheap hostels in Bali:

I repeat, we haven’t been ourselves, nor do we know anyone who has been in these cheap hostels in Bali, so this is not an official recommendation. If you want to see more Bali accommodation deals today:

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MAP OF THE BEST HOTELS OF BALI

Here is a map of the best hotels in Bali. I also recommend downloading this map of Bali where you’ll also find the best areas to stay in Bali.

Before you go, I’ll leave you with the essentials for your trip to Bali:

ESSENTIALS FOR YOUR TRIP TO BALI

I hope this list of areas and hotels to stay in Bali has helped you. If you have any questions or you return from your trip and you want to tell us about your experience with the hotels in Bali, leave us a comment.

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