I have been lucky enough to visit Bali on numerous occasions now and stayed in many of the most popular areas. I just love the Island and the friendly locals you can find there. It is obviously a super affordable holiday for Australians and other countries to do as well. There are beaches, great day trips and so much shopping you can do while visiting Bali. Below I have put together a simple guide of where to stay in Bali in some of the more popular spots to visit.
All of these different Bali regions to stay in have been an experience and I personally suggest breaking away from some of the more typical places such as Kuta and Seminyak for at least a few days if possible during your own trip. This is when you will experience much more of the “real” Bali lifestyle.
If you are looking for activities to do while in Bali check out this separate list here.
Where to stay guide for Bali
Suggestions on where to stay in Kuta
If heading to Bali, then chances are you will want to experience a few days and nights right in the middle of Kuta where all the action is. The partying is great, the beaches stretch on for miles and there are plenty of shops to get all the holiday souvenirs or presents for the loved ones back home at a fraction of the price you would expect.
Personally, I found that Kuta was a nice spot for a couple of nights during your trip, but it can also be a noisy and tiring spot to be for an extended period of time, probably because the pubs and clubs kept calling me in. You can organise plenty of great day trips from Kuta as well. Check out my favourite clubs and pubs in Kuta listed in a separate blog.
Accommodation options in Kuta:
The Anvaya Beach Resort Bali – Kuta – Jl. Kartika Plaza, Tuban, Kuta, Bali, 80361, Indonesia, 888-950-5062
This place is a 5* Hotel and if you want to combine luxury while still being in Kuta, then this a good spot. It’s a little bit of a walk away though from the main streets of Kuta so it’s either a good thing for people not wanting to be right in the hustle of Kuta or a setback, you decide that’s where you would rather be.
Kutabex Beach Front Hotel, Kuta – Jalan Pantai Kuta, Banjar Pande Mas, Kuta, Bali, 80361, Indonesia, 888-950-5062
If you want to be right on the beach and close to downtown Kuta then this place is certainly worth having a look at. It is close to almost everything in Kuta itself, has an outdoor pool with views to die for and the rooms are spacious.
Villa Taman KUTA – Jl. Kubu Anyar No.85, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
If you are wanting a relaxing stay in a private Villa in Kuta then this is one I recommend. It is close to the beach (800m) and has its own private yard which includes a great pool. Breakfast and airport pick up will be included.
ZEN Rooms Basic Mataram Corner – Gong Corner Guest House 2, Jl. Mataram, gg. Suli No. 12, 80361 Kuta, Indonesia
Looking for a lovely guesthouse that is comfortable and won’t blow the holiday budget? Then this place is not a bad option. It is close to everything Kuta has to offer and comes with breakfast and a great price tag. Perfect for a one or two-night stopover as I have used it for in the past.
Bintang Bali Resort – Jalan Kartika Plaza PO Box 1068, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
I must admit I have added this one more just for the name than anything else and I have not personally stayed at this resort but let’s all be honest… who wouldn’t want to stay at Bintang Bali Resort just for the name alone? If the name doesn’t win you over then I’m sure the private beach, location and 5* rooms certainly will.
Best accommodation in Sanur, Bali
Sanur is a great little spot in Bali almost directly on the opposite side of the Island to Kuta. It is a little quieter on this side of the Island and a lot more relaxed. It is my personal favourite spot to stay when I’m visiting Bali as it is just a short taxi ride to Kuta or surrounding areas but far enough away to really feel like a relaxing holiday.
Sanur is also one of the spots you can catch the many fast ferries to some of the nearby Indonesian Islands such as the famous Gili Islands, Lombok and the closer Island of Nusa Lembongan. This is a great Island to explore for a day out and I have mentioned this place in another blog you can read here.
There is also a great market that occurs nightly in Sanur and if you are after a traditional Balinese street food dinner then this is a great place to venture to. They do some amazing tempura styled veggies and fruit as well as a fantastic Nasi Goreng, if you stick to eating like a local then this will be an affordable holiday for Australians or any other tourist.
The beaches and seaside restaurants rival anywhere else I have been and are excellent value. For all the Aussies out there that need their sports fix, Sanur has a great local pub run by a couple from Australia that show all the major sporting events. It’s perfect come September for ensuring you miss none of the AFL finals series but guys be warned, this is almost a sure-fire way to lose some of those brownie points you worked so hard to accumulate with the partner. I know from previous experience.
If you’re game then get the location of the pub
Accommodation options in Sanur:
Swastika Guesthouse – Jalan Danau Tamblingan No 46, 80361 Sanur, Indonesia
Swastika Guesthouse is a little Bali favourite of mine and I have stayed here on multiple occasions. It is a nice small Guesthouse with the friendliest of staff that always make you feel welcome. You can read more about this property in my full review.
The Oasis Lagoon Sanur – Jl. Danau Tamblingan No.136 A, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia, 80228
Fancy staying right by the beach? Far enough away from tourist central but close enough to enjoy restaurants, markets and all other activities Sanur has to offer. The walking path along the beach area is right in front of the resort so moving around is a breeze while the spacious rooms and lovely outdoor pool make spending a lazy day in the resort perfect as well.
SUDAMALA Suites & Villas – Sanur, Denpasar – Jl. Sudamala No. 20, Denpasar, Bali, 80227, Indonesia, 888-950-5062
These villas have all the bells and whistles, comfortable beds and onsite restaurant. It is located right on the beach but around 30min walk from the main part of Sanur. You will have complete peace in this little slice of paradise but still, plenty of eating options should you fancy venturing out to the local eateries.
Why you should plan a stay in Seminyak
Seminyak is the place a lot of couples tend to head to. Located all around Seminyak are some amazing private Villas that you have to see to believe. I don’t normally travel in this style, as I focus more on travelling on a budget, but I had an absolutely great time in Seminyak and the Villa was a huge part of it. Think private pool, spa bath, outdoor shower and kitchen, massive private yard and a deck full of sun lounges. It was heaven and a great change in travelling style.
Seminyak itself is only just above Kuta and I actually walked to and from both locations on numerous occasions when staying at either. The beaches are much the same, although I think the ones on Seminyak side of Kuta are a little cleaner and have less rubbish, just from generally having less of a party atmosphere.
When staying in Seminyak I also found the best serving of Crispy Duck I have had anywhere in Bali, sorry I can’t remember the name of the restaurant though. Eat-in them all until you find it, I guarantee you will know when you discover the one I’m talking about. Potato Heads is another popular place to venture to for a few drinks if in the Seminyak area. Spoil yourself with one of these stunning Villas and I’m sure you won’t want to leave Seminyak ever.
Accommodation options in Seminyak:
Avani Villas – Jalan Batu Belig, 80361 Seminyak, Indonesia
Nunia Boutique Villas – Jl. Pangkungsari Gg. Maharaja No. 3 Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, 80361
Asa Bali Luxury Villas & Spa, Seminyak – Jl. Yudhistira, Seminyak, Bali, 80361, Indonesia, 888-950-5062
All of the above Villas are 4-5* rated and offer complete luxury. They come with their own private pool and are completely private for that perfect weekend getaway. Fella’s if you book one of these, I can almost guarantee you will be able to bank a high amount of brownie points for future use, maybe even enough to get a bit of live sport viewing back your way.
Plan a seafood feast at Jimbaran
If you like fresh seafood and dining on the beach watching as the day comes to an end, then chances are you will love Jimbaran. It is famous for the many restaurants it has lined along the beach, where fresh seafood is the star dish. You can choose what you want from the live tanks inside, explain how you want it cooked and with what flavours or spice levels, then just sit and wait. The chairs and dining area are positioned right on the beach, I’m talking any closer to the water and you would be in it. It’not often a popular location when people are looking at where to stay in Bali though.
Jimbaran is located just south of Kuta and the main airport. It is more common to venture here for an evening meal and return back to your accommodation as activities are less common here. However, if you do want to sit back and relax on the beach all evening knowing that you only have to quickly walk back to your accommodation rather than fight the Balinese traffic in a taxi then you have some great options for you. I have personally stayed here for a couple of nights as I was venturing around the Island for a month, researching where to stay in Bali, and I enjoyed my time. I ended up eating my body weight in seafood before I thought I had better move on though.
If you can’t find the time to stay in Jimbaran at least make the time to enjoy a seafood feast right on the beach.
If you want to be close to seafood heaven, then these accommodation options in Jimbaran are for you:
Jimbaran Bay Beach Resort and Spa by Prabhu – Jl. Pantai Kedonganan, Tuban, 80361 Jimbaran, Indonesia
If you are planning to spend a few extra days in Jimbaran and not just requiring a bed so you can feast away on too much seafood, then this could be the pick of the lot in Jimbaran. You will be located right on the beach and only a stone throws away from the highly recommended restaurants I have mentioned above. The rooms are great, and the resort offers plenty of inhouse extras like massages and fitness centre, you know if you happen to really overdo it on the seafood.
Sari Segara Resort & Spa – Jalan. Pantai Kedonganan, Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia, 80361
This one is a little further away from the restaurants, at just over 1km, but it’s again a really nice option to stay in. It has won the award for “best price for 3* hotels” and the main reason I have added this one is because of the insanely cheap prices I have seen this advertised for. Would you believe at times it is advertised for as little as 9 euro a night… a bloody bargain that makes it an affordable holiday for Australians and other nationalities. At that price, I think it’s worth the 1km stroll home along the beach.
Kelapa Guest House, Kedonganan – Gang Kelapa Buntu, Kedonganan, Bali, 80361, Indonesia, 888-950-5062
This is the place I would recommend if you’re after somewhere nice and close to the restaurants at a bargain price. It is an easy 15 min walk back to the 3* property and half of the way is along the beach. It is again a really friendly place that is run by locals who really appreciate every guest they have. Breakfast is included and the rate is hard to beat.
Head to the north and find Lovina
Lovina is located in the north of Bali and is somewhere that is far less touristy than the above places I have mentioned so far, you can find the best accommodation in Bali with a traditional feel. The main reason for that is probably due to the long travel time to get there. It is around 2 and a half hours away from Kuta, give or take, with the Bali traffic. Many simply think that is just far or too long to spend in a car, but if you do venture this way then you will be rewarded.
The best tip I would say is to combine your travels to Lovina with a complete day tour by a local driver. You will see so much on your trip to Lovina that the 2 and a bit hour drive won’t even be noticed. You can check out a volcano, waterfalls, gorges, temples, rice fields or anything else you desire while making your way to Lovina if you organise it prior with a driver.
I have a great driver you can contact via Facebook called Dek, he will only be too happy to organise your whole trip at the best possible rate.
Once at Lovina you will instantly notice that time beats at a different rhythm here. It will feel like you have all the time in the world to stroll along the beach, get a great Balinese massage, drink tea, eat Nasi Goreng or just relax around the pool at your accommodation.
There are two main reasons to visit Lovina though and a trip here won’t be complete without doing both. The first one is the sunrise dolphin viewing boat tour. It is an awesome hour or so on the water, where you watch the sunrise in traditional Balinese wooden boats and more likely than not have some friendly dolphins swimming around your boat saying hello. Make sure you don’t forget your camera for this trip.
The second place I think is a must-visit while so close is the Banjar Hot Springs. I personally hired a scooter at my hotel and ventured here for a day out, the roads are a lot quieter here and riding a scooter is nowhere near as intimidating as in other parts of Bali.
The hot springs are located inside ancient temple styled architecture and are a naturally feed hot water spring that comes into the pools via the mouths of carved stone nagas. The water spilling from the mouths of these statues is believed to bring fertility and prosperity and carry the elixir of life and immortality. I’ll leave the last part up to you to decide but the trip there is something I highly suggest. If you fancy a bit of the slow-paced life these are my tips for spots to call home.
Where to stay in Lovina, Bali:
Lovina Beach Hotel – Desa Kaliasem, 81152 Lovina, Indonesia
This was a lovely spot to stay when I ventured up to Lovina for the first time. It is a simple set of cottages right on the waterfront. You can read more about this property here as I have reviewed it after my stay with them.
The Damai – Jl. Kayuputih, Lovina, Singaraja, Lovina Beach, Bali, Indonesia
If you don’t mind being a little further away from the beach while staying in Lovina then this could be the ideal spot. It has amazing views and a great pool area with super friendly staff happy to help out with any request. They can organise airport transfers if you like as well. The Damai is also eco-friendly and they grow all their own fruits and vegetables on site.
Padang Lovina Sea Side Cottage, Buleleng – Jl. Binaria, Desa Kalibukbuk, Lovina, Buleleng, Bali, 81151, Indonesia, 888-950-5062
This is another property extremely close to the beach that offers a great stay at an affordable price. The guest house is clean and comfortable with double rooms coming with their own private bathroom. The hotel is a basic one but will be more than comfortable for a few nights in the area. If staying for an extended time, then maybe one of the other two options might be more comfortable it just depends on your budget.
Find the new age Bali at Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua is the newest spot for resorts to start popping up in Bali. It is more of catering to the all-inclusive and larger chain hotels and you can expect to find plenty of them here. Most either offer their own private beach or if they are located inland will offer transport to and from the resort to a nearby beach.
It is a relaxation holiday type area that will honestly not give you the feeling or culture of any of the above accommodation places. I spent a few nights down here myself on my first visit and while the accommodation was absolutely stunning, the feeling of being in Bali was somewhat missing.
If staying in one of these resorts is your thing then I’m sure you will have a great time as they are beautiful and if you do need or want a dose of the real Bali life then a ride to Kuta for a day trip can easily be arranged by the resort, as could an evening seafood feast in Jimbaran. If you want a luxurious stay and a hint of the Balinese culture in a moderated style, then these spots will suit your taste buds I’m sure.
Where to stay in Nusa Dua, Bali:
Bali Tropic Resort & Spa – P.O. Box. 41 Jl. Pratama 34A, 80363 Nusa Dua, Indonesia
Bali Nusa Dua Hotel – Nusa Dua Tourism Area Lot NW/I, Nusa Dua 80363 Bali – Indonesia, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
The Ritz-Carlton, Bali, Nusa Dua –
Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Lot #3, Sawangan, Nusa Dua, Bali, 80363, Indonesia, 888-950-5062
If staying in Nusa Dua chances are you’re wanting a touch of class and luxury during your stay. The above options deliver those qualities in spades. They are simply stunning resorts that will have you wishing you could stay forever. Back to reality after these will be the only trouble you experience.
Visit the rice terraces and cheeky monkeys in Ubud
Calling all loved up couples or honeymooners… this is the place you should be heading to spend a few nights. It seems the destination of choice for many couples heading to Bali to celebrate the start of their married lives and I can’t blame them, Ubud is a magical place.
The accommodation in these parts can vary a lot, you can be right in the heart of Ubud staying in a homestay or bed & breakfast type accommodation which will be nice and close to the Monkey Forest or find yourself surrounded by nature and greenery amongst the Balinese rice fields. The latter is the choice the newlyweds obviously opt for.
Being up here is great for a few days and will give you a chance to visit some of Bali’s best Hindu temples and shrines on offer as well as being central to Ubud District’s rainforest and terraced rice paddies. The area of Ubud is also known as the centre of Balinese crafts and dance, so if you are in the market for some traditional souvenirs then this place is your best bet. The wood carvings furniture and artwork through these parts is absolutely incredible and all made uniquely and by hand.
Want to spend a few days with a loved one check out these suggested locations:
Sativa Villas Ubud with Private Pool – Jalan Sri Wedari, 80571 Ubud, Indonesia
Nandini Jungle Resort & Spa Bali – Br. Susut, Desa Buahan, Payangan 80572 Indonesia
Viceroy Bali, Ubud – Jalan Lanyahan, Banjar Nagi, Ubud, BALI, 80571, Indonesia, 888-950-5062
Above is a list of 3 private Villas that will be sure to impress you. There are two that are screaming luxury and romance for the newlyweds that have no limit on the amount they want to spend for their (hopefully) once in a lifetime trip. The other is a more budget-friendly option that still offers a classy stay in a beautiful Balinese Villa.
If being closer to the centre of town and the Monkey Forest is more your style, then these places should appeal more to you:
Ubud Bungalow – Jln. Monkey Forest, Ubud, 80571 Ubud, Indonesia
Ubud Village Hotel – Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, 80571
Lumbung Sari Cottages, Ubud – Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali, 80571, Indonesia, 888-950-5062
Above are 3 highly recommended places to rest your head of an evening in the heart of Ubud. It is a busy little town to travel to and from by car so the ease of being located in the centre will be a pleasant one. You can watch all the other tourists trying to arrive and leave via their taxi or driver knowing you don’t need to worry about it.
I’m serious when I say traffic here is crazy as well, I’ve spent literally hours on the same street of Ubud while passing through. There are nice restaurants as well located in the centre that will keep your taste buds happy.
If you are looking for some inspiration on some of my favourite things to do while in Bali then have a read of my “What to do in Bali “post. Have a great time in Bali and if you would like to know any more information just add a comment in the section below and I will answer you as soon as possible.
Hopefully, this has offered some clear and helpful advice on where to stay in Bali and shared a little more information on the different Bali regions to stay in. As mentioned I have visited Bali on 4 or 5 occasions for long periods and have taken the time to purposely research the best accommodation in Bali for many different budgets and occasions. It is a location that can offer such an affordable holiday for Australians after getting a cheap flight but also to people travelling from the States, Europe or other parts of the world.
Organise Your Trip: Travel Advice and Tricks I Personally Use
Book Your Flight
Heading to either Skyscanner or Momondo are my methods of choice for this. They are my favourite as they search for flights from different companies all over the world. You can filter the results to suit your needs and ensure you land the best price every-time.
- Check the latest flight options and prices
Book Your Accommodation
This is an important part of any holiday you’re going on. Read all the reviews and get the right accommodation via TripAdvisor. They even show you the best prices available at the time for that room from suppliers like Booking.com.For booking a hostel your best bet is to start with HostelWorld or possible even use CouchSurfing if you’re on a real budget.
- You can find a list of accommodation options I recommend for each popular tourist destination in Bali
- I have a list of reviews of two of my favourite accommodation places in Bali. One is in Sanur and the other is in the north of Bali
- I find and compare accommodation prices from all of the leading suppliers right here.
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance is a must these days so you have a piece of mind you’re covered for anything that could go wrong while on your trip. I now never go on a trip away without travel insurance. I’ve been using World Nomads for the past few years.
My favourite companies that offer the best service and value are:
- World Nomads (little more expensive but covers everything)
- SafetyWing (cheaper option to just cover you for health issues)
Looking for the best companies to save money with?
As I have been travelling frequently over the last few years I’ve learnt some great tools to use for saving money when travelling. I have a travel resource page that lists all the trusted companies I personally use and rely on. I think you will find them good as well.
The Best Place To Book Your Tours
If you are someone you likes to have the best tours in one place and read reviews from other travellers about their personal experiences of each different tour then the best platform to use is GetYourGuide.
They offer the best tours, have money-back offers in case your trip is cancelled and ensure the price of each tour is the lowest possible.
- Get a list of amazing activities of things to do in Bali
Have your own personal driver in Bali
Contacting Dek and discussing your own personal trip is a great idea. He is really professional, on time and eager to ensure you have a great trip while exploring his amazing country.
- Contact him over Facebook and discuss your itinerary with him
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