Ultimate Bali Guide + Where to stay in Bali

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Deciding where to stay in Bali can make or break your trip. So picking the right area and hotel to call ‘home’ for a few days or more is essential. After spending over 9 months here over 6 visits I think I’ve finally got it sussed out so I hope this helps you to plan your perfect trip to the ‘Islands of the gods’ which truly offers something for everyone.

While there is no denying both the good and bad of Bali, I truly love this beautiful Island. The ‘Island of the Gods’ has so much more to offer than luxury resorts and party spots and is small enough you can stay in more than one place on your trip here, and I really recommend you do move around to a few different areas to really maximise your trip to Bali.

’ve spent countless days and my own dollar putting together and revising this guide so you can be sure all the recommendations are from me and my personal experiences staying in my beloved Bali.

If you opt for an Airbnb you can use my code, so we both win and you get £25 off your first booking over £55 – click this link to get the discount.

A note on pricing: I’ve tried to list accommodation in Bali by luxury, mid-range and budget but keep in mind, budget in Nusa Dua might be a similar price to luxury in the north, so all pricing and my categorisation is done based on the location of Bali, rather than as an island overall. I’ve also stayed at or visited, 90% of these properties personally over the last few years.

Main South

The long beach strip along the south coast from the airport up to Tanah Lot is one of the most popular places to stay on the island, but each part is different.

Kuta – Good for partying and ease of access

POPULAR KUTA ATTRACTIONS:
KUTA BEACH SUNSETS | DISCOVERY MALL SHOPPING | NIGHTLIFE

Kuta gets a bad (fair?) rep as being the party central part of the Island. When I was 21 I loved it but now I give it a wide berth (Though maybe sometimes you’ll find me reliving the good old Alleycat days).

It is close to the airport, full of nightclubs, bars, small shops and plenty of haggling opportunities. There are plenty of accommodation options and shops here which are a good price and right by the beach.

LUXURY: SHERATON KUTA RESORT

This luxury resort is right in Kuta, connected to a mall and has beautiful pool views of the ocean and sunset.

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MID-RANGE: THE 101 HOTEL

Affordable choice with rooftop pools and has a party vibe you can join in or avoid. Located on the main party road towards Legian.

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BUDGET: GORA BEACH INN

Affordable twin rooms built around a pool. A heavy party place located in the Poppies streets surrounded by shops. I can’t promise luxury at all, but I had some good times here.

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Seminyak – Good for beach chills and stylish nightlife

POPULAR SEMINYAK ATTRACTIONS:
BEACH CLUBS | FANCY RESTAURANTS | SUNSETS

Further along the coast Seminyak still has plenty of restaurants, nightlife and the beach but also comes served up with some of the famous premium nightspots such as Potato Head (who will launch their first hotel) and Ku De Ta. It is slightly more chilled out than Kuta and here you will find plenty of luxury hotels and villas.

There are some exciting new luxury hotel openings here I’ll be checking out on my return such as Katamama which uses the finest traditional materials in its decoration.

LUXURY: MAYA SAYANG VILLAS

My favourite place in Bali I stayed – luxury private villas with breakfast chefs, pools and in the heart of Seminyak.

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MID-RANGE: THE IZE

Great location in Seminyak and affordable prices. Clean minimalist look with a rooftop pool and chill vibes.

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BUDGET: HOTEL LIBERTA

A little out from the main hub, but close by the beach in Seminyak is expensive. A relatively cool and simple place to rest up.

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Canggu – Good for surf and chill

POPULAR CANGGU ATTRACTIONS:
SURFING | TANAH LOT TEMPLE | RICE PADDIES

Moving along the coast you hit Canggu which is my favourite of the three. With a more chilled out surfer vibe here you will find plenty of Acai bowls and cool coffee shops as well as Echo Beach which is well known for its surf. There are also plenty of rice terraces around you so you get a good mix of the island and the coast. It is also in the direction of Tanah Lot, one of the most famous temples in Bali.

If you are a digital nomad in Bali then Canggu is also great with the DoJo co-working space being a reliant internet and working spot.

LUXURY: COMO UGA

This is a brand new opening so I haven’t had a chance to visit yet, but initial reviews from my friends in Canggu are raving. Beautiful rooms in an epic location, bringing serious luxury to the Canggu area!

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MID RANGE: BALI DREAM VILLAS

Not the easiest to access but beautiful villas and rooms with a jungle feel and tranquil pool to escape the Bali madness.

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BUDGET: CHILL HOUSE

I only spent one night here but it does the job and has a more social hostel vibe while also being able to arrange Surf lessons.


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