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Where to Stay in Bali: Our Bali Accommodation Guide

Where to Stay in Bali: Our Bali Accommodation Guide

Known as the Island of the Gods, Bali is one of 17,500 islands in the Indonesian archipelago. It’s a popular tourist destination due to its incredible beauty, high diversity of marine species, coral reefs, culture, active volcanoes, wild jungles, and growing infrastructure. The island is well accustomed to travelers, with many available places to stay in Bali.
 
Accommodation in Bali varies from private villas and five-star resorts to bungalows in the rice fields and homestays. The options are diverse. Our Bali accommodation guide covers everything that you need to know about where to stay in Bali, including the best family resorts in Bali, boutique hotels in Bali, Bali honeymoon villas, as well as a few unique places to stay in Bali.

Area Guide: Best areas in Bali

For most people, Bali is seen as a tropical island mostly made up of beautiful beaches. Though, the island is actually characterized by diversity. There are many beautiful beaches, but there is also agricultural landscapes (the famous rice paddies), mountains, quiet villages, and a few raucous party towns.
 
To get the most out of your vacation in Bali, you need to understand the different areas and pick one best suited to what you want out of your trip to the island. We’ve highlighted some of the best areas in Bali and where to stay in each. They are all in the southern half of the island as this region is the most popular amongst tourists.
 
The Kuta and Legion areas are the most touristy places in Bali. Both Kuta and Legion are packed with shops, markets, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. If you’re keen for partying, then these areas are for you. It’s also easy to find cheap accommodation in Kuta and Legion if you’re on a budget. You’ll also find great beaches and surfing spots.

Ubud is popular amongst digital nomads and travelers looking to experience the interior area of the island. It’s also yoga central, with loads of yoga studios. It’s great to stay in the village to be close to the shops, restaurants and local markets. But if you’d prefer to spend more time relaxing and taking in the natural beauty of this area, then rather look for somewhere on the outskirts. A taxi into the village is easy enough to get.

Seminyak is quite a trendy area of Bali, with boutique shops, sophisticated bars with live jazz, soul and R&B, and a wide range of restaurants. It’s quite far away from being an authentic Bali neighborhood and appeals more to the high-end, luxury traveler. 

If you want to be close to Seminyak but prefer to be a bit more remote, then head to Canggu. It’s about a 20-minute drive from Seminyak.

Nusa Dua is a closed-off area reserved for luxury hotel chains and resorts – like a hotel bubble. Its security checkpoints make it the safest place in Bali, which appeals to wealthy tourists and families. You won’t experience the real Bali here.

Located on the eastern side of Bali’s southern isthmus, Sanur has a laidback beach vibe. It was originally a fishing village and they have managed to keep its original charm. This is a great area for families visiting Bali and tourists looking for a more mature, European atmosphere.

 

Where to stay in Bali: Our Bali Accommodation Guide

We’ve broken our Bali accommodation guide into the main tourist regions of the island. You’ll find the top places to stay in each neighborhood, including a range of different accommodation options. If you’re not too concerned about which neighborhood to stay in, but rather after a specific feature (like a family-friendly resort) then check out our other options towards the bottom.

Where to stay in Kuta and Legion

Some of the top places to stay in Kuta and Legion include:

Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort

Located a five-minute walk from Kuta Beach and steps away from Legian Beach, this hotel offers two outdoor pools, traditional spa treatments and an Asian restaurant. The hotel is modelled after a traditional Indonesian village and is surrounded by tropical gardens.

 

Bread and Jam Hostel

For those on a budget, this is the perfect option for you. Bread and Jam Hostel is a modern boutique hostel just a 10-minute walk from the center of Kuta (and 11 minutes from the beach). Rates include a daily breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and a free tea and coffee all day. The dorms are air-conditioned and kept clean and tidy. Double rooms are available for those looking for more privacy.

  • Rates start from $8 for a dorm and $19 for a double room
  • Where to book: Booking.com | HotelsCombined | Agoda
  • Location: Jl. Sadasari Gg. Kelapa No. 11, Kubu Anyar, 80361 Kuta, Indonesia

 

Grand Istana Rama Hotel

Grand Istana Rama Hotel has an idea location just a minute walks from Kuta Beach, and within walking distance from Kuta Square and the buzzing nightlife of Jalan Legian. The hotel has its own swimming pool with a sunken bar and the all day restaurant serves local, Italian and seafood dishes – along with stunning Kuta Beach views. The Tequila Bar features a DJ and live band entertainment. To top if off, the hotel offers weekly cultural activities like cooking classes and Bahasa Indonesia language classes.

 

Kuta Lagoon Resort and Pool Villas

Kuta Lagoon Resort offers luxury retreats in private villas, each with their own balcony and swimming pool. The resort is an eight-minute walk from the beach and there is also a free shuttle service to Kuta Beach. Each villa is decked out with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, minibars and beautiful décor. There is also a spa and four dining options.

  • Rates start from $50 for standard double room and $110 for a pool villa
  • Where to book: Booking.com | HotelsCombined | Agoda
  • Location: Jl. Raya Legian No. 363, 80361 Legian, Indonesia

 

Where to stay in Ubud

Some of the top places to stay in Ubud include:

Viceroy Bali

This five-star hotel offers luxurious villas with private pools overlooking the Petangu River. The main infinity pool overlooks the jungle, offering the most breathtaking atmosphere. It’s just a five-minute drive from central Ubud, and offers a free shuttle to guests. The rooms are lush as is the entire hotel, including the Lembah Spa, which offers a variety of body treatments.

  • Rates from $1,000 (includes breakfast)
  • Where to book: Booking.com | HotelsCombined | Agoda
  • Location: Jalan Lanyahan, Br. Nagi, 80571  Ubud, Indonesia

 

Alaya Resort Ubud

Surrounded by rice fields in the heart of Ubud, Alaya Resort Ubud offers affordable luxury. Rates include breakfast and afternoon tea, and the on-site restaurant serves delicious local dishes along with some fusion and international meals. Alaya Resort Ubud is 200 metres’ away from the Monkey Forest and 700 metres’ away from Ubud Market. Features include an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and spa.

 

Chapung SeBali

Chapung SeBali offers eight villas perched on a hill overlooking the river, each with their own private pool. It’s tucked away about a 10-minute drive from the center of Ubud, making it quiet, peaceful and secluded. The design is modern, hip and Nordic – making it a hipsters paradise.

  • Rates from $282 for a Deluxe Suite
  • Where to book: Booking.com | HotelsCombined | Agoda
  • Location: Jl. Raya Sebali No.5 Keliki, Tegalalang, 80561 Ubud, Indonesia

 

Kampung Ubud Ibunda Bungalow

Kampung Ubud Ibunda Bungalow offers Balinese-style accommodation set in lush gardens. Each room is decorated with a typical Balinese style, featuring a private terrace/balcony, free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. Hotel features include an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, spa, and other basic conveniences. The hotel is located a 10-minute walk from Monkey Forest and Ubud Art Market.

 

Where to stay in Seminyak

Some of the top places to stay in Seminyak include:

W Bali – Seminyak

Located on the Seminyak Beach, though a seven-minute walk from the beach. The hotel features a large outdoor pool and full-service spa. The five-star accommodation includes balconies with garden or sea views. There are two restaurants, one offering BBQ while the other offers Pan-Asian dishes. Sunset drinks, and a bit of a party, are offered at the hotel bar. 

 

eqUILIBRIA Seminyak

Named after “peace and tranquility” in Indonesia, this property lives up to its name. It’s a bit more hidden away in downtown Seminyak, being a 17-minute walk away from the beach. Each of the eco-friendly villas feature private pools (not all units), a full butler service, iPhone concierge app, and luxurious beds with 300-thread count pure bamboo sheets. Relaxing massage and beauty treatments can be enjoyed at Equalize Spa. Guests can also take the free transfer to Finns Recreation Club and Finns Beach Club – A 25 m outdoor pool, tennis courts, gym and yoga rooms are available there.

  • Rates from $250 for a one-bedroom villa with private pool
  • Where to book: Booking.com | HotelsCombined | Agoda
  • Location: Jalan Wirasaba No.5, off Jalan Kayu Aya, 80361 Seminyak, Indonesia

 

Kosta Hostel

Kosta Hostel offers basic, budget-friendly accommodation in Seminyak. The hostel is located 1.7 km from The Seminyak Square Shopping Mall. Dorm rooms are classic and modern, with a simple and fresh approach. There is a small outdoor pool available, with a few surrounding chill spots amongst the greenery. Guests can also enjoy the on-site restaurant which serves up delicious local and international meals.

 

M Boutique Hostel

M Boutique Hostel offers modern and Instagram-worthy accommodation in Seminyak. It’s a five-minute drive to the famous Potato Head Beach Club and a seven-minute drive from Batu Belig Beach. The dorms are comfortable and modern with air-conditioning and ample personal space with each guest getting an assigned locker, universal electric socket and reading lamp. The property features an outdoor swimming pool along with a shared kitchen and lounge. 

 

Where to stay in Canggu

Some of the top places to stay in Canggu include:

Komea Villa – by Karaniya Experience

For a boutique offering, Komea Villa is an ideal option. Located within the rice fields of Batubelig, this property is a five-minute walk from Kayu Putih beach and Canggu Club. The Seminyak area is a 5-minute drive away. Accommodation options include one and two-bedroom villas with free Wi-Fi and a private pool (decked out with spa jets). Each villa also includes a dining area and kitchenette.
 

  • Rates from $230 for a one-bedroom villa (breakfast included)
  • Where to book: Booking.com | HotelsCombined | Agoda
  • Location: Jl. Subak Sari No. 7, Br. Tegal Gundul, Ds. Tibu Beneng, Kuta Utara, Bali, 80361 Canggu, Indonesia

 

KTS Day Spa & Retreat by Ngeluwungan Group

For a more secluded getaway, KTS Day Spa & Retreat is a great option. Situated in the pastoral area of Canggu, the property is a 10-minute drive from the property to the famed surfing spot at Echo Beach, and around a 15-minute drive to the iconic Tanah Lot Temple. Each room offers air-conditioning, a TV, balcony and dining area with a fridge and electric kettle. The property features an outdoor swimming pool along with a shared lounge to relax in.

  • Rates from $61 for a Queen room
  • Where to book: Booking.com | HotelsCombined | Agoda
  • Location: Jalan Beringin Gang Untung No 71 Br. Pegending, Dalung, 80361 Canggu, Indonesia

 

Canggu Beach Hostel

Located just a three-minute walk from the beach (both the Pererenan Beach and Echo Beach) and a 10-minute drive to restaurants and shops in Canggu. The property has two outdoor pools with beach bar along with a terrace and garden, as well as being surrounded by beautiful rice paddies. Canggu Beach Hostel offers a fun and lively vibe.

 

The Apartments Canggu

Located a 15-minute walk from the closest beach, and five-minute drive from Echo Beach. The Apartments Canggu offer one-bedroom and studio apartments with a living and kitchen area. Some apartments have views of the rice fields, pool, or the garden. The property features an outdoor swimming pool and garden as well as offering free use of bicycles, surfboards and Yoga mats.

  • Rates from $37 for a studio and $57 for a one-bedroom apartment
  • Where to book: Booking.com | HotelsCombined | Agoda
  • Location: Jalan Padang Linjong No. 85, 80361 Canggu, Indonesia

 

Where to stay in Nusa Dua

Some of the top places to stay in Nusa Dua include:

Grand Hyatt Bali

Grand Hyatt Bali is one of the top picks among the elite resorts in Nusa Dua. It’s a massive luxury beachfront resort with five outdoor pools, a large spa, and eight dining options. The rooms are ultra-luxurious, stocked with batik robes, slippers and free amenities. A variety of water sports, a tennis court and a fitness center are available.

  • Rates from $500 for a standard double room
  • Where to book: Booking.com | HotelsCombined | Agoda
  • Location: Kawasan Wisata Nusa Dua BTDC, Bali, 80363 Nusa Dua, Indonesia

 

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Bali

This property is a six-minute walk from the beach. Set in lush tropical gardens, the 5-star Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Bali features three outdoor pools and a private beach. Rooms are decorated with Balinese furnishings and feature a balcony/terrace with views of the tropical gardens or beach. Facilities include a spa, fitness center, and tennis and squash courts. Guests can go on a Balinese fishing tour or try canoeing, rafting and snorkelling. It also has a children’s playground and game room.

  • Rates from $166 for a double room
  • Where to book: Booking.com | HotelsCombined | Agoda
  • Location: Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua, Lot North 4, 80363 Nusa Dua, Indonesia

 

Rantun’s Place

For those on a budget, Rantun’s Place is a good option. Situated in the Sawangan district in Nusa Dua, the property is a nine-minute walk from Geger Beach. Rooms are basic with flat-screen TVs and breakfast is included. An outdoor swimming pool, spa, restaurant, free Wi-Fi and free on-site parking is available. 

  • Rates from $13 for a double room
  • Where to book: Booking.com | HotelsCombined | Agoda
  • Location: Jl. Nusa Dua Selatan, Br. Sawangan, 80361 Nusa Dua, Indonesia

 

COOEE Bali Reef Resort

COOEE Bali Reef Resort is located steps away from Tanjong Benoa Beach. The resort offers bungalow-style accommodation with traditional Balinese architecture and décor, along with private balconies and garden views. There is an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, bar, and all-day massages by the beach. 

 

Where to stay in Sanur

Some of the top places to stay in Sanur include:

Segara Village Hotel

Segara Village Hotels offers typical Bali villas set within a tropical garden. It’s a three-minute walk to the beach and offers three outdoor pools. In-house The Beach Restaurant overlooks the ocean and serves Asian and international dishes. There’s also another cocktail bar overlooking the beach. Rooms have private balconies overlooking the gardens and are fitted with all standard amenities. Other features include a spa and free yoga sessions.

 

Little Pond Homestay

Little Pond Homestay is a great option for travels on a budget. The excellent location is about one minute from Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur’s main drag; five minutes’ from the beach (via a shortcut) and less to Pasar Sindu night market. The rooms are basic, though are kept clean and offer good value for money. There is an outdoor swimming pool and all of the rooms have a small terrace looking over the pool.

  • Rates from $8 for a standard double room
  • Where to book: Booking.com | HotelsCombined | Agoda
  • Location: Jalan Danau Tamblingan No. 19, Sanur – Bali, 80228 Sanur, Indonesia

 

Artotel

Artotel is a funky four-star hotel that will appeal to contemporary art and architecture lovers. Designed by Jakarta architectural firm Studio TonTon, the hotel is a canvas for notable Bali-based contemporary artists and a visual feast for guests. The hotel is situated a two-minute walk from Sanur Beach and guests can find an array of shopping and dining options within a short stroll to the Sanur main street. The rooms are comfortable, each featuring unique graffiti artwork on the walls along with modern amenities.

 

Kamuela Villas and Suite Sanur

Kamuela Villas and Suite Sanur is a five-minute walk away from the beach, with ample shops and eateries within close walking distance. The suites are bright and airy, with spacious interiors including living and dining spaces. They come decked with modern amenities and include a private butler service. Villas have private gardens and pools, along with fully-equipped kitchenettes. A full restaurant and spa are available, and guests can join in on cooking classes.

 

More options for where to stay in Bali

Bali honeymoon villas

Berry Amour Romantic Villas

Located just outside of the high-end beach town of Seminyak, Berry Amour Romantic Villas offers 20 private luxury villas. This spot is ideal for a honeymoon in Bali as it’s an adult-only resort. The villas each feature their own design: Temptation, Mystique, and Desire. The classic and elegant décor oozes romance with candles, luxury sofas, and cove lighting. Each also come with their own swimming pool, sun deck, jacuzzi, and fully-equipped kitchen – there’s no need to leave!

 

Best family resorts Bali

Padma Resort Legian

Located a three-minute walk from the Legian Beach and a 10-minute walk from Seminyak’s shops, restaurants and entertainment. The resort includes two beautifully landscaped pools with sunken bars. A kids pool with slide as well as another with volleyball net is available. There are seven dining options – with enough kid-friendly options. Rooms are spacious and include private terraces. Additional resort features include a spa, departure lounge, tennis court, and live entertainment.

  • Rates from $240 for a double room and $400 for a family room
  • Where to book: Booking.com | HotelsCombined | Agoda
  • Location: Jln. Padma no.1 PO BOX 1107 TBB, 80361 Legian, Indonesia

 

Adult-only hotel in Bali

The Bale

The Bale is an adult-only luxury resort in Nusa Dua. The property is a six-minute walk from the beach, 10-minute drive from Bumbu Bali Restaurant and a 15-minute drive from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. The exclusive villas include private pools, a 24-hour butler service, and a free daily minibar. It provides free shuttle services by private cars to its exclusive beach clubs at Geger Beach and Nusa Dua areas. The resort includes a spa, fitness center, yoga rooms, and four restaurant/bar facilities.

  • Rates from $450 for a one-bedroom villa
  • Where to book: Booking.com | HotelsCombined | Agoda
  • Location: Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, 80363 Nusa Dua, Indonesia

 

Boutique hotel in Bali

Katamama

Katamama not only offers spectacular five-star service and amenities, but they source locally and help support the local community. All the décor is bespoke and has been handmade by local artisans and craftsmen – from the bricks to the bathrobes and ceramic cocktail beakers. The 57 rooms are spacious with large windows letting in plenty of natural lighting.

 

Unique places to stay in Bali

Amankila

The 34 free-standing Suites at Amankila are set atop stilts amid the treetops, creating a Balinese treehouse vibe. Each of the suites have a private outdoor terrace. Besides from the treetop suites, the resort features wellness spa and a restaurant, where all food is locally sourced and grown. 

  • Rates from $589 for a garden suite (breakfast included)
  • Where to book: HotelsCombined 
  • Location: Bali-Manggis Indonesia, Manggis, Indonesia

 

Romantic wellness retreat in Bali

Spa Village Resort Tembok, North

Hidden away in the least developed part of Bali, Spa Village Resort Tembok is a spa village before it is a resort. Guests are welcomed with a massage at check-in – ensuring complete relaxation from the start. Located in the north of Bali, the area is more rustic and un-spoilt. Guests can explore the nearby heritage villages, climb waterfalls, stroll around lakes and go dolphin spotting. The spa is phenomenal, and the resort has also launched Solo Female wellness retreats.

  • Rates from $250 for a standard double room
  • Where to book: Booking.com | HotelsCombined | Agoda
  • Location: Jl. Singaraja – Amlapura No.100 Desa Tembok – Kec. Tejakula, Buleleng, Singaraja, Bali, Indonesia

 

Health Retreat in Bali

Ubud Sari Health Resort

Ubud Sari Health Resort is all about yoga, healthy eating and being surrounded by relaxing jungle vibes. The outdoor swimming pool looks out onto the adjacent rice paddies and the various ponds around the property aid in creating a relaxing atmosphere. There’s a restaurant at the property that serves healthy organic meals and raw food. Some rooms have a terrace with pool views, others feature a balcony with views of the green surroundings. The resort offers various detox and cleansing workshops (read more on their website).

 

Bali hotels with private pool

Hanging Gardens of Bali

There are some absolutely breathtaking pools in Bali, but the infinity pool at Hanging Gardens is possibly one of the best. The pool is perched on the side of a hill and looks out into the surrounding jungle and Ayung River. It’s truly breathtaking. The only thing is that this is one of the most photographed pools in Bali, so to get your Instagram-worthy shot you need to line up early in the morning.

 

Bali Eco Resort

Alila Uluwatu

Alibla Uluwatu is an eco-friendly resort in Bali, in Uluwatu. The resort is built on a limestone cliff, surrounded by scenic beauty. Its minimalist and understated design fits in perfectly with its surroundings. Along with keeping eco-friendly, the resort offers five-star service and facilities including personal butler service, sleek design, infinity swimming pool, and a fitness center with yoga and pilates studio. The modern Balinese-style villas feature an elevated outdoor pavilion that overlooks the ocean. Each villa has an outdoor dining area and oversized bathroom.

  • Rates from $868 for a villa
  • Where to book: Booking.com | HotelsCombined | Agoda
  • Location: Jalan Belimbing Sari, Br. Tambiyak, Desa Pecatu, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia agoda

 
 

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