Where To Stay In Bali 2018

The Best Bali Accommodation

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Where To Stay In Bali 2018 {The Best Bali Accommodation}


Bali is quite big so there’s no doubt that where you choose to stay will make an immense difference on your Bali trip.

There’s a lot of choices when it comes to deciding where to stay in Bali. Between its delicately raw beaches, waterfalls, fabulous beach clubs, bars and nightlife, shopping or resort life, every area in Bali has something different to offer for every type of person.

First, you need to figure out what you want to be doing in Bali so you can determine the best area to stay in Bali for your needs. What kind of vibes are you looking for? Do you want a completely peaceful and relaxing environment? Is a wild party your main priority? How about shopping?

We know it can be a tough decision, especially for Bali first timers so we have broken down some of the best Bali hotels for you to make the decision easier.

Keep reading to find out where to stay in Bali. Consider this the ultimate guide to the best Bali accommodation!


QUICK SUMMARY OF THE BEST AREAS TO STAY IN BALI

KUTA

Best For Partying And Street Food

LEGIAN

Best For The Resort Lifestyle

SEMINYAK

Best For Nightlife, Shopping & Good Vibes 

CANGGU

BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI FOR BACKPACKERS & HEALTHY FOOD

UBUD

BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI FOR RELAXATION & NATURE

ULUWATU

BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI FOR LESS TOURISTS, MORE BEACHES & SURFING

JIMBARAN BAY

BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI FOR SEAFOOD, SUNSETS & UNTOUCHED BEACHES

NUSA DUA

BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI FOR TOTAL RELAXATION

LOVINA (NORTH BALI)

BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI FOR WATERFALLS, VOLCANOES & BEACHES

NUSA LEMBONGAN

BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI FOR CHILLED OUT VIBES

NUSA PENIDA

BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI FOR MANTA RAYS, UNSCATHED BEACHES, & ADVENTURE


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Kuta

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BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI FOR PARTYING & STREET FOOD

Best For:
Someone looking for a wild party scene or some good shopping, and for those ballin’ on a budget.

Kuta has always been known to be the party central of Bali, however travelers have slowly started to venture out from Kuta to other areas like Seminyak where you can get the wild partying without the danger.

The shopping is great in Kuta, and you’ll find better known brands here like Quicksilver or H&M. The markets are also great here but in my opinion they aren’t as fun as the markets in Ubud, as the vendors in Kuta are quick to get angry when you barter with them.

DON’T STAY HERE IF:
Don’t stay here if you’re looking for anything fancy or upmarket. Kuta is fun but it can also be a little rough and is a place known for pickpocketing, so be careful when partying here.

If you’re looking for somewhere with beautiful beaches and nature, Kuta is not the place for you and I would keep reading on to find somewhere to suit you better.

BUDGET

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The Bounty Hotel

Kuta’s most renowned party hotel! Featuring a pool with a swim-up bar, around the clock room service and located a street away from all the nightlife. They also host their own parties on Friday nights!

MID-RANGE

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Wyndham Garden Hotel

You might be on a mid-range budget but this sure doesn’t feel like a mid-range hotel! Stay directly on Kuta Beach just walking distance from the shops, food, and nightlife.

LUXURY

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Hard Rock Hotel

This is considerably cheap for a 5-star hotel. You won’t have to lift a finger staying here, so sit back in complete luxury and reap the benefits. And the best part? There’s a waterslide at the pool!

LEGIAN

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BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI FOR THE RESORT LIFESTYLE

Best For:
Someone looking for a getaway, where he or she doesn’t want to do much except lay in the sun. Legian would normally appeal to the full time worker who wants complete relaxation before heading back home to ‘reality’.

Although located only a town away from Kuta, Legian feels like a completely different place filled with beaches, markets and beachside resorts. The Legian lifestyle will have you eating a buffet breakfast every morning followed by a days worth of sunbathing by the hotel pool.

If you can be bothered, you might even get up and have a shopping spree at the nearby markets, or explore the wonderful little restaurants of Legian.

DON’T STAY HERE IF:
Don’t stay here if you’re looking for an adventure, untouched beaches or peace and quiet (unless you stay in your resort). The surrounding beaches are busy and not as pretty as the ones located in the south of Bali in Uluwatu.

BUDGET

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The One Legian Hotel

One of the best budget hotels in Bali for anyone who wants to stay right in the middle of Kuta and Seminyak. This hotel is quite a luxe option for being so cheap.

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Legian Paradiso Hotel

A beautiful option for someone who wants to feel like they’re in paradise without the burden of a hefty price tag!

LUXURY

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Padma Resort

If money is no object for you on your holiday, you definitely won’t be sorry if you stay at the Padma.

Seminyak

 

BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI FOR NIGHTLIFE, SHOPPING & GOOD VIBES

Best For:
Someone looking for a balance of everything that includes beaches, beach clubs, nightlife, good food and shopping.

We all know of and love Seminyak! Slightly more upper class than the streets of Kuta, Seminyak will have you shopping til you drop. Being one of the most loved destinations for young travelers, the partying in Seminyak will get just as wild as Kuta or better.

It’s a good base to stay at if you want to make little day trips to waterfalls or other parts of Bali where you’re able to explore the hidden gems of the island during the day, and then come back to the hustle bustle Seminyak streets at night.

The food choices here are endless, and Seminyak is also a crowd favourite in terms of day drinking at Potato Head Beach Club, and nightlife at La Favela.

DON’T STAY HERE IF:
Although Seminyak has pretty much everything you need, it does lack in nature so if you’re looking for somewhere that is less touristy and more nature based, your best to stay somewhere like Ubud or Uluwatu.

BUDGET

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M Boutique Hostel

This place has good vibes and is located close by to everything you need. If you’re one of the Bali first timers on a budget you’re in for a real treat!

MID-RANGE

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Astagina Resort Villas & Spa

It’s so nice here that you won’t want to leave your villa! It’s not ridiculously expensive either. Astagina Resort Villas & Spas is one of those cheap Bali villas you can’t miss out on!

LUXURY

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The Ulin Villas & Spa

If you’re willing to spend some money, you won’t have any regrets spending it on this villa! It’s absolutely stunning and I’ve never heard anyone say anything bad about it.

Canggu

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BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI FOR BACKPACKERS & HEALTHY FOOD

Best For:
Backpackers looking for other backpackers as well as being extremely popular among vegans and vegetarians for its vast amount of vegan friendly restaurants!

Calling all backpackers looking for some chill vibes and endless Acai Bowls! Located right next to Seminyak, Canggu was just newly discovered within the last few years and it is absolutely booming with young travellers looking for the perfect balance of good company, healthy food and the most chilled out vibes of Bali.

Canggu is another good base location, busy enough to be social, yet close enough to the adventurous activities.

Seeing as it is so close to Seminyak, you are in close proximity of Bali’s best nightlife and beach clubs!

DON’T STAY HERE IF:
I honestly can’t say anything too bad about Canggu, it’s very similar to Seminyak so if you’re looking to wake up to the birds chirping and greenery at your door step then maybe stay in Ubud.

BUDGET

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Mojo Resort

At Mojo Resort where you can step out of your room to the pool, you definitely won’t feel like you’re on a budget staying here! This quaint little hotel is in the perfect location in Canggu.

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Canggu La Loft

This is one of the most unique accommodations we’ve come across in Bali, as it’s built and complemented with brick and concrete features just like a New York Loft.

LUXURY

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Theanna Eco Villas & Spa

You’ll feel right at home at this stunning Canggu accommodation. Theanna Eco Villas & Spa has a 5-star rating and a not overly expensive price tag!

Ubud

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BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI FOR RELAXATION & NATURE

Best For:
Lovers of nature, peace, and rice fields! Ubud is known for its rice terraces and nature landscapes, so be prepared to have your breath taken away at any moment!

For a completely tranquil and relaxing place in Bali, Ubud is where to go.

If there’s anywhere to get a private villa with your own pool, it’s here where you can admire the stunning beauty of rice fields from the comfort of your own accommodation.

In terms of what to do, Ubud is home to the unforgettable Tegallalang Rice Terraces and Tukad Cepung Waterfall among other activities you must do during your Ubud stay! Ubud Town is full of amazing restaurants and cute little shops, and the Ubud Art Markets are some of the best in Bali. Don’t forget to visit the Ubud’s Monkey Forest while you’re there.

DON’T STAY HERE IF:
If you’re looking to get lit every night, Ubud is not where you want to be! They do have some bars in town but nothing too crazy that’s worth getting drunk for.

BUDGET

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Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel

Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel is one of the best budget hotels in Bali! It definitely won’t feel like a hostel when you’re laying by that gorgeous pool. It’s perfectly located in Ubud’s Center, where you are just steps away from the markets, boutiques and restaurants!

MID-RANGE

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Samkhya Villas

Equipped with your very own private pool and unbeatable view, Samkhya Villas is a jungle paradise where you will feel complete peace. If you need a real getaway then definitely look into staying in one of these gorgeous villas!

LUXURY

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Hanging Gardens Of Bali

Hanging Gardens Of Bali is without a doubt one of the most luxurious and visually stunning hotels you will ever get the pleasure of staying at. Although extremely pricey, if your budget allows for it then I really wouldn’t bother looking for Ubud accommodation any further.

Uluwatu

 

BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI FOR LESS TOURISTS, MORE BEACHES & SURFING

Best For:
Anyone who craves stepping foot on beaches that are still fairly untouched, delicious local food and fewer tourists!

Surfers stop here! Uluwatu is where you want to be if you want to go surfing everyday and explore the unscathed coastline of Bali’s south.

Some of our favorite beach spots are located all around the south of Bali near Uluwatu, such as Tegal Wangi Beach, Bingin Beach And Suluban Beach

For nightlife, you can check out Single Fins Beach club and OMNIA.

This is another beautiful spot to rent out a villa for your stay and believe us when we say Uluwatu is one of the most underrated places in Bali.

DON’T STAY HERE IF:
I honestly can’t say I wouldn’t recommend Uluwatu for anyone.

However it is a little less touristy than places like Seminyak, Kuta, Legian and Ubud so keep that in mind if you’re traveling alone and want to meet people.

BUDGET

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Pandawa Hill Resort

There’s nothing about this Uluwatu accommodation that reminds you of your backpackers budget!

MID-RANGE

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Dreamsea Bali

Could this be the most Instagrammable hotel in Bali? Stunning doesn’t even cut it for this beauty. Check it out for yourself!

LUXURY

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Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort

Everything about this place is 5-star, including the bath overlooking the beautiful view of Uluwatu.

Jimbaran Bay

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BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI FOR SEAFOOD, SUNSETS & UNTOUCHED BEACHES

Best For:
Lovers of seafood, sunsets, and luxury.

Jimbaran Bay isn’t the most popular place to stay in Bali so if you’re looking to stay somewhere off the grid and away from other tourists, consider Jimbaran Bay as a place to stay during your Bali holiday.

The biggest reason tourists visit Jimbaran Bay is because of the seafood. It’s delicious and worthwhile to have a seafood dinner while you watch the sunset.

You won’t find busy beaches here, but if you’re feeling adventurous you can find those untouched beaches with minimal tourists, such as Tegal Wangi Beach (one of my favorite beaches in Bali!)

DON’T STAY HERE IF:
If you’re craving nightlife or a busy scene, you won’t want to stay here.

However, if you are looking for someplace with not many tourists, yet still busy enough to meet people and have a good time, consider Uluwatu as a place to stay in Bali.

BUDGET

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Bali Breezz Hotel

For under $50 a night, this place is an absolute steal! It’s so nice that its makes you feel like paying them even more to stay here.

MID-RANGE

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The Alchemist Lodge

This place is almost always booked out and if you’re lucky enough to get to stay here, you’ll understand why when you take your first steps onto the property!

LUXURY

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AYANA Resort & Spa

If there’s any place you can indulge in total luxury, it’s here at AYANA Resort & Spa where you can quite literally take a staircase down to a private area on the beach from the hotel. This is one of the best places to stay in Bali, if not the best!

Nusa Dua

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BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI FOR TOTAL RELAXATION

Best For:
Someone who wants to do nothing but unwind and relax on his or her holiday.

Nusa Dua is for the person who just wants to escape from it all. There isn’t a whole lot of exciting things to do here, and is mostly a resort lifestyle where you won’t have to lift a finger.

Although it does sound nice to be surrounded by luxury during your stay, it does get a little boring after a few days in my opinion so I advise you to stay here for only a few days if you truly do need to get away and relax your mind and body, and then perhaps move on to a more lively place.

Once you enter your resort, you enter another world full of relaxation & comfort.

DON’T STAY HERE IF:
If you’re looking for some wild nightlife, adventure, traditional markets and Balinese culture, do not stay here.

BUDGET

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Palm Garden Bali Hotel

Although Nusa Dua is known for resorts and luxury, there’s still a place for our backpackers on a budget! Sometimes during your trip you need a couple of days to unwind from all the crazy adventures, and this is the most perfect place to do it.

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The Nest Hotel

You can’t go wrong with luxury accommodation in Nusa Dua at a mid-range price!

LUXURY

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The Royal Santrian Luxury Beach Villas

If you’ve chosen to come to Nusa Dua to live in complete luxury for a while, this is the perfect option for you.

Lovina (North Bali)

 

BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI FOR WATERFALLS, VOLCANOES & BEACHES

Best For:
Someone who loves adventure!! North Bali has so much to see and do you won’t know where to begin.

My best advice if you’re hungry for an adventurous escapade is to hire a motorbike and just ride around North Bali to your hearts desire!

There’s a plethora of mystical waterfalls that are seriously not to be missed, volcanoes everywhere you turn and black sand beaches that are begging to be paraded on!

North Bali is a jungle infused paradise that many people are yet to explore! Don’t make the mistake of not visiting North Bali during your getaway.

DON’T STAY HERE IF:
If you’re someone who goes on holidays only to seek comfort and luxury, I don’t recommend North Bali as a place for you to stay.

Perhaps you should try somewhere like Nusa Dua or Legian where the comfortable resort lifestyle is at your fingertips!

BUDGET

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Villa Putih Lovina

It’s places like these cheap Bali villas that make Bali such an amazing travel experience even if you’re on that broke backpacker budget that we’re all familiar with.

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Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel

This stunning accommodation provides villa type rooms and they have decorated it to perfection. It’s both aesthetically pleasing for your Insta feed and in a great location in North Bali.

LUXURY

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The Damai

This hotel is in the location that gives you the most perfect fusion of jungle and ocean that you so heavily desire. One of the best resorts in Bali if I must say so myself!

Nusa Lembongan

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BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI FOR CHILLED OUT VIBES

Best For:
Someone who wants the perfect mix of chill vibes, beaches and exploration.

I think everyone should take a few days away from the mainland and chill out in Nusa Lembongan for a little change! It’s only a 30-minute boat ride away, so why wouldn’t you?!

Nusa Lembongan has a mixture of everything you want.

Here you can do something different like check out Devil’s Tears, do some water sports or snorkelling, or perhaps you prefer to go to the beach, or even some adventure antics.

Therefore there’s a slim chance you’ll run out of things to do on this bountiful island! You can even walk (or ride) across the yellow bridge to its neighbouring island Nusa Ceningan!

This is not a place for nightlife, but there are some really cute beach bars/restaurants that you can have some drinks at if you want!

DON’T STAY HERE IF:
If you want to drink lots and party hard, I don’t recommend Nusa Lembongan.

The one thing it lacks in is nightlife.

However it is the perfect place to recover from some heavy drinking in during your Bali backpacking adventures.

Although there are also some chilled out beach bars you can have a few drinks at it’s not a party scene by any means.

BUDGET

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The Syron Huts Lembongan

How is it possible to travel on such a tight budget and still be living like a king? Let me tell you it’s the reality when staying at this Nusa Lembongan accommodation.

MID-RANGE

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Jenggala Hill

You’re doing no wrong by staying at a place where you can lay by the infinity pool overlooking the breath-taking beach landscape!

LUXURY

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Rumah Putih Lembongan

Staying at this 5-star accommodation feels quite like a dream. The worst part is leaving!

Nusa Penida

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BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI FOR MANTA RAYS, UNSCATHED BEACHES, & ADVENTURE

Best For:
The adventurous one! If your soul yearns for secluded, exquisite endeavours then Nusa Penida is your dream come true.

And if you want to swim with Manta Rays, this is also your dream come true!

Nusa Penida will promise you some of the most unscathed and precious beaches you’ll see in all of Bali, mostly because of its undeveloped broken roads.

Therefore it’s not easily accessible and not many tourists tend to visit these parts!

Whatever you do, do not leave your camera in the hotel room! You’ll want to bring it everywhere you go on this magical island. Places like Kelingking Beach and Suwehan Beach will have your head spinning.

There are minimal tourists here, not many restaurants and literally no places for nightlife.

Consequently, I wouldn’t stay here for more than 4 days during your Bali trip. Nusa Penida is not a place for resorts and comfort (not yet anyway), and is the epitome of an undeveloped paradise.

PS – If you like viewpoints then I strongly recommend visiting Rumah Pohon Treehouse and Thousand Islands Viewpoint!

DON’T STAY HERE IF:
If you’re searching for an easy-going, comfortable holiday where everything is handed to your in your resort.

DO NOT stay in Nusa Penida!

This is the least developed part of Bali we stayed in and it’s not a resort type place. Some roads are still gravel and there’s only a select few restaurants to eat at in ‘town’.

And I use the word ‘town’ lightly.

BUDGET

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La Roja Budget Bungalows

This cheap Bali hotel will have you relaxed and rejuvenated without taking a huge toll on your wallet!

MID-RANGE

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Coco Resort Penida

If you’re kinda on a budget but not that intense backpacker budget, stay here and you will be delighted with your stay.

LUXURY

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Semabu Hills Hotel

This is by far one of the cheapest luxury hotels you will find making it one of the best places to stay in Bali!

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