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.
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)
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? 2. Infographic: Where Should You Stay?
A: Basically, you pay up to 20-40% more for peak seasons.
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With so many different websites selling the same room – hotels themselves, the online travel agencies (the likes of Agoda, Booking.com) – 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, Booking.com etc.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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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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.
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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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.
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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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
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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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!)
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:
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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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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.
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.