Where to Stay in Bali?

While travelling, you don’t deserve being disappointed by the place where you stay at for any reason. That’s why deciding on which area you would stay is very important and here I am to help you out with this dilemma. Let’s take a look of what you really want in your holiday and then pick a perfect place for you! 

OPTION 1: “I want to party & meet lots of people!”

South Bali is the only option for these reasons. Of course not the whole area of southern Bali are good for party. Be less confused by checking out this review:

  • Kuta Beach-Legian. This area is the Bali’s largest party district. If you really are into party, you  might not need any room here because you’d be partying and dancing all night long until sunrise! Then, you could just sleep on the beach till you get tanned. OK, just kidding. About dancing all night long is true though. Most clubs and bars in Bali are located in this area, along Jalan Pantai Kuta and Jalan Legian. It’s a never sleep area because it gets young and active crowd all the time. It would also be very easy for you to find places to stay in various kind of budgets. Start with backpacker hostels until five stars hotels. 

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  • Seminyak-Canggu. It’s generally more relaxed than Kuta but you would still find many interesting clubs and bars around here, including gay and ladyboy clubs in Jalan Dhyana Pura and Jalan Petitenget (Oberoi). Most people come to this area for fine dining and hang out in beach bars or beach lounges. Staying in Seminyak or Canggu might cost more money than in Kuta because it provides more villas and high class hotels than budget ones. 

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  • Sanur Another option to have an enjoyable nightlife in Bali is by staying in Sanur. It’s a trendy location featuring a white-sand beach, resorts, villas, hotels and variety of restaurants. You can hang out by the beach to have dinner and then continue spending the night in some bars around. Or, you can go to a famous club called Adora Super Club at Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai.

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OPTION 2: “I want to relax in a quiet and less touristic place…”

This is what I always want whenever I go for travelling. To find this kind of places, the first thing I do is looking at the Google Map and find some areas with less hotels/hostels which means that less tourists come to this area. Even if there is no hotel at all, you don’t need to be worried, many Balinese people rent some parts of their houses for foreigners. This would be more adventurous and I usually find much more beautiful landscapes or beaches since this kind of places are still “virgin”. However, this might be not a really good option for first time visitor because this kind of places is usually remote and it would take time to travel to other parts of Bali. It might be a good idea to stay for two days and then spend other days in the South area for more vary experiences.

Here is the list of some places I was talking about in Bali:
  • Amed – Tulamben. It is located in the Eastern coast of Bali. You can easily find some nice but cheap hotels around the beach, it’s even possible for you to have a room ON the beach. Waking up in the morning, looking out of the window and all you can see is the ocean. The beach might not be as beautiful as those in many other parts of Bali because it doesn’t have white sand due to its location which is near a volcanic Mountain Agung. However, the undersea might be one of the best among others. You can even snorkel and find various colourful fish from the beach (no need to go further). This is why this beach is most wanted by people who love to snorkel or dive. To be noted that you can’t find ATM in this area, so it’s very important for you to take lots of money if you want to stay around Amed and Tulamben.

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  • Pemuteran. This is a small village located in the North Western coast of Bali, near Menjangan National Park. This area has a limited number of hotels generally adjacent to each other on one section of the bay. There would be no shopping and bar scene here. You can really enjoy a very slow pace of life, very tranquil.

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  • Lovina. An excellent base to explore the unspoiled areas of Northern Bali. You can find some nice low cost restaurants which serve very authentic Balinese and Indonesian dishes while you can enjoying local artists performing traditional dances. This location has a good range of facilities for staying and it has a single central area for shops and bars but it’s nothing like in Kuta. Outside the centre, a line of hotel after hotel along the beach can provide a very enjoyable and relaxing beach holiday where the hotels have got together with local villagers to keep the beaches clean.

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OPTION 3: “I want it balance between relaxation and socialize with people.”

Have it balance is a good idea! Enjoy yourself and meet awesome people in any of these areas:

  • Nusa Dua. I would call this place as a “first class area”. A good option for you who want to enjoy expensive hotel room, expensive restaurant and expensive beach since the nicest part of Nusa Dua beach is restricted for non-guest of some five stars hotels. Some other parts of the beach are open for public and it might be the cleanest beach in Southern Bali due to its high maintenance done by some western hotel groups who apparently ‘manage’ that area. Despite its beautiful view, you might not get the real Bali experience here because you’d be surrounded more by foreigner people than locals. Anyway, I could say that staying here might be too expensive (for me) but it is worth to visit (just enjoy the free beach & landscape!).

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  • Tanjung Benoa. Next to Nusa Dua, you will find this place where people look for to do water sports. Here, you can find many hotels and authentic restaurant owned by Balinese and the price is for sure much lower than those in Nusa Dua. In Tanjung Benoa, you can meet many locals, other tourists, easily make friends with water sports instructors and yet you still have your own space to relax.

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  • Jimbaran Bay. Indian Ocean breezes, fantastic sunsets, nice beach restaurant with its seafood are what makes Jimbaran becomes very interesting. It has everything from low to very high budget accommodation you can choose based on what’s inside you pocket (or bank account or credit card limit, for me). A good choice to spend some last days of your holiday because this area is pretty close to the airport.

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  • Ubud. Ever read or watched or at least heard about “Eat, Pray, Love”? This book and movie had successfully put Ubud on the world map. This is the place where you can find “Real Bali” because of its authentic Balinese culture, art and natural beauty, except the beach because it’s a landlocked area. Air is much fresher because it’s surrounded by forests and rice fields. Many tourists come to Ubud to learn Yoga & meditation, or to simply have a good relaxation. However, you still can socialize with many locals and foreigners here. It has many shops, restaurants and bars but all would be closed before 10 pm every night. There are only one or two bars which got permission to be open until midnight. Prices are much cheaper than ones in Southern Bali, yet the accommodation could be even nicer and more comfortable. You can also find a lot of cheap accommodations provided by Balinese (usually some rooms in their traditional houses). You can get a comfy room in a nice garden for only USD15 per night (with breakfast!).

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  • Bedugul. Bedugul is a mountain lake resort area, located in the centre-north region of Bali near the famous Lake Bratan. Just like Ubud, you can’t find any beach here and hotel prices are even lower than in Ubud. It is a touristic area because many people want to come to the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan but only few people stay a night there. You can really enjoy quiet nights in Bedugul and meet people while you’re travelling around at days.

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