Best areas to stay in Bali
Bali has a very good hotel options, from hostels to luxury hotels. It is very easy to find a good place to stay that fits your needs, tastes and budget. Next, I recommend several areas to sleep in Bali.
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.
1. Seminyak, where to stay in Bali if you’re looking for nightlife
Seminyak is a great area to stay for those who are interested in sightseeing as well as nightlife, shopping and fine dining during their stay 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
Ubud tends to be one of my most recommended areas to sleep 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. Plus, it hosts some of the most beautiful and unique hotels on the island. Ubud has a more spiritual and cultural atmosphere.
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.
What to see in Ubud ↠ Monkey Forest, Campuhan Ridge Walk, Ubud Art Market, Tegalalang Rice Fields, Tirta Empul Temple, Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave).
BEST HOTELS IN UBUD
3. Canggu, the best area to stay if you’re staying long term
Canggu was my home for nearly 2 months in Bali and, in my opinion, there is no better place to stay in Bali. Canggu is a very good option for those who, like me, are going to spend a long time in this part of Indonesia. I also recommend it to those who will be on the island for less time but will have more than one base on the island (Ubud and Canggu would be a great option).
Something that I loved about Canggu was 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, in Canggu you won’t get bored. Again, in my opinion, it is the best place to book your hotel in Bali if you are going to stay on the island for a long time.
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.
What to see and do in Canggu ↠ Go in search of rice paddies, surf or just go to the beach, Tanah Lot temple, watch the sunset at Berawa Beach.
BEST HOTELS IN CANGGU
4. Uluwatu, for beach and surf enthusiasts
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 most luxurious resorts, some of the best beaches in Bali, cliffs and beach clubs, apart from being a paradise for surf lovers. The waves are quite large, so it is recommended for people who already have experience. If you want to learn, 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, it is not bad to spend a few days here to relax and explore the beaches of Uluwatu, since they are the most beautiful in Bali.
What to see in Uluwatu ↠ Pandawa Beach, Green Bowl Beach, Melasti Beach, the abandoned plane, Belangan Beach, Tegal Wangi Beach, Padang Padang Beach, etc.
BEST HOTELS IN ULUWATU
5. Munduk, where to stay in Bali to visit the north
Northern Bali is an area that some people forget to visit. I understand that if you only have a week in Bali, 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 huge lake. In fact, you will find some of the best Bali waterfalls here.
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 a minimum of 2 nights.
What to see and do in Munduk ↠ Pura Ulun Danu Batur Temple, Handara Gate, Wanagiri Hidden Hill, Banyumala Waterfall, Gitgit Waterfall, Aling Aling, Sekumpul Waterfall, etc.
BEST HOTELS IN MUNDUK
6. Amed, best place to stay to visit the east
I found East Bali to be a real wonder and an essential place to visit in Bali. 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 tourist 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 as 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.
What to see and do in East Bali ↠ Lempuyang Temple, Tirta Gangga Temple, diving at Amed Beach.
BEST HOTELS IN BALI
– Low budget: Bubu Racok Homestay.
– Average budget: Amed Cafe & Hotel Kebun Wayan, Bali Dive Resort Amed (our hotel).
– High budget: Nalini Resort, Amed Beach Villa.
– Luxury budget: The Griya Villas and Spa.
Where to stay in Bali: Summary
If you are visiting Bali for 10 to 15 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 visit other areas of Bali 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 a couple of 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.
Map of where to stay in Bali
I have created this map of Bali 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 in Bali; 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.
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!