Best places to stay in Bali

Deciding where to go and where to stay in Bali can be tricky as there are so many options to choose from. The things to think about before trawling through 100’s of hotels are your budget, how long you can visit for and what you want from your trip e.g. a relaxing beach holiday, an adventure packed break or the best of both worlds. Here’s our Bali accommodation guide to let you know the best places to stay in Bali no matter your budget.

Bali accommodation guides

Kuta

Kuta Beach Bali Indonesia

Kuta is the main destination in Bali for Australian holidaymakers. It has most things you’d want from a typical getaway; beaches, good food, clubs and bars and various hotels and accommodation. Kuta is a good place to stay in Bali if you want to experience the nightlife or be close to the airport. We’d only recommend staying 1 or 2 nights as there are better places to stay whilst holidaying in Bali.

Pros:

Close to the airport
Shopping
Bars and clubs
Cheap Eats

Cons:

Busy
Very touristy – McDonald’s etc
‘Dirty’ beaches

Backpacker Budget
Cara Cara Inn – Choose a dorm bed or private room at this cool, colourful inn. It’s close to the centre, has an outdoor pool and even a bbq area.

Mid-range – Budget
The Vira Bali Boutique Hotel and Suite – Luxury with a small price tag. Free transfer from the airport, nice extravagant breakfast, a cool outdoor pool and opposite the Discovery shopping mall; what else do you need? We loved this hotel and the staff were super friendly too.

Luxury
The Stones – A 5* accommodation 1-minute walk from Kuta Beach. One of the highest rated hotels in downtown Kuta.

For more accommodation in Kuta, you can check here. 

Canggu

Love Anchor Market in Canggu

Canggu has a chilled out, hipster, surf town vibe. The many beaches are great for pro surfers or even those wanting to learn. This beach town is a foodie’s heaven; think smoothie bowls, fresh fruit shakes and avocado everything! If you’re wanting to escape but still need to work online, Canggu is the place to stay in Bali with great co-working spaces.

Pros

Foodie heaven
Surfing
Boutique shopping
Beach
Coworking spaces for digital nomads
Yoga

Cons

Still touristy
Can get busy
Bad traffic

Backpacker Budget
The Farm Hostel – One of the top rated hostels in Canggu, a great place to meet friends.

Mid-range – Budget
FRii Bali Echo Beach – A 3* hotel with a fab pool in a great location, close to Echo Beach.

Luxury
Theanna Eco Villa and Spa – After a fun-filled day exploring and surfing what’s better than heading back to your own private villa and pool. The ultimate luxury.

For more accommodation in Canggu, you can check here. 

Ubud

A picture of Tegalalang rice field in Ubud at sunrise

Ubud was definitely one of our favourite places to stay in Bali. Known for its rice terraces and relaxing vibe, Ubud is the place to be for nature lovers. Great for excursions, the sacred monkey forest and great food, you won’t run out of things to do in Ubud.

Pros:

Great for excursions
Rice terraces
Spas
Nature
Yoga
Local markets

Cons:

Bad traffic
Insects
Little nightlife

Backpacker Budget
Kubu Tropis – Your own private room surrounded by rice paddies at a backpacker price? Look no further. We loved our stay here, a highlight was the free picture breakfast each morning on our own private balcony.

Mid-range – Budget
Indira cottages – Perfect location and right next to the famous monkey forest! The rooms are spacious, the pool is great and the views at breakfast were fab! One of our favourite places to stay in Ubud.

Luxury
Sandat Glamping – Want to be surrounded by nature and fall asleep listening to the hum of insects and birds? Then Sandat Glamping is the perfect place for you. This 5 billion star resort is for those wanting ultimate luxury, a private pool and a unique glamping experience.

For more accommodation in Ubud, you can check here. 

Seminyak

A photo of Seminyak Square which is a main place to stay in bali

Seminyak is a more upmarket and expensive version of Kuta. It has a good party scene, boutique shopping and some great higher end restaurants. This is where we decided to spend our Christmas break and for a couple of nights, it didn’t disappoint.

Pros:

Sunsets
Beach bars
Fine dining
Amazing hotels and villas
Good nightlife

Cons:

Bad traffic
Medium to high prices
Not for adventure lovers

Backpacker Budget
Budhastay –Highly rated super cheap private room with bathroom and free toiletries in a good location.

Mid-range – Budget
Four Points by Sheraton – We stayed here for our Christmas getaway! A little luxury at a reasonable price. The hotel offers a gorgeous pool, 2 great restaurants and a spa.

Luxury
Double-Six Luxury Hotel – Perfect location, amazing food and a view of the Indian Ocean.

For more accommodation in Seminyak, you can check here. 

Uluwatu

A picture of Bingin Beach in Uluwatu our favourite place to stay in bali

If anyone has ever told you Bali doesn’t have nice beaches, then they haven’t visited Uluwatu. Surrounded by pristine white sand beaches, clifftop views and stunning sunsets, Uluwatu is a must visit. It’s also one of the best places to stay in Bali for surfers and has the surf town feel.

Pros:

White sandy beaches
Crystal clear water
Very little to no traffic
Surfing
Clifftop sunset views

Cons:

Slow wifi
Medium prices

Backpacker Budget

SR Hostel – The highest rated hostel in Uluwatu, this place is perfect for those wanting to make friends. With a free buffet dinner every night and only a 10-minute scooter ride from Melasti beach (our favourite beach) it’s a great option for those on a budget.

Mid-Range – Budget

The Gong – We stayed here on our stay and it was the perfect location. The hotel is a couple of minutes ride to beautiful beaches, the Uluwatu temple and walking distance to some great cafes. Add this to crisp clean rooms and a great pool, it’s a winning combination.

Luxury 

Wyndham Dreamland Resort Bali – 5* accommodation located next to Dreamland beach.  Definitely a great place to stay with easy access to Uluwatu and Jimbaran and for a great price too! Choose the ocean suite room for great views of the sunset and sunrise.

For more accommodation in Uluwatu, you can check here. 

Gili T

A picture of the beach on Gili T

The Gili islands are actually classed as Lombok but most people add these islands to their Bali Itinerary. If you pictured white sandy beaches for your trip to Bali then the Gill Islands are a must. Gili Trawangan is the most popular of the 3 famous Gili’s, the other two being Gili Air and Gili Meno.

Pros:

White sandy beach
Crystal clear water
No traffic
Diving
Night market
Nightlife

Cons:

Slow Wifi
Frequent power cuts
Higher prices (food/alcohol) compared to Bali

Backpacker Budget
Wombats BnB – Not too far from Sunset point, this BnB offers private rooms with air con and free breakfast at a very reasonable rate.

Mid-range – Budget 

Jali Resort – A 3* hotel with budget prices. It has a great pool and offers free bicycles so you can explore the island easily. One of the top rated places on the whole of Gili T.

Luxury
Pearl of Trawangan – Even if you choose not to stay here this eye-catching hotel can’t be missed whilst you’re walking around the island. Its rustic design is beautiful and is the best hotel on the island for luxury at an amazing price!

For more accommodation in Gili T, you can check here. 

Nusa Lembongan 

A picture of Becky from twoticketstoanywhere in a hammock on Nusa Lembongan Island

A little island paradise. Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Cenigan are joined together by a huge, picture worthy, bright yellow bridge. The two small islands are a great place to stay if you’re wanting blue water and a place to relax. We prefer to stay on Nusa Lembongan as it has more places to eat and things to do than Cenigan.

Pros:

Various sandy beaches
Crystal clear water
Snorkelling with Manta Rays
Relaxed island atmosphere
Cliff jumping

Cons:

You need a scooter to fully appreciate the island
Little nightlife
Not as developed as Bali

Backpacker Budget

Nyuh Gading Home StayA family run hostel/guest house, this is the place to stay if you want to be amidst the island life action.

Mid-Range – Budget

Pondok Baruna FrangipaniA great little complex in a super location. With spacious clean bedrooms and the biggest bathroom we’ve seen, this is a great option if you’re wanting comfort for your stay in Nusa Lembongan. Did we mention the pool? It even has chairs within the pool so you can relax with a cocktail in hand.

Luxury 

The Tamarind ResortLocated in a tranquil setting with superb views looking across the island and a cool infinity pool.

For more accommodation in Nusa Lembongan, you can check here 

Nusa Penida

A picture of the T-Rex shaped island on Nusa Penida Kelingking Beach

The Insta-famous island known for the T-Rex shaped Kelingking Beach. The largest of the Nusa islands, Penida offers amazing lookout points and white sandy beaches. The definition of tropical paradise. If you love Instagram like us, then Nusa Penida is one of the best places to stay in Bali.

Pros:

More to see and do compared to the small Nusa islands
Various sandy beaches
Crystal clear water
Relaxed island atmosphere

Cons:

You need a scooter to fully appreciate the island
Many roads are uneven can be unsafe for inexperienced drivers
Little nightlife
Not as developed as Bali
Few luxury resorts

Backpacker Budget 

Nuansa Penida HostelCheap and cheerful. A great place to stay to meet other travellers, relax and explore the island. A plus is a cool pool.

Mid-Range – Budget

Saka Boutique Hotel – A beautiful accommodation with all the luxuries you need for a great stay. If fantastic hospitality is high on your list of needs, this is the place to stay.

Luxury

Semabu Hills Hotel Nusa Penida – Located on the hills of Nusa Penida, this hotel offers stunning views of the island and ocean below. Relax in the infinity pool and fully immerse yourself into island life.

For more accommodation in Nusa Penida, you can check here. 

Lombok – Kuta

A picture of Becky from twoticketstoanywhere on a swing at the beach in Kuta Lombok a must stay in bali

We’re aware this is a ‘Bali’ accommodation guide but we just couldn’t miss out Lombok! Only a 20-minute ferry ride from the Gili Trawangan, Kuta in Lombok was our favourite place to stay. Nowhere near as touristy or built up as Bali, we felt like we were experiencing a real taste of Indonesian culture. If you love empty beaches and exploring by scooter then Lombok is the place for you!

Pros:

Nature
Beaches
Few tourists
No traffic
Surfing
Cheap

Cons:

Few luxury resorts
Trash on roads and some beaches
You need a scooter to fully appreciate the island
Power cuts

Backpacker Budget
Lara Homestay – A home away from home; one of our favourite places to stay in Indonesia. Lara and her family are the friendliest people and I can guarantee you’d love your stay here.

Mid-range – Budget
Puri Rinjani Bungalows – Next to the beach with an outdoor pool, these bungalows are great value for money.

Luxury
Novotel – A little out of town but with three pools, two restaurants and a private beachfront, we wouldn’t be complaining!

For more accommodation in Lombok, you can check here.

Other places to stay in Bali:

Jimbaran – A charming fishing village with Bali’s best high-end resorts. The place to go if you love unobstructed sunsets and fresh seafood dinners.
Sanur – A great seaside town with good links to the Gili Islands.
Amed – Arguably one of the prettiest places in Bali and great for diving. This place is next on our Bali bucket list!

More Bali:

The Best Cheap Eats In Canggu

10 Fun Things To Do In Canggu

The Best Restaurants in Canggu

The Best Smoothie Bowls in Canggu

The best Cafes in Canggu

 

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