It’s very important to know the best areas and hotels to stay in Bali. Choosing good accommodation is essential in a destination like this, where we can find cheap and high-quality hotels if we know where 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 available. Although it is not a large island, most of Bali’s temples and other points of interest are very far 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 is advisable to divide your stay into two or three accommodations, which allow you to visit the surroundings without losing too much time moving from one place to another.
Although the prices of hotels in Bali are higher than those of the rest of the country, if we compare with European standards we can say that accommodation in Bali is cheap and often has some promotions.
Before we start, we want to say that we don’t like the hotel chains in which once you go to one is as if you had been in all. In this article, you will find our recommendations of hotels in Bali where, in addition to the price-quality ratio, we always look for accommodations that have personality and that, independently of the budget, turn the stay into an experience within our trip. For us, this is very important when talking about planning a trip to Bali, so we have chosen for you the best hotels and areas to stay in Bali.
BEST AREAS WHERE 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 move 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
Then, I leave you our recommendations on where to sleep in Bali so that your stay is unrepeatable.
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 are going to do (as a couple, with friends, with family or alone) we will 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 are looking for luxury resorts for a honeymoon in Bali, I recommend our selection of the best villas in Bali. You will be surprised to know the number of affordable options that exist. In addition, in that article, we also explain the differences between a villa and a resort in Bali and we tell you why you should choose the first option if you want to get the best accommodations for your honeymoon in Bali.
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 is considered an essential place to visit in Bali. Undoubtedly, it is one of the best areas to stay in Bali since, being in the center, 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, being the most popular area to stay in Bali.
So, if you are lucky enough to find a vacancy for one of the following accommodations for your dates, I would not think twice.
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. If you want a greater immersion in the Balinese culture, this is one of the best hotels where to stay in Bali thanks to its healthy and traditional gastronomic offer.
B Saya Villas is a complex that has simple, traditional style villas with wooden furniture. Being located between rice fields, from your terrace you will have fantastic sunset views. In addition, every morning they organize yoga sessions. For me, it is one of the best accommodations in Bali with a price starting at $40 per night.
In Kuta and Legian we find some of the best cheap accommodation in Bali perfect for groups since most of the island’s clubs are located here.
However, not all are nightclubs in Kuta and Legian, so, in addition to many young people, there are families and couples who choose this area to stay in Bali because they prefer to be close to the beach, shopping centers, restaurants, etc.
You should bear in mind that this is the favorite area by the large number of Australian tourists who decide to spend their holidays in Bali, so, if you are thinking of staying in Kuta or Legian and you are traveling during the high season of Bali, you will need to book your room well in advance. These are some of our favorite accommodations.
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. Being only 15 minutes by car from the airport, this hotel is ideal for those who want to say goodbye to Bali with style.
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, being undoubtedly one of the best luxury hotels in Bali with prices from $100 per night.
Located just a few feet from the beach, Sun Island Hotel & Spa Legian is an oasis of tranquility in one of the most vibrant streets of Legian. It has two restaurants in which oriental dishes with a contemporary style are presented. 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.
3. Seminyak, THE DISTRICT THAT I RECOMMEND TO STAY IN BALI
Seminyak is a residential area southwest of Bali known for its beaches and its nightlife and good atmosphere. Among its attractions is the La Plancha bar, which has a chillout area on the beach with very bright colored umbrellas, especially recommended to watch the sunset.
Without a doubt, Seminyak is a good place to stay in Bali if we want to have nearby shops and restaurants, but also to escape from the bustle of Kuta.
If you are looking for cheap hotels in Bali I would suggest you start here; Although, in this area, we can also find some of the all-inclusive hotels in Bali, a modality that we decided not to try during our 7-day Bali itinerary.
Lloyd’s Inn is one of my favorite places to stay in Bali. This modern hotel doesn’t leave anyone indifferent. Its contemporary style combines the use of monochromatic decoration with pieces of wood. The showers are designed in an open concept, so you can enjoy the outdoors from the privacy of your room. In addition, it is less than 10 minutes walk from the beach and close to the best restaurants and shops in the area.
Dash Hotel Seminyak is without a doubt one of the hotels with more personality and with more atmosphere of Seminyak. In this hotel the custom made iron furniture is fused with paintings, with colorful sculptures and with retro lighting of industrial style. It has a spa, gym, and an amazing roof terrace. If you are looking for accommodation in Bali different from everything else, you should take a look.
4. Canggu, THE BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI FOR SURFERS
Canggu is a town of fishing origin 6 miles from Kuta. Its environment is calmer than Kuta and Seminyak and more oriented to 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, and the Ji restaurant Bali, where both Oriental and Western dishes are served.
In addition, it is, without doubt, one of the best areas to sleep in Bali if you want to surf or you have rent a scooter in Bali. Here I leave my accommodation recommendations.
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 or infinity pool.
Kelapa is a small boutique hotel offering spacious villas with open spaces with a traditional Javanese rustic style. It is ideal for nature lovers who want to escape the bustle, but be close to the beach, since it is only 9 minutes away. In addition to having a Balinese massage area, it offers free daily yoga sessions.
Aston Canggu Beach Resort is a four-star hotel located on the beachfront with spectacular panoramic views of the sea. The rooms have a balcony 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 is located six minutes walk from Echo Beach. This three-star resort stands out for its colorful personality. The reception and colorful stairs will catch 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, whose visit is one of the most curious things to do in Bali.
If you decide to spend some nights in Jimbaran, these are the best hotels for every budget.
RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA is a spectacular five-star hotel that has a huge garden and twelve swimming pools, two spas, three restaurants and private beach access. In addition, in its facilities, you can perform all kinds of activities for the whole family, from Balinese painting, yoga or cooking classes to bicycle tours or beach picnics.
6. Uluwatu, ONE OF THE BEST ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS IN BALI
Uluwatu is 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 leave space for small beaches. In addition, in this area, there are important temples such as the Pura Uluwatu, one of the most important attractions to see in Bali.
These are some of the essential places to stay in Bali if you go to the Uluwatu area.
Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort is one of the most exclusive accommodations in Bali, 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 and rooms and villas with a contemporary Balinese style with direct access to the infinity pool and a balcony with jacuzzi.
This modern luxury resort in Bali is surrounded by hills. Both its rooms and the infinity pool have incredible views of the jungle that end in the ocean. At Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa staff can provide information about the history of the indigenous people in the area and relax with a spa session.
7. Nusa Dua, ACCOMMODATION FOR YOUR HONEYMOON IN BALI
Very close to Uluwatu is Nusa Dua, a place that is essential to stay in Bali if you are a lover of luxury tourism.
Located to the south of the island, Nusa Dua has gained popularity since the 70s, being today the area where we find the most luxurious hotels in Bali.
It is known for its 5-star resorts and because 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 would recommend you do it in one of the resorts that we found in this area of the island.
The Laguna is one of the most popular accommodation in Bali because at its feet we find a 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.
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 the Balinese heritage while exceeding the expectations of the clients with a contemporary urban touch and with a sustainable approach to tourism.
8. Sanur, QUIET AREA WHERE TO SLEEP IN BALI
Sanur is definitely a good area to stay in Bali if you are a diving enthusiast.
In this enclave of 2 square miles southwest of Bali abound five-star hotels, many of them with direct access to the beach. Although it is an area that has shops and restaurants, it is quite quiet and has a limited nightlife.
It is also one of the areas with more accommodation options in Bali, among which the following stand out.
Maya Sanur Resort & Spa is a five-star ecological boutique resort that leaves no one indifferent. Its modern design is mixed with elements of the Balinese tradition, where vegetation also counts as a key element of the hotel. It offers yoga lessons every morning, wellness services and an infinity pool.
The art, craftsmanship and traditional values of Bali are the protagonists in the design of this hotel. Sudamala Suites & Villas seeks an authentic meeting between the traveler and the traditional Bali through cultural connections, culinary explorations and rest in a unique enclave.
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, we find the Pura Ulun Danu temple, one of the most well-known and photographed temples on the island.
In this area, we can also find the Botanical Garden of Bali, which contains more than 21,000 plants belonging to 2,400 species or the GitGit waterfalls.
If you like to surround yourself with nature during your holidays, this is one of the best accommodation options in Bali.
Only 15 minutes 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 have breakfast in the infinity pool. In addition, Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort offers coffee grown in the fields around the hotel. Rooms from $140 per night.
This four-star resort offers spacious villas overlooking the rice fields in which the resort is integrated. 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.
10. Tulamben, BEST LOCATION TO STAY IN BALI NORTH
Tulamben is a small fishing village to the northwest, where to stay in Bali if you come in search of seabed to explore.
It is the most famous location in Bali to dive, partly because at the coast you can find the Liberty, an American ship sunk by the Japanese in 1942. Tulamben is also perfect for lovers of adventure travel and for those who want to visit the temples in the northwest of the island, such as Pura Besakih or Pura Lempuyang.
If you find a room available in one of the following accommodations, I recommend you book it as soon as possible.
Located in the town of Rubaya, this hotel is located 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, spa, wellness area, Chinese, Indonesian and American restaurants, bar and gym. In addition, it offers diving tours to the Liberty sunken ship or to Nusa Penida, where you can dive with stingrays.
This hotel has a design inspired by the tradition of East Bali, its privileged location will make you enjoy being on the beachfront and have at the same time a view of Mount Agung. In 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 you care about the area where you stay in Bali but want to make sure you choose the best hotel for every occasion? Then check our list of the best hotels in Bali:
- Best hotel for a honeymoon in Bali – Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
- Best hotel for backpackers in Bali – Nick’s Homestay
- Best all-inclusive hotel in Bali – Korurua Villa
- Best hotel with private beach in Bali – The St. Regis Bali Resort
- Best luxury hotel in Bali – Wapa di Ume
- Hotel in the middle of the jungle in Bali – Ayung Resort
- Cheap Bali accommodations perfect for groups – Peppers Seminyak
- Bali’s most romantic hotel – Villa Chameleon
- Best overwater bungalows in Bali – There are still overwater villas in Bali!
CHEAP ACCOMMODATION IN BALI
Do you want to find the best hotel deals in Bali? If you travel as a backpacker, alone or you are 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:
- 24/7 Bed & Breakfast: Hammocks for $2. Without a doubt, the cheapest accommodation in Bali (Jimbaran).
- Bali Backpackers Hostel: Bunk beds for $3 in mixed dormitory rooms (Ubud).
- HG Residence: Bed in a single room for $6 (Jimbaran). A good offer of accommodation in Bali.
- M Boutique Hostel: A modern hostel in Bali with bunk beds in shared rooms for $7 (Seminyak).
- Bali Reef Divers Tulamben: Cheap accommodation in Bali with bunk beds from $9 per person in mixed rooms (Tulamben)
I repeat, we have not been or know anyone who has been in these cheap hostels in Bali, so this is not an official recommendation. If you want to see more promotions of accommodation in Bali today:
MAP OF THE BEST HOTELS OF BALI
I leave you a map of the best hotels in Bali. I also recommend downloading this map of Bali where you will also find the best areas to stay in Bali.
Before you go, I leave you the essentials for your trip to Bali:
ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR TRIP TO BALI
- Get $25 DISCOUNT on your first Airbnb reservation.
- CHEAP FERRIES from Bali (without hotel pick-up).
- SIM cards for Bali with UNLIMITED DATA.
- Check the best BALI FLIGHT DEALS.
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 your experience with the hotels in Bali, leave us a comment.