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Where to stay in Bali: 8 best areas and hotels + Map

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Are you wondering where to stay in Bali? Bali is a bigger island than many people think and choosing an area to stay can be a complicated task when planning a trip to this destination.

To make it easier for you, I have made a selection of the best areas to stay in Bali according to the type of traveler you are and what you are looking for. As for hotels in Bali, I can say that there are all kinds of accommodation, from hostels to luxury hotels. It is very easy to find a good place to stay that fits your needs, tastes and budget.

At the end of this post you will find a map of the island in which I have indicated the towns where I recommend staying, places to see on the island, affordable hotels in Bali and other hotel recommendations.

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Where to stay in Bali

I always say that there are two ways to travel in Bali. You can choose an area as a base and go to different parts of the island every day or change hotels every few days and thus have different bases during your stay in Bali. You can also do a combination of both.

In our case, we chose the first option. We booked a room in a guesthouse in Canggu for a month and, from there, we visited the rest of the island. To visit the north and east of Bali, being further away and having many places to see, we made excursions of two or three nights in each case.

Choosing one option or another depends on each one. My recommendation is that, whether you are going to be in Bali for only a few days or you don’t want to change your accommodation because it seems like a waste of time, stay in a central area. In this way, you will be able to reach almost all parts of the island in day trips. Another good option is to choose two areas as a base, so you only have to change hotels once.

Changing hotel location every few days can also be a good option, which is what I recommend in my 10 days in Bali itinerary and my 2 weeks in Bali itinerary, but keep in mind that you will take some time packing, checking out, checking in, going from one place to another, etc. Although you will also save time visiting the best places to see in Bali since you will be staying closer to them.

Whichever option you choose, I can already tell you that you will really enjoy your trip to Bali.

1. Seminyak, where to stay in Bali if you’re looking for nightlife

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Staying in Seminyak

Seminyak is a great area to stay for those who are interested in sightseeing as well as nightlife, shopping and fine dining during their time in Bali. In Seminyak you will find several of the best places to eat in Bali, tons of clothing stores (don’t miss Jalan Kayu Aya) and many options for partying.

The beaches don’t have many waves or tide (perfect for learning to surf) and you can enjoy very beautiful sunsets. As for touristic places, Seminyak does not have many places to see. However, you will be fairly close to Canggu and the northern part of the Bukit Peninsula (referred to, by many, as Uluwatu).

Best hotels in Seminyak

2. Ubud, the best place to stay for sightseeing

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Staying in Ubud

Ubud tends to be one of my most recommended areas to stay in Bali, due to its central location and the fact that it is home to many of the most interesting places to visit on the island. Ubud has a more spiritual and cultural atmosphere. Plus, it hosts some of the best waterfalls in Bali. You can also find numerous shops and restaurants of all kinds where you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner.

This small town in Bali is the perfect option for those who will be spending a short time on the island and want to be close to many tourist attractions. You will be able to take many day trips to other parts of the island from Ubud.

Some of the best things to do in Ubud are visiting the Monkey Forest, Campuhan Ridge Walk, Ubud Art Market, Tegalalang Rice Fields, Tirta Empul Temple, Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) and Saraswati. As you can see, you will be close to many temples of Bali.

Best hotels in Ubud

3. Canggu, the best area to stay in Bali if you are visiting long term

Staying in Canggu

Canggu has been my home during my 4 trips to Bali and I have always had a very pleasant stay (although I must admit I think it’s becoming less and less charming…). However, it is still a very good option for those who, like me, are going to spend a long time in Bali. I also recommend it to those who want to stay in a fairly central area that is on the coast.

Something I love about Canggu is its surfing atmosphere and the amount of things to do in the area. It has many cool restaurants, clothing and accessory shops and markets, bars with live music, beaches from which to watch the sunset, beach clubs, etc. Really, you won’t get bored in Canggu.

However, it is becoming an increasingly crowded and noisy place… I used to consider it the best place to stay in Bali if you are going to stay on the island for a long time, but now I think other options on this list are better.

I recommend Canggu especially to digital nomads as here you will be able to meet many people who make a living online, apart from having many coworking spaces and cafes to work from.

Some of the best things to do in Canggu are watching the sunset from Echo Beach, visiting Tanah Lot Temple, surfing, going in search of rice paddies and going to as many cafes as possible.

Best hotels in Canggu

4. Uluwatu, for beach and surf enthusiasts

Staying in Uluwatu

If you are visiting Bali in search of beaches or the best waves, I recommend Uluwatu. Uluwatu is located In the Bukit Peninsula, southern part of the island. Here you can find some of the best beaches in Bali, cliffs with amazing views and beach clubs. Plus, it is a paradise for surf lovers, especially for those who already have experience. If you are learning, it is better to go to the beaches in Kuta or Canggu.

I do not recommend Uluwatu as a base to visit the rest of Bali, as it is far from many tourist attractions. However, if you have more time and you are going to have several places as a base, I really recommend to spend a few days here to relax and explore everything that this area has to offer.

Some of the best things to do in Uluwatu are enjoying the view from Karang Boma Cliff, visiting Uluwatu Temple and spending the day at Sundays Beach Club. Do not miss the next beaches: Green Bowl, Melasti, Belangan, Padang Padang, Bingin, Thomas Beach, Nyang Nyang, etc.

Best hoteles in Uluwatu

5. Munduk, where to stay in Bali to visit the north

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Dormir en Munduk

Northern Bali is an area that some people forget to visit. I understand that if you only have a week in the destination, you don’t have time to go. However, if you are going to spend more time in Bali, I highly recommend visiting the north, specifically Munduk. Munduk is a mountainous area full of waterfalls and a couple of lakes.

It is much quieter than other parts of Bali and has a more local atmosphere. I also warn you that the temperatures are cooler, so don’t forget to bring a jacket if you are going to visit the north. I recommend staying here for one or two nights.

Some of the best things to do in the north of Bali are visiting the Pura Ulun Danu Batur Temple, Handara Gate, Wanagiri Hidden Hill, Banyumala Waterfall, Gitgit Waterfall, Aling Aling Waterfull and Sekumpul Waterfall.

Best hotels in Munduk

6. Amed, best place to stay to visit the east

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I found East Bali to be a real wonder and an essential place to visit. During our trip to the island of the gods, we spent 4 days visiting this area as there is a good variety of things to do, from temples to great places to dive. Removing the most touristic places, it is a very quiet area that is well worth a visit.

I recommend you do a day trip if you have little time. If you have more time, I advise you to go and spend a few nights.

If you are going to spend several nights in this area, I recommend staying at Amed Beach, a beach with impressive views of Mount Agung. Here you will find many accommodation options, restaurants and agencies with which you can dive. It is a very good option to stay in Bali if you are looking for a quieter place but without giving up good restaurants and things to do.

Some of the best things to do in Amed and its surroundings are visiting Lempuyang Temple and Tirta Gangga Temple, diving at Amed Beach, watching the sunset from Lahangan Sweet and watching the sunrise from Bukit Cinta.

Best hotels in Amed

7. Sidemen, calm area between rice fields

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If you wish to visit a much more authentic side of Bali full of magic without fancy villas, beach clubs, and cafes, I recommend spending several nights in Sidemen during your trip to this island of Indonesia. We stayed in a hotel in the area on more than one occasion, and the experience never disappoints.
Sidemen is known for its incredible rice paddies and beautiful views of Mount Agung. In addition, it is a much less developed area, which is why you will have the opportunity to see a more rural and attractive Bali in certain senses.
In Sidemen, you will be able to enjoy peace, visit waterfalls, cross rice fields, marvel at the landscapes, and, the best part, come into contact with local culture and people. There are many beautiful bamboo lodges, so it is a good place to indulge yourself.

Best hotels in Sidemen

8. Nusa Dua, for a more luxurious stay

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Nusa Dua

If you are going to Bali for your honeymoon or you want to spend several nights next to a beautiful beach in an exclusive zone, I recommend you consider Nusa Dua, located on the peninsula of Bukit (the same place as Uluwatu). Nusa Dua is known for hosting some of the best luxury hotels on the island and for its paradisiacal beaches and golf courses.
Unlike other places where to lodge in Bali that I have mentioned until now, Nusa Dua is not a good option as a base and to visit other part of Bali since it is something far from the main tourist attractions. However, if you are looking for beaches and relaxation in a more luxurious atmosphere, it is a great option.

Best hotels in Nusa Dua

💡 If you want to know about more areas to stay in Bali that are less touristy and more calm, I recommend you to consider the idea of spending a few nights in places like Kintamani (next to the Monte Batur), Candidasa (area with beautiful beaches) or Sumberkima (in the west of the island).

Map of the best areas to stay in Bali

I have created this map to help you choose accommodation.

You will be able to see marked in red (icon of the house), the main areas to sleep in Bali; marked in orange, the different hotels that I recommend (with their respective links to Booking); marked in purple, affordable hotels; and, finally, marked in blue, places to visit.

You can click on each of the boxes in the drop-down menu on the map to see the areas, hotels or places to visit. This will make it much easier for you to plan your trip and find accommodation in Bali.

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Where to stay in Bali: Summary

If you are visiting Bali for only a few days, my recommendation is that you choose Ubud as a base to stay for a good part of your trip.

I recommend Ubud because it is one of the main tourist centers in Bali, it is centrally located and both the town of Ubud and its surroundings are full of places to visit: waterfalls, rice fields, temples, etc. In addition, Ubud has a wide range of hotels and restaurants.

From Ubud you can go to other areas the island that I recommend visiting, such as Canggu or North Bali.

You won’t be too far from Uluwatu either, a place you can visit in just over an hour. However, I recommend booking one or two nights in Uluwatu as this area has the best beaches in Bali, the sunsets are insane, etc. It is a very good place to spend a few days relaxing.

If you are going to visit Eastern Bali, I also recommend spending the night in Amed. You could go by car/motorbike from Ubud but the journey is a bit long and, in my experience, spending a little more time in Amed is worth it.

Check my Indonesia travel guide to keep planning your trip to this dreamy destination.

I hope that this post about where to stay in Bali has been very useful when looking for hotels for your trip. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave a comment or write me an email. Until next time, traveler!

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2 Responses

  1. Vijaylutchmie Naidoo says:

    How is the place Nusa Dua to stay in.

    1. SofiaPozuelo says:

      Hello! It is a good place to stay in Bali as well, yes. You have nice resorts and beaches! It is a great option especially for families!

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