This article is sponsored by Villa Finder. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
So you’ve booked your flights to Bali or are planning an epic holiday under the sun on one of the world’s most famous islands, next you need to book your accommodation.
When planning a trip to Bali you will quickly learn that villas are the prime accommodation option. They’re ideal for so many travellers, groups of friends or families, for those who want a little luxury (but don’t worry, there are also super affordable villas), for those who value their privacy and for those who want a custom Bali experience.
Open up any booking site and you’ll be overwhelmed with the number of Bali villas and even areas to stay in Bali. It’s not a small island so I’m here to help you pick which area in Bali is best for your vacation needs and Villa Finder will help you find the best villas in Bali and book with ease.
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Why book a villa in Bali?
I’ll keep it short and sweet to convince you:
- It’s a unique Bali experience.
- It provides complete privacy (most are private villas).
- You can get totally personalized services.
- It’s affordable.
- It’s luxurious.
- It’s fabulous.
Why Villa Finder?
Before I discovered Villa Finder I thought the only way to find a villa in Bali was to spend hours searching and scrolling on accommodation booking sites, reading about what is available at each villa and then booking. It’s time-consuming and oftentimes difficult to know if the villa you’re booking is as fabulous as the pictures.
With Villa Finder I was happy to learn that each villa is inspected before it’s available for booking on the Villa Finder site and each villa is reinspected frequently to ensure customer satisfaction, unlike other accommodation sites such as Airbnb where you turn up and hope all will be well.
When you decide which villa you want to book a travel consultant will contact you to ensure that all of your needs will be met with the villa you’re interested in. The consultant will inquire about what kind of travellers will be staying in the villa and make sure that everything is in order, such as having a fence around the pool if young children will be staying in the villa.
Once your villa is booked you don’t even have to look further for additional help for things such as airport transfers, day trips, special meals, in-house massages and more. Villa Finder will hook you up with awesome providers for any services you may require. Villa Finder doesn’t charge for the arrangement, the concierge team is just that helpful.
Like you need another reason to book, but for every booking Villa Finder plants a tree in Sumatra, Indonesia. You can enjoy your Bali holiday and know that you’ve helped contribute to the environment in the country that you’re visiting.
Villa Finder also provides over 1,500 villa options in Phuket, Samui, Sri Lanka and Mauritius.
Where to Stay in Bali
Bali is a big island (if you didn’t know that no stress, most people don’t realize!). Before you book your villa it’s important to understand the areas in Bali and which one is best suited for your travel style.
Below I’ve broken down each of the main areas in Bali and given you some stellar villa options that you can book.
Ubud is the most known area in all of Bali, famed because of the rice terraces and fields that surround this central city. It’s in Ubud that you can have your Eat, Pray, Love moment, find an abundance of yoga studios and retreats, visit a number of temples, go chasing waterfalls, shop you heart out at local markets, experience Balinese culture and much, much more.
Seminyak is a swanky area in Bali that is popular among tourists because of the beaches, high-end shopping, luxurious spas, yoga studios and beach clubs. In Seminyak, you won’t have a problem finding an Instagram worthy cafe, a cool place to spend the day while sipping on fancy cocktails or a sweet restaurant for dinner plans.
Canggu is not far from Seminyak and is a more affordable option for those who want to be by the beach. It’s a great surfing spot and is popular amongst backpackers and expats. Canggu in practically built for Instagram, every cafe is cute, you’re going to want to take pictures of all your food and best of all Canggu is the place to be if you just want to do nothing for a while.
Legian is between Seminyak and Canggu and offers a mix of two areas. The nightlife is happening, the beach is good and the prices are affordable. Legian translates to ‘sweet’ and I have to agree that this area will certainly give you a pretty sweet holiday.
One of the most beautiful areas of Bali, Uluwatu is located on the peninsula that juts out of southeast Bali. The vibrant blue colour of the water will make your jaw drop, the cliffs rise majestically up from the crashing waves and give you the opportunity to sit atop them in cool day clubs with epic views.
The best beaches in Bali are in Uluwatu, the views are unbeatable and some of the top villas in Bali are here.
Sanur is a sleepy seaside town on Bali’s southeast coast that offers travellers a more relaxing area to stay without the hussle and bustle of other popular areas. The beach is thin but great because of the reef that stops big waves from hitting the shore. It’s a good mix for restaurants and shops from local to resorts.
Umalas really has the best of multiple worlds. Umalas is right on the edge of Canggu and Seminyak, giving you access to the surfing beaches of Canggu, the fancy restaurants in Seminyak and more. Umalas is a bit more of a quieter area but still everything is within a 10-minute scooter ride and has a ton of villa options.
An area not on many Bali itineraries is Pemuteran, a spot known for its great underwater attractions. Pemuteran is on Bali’s northwest coast that promises a nice beach, much fewer tourists and beautiful coral reefs.
Another quiet area in northern Bali is Lovina, a resort area that’s perfect for travellers who just want quiet, a little bit to do and few distractions from relaxation. There are black sand beaches to chill out on and the dolpins in the area are popular to spot.
Enjoy your Bali holiday!