Where to Stay in Bali – Secluded Beaches or Party Central? Here are The Best Places to Stay in Bali, Indonesia

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.

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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.

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

Where to Stay in Bali  if You are a Party Animal

Seminyak

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.

Cute Beach Umbrellas Bali

Cute Beach Umbrellas in the lovely shacks at Seminuak, Bali

Best Places to Stay in Seminyak

Budget

Grandmas Plus Hotel Seminyak, Seminyak, Indonesia

Primera Hotel Seminyak, Seminyak, Indonesia

Mid Range

The Dipan Resort Villas and Spa, Seminyak, Indonesia

The Haven Hotel Bali, Seminyak, Indonesia

Luxury

The Trans Resort Bali, Seminyak, Indonesia

W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak, Seminyak, Indonesia

Read reviews & explore other top hotels in Seminyak

Kuta

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.

sea turtle release kuta

Was so happy to release this darling baby sea turtle into the ocean at Kuta, Bali

Best Places to Stay in Kuta

Budget

Hotel Terrace at Kuta, Downtown Kuta, Kuta, Indonesia

Palloma Hotel Kuta, Legian, Indonesia

Mid Range

Ramayana Resort & Spa, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

Alaya Resort Kuta, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia

Luxury

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort, Downtown Kuta, Kuta, Indonesia

Hard Rock Hotel Bali, Downtown Kuta, Kuta, Indonesia My pick for rocking sleeps

Read reviews and explore other top hotels in Kuta

Legian

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.

Pre party at our hostel in Bali

Pre party at our hostel in Legian, Bali

Best Places to Stay in Legian

Budget

The Sun Hotel & Spa Legian, Legian, Indonesia

The Akmani Legian Hotel, Downtown Kuta, Kuta, Indonesia

Mid Range

Mercure Bali Legian Hotel, Legian, Indonesia

Jayakarta Residence and Spa Hotel Bali, Legian, Indonesia

Luxury

Padma Resort Bali at Legian, Legian, Indonesia

Bali Niksoma Boutique Beach Resort, Legian, Indonesia

Read reviews and explore other top hotels in Legian

Where to Stay in Bali if you are Looking for Some Peace and Serenity

Ubud

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.

Rafting on river Ayung, Ubud

Rafting on river Ayung, Ubud

Best Places to Stay in Ubud

Budget

Sania’s House Bungalows, Denpasar, Indonesia

Puri Padi Resort, Ubud, Indonesia

Mid Range

Sri Ratih Cottages Bali, Ubud, Indonesia

Saren Indah Hotel Bali, Ubud, Indonesia

Luxury

Mandapa A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Ubud, Indonesia

Kupu Kupu Barong Villas and Tree Spa by L’OCCITANE, Ubud, IndonesiaMy pick even if you just go for high tea, Kupu Kupu is worth checking out.

Read reviews and explore other top hotels in Ubud

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Helping in lighting candles at another romantic cabana at kupu kupu

Nusa Dua

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.

nusa dua bali

Best Places to Stay in Nusa Dua

Budget

Rantun’s Place, Nusa Dua, Indonesia

D’ Kubu Pratama, Nusa Dua, Indonesia

Mid Range

Bali Nusa Dua Hotel, Nusa Dua, Indonesia

Hotel Santika Siligita Nusa Dua, Nusa Dua, Indonesia

Luxury

Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua – MGallery Collection, Nusa Dua, Indonesia

The Ritz-Carlton Bali, Nusa Dua, Indonesia

Read reviews and explore other top hotels in Nusa Dua

Jimbaran

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.

JIMBARAN bali

Best Places to Stay in Jimbaran

Budget

Flower Bud Bungalow Balangan, Jimbaran, Indonesia

Jimbaran Lestari Culture Villas & Spa, Jimbaran, Indonesia

Mid Range

Abi Bali Resort & Villa, Jimbaran, Indonesia

Alindra Villa, Jimbaran, Indonesia

Luxury

Jamahal Private Resort & SPA, Jimbaran, Indonesia

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Jimbaran, Indonesia

Read reviews and explore other top hotels in Jimbaran

Sanur

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.

sanur bali

Best Places to Stay in Sanur

Budget

Puri Maharani Boutique Hotel & Spa, Denpasar, Indonesia

Puri Dalem Hotel Bali, Sanur, Indonesia

Mid Range

Kamaya Resort And Villas, Sanur, Indonesia

Respati Beach Hotel Bali, Sanur, Indonesia

Luxury

Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali, Sanur, Indonesia

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa, Sanur, Indonesia

Read reviews and explore other top hotels in Sanur

Uluwatu

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.

uluwatu bali

Best Places to Stay in Uluwatu

Budget

Terrace Ampels Villa, Uluwatu, Indonesia

Padang Padang Breeze, Uluwatu, Indonesia

Mid Range

Pinkcoco Bali, Uluwatu, Indonesia

De Sapphire Cliff Villa, Uluwatu, Indonesia

Luxury

Anantara Uluwatu Resort & Spa, Uluwatu, Indonesia

Alila Villas Uluwatu, Pecatu, Indonesia

Read reviews and explore other top hotels in Uluwatu

Canggu

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.

canggu beach

Best Places to Stay in Canggu

Budget

KOA D’ Surfer Hotel, Canggu, Indonesia

Echoland Bed and Breakfast Bali, Pererenan, Indonesia

Mid Range

The Kirana Hotel Resto & Spa, Canggu, Indonesia

FRii Bali Echo Beach, Canggu, Indonesia

Luxury

Hotel Tugu Bali, Canggu, Indonesia

Ametis Villa, Canggu, Indonesia

Read reviews and explore other top hotels in Canggu

After booking one of these top hotels of Bali, don’t forget to pack your essentials

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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?

26 Comments

  1. Great post and good choices. I have, in fact used them for myself when I was in Bali, a couple of years back. My favourite in Ubud was however, Lodtunduh Sari, quiet, relaxed, cozy and off the grid.. loved it.. do check it out 🙂

  2. I have yet to go to Ubud and jimbaran but the last time I was in Bali I was really surprised at how commercialised, and like a package holiday destination Kuta had become. Absolutely hated it – much preferred it when it was rundown in the nineties. Lol the march of time. Ubud is my absolute favourite place though especially as it has the Yogabarn

  3. I think the one place I definitely wouldn’t like to go to in Bali is Kuta. I’ve seen picture and a few TV shows about the place and it’s not for me! The other places look absolutely amazing though, nice to know there’s lots of options in Bali!

  4. That is a good list for all the three ranges. But one has to do a study which to select from the list. May be ratings besides them will help better.

  5. Great suggestions and locations with all the budgets in mind. Haven’t been to Bali but would definitely use this resource!

  6. Brianna @ The Casual Travelist February 26, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    This a great guide to help figure out what kind of Bali you want. I’ve long wanted to experience the culture of Ubud.

  7. fantastic, detailed guide to Bali. I love reading these kind of posts for travel planning, since it is short and to the point. I actually had no idea that was so much variety in Bali. I knew about the party-side, but didn’t realize the range of options. Really well put together!

  8. I think Jimbaran sounds cool. This is a great guide. So my question is, what happens if I want to chill during the day in a place like Jimbaran but then head over to the Party areas and then tomorrow go hiking in Ubud? Is it easy to travel around from place to place or are you kind of confined to a region?

  9. I know Ubud is popular but you had me at serenity. I’m not much of a beach person so the paddy fields, monkey forests, and waterfalls sound perfect. I’d love to balance some time there between exploring and writing/reading.

  10. This is such a fabulous guide, people say they want to travel to Bali, but don’t realize that where exactly you go should be chosen based on your travel style and what you like to do. Personally, we’re more serenity than party animals, so I’m thinking Ubud will be our first stop when we go 🙂

  11. Bordeaux Food Tours March 2, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Wow, this is pretty comprehensive list you put together. I see some of my favorite brands like W and Four Seasons on your list. Luxury is definitely my style.

  12. These places are lovely. A trip here must be thoroughly planned to be able to visit all of these. Bali beaches are just wonderful. Thank you for sharing this!

  13. SUCH a great guide thank you! I want to go back to Bali and explore more of the places I haven’t been to and this is exactly what I needed to get a feel for the different options!

  14. I’ve always wanted to visit Bali though it is getting more and more popular. I would definitely avoid the touristic spots and party hunters. This guide is really helpful, thank you for sharing the private beaches and laid back spots like Nusa Dua and Jimbaran. They all look just stunning!

  15. I’m gonna be in Bali around May till June for about a month. This is definitely a huge help because I am still deciding where to stay. Thank you . I will definitely be checking some of these places now.

  16. An amazing list to follow. I’m planning a trip to Bali in the next year or so and love ALL these tips. VERY helpful. Looking forward to more from you!

    Mary @SVtipsygypsy
    http://www.maryandtharon.com

  17. I have explored Nusa Dua, Kuta and Ubud in Bali, and I prefer to party as well as stay quiet or go outdoors. So loved Kuta where I stayed right close to the party places and Ubud. Need to try the rest. A great post!

    • You are like me then – I still prefer Seminyak over Kuta for living but Legian is my “go-to” place for wild parties.

  18. Lovely and thanks for the tip. For me, I would prefer to stay in Ubud just because or it’s location (in the center of the island) and so many cute shops nearby. I stayed on the south side and it would be hard to traffic around the island every day passing the narrow road through the airport. Unless you plan to stay just in the resorts, I would recommend the south side 🙂 @ knycx.journeying

  19. Wow that was a comprehensive guide! I liked that you divided the places as “party” vs “quiet” and also give options for all budgets. I’m planning to go to Bali in a couple of months so I’m going to check your recommendations (looks like Ubud would be a place for me!)

  20. This is so helpful as we are planning a trip later this year! I’m definitely interested in visiting Ubud since you mentioned paddy fields, monkey forests, waterfalls and rafting expeditions – I want to do it all! Also the romantic cabana at Kupa Kupa looks beautiful! How can I arrange this?

  21. It looks like Jimbaran is definitely for me. Everything I love is there: seafood, tropical forests, long beaches. Thanks for making my decision easier.

  22. Hi. Thanks for the detailed information. I am taking two teenagers with me who are not really party goers but enjoy the outdoors. Scuba diving, river rating, water falls, roller coasters, air balloons, snorkeling, etc. We will also enjoy quiet evenings on the beach so we will need to stay on the beach. However our days need to be filled with the above activities and historical sites as well. Outside markets – food and fruit stalls will also be good.

    Are the places listed above close to travel to. Are there places that I can omit as I will only be there for 7 days.

    Thanks

    • Hi Nancy, a week is just not enough for Bali but I know time constraint is a big factor in vacation planning. If you want to be close to nature – rice fields, waterfalls, rafting, monkeys then Ubud is the place for you. The biggest theme park though is Waterbom which is all the way in Kuta. So you will def have to be picky about the areas to make the most of your time and get a bit of relaxed Balinese vibe while you are it 🙂 Hope this helps – do let me know where you end up and how you liked it.

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