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Bali is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and amazing islands on the planet, and it has a little something for everyone!

Whether you are looking for surfing, partying, scuba diving, adventuring, or something more spiritual, Bali literally has it all.

But the island is huge, and knowing where to stay in Bali can be overwhelming, which is exactly why I wrote this no-stress guide for choosing the best place to stay in Bali for you.

This ultimate guide is packed with the island’s most sacred and hidden gems, so no matter your interests or travel-style, you’ll know the best places to stay in Bali for an experience of a lifetime. So where is the best place to stay in Bali? Read on and find out!

 

Quick Tips – Places to Stay in Bali

  • Best Place in Bali on a budget – Kuta/Legian
  • Best Place in Bali for nightlife – Seminyak
  • Best place to live in Bali – Canggu
  • Coolest place to stay in Bali – Ubud
  • Where to stay in Bali for families – Sanur
  • Best in Bali for diving/snorkeling – Amed or Pemuteran
  • Best in Bali for advanced surfing – Bukit Peninsula

 

In a hurry? Here’s my top Island for first timers:

 
Canggu
Mostly inhabited by surfers and Digital Nomads – Canggu is my number one recommendation for where to stay in Bali! Staying in Canggu means you’ll get the culture and beaches of Bali, with easy access to Bali’s other amazing areas.
 
Places to Visit:
  • Party at Old Man’s Bar or Deus
  • Get your yoga on in one of the countless yoga studios
  • Check out Tanah Lot – one of Bali’s most important temples

 

Bali's beautiful temples

This insider guide will show you the best places and areas to stay in Bali

 

Where to Stay in Bali (An Insider’s Take)

Before we get into it, let me just make things clear. Backpacking Bali is absolute dream for backpackers on a budget. The living costs in Bali are incredibly low, and you don’t have to dig deep into your pockets to afford a decent meal either. With all of the things to do, great cafes, beautiful nature and so much more, lots of travelers tend to forget about who really keeps the island going – Locals!

Stay respectful of their culture and traditions, inform yourself before you start your trip to Bali, and, most importantly, be nice to the local people! They’re the nicest and most welcoming people I have met on my travels, and treating them like they treat you will get you incredibly far on the island.

 

Best Hostel in Bali  – Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel

There is no shortage of good places to stay in Bali but this one still stands out. This boutique Bali hostel almost feels like a luxury hotel. Sure it’s a bit pricey but the free breakfast, free yoga classes every morning, and beautiful swimming pool make it worth the price. The staff is incredible. They make it a very welcoming place where it’s easy to meet other travelers. They organize tours, have an all-you-can-eat dinner, and hold events such as BBQ’s and other social activities. All of these elements make Puri Garden the best place to stay in Bali for backpackers.

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Best Hotel in Bali – Padang-Padang Inn Uluwatu

This is a perfectly located hotel for beach hopping in Bukit Peninsula. It’s located just a short distance from Padang-Padang beach, one of Bali’s best surfing beaches. Other incredible beaches such as the ones listed about are a quick scooter or taxi ride away. Wind down from a day of exploring sitting beside the pool in one of their many comfortable pool loungers. We believe this is one of the best places to stay in Bali for surfers.

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Best Boutique Hotel in Bali – Taman Nauli Boutique Rooms

Located in Kerobokan, Taman Nauli Boutique Rooms offers a year-round outdoor pool, and bed and breakfast. Guests can relax in the big and beautiful garden or hire a bike to go cycling. Canggu Club is less than 2 miles away! This is one of the best places to stay in Bali to relax and chill.

The rooms are clean, spacious, and amazingly decorated. Best of all, the staff are friendly, smiley, and always helpful.

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Bali Island Guide

Bali is massive with many cities, resorts and, beaches catering for very different travelers. I’ve broken down the island category by category so you can know exactly which of Bali’s unique area’s fits your travel itinerary and style.

Although it may look tiny on a map, Bali is a massive island with a population of over 4 million people. It is a province of, and one of 17,000 islands that make up Indonesia.

Your ideal area in Bali will be dictated by what you want to do in Bali

The majority of Bali’s population are Hindu and much of the culture is centered around that. With a landmass of 5,780 square kilometers, it can take a lot of time to visit Bali’s most famous sites.

Most of the tourism is based in the south and the southeastern islands as well as the center of the island. It’s by far the most visited area by backpackers and travelers in Bali as it’s home to the most popular city destinations – Kuta and Canggu. This is where you’ll find the nice resorts and white sand beaches as well as the best surfing.

Central Bali is the cultural heart and home to Ubud where you’ll find many of the island’s artisans. You’ll also find many coffee farms in this area as it’s very mountainous, creating the perfect climate for growing coffee.

East Bali is very relaxing with lots of rice fields and less populated beaches. It’s also a great area for hiking as it’s home to the impressive Mt. Agung – Bali’s very active volcano which erupted at the end of 2017. This area is also great for those interested in learning about Bali’s history thanks to its close proximity to ancient water palaces and temples. A sunrise trek up Mt. Batur offers up some of the best views in Bali. The most popular cities in East Bali are Candidasa and Amed.

West Bali is where a lot of Indonesians from the neighboring island of Java come for vacation. Therefore the culture is more Muslim. You’ll find more mosques than temples and the daily calls to prayer fill the air. Medewi Beach is a much lesser-known surf spot located in this area. In North Bali, the most famous city is Lovina which is super chill and laid back.

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Bali’s 8 Best Spots to Stay In

8 Best Spots to Stay In

This is the ultimate guide to staying in Bali for every type of traveler

Although there has been a boom in tourism to Bali since the 1980s, infrastructure is still basic in many ways. The public transportation isn’t great. The Kura-Kura shuttle bus connects most of the cities in the southern part of the island near the airport. Other than that, you’ll need to hire a driver to get you to different cities or rent a scooter.

Bali is one of my favorite places to live. Bali attracts an epic crowd of surfers, yogis, online entrepreneurs, and fitness fanatics and is certainly the healthiest place that I have ever lived… If you are low on time and want to explore the best that Bali has to offer, whilst getting fit at the same time, check out my mate Will Henke’s awesome fitness retreats in Bali.

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The best city to stay in depends on what you want to do. Are you a surfer looking to get slotted in some tasty barrels? Or a family searching for a fun-filled vacation? Maybe you’re looking to party like a rock star by night and laze away on the beach by day. Or perhaps you’re itching to eat, pray, love in Bali’s spiritual center. All of these things can be found in Bali but they’ll be much easier to achieve if you’re in the right city.

Whatever you’re looking for in your trip to Bali, here are some of the best cities broken down by interests for where to stay in Bali.

Best Place in Bali on a Budget – Kuta/Legian

Where to stay in Kuta

Need backpacker accommodation Bali? Where to stay in Kuta, Bali

Despite its name, the Bali airport is quite far from the capital city of Denpasar. It’s actually located in Kuta, making the area the epicenter for tourism in Bali. Once a simple, rustic fishing village, Kuta is now filled with endless accommodation, dining, and entertainment options. The long white sand beach with consistent waves attracts surfers from all over the world and is perfect for beginners. There are endless options for board rentals and lessons.  Kuta can a bit rowdy, so it is maybe not the best place in Bali to stay for couples or those in want of a getaway.

A lot of the activities in Kuta are centered around nightlife and shopping. This is where you’ll find the highest concentration of clubs such as the (in)famous Sky Bar as well as big shopping malls. It’s the perfect city if you’re a young backpacker ballin’ on a budget or just coming for a quick weekend trip.

 

Best Hostel in Kuta – Bali Bobo

The Bali Bobo is one of the best hostels in Kuta and even Bali due to its high-quality beds, hot showers, amazing staff, and overall atmosphere! Here, it’s easy to meet fellow travelers, and organize your entire Bali trip through their tours, cultural lessons, events, and social activities. Of all the best places to stay in Kuta, this is our top pick.

It’s a bit on the pricey side so if you need a cheap place to stay in Bali, skip this one. But honestly, it’s one of the amazing places to stay in Bali and feels like a luxury hostel.

Even better, Bali Bobo is very close to some of Bali’s best beaches, including Suluban Beach, Green Bowl Beach, Nyang Nyang Beach, Padang Padang, and Balangan Beach!

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One of the many bars on Kuta beach

Best Hotel in Kuta – Amnata Resort Kuta

Situated just a 12-minute walk from the beach, there are tons of entertainment and dining options nearby. The hotel has everything you could possibly want from an a la carte restaurant to an outdoor swimming pool and business lounge.  Note that there are not too budget hotels Bali though.

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Best Airbnb in Kuta – Kuta

This newly built, private bungalow is located between Kuta and Legian Beaches, tucked away down a quiet road. It’s a great place to stay for a couple who want to be near the action but feel like they’re worlds away. The room overlooks a well-kept swimming pool and fragrant garden. Kuta is one of the really popular places to stay in Bali so booking in advance is advised.

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Top things to do in Kuta

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There are amazing temples to see all over Bali!

  • Learn how to surf
  • Balinese Cooking class at a local organic farm
  • Relax on the 2.5 km long white-sand beach
  • Get wet and wild at Waterbom – Bali’s premier water park with 17 different rides suitable for all ages
  • Take in a cultural show at Kuta Theater
  • Shop ’til you drop at places like Discovery Shopping Mall, Kuta Art Market, the Kuta Beachwalk, and Mal Bali Galeria
  • Dance the night away at one of the many clubs such as Sky Bar Rooftop Lounge, VH Bali, or Bounty Discotheque

 

Best Place in Bali for Nightlife – Seminyak

Where to stay in Seminyak Bali

Where to stay in Seminyak, Bali

Welcome to Bali’s most stylish and upscale beach resort area! Some of the coolest places to stay in Bali are in Seminyak.

Although Seminyak is just a short distance up the coast from Kuta/Legian, it feels like it’s worlds apart, and has another unique Balinese vibe. This area is known for its boutique shops that line the main street, world-class dining options, and beachside bars and clubs. Having a sunset drink on the multi-colored bean bags of Double Six beach is one thing that every first-time visitor to Bali should include on their itinerary.

It’s also home to the trendy Ku De Ta and Potato Head beach clubs that bring in celebrity DJ’s from all over the world. The chic hotels such as the W Retreat & Spa have attracted international attention. Seminyak may also be the best area to stay in Bali for couples.

 

Best Hostel in Seminyak – Kosta Hostel

Opened in 2017, this is one of Seminyak’s nicest hostels. The comfortable beds and beautiful decor make it feel more like a boutique hotel than a hostel. You can relax by the pool or enjoy a tasty meal in the restaurant. Although it’s a little far from the bustling areas of Seminyak, it’s an easy walk or quick motorbike ride.

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Best Hotel in Seminyak – The Haven Bali Seminyak

The elegant rooms at this hotel will make you feel like you’re getting a 5-star experience at an affordable price. Located just a 10-minute walk from the beach, The Haven Bali Seminyak offers flat screen TV’s as well as free Wi-Fi in all the rooms. There are two dining options on-site and it’s within a short walk of many other shopping and dining options.

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Best Airbnb in Seminyak – Seminyak

This Asian and Japanese fusion style accommodation is very spacious and beautifully decorated with antique furniture. The villa is built with natural teak timber providing a relaxing and serene environment. Guests have access to the shared swimming pool. The central location and attentive staff make this a wonderful place to stay.

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Top things to do in Seminyak

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  • Pull up a colorful bean bag, grab a delicious cocktail, and enjoy the sunset on Double 6 beach
  • Find some new threads in designer boutique shops
  • Visit Seminyak’s cultural landmark – Petitenget Temple
  • Try out your ability to escape at Totem Room Escape Challenge
  • Admire the collection from young Javanese and Balinese artists at Biasa Art Space
  • Grab a drink at Potato Head Beach Club’s chic swim-up bar while taking in the sunset
  • Dance the night away at one of the many nightclubs

 

Best Place to Live in Bali – Canggu

Where to stay in Cangu

Canggu’s beaches are perfect for surfing.

 

Just to the north of Seminyak is Canggu, one of the hippest places to stay in Bali. This little town is much quieter than its neighbors to the south. Thanks to the more intermediate waves and Dojo Coworking Space, it’s mostly inhabited by surfers and digital nomads. I’ve spent three months living in Canggu and I absolutely love it here. It’s also one of the best cheap places to stay in Bali and you can find some budget digs if you ask around. Canggu is definitely the best area to stay in Bali for those who want to be healthy and productive.

Flanked on almost all sides by rice fields, the scenery in Canggu is less developed than the other beach towns. The black-sand beaches have more fishermen than bars and visitors will experience a much more laid-back vibe. It’s a great place to experience all the things Bali has to offer – beaches, lush rice fields, and culture.

 

Best Hostel in Canggu – The Tipsy Gypsy Hostel

This hostel gets rave reviews from everyone who stays there. You’ll quickly feel at home thanks to the friendly owner. It’s relatively small with only three 6-bed dorm rooms so you’ll get to know other guests pretty easily. It’s a chilled out vibe that likes to hang but not party too hard. The location is close to the main area of Canggu but just far enough away where you can still get a good night’s sleep. Each bed has a power plug, reading light, privacy curtain, and locker to keep your valuables safe. No wonder this one of our top recommendations for where to stay in Bali.

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Best Hotel in Canggu – Koa D Surfer Hotel

Located only 700 meters from Berawa Beach, this is the perfect place to stay on your holiday in Canggu. Complete with a rooftop pool and amazing views of the surrounding rice fields, each room comes with a comfortable bed, AC, satellite TV, and a private bathroom. They offer services such as car and motorbike rental and airport pickup.

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Best Airbnb in Canggu – Canggu

This place is a beautiful oasis of calm just a short drive from… well, everything! We stayed here for six weeks and absolutely loved this place. It might not be a private pool but it’s on-site and perfect for swimming lengths in the morning. The friendly staff who clean the room daily and can deliver cold coconuts, a massive yoga studio which you can practise in pretty much whenever, daily yoga classes and a gorgeous garden. Truly this was our favourite place to stay in the Canggu area!

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Top things to do in Canggu

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Is Canggu the best part of Bali?

  • Grab a surfboard and hit the beach
  • Fit in a workout at Crossfit Wanderlust
  • Practice your asanas at one of the many yoga studios – We recommend visiting True love Unity
  • Dance to live music while enjoying a cocktail at one of the weekly parties at Old Man’s Bar or Deus
  • Watch skateboarders at Pretty Poison
  • Hire a scooter and take yourself to Tanah Lot – one of Bali’s most iconic temples
  • Enjoy awesome healthy and tasty food

Check out our things to do in Canggu guide for more ideas!

 

Where to Stay in Bali for Families – Sanur

Where to stay in Sanur Bali

Where to stay in Sanur, Bali

This was the first area of Bali developed for tourism. Located on the east side, close to Nusa Dua, this is the perfect place for early risers searching for a stellar sunrise.

You can take it in while strolling the 5km long white sand beach path – the only one of its kind on the island. It’s a great place to go souvenir shopping thanks to all of the shops selling crafts and other Balinese specialties such as batik.

The coastline is surrounded by an outlying reef making the water more like a salt-water pool. It’s perfect for kids as the currents and waves are considerably smaller than the other side of the island. There are many more water activities on offer here such as kitesurfing, SUP, or kayaking.

The Balinese culture is much more prevalent in Sanur and it’s not uncommon to see a ceremony through the streets or on the beach.

 

Best hostel in Sanur – Cafe Locca Homestay

The relaxed atmosphere and pool area make this one of the best hostels in Sanur. When you’re ready for some sand and waves, the beach is just a short walk away. They have a cafe on site serving up delicious food both Western and Indonesian. The mattresses in the dorm beds are wrapped in plastic (probably to protect from bed bugs) so rolling around in bed can be quite noisy. The private rooms look amazing, however, and are beautifully decorated.

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Best hotel in Sanur – Besakih Beach Hotel

Perched on the shore of Sanur white sand beach, you’ll be treated to beautiful ocean views from the private pool. Besakih Beach Hotel also offers a private beach and msassage services. There’s an onsite restaurant that offers fresh seafood, Europeana, and Western cuisine. Popular places such as the Sanur Art Market are located just a 5-minute walk away.

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Best Airbnb in Sanur – Sanur

This beautiful boutique style villa is located only 400 meters from the beach. This room and the other rooms on site all overlook the swimming pool and flowering trees in the garden. It’s also very centrally located in Sanur just a few minutes walk from fine dining, shopping, and nightlife.

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Top things to do in Sanur

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  • Relax on the many beaches including Sindhu beach, Sanur beach, and Cemara
  • Get some exercise while exploring the island on two wheels with Sanur Cycle Tours
  • Practice your swing at Bali Beach Golf Course
  • Get a taste of underwater life with Bali Seawalker
  • Hang with sea turtles on Serangan Island
  • Fly a kite at Padanggalak Beach – host venue to Bali’s annual Kite Festival in July
  • Race around the track at Karting Star Bali Go-Kart
  • – Swim with sharks at the Serangan Shark Project – one of the island’s first eco-adventures

 

Coolest Place to Stay in Bali – Ubud

Where to stay in Ubud

Where to stay in Ubud, Bali

Located north of Sanur is central Bali’s cultural and artistic center – Ubud is one of the best areas to stay in Bali for all things zen and yoga. This is the setting for the love portion of the popular “Eat, Pray, Love” and many people come here hoping to write their own version of the story. There are plenty of things to see and do in Ubud.

Ubud is well known for its traditional crafts and dance. The main road of town is dotted with art galleries showcasing the most famous Balinese art and sculptures.

The surrounding area is full of lush, green terraces backed by rainforests. Many of Bali’s most ancient temples and holy sites can be reached on a short day trip from the central hub. This is best area to stay in Bali if you want some peace, calm and serenity.

Best hostel in Ubud – Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel

This central Bali boutique hostel almost feels like a luxury hotel. Sure it’s a bit pricey but the free breakfast, free yoga classes every morning, and beautiful swimming pool make it worth the price. The staff is incredible. They make it a very welcoming place where it’s easy to meet other travelers. They organize tours, have an all-you-can-eat dinner, and hold events such as BBQ’s and other social activities. You can’t go wrong booking your stay in Ubud here.

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Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Best hotel in Ubud – Hotel Puriartha Ubud

This amazing hotel is surrounded by greenery helping you feel like your in the jungle when you’re really just down the street from the Monkey Forest! Guests can choose between a room with pool access or a balcony. Whichever you choose, you’ll have a fully stocked bathroom with free toiletries. Don’t miss the on-site bar and restaurant!

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Best Airbnb in Ubud – Ubud

Get a real Ubud experience in this open bamboo house. Not only is it environmentally friendly, but it’s also shaped like a leaf and thus called the “Leaf House.” The hosts live on-site with their family which provides guests a unique opportunity to get a peek into the daily lives of Balinese people. The house is surrounded by a fence ensuring total privacy. Plus, you’ll get to cross over a cute fish pond when you head out or arrive home. This is one of the nicest places to stay in central Bali.

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Top things to do in Ubud

Where to stay in Ubud, Bali (Photo credit ultimatebali)

  • Get primal at the Monkey Forrest
  • Learn about local edible and medicinal plants from a Balinese medicine man
  • Escape the crowds and traffic and stroll the Campuhan Ridge Walk
  • Open your third eye and relax your mind at one of the many yoga and meditation studios
  • Learn about Balinese culture by attending a traditional dance show
  • Night hike to find snakes in the jungle with local expert
  • Treat yo self at one of the many spas in town
  • Experience the Hindu religion at one of the must-see temples such as Gunung Kawi, Tirta Empul, and Goa Gajah
  • Practice your photography skills at the famous Tegallalang Rice Terraces
  • Go swimming at Tegenungan Waterfall

 

Best Place in Bali for Diving/Snorkeling – Amed

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Crystal clear water and lush green mountains in Amed – serenity at its finest | source: Valentin Ayupov (Shutterstock)

Amed actually refers to a long stretch of coastline on Bali’s northeast coast comprised of 7 fishing villages. With beautiful scenery and a slow pace of life, this is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday in Bali. It’s also one of Bali’s best spots for Scuba diving and snorkeling.

The USS Liberty Shipwreck is just 25km up the coast and attracts keen divers from all over the world. There are plenty of other dive spots and there is a thriving dive business all along the coast.

 

Best hostel in Amed – Bali Fab Dive Center

This hostel is just a short walk from the beach. It’s perfect for divers and wannabe divers as they offer courses and daily diving trips. They have both private and dorm rooms available for a very reasonable price – if you’re after Bali budget accommodation give this one a chance. Although they don’t offer free breakfast, there’s a restaurant next door with delicious, cheap fare.

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Best hotel in Amed – Coral View Villas

This is a great spot for guests eager for snorkeling. It’s located right on the ocean with a coral reef in front of the hotel so you don’t even have to commute! They also have a restaurant on-site and a games room for younger guests. It’s perfect for a romantic or family vacation in Amed.

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Best Airbnb in Amed – Amed

This villa has an incredible ocean view and can sleep up to 4 people. It’s perfect for a family or a couple who prefer a bit more space. Breakfast is served every morning on the terrace. Everything is fresh and new as it was completed in January 2017. Let the serenity of Amed wash over you as you enjoy your view of the volcano.

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Top things to do in Amed

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  • Grab a snorkel mask and take yourself snorkeling
  • Charter one of the many fishing outriggers to take you out on a day trip to other snorkeling spots
  • Join a diving trip with one of the many shops along the coast
  • Get extreme by trying freediving
  • Loosen up with a massage at one of the spas
  • Grab a scooter and cruise along the coast through the 7 villages, enjoying the beautiful scenery
  • Groove to the reggae band at the Reggae Bar

Check out our roundup of all the fun things to do in Amed!

 

Another Great Place for Diving/Snorkeling – Pemuteran

Where to stay in Pemuteran

Diving at Menjangan Island | source: Selamat Made (Flickr)

Pemuteran is probably Bali’s most remote village. Located on the north coast a few kilometers west of Lovina, this little town is a four-hour drive from the airport. It’s only an hour away from Gilimanuk, the crossing point for ferries to Java.

Pemuteran is well known to those seeking an underwater adventure at nearby Menjangan Island. The island is surrounded by pristine coral and marine life. It boasts a colorful array of fish, massive cliff drop-offs, and caves. Scuba divers and snorkelers alike are treated to beautiful colors from the underwater gardens.

 

Best hostel in Pemuteran – Bananaleaf Hostel

Bananaleaf Hostel is a family-run hostel with a full-size pool and a restaurant on site. The dorm room is spacious and each bed has its own lockable charging box. They also have bungalows with terraces for those who prefer private rooms. The knowledgeable staff is attentive and full of information about activities in the area.

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Best hotel in Pemuteran – Tirta Sari Bungalow

Located just a 30-minute drive from the pristine diving around Menjangan Island, this Tirta Sari Bungalow provides supreme relaxation after a long day at the dive sites. Lounge by the pool while diving into that book you’ve really wanted to start. When you get hungry, the restaurant will whip you up some delicious Indonesian fare.

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Best Airbnb in Pemuteran – Pemuteran

Kubuku means “little home” and that’s precisely what this family-run guesthouse strives to be. Guests can treat themselves to a spa treatment or lounge by the pool. The lodge is an easy walk to the beach and restaurants in town. The staff goes above and beyond to make every guest stay memorable.

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Top things to do in Pemuteran

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  • Enjoy the majestic coral reef surrounding Menjangan Island by snorkeling or Scuba diving
  • Get the royal treatment in the spa at the Matahari Beach Resort
  • Try to spot one of the rarest birds in the world – the Bali Starling – at West Bali National Park
  • Hire a bicycle and go temple hopping
  • Take a tour of the Atlas Pearl Farm a few kilometers away on the coast
  • Head to the nearby village of Sanggalangit and tour the Hatten Wine vineyards

 

Best Place in Bali for Advanced Surfing – Bukit Peninsula

Where to stay in Bukit Peninsula

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The Bukit Peninsula sits at the southern tip of Bali and is one of the truly nice places to stay in Bali. Unlike the rest of the island, it has a much more arid and rocky landscape as it sits atop a limestone peninsula. This is the home of many of Bali’s cliff-side temples and idyllic beaches, many of which can only be reached by a steep path or lots of stairs. The remote island feel as a result is definitely worth the trek.

 

Best hostel in Bukit Peninsula – SR Hostel Uluwatu

There are lots of beaches to visit in Bukit Peninsula and this hostel is centrally located near all of them! They have an outdoor swimming pool and hot showers. Even towels are included! This is the kind of place where you book for 2 nights and stay for a whole week thanks to the fun social atmosphere. This one is maybe the best place in Bali to stay for surf and social vibes.

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Best hotel in Bukit Peninsula – Padang-Padang Inn

This is a perfectly located hotel for beach hopping in Bukit Peninsula. It’s located just a short distance from Padang-Padang beach, one of Bali’s best surfing beaches. Other incredible beaches such as the ones listed about are a quick scooter or taxi ride away. Wind down from a day of exploring sitting beside the pool in one of their many comfortable pool loungers.

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Best Airbnb in Bukit Peninsula – Bukit Peninsula

This unique bamboo bungalow resort is located near Padang-Padang beach. There is a restaurant on site and a 20 meter long shared infinity pool. This is a great jump-off point for exploring the remote beaches in the area. Each bamboo is different with one having a swinging bed! The hosts are excellent and will ensure your stay is relaxed and memorable.

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Top things to do in Bukit Peninsula

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  • Hire a scooter and explore beautiful beaches
  • Soak in a natural jacuzzi on the Tegal Wangi Beach
  • Choose your own dinner at Jimbaran seafood market and enjoy a sunset dinner on the sand
  • Chill out on a bean bag in the rooftop pool at Ayana Resort
  • Hit up the Sunday party at Single Fin
  • Splurge on the royal treatment and get a massage on the ocean deck at Karma Kandara
  • Grab a surfboard and ride the waves at Blue Point
  • Visit Uluwatu Temple – the temple perched at the edge of the cliff at the end of the island
  • Test your vertigo at the high cliff above Melasti Beach

 

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Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Bali

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Bali is a massive island and choosing the best place to stay can be overwhelming. If you’re wondering ‘where should I stay in Bali?’ then that’s normal. But hopefully, with the help of this guide, you can save time and money finding the perfect place to suit your interests.

If you really can’t choose, just go with Canggu! It’s our top pick when looking for where to stay in Bali for first-timers. It’s one of the most popular spots in Bali for a reason!

Still don’t know where to stay in Bali? Did we miss any of the best locations in Bali? Do you have a favorite neighborhood or area of Bali that we missed? What are your top places to stay in Bali? Comment below! It will help future travelers.

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14 Comments

  • Avatar Miguel Neves says:

    Hi Rachel,

    Thanks for the insight on where to stay in Bali. I was wondering if you could give me a tip: I have eight days to spend in Bali, and Canggu and Ubud are on my list, but I would also like to spend some time in the east, near Candidasa or so to visit Pura Besakih Temple. I’m wondering if it’s tight to do these three areas. What is your opinion? (3 days Ubud, 3 Days Candidasa, 2 Days Canggu?)

    • Avatar Ralph Cope says:

      Hey Miguel!

      You may have a tight schedule but it is possible to do Ubud, Candi Dasa, and Canggu in 8 days. Just make sure you organize your transport in Bali ahead of time :).

      Cheers,
      Ralph

  • I just want to thank you for sharing this amazing post……

  • We’re planning to go to Bali next year, and it is our first time going there! We’re still thinking where to stay because we’re kinda on a budget! Thanks for this helpful post though!

  • Avatar Liam Smith says:

    Hi Rachel,

    Such a great and comprehensive article. You truly covered everything.

    I’ve personally been to Bali four times, with my friends, my girlfriend, my parents, and we usually book a villa. When we divide the costs it isn’t that expensive. We were at this villa Thamilla in Canggu and it was amazing and all in all, it was a pretty decent price.

    Thank you once again for this amazing and useful article.

    Wish you all the best in your future travels.

  • This is a really great list of things to do! We rented a motorbike in Koh Lanta but we’re too nervous about the traffic to do it in Bali. One of our favorite things we did in Ubud was water rafting along with the Campuhan Ridge Walk.

  • Lovely article Rachel! I was looking for a good article where I can find all relevant information about best stay in Bali Indonesia and I found yours. You have provided enough information about number of hotels. Thanks

  • I love it that you recommend a place to everybody who wants to experience different things in Bali! Aside from the beautiful beaches, I think I would go and see the spiritual side of Bali. I’d love a tranquil vacation when I go there. Thank you so much for the rec! 🙂

  • Avatar Oliver Jai says:

    Great Blog! Interesting to read after returning from Bali a month ago! I just dropped a Bali Travel Film on my YouTube channel! It would be cool if you could check it out!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6IBdwPF83M

    Thanks so much!
    Ollie.

  • Avatar sandeep says:

    Hi Rachel amazing written blog and very informative , I am planning to visit in 2nd week of Nov for 7 days, I know it will be rainy season, could you suggest me what best I can do in those 7 days. I want the trip to be mix of traditional and some fun as well.

  • Avatar Sally says:

    Beautifully written blog and very very very useful tips! You describe areas in Bali perfectly 🙂

  • Avatar David Wilson says:

    Hi Broke Backpacker me and my partner want to stay in Bali for 3months. How much would you reccommend we budget? We are easygoing not really party animals and Vegetarians.

  • Avatar Penny says:

    Thank you very much for the heads up on the best places to stay in Bali. As a family, we are traveling there for the first time very soon, so your post is quite timely for us. Great guidance, and excellent pictures.

    Cheers Penny…

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