Post updated on 2nd Sep 2017
If you are looking for where to stay in Bali or even the best location in Bali, you have stumbled upon the right place. Bali has a multitude of accommodation options and choosing among them can be a daunting task. They vary based on your travel preferences and also your travel companions – weather you are going solo, as a couple, with friends or with family. If you are looking for the best places to stay in Bali, first decide if you want quieter locations, party places, stunning temples, nature or simply early morning surf sessions.
I get a lot of queries from friends and fellow travelers on which parts of Bali would I recommend, how much it costs to live in Bali or the top beaches in Bali. My answer is always the same – First, I need to understand what exactly are your travel and budget preferences so I can guide you accordingly. Instead of answering each query individually, I decided to write this in-depth guide on top places to stay in Bali, categorized budget-wise as well as location-wise.
Now these are just based on my opinion of traveling around Indonesia for an year. Some of the locations and hotels mentioned have been tried by me personally but not all of them. I have spent around 2 months, total, in Bali during my 3 trips to this beach destination.
Table of Content
- 1 Where to Stay in Bali if You are a Party Animal
- 2 Seminyak
- 3 Kuta
- 4 Legian
- 5 Where to Stay in Bali if you are Looking for Some Peace and Serenity
- 6 Ubud
- 7 Nusa Dua
- 8 Jimbaran
- 9 Sanur
- 10 Uluwatu
- 11 Canggu
Best time to Visit Bali
I have visited Bali both in the dry as well as the rainy season. Personally, for me, I enjoyed both climates and definitely consider Bali as an year-round travel destination. However, for uninterrupted party and beach time, visit from April to October to avoid any downpour from ruining your plans.
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Where to Stay in Bali if You are a Party Animal
Seminyak is my favorite place in Bali, hands down. It has a great mix of awesome beach shacks serving scrumptious cuisine by the sea as well as peppy clubs and classy joints. Seminyak is a must visit if you happen to be in Bali and want to get some decent party scene going, away from the bustling Kuta or the quieter surfer sands of Canggu.
Best Places to Stay in Seminyak
Kuta is the party central of Bali. A short walk from the famous party street of Legian, Kuta itself offers ample options for party goers of all ages. From live music at classy restaurants to the rock lovers delight – ‘Hard rock cafe’, Kuta is your one stop party destination in Bali. Personally, I wasn’t overly impressed by the Kuta beach. However, its still a great option with plenty of lovely sleeps, turtle release every evening and surfing lessons.
Best Places to Stay in Kuta
Hard Rock Hotel Bali, Downtown Kuta, Kuta, Indonesia – My pick for rocking sleeps
Legian is the “go-to” street for night owls. You can be assured of staying awake till wee hours of the morning, partying at Skygarden or one of the many pubs/clubs sprawled on either side of this wild street. If you have been to Thailand, you could somewhat compare it to the insanity of walking street but I prefer Legian for sure. Having spent sleepless nights dancing away at Skygarden, I can literally guarantee you a fun night out if you happen to stay in this part of town. I would also recommend staying “in” Legian a couple of nights if you plan to party there as commuting to your hotel, drunk out of your mind (which you will be), at 4 am is not advisable.
Best Places to Stay in Legian
Where to Stay in Bali if you are Looking for Some Peace and Serenity
Bali is not just a big party destination, there is so much more to it. With a ton of interesting things to do in Bali, you cannot miss the “other side” either. In fact, Ubud is so beautiful and very apt for nature lovers like myself (Yup, I happen to be a big party animals as well as freak out over nature and the great outdoors – go figure!).
From paddy fields to monkey forests, waterfalls and rafting expeditions – Ubud is a mecca for travellers. With the rising popularity of co-working spaces here, Ubud also happens to the top choice for digital nomads and entrepreneurs.
Best Places to Stay in Ubud
Kupu Kupu Barong Villas and Tree Spa by L’OCCITANE, Ubud, Indonesia – My pick even if you just go for high tea, Kupu Kupu is worth checking out.
The pristine beaches of Nusa Dua are like none other than Bali. I have only been to this part of town once but I was sold on it. Chic shopping center, lovely eateries and sprawling private white sand beaches – what else could you ask for? I am definitely spending more time here on my next trip.
Best Places to Stay in Nusa Dua
Seafood, tropical forests and a long beaches are what makes Jimbaran stand out. Personally, I just love the laid back vibe of Jimbaran, cute Balinese houses, small local pubs and if the surf’s up, you can always head to Dreamland beach.
Best Places to Stay in Jimbaran
This is the go to place for art lovers and cyclists, among the usual beach goers. The beach has a paved cycling path, shallow waters and the town is full of lovely art galleries.
Best Places to Stay in Sanur
Renowned for the Uluwatu temple which is atop a cliff by the sea and some stunning beaches, this is another awesome location to spend a couple of nights in Bali. I am yet to visit Uluwatu but the cliff-hanging temple is reason enough to drag my lazy ass out of Legian or Seminyak for a scenic sojourn next time.
Best Places to Stay in Uluwatu
Canggu is another one of my favorites. This is not your typical pretty white sand beach with plenty of nightlife, in fact its just the opposite but still really amazing. Its the black sand surfers beach with amazing waves and more suitable to advanced surfers. With laid back pubs like my favorite – Old Man’s or the fabled Deus Ex Machina, there are plenty of options to meet people over a couple of drinks. Just remember, everything pretty much closes by 2300 hrs as surfers wake up early to catch the waves, so you can always head to other parts later for a night cap.
Best Places to Stay in Canggu
After booking one of these top hotels of Bali, don’t forget to pack your essentials –
Still not sure where to stay in Bali? Tell me where you are headed and I am sure I will have some intel about that area or can get some help from my local Balinese friends. If you have already visited, tell me which are your favorite places to stay in Bali?