When it comes to your perfect Bali experience, this is the one-stop guide of Bali accommodation you should definitely read.

Having a hard time deciding where you should stay in Bali? Depending on what you’re looking for, different areas on this mystical island of Gods will suit any type of traveler.

Whether you’re a solo backpacker; a couple celebrating a romantic anniversary; a group of friends out to party; or even a family bringing your young children for their first overseas experience – there are many options for different travelers.

We break it down for you in our one-stop, no fuss ‘Where to Stay in Bali’ guide. No matter what you’re traveling to Bali for, you can be assured to have one of the best times ever!

Note: The prices reflected below are the low season rates, and they exclude tax and service charges. Accommodation rates often change with room availability, and low or high seasons. We recommend double checking for the final prices before confirming your booking.

1. FAQ

Q: What are the differences between 3, 4, and 5-star hotels?
A: Typically, 3-stars means comfort, 4-stars means first-class, and 5-stars means luxury. The main differences between 3, 4 and 5 star hotels basically boil down to their amenities/facilities, service, grooming and training of staff.

Q: What are the prices for 3, 4 and 5-star hotels?
A: 3 to 3.5-star hotels range from $20 to $100; 4 to 4.5-star hotels range between $100 to $300; and 5-star hotels go from $300 and above.

Q: What is the difference between villas and hotels?
A: Villas typically contain a kitchen and a living room, you have more space and personal freedom. While hotels in general provide rooms with a bed, bath, etc, without the kitchenette and/or a living space. (Of course if you opt for a big suite in a hotel you will also have a kitchen/pantry and a living room)

Also read: Advice from a host of 8 years: 6 insider tips to find your perfect villa in Bali

Q: What are the high and low (peak/off-peak) seasons in Bali?
A: The peak seasons in Bali consist of June/July/August which are the school holidays period, December (before Christmas till the first week of January) and February which is the Chinese New Year period. On the other hand, the off-peak seasons are between late April to May, and September to November. More resources at Wikitravel

Q: What is the price difference between high season vs low season?
A: Basically, you pay up to 20-40% more for peak seasons.

2. Infographic: Where Should You Stay?


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3. How can you find the best prices for hotels?

With so many different websites selling the same room – hotels themselves, the online travel agencies (the likes of Agoda, – how do you ensure you get the best rate?

Hotelscombined is one of the websites where you can easily compare prices among many major online travel agencies like Agoda, etc.


Also read -> The difference of booking with hotels vs OTAs (online travel agencies)

While it’s good to compare across different such search engines to have more comprehensive results, contacting the hotels directly might get you some special packages that aren’t available elsewhere.

But of course, the rule of thumb is – always check the final price on the final checkout page before making any bookings!

Alternatively, you can also go to reputable offline travel agents in your area , because sometimes they have great packages including flights and they have the experience to guide you on the best flight connections, visa restrictions (for a small fee).

4. Area Guide

4-a. South Bali

4-a-i. Seminyak/Legian – Shop and Party up a Storm


Sophisticated Seminyak is a great (more upmarket) place to shop, visit cafes, and go to the trendiest clubs.

With quirky quality boutiques and cool cafes peppering the area – Seminyak is a good place for group travel and even an all girls retreat!

There are many amazing accommodation all around Seminyak for you to choose from. While Seminyak is sophisticated and fast-paced, Legian is slightly more laidback.


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Where to Stay in Seminyak:

Also read: The ultimate guide to Seminyak accommodation

1. (3-star) 7bidadari Seminyak

7bidadari provides utmost value-for-money with splendid modern, tropical decor complete with quirky vintage vibes. Situated in a quieter area of Seminyak, there is also a convenient shuttle bus to bring you to the main area of Seminyak.


7bidadari Seminyak

From $22

Location : Angel IV road No.7, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 8499656

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2. (4-star) IZE Hotel Seminyak

Situated right in the heart of Seminyak (Jalan Laksmana), and close to everything – IZE gives you the best of both worlds. Great location, and amazing amenities like the perfect rooftop pool to relax at, at the end of the day.


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IZE Hotel Seminyak

From $103

Location : Jl. Kayu Aya, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 8466999

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3. (5-star) Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort & Spa

Stunning views (and equally great service) are what you can expect from Anantara. Swim at the stunning infinity-edge pool, or even get your own Ocean Suite with a beachfront view. Located near everything, Anantara will give you the luxurious Seminyak experience you deserve.


Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort & Spa

From $413

Location : Jl. Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura), Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 737773

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Things to do in Seminyak:

  • Hit one of the hottest clubs on the scene, Potato Head Beach Club!

Also read: 14 unexpectedly amazing things to do in Seminyak


Photo via ulmali blogspot, Arya Swadharma

Where to eat in Seminyak:

  • Brunch at the latest fabulous gypsy café, La Laguna.

Also read: 14 romantic restaurants in Seminyak for an unforgettable memory


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4-a-ii. Kuta – It’s the Simple Life (Surf by Day, Party by Night)


Kuta is well known for its beach life, and of course, the beach bars.

There are many affordable warungs and shops around – such as market stalls selling beachwear and random knickknacks. Poppies lane is in Kuta, and is popular with surfers, backpackers and travelers who want budget accommodation.


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For people who love to surf by day, and just party and drink by the beach with friends by night, Kuta is the place to be.

Where to Stay in Kuta:

1. (3-star) Asana Agung Putra Hotel

At 200 miles away from Kuta Beach, this perfect Kuta budget hotel lets you easily indulge in all the fun water activities nearby. Asana Agung Putra is also located near shops, markets, restaurants and fantastic nightlife for your Kuta holiday. Another great thing to note, this hotel offers interconnecting doors for you and your friends to get together any time.

Also read: 9 amazing budget hotels in Kuta for under $50


Photos via Asana Agung Putra

Asana Agung Putra Hotel

From $30

Location : Jl. Poppies Lane 1. Agung Art Market Kuta – Bali
Contact: +62 361 765662 / +62 361 758369

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2. (4-star) Kuta Heritage Beach Hotel

Located right across Kuta Beach, Kuta Heritage Beach Hotel is a good choice to make. Surrounded by many shops, restaurants, and masseuse spots, you’ll definitely not be bored. And if you do stay here, be sure to make full use of their gorgeous rooftop pool!


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Kuta Heritage Beach Hotel

From $83

Location : Jl. Pantai Kuta, Banjar Pande Mas, Kuta, Jl. Pantai Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 3007080

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3. (5-star) Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

Looking for a room with the best beachview? Sheraton Bali Kuta provides rooms with access to the most glorious view of the beach. Add to that, the beautiful infinity pool, and the proximity to the Beachwalk Mall – and pool parties (with an international DJ) held at the resort itself, your holiday is set.


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Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

From $146

Location : Jalan Raya Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Jl. Pantai Kuta, Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 8465555

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Things to do in Kuta:

Also read: 18 out-of-the-ordinary things you can do in Kuta

Where to eat in Kuta:


What to know (Kuta) :

  • Traffic in Kuta can get really bad, so be prepared for it. Try to get accommodation that is conveniently situated near the places you’ll be visiting.

  • Beware of touts and scams on Kuta Beach.

  • Ladies walking alone in Kuta can attract unnecessary attention – try to avoid walking alone at night especially.

4-a-iii. Nusa Dua – Quench Your Thirst for Aquatic Action


Glass bottomed boat rides, fishing trips, kite-surfing, snorkeling and swimming are but a few of the many aquatic activities available. Adventurers can find water sport action with a huge dose of nature’s beauty at Nusa Dua.


Also read: 8 quirky Bali water activities you don’t need to be a swimmer to enjoy

Apart from aquatic action and nature, people also come for the value for money 5-star beach resorts.


It is also a great honeymoon spot, or for parents who want to bring their children on family-friendly adventures. Nusa Dua is an idyllic location that will leave everyone happy and satisfied.

 Where to Stay in Nusa Dua:

Also read: The ultimate guide to Nusa Dua accommodation

1. (3-star) Hotel Santika Siligita Nusa Dua

While Nusa Dua is one of the more luxurious areas around Bali, Hotel Santika gives you that famed luxury for much less. Enjoy modern design with a traditional touch as Hotel Santika combines Nusa Dua glamour, with good old Indonesian hospitality. And with Tanjung Benoa only minutes away, its easy getting to where the action is.


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Hotel Santika Siligita Nusa Dua

From $30

Location : Jl. Shortcuts Siligita No. 3A, Banjar Peminge, Nusa Dua, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 8465777

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2. (4-star) The Laguna Resort & Spa

If all you’re looking for is a fantastic hotel situated right on the beach, look no further. Your tropical paradise awaits, with a long beachy stretch of pristine white sand, and sparkling turquoise waters. There are even 7 different blue lagoons and pools spread across The Laguna, that will give you the ultimate beach vacation you’ve been waiting for.


The Laguna Resort & Spa

From $165

Location : Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua Lot N2, Nusa Dua, Badung, Bali 80363, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 771327

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3. (5-star) The St. Regis Bali Resort

This 5-star resort is almost entirely surrounded by water. Can you imagine having breakfast on this pavilion that sits on a crystal clear blue lagoon, half the size of a football field? That’s the level of luxury you’ll enjoy if you stay at the St. Regis Bali, which is situated along Nusa Dua’s exclusive beach, set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean.


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The St. Regis Bali Resort

From $420

Address: Kawasan Pariwisata, Nusa Dua Lot S6, Nusa Dua, Bali 8036
Contact: + 62 (361) 8478111
Email[email protected]

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Things to do in Nusa Dua:

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Where to eat in Nusa Dua:

  • For those who are looking for unique places to dine at, Pirate Bay won’t disappoint. While you are chilling out by the beach, your kids will certainly have lots of fun with the pirates ship and tree houses there!


What to know (Nusa Dua):

  • Nusa Dua is known for its all-around luxury. As such, cheap eats are difficult to find.

  • Drive a few minutes to JL Mengiat St, and check out the more affordable restaurants there.

  • Alternatively, go to Tanjung Benoa, along JL Pratama, where there are restaurants along the road.

4-a-iv. Uluwatu/Ungasan/Jimbaran – Visit the Famous Sea Temple and the Suluban Caves


A mixture of luxurious beachy Nusa Dua, and cultural Ubud, Uluwatu is good for travelers like couples, adventurers, and surfers looking for a little bit of both.

Think world-class spas and cuisine, along with beautiful beaches, water sport activities and cultural sights.


Speaking of cliffs, people also come to Uluwatu specially for the cliff-front setting. And with ultra luxurious cliff-front hotels like The Edge, AYANA Resort and Spa, Bulgari, and Khayangan Estate, Uluwatu is a place where wealthy individuals come to holiday, or throw luxe events like weddings.

Where to Stay in Uluwatu/Ungasan/Jimbaran:

Also read: The ultimate guide to Uluwatu accommodation

1. (3-4 star) La Joya II

Also read: 10 budget villas in Uluwatu with pools for under $70

A 5-minute walk from Padi Shopping Centre; 16-minute walk from Klapa New Kuta Beach; and a 20-minute walk from New Kuta Golf – finding fun activities around from La Joya will be a breeze. There are also different types of villas and bungalows to choose from, with a myriad of designs and amazing views (like majestic cliff settings!) available. You’ll be able to find what you’re looking for at La Joya.

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La Joya II

From $71

Location : Jl. Pantai Balangan, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 818-565-839

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1. (5-star) The Edge Bali Villa

Good personal service from an in-house butler, and a crazy view of the Indian Ocean – are just some of the things that come along with a stay at The Edge. If you’re looking for a place to hold your wedding, or have your honeymoon, The Edge counts as one of the best wedding locations in Bali. (Psst. Vivian Hsu actually had her wedding here too!)


The Edge Bali Villa

From $562

Location : Jl. Uluwatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 8470700

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Things to do in Uluwatu:

  • Check out the stunning views at Uluwatu Temple (perched on the edge of a high ocean cliff!) ; or go to Uluwatu Beach and explore the Suluban Caves, which look almost like a set right out of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise.


Where to eat in Uluwatu/Ungasan/Jimbaran:

  • Ju-Ma-Na at Banyan Tree Ungasan offers incredible food to go along with a romantic night dining-under-the-stars with an amazing oceanfront view. If you are craving for affordable seafood in a romantic setting, you can head down to Jimbaran. Our recommendation? Look out for Made Bagus!


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 What to know (Uluwatu):

  • Uluwatu is pretty mountainous and there are very few petrol stations.

  • If you are driving, make sure you have enough petrol to get back.

  • The nearest petrol station is probably in Seminyak or near GWK park.

  • If you can’t find any petrol station, you may purchase a few bottles of petrol from local shops at 10,000IDR per 1 litre bottle.

4-a-v. Sanur – Bring the Kids, It’s a Family-Friendly Vacation!


Sanur has a more traditional vibe and it’s much quieter than Kuta. If you are looking for quiet beach getaway, this is the place to be.


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It has great restaurants without loud music, the beach is calm and no huge waves. It also has a paved 7km walkway.

Of all the lovely places in Bali, Sanur remains one of the most family-friendly locations for parents to bring their kids to.

Where to Stay in Sanur:

Also read: 9 affordable family-friendly Sanur beach hotels that will excite your kids

1. (4-star) Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel

At Prama Sanur, kickback at the poolside Tirta r]Restaurant, and enjoy the beachfront view. Wondering where to take your kids? The hotel’s facilities include the Splash Zone, a wonderful water play area to keep your kids entertained, while cooling them down. There’s also the cool Bamboo Bar for parents who need that chilled drink in hand, and the watersports activity centre for exciting entertainment.


Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel

From $77

Location : Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur, Bali 80228, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 288011

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2. (5-star) Maya Sanur Resort and Spa

The perfect getaway in the form of a deluxe beachfront property, Maya Sanur provide an exquisite backdrop to your beach vacation. This idyllic location offers up spa packages such as ‘Sunset at Sanur’, well appointed rooms, and great internet – along with the many other facilities and activities available for your enjoyment.


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Maya Sanur Resort and Spa

From $210

Location : Jalan Danau Tamblingan No. 89M, Sanur, Bali 80228, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 8497800

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Things to do in Sanur:

  • Get up close and personal with baby sharks at the Serangan Shark Island Project. Or watch baby turtles hatch at the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre (TCEC).

  • The popular Bali Seawalker is another great way that provides a safe and fun time for families, allowing your kids (10 years and up) to experience Sanur’s beaches in an entirely different way.

  • You may even bring them to the abandoned theme park, Taman Festival Bali, which is definitely something new!,-anthony-yates-

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Where to eat in Sanur:

  • Kayu Manis serves a wide variety of uber delicious food, even the fussiest of kids will be able to find something they like.


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What to know (Sanur):

  • Sanur is a good place to just walk and explore as distances are not too far, and there is a convenient paved path which runs through the whole district.

  • For those who want to travel to Nusa Lembongan – an exotic island paradise, you can also take the ferries right from the beach (about 30 minutes via fast ferry to get to Nusa Lembongan)

4-a-vi. North Kuta (Canggu/Tabanan) – Another Fun and Family-friendly Spot


North Kuta mainly comprises Canggu, and Tabanan, and there’s unsurprisingly, a lot to be done.

Another location that’s pretty great for bringing the kids to, Canggu offers a wide variety of things to do.

From visiting the Tanah Lot Temple, and horseback riding tours on the beach or through rice paddies and small villages; to water fun at Splash Waterpark and more.


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Where to Stay in North Kuta (Canggu/Tabanan):

1. (3-star) FRii Bali Echo Beach Hotel

It might be 3-star rated but it sure is comfortable and convenient – FRii Bali is minutes away from good surfing spots and Batu Bolong Beach. And if you’re into yoga, they even offer yoga classes! Looking to shop? There’s also a free shuttle bus to take you into Seminyak where you can shop (and check out the numerous cafes)  to your heart’s content!


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FRii Bali Echo Beach Hotel

From $34

Location : Jalan Pura Batu Mejan, Gg. Munduk Catu No 32, Batu Bolong – Canggu, Kerobokan, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 8469178

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2. (4-star) Kirana Hotel Resto and Spa

How do sunset cocktails and a movie screening on the rooftop sound to you? That’s exactly what you’ll be able to find at Kirana, one of the romantic hotels near the beach. And again, if you’re looking to get in a spot of shopping at Seminyak, there’s a free shuttle to take you there. With many beaches, bars, and cafes in the area, your vacay will be nothing but relaxing.


Kirana Hotel Resto and Spa

From $48

Location : Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong, Badung, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 8469150

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3. (5-star) Tugu Bali Hotel

If you’re up for something a little special, Tugu Bali is the hotel to go to, for a feel of old Bali. With it’s ethnic decor including traditional Balinese carvings, and wood furnishings, you’ll feel right at home in home sweet Tugu. There even is direct beach access so you may escape into the beach wonderland and get right onto your next actitivy.


Tugu Bali Hotel

From $269

Location : Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong,, Pantai Canggu, Canggu, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 4731701

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Things to do in North Kuta (Canggu/Tabanan):

  • Have a swimmingly fantastic time at Splash Waterpark with its variety of colourful waterslides and tube rafting.


Where to eat in North Kuta (Canggu/Tabanan):

  • Shop at Canggu’s Sunday Market at Samadi Bali, for local foods and organic produce! (Handmade jewelry and other handcrafts are also available.)


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What to know (North Kuta – Canggu/Tabanan):

  • Canggu is also great for surfing, and is not as touristy as the more popular hotspots like Seminyak or Kuta!

4-b. Central Bali

4-b-i. Ubud/Gianyar – Soothe Your Soul with Yoga, Arts and Culture


If you are a forest person, you will love Ubud as there are rolling green hills, luscious forests and vast expanse of paddy fields.

For individuals on a journey of self-discovery; girlfriends on a retreat; couples rekindling your romance; or adventurers with a penchant for art and culture – Ubud/Gianyar is a wonderful place to be.


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With art galleries and yoga studios at every corner you turn, a trip to Ubud is one that is more spiritual and cultural at its core. Especially if you need some peace and positive vibes, Ubud has a way to soothe your soul, as evident in the popular movie – Eat, Pray, Love.

For those who are bringing their kids, you might want to consider Mara Safari Lodge too, where you can feed animals right from the comfort of your own balcony.


Where to Stay in Ubud/Gianyar:

Also read: The ultimate guide to Ubud accommodation

1. (3-star) Bliss Bungalow Ubud

There are a plethora of really cool budget stays in Ubud, but the best would have to be Bliss Bungalow. This wooden wonderland comes complete with paddy field views and stunning gardens to stroll in. In addition, you will find some of the best (and cheapest) spa treatments here too. With treatments such as ayurveda packages, stone massages and chocolate treatments – getting your bliss on will be a cinch!

Also read: 13 budget hotels in Ubud for under $50


Bliss Bungalow Ubud

From $45

Location : Jalan. Raya Sanggingan, Lungsiakan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 979272

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2. (4-star) Villa Pererepan

We weren’t kidding when we said there were many amazing places to stay in Ubud. One of them, is Villa Pererepan. A simply stunning eco-friendly jungle retreat that provides an incredible setting for photoshoots. However, since it’s close to jungle, do be prepared for bugs, and well… a more ‘natural’ experience. If you’re okay with that, one of the best and most romantic times you’ll have here – is being in bed with your lover, watching the over the beautiful jungle view.


Villa Pererepan, Ubud

Location: Jl. Melayang, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 80571
Contact: +61 882271112

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3. (5-star) Fivelements Puri Ahimsa Resort

Perpetually sold out, Fivelements is one eco-luxury stay that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and absolutely pampered. With a specially curated environment that’s so soothing on the soul, Fivelements is indeed a great place for ‘healing’ your body and soul – especially with healing treatments, and the organic healthy food available. And with the babbling sound of running water from the river situated right by Fivelements, you’ll have the ideal soundtrack to complete this soothing stay.

Also read: 9 luxury private pool villas in Ubud with spectacular forest view


Fivelements Puri Ahimsa Resort

From $112

Location : Mambal, Abiansemal, Bali 80352, Indonesia
Contact: +62 361 469206

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Things to do in Ubud:

  • Take an eco tour at The Green Village designed by jewellery designer John Hardy and his daughter.


  • See the bespoke luxury bamboo homes; visit the bamboo factory; join workshops; or learn the art of permaculture and sustainable farming – there’s much to be done here!

Also read: 19 amazing things to do in Ubud you probably didn’t know about

Where to eat in Ubud:

  • There are way too many amazing restaurants with equally amazing views in Ubud. For one, The Samaya has a magical 100-candle dinner set on the wooden desk, right by the babbling river. It’s definitely one of the most romantic places to celebrate anniversaries with your special someone.


What to know (Ubud):

  • If you’re an artist looking to get inspired during your stay, there are artist retreats you should totally check out!

  • Make sure you bring insect repellent to ward off the bugs.

  • If you love to read, make sure to bring a book as Ubud provides a lovely tranquil background for some reading.

  • If you are a light sleeper, and you’re staying close to the jungle or village, remember to bring earplugs – as the jungle will come alive at night, and chickens can be heard crowing early in the morning at 5am. (Every family in the village owns at least 3 to 4 chickens!)

4-c. East Bali

4-c-i. Candidasa – Have the best of both worlds with adventure and culture


If you loved all the culture and peace of Ubud, but want more activities such as diving, Candidasa will better suit your taste. With emerald rice terraces inland, amazing diving spots around the coast and the Taman Ujing Waterpalace, there’s much to see and do at Candidasa.


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Ultimately, Candidasa is great for travelers who want a peaceful time, while still indulging in adventure without the overwhelming hustle of crowds and touts.

Where to Stay in Candidasa:

1. (4-stars) The Nirwana Resort & Spa

Candidasa’s very own nirvana, The Nirwana is a stone’s throw away from the ocean, and boasts a picturesque view of the mountains. There’s a restaurant that’s right by the infinity pool where you can spend days just lazing and watching the drifting clouds. But of course, if you want to get the most out of your time in Candidasa, make sure to visit the ancient temples, and even the Karangasem Palace.


The Nirwana Resort & Spa

From $80

Location : Jalan Sengkidu, Amlapura, Candidasa, Kec. Karangasem, Bali 80871, Indonesia
Contact: +62 363 41136

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Things to do in Candidasa:

  • Visit Charlie’s Chocolate Factory (nothing to do with the Roald Dahl book!), and indulge in some delectable chocolate tasting. You may even buy handmade soaps off the small soap studio. And for something a little more adrenaline-pumping, have a go at the giant swing!

  • Take the Odyssey submarine and admire Amuk Bay in underwater, or visit the Tenganan village here to soak in the culture. There even is the grand Lotus Lagoon (depends on season), one of Candidasa’s major landmarks, you should definitely visit for a break away from the activities.


Photo via Миклуха Маклай, chadekayu

Where to eat in Candidasa:

  • Dig into the best of betutu (duck!) at Warung Padang Kecag. The slow roasted duck marinated in spices will set your taste buds tingling with its crispy skin and juicy, tender meat.


What to know (Candidasa):

4-c-ii. Amed – A Charming Exploration of Old Bali


The charm of the quaint fishing village of Amed is that it’s relatively untouched, since it is one of the most recent rural areas in Bali to be developed for tourism.


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Basically, divers, and those who have always wanted to learn to dive, should come to Amed. Dive and explore the Japanese shipwreck and USS Liberty. (the epic underwater shipwreck photoshoot was done here!)

Amed is the quintessence of Bali in its early days, oozing with authentic, traditional Balinese culture, just awaiting your discovery.

Where to Stay in Amed:

1. (3-star) The Shooting Star Homestay

Located right on the beach, The Shooting Star Homestay is convenient for those who want to 1) relax, and 2) get right into watersports. The rooms are clean and equipped with effective air conditioning. For the amount they charge for the rooms, it’s definitely a steal for a beachfront accommodation. For those who want to catch a boat to Gili islands, the homestay staff can help to arrange for a fraction of the price you see in town.


The Shooting Star Homestay

From $27

Location : Jl. I Ketut Natih, Amed, Abang, Karangasem, 80852 Amed, Indonesia
Contact: +628124658618

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2. (4-star) The Griya Villas and Spa

Interestingly, The Griya’s Villas have been designed to blend with the contours of the lands – harmoniously transitioning between ocean and mountain views. All villas also have a private pool with an infinity edge that overlooks the gorgeous Lipah Bay. And with the Channa Spa, Yoga and Reiki classes, along with The Griya Gym available, guests have all the resources they need to be happy and healthy.


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The Griya Villas and Spa

From $223

Location : Bunutan, Amed, Abang, Karangasem, Amed, 80852, Indonesia
Contact: +62 363 23571

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Things to do in Amed:


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Where to eat in Amed:

  • Check out Warung Enak Homestay’s delectable super authentic Balinese food – home-cooked to perfection.


What to know (Amed):

  • Amed is the best place to catch a boat to Gilis Islands (spectacular paradise with powdery white sands and clear sapphire waters) in Lombok.

  • It’s the nearest port from Bali, so you don’t have to travel much on choppy seas.

4-d. West Bali/North Bali

4-d-i. Lovina – Hotsprings, Meditation, and the rare Mimic Octopus


Lovina is the black sand beach destination of North Bali. So what does one do when they’re at Lovina Beach? They go see the dolphins, of course!


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It is also used as a base for exploring Bedugul Highlands, Pemuteran in the west and Amed in the east.

Where to Stay in Lovina:

1. (3-stars) Villa Agung Beach Inn

Beautifully decorated with many amenities, the good thing about Villa Agung are Gus and Sandi, hosts at the inn. Feel free to ask them for advice on activities, or if you need help – they’ll make you feel right at home. Also, staying at Villa Agung is made even better as dolphin tours are available at $7 (100,000 IDR)! And if you’re looking for more activities, Villa Agung has a convenient variety for you to choose from.,

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Villa Agung Beach Inn

From $29

Location : Jalan Raya Singaraja-Seririt, Buleleng Sub-District, Bali, Indonesia
Contact: +62 362 41527

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2. (5-stars) The Damai

Lounge by your private pool while enjoying a view of volcanoes in distant Java? To that we say, amen! The Damai is pretty much where one can get away from the hustle bustle of Bali, and rest your weary selves in the peaceful serenity of Lovina. ‘Hard to find. Hard to Leave’ is The Damai’s slogan, and we agree. It’s also the perfect starting point for you to begin your adventure stumbling on hidden gems like the Ambengan Waterfall.


The Damai

From $152

Location : Jalan Damai, Kayu Putih, Lovina, Bali 00362, Indonesia
Contact: +62 362 41008

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Things to do in Lovina:

  • Make sure to go for the dolphin tours, especially since that’s the reason most people come here for. (A small tip from us: get some local budget hotels help to book the tour as it could be more value for money)

  • Otherwise, get in some meditation at Bali’s largest Buddhist temple, Brahma Vihara Arama.

  • When you’re in the area, you should also most definitely check out Banjar’s natural hot springs, and the beautiful Sekumpul falls.

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Where to eat in Lovina:

  • Have a meal at Secret Garden Restaurant. It’s unexpectedly elegant, and the food is superb and delivered with love.


What to know (Lovina):

  • If you just want to see the dolphins, head to Lovina for a day trip!

4-d-ii. West Bali National Park – Want to See Bali’s Exotic Wildlife?


If you’re a nature junkie, and you can’t get enough of natural sights and wonders, West Bali National Park is home to lush unspoilt beauty that you’ll happily explore for days.


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Crystal clear waters, pristine beaches, lush forests and spectacular mountain views – this national park not only offers up incredible views, but has over a hundred species of wildlife.

Where to Stay in West Bali National Park:

1. (4-stars) The Menjangan Resort

It’s the epitome of a nature retreat, Menjangan is set right in the middle of one of the least visited, but most beautiful parts of Bali. Choose from 3 areas to stay, the Monsoon Lodge, Beach Villa, or The Residence; all of which are adequately decked out with luxurious amenities for your use. And with plenty of activities available, both on land and sea – birdwatching, trekking, biking and horseback riding; and kayaking, snorkeling and diving – The Menjangan will keep you fully occupied during your vacation.


The Menjangan Resort

From $796

Location : Jl. Raya Gilimanuk, Singaraja Km. 17 Village Pajarakan, 81155 Buleleng, Bali – Indonesia
Contact: +62 362 94700

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Things to do in West Bali:

  • Go bird watching and see how many of the 160 species of birds (that have been recorded) you can find! Get a glimpse of the iconic white Bali Starling, or saunter down the beaches and check out the offshore coral reefs.

  • If you want to get in a spot of diving, you may even travel to an offshore island, Menjangan!


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Where to eat in West Bali National Park:

  • Get a superb 360º view of the park as you dine at The Menjangan. Only breakfast or lunch provided in delightful Mediterranean and Indonesian styles.

  • You may also want to have a seafood and barbeque dinner at the Pan Tai Restaurant by the beach!)


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What to know (West Bali National Park):

  • Only a portion of the park is open to visitors, so be careful not to wander off.

  • There are 2 main ways to explore the park – hike the trails, or focus on the mangrove/marine parts of the park.

With a Bali area guide that is this comprehensive, complete with insider tips and the best recommendations for 3, 4, and 5-star hotel/villa/resort stays – you won’t need to look any further for help with planning your ultimate Bali trip.

We’ve even made sure to include relevant links throughout, that will help you to better plan your vacation, so be sure to click the links for more of amazing Bali!

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