Planning a trip to Bali and wondering which is the best place to stay in Bali??? Here, I am sharing a list of Suggested Areas to Stay in Bali, which can be very beneficial in deciding the right place to stay.
- KUTA – The popular choice of Stay in Bali
- SEMINYAK – The Most Upmarket Area to Stay in Bali
- LEGIAN – When confused between Kuta & Seminyak choose Legian
- UBUD – The Best Area to Stay in Bali
- CANGGU – The Best place for Surfing in Bali
- NUSA DUA – The Most Prime Area to Stay in Bali
- JIMBARAN – The Best Sunset in Bali
- ULUWATU – The Best Beaches in Bali
BEST AREA TO STAY IN BALI
Bali has numerous attractions and all are located at different parts of the island. It takes a lot of time to reach and cover them. Unless one has a good number of days in hand, it becomes almost impossible to cover these attractions staying in just one location. Therefore, if planning to stay in Bali for 3 or more days, it is better to put up in at least two places, to conveniently explore the island. It is the best way and saves a lot of travel time.
The first Suggested Area to Stay in Bali could be Kuta, Legian, Seminyak or even Canggnu (South Bali). The second Suggested Area to Stay in Bali could be Ubud (Central Bali). Nusa Dua/Jimbaran/Ulluwatu (extreme South Bali) is quite preferred by the honeymooners and people travelling with family, who are looking forward for a wonderful stay at beautiful lavish properties with private beaches.
The extreme western, northern and eastern areas of Bali are less preferred for stay. Tourists, who have visited Bali multiple times generally, prefer staying there, so that they might have a different experience of staying in Bali. Generally people visit North Bali and East Bali as day trips.
Below is the list of the suggested areas to stay in Bali as well as list of suggested Hotels for tourists to consider while visiting Bali –
Kuta is the most happening and preferred choice of stay in Bali located very close to the Denpasar International Airport in the southern part of Bali. It has so much to offer – varied options of hotels, amazing nightlife, numerous restaurants, various amazing spas of reasonable range, Discovery Shopping Mall, Waterbom Waterpark, market area, huge number of tour operator shops etc. There is always a hustle and bustle in Kuta Street and one can never get bored here.
Best Area and Hotels to Stay in Kuta, Bali
Staying close to the Kuta Beach is the best area to stay in Kuta. Following are some of the good choices of hotels, which are just a 5-10 mins walk from Kuta Beach.
This hotel is the best choice for a High-End Stay in Kuta. Kuta Beach is right across the road. Hotel and room décor are modern, having a hard rock music theme. The best part is the massive pool area of the hotel, which is the main reason why one should stay here. Hotel breakfast buffet is outstanding. Kuta market is nearby just at a walking distance of 10 mins. It is a perfect hotel for couples and families with kids.
It is a beautiful Upper Mid Range sea-facing hotel in Kuta. Very nicely decorated property with spacious rooms. All the rooms have an attached small open sitting area. Cottages are the main highlight of this hotel. Try to book a cottage room for your stay. Hotel environment is very quiet, beautiful and peaceful. Staff is agile and well mannered.
It is a very good choice for a Mid Range Stay in Kuta. Rooms are very spacious over looking a big garden area. Pool is big and satisfactory. Hotel’s breakfast is good and has multiple choices. Location of the hotel is perfect – right across Kuta Beach. Kuta Bex Shopping Mall is just a 1 mins walk, Kuta Square is 5 mins away.
A wonderful Budget Stay in Kuta is Yulia Beach Inn. Compared to the prices, this hotel gives back a lot. Rooms are clean and spacious, property is beautiful, location is amazing and environment is peaceful. It is situated in the main market lane where you can just pop out from the hotel anytime and enjoy the street shopping and come back to the hotel easily. Kuta beach is nearby and it not take more than 5 mins to reach. Hotel’s ‘Yulia Kitchen In’ is a good option for dinning as well.
Right ahead of Kuta is another famous area of Bali – Seminyak. This place is home to some of the spectacular hotels and private villas. Seminyak also has good number of restaurants and bars. It is slightly less crowded and has a cleaner beach when compared to Kuta, hence many tourists prefer staying at Seminyak rather than Kuta.
Best Area and Hotels to Stay in Seminyak, Bali
Staying close to the Beach as well as the market is the best area to stay in Seminyak. Following are some of the good choices of hotels, which are just 5-10 mins walk from the Beach and the market area.
Luxury Hotels in Seminyak (265-335 US$/Day)
High End Hotels in Seminyak (120-160 US$/Day)
Mid Range Hotels in Seminyak (65-105 US$/Day)
Budget Hotels in Seminyak (25-55 US$/Day)
Sandwiched between Kuta and Seminyak is Legian. This area is perfect for someone who is confused to choose between Kuta or Seminyak. Both the areas can be enjoyed equally, staying in Legian.
Best Area and Hotels to Stay in Legian, Bali
Best place to stay in Legian is close to Legian Beach, a 10-12 mins walk. Following are some of the choices of Hotel in Legian.
- Luxury – Padma Resort (200 US$/Day)
- High-End – The Stone Hotel, Legian (135 US$/Day)
- Upper Mid Range – Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort (100 US$/Day)
- Mid Range – Magani Hotel & Spa (55 US$/Day)
- Budget – Rama Garden Hotel (40 US$/Day)
Ubud is full of lush green jungles, rice farms and ancient temples truly depicting Balinese culture. It is quiet, scenic and full of greenery. It is centrally located hence many attractions in Bali can easily be planned and executed from Ubud. Ubud, itself, is full of many famous attractions like Monkey Forest, Goa Gajah, Gurung Kawi Temple, Ubud Palace, Tegallalang Rice Terrace etc.
Ubud is also extremely famous for Balinese dance, cultural shows, spas, good choice of restaurants and amazingly good Yoga and Meditation classes. This part of Bali is very beautifully captured in the movie ‘Eat Pray and Love’ starring Julia Roberts. Hotels & Resorts in Ubud are out of the world. They are spacious and few of them offer infinity pools looking across paddy farms. As Ubud is centrally located, beaches are far off from Ubud. A visit to Bali is never complete without visiting Ubud.
Best Area and Hotels to Stay in Ubud, Bali
In Ubud, it is better to stay somewhere around the areas close to The Monkey Forest and Ubud Palace. Some of the very big Resorts and Hotels in Ubud are located in the far exteriors, hence, commuting from these hotels to the main areas become very difficult and involves a lot of time. I would always suggest staying in the main areas in Ubud. Below are my suggestions for Hotels, which are in the main area.
This is a perfect choice for High-End stay in Ubud. This hotel is located very close to the Monkey Forest. Luxurious big rooms. Very nice property. Best part is the infinity pool.
It is an amazing Upper Mid Range resort at the main location. Rooms are very spacious, equipped with all the modern amenities. This resort offers an amazing view overlooking the rice fields.
It is a small Mid Range hotel in Ubud at a very good location. Their rooms are like a dream home and their services will make you feel like a royalty. Its premier suite is the best room with an open terrace – totally worth staying.
It is a very Economical and good hotel in Ubud. Rooms are spacious and services are very good. If someone wants a good budgeted stay in Ubud, this place is perfect.
It is a beautiful laid back area surrounded by rice farms, which is much calmer than Kuta and Seminyak. The beaches here are considered the best for surfing. It hosts many Amazing Café’s, Yoga Retreats, Healthy Vegan restaurants and Sprawling Private Villa’s etc. Canggu beaches provide spectacular sunset view. La Brisa – a sea facing lounge is the best place to enjoy the sunset at Canggu. One of the famous temples of Bali – Tanah Lot, lays in the northern most part of Canggu. One can also explore the Seminyak area nearby.
Best Area and Hotels to Stay in Canggu, Bali
Staying close to Batu Batong Beach or Echo Beach is the best area to stay in Canggu. Following are some of the suggestions for stay in Canggu Bali.
For a High End Stay Hotel Tugu is the best option in Canggu. This hotel is at the beach side. It is a large property with beautiful artistic Balinese décor, large rooms, lush greenery, rooms with private pools and great services.
This is an Upper Mid Range hotel on the main street. It is just a 5-7 mins walk from the beach. The best part is that this hotel offers free shuttles up to Seminyak Square.
It is a very good choice of Budget Stay in Canggu. Location is perfect, just a 10-12 mins walk to Batu Batong Beach as well as Echo Beach. Rooms are neat and well maintained and services are also good.
In the south east corner lies the most prime area of Bali – Nusa Dua. It is full of lavish and luxurious 5 star hotels and resorts. Compared to the craziness at Kuta & Seminyak – Nusa Dua is quiet and secluded. Nusa Dua has the cleanest beaches compared to any place in Bali. Pandava Beach and Green Bowl Beach, in particular, are a must visit. At Nusa Dua Beach, you can enjoy various water sports activities like jet skiing, sea walking, water parasailing etc. It is often the first choice for couples and families. Nusa Dua is also home to some of the spectacular sea facing restaurants. This area is perfect for all those who want to have a relaxing time staying at a good property with nice clean beaches and good food.
Best Area and Hotels to Stay in Nusa Dua, Bali
Nusa Dua is famous for its beaches, so staying close to the beach is the best area to stay in Nusa Dua. Staying close to Tanjung Benoa Beach is a good choice as it is quite popular for its various sport activities and good choice of restaurants nearby.
Following are some of the good choices of luxury and high-end hotels in Nusa Dua (there are hardly any budgeted hotels in Nusa Dua. If looking for budgeted hotels, consider other areas)
Ultimate Luxury Hotels in Nusa Dua (over and above 350US$/Day)
High-End Hotels in Nusa Dua (120-200 US$/Day)
Upper Mid Range Hotels in Nusa Dua (65-105 US$/Day)
Jimbaran is a fishing village situated in the southern part of Bali. Just like Nusa Dua, Jimbaran also has good number of 5 star properties, which are very famous for their opulence and are counted as one of the best luxurious stays in Bali like Ayana Resort, Intercontinental, Four Seasons etc. Ayana Resort, in particular, is one of the best luxurious hotels in Bali. Rock Bar of Ayana Resort is one of the top-notch, must visit, best sunset beach bar of Bali.
People looking forward to having a relaxing time at a good property with a beautiful sea view, prefer staying at one of these 5-star properties in Jimbaran. As it is a fishing village, Jimbaran is extremely famous for amazingly good and fresh seafood delicacies.
Best Area and Hotels to Stay in Jimbaran, Bali
Definitely, the best area to stay is close to the beach, to enjoy the beautiful view and sunset. Following are some of the best luxurious hotels in Jimbaran.
For budgeted options, one can plan to stay at other areas of Bali like Kuta, Seminyak, Uluwatu etc
Uluwatu is the area right opposite to Nusa Dua in the southwest corner of Bali. It is popularly known for the famous Uluwatu Temple – a must visit temple at the mountain cliff overlooking the sea. It has extremely beautiful beaches like Padang Padang, Suluban Beach, Nunggalan Beach etc. These beaches are best for surfing. It also has some of the world’s best luxury hotels, some amazing beach facing huts and private villas for stay. Omnia – the world famous music club chain, is also now open in the southernpart of Bali (somewhere between Uluwatu and Nusa Dua).
Best Area and Hotels to Stay in Uluwatu, Bali
The best area to stay is close to the beach, to enjoy the spectacular view of the beaches this area offers, which are extremely beautiful compared to any other part of Bali. The area starting from Balangan Beach up to Padang Padang Beach is the best area to put up in Uluwatu.
Following are some of the best choices for stay in Uluwatu.
- Luxury: Anantara Bali Resort (335 US$/Day)
- Mid Range Stay: Radisson Blu Bali (135 US$/Day)
- Budget: Pinkcoco Bali (45 US$/Day)
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