Bali is a wonderful island where you have a chance to enjoy beautiful beaches, explore a unique culture, hike to the top of volcanos, eat mouthwatering food and do so much more. While Bali is not a huge island it is over 2,200 square miles. This means you’ll find a wide variety of places to stay in Bali with each offering something different.
Whether you’re looking to enjoy sandy beaches, spend time in the jungle, disconnect on a low key beach or take advantage of water sports there is an area for you.
On top of the different styles each area offers, you’ll also find different types of accommodations. Resort hotels, private villas and guest houses on family compounds are just a few.
Take a look at the areas and properties I loved during my stay in Bali.
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There are a handful of beach towns right around the airport. They can make a great place to stay on your way in or out of Bali to just relax and take in the beach. If you enjoy staying in one place and taking day trips around the island the resorts in Legian can also fit your style. Just north of Kuta, staying in Legian sneaks you away from some of the craziness but still offers a beautiful beach, great places to shop, eat and explore. All while being easily accessible to the rest of the southern side of the island. You can easily explore Seminyak beach, the clubs in Kuta and do dinner on the beach in Jimbaran without going far.
The perfect spot to start your travels in Bali. Only a $10 taxi ride from the airport you’ll pull right into luxury the minute you land on the island. With welcoming staff, a beautiful property and great ocean views, I couldn’t have asked for more. When I walked into my room and realized I had direct access to the lagoon pool I felt like my vacation had officially started. Enjoy a meal or two overlooking the ocean and an infinity pool at the S.K.A.I Beach Club. You’ll find everything you need at a resort destination with multiple pools, a lovely spa, sauna, activities and a great location to explore the island. Learn more and book your room here. Read my full write-up on my stay at Padma Resort Legian.
If you’re looking for a little water action Nusa Dua is the place to be. The peninsula is covered with beautiful resorts and opportunities to try just about any water sport you can think of. Try parasailing, hop on a banana boat, take a scuba diving day trip to some of the best spots in Bali or even just relax by a beautiful pool.
If you’re looking for a chance to relax in luxury this is the spot to stay in Nusa Dua. Delicious food, beautiful suite styled rooms, and my favorite pool to relax by I visited on the island. Soak in the sun at the Sakala Beach Club with a beach view or enjoy room service with the full menu and relax in your luxurious room. A great spot to explore the southern side of Bali with restaurants worth visiting both at the resort and nearby. Find out more and book a room here. Read my full write-up on my stay at Sakala Resort & Beach Club.
On the north side of Bali, you’ll find Pemuteran. A place filled with divers and those looking to escape some of the chaos of southern Bali for a relaxing beach vacation. A variety of resorts and dive shops exist along the stretch of pebbly beach. On the main drag, you’ll find delicious Balinese restaurants where you can enjoy the flavors of the island. The area is perfect for laying back while watching sunrises from the beach, exploring nearby waterfalls and more.
The perfect combination of laid back and luxurious. With beautiful rooms and villas to stay in right off the beach, you’ll find multiple pools including one with a great ocean view. Lounge at the tree covered beach on lounge chairs or in hammocks for a relaxing afternoon. Stop by the restaurant and eat delicious Balinese and Western food with your toes right in the sand. Start you stay with a Balinese massage just off the pool to relax. On-site, you’ll find Bali Diving Academy where you can dive to a variety of sites in the area as well as take any certification course you might need with a friendly and knowledgeable staff. Making Taman Sari Bali the perfect place to stay in Bali for divers looking to combine diving with relaxing. You’ll find rooms as low as $65 here but they do book up! Find a room here.
If you’re looking for a private villa experience in Bali this is the perfect spot for you. Beautiful private spaces of just about every size without breaking the bank. Enjoy one of the simpler suites where you have your own studio like space and then a shared kitchen and pool area just outside your room. Or bring the full family along and stay in a four-suite villa. Explore the beautiful property including a beachfront pool and restaurant. Book their suites for as low as $80 a night and villas as $125. Find out more here.
The center of the island in so many ways and a place you shouldn’t miss during your stay in Bali. From Monkey Forest to rice paddies to cooking classes to traditional dances to so much more you can spend endless time in Ubud. Shopping at the market, taking in some yoga classes or visiting a spa. Ubud also makes an ideal spot for launching off on day trips from hiking Mt. Batur to visiting the different temples around inland Bali.
Just up the hill from central Ubud you’ll find the Santra Putra Guesthouses in Penestanan an artists community. On the Santra Putra property, you’ll enjoy beautiful suites that are open air and look out over the beautiful property. Enjoy a fresh breakfast cooked each morning, wander the property to enjoy the art, or pop just down the street for a yoga class or massage. Perfect to be a bit out of the busyness that fills the streets in central Ubud but close enough to walk into town every day. Book with Santra Putra through AirBNB, and use this link if it’s your first time for a discount.
Getting to Know the Island
Each place in Bali brings a different character with it. Every area has a different feel and community. Each property offers different amenities. Bali is an easy island to explore so make sure to stay in different parts of Bali. A $40 taxi ride can get you a full day exploring the island or from one side to the other. Stay a few night one the busy beaches in the south, a few nights in the rice paddies and jungle of Ubud and enjoy some diving and relaxing up on the north shore in Pemuteran.
While I had the chance to explore many great places while in Bali, in two weeks I only touched the surface. Take a look here to give you a few more ideas on other great areas to stay in Bali and ideas of where to stay in Bali. Don’t forget to add some of my favorite activities around the island to your itinerary.
Which areas and places do you want to stay in Bali? Have you visited before? If so let me know your favorite places to stay in Bali. Leave a comment below.