Let me help you pick the best place to stay in Bali! Bali is a fantastic spot for planning the relaxing, tropical break that you deserve. Where to stay in Bali depends on the type of holiday you’re after… are you a honeymooner, a surfer, travelling with kids? Whatever your travel style, I can help you find the best hotels in Bali for your needs.
Browse through my list of the areas & holiday type below and find the best hotels in Bali Indonesia for you! We’ve handpicked the best hotels Bali has to offer based on our personal experience and recommendations from fellow travellers. You’ll find the best hotel Bali has to suit your needs and budget in no time.
What You'll Find in This Post
- 1 Guide to Finding the Best Area to Stay in Bali Indonesia
- 2 Ubud
- 3 Kuta
- 4 Nusa Dua
- 5 Jimbaran Bay
- 6 Seminyak
- 7 Uluwatu
- 8 Sanur
- 9 Lovina
- 10 Where to Stay on Bali Based on Your Travel Type
- 11 Airbnb in Bali
- 12 Extra Resources for Visiting Bali
Guide to Finding the Best Area to Stay in Bali Indonesia
There are many different areas to stay in Bali. In order to find the best location to stay in Bali it’s important to understand what each part of the island offers. This guide will give you a little insight into what each of the main places to stay in Bali Indonesia are best known for and the types of amenities you’ll find in each area. Remember that the best place to stay in Bali Indonesia for you depends on the type of traveller you are. It will be different for everyone.
The best places to stay Bali also depends on your budget. For each location in Bali, I’ve included the three top hotels in Bali for each area and included one in each price range – budget, midrange and luxury. What area to stay in Bali comes down to the budget you can afford.
To find Bali hotel deals, we recommend starting your search on TripAdvisor so you can compare prices from all the major hotel booking engines plus read reviews from other travellers. Also, don’t forget that Priceline is an excellent way to find cheap hotels in Bali, either by using Express Deals or Name Your Own Price deals. You can read how to make the most of Express Deals here.
Why Pick Ubud
Ubud is great for families, couples and singles who want to relax & recharge in beautiful surrounding. Get massages, do yoga, eat healthy food. Take walks in rice paddy fields and enjoy Balinese culture.
Where to Stay in Ubud
Hotels in Ubud, Bali are dotted in and around central Ubud as well as further out into the rice paddy fields that make the city very picturesque. If you stay further afield you’ll need to rent a scooter or bicycle to get around.
If you’re looking for bargain Ubud Bali hotels, look no further than Villa Beji Indah. Walking distance to the famous monkey forest and lots of restaurants, the Villa Beji Indah has comfortable suites and villas in a leafy surrounding all at a great price. The pool area is very appealing!
The Plataran Ubud Hotel & Resort is the best option in Ubud if you don’t have a huge budget but want a beautiful, resort-like stay in the rice fields near the city center. There are restaurants and shops in walking distance, a yoga space and a gorgeous pool. The hotel is beautifully designed and is very peaceful despite it’s proximity to the center of Ubud. This is one of the best places to stay in Ubud Bali on a mid-range budget.
Set in a breathtaking location, perched on a ravine about 10 minutes from Ubud, the Amori Villa has villas with amazing views, yoga, cooking classes and a stunning infinity pool. Guests also delight in the outdoor bathrooms. One of the best places to stay in Ubud!
Why Pick Kuta
Kuta is party central in Bali. If you want to surf, drink Bintang beer and party with Aussies, then this is the place to come. Kuta is a good choice if you’re looking for cheap places to stay in Bali as there is a lot of budget accommodation in Kuta. Kuta also has a shopping mall, water park and it’s the closest beach to the airport in Denpasar.
Where to Stay in Kuta, Bali
If you’re on a budget then this is one of the places to stay in Kuta. The Uno Bali Inn has 22 spotless rooms and an airport shuttle service so if you need somewhere cheap to crash when you’re arriving or departing from Bali then this also a good choice for that purpose. It’s also close to Waterbom, the popular water park in Bali
Want your own villa with a private pool in the heart of Kuta? If you’re on a mid-range budget then this is the best place to stay in Kuta, Bali. Ini Vie Villa has 10 villas available in the heart of Kuta. One and two bedroom villas are available which makes this a good choice for families or groups who want to stay in Kuta.
The best hotel to stay in Kuta, Bali has to be the luxurious Villa De Daun Bali. A one bedroom villa with two beds is set around a private pool. With breakfast brought to your room daily and your own butler included, this is luxury in the heart of Kuta!
Why Pick Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua is five star all the way! If you want to stay in a luxury resort on a white sandy beach then this is the right choice for you. Nusa Dua is perfect for families who want a resort vacation, high quality dining and easy access to the beach. Many of the resorts here are beachfront. Honeymooners with a healthy budget will also be very happy in Nusa Dua.
Where to Stay in Nusa Dua
If you want to stay in Nusa Dua but don’t have a huge budget then the Courtyard by Marriott Bali Nusa Dua is an excellent choice. The rooms are light, bright and roomy. The property includes rooms with two double beds so it’s a good choice for families plus there is a kids’ club on site. Guests have access to a private beach and stunning pool.
The Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villa & Spa has a series of one, two and three-bedroom villas with private pools which are incredibly popular with couples and honeymooners looking for somewhere intimate and romantic. You’ll love the indoor-outdoor bathroom. This is an adults-only resort situated right on the beach. It’s at the higher end of the price range but certainly not the most expensive of the luxury hotels Bali has to offer.
The ultimate when it comes to 5 star hotels in Bali is The St Regis Resort Bali. With it’s own golf course, beachfront location and stunning swimming pools, it’s the best Bali Nusa Dua hotel for those with a healthy budget who want to relax in pure luxury. While this is a top notch resort for couples, families will also love it as there is a kids’ club on site and a children’s pool.
Why Pick Jimbaran Bay
Jimbaran Bayis one of the best area in Bali to stay if you’re short on time as it’s close to the airport. Jimbaran Bay is packed with luxury places to stay in Bali on the beach so it’s best for families with a healthy budget or couples looking for a resort get away.
Where to Stay in Jimbaran Bay
While most of the resorts in Jimbaran Bay are pricey, the InterContinetal Bali Resort is slightly more cost effective. It’s still one of the best hotels to stay in Bali though! The hotel has decadent Balinese style rooms and a lush garden pool area. There is a private beach and kids’ club on site.
The AYANA Resort and Spa is one of the best places in Bali to stay if you want luxury without a huge price tag in Jimbaran Bay. There are luxe resort rooms, a golf course and spa with Turkish bath. The resort also has a kids’ club and rooms with two double beds so it’s perfect for families. The pool at this resort is spectacular and the children’s pool even has a small water slide.
If you want to check all the boxes, then this is one of the best resorts to stay in Bali. The Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay has an infinity pool, lush tropical setting, Balinese spa and beautiful rooms all set on a stunning beachfront resort. What more could you ask for? Private villas with their own pools…. Oh yeah, a kids’ club and children’s pool too! One of the top places in Bali to stay by far but comes at a high price tag.
Why Pick Seminyak
Seminyak has a bit of everything on offer. Accommodation in Seminyak is midrange to luxury and includes resorts and holiday villas. The beach is good but not too crowded and there is some nightlife but it’s not wild like Kuta. There are many great restaurants in the area and also boutiques & shops. This makes Seminyak a good all around choice for where to stay in Bali Indonesia. If you’re unsure where to stay in Bali, Seminyak is the best place to choose.
Where to Stay Seminyak
Possibly the best place to stay in Seminyak on a budget. Bali Yarra Villas in Seminyak offers apartment style accomodation with a shared pool. There are both one and two bedroom accommodation on offer so it’s a great place for families or couples. It is one of the more affordable hotels in Seminyak Bali so perfect for those with a more limited budget. Plus you’re only a five minute walk from the action in Seminyak.
Bermimpi Bali Villas is one of the best places to stay in Seminyak Bali if you want luxury! If you want a romantic villa with your own pool this this is where you should stay in Seminyak! Villas have gorgeous four-poster beds, a traditional Bali balé gazebo and a modern en suite bathroom featuring natural Bali stone. There are only four villas available though so if you want to stay here, book as soon as possible as it’s one of the most popular places to stay in Bali Seminyak. You will fall in love here!
Sienna Villas is a fantastic choice for families looking for the best places to stay Seminyak. They offer 1 to 4 bedroom apartments and villas so can cater to groups of any size. Plus you’re only 100m away from the main street in Seminyak so have lots of choice for dining making it the best area to stay in Seminyak. Families will love it here because there is babysitting and childcare available.
Why Pick Uluwatu
Uluwatu Bali is great for surfers and those who want to be further from the buzz and focus more on exploring the beautiful white sand beaches of the Bukit peninsula. You’ll need a motorbike to get around. Make sure you visit the temple which is inhabited by a large gang of monkeys. If you’ve been to Bali multiple times and want to try somewhere new, pick Uluwatu.
Where to Stay in Uluwatu
On a budget? Then check out the Lullaby Bungalows. Daily breakfast, an outdoor pool set in a lush garden and rooms with pretty canopy beds make this a great choice for couples on a budget but still wanting a romantic place to stay in Bali. You can walk to the beach or local restaurants and explore the rest of the area on a scooter. Only three rooms are available so be sure to book ahead.
If you want five star, cliff-top accommodation in Uluwatu with views to die for then Suarga Padang Padang is for you. With beautiful rooms and a daily breakfast included, you’ll be set for a day of exploring the Bukit peninsular or lounging by the pool. One of the best Uluwatu hotels!
Why Pick Sanur
If you have a mid-range budget, then come to Sanur. It’s quiet so perfect for older people and families who want to relax and stay close to the beach. There are lots of restaurants in the main streets of Sanur. Sanur is a great spot for long term stays in Bali.
Where to Stay in Sanur
One of the best value Sanur Bali hotels is the simple Sanur Guest House. With clean, comfortable rooms and a swimming pool you can’t go wrong if you’re looking for one of the best Bali hotels for a budget traveller. Prices are an absolute bargain so you’ll definitely want to check this out.
Hands down on the the best places to stay in Bali on a budget is Villa Cinta @ Sanur. If you want a nice villa, walking distance to the beach without breaking the bank then this is the place for you. There’s a beautiful shared pool for guest as well as onsite dining. Staff are warm and friendly as you’d expect in Bali. There are free bicycles for guests to use. The location is perfect for wandering to the beach, shops or out for a massage or yoga class. You’ll love it.
If you prefer a resort stay in Sanur then choose the Maya Sanur Resort & Spa. Located on the beachfront in Sanur, this resort offers reasonably affordable prices when compared with other Bali Indonesia hotels in other areas of the island. Sanur is certainly a more affordable choice. The hotel has dining options, a lovely pool and fantastic spa. You could stay in the resort the whole time you’re here and be perfectly happy! The lagoon access rooms are spectacular.
Why Pick Lovina
You want to avoid the tourist trial completely and see a different side of the island then Lovina is the nicest place to stay in Bali for you. Lovina is also great value compared to other parts of Bali. This is partly due to it’s location on the far North side of the island so you will need to factor in transport costs when deciding to stay in Lovina. Lovina is more laid back and less glitzy than the southern beaches of Bali. If you’re looking for quiet places to stay in Bali then Lovina should be your pick.
Where to Stay in Lovina
Ju’Blu Hotel is walking distance from the beach at Lovina, has a lovely swimming pool in a garden setting and is, best of all, an absolute bargain! Rooms are clean, modern and comfortable and have lovely outdoor bathrooms which really add to the Bali feel. You’ll get a delicious breakfast included which you can enjoy by the pool every day. It’s a small hotel with only four rooms available so book early if you want to lock in your stay. Well worth the price!
If you want budget bungalows on the beach front then look no further! Cleopatra Beach Bungalows has lovely little bungalows set in a garden complex around a swimming pool right on the beach. Some of the rooms have a stunning sea view and the extra special ones have a terrace for relaxing and taking that view in. People come back here year after year.
If you want luxury in Lovina, then you need to come to Puri Saron Baruna Beach Hotel. It’s a four star hotel with both rooms and 1 or 2 bedroom villas so ideal for couples or families alike. There’s a beautiful beachfront pool area for guests to enjoy as well as spa services and beach facing restaurants for a romantic dinner overlooking the sunset.
Where to Stay on Bali Based on Your Travel Type
Which place to stay in Bali depends somewhat on the kind of holiday you’re after. If you want to surf and party while staying in budget digs then Kuta is the best for you. If you’re a cashed up family or honeymooner then Jimbaran Bay or Nusa Dua are great places to stay in Bali. More modest budget, then Sanur or Seminyak are your places. See below for a more in depth description of the most suitable places to stay Bali based on your travel type.
The best place to stay in Bali for singles is probably not actually in Bali itself but rather in the Gili Islands which are technically part of Lombok but easily accessible by speedboat from Bali. Gili Trawangan has an excellent vibe for young, single backpackers. More mature singles who want to devote a little time to self care, get massages and do yoga or art classes will love Ubud. There’s a reason Elizabeth Gilbert set up camp here for her book “Eat, Pray, Love” after all.
The best place to stay in Bali for couples of course depends on your budget. You’ll find that almost anywhere suits but if you’re looking to avoid the young, party scene then steer clear of Kuta. If you want to avoid running into too many families then you’ll want to avoid spots like Sanur and Seminyak which are favourites with families. When searching where to stay in Bali for couples you can filter the search results on Hotels Combined for “romantic” places to stay.
The best place to stay in Bali for honeymoon trips is dependent on your budget. If money is no object then go for a beautiful resort in Jimbaran Bay like the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay. That has to be one of the best hotel to stay in bali for honeymoon romance. There are many romantic places to stay in Bali like the Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villa & Spa which is adults-only meaning no screaming kids in the pool to disturb you.
Where to stay in Bali for families depends entirely on your budget. If you want the beach then the best place to stay in Bali with family is probably Sanur if you want lower key, mid range accommodation like this. If you have a healthy budget then the best place to stay in Bali for families is one of the flash resorts in Nusa Dua or Jimbaran Bay. Just make sure you choice one with excellent amenities for kids like a kids’ club and children’s pool. There are quite a few adults only resorts that you will want to make sure you don’t book accidentally. Ubud is another fine choice for where to stay in Bali with family if you’re not looking for a beach break. There are lots of activities for children to enjoy in Ubud like art, silver making and Balinese dance.
If you’re after a cheap stay in Bali you options are a little more limited. The best cheap places to stay in Bali are in and around Kuta town or Denpasar. Kuta is probably the best choice and, let’s face it, if you’re looking for cheap places to stay Bali, you’re probably a backpacker so this is where you want to be. You can get a room at a hotel like this in Kuta for as low as $9 a night. In Ubud you can get a basic home stay room somewhere like this for around $12 a night. Not bad!
If you’re staying in Bali for a month or more, you’ll probably want to base yourself somewhere like Ubud or Sanur. There are many villas offering good rates for monthly rentals. Start your search on Airbnb (see below) or book a hotel for the first few nights and look around once you’re on the island.
Unique & Different
If you’re look for something a little different there are some amazing places to stay in Bali. Here are just a few:
- One of the most unique places to stay in Bali is the Mara River Safari Lodge Bali a hotel set in the grounds of a safari park!
- Another unusual places to stay in Bali is this five floor Bamboo house located within the Green School in Ubud. You can book that on Airbnb. If you’re new to Airbnb, get a coupon for $40 NZD off your first stay here.
- The Sapu Lidi Resort & Spa has natural inspired huts set around a fish pond.
- If you love wood, then check out the Birds Nest Sanctuary in Ubud too.
- Or camp in these luxury tents outside Ubud! Definitely one of the more different places to stay in Ubud, Bali.
Airbnb in Bali
Don’t forget that Airbnb is also a great option in Bali. The best place to stay in Bali for you might indeed be an Airbnb. You can rent anything from a sweet little studio in Seminyak to an Ubud villa that sleeps 12! There are endless options on Airbnb in Bali and many villas are available with private pools and staff for a really good price. Airbnb works out great value if you’re spending an extended period of time in Bali or staying with a large group.
If you haven’t used Airbnb before, then sign up using this link and collect a $40 NZD coupon!
In addition to Airbnb, you can also find vacation villas in Bali using VRBO. Click here to see the range on offer!
Extra Resources for Visiting Bali
- For practical advice on travel in & around Bali, read this guide over on Travelfish. It has lots of good information on how to get around, things to see & do and costs.
- Check out this list of things to do in Bali for ideas on activities once you’re on the island.
- If you’re looking for ideas on things to do in Bali with kids, then check out this post.
- This weather chart will help you work out the best time of year to visit Bali.
I hope I’ve helped you to decide which area to stay in Bali. Let me know in the comments if you have any more suggestions on where to stay Bali!