Where to Stay in Bali – Best Places to Stay

Where to stay in Bali - best areas for all budgets and travel types in Bali

Where to Stay in Bali – Best Places to Stay

So, you have decided to visit Bali and now you are wondering about where to stay in Bali? Believe me, it is essential which area you choose for your trip – so here is a list with the best places to stay in Bali – the best areas and best hotels for each hotel.

Bali, an island in Indonesia, is one of the most popular travel destinations – especially for the those who like the special atmosphere, the natural beauty and also for those who like to get good value for money.

I admit, that I was not as blown away as I had expected – probably because, my sister and I did not choose the perfect area for us. While the island is small and it is easy and inexpensive to get around by taxi, choosing the best place to stay in Bali is something you should think about carefully.

But there are many reasons to love Bali – especially considering the great value you get for your money in terms of accommodations.

It really makes a difference, if you enjoy parties or if you prefer some calm serenity etc. So, it is not only about the hotel you choose, but also about the best area in Bali which can make your Bali trip a hit or miss.

One of the things I liked the most was the fantastic accommodation you can find – for good money. Compared to many other destinations you will find really nice accommodations for reasonable prices.

From nature trails to luxurious spas: Bali has something to offer whatever your budget may be. Here are the best places to stay in Bali and the best hotels for each budget.

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Tegallalang rice Terraces, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
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Seminyak

Seminyak is a resort area in the south of Bali.

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Bali is often pictured as a paradise island and Seminyak and its beautiful sunset beaches do not disappoint! In fact, Seminyak’s sunsets are legendary! The Balinese people often hold marvelous ceremonies on the beach. During the day an array of different brightly colored parasols and beanbags line the sand. Perhaps not what you would expect in Bali, but a truly unique experience.

Seminyak is home to the best premier dining in Bali. It also offers a boutique and high-end shopping experience. Seminyak Square is the most popular shopping area for travelers. The region also has a myriad of sleek and sophisticated bars, clubs as well as other exhilarating nightlife.

The area is one of the more modernized areas of Bali. However, if you are fascinated by ornate architecture and local history there is something for you. Beyond several steps lies a hidden gem. A classically beautiful temple. Petitenget Temple is quite extraordinary! 

Seminyak is ideal for students and those who are young at heart! Its modern exciting city vibes are perfect for the effervescent traveler.

Luxury Hotel in Seminyak

Annora Bali Villas comes highly recommended! It has it’s own private pool, highly attentive staff and has been described as ‘stunning’. However, take a look at the photo’s of this resort, because ‘stunning’ doesn’t even begin to cover how magnificent this property looks at night.

Click here to find the best rates for the Annora Bali Villas

Mid-range Hotel Pick in Seminyak

Juada Garden provides luxury service on a mid-range budget. It offers rainfall showers and stone tubs. It’s ten minutes walk away from the nearest beach and some villa’s even come equipped with their own private pool.

Click here to find the best rates for Juada Garden

Budget Hotel in Seminyak

Favehotel Sunset is in a convenient location near Sunset Point Shopping Centre. It has its own pool and free Wifi for its guests.

Click here to find the best rates for Favehotel Sunset

Kuta

Kuta is one of the most sought-after travel destinations in Bali. If you want to stay in Kuta I would suggest booking well in advance because its accommodation is always oversubscribed in the peak seasons.

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Kuta has been named one of the best beachfront in Bali. It’s known for heavily discounted prices on well-known big-name brands. Shopping, surfing and partying and the go-to pass times in Kuta. In fact, Kuta is the surfing hotspot of Bali.

Kuta is also home to several resorts that provide great family holiday options. Kuta also has one of South East Asia’s premier water parks, Waterbom! Have you ever wanted to try a vertical bungee jump? Kuta has one!

There’s also great nightlife in Kuta. So, if you do not enjoy wild party people then this probably not the best choice for you. It is well renowned for its part-centric atmosphere. Sky Garden Rooftop Lounge showcases one of the best Bali skyline views available.

For those who are more interested in the creative side of this South East Asian holiday destination, Kuta does have its own art market. It’s a wonderful place to pick up souvenir pieces to decorate your home with.

Kuta is perfect for the avid party animal. However, it also serves as a brilliant holiday destination for families and those with a passion for water sports, fun and adventure. 

Luxury Hotel  in Kuta

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort is within walking distance of just about anything and everything you could want to do in Kuta. The staff speaks English and are often mentioned lovingly in the resort´s reviews. Couples are the resorts most frequent clients, however, children under 12 can often stay free of charge!

Click here to get the best rates for a stay at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

Mid-Range Hotel in Kuta

Grand Inna Kuta is right on the beach front. The property has 3 pools overlooking the coastline. The service and food offered by this hotel is said to be absolutely brilliant. 

Budget Hotel in Kuta

Gora Beach Inn is a minimalistic palm tree paradise that doesn’t need expensive facilities to show you how to have a relaxing holiday. The hotel also offers superior king sized bedrooms for little prices! 

Click here to find the best rates for your stay at Gora Beach Inn

Legian

Legian is one of the quieter suburban areas of Bali. The name ‘Legian’ means ‘sweet’ in Balinese and Legian is certainly sweet. The region has a tranquil atmosphere. 

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The area is busting at the seams with untouched cultural heritage. It provides the perfect sanctuary for those looking to experience the more natural side of this historic and mysterious island. The area of Legian is away from the hustle and bustle of the other major tourist locations. Legian serves up some of the most tranquil and peaceful scenes that Bali, and even the world has to offer humankind. 

There is a small amount of locally organized activities for visitors. Some evenings fire spinners perform displays on the beach. It’s an extraordinary and rare experience.

Legion is close to busy neighboring regions Kuta and Seminyak and is a faultless choice for those seeking a relaxing and romantic trip into the historical, natural and cultural side Bali. It is also an ideal location for those interested in local history.

Luxury Hotel in Legian

Amadu Bali Villas offers its visitors breathtakingly beautiful residences within 12 minutes’ walk of the beach. Spacious modern rooms, double showers and a house girl to serve you drinks by the pool are but a few of the properties endless luxuries.

Click here to find the best rates for your stay at Amaru Bali Villas

Mid-Range Hotel in Legian

Grand La Walton is a simple yet modern hotel. It is within walking distance of the local art market and close to many convenient stores, bars, and restaurants. Sticking with the theme of convenience the hotel also has a cash machine located on-site for its visitors.

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Budget Hotel in Legian

Loft Legian Hotel provides excellent value for money. Although modern with less traditional interiors, the artwork, and decoration in the hotel provide more current insight into the experience and life of Bali.

Click here to find the best rates for your stay at Loft Legian Hotel

Ubud

Ubud is the buzzing creative heart of Bali that never has a dull moment.

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From a non-stop party life to incredible architecture, somewhere in this region is something for those of all interests. Ubud has a shopping scene, but not containing designer shops. Instead, this locality offers art and jewelry. These creative goods are one-offs and something you will not find elsewhere.

Several of Bali’s well-known artists lived and worked here. There is also no shortage of galleries and museums to showcase both the old and new art of the Balinese.

Ubud is home to one of Bali’s royal families. Aptly, there is a majestic palace located in the city center. Of equal grandeur are several temples situated throughout Ubud. The other favorite residents are the long-tailed Macaques of Ubud Monkey Forest! The forest is community managed and easily accessible.

Ubud is a must for individuals who seek to find the creative and unique soul of Bali.

Luxury Hotel in Ubud

Viceroy has some of the most amazing views from any pool or holiday property in Bali.

The Viceroy also provides villas that come with their own pool included. It is a peaceful resort and has been described as ‘110% paradise’. Check out the pictures of this resort, 110% may even be to low!

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Mid-Range Hotel Pick

Puri Sebali Resort is known for its warm friendly atmosphere. The interior gives off a traditional vibe infused with a bit of modern sleekness and style.

Click here to find the best rates for the Puri Sebali Resort

Budget Hotel Pick

Champlung Sari might be a budget hotel, but how many budget hotels do you know with monkey’s hanging around them? Close to the Monkey Forest, monkeys are the residents that never check out!

Click here to find the best rates for your stay at Champlung Sari Hotel Ubud

Jimbaran Bay

Take a wild guess how Jimbaran Bay earnt the title of ‘Millionaires Row’ and ‘The Beverly Hills of Bali’…

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This holiday destination brings you a classy getaway with an extra touch of style. Luxury resorts and high-end spas will ensure that each day melts effortlessly into the next. Motorbike hire is a popular method of transport in Jimbaran Bay and brings the thrill of Hollywood to the non-stop pampering and relaxing pace of life. 

However, Jimbaran Bay does possess some more traditional cultural character as well. It is a fishing village. The restaurant in Jimbram Bay reflect this! Its streets are filled with fish bars and cafes – talk about making the most of your local resources. If you like seafood Jimbaran is like heaven on earth! Are you staying in self-catering accommodation? You can pop down to the fish market in the neighboring village to pick up something for your dinner.

Jimbaran Bay is a foolproof holiday choice for those who enjoy a luxurious trip!

Luxury Hotel in Jimbaran

Ayana Resort and Spa treats you like Indonesian royalty and its interiors certainly look like a palace! Pools across several layers, spa’s, seaside bars and 4-poster style curtained bed. This resort has it all.

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Mid-Range Hotel in Jimbaran 

Villa Balqteluisse provides the ultimate personalized experience. It’s said to have perfect attention to detail from the spa and wellness center to the aroma in the rooms.

Click here to find the best rates for your stay at Villa Balquisse Heritage Hotel

Budget Hotel in Jimbaran

Bunga Desa Homestay may be a budget option, but it allows you to experience Bali’s gorgeous nature-based architecture. The property is covered from top to toe with natural building materials and décor. For those interested in an eco-based lifestyle this homestay provides a more simplistic and authentic Bali lifestyle than any luxury hotel.

So, hope you have gotten a good overview of the best areas in Bali and have found the perfect place to stay for your trip.

Which region takes your fancy? Let us know! 

Safe Travels, Arzo

 

9 Reasons to Visit Bali

Is a Bali Trip a Good Idea?

Reasons to Visit Bali 

In my previous post, I named 5 reasons not to visit Bali. Though Bali disappointed me at some level (read my 5 reasons NOT to visit Bali), there are at least 9 reasons to visit Bali, and I like to share those highlights as well. I visited Bali with my sister so we did not have a romantic trip but general speaking I guess, Bali is the perfect honeymoon destination. So my tips are based on my experiences and find out why I would visit Bali again. Why visit Bali? 

9 reasons to visit Bali. Indonesia

#1 Bali Food

I love Asian food and food in Bali rocked! The prices, for street food and la carte menus in restaurants, were reasonable (I am not talking about luxury restaurants etc.) and without exceptions very good. I had never liked fish or any kind of seafood (even when I wasn’t a vegetarian) and never ate it, and though the Balinese cuisine often includes seafood, there were plenty of healthy and delicious alternatives.

#2 Best Juices

As a fresh squeezed juice addict it was quite easy to satisfy my urges in Bali. I´ve never had that much fresh juice in my life as in Bali, and I enjoyed my first watermelon juice there. Awesome 🙂  No matter where else I have tried that juice, none could keep up with Balinese ones.

#3 Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot a rock formation and Hindu temple in Bali, is one of the most beautiful places and though very touristy, extremely pretty and worth a visit. But not only Tanah Lot is nice, also Pura Batu Bolong, another temple close by is stunning. Sunsets are always nice, but in Tanah Lot probably a bit nicer 🙂 Tanah Lot is a must see in Bali.

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#4 Nusa Lembongan 

Nusa Lembongan the most beautiful beach I have seen by then (though I remember that little monkey on that island being chained which makes me still unhappy). It is a wonderful, though touristy spot. After a very fun boat tour, which started in Bali, we arrived at this little beach where we swam, paddled, enjoyed the view from the infinitive pool and learned about algae processing. Nusa Lembongan is a must see in Bali.

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#5 Affordable Tours

We hired our own tourist guide and a driver and paid only 80$ in total, (2 people, no further expenses, though I am not really sure if it were € or $ we paid with). A small lunch at a restaurant up in the mountains was included and I never felt this kind of luxury – of having a private guide and driver – before. This probably was not legal and definitely not an official tour (and it included some haggling). However, even offical tours are pretty affordable. 

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#6 Stunning sceneries

Beautiful sceneries, like the nice rice terraces and the mountains, took our breath away. 

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#7 Hindu Culture

It was the first time I visited a destination mainly populated by Hindus (I was in India as a child but that doesn’t really count), and watching Hindu rituals in the morning was interesting.

#8 Best Massages

If you are into massages, you´ll love Bali. Small beauty parlors offer amazing massages for good prices. Wish, we had this in Germany :).

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#9 You´ll get good value for money

This can be applied to almost all areas, food, services and also accommodations. – though we didn’t stay at a fancy place, we found out that the prices, even for luxury accommodation, are pretty affordable.

Here is my accommodation guide for Bali – the best areas and hotels for all budgets.

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Tip: What about a day trip to Lombok? Click here to find out more about a Lombok day trip

Cannot get enough of Bali? Then find out about the best things to do in Bali.

Want to see more of Indonesia? Why not check out Raja Ampat – a paradise place in Indonesia: Things to do in Raja Ampat

Scroll down for some beautiful pictures of Bali!

Read more about a VW Safari Tour in Bali

Check out the best prices for flightshotels I activities and tours in Bali

Pure Ulun Danu Bratan, Hindu temple on Bratan lake landscape, Indonesia
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Tanah Lot - Bali
Tanah Lot – Bali
Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan
Tegallalang rice Terraces, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
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5 Reasons not to Visit Bali

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5 Reasons not to Visit Bali

Is Bali overrated? Find out what I did not like about Bali. Indonesia
Is Bali overrated? Find out what I did not like about Bali. Indonesia

First of all, I´d like to say that I am an Asia fan. Actually, I like every place I have been to and never really disliked a destination. However, Bali is a bit different.

My first impressions of Bali, where I went a few years ago, weren’t all good. Though, I liked Bali I actually believe it is a bit overrated. To read more about things I liked Bali click on “9 Reasons to Visit Bali“. 

I have spoken to many people about Bali and it seems that Bali is quite controversial. I liked Bali but I still think it is overrated and it has not been my favorite travel destination. While many disagreed with my views, I actually met a lot of people agreeing with me on, at least some reasons, not to visit Bali again. As a solo traveler it might be not the prefect choice, though we did not fall in love with Bali when I visited Bali with my sister,

#1  The first thing I noticed when leaving the airport was Bali´s very particular “smell”. I haven´t really figured out where the “smell“ comes from or what it is, but I couldn’t get used to it at all.

Whenever I hear about Bali, the “smell” crosses my mind. Some people were surprised to hear me saying that I did not like it, as some love this Bali “smell” in particular.

#2 When I was leaving the airport and sat in the taxi, on my way to the hotel, I saw rubbish – a lot of rubbish and not only in the ditches of the streets. I am a city girl, so I am used to dirty cities but it is different if a city is dirty or a beach destination.

Bali is presented as a dream destination, a perfect place to spend the honeymoon, so this makes it even more difficult to understand why the Balinese (and tourists) don´t care more about a “clean Bali“ (though it says differently on the umbrella – see picture below).

#3 I know that sounds harsh: But the natives were really intrusive. I have never felt so intimidated by natives as I felt in Bali.

I have visited places like Egypt and Turkey as a female traveler and I am a queen of small talk and enjoy talking to people. However, I felt very uncomfortable laying on the beach in Kuta and being constantly asked by (though lovely, older) masseurs when we would be ready to have a massage.

They wouldn’t leave us alone. Actually, they decided to sit next to us and to talk loudly to each other and kept repeating the question about having a massage.

Also, be very careful, when changing money at the exchange offices (double count your money and don’t believe when they say they don’t have enough change, so the gave you more instead).

One day we went to an Internet cafe where some snacks and souvenirs were sold as well. I wanted to check my emails on a PC and the Internet worked for a few seconds but went down very quickly.

I told the guy that the Internet didn’t really work and I shouldn’t have to pay for that. At the end, he made me pay for it. At that time I was already really annoyed by the cunning of Balinese, so it bothered me a lot.

So, before we left the store I decided to pick 2 postcards. I looked at that guy and said (or yelled?) “Hey, I am taking these two postcards and I won´t pay for them“ The guy, not sure if he understood what I was saying, smiled and my sister and I kept running back to the hotel.

However, on our way back we couldn’t stop laughing and I couldn’t believe I had actually done this. Though this has become one my most favorite Bali memories, it had annoyed me a lot.

#4  The beaches are nice, but not the most beautiful ones I have seen. As mentioned before, some are partly dirty, crowded and not „special“ (exceptions are the rule). I felt kind of disappointed coming all the way from Europe, as I think we have nicer beaches here.

#5 UPDATE: When I visited Bali a few years ago there was a fee for leaving the country which is ridiculous. It would be much better to have it in the airplane fees included. We were also “forced“ to buy a security look at the airport so that we could “secure” our luggage (or pay for our luggage to be wrapped up).

I didn’t believe that it is meant for a security reason and just saw it as another way to get the tourist´s money.

A few years have passed since my trip, and though these reasons really bothered me, there are still many reasons to visit Bali. What did I like about Bali? Find out here 🙂 I would definitely visit Bali again if there was a good deal and I had more time, but most likely I would like to visit another great place in Asia.  

One of the reasons I loved Bali was because of the great accommodations – read this accommodation guide for Bali.

*UPDATE: According to the comments by some lovely readers it seems that Bali doesn’t have that fee anymore – it seemed my post put too much pressure on them, haha. No, it has been included in the airplane taxes. Well, surely not because of that post but nice to hear anyhow 🙂

Is Bali overrated? Find out what I did not like about Bali. Indonesia
Cute monkey in chains 🙁 Dear tourists, please do not pay for pictures or support that kind of cruelty.
Keep the beaches clean! Keep Bali clean!
Keep the beaches clean! Keep Bali clean!

5 reasons not to visit Bali – I´d like to visit Bali again and to give this Indonesian island a second chance and there were a lot of things I actually liked.

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