Find the perfect place to stay in Bali

Bali is a small island but hosts a diverse range of hotels, guest houses, and villas. So when choosing where to stay on your next trip to Bali, check out this quick no-fuss guide.

Get familiar with the different regions and you will be sure to find great deals from budget cottages to five-star luxury hotels.  Finding accommodation in Bali is easy. 

Bali offers great deals to suit any budget, from budget guest houses to five-star luxury hotels.  No matter what you have planned for your vacation, you will find the perfect accommodation to suit your holiday needs.

Get familiar with Bali and its different regions

Our holiday intentions are always great.  Relax, chill out and regain our holiday mojo but often the reality is we get busy being a tourist and don’t do enough of the relaxing!

So the first thing to do is to find the perfect place to stay.

South Western Bali

Where to stay in Bali

    • Kuta & Legian – Fun and Party destinations.  Inexpensive.
    • Seminyak, Kerobokan, Canggu – Family Friendly. Medium to up-market budget.

South-Eastern Bali

Bali on a Budget

  • Sanur – Quiet, Family Friendly.  High-end to up-market.
  • Candidasa – Casual & Laid Back.  Medium to up-market.
  • Nusa Dua, Tanjung Benoa – Beachfront Resorts – 5 star Resorts, Conventions, Family Friendly, Water sports. Medium to up-market.
  • Jimbaran – Beachfront seafood restaurants – medium to 5 star Resorts.  Up-market.
  • Padang Padang, Uluwatu – Beaches, Surfing, Beautiful scenery.  Medium to up-market.

Central Bali

Alaya Hotel Ubud

  • Ubud – Art, Body & Soul. Great for Day Trips.  Medium budget.
  • Gianyar, Bedugul, and Tabanan – Mountain locations in the cultural heart of Bali.

Northern Bali

Relaxed lifestyle

  • Amed, Tulamben – Nature & Diving.  Quiet, Retreat away from the crowd, small hotels.
  • Lovina & Singaraja – Nature.  Quiet, Retreat away from the crowd, small hotels.

Islands, East of Bali

Accommodation in Bali

  • Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan, Gili – Bali 40 years ago, popular for scuba diving, picturesque. Quiet & inexpensive.

When to visit Bali

Being so close to the equator means Bali is warm all year-round and a popular destination for tourists from January through until December.

However, Bali’s location also means there are generally only two seasons to choose from when booking a holiday.  Either the ‘wet’, or ‘dry’ season.

Dry Season – April to October

Bali’s ‘dry season’ generally offers good weather and is the time when the island has the least amount of rain.  With sunny days and low humidity, this time of year also tends to offer the best surfing along Bali’s famous west coast.

If your focus is on land activities, the dry season allows visitors opportunity to go trekking, including through World Heritage listed rice fields or visit stunning waterfalls around the island.  When it comes to exploring inland, May to September offers the driest weather for booking your land-based experiences.

Wet Season: November to April

Tip: 
The best time for deals and accommodation discounts often falls in February to early June and late September to early December when there are fewer tourists.

The humidity and downpours tend to increase, but there’s still plenty to see and do during Bali’s “wet” season.

With temperatures sitting at around 31 degrees, the rainiest months tend to be December and January, with February less wet.

Bali during November to April is far less crowded and better for your budget. Restaurants, activities, beaches and bars have much smaller reservation lists, with some resorts offering discounted rates during this period.

Expect to also pay higher prices for food, accommodation and activities during the ‘best time of the year’ and remember there will likely be greater crowds.

Where we stay

Jimbaran Open House pool

Our flights into Bali always seem to arrive in the unfriendly hours of the morning.  So we check-in somewhere close to the airport for a few days to unwind and relax.

The Open House, is one of my favourite Balinese boutique hotels and the perfect place to find your holiday mojo.

Small, compact and trendy boutique style rooms with a modern decor provide a touch of luxury.  The double doors open onto a patio with outdoor seating and not more than 10 steps away, was the crystal clear lap pool.

Head to the reading nook in the thatched cabana beside the pool to hang out with the bean bags, giant cushions and book-worms.  A quiet space for yoga and massages was set amongst the beautiful tropical heliconias and an open-style restaurant served a selection of traditional and western dining choices.

Peninsula Bay Resort, Tanjung Benoa

Peninsula Bay Resort is one of the many Bali time-share complexes close to the Nusa Dua region which hosts other guests.

The resort is a sprawling complex with a number of huge swimming pools, restaurants and bar areas available for guests to laze their day away.  Expect to see a combination of traditional Indonesian dishes and western influenced meals in the restaurants.

The restaurant strip in Tanjung Benoa is a short walk away with many excellent restaurants nearby (many of the restaurants are happy to send a car to pick you up).

Alaya Resort, Ubud

When in Ubud we love to stay at Alaya Resort, Ubud.  Located in the heart of Ubud, the cultural centre of Bali. The resort is set amidst the rice fields, and offers an outdoor pool and a fitness centre. Guests can also enjoy pampering massages at the on-site DaLa Spa.

Indonesian and international cuisines are available at the Petani Restaurant and Manisan Restaurant in-house.  Live Balinese music performances by are showcased at the resort.

Alaya Resort is 200 metres’ away from the Sacred Monkey Forest and 700 metres’ away from Ubud Market. The International Airport is just a 1.5 hour drive from the resort.

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Bali is one of those peaceful countries which leans on relaxation and peacefulness.  The pace is slow, the lifestyle is slow and it’s the perfect place to catch up, and let the world drift by.

It’s our favourite for catching up with ourselves, relaxing, chilling out and not doing very much at all.

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Have you been to Bali yet?  Which region is your favourite place to stay?