WHERE TO STAY IN BALI – THE BEST AREAS & HOTELS IN 2020

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One of the best known of the Indonesian islands, Bali is known for its rolling rice paddy fields, its glorious sandy beaches and its volcanic mountains. Peace and tranquillity can be found around every corner of this spiritual island that has attracted tourists and backpackers for years and has become a must-visit destination on any serious travelers list.

The island has several towns and villages, all boasting their own unique take on Bali life and knowing where to visit and where to stay in Bali can be difficult to navigate with such choice available to cater to all types of travelers.

When searching for the best places to stay in Bali, it’s important to find the best area that suits you and to be able to see all that the island has to offer. There are many accommodations in Bali to suit all types of travelers and all budgets including luxury, mid-range and budget travel.

In this Bali accommodation guide, I have put together a complete list of the Best Places To Stay In Bali in the Top 12 Areas around the island.

 

OVERVIEW OF WHERE TO STAY IN BALI

A quick overview of the 12 Best Areas To Stay In Bali that you will find in this post;

  1. Canggu
  2. Seminyak
  3. Kuta
  4. Ubud
  5. Uluwatu
  6. Jimbaran
  7. Nusa Dua
  8. Sanur
  9. Amed
  10. Bedugul 
  11. Nusa Lembongan
  12. Nusa Penida

 

CANGGU

The coastal village of Canggu is perfect for anyone looking to find a haven of beach life on Bali. With a bit more of a party vibe taking over this area, you can also find some of the best beaches with oceanfront cafes and restaurants. For anyone looking to unwind and live the Balinese lifestyle with the extra enjoyment of nightlife, then this is the place for you.

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These are my top picks for where to stay in Canggu to suit every type of budget:

 

LUXURY: THE HAVEN SUITES

The Accommodation:

One of the top-picks when looking for where to stay in Bali in Canggu is The Haven Suites. This luxury Canggu Beach Hotel boasts suites with wooden furniture and Balinese touches. There is a spacious outdoor pool and kids pool. Guests can enjoy a meal at the onsite restaurant.

Location:

Within 150 feet from Berawa Beach and only 450 yards from Batu Bolong Beach, this luxury Canggu resort lies in the heart of it all. With bike hire on offer at the resort, spend your days cycling around Canggu, visiting the close by restaurants and tourist destinations.

The Rooms:

Luxurious suites offer wifi in every room, flat-screen TV, extra-large beds and pool views, with some of the more top-end rooms having private pool access. All rooms have private bathrooms and for your comfort, robes and slippers.

Recommended For:

The Haven Suites is perfect for couples and especially newlyweds, with the resort offering Honeymoon suite packages. This is by far one of the best places to stay in Bali.

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MID RANGE: LEGONG KERATON BEACH HOTEL

The Accommodation:

Shaded by swaying palm trees, Legong Keraton Beach Hotel offers air-conditioned rooms situated directly on peaceful Berawa Beach in Canggu. It boasts an outdoor pool, spa and a beachfront restaurant and bar. Free drop-off service to central Seminyak is provided twice daily.

Location:

Set in tropical landscapes just 30 yards from Berawa Beach. With restaurants, beaches and tourist spots all close by and even a water park just north of this Canggu hotel. What more could you ask for when looking for where to stay in Bali!

The Rooms:

Deluxe rooms boasting large, comfortable beds, with modern rooms featuring TV’s, wifi, private balconies and a minibar. Maximum people in 1 room is 3, with the option to have interconnecting rooms.

Recommended For:

This Bali accommodation in Canggu caters to families perfectly. With interconnecting rooms, children’s high chairs and rooms located on the ground floor. It’s also suitable for a group of traveling friends.

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BUDGET: BLACK PEARL HOSTEL

The Accommodation:

The Black Pearl Hostel is one of the best places to stay in Bali for backpackers. This awesome Canggu hostel features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. The property also offers bike hire and a garden terrace.

Location:

With Batu Bolong beach just 400 yards away, Vue Beach Club 2.4 miles from the hostel and 11.2 miles from the closest airport, for the money you’re paying you really are getting the best location.

The Rooms:

The only option of room here is a mixed dormitory, offering single beds. With a shared bathroom, garden and pool views in every dorm, outdoor dining areas and the entire unit located on the ground floor, this really is a great budget option when searching for where to stay in Bali.

Recommended For:

The Black Pearl Hostel in Canggu is perfect for a solo traveler on the hunt for where to stay in Bali on a budget. With the only option being a single bed dorm, it’s great for those traveling on their own and looking to meet new people.

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SEMINYAK

One of the more popular tourist destinations in Bali, Seminyak is famed for its shopping and its restaurant and it’s also home to some of the best luxury hotels and spas on the island.

If you are looking for high-end shopping, eating and nightlife then Seminyak is the spot for you. Being a popular tourist destination can sometimes make the town crowded but if you like the hustle and bustle mixed with island life then this is one of the best places to stay in Bali.

These are my top picks for where to stay in Bali in Seminyak for every type of budget:

 

LUXURY: HOTEL INDIGO BALI SEMINYAK BEACH

The Accommodation:

Set in the heart of Seminyak, right on the beachfront, Hotel Indigo boasts four outdoor swimming pools and six restaurants. Guests can request pampering massages at the spa center or work out at the 24 hours fitness center.

Location:

The Seminyak Village Shopping Mall is within walking distance from this Bali hotel, while Petitenget Temple is just 1.2 miles from the property. The nearest airport is Ngurah Rai International Airport, just 3 miles away.

The Rooms:

All rooms are fitted with modern amenities such as air conditioning, a minibar and a coffee machine. The sophisticated and spacious villas boast a private pool, while the suites are equipped with a bathtub. All units come with a daybed on the balcony or patio and complete amenities in the en suite bathroom. Decorated with traditional Balanise décor this is one of the best places to stay in Bali on a luxury budget.

Recommended For:

This hotel in Bali is perfect for couples, boasting facilities to suit all ages or couples wanting to experience the luxury of Seminyak.

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MID RANGE: IBIS STYLES BALI PETITENGET

The Accommodation:

Providing modern and unique accommodation, this Bali hotel offers an outdoor pool, restaurant and fitness center, all for guest use in a gorgeous beachside location.

Location:

Close to all local amenities, restaurants and bars and within walking distance of the beach and temples, this is a top place to stay in Bali for anyone wanting to explore Seminyak on a mid-range budget.

The Rooms:

All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV and all rooms have a seating area, and some units have a balcony. Every room has a private bathroom with free toiletries.

Recommended For:

This is a great location for couples, families and groups of friends looking at where to stay in Bali in the Seminyak area.

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BUDGET: BEJI AYU HOMESTAY

The Accommodation:

Beji Ayu Homestay features budget accommodation with a garden, a terrace and a continental breakfast is served every morning.

Location:

Ku De Ta is 2.7 miles from Beji Ayu Homestay, while Petitenget Temple is 3.1 miles from the property.

The Rooms:

All rooms have a patio, air conditioning and feature a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries. A balcony with river views is also offered in all units at this awesome place to stay in Bali.

Recommended For:

This is great for backpackers, traveling couples, or solo travelers looking for where to stay in Bali on a budget.

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KUTA

This bustling market town also offers some of the best nightlife on the island of Bali, with a little something for everyone wanting to kick back and enjoy island living. Famed for its long sandy beaches it is also a hot spot for surfers looking to catch some of the famous Bali waves.

These are my top picks for where to stay in Bali in the Kuta area which includes options for every type of budget:

 

LUXURY: BINTANG BALI RESORT

The Accommodation:

Set amidst a tropical landscape, Bintang Bali Resort is a 5-minute walk from Kuta Shopping Centre. It offers a private beach area and an outdoor swimming pool with a cascading waterfall. Guests can enjoy a relaxing massage at the spa or work out at the fitness center and the resort also has a tennis court, hot tub and provides bicycle rental services. La Brasserie Restaurant serves a buffet spread of European dishes and other dining choices include refreshing beverages at Grand Lobby Bar and Sedap Malam Lounge.

Location:

Just a ten-minute drive from the airport, from the moment you get off the plane you are in the heart of this luxurious part of Bali, with its shopping centers, bars, restaurants and beaches all within easy walking distance.

The Rooms:

Rooms have modern décor and hardwood flooring featuring throughout the rooms at the 5-star resort. Each room is equipped with a TV and has a private balcony that overlooks the garden. A bathtub and toiletries are also provided.

Recommended For:

This is a great place to consider for couples and families looking for where to stay in Bali in style! 

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MID RANGE: FEBRI’S HOTEL & SPA

The Accommodation:

Febri’s Hotel & Spa is set amidst a garden near South Kuta Beach. Inspired by a Balinese water palace, the accommodation boasts an outdoor pool and restaurant, making it one of the best places to stay in Bali on a mid-range budget.

Location:

Located along the Kartika Plaza main street, Febri’s Hotel is within walking distance of Waterbom Park and Discovery Mall as well as the beach and other local eateries and amenities.

The Rooms:

Fitted with a private terrace or balcony with garden views, rooms at Febri’s come with a sofa bed and seating area included to enhance your relaxation space. Some rooms provide views of the garden, while other rooms offer pool views.

Recommended For:

This is a great place to stay in Bali for couples.

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BUDGET: PUDAK SARI UNIZOU HOSTEL

The Accommodation:

Pudak Sari Unizou Hostel offers nice and spacious accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool and a sun terrace.

Location:

Located within walking distance of the beach and all local bars and restaurants, this yet another one of the best places to stay in Bali on a budget for central Kuta.

The Rooms:

Rooms are available in a two-person sharing capacity or dormitories are also on offer if looking for a complete budget stay.

Recommended For:

Pudak Sari Unizou Hostel is perfect for solo travelers,  traveling friends and couples.

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UBUD

The relaxing lifestyle promoted in Ubud is enhanced by its fantastic array of local restaurants and luxurious places to stay. Located in amongst the rice paddies, Ubud is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for some extra luxury and some breathtaking, Instagrammable destinations.

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These are my top picks for where to stay in Bali in the village of Ubud for every type of budget:

 

LUXURY: NATYA RESORT

The Accommodation:

Set in a beautiful, tropical forest and equipped with outdoor pools, sun terraces, spa and fitness center, a restaurant and bar with BBQ facilities. The Natya Resort is one of those places you just won’t ever want to leave and it’s one of the most exceptional resorts in Ubud.

Location:

2 miles from Ubud Palace and 3 miles from the Monkey Forest, Natya Resort is perfectly situated close to all local attractions, most of which are well within walking distance.

The Rooms:

Rooms are built with hut-like features, giving it an authentic feel and traditional styling. All rooms at this Ubud accommodation come with either a terrace, balcony or dining area and some are available with a private pool. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and all presented to the highest standard.

Recommended For:

When searching for where to stay in Ubud, this is perfect for families with their pool suites and also couples wanting to enjoy their luxury villas for that perfect getaway.

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MID RANGE: AUMA VILLA

The Accommodation:

These larger villas are highly recommended and one of the best places to stay in Bali in Ubud. Decorated in traditional white décor and set in beautiful landscapes, with a 24-hour front desk, room service and outdoor swimming pool and terrace, these Auma Villa’s are well presented and worthy of a stay while visiting Bali.

The Location:

Set quite centrally to the town of Ubud, you are only 3 miles from Goa Gajah, 4 miles from Ubud Palace and 5 miles from Saraswati Temple.

The Rooms:

The rooms are spacious, clean and beautifully decorated. Private pools are available with some of the rooms and come with traditional outdoor showers. Room service is available for all rooms, offering that extra comfort when not out and about exploring the local area.

Recommended For:

This accommodation in Ubud is perfect for groups or families, but would equally suit couples or solo travelers due to the level of comfort and friendly atmosphere you receive while staying.

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BUDGET: ABIMANA

The Accommodation:

Set close to the center, this Abimana comprises of natural huts set in the outdoors to embrace the natural habitat around beautiful terraces. This stunning property has been well put together and carefully crafted, making it a great place to stay in Bali on a budget.

Location:

Located fairly centrally, you are only a few miles from Ubud Palace, Neka Art Museum, the Ubud market and Monkey Forest and Goa Gajah.

The Rooms:

All rooms come with a balcony, air conditioning and a private bathroom. They are equipped with TV’s and a desk and are clean and well presented.

Recommended For:

This Ubud accommodation is perfect for travelers wanting to explore due to its central location, close to so many attractions and places of interest. Abimana has a warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere so it’s also perfect for families looking for where to stay in Bali.

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ULUWATU

Famed for its surfing, Uluwatu is a must-visit destination if the waves are calling you. Set on the southwestern tip of Bali, Uluwatu is also home to some spectacular temples and rich Balanise culture for those looking to submerge themselves in this countries amazing history.

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These are my top picks for where to stay on Bali in the Uluwatu region for every type of budget:

 

LUXURY: VILLA PAPAYA & ZEN

The Accommodation:

Experience world-class service at the Villa Papaya & Zen. One of the best places to stay in Bali, Uluwatu. Villa Papaya & Zen offers outdoor pools, garden views, a restaurant and bar. With superior style villas, you really are in luxury here at this Uluwatu villa.

Location:

Just 500 yards from Bingin Beach and Dreamland Beach. Uluwatu Temple is just 2.6 miles away and you have one of the best restaurants in Uluwatu, The Cashew Tree which is just right around the corner.

The Rooms:

Superior style rooms at this accommodation in Uluwatu, with comfortable beds, wifi throughout, a living room, kitchen and seating area. These luxury rooms are more like houses than villas. With stunning swimming pools and all rooms having views of the gardens, this resort is definitely one to consider when looking for where to stay in Bali, Uluwatu.

Recommended For:

Villa Papaya & Zen is perfect for families or a group of friends. With all these Uluwatu villas having multiple rooms, they’re pretty large to accommodate more people. Get a group of friends together and live large for a few days in the Bukit Peninsula!

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MID RANGE: INN POSSIBLE CLIFF HOUSE

The Accommodation:

A top contender for mid-range accommodation when looking for where to stay in Bali, Uluwatu. Featuring direct access to the white sandy shorelines of Bingin Beach. Inn Possible Cliff House offers panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and the surf break at Bingin Beach. Other facilities also include concierge services, bicycle rental, massage spas, surfboard and snorkel hire.

Location:

This Uluwatu accommodation couldn’t get any closer to the beach if you tried. Parks, golf course and temples close by, with the airport just 5.7 miles away. If you want to enjoy a little nightlife, head into the center of Kuta just 7 miles away.

The Rooms:

Another best place to stay in Bali with a great variety of room styles. With all rooms offering beach views, access to the swimming pools, wifi throughout and comfortable beds. All rooms come equipped with air-con, a wardrobe or closet as well as a clean and open interior.

Recommended For:

A perfect place to stay in Bali for the masses. From solo travelers to traveling groups of friends and large families. With a great range of rooms, this Uluwatu Bali hotel caters to every traveler type. Couples have also highly rated this accommodation.

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BUDGET: ROMEO BEACHFRONT BUNGALOW

The Accommodation:

This large, beachfront Uluwatu accommodation offers clean, basic and comfortable rooms for those on a budget. With airport shuttle options, wifi throughout the resort and free onsite parking. Just because this is a budget option, it doesn’t mean comfort has to be compromised. Romeo Beachfront Bungalows also offer room service.

Location:

On the cliff edge, this place is the perfect seaside location. Less than 7 miles away from the center of Kuta, just yards from Bingin Beach and a stone’s throw away from golf courses, the location couldn’t be any better!

The Rooms:

Clean, simple and basic rooms with comfortable beds, wifi throughout, air-con and even room service. These small but tidy rooms are everything you could need when searching for where to stay on Bali.

Recommended For:

This particular bungalow, due to its smaller rooms, is great for solo, couples or a group of friends traveling!

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JIMBARAN

Made famous as a fishing village and boasting some of the best seafood restaurants on the island, Jimbaran is also quickly becoming a tourist hotspot. With its romantic beachfront restaurants, this is a great spot for couples looking for idyllic sunsets and long walks on the beach.

These are my top picks for where to stay in Bali in the Jimbaran region for every type of budget:

 

LUXURY: INTERCONTINENTAL BALI RESORT

The Accommodation:

This resort offers a large range of high quality amenities to its guests including a spa, outdoor pool, tennis courts and yoga classes. The spa offers sauna and massage services as well as a beauty salon and the onsite restaurant serves local cuisine. What more could you ask for when searching for the best place to stay in Bali?!

Location:

Located close to the golf course the resort is within walking distance of the beach and all local amenities as well as being within driving distance of local attractions such as the Uluwatu temple.

The Rooms:

The resort offers rooms with Balinese artwork, a private terrace and a spacious marble bathroom with amenities and bathtub. Rooms are fitted with satellite TV, a safe and tea/coffee maker.

Recommended For:

This is the perfect spot for couples looking to take in all that Bali has to offer in one of its most romantic locations.

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MID RANGE: LA JOYA BIU BIU RESORT

The Accommodation:

Offering two infinity pools and a private beach, this accommodation is one of the best places to stay at Bali on a mid-range budget, offering breath-taking views and a tranquil stay in the gorgeous Jimbaran.

Location:

Close to all local restaurants and bars you are also within walking distance of your own private beach to take in the romantic sunsets that Bali is famous for.

The Rooms:

Rooms come with traditional Indonesian interiors and have windows that provide natural light. Overlooking the garden or sea, each unit is equipped with a wardrobe, mosquito net and terrace. Private bathroom includes free toiletries and a shower.

Recommended For:

This is a wonderful place to stay for couples looking for a romantic getaway.

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BUDGET: ULU BALI HOMESTAY

The Accommodation:

Featuring a garden and shared kitchen for all guest use, this homestay is the perfect resting place for any backpacker searching for where to stay on Bali in Jimbaran.

Location:

Just a mile away from local amenities and within walking distance of the beach, you are located perfectly to explore all the island has to offer.

The Rooms:

Rooms are based on two people sharing and have a private bathroom, presented to a nice standard for any backpacker.

Recommended For:

This is a great place to stay in Bali for any backpacker traveling solo or in couples.

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NUSA DUA

Located on the south of the island, Nusa Dua is renowned for its family-friendly resorts and its sandy beaches. A fairly modern part of the island, this is the perfect place to stay in Bali if you are looking for water sports, diving and snorkeling and living the best beach life.

These are my top picks for where to stay in Bali in the Nusa Dua region for every type of budget:

 

LUXURY: INAYA PUTRI BALI

The Accommodation:

This elegant accommodation features an outdoor pool and onsite restaurant, all beautifully presented in landscaped gardens in keeping with the local area. The front desk offers year-round excursions to local tourist attractions and water sports can be arranged on-site also.

Location:

Located right on the beach, you are also within walking distance of the town and all its family-friendly restaurants and cafes.

The Rooms:

The gorgeous rooms come fully equipped, while some have pool access. All have private bathrooms and beautiful views out to the surrounding landscapes.

Recommended For:

This is a great place to stay in Bali for families looking for that touch of luxury entwined with all the excitement Nusa Dua has to offer.

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MID RANGE: HOTEL SANTIKA SILIGITA NUSA DUA

The Accommodation:

This modern, well-presented hotel offers an outdoor pool, fitness center and onsite spa. The onsite restaurant offers traditional Indonesian cuisine and a free shuttle service is available daily to the beach and local retail areas.

Location:

Just a 10-minute drive to the beach which can easily be accessed by the hotel shuttle service as well as being just 30 minutes transfer from the airport.

The Rooms:

Each spacious, air-conditioned room has floor-to-ceiling windows and offers pool views. A flat-screen satellite TV, minibar and wardrobe are featured in the rooms. Private bathrooms include a shower and toilet.

Recommended For:

This is a great place for families and couples looking for where to stay in Bali on a mid-range budget.

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BUDGET: LALA HOMESTAY

The Accommodation:

Lala Homestay offers accommodation with a garden and free WiFi throughout the property. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, a shared kitchen with a terrace and is happy to organize tours for guests.

Location:

Within walking distance of the beach and local restaurants and facilities, this is a great place to stay in Bali for backpackers looking to explore the south of the island.

The Rooms:

Rooms are simple but well presented and all come with a private bathroom which are all maintained well.

Recommended For:

Perfect for solo and couple backpackers looking for where to stay in Bali on a budget.

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SANUR

Located towards the south of the island and home to a range of villa resorts, Sanur has become very popular with families visiting the island as well as older couples wanting the relaxed family vibe that the town has to offer. If you are looking for family-friendly, welcoming resorts then Sanur is the place for you.

These are my top picks for where to stay on Bali in the Sanur region for every type of budget:

 

LUXURY: FAIRMONT SANUR BEACH BALI SUITES & VILLA

The Accommodation:

Situated in tranquil Sanur, Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali features a stunning tropical garden and a semi-private beach. It also boasts an outdoor pool and two dining options and also provides a kids club, a spa and a gym for guests’ enjoyment.

Location:

Located right on the beach you are close to all local restaurants and facilities as well as being just five minutes from the golf course!

The Rooms:

Boasting luxury and comfort, suites in Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali come with traditional Balinese décor and a living area with a view of the sea or gardens. All have a private bathroom with a shower, a bathtub and free bath amenities.

Recommended For:

Fairmont Sanur Beach is the perfect place to stay in Bali for families or couples looking for some luxury in Sanur.

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MID RANGE: INNA SINDHU BEACH HOTEL & RESORT

The Accommodation:

Featuring an outdoor pool and beachfront restaurant, this resort is perfect for beach style living in Sanur. Family-friendly and well-positioned for all the area has to offer this is one of the best places to stay in Bali for families on a mid-range budget.

Location:

Located right on the beach, you are within walking distance of the town’s restaurants and shops as well as the water sports facilities on offer.

The Rooms:

Rooms are well presented and come with a private bathroom and spectacular views of the sea or gardens and adequately sized for families.

Recommended For:

An amazing place to stay in Bali in the Sanur region for families and couples.

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BUDGET: LITTLE POND HOMESTAY

The Accommodation:

This well presented property features and outdoor pool in a perfect beachfront location. With shared facilities, this is the best place to stay at Bali for any backpacker traveling on a budget.

Location:

Located right on the beach, this is the perfect location for backpackers looking to explore the beachfront Sanur has to offer.

The Rooms:

Rooms are simple but well presented and are on a two to four-person sharing basis with shared bathroom facilities.

Recommended For:

Recommended for solo travelers, couples and backpackers.

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AMED

Located on the east coast of Bali, Amed is a traditional fishing village where you will be able to submerge yourself in this Balinese way of living. Boasting black beaches due to the nearby volcanoes, Amed is developing its tourist industry to accommodate for some of the best diving and snorkeling sites on the island as well as being rich in yoga and relaxation facilities.

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These are my top picks for where to stay in Bali in the region of Amed for every type of budget:

 

LUXURY: THE GRIYA VILLAS & SPA

The Accommodation:

Set amidst lush tropical gardens, The Griya Villas and Spa offers villas with a private swimming pool overlooking the sea, a fitness center and a spa. The spa offers relaxing treatments and a place to unwind and the accommodation features Safka Restaurant and Terrace, along with Maku Fine Dining Restaurant both serving traditional Indonesian and International dishes.

Location:

Just a 20-minute drive to Tulamben Beach and 30 minutes to Pura Lempuyang Temple.

The Rooms:

Spacious air-conditioned villas feature modern Balinese architecture and furnishings. They come with a large living area and a dining area as well as a fully equipped kitchen. The villas open out to the pool deck offering panoramic views out to the ocean and surrounding landscape.

Recommended For:

This is highly recommended for couples due to the romantic setting, offering tranquillity and peace as one of the best places to stay in Bali.

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MID RANGE: BAYU COTTAGES

The Accommodation:

Bayu Cottages features a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a bar and a shared lounge in Amed. Featuring a garden and terrace this is a fantastic place to stay to take in all that Amed has to offer.

Location:

Just 100 yards from Lipah Beach, less than 0.6 miles from Amed Beach and a 17-minute walk from Selang Beach, travelers will enjoy this central location.

The Rooms:

Offering well-presented rooms overlooking the ocean and surrounding landscape, all come with private bathrooms and equipped with TV and free wifi.

Recommended For:

Recommended for couples, solo travelers and families, this is a fantastic place to stay in Bali on a mid-range budget.

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BUDGET: TITI SEDANA HOMESTAY

The Accommodation:

Titi Sedana Homestay features guestrooms with a private terrace offering sea views. There is a restaurant on-site and laundry services are available.

Location:

Within walking distance of local amenities and restaurants as well as being close to snorkeling and diving facilities, this is a fantastic location for any backpacker looking to take in all Amed has to offer.

The Rooms:

Each air-conditioned room includes a mosquito net, seating area and wardrobe. A private bathroom comes with a shower and free toiletries.

Recommended For:

This accommodation comes highly recommended by solo travelers as one of the best places to stay in Bali in Amed on a budget.

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BEDUGUL

Set in the mountains of Bali, Bedugul is home to spectacular temples and botanical gardens. If you are coming to Bali to explore the culture, history and religion then this is the spot for you. Offering tranquillity in the higher altitudes of Bali you can expect breath-taking views from some of the most adventurous hiking trails as well as the spectacular lakes and waterfalls the mountain ranges have hidden among them.

Related Article → Things To Do In Bedugul

These are my top picks for where to stay Bali in the Bedugul region for every type of budget:

 

LUXURY: SARANAM RESORT & SPA BEDUGUL

The Accommodation:

Saranam Resort is the best 5-star accommodation near Wanagiri Hidden Hill in Bedugul. Featuring a swimming pool, fitness center, spa and restaurant, beautiful gardens and free wifi.

Location:

Located in central Bedugul, 6.8 miles from Ulun Danu Temple, and close to all local amenities and sights. The nearest airport is Ngurah Rai International, 32.9 miles,

The Rooms:

The rooms are modern and spacious with air conditioning, flat-screen tv, a private bathroom and mountain views. A continental breakfast or English breakfast is included.

Recommended For:

A fantastic location for couples traveling together looking for that extra special place within Bedugul.

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MID RANGE: HANDARA GOLF & RESORT

The Accommodation:

Handara Golf and Resort is more than just a golf course. The entrance to this accommodation is the most Instagrammed location in Bali, Handara Gate. This 3-star resort is set in the beautiful mountains of Bedugul featuring a Japanese restaurant and bar, tennis court and spa. It’s also very close to waterfalls and temples.

Location:

Handara Golf and Resort Bali is a 10-minute drive from Bedugul Botanical Garden as well as Pura Ulun Danu Bratan and a 20-minute drive from Gitgit Waterfall as well as being within walking distance of local amenities.

The Rooms:

The rooms are large with a seating area, minibar, free wifi, flat-screen tv and lake views.

Recommended For:

Perfect place to stay for families, friends and couples looking for where to stay in Bali.

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BUDGET: PONDOK NYOMAN

The Accommodation:

Pondok Nyoman is the best budget accommodation near Wanagiri Hidden Hills in Bedugul for solo travelers or couples on a budget. Featuring a shared lounge, rice terrace views, swimming pool, restaurant and free wifi.

Location:

Within walking distance to local amenities and breathtaking hikes and trails, this accommodation is perfectly located for any solo traveler looking for one of the best places to stay in Bali on a budget.

The Rooms:

They have double rooms available with spacious living and private bathrooms. Breakfast is included for all guests.

Recommended For:

The perfect place for solo and couple backpackers looking for where to stay in Bali on a budget.

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NUSA LEMBONGAN

Nusa Lembongan Island is one of three Nusa Islands just a short 30-minute boat ride from mainland Bali. You have the option of a Nusa Lembongan day trip or you can spend a few days exploring the island which I highly recommend if you have the time!

Renowned for its natural beauty and winding coastal path, Nusa Lembongan Island begs to be explored on foot. A fantastic place to stay in Bali for beachgoers and those looking to wander off the beaten track. Home to mangrove forests and seaweed farms, there is a traditional way of life here like no other whilst also boasting clear blue seas perfect for surfing and diving alike.

Related Article → 5 Things To Do In Nusa Lembongan

These are my top picks for where to stay in Nusa Lembongan Island for every type of budget:

 

LUXURY: THE TAMARIND RESORT

The Accommodation:

This luxury 5-star accommodation features 2 swimming pools, a restaurant and bar, a fitness center, free wifi and incredible views of the ocean and Mt. Agung in Bali.

Location:

Centrally located and close to Mushroom Bay Beach, Panorama Point and Yellow Bridge.

The Rooms:

Choose from a double room, twin room or 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas. The Tamarind has it all! Breakfast is also included for all guests.

Recommended For:

One of the best places to stay in Bali for couples, families and friends.

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MID RANGE: PANDANA BOUTIQUE HOTEL

The Accommodation:

A well presented affordable accommodation centrally located on the hill overlooking the ocean on Nusa Lembongan Island. Featuring 2 swimming pools, a restaurant, bar and terrace.

The Location:

Pandana Boutique Hotel is a 30-minute speed boat ride from Sanur Beach Port and a 40-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport. You are close to all amenities as well as local diving and fishing excursions.

The Rooms:

The rooms have beautiful Bali decor, are very spacious, air-conditioned, mini bar, tea/coffee maker and private bathroom. This property has free wifi and breakfast included for all guests!

Recommended For:

Perfect for couples, friends and families looking for where to stay in Bali on a mid-range budget.

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BUDGET: RISNA HOMESTAY

The Accommodation:

Risna Homestay is one of the best budget accommodations on Nusa Lembongan Island.

Location:

This property is centrally located and close to the top Nusa Lembongan tourist spots. The staff can also help you to organize activities on the island.

The Rooms:

The rooms are spacious with comfortable beds and fitted with a wardrobe, seating area, private bathroom and outdoor terrace with garden views.

Recommended For:

Perfect for solo travelers, couples and groups of friends searching for where to stay in Bali on a budget.

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NUSA PENIDA

Nusa Penida Island has quickly become one of the most popular places to visit in Bali. From the epic beaches to Instagram worthy locations and the stunning landscapes, Nusa Penida really is a mecca for adventure. Nusa Penida is a relatively small island and you can drive from one end to the other in just 1-hour, so no matter where you stay you will have the opportunity to visit all of the hot spots.

Related Article → 15 Things To Do In Nusa Penida

These are my top picks for where to stay in Bali on Nusa Penida Island for every type of budget:

 

LUXURY: PANDAWA BEACH RESORT & SPA

The Accommodation:

Get celebrity treatment in the Northeast of Nusa Penida with your stay at Pandawa Beach Resort & Spa. From restaurants, outdoor swimming pools and bars, you really will be living the life of luxury here. With free airport shuttle and complimentary breakfast included in your stay.

Location:

A seaside Nusa Penida hotel, right on the ocean is perfectly located for the adventurers. With Teletubbies Hill just 2 miles away and incredible views of Mount Agung, you really do have everything on your doorstep. You even have a whole bunch of restaurants within 1 mile from this Nusa Penida resort.

The Rooms:

Deluxe, sea view rooms offer a huge range of amenities. With free wifi, flat-screen TV, comfortable beds, balconies and even Netflix, they have something for everyone. What more could you ask for when looking for where to stay in Bali!?

Recommended For:

All sorts of travelers. If you’re an adventurer looking for where to stay in Nusa Penida and wanting to be close to everything or whether you’re a traveling family, with the option of family rooms, you really are spoilt for choice. 

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MID RANGE: COCO RESORT PENIDA

The Accommodation:

With a year-round outdoor pool, BBQ and terrace, Coco Resort is a great mid-range option when searching for where top stay on Bali in Nusa Penida. Featuring traditional architecture, you can enjoy a drink at the on-site bar, whilst Coco Resort also offers traditional Indonesian and international dishes. You also have the choice of a water sports facility on-site.

Location:

The resort is a 30-minute boat ride from Sanur Harbour and just a 3-minute drive from Crystal Bay Beach. You have a range of beaches and cliffs nearby to enjoy with a range of restaurants in the surrounding area.

The Rooms:

A great selection of rooms at Coco Resort Penida from poolside bungalows to superior quadruple rooms. All equipped with large, comfortable beds, wifi, air-con and mountain/pool views. You also have extra-long beds with the entire suite located on the ground floor.

Recommended For:

With outdoor pools, water sports facilities and huge family rooms, this makes for the perfect family holiday resort in Nusa Penida.

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BUDGET: LA ROJA BUNGALOWS

The Accommodation:

La Roja is a great option for those looking for where to stay in Bali, Nusa Penida Island on a budget. With car rental services and tour organizing, this is a highly recommended place to stay. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, a shared lounge and a restaurant. An à la carte breakfast is also included.

Location:

Broken Beach is reachable within 4.4 miles and Angels Billabong the same, la Roja Bungalows is in a spot-on location. This area is also popular for those who enjoy the beach and getting out to enjoy nature. You’ll also discover a whole bunch of restaurants close to this Instagrammable accommodation in Nusa Penida.

The Rooms:

Budget-friendly double rooms on offer at La Roja Bungalows offer free wifi, balconies with a pool view and large comfortable beds. All rooms also come with aircon, en-suite bathrooms and flat-screen TV’s.

Recommended For:

With the only option being a double bed, this resort is definitely recommended for couples traveling together… or very close friends that are willing to share a bed for the night.

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THINGS TO DO IN BALI

Now that you’ve got all the information on where to stay in Bali, you may want to read my most popular Bali Travel Guide.

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MAP OF BALI

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BEST TOURS IN BALI

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BEST TIME TO VISIT BALI

The best time to visit Bali for perfect weather and fewer tourists is between the months of April and October.

The rainy season in Bali is typically from December through to February and this is also peak season for tourists arriving during the Christmas and New Year holiday season.

 

SEARCH ALL FLIGHTS TO BALI

I search and book all of my flights on Skyscanner.com which is the best online flight directory to find the cheapest and most convenient flights to Bali.

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BALI TOURIST VISA

When entering Bali, there is a Visa On Arrival policy that allows tourists to stay for a maximum of 30-days at no cost.

If you wish to stay in Bali for more than 30-days you must pay USD $35 for the Visa On Arrival in order for you to be able to extend it at the immigration office located in Denpasar City.

You can only extend the 30-day visa to a 60-day visa and it requires a couple of visits to the immigration office to hand in your passport, do fingerprints and then pick up your passport a week later.

 

BALI TRANSPORTATION

There are a few ways of getting around Bali – scooter, motorbike, go-jek, grab taxi and private taxi. In my experience, the cheapest and most convenient way of getting around Bali is by scooter.

The cost of scooter hire is around $4 day and petrol can be bought for as little as 70 cents per litre.

If you are not comfortable riding a scooter on the crazy roads of Bali you can use Go-Jek and Grab Taxi services. Download the free app from the App Store and you’ll need a local number to register before you can start using the service.

If you are traveling solo, you can select the motorbike taxi option within the Go-Jek and Grab app’s which is by far the cheapest mode of transport to get you from A to B.

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BALI – THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

The currency in Bali is Rupiah (IDR) and the exchange rate is approximately $1 USD = 14,000 IDR.

Purchasing a sim card in Bali is very cheap and simple. You can purchase a Bali SIM Card online in advance and pick it up at the airport when you arrive.

For approximately $7 USD, you can get a local sim card that comes with 10GB of data with calls and texts included!

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LONELY PLANET – BALI

One of the best books to take on your trip is the Lonely Planet Bali Travel Guide!

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AIRBNB BALI

Another option for accommodation in Bali is to stay in an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals!

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WHAT TO PACK FOR BALI

 

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Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables,  drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.

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Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.

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Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!

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Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.

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Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.

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Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.

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Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.

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Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions. 

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Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.

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Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.

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MY CAMERA GEAR

 

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Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included. 

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Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.

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GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!

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Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket. 

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Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!

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Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.

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GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!

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Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.

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External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.

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FINAL THOUGHTS – BEST PLACES TO STAY IN BALI

Thanks for reading this article and if you have any questions about this Where To Stay In Bali, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

Happy Travels! 😀

Jonny Melon
Jonny Melon

Hey, I’m Jonny – surfer, skater, photographer, and coffee-lover from Australia!

With a burning passion for travel and the outdoors, I launched this Adventure Travel Blog in 2017, and I’ve been exploring the world ever since!

My little corner of the interwebs is a space where I love to share all of my epic adventures, cultural experiences, and captivating photos from around the globe with the ultimate goal to inspire and motivate other like-minded travelers to explore this wonderful earth too!

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