Where to Stay in Bali? Best Party Hostels, Beach Hotels & Couples Resorts

If you are looking for where to stay in Bali or even the best location in Bali, you have stumbled upon the right article. Bali has a multitude of accommodation options and choosing one of them can be a daunting task.

They vary based on your travel preferences, as well as your travel companions. Whether you are going solo, as a couple, with friends or with family; if you are looking for the best places to stay in Bali, you should first decide if you want quieter locations, party hotels, stunning temples, nature or simply early morning surf sessions.

I get a lot of queries from friends and fellow travellers about which parts of Bali I would 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 your travel and budget preferences are 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.

Now, these are just based on my opinion of travelling around Indonesia for a year. Some of the locations and hotels mentioned have been visited 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, I enjoyed both climates and definitely consider Bali as a 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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Uluwatu Temple, Bali

 

HotelAreaKindRating
Grandmas Plus Hotel Seminyak Hotel/Resort For Couples 8.2
The Trans Resort Bali Seminyak Hotel/Resort For Couples 9.8
The Dipan Resort Villas & Spa Seminyak Hotel/Resort For Couples 8.8
Ize Seminyak Seminyak Party Hotel 8.7
W Bali Seminyak Party Hotel 9.2
Sri Ratih Cottages Ubud Hotel/Resort For Couples 9.1
Mandapa A Ritz-Carlton Reserve Ubud Hotel/Resort For Couples 9.9
Puri Padi Resort Ubud Hotel/Resort For Couples 8.1
Terrace Ampels Villa, Uluwatu Hotel/Resort For Couples 7.5
Anantara Uluwatu Resort & Spa Uluwatu Hotel/Resort For Couples 8.2
De Sapphire Cliff Villas Uluwatu Hotel/Resort For Couples 8.7
Respati Beach Hotel Sanur Hotel/Resort For Couples 7.9
Hotel Santika Siligita Nusa Dua Hotel/Resort For Couples 7.9
Mercure Bali Legian Hotel Legian Hotel/Resort For Couples 8.1
The One Legian Legian Party Hotel 8
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort Kuta Hotel/Resorts for Couples 8.9
Ramayana Resort & Spa Kuta Hotel/Resort For Couples 8
Hotel Terrace at Kuta Kuta Hotel/Resort For Couples 8.6
Hard Rock Hotel Kuta Party Hotel 8.2
Abi Bali Resort & Villa Jimbaran Hotel/Resort For Couples 8.4
Ametis Villa Canggu Hotel/Resort For Couples 9.7
The Kirana Resort & Spa Canggu Hotel/Resort For Couples 8.3
Echoland Bed And Breakfast Canggu Hotels/Resorts For Couples 8.5
Canggu Beach Hostel Canggu Party Hostel 7.9
Villa Kalyani Canggu Party Hotel 9

Seminyak

Seminyak is my favourite 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 a decent party scene going, away from the bustling city of Kuta or the quieter surfer spots of Canggu.

Resorts for Couples in Seminyak

Grandmas Plus Hotel

This Seminyak hotel is a modern hotel with an Indonesian flare. Enjoy an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity on your carefree holiday. The hotel is equipped with a gorgeous spa to relax after a long day of touring, as well as an outdoor pool to cool off from the Bali heat.

Grandmas Plus Hotel is a popular choice amongst couples as it offers short walks to various beaches, shops, nightlife scenes and activities around the area.

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The Trans Resort Bali

 

For a more luxurious getaway, the Trans Resort Bali is a fantastic choice for couples. With various amenities and facilities provided, you will never feel far from the comforts of home. Rooms are equipped with wifi, basic kitchen amenities, and a gorgeous balcony view.

Guests can enjoy international dishes served at the resorts’ restaurant, or have access to the various activities and attractions situated only a few kilometres from the resort.

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The Dipan Resort, Villas and Spa

This 4-star rated accommodation boasts quality Balinese architecture that meets modern, luxury design. It offers some of the most beautiful rooms and villas in Seminyak.

The Dipan Resort aims to promote comfort and class, offering unique living experiences during your stay in Seminyak. Enjoy a unique dining experience, a dip in the infinity pool or take a short walk to Seminyak, which is only 5 minutes away.

This is the perfect accommodation for couples because of its romantic setting and the ability to sit back, relax and enjoy the benefits of Balinese hospitality.

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Party Hotels & Hostels in Seminyak

IZE Seminyak

IZE is a trendy party hotel that promotes relaxation and fun for all. Guests are able to enjoy the outdoor pool, Balinese and European cuisine at one of the hotels’ restaurants, or enjoy cocktails at the IZE Lounge, Rooftop Pool Bar or whiskey bar.

IZE in Seminyak is known as a hip and vibe-filled accommodation, serving a young, global market. The hotel fashions stylish, modern rooms with Balinese architecture and interior design.

The hotel is also located in the fashion district of Seminyak, where guests can explore the various markets as well as the nearby Hard Rock Cafe and Canggu Club.

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W Bali

Centrally located in Seminyak, the W Bali sits amongst an array of cool restaurants and bars. Guests are able to enjoy the sunset from the outside lounge while enjoying one of the many gourmet cocktail creations made by the hotels Woo Bar mixologists.

This accommodation is an awesome space for artists and creatives alike to enjoy a holiday, as well as set themselves up in a creative space for work. The W Bali has a private music recording studio and creative space to be enjoyed by all.

W Bali hosts various top-rated restaurants, lounges and bars for guests to sit bat and relax, meet new people, and unwind from the day’s explorations. Perhaps you could take a cocktail class, or stretch out doing yoga.

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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, it’s still a great option to see turtles released every evening or to take a surfing lesson.

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Resorts for Couples in Kuta

Hotel Terrace at Kuta

This hotel is perfectly situated in the middle of Kuta city. It is a 3-star rated accommodation, however, is recommended as a popular hotel for couples.

The hotel itself offers a view of the pool from all rooms, wifi, a sun deck, a fitness gym and air-conditioned rooms. Guests can also enjoy the on-site restaurant should they wish to stay in during the evenings.

This is also a great accommodation choice for couples as it is in close proximity to a multitude of bars, cafes and restaurants, as well as various activities and attractions in the area. These include Legian Beach and Jalan Legian.

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Hotel Ramayana Resort & Spa

Hotel Ramayana is a 4-star hotel in Kuta and is one of the top selections for couples!

It is in close proximity to Tuban, Kuta’s largest shopping mall and Waterbom Park. At an additional cost, guests can enjoy Balinese dance or cooking classes, or cocktail mixing. Also available are guided temple tours.

The hotel offers modern accommodation and is comprised of 2 outdoor pools, a spa, restaurants hosting an array of unique cuisine, a shopping arcade and the Ngurah Rai International Airport is only 5 minutes away.

If you’re looking for a romantic, tropical getaway, Hotel Ramayana is the place to be!

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Sheraton Bali, Kuta Resort

The Sheraton Bali Resort is the only 5-star beachfront resort in Kuta. Many of the room options offer a view overlooking Kuta Beach and the Indian Ocean; guests are also in close proximity to the Beachwalk Shopping Mall.

The Sheraton is comprised of many 5-star facilities and amenities, including an outdoor pool, a luxury spa and 203 modern, spacious rooms boasting true Balinese decor.

Guests can also enjoy a contemporary dining atmosphere while indulging in local and international styled dishes. The resort is perfect for couples as it merges romance with relaxation, creating the ideal space for a stress-free getaway.

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Party Hotels & Hostels in Kuta

Hard Rock Hotel

The Hard Rock Hotel is a world-renowned accommodation featuring rock n’ roll culture decor. It hosts one of the largest outdoor pools in Bali.

Guests can enjoy various activities such as rock climbing, meals at one of the hotels’ restaurants or the nightly live entertainment at the Hard Rock Cafe.

This is the ultimate accommodation for party lovers looking to travel to Kuta, especially for the music lovers!

Should guests wish to explore Kuta, there are also a multitude of bars and nightclubs in the surrounding area.

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Legian

Legian is the “go-to” for night owls. You can be sure that you will be awake until the early hours of the morning, partying at Skygarden or one of the many pubs/clubs sprawled on either side of this wild Legian street. If you have been to Thailand, you could somewhat compare it to the insanity of walking the streets, 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 for a few nights if you plan to party there, as commuting to your hotel, drunk out of your mind at 4 am, is not advisable.

Pre party at our hostel in Bali

Pre party at our hostel in Legian, Bali

 Resorts for Couples In Legian

Mercure Hotel

The Mercure hotel is situated only a few minutes away from Legian Beach and offers 4-star services and facilities.

This accommodation boasts tropical decor and features an outdoor pool, an on-site spa and free Wifi throughout the property.

Guests can also take a short walk to Kuta Beach or the Beachwalk Shopping Centre. Legian is also well known for its prominent nightlife, offering various bars and activities for those moments after the sun sets.

Should guests wish to stay in after a day touring Legian, they can enjoy various dining options right at the hotel or lounge in the Poole Bar & Lounge.

Mercure is centrally located to some of the most popular attractions and activities in Legian, such as Padang Padang Beach.

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Party Hotels & Hostels in Legian

The ONE 

The One Hotel is a gorgeous, 4-star accommodation in Legian sporting modern, minimalist design and decor. It is in short walking distance to various bars, restaurants and nightlife options, making it perfect for travellers looking for a bit of fun.

Should guests wish to stay at the hotel after a day touring Legian, the hotel is also comprised of an outdoor, rooftop pool, a ground pool and a restaurant. Guests can enjoy a cocktail at the pool bar whilst enjoying live entertainment.

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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 animal, and a nature lover – 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

Resorts for Couples in Ubud

Mandapa A Ritz Carlton Reserve

This Ritz Carlton Reserve is a 5-star rated accommodation and is the most popular choice amongst couples all over the world.

Book yourself and your partner in the reserve for the ultimate, romantic getaway. Situated amongst natural landscape, couples can enjoy an authentic Balinese retreat, offering an abundance of experiences that one will never find at any typical accommodation.

Guests can enjoy the several on-site restaurants, or views of surrounding rainforest, rice paddies and the Ayung River. One can also rent a bicycle to explore the area of Ubud.

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Sri Ratih Cottages

This accommodation is for a more comfortable and cosy getaway. Situated only a few minutes from Ubud Central, guests can benefit from easy access to the various activities and attractions around the area.

The Sri Ratih Cottages are surrounded by gorgeous, lush greenery that promotes a relaxing atmosphere paired with romance and genuine Balinese culture. It is also more affordable than other accommodation options in Ubud.

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Puri Padi Resort

Situated 10 minutes away from Monkey Forest and central Ubud, Puri Padi Resort is a smaller accommodation with quaint and modern rooms. This accommodation is better suited for a low-budget getaway.

Guests can enjoy the tropical scenery surrounding the resort, as well as the restaurant serving simple foods, free wifi & parking and a large outdoor pool.

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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 no other in Bali. I have only been to this part of town once but I was sold on it. Chic shopping centres, 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

 

Resorts for Couples in Nusa Dua

Hotel Santika Siligita

Hotel Santika Siligita is a modern accommodation that is highly suitable for couples looking for a relaxing getaway. If you’re looking for a life of luxury, book yourself and your partner into this gorgeous hotel.

This 4-star accommodation features stunning, spacious rooms with an ensuite bathroom, kitchenette and private balcony. Guests can enjoy the large outdoor pool, a local meal at Mengiat or can move away from the hotel to the nearby restaurants, attractions and activities.

The hotel is also in close proximity to Kuta and Jimbaran, as well as Ngurah Rai International Airport and Nusa Dua Beach.

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Jimbaran

Seafood, tropical forests and 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

 

Resorts for Couples in Jimbaran

Abi Bali Resort & Villa

Only a short distance from Kuta and Seminyak, one will find Abi Bali Resort & Villa. This is the ultimate choice for couples on a relaxing getaway as the accommodation is located in a peaceful area of Bali.

Guests are able to enjoy sunset views from the rooftop terrace, escape the heat in the outdoor pool or leave those nerves behind with a cocktail at the on-site bar. Staff at the accommodation are also able to assist with booking tours and tickets for your daily excursion plans.

Rent a bicycle and tour the surrounding areas, exploring the various eateries and Jimbaran attractions.

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Sanur

This is the go-to place for art lovers and cyclists, amongst the usual beachgoers. The beach has a paved cycling path, shallow waters and the town is full of lovely art galleries.

sanur bali

 

Resorts for Couples in Sunur

Respati Beach Hotel

This modern, 3-star accommodation is one of the most popular amongst couples who have stayed in Sanur.

With a private beach and recently renovated rooms, who wouldn’t want to escape the stress from home at this gorgeous hotel?

Guests can enjoy the hotels’ valuable amenities and facilities. Hosting 32 rooms, an outdoor pool as well as a restaurant and bar, guests are never at a loss of things to do. One could even escape the confines of their accommodation and continue their tour through Sanur by exploring the local cuisine options offered in the surrounding area.

Guests have easy access to Sanur Beach and can take a quick car ride to Denpasar and Kuta. Segara Beach is also a mere 3-minute walk away from the hotel.

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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

 

Resorts for Couples in Uluwatu

Terrace Ampels Villa

The Terrace Ampels Villa is the perfect hotel for couples as it is perfectly situated amongst various attractions and activities in the area. It is comprised of 6 rooms, an outdoor pool and is set between vast forestry, making it the perfect spot for relaxation and rejuvenation.

The Villas are in close proximity to Pecatu, various bars and restaurants and is only 5 minutes away from Padang Padang Beach. It is also near to Garuda Wisnu Kencana and Dreamland Beach.

The area features multiple surfing spots that can be booked through the hotel.

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Anantara Uluwatu Resort & Spa

This resort promotes a peaceful village atmosphere and is the perfect spot for couples to explore the area of Uluwatu. It features a spa, an outdoor pool and restaurants serving local and international cuisine, such as Japanese fusion.

Anantara Resort & Spa is also in close proximity to Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Dreamland Beach, as well as other local activities and attractions.

Guests can enjoy top-class service, facilities and room amenities. The Resort offers on-site activities, such as dance lessons, yoga classes and batik making workshops.

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De Sapphire Cliff Villas

De Sapphire Cliff Villas feature 27 rooms, including top-quality amenities such as coffee & tea makers, air-conditioning and bathrooms fitted with a bathtub and shower. The villas are traditionally designed with modern decor that still abides by the cultural beauty of Bali.

This accommodation is located in the beautiful parkland area of Uluwatu and provides guests with a 3-star experience. Guests are able to enjoy the on-site restaurant and bar at the end of a long day touring Uluwatu; there is also a selection of restaurants in the surrounding area.

This is the perfect spot for couples as it offers gorgeous views of the ocean, right from the outdoor pool and sun terrace. It is also in close proximity to Padang Padang Beach.

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Canggu

Canggu is another one of my favourites. This is not your typical pretty white sand beach with plenty of nightlife, in fact, it’s just the opposite, but still really amazing. It’s the black sand surfers beach with amazing waves, more suitable to advanced surfers. With laid-back pubs like my favourite – Old Man’s or the fabled Deus Ex Machina, there are plenty of options to meet people over a couple of drinks. Pubs close around 1 AM but there is always a great after party at Sandbar on Echo, or Batu Bolong beach which goes on till dawn.

canggu beach

 

Resorts for Couples in Canguu

Echoland Bed & Breakfast

Echoland Bed and Breakfast is a lovely choice of accommodation as it is only a few minutes away from Canggu, and is in close proximity to Echo Beach. Guests are also able to visit the nearby volcanoes or organise a scuba diving or surfing trip.

Guests can enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop garden terrace, escape the heat in the outdoor pool or bask in a day of relaxation in the hotel spa.

This bed and breakfast is comprised of modern, Balinese village type decor and benefits from the natural landscape of Canggu

This is a popular accommodation amongst couples due to the resorts various facilities, activities, amenities and hospitality.

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The Kirana Hotel

The Kirana Hotel, Restaurant and Spa is a 4-star rated accommodation and is highly popular amongst couples. It is located in one of the most popular surf spots in Canggu and benefits from a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere.

The Kirana Hotel has gorgeous bedrooms comprised of various amenities. Guests can also enjoy and outdoor swimming pool, a spa, free Wifi and shuttle services to Seminyak Square. It is also in close proximity to Batu Bolong And Echo beach.

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Ametis Villas

Ametis Villa is located in the beautiful countryside of Canggu. This is a great accommodation choice for couples as it is comprised of 5-star facilities and amenities.

The villas offer modern architecture and upscale amenities such as air-conditioning, a kitchenette and a spacious living area. The accommodation also has an outdoor pool and a rooftop terrace.

Relax in your luxury villa, enjoy a quiet moment in the library, or relish in relaxation at the Ametis Villa Spa.

The villas are also in close proximity to the beach and employ multilingual staff for every guest’s benefit.

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Party Hotels & Hostles in Canggu 

Villa Kalyani

Enjoy a barbeque by the outdoor pool or take yourself and your friends for a night on the town at the Vue Beach Club, which is only 1 km away from the hotel.

This hi-tech, party villa is one not to be missed. Guests are able to enjoy an outdoor cinema, rooftop entertainment terrace or to spend time in the playroom.

If you feel like dancing the night away, start your evening at the hotel bar and listen to resident DJ’s.

Move your evening to the local Canggu Club, where guests of the hotel are able to make use of the first class facilities of the club, free of charge, for the duration of their stay.

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Canggu Beach Hostel

Located in close proximity to the Vue Beach Club, Hard Rock Cafe & Canggu Club, this is the perfect accommodation for those looking for a party atmosphere

Guests are able to enjoy a quick walk to the local beach or benefit from an outdoor pool and pool bar serving various cocktails and alcoholic drinks. The Canggu Beach Hostel is also near to various surfing hotspots such as Pererenan and Echo Beach.

The hostel also allows guests to make use of the Black Sand Pool Club, where they may sit around the pool, enjoy a meal and drink, read a book or compete against friends in billiard or table tennis.

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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 favourite places to stay in Bali?

F&Q

The best yoga retreat in Seminyak?

Cleanse your soul and align those chakras at the Mind Body Soul Surf Bali. Book yourself for a private or group retreat, or select a 7 day, all-inclusive package to completely reconnect with your true self. This is the perfect choice for yoga lovers one can enjoy the picturesque views, be in close proximity to the beach and enjoy 5-star sanctuary facilities.

Where to stay in Bali near the beach?

If you’re looking for accommodation right on the beach, take a look at booking yourself into Mulia Luxury Resort in Nusa Dua. Mulia Resort is a 5-star rated accommodation, where guests can relax in any of the four outdoor pools or take a dip in the ocean, only a few steps away. The hotel also features various water sports, such as canoeing or stand up paddleboarding.

Best area/location to stay in Bali?

The answer to this question depends very much on what type of holiday experience you are seeking.
Legian & Kuta – Party and Surf central
Ubud – For the nature lovers or those looking for a relaxing getaway
Nusa Dua & Jimbaran – Known for its beaches
Sanur – Best for families or art lovers
Seminyak – A mecca for fashion & style lovers
Canggu – The perfect location for avid surfers

Stay in Canggu or Seminyak?

Today, it is of popular opinion that Canggu has become the new Seminyak. Although Seminyak is still a highly popular tourist destination in Bali, Canggu provides a space for those who wish to relax and be in close proximity to the array of activities and attractions that Canggu has on offer. Due to changing trends in society, tourists are enjoying the vast amount of yoga retreats, choices in international and local cuisine and places to meet new people.

Uluwatu or Sanur?

If you’re looking to be near the beaches, Sanur is the place for you. It is known for its long-stretched beaches, gorgeous beachfront restaurants and its vast amount of art galleries, suitable for those seeking an art & culture getaway.

Uluwatu, on the other hand, is known to be a limestone region and has been voted the 4th best surf spot in the world, suitable for beginners and advanced surfers. It is also home to the Uluwatu Temple. In general, Uluwatu is a better choice for tourists who wish to escape the busy city life.

Canggu or Uluwatu?

Canggu is the ideal location for tourists who want a mix of fun and relaxation. If you wish to explore during the day, rest while the sun goes down, and party until the early hours of the morning – then Canggu is the place for you.

If you’re looking to steer far from the action and surround yourself in a more peaceful atmosphere, or if you’re an avid surfer, then perhaps Uluwatu is the better choice for you.

38 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.

  23. Actually I m little bit confused about my tour plan of 7 days with my wife.would you old give me a clear set of 7 days plan with accommodation,food, etc.my tour schedule from 28 the January to 4 the February 2018.

    • I am not a travel agent/planner, Amir but if you email me I can connect you with someone who can help you with planning your trip.

  24. a brilliant guide well done to the author! also very well timed for stumbling over. I got married 6 months ago and due to work constraints etc am planning a delayed honeymoon- my husband still doesn’t have the time so I’m just going to book and give him the dates to books off! Was deciding between Bali and Maldives and for this trip I am deciding on Bali. Ideally 10 nights, 7 of them visiting natural areas/waterfalls/monkey forest ( I looove nature) and then final few nights to spend like a secluded honeymoon type of area with the pristine beaches and turquoise waters like in pictures… Do you have any recommendations? don’t want night life/party areas .
    Is a long awaited holiday and dont know when Il be able to convince him for the next one so Im going to look for exactly what I want! He is in to recycling and quite a tree hugger so something like an eco-retreat would be good to… so many questions eeeek sorry!

  25. I’m travelling to Bali with my girlfriend in May. We’ve been partying all year, and now it feels like we need a break. We want to go diving in Bali, I know good diving spots are located in the south-east of the island. I explored the options you pointed out, and the best seem to be either Ubud or Sanur. We can’t choose between the two. I like Sanur for its proximity to Nusa Penida and Nusa Lemborgan. But my girlfriend prefers Ubud. Which one is better for divers? Is there any third option?

    • Hi Terry, I would recommend Gili T for diving and Nusa Penida for snorkeling/diving with Manta rays. The underwater world on these islands is way better than in Bali.

  26. HI Jo, I am planning our honeymoon in September later this year. I am sold on Ubud. But we also want to spend a few day on the beach but close enough to visit good restaurants with a good vibe and authentic food. We are not big party people, more laid back quiet time, but good food, markets and lots of good coffee choice is important. Also can you recommend good snorkelling spots? Our budget is mid to upper range. Please can you advise?

    • Congrats on tying the knot Shehnaaz. Ubud is great for some chilled out peaceful time or yoga sessions. For beach vibes, head to Seminyak, for fun cafes Canggu is awesome! I would recommend to go to the islands for Snorkelling (check out my nusa penida guide for some inspiration). Hope this helps? Feel free to ask anything else – Indonesia is like second home for me!

  27. So what options would you recomend for family. Kids 7 and 11?

    • Hi Sasha, it would depend on various things. where do you want to stay (Which part of Bali), whats your budget? Do you need a private villa or in sharing? There’s a lovely sharing villa with pool near Canggu if you are in that area? Lmk and I will share the link

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