The best places to stay in Bali
Bali is a dream destination, which welcomes around 3 million visitors every year. If you want to discover all the wonders of the island of the gods, in this post, I offer you an overview of what awaits you in each region and the best places to sleep in Bali.
After my article on the best activities to do in Bali, it was time for me to tackle the accommodation part 🙂
There are so many beautiful hotels where you can stay on the island that I will try to give you a summary in this article.
How to find accommodation in Bali?
To find the accommodation that suits you perfectly, you must first take into account what you want to do and discover during your stay in Bali. If instead you want to enjoy the beach, go hiking in the lush nature, visit authentic temples and villages, or have fun all night long, you will find a place to do it anyway.
Even if the island of Bali may seem small, it is not. Moving around can be particularly long, and choosing the right location is therefore very important. It will be necessary to favor a place close to the sites that interest you the most, or a central place, which will allow you to easily go to the four corners of the island.
As almost always, booking your rooms will be a good idea. During the tourist season (June to October), the hotels fill up quickly, and by planning ahead, you can have many more choices.
As far as the type of accommodation is concerned, you will have a nice variety of possibilities, from youth hostels to holiday villages, including of course hotel houses and classic hotels. Whatever your budget, you can easily find an establishment that will satisfy you. Apart from the luxury establishments, hotel rates in Bali are low, and homestays are often extremely cheap.
Where to sleep in South Bali?
Denpasar, the city that houses Bali’s only international airport, lies to the south. This is by far the most touristic part of the island. In this region, you can enjoy superb fine sandy beaches, discover the temple of Tanah Lot, but also visit a few villages that have remained very traditional.
Kuta is a very modern seaside resort, which is one of the most touristic places in Bali. You can find a lot of hotels there, but also restaurants, bars, shopping centers and nightclubs.
If you want to have a comfortable stay near marvelous white sand beaches, Kuta will be the ideal destination. If you want to discover Bali in a more authentic way, this city will absolutely not be the best place, but it may be practical to spend the first or last night of your stay there, to stay close to the airport.
Where to sleep in Bali in the south of the island in Kuta?
Mercure Kuta Bali is a pleasant hotel located on the edge of Kuta Beach. It has a swimming pool and a terrace with a view of the sea. You can find a room there from around €35 a night.
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort is a 5-star hotel that has a swimming pool, spa, gym and restaurant. Located on the seafront in Kuta, it offers rooms for two from around €75 per night. If you don’t know where to sleep in Bali in the south of the island, this is a hotel that I highly recommend. I have already been able to test it and the price/quality ratio is very good! It is also right in front of the sea… and the view from the swimming pool is crazy! Very good choice in South Bali
The Bukit Peninsula
In the south of the island, the Bukit peninsula is undoubtedly one of the most pleasant places where you can spend a few nights. Here you can explore impressive temples like Pura Luhur, go on long nature hikes and relax on beaches like Jimbaran Beach and Karma Beach.
If you like water activities, the Bukit Peninsula is waiting for you. The western part of the coast is the most popular place for surfers. You will have many choices to find accommodation at an affordable rate in this part of the island.
Where to stay in Bali on the Bukit peninsula?
Oak House is a villa located in Jimbaran, about 3 kilometers from the beaches. It has a swimming pool and two bedrooms and can accommodate 4 people for around €70 a night.
Anumana Bay View is a very modern hotel, offering sea and mountain view rooms for around €50 a night.
Where to sleep in North Bali?
Unlike the south, the north of the island is the wildest part, well away from mass tourism. With its mountains, waterfalls, ruined temples and lakes, you can discover absolutely superb sites.
Lovina is a group of several small coastal villages. Lovina Beach is one of the biggest and prettiest on the island, and it’s far less crowded than the beaches at the other end of Bali. This part of the island brings together all the beauties you can find in Bali, with lakes, rice fields, charming little villages, and magnificent natural sites.
Some of Indonesia’s most iconic temples are found in this region, such as Pura Ulun Danu Bratan and Pura Pulaki.
Where to sleep in Bali near Lovina?
Sanshikirana House is a guest house located in the middle of nature, a few minutes from the beach, in the heights of Lovina. The establishment has a swimming pool, a garden and a terrace which offers a superb view of the sea. You can find rooms for 3 people, with a double bed and a single bed, for around 40 € per night. It’s the photo just above. The swimming pool is really nice and above all it is very very quiet 🙂
Lovina Life is a hotel located right in the center of Lovina, about 800 meters from the beach. With a swimming pool and a restaurant, it offers rooms with a large double bed for around €25 a night.
Where to sleep in the center of Bali?
Throughout the more central part of Bali, you can visit towns and cities that perfectly represent the traditional culture of the island. This is where you can have the most authentic experiences.
On the scale of Bali, Ubud is a big city. Far from the most touristy towns and villages of the south, this town located in the heart of the island will be ideal if you are looking for a central place, where you can make cultural visits, find many shops and practice many activities such as rock climbing or rafting.
I love Ubud and its atmosphere. It is a very central place and where I usually stay when I go to Bali (already three times). In terms of accommodation, you will have access to many choices in this city, with luxurious establishments and others, much more modest.
Where to sleep in Bali in the city of Ubud?
Shiva House is a small, charming and quiet hostel, where you can find large rooms overlooking the garden, for less than 20 € per night, breakfast included.
Kastara Resort is a luxury hotel that has all the necessary facilities. It offers large 60 m² suites with a balcony overlooking the river, for around €70 a night. The swimming pool overlooks the surrounding rice fields. The quality/price ratio is very good for staying in Bali near Ubud.
Where to sleep in Bali near Munduk?
If you want to be able to go on an adventure in the heart of the Indonesian jungle, to discover a luxuriant and wild nature, Munduk is the right place to put your suitcases. This is truly the place to be if you like hiking. In this small village, you can find particularly comfortable hotels.
Where to stay in Bali near Munduk?
Sanak Retreat Bali is a resort located in a heavenly setting, where you can enjoy unforgettable mountain views and exotic landscapes. It offers large bungalows of 40 m² fully equipped, for around 70 € per night.
Where to sleep east of Bali?
The eastern part of the island is a region that will particularly appeal to nature lovers. Between land and sea, it is here that you can notably discover Mount Agung, one of the most beautiful volcanoes in Bali (however, it is less easily accessible than Mount Batur).
Amed and Sidemen
Amed is a particularly authentic small fishing village, where you can enjoy a soothing atmosphere and relax on very beautiful black volcanic sand beaches, surrounded by mountains.
Sidemen is another village in the region, lost between mountains and rice fields, and overlooked by Mount Agung. Many beautiful hikes leave from this village, from which you can notably reach Pura Besakih, the largest temple in Bali.
Where to sleep in Amed and Sidemen?
De Adema Guesthouse is a beachfront guesthouse in Amed that offers rooms for two at around €25 a night including breakfast.
Villa Kropak is a guest house located in an exceptional setting, in the middle of lush nature in Sidemen. It has a swimming pool and a restaurant, and offers rooms for around €60 a night.
Where to sleep in West Bali?
West Bali is home to the Bali Barat National Park, a large nature reserve where many protected animals live. The southwest is a less touristy area, but just as pleasant.
Here is a small, inconspicuous fishing village, where you will not find well-known resorts and large hotel complexes. On the other hand, you can discover the local culture of the inhabitants of Bali, taste the culinary specialties of the island and go diving to discover the seabed of the region. Permuteran is an example of ecotourism in Bali, where everything is done in particular to ensure the protection of the coral reef and help the reproduction of sea turtles.
From the black sand beaches of Permuteran, you can see the volcanoes of Java in the distance. During a trek in the national park, you will discover primary forests and mangroves, and you can visit the temples of Jayaprana and Layon Sari.
Where to sleep in Permuteran?
Kalyssa Beach Bungalows is a hotel about 400 m from the beach, which has a swimming pool and offers rooms with mountain views, for about 45 € per night.
Pande Guest House is a guest house located a few minutes walk from the beach, where you can find large rooms for around €15 a night.
And that’s it for this article on accommodation in Bali! I hope it will help you find the hotel of your choice 🙂 Do not hesitate to consult my article on when to go to Bali if you have not fixed your dates yet! And if you plan to visit the island for 2 weeks, here is my itinerary to visit Bali in 15 days.