Deciding where to stay in Bali can seriously be overwhelming as there’s no clear path that most people travel along. And since Bali is a place that truly has something for everyone, it’s not easy to recommend just one top spot to go to either. This Bali accommodation guide breaks down the best places to stay in Bali by area, giving you ample information to make the best choice for your travel needs, wants, and of course, budget.
If you need further suggestions, see my Bali itinerary guide, and my breakdown on the best time to visit Bali for more detailed info on a trip as a whole.
Where is the best place to stay in Bali?
This is not a simple question as you’re likely to get different answers from everyone depending on their likes. Bali is a large island and has much to offer. Some people prefer beaches, others culture, some want to visit Bali strictly for surfing, others for cocktails and nightlife, or to go chasing waterfalls. The best places to stay in Bali really depend on what you want. The best thing about Bali is that it’s easy to stay in multiple places around the island in a single trip, but it’s also totally possible to stay in one area and do day trips to see the top Bali attractions. I break down which is the best area to stay in Bali below including the top sights in each area and what the area is most known for.
Most Popular Places to Stay in Bali
These are the most popular places to base yourself in Bali to either stay in that area or to explore more of the island with day trips.
Best Area to Stay in Bali
- Best for first-time visitors, culture, scenery & yoga
Ubud is one of the most famous places to visit in Bali and rightly so. This central Bali town is known for the picturesque Tegalalang Rice Terraces, an abundance of temples, and for being Bali’s main yoga hub. Ubud is a top choice if you want to stay in one spot as it’s the most popular central location and there are a plethora of things to do in Ubud for every type of traveller. It’s also ideal if you love nature, shopping, spirituality, or yoga. Here you can be in the middle of the action or just outside to have peace and quiet, away from the other tourists.
Where to Stay in Ubud
Luxury: Pertiwi Bisma 2
No need to worry about being able to relax or get around Ubud with this luxe Ubud property. With rooms that overlook the manicured gardens and pools, plus a spa on-site, you’ve covered. A free shuttle will take you to the heart and centre of Ubud, even though you’re only minutes from one of Ubud’s top attractions, the Monkey Forest.
Mid-Range: Sri Aksata Ubud Resort
A fab pick because of its stellar location that has all of the major attractions within walking distance. Sri Aksata Ubud Resort features balconies on all rooms that overlook the two pools, gardens, and rice fields that surround the property. Bathrooms even have a bathtub and breakfast is included at this top Ubud hotel.
Budget: Gypsy Lust Hostel
A hostel with a pool that is within walking distance to many Ubud attractions, Gyspy Lust Hostel is a great choice for budget-conscious travellers. A great restaurant is on-site and free parking is available for when you’re lounging beside the pool between adventures.
See more top places to stay in Ubud.
Top Ubud Attractions
- Tegalalang Rice Terraces
- Temple hopping
- Ubud Monkey Forest
- Best for surfing, beaches & sunsets
If you’re after massive waves for surfing, white-sand beaches, and just want to spend your days in or by the water, then Uluwatu is for you. Not to say that there isn’t other things to do in Uluwatu, but the main attraction is certainly some of the best beaches in Bali, which are found here. Uluwatu also has a decent party scene and is one of the closer Bali destinations to the airport.
Where to Stay in Uluwatu
Luxury: Suarga Padang Padang
Sitting at the top of a 200 metre cliff, this is one of Uluwatu’s best resorts and surely does not disappoint when it comes to a nice view. This resort is environmentally friendly, has 2 pools, and of course, ocean views.
Mid-Range: Adila Bali
Luxury without the price point, Adila Bali is a top pick for its location and amenities that include an infinity pool, yoga classes, and fine finishes such as marble ensuite bathrooms.
Budget: Inn Possible Cliff House
You’ll be shocked at the prices for this trendy guesthouse. With beachy vibes from the decorations and also because the property has direct access to some of Uluwatu’s best beaches, this budget-friendly accommodation is seriously hard to beat.
See more top places to stay in Uluwatu.
Top Things to do in Uluwatu
- Beach hopping
- Uluwatu Temple
- Beach Clubs
- Best for budget-conscious travellers, nightlife & beginner surfers
Kuta is a very popular place to visit in Bali but it’s certainly not for everyone. Kuta is the spot in Bali for nightlife and it’s also one of the most budget areas in Bali which means that it typically draws a younger crowd. If that’s your jam, head to Kuta. Other things to do in Kuta include shopping (seriously, there’s a ton) and surfing is ideal for first-timers.
Where to Stay in Kuta
Luxury: The Anvaya Beach Resort Bali
Have your choice of a private villa or room at this beachside resort in Kuta. 5-star accommodation with Balinese touches makes this property a luxe place to stay with a touch of culture, close to all that Kuta has to offer.
Mid-Range: Palm Beach Hotel Bali
A lovely hotel designed in a Balinese style, Palm Beach Hotel Bali is hard to beat with its prime location. A 1-minute walk to the beach, and within walking distance to shopping and Bali’s waterpark, this hotel is a treat.
Budget: Interconnection Hostel
Whether you’re after a private room or a dorm room, this hostel offers both and will have you waking up in a mini paradise with views of the heavenly pool.
See more top places to stay in Kuta.
Top Things to do in Kuta
- Best for shopping, cafes & beaches
Seminyak is known as being one of the most luxe places to visit in Bali. Things to do in Seminyak that draw in visitors include shopping, sandy beaches, spas, and beach clubs. Seminyak also has a great cafe scene so foodies will not have to venture far for Instagram-worthy plates.
Where to Stay in Seminyak
Luxury: Pelangi Bali Hotel & Spa
A top choice for beach lovers, Pelangi Bali Hotel & Spa is a 1-minute walk to the beach. This modern property has beautiful Balinese finishes and high-end amenities that include a swim-up bar, private balconies, and stunning ocean views.
Mid-Range: Ramanda Encore by Wyndham Bali Seminyak
Right in the heart of Seminyak, this resort offers a bit of everything for everyone. Shuttles are available to Seminyak’s main shopping area and on-site you’re spoiled with a large pool, fitness centre, bar, and spa.
Budget: Seminyak Paradiso Hotel
One of the best selling properties in Seminyak, this Balinese style guesthouse offers private rooms and is just a 3-minute walk from the beach, though a pool is also on-site.
See more top places to stay in Seminyak.
Top Things to do in Seminyak
- Potato Head Beach Club
- Best for foodies, digital nomads & surfing
Canggu is best known as the top digital nomad hot spot in Bali. Since there are so many short and long-term expats here Canggu has a lot of comforts. Truthfully there aren’t a ton of things to do in Canggu but the food scene is top-notch, the waves are good for beginner to intermediate surfers, sunset is incredible, and there are tons of gyms and yoga studios to enjoy.
Where to Stay in Canggu
Luxury: COMO Uma Canggu
Perhaps the most luxurious property in all of Canggu, this resort is right on the beach, has multiple pools, an on-site spa, and rooms with panoramic views. Plus, it’s in a spot that is on one of the quietest parts of the beach.
Mid-Range: Canggu Spirit Guesthouse
A stellar-priced property for the amazing location, right off of the main street, Batu Bolong, yet tucked away enough for peace and quiet. This guesthouse has access to tons of shopping, is within walking distance of the beach, and has views of the pool or rice fields.
Budget: Gypsy Moon Bali
A hostel with both private and dorm rooms, it’s a quiet little oasis with an excellent price, location, and style. Wake up in a boho-style, bright room and enjoy the pool that’s on-site.
See more top places to stay in Canggu.
Top Things to do in Canggu
- Cafe hopping
- Tanah Lot Temple
- Best for couples, beaches & resorts
Nusa Dua lends itself as the place for couples and honeymooners in Bali. If you’re after a more all-inclusive style of vacation, Nusa Dua is going to be the place with the most similar vibes. There are a few things to do in Nusa Dua too, but it’s best known for its resorts, beaches, and golfing.
Where to Stay in Nusa Dua
Luxury: Merusaka Nusa Dua
One of Bali’s best luxury resorts, Merusaka Nusa Dua sits right in the heart and centre of Nusa Dua and is directly on the beach. Of course, top amenities include an outdoor pool, on-site spa, fitness centre, and much more.
Mid-Range: El Homestay Bali
A simple homestay nestled away in manicured gardens, El Homestay Bali offers a comfortable stay among the Nusa Dua resorts.
Budget: Amnaya Resort Benoa
Your value for money here is incredible. If you’re after a resort-style accommodation on a budget then this is your top pick.
See more top places to stay in Nusa Dua.
Top Things to do in Nusa Dua
- Nusa Dua Promenade
- Water activities
- Best for relaxation, snorkelling & waterfalls
Often overlooked but not with good reason, Lovina lends itself as a place to get away from the crowds but still with plenty of things to do. Located on Bali’s northern coast, Lovina is most known for spotting pink dolphins but has much more. Spend some time here for relaxation and quiet and use Lovina as your base for exploring Bali’s northern waterfalls in Munduk.
Where to Stay in Lovina
Luxury: The Lovina
The Lovina is a beachfront property that offers Balinese-style private villas so you truly have space to yourself. Amenities include daily yoga and Balinese dance classes, free snorkelling gear, standup paddle boards, and more.
Mid-Range: Hotel Shri Ganesh
This Balinese-style guesthouse is a homey stay with an on-site pool, while the beach is only a 5-minute walk away.
Budget: Santhiku Hotel, Villas, Yoga & Spa
Ideal for all types of travellers, this hotel is truly a steal. The comfortable accommodation offers a private pool, shared lounge, and colourful rooms to rest your head.
Top Things to do in Lovina
- See the pink dolphins
- Quiet & relaxation
- Best for diving & adventures to scenic sights
Another highlight of Bali’s northern coast, Amed sits in the northeast corner and is the best place to go diving in Bali. Come here to find bright blue waters (a major contrast to those of the southern shores), for less tourists and to use as a base to explore some of Bali’s northern highlights.
Where to Stay in Amed
Luxury: Mathis Lodge Amed
This property is not right in the heart of Amed but I’m sure the view from the pool alone will encourage you to want to stay here. Plus the chic, beachy style vibes I have no doubt will draw you in too. But seriously, just look at this property for the pool!
Mid-Range: Amed Beach Resort
This beachfront property is a treat with spectacular views, a great price, and comfortable rooms. Plus with an on-site pool, what more could you need?
Budget: Valomia Beachfront
Talk about views on a budget! This simple and cute guesthouse is the perfect spot for budget-conscious travellers who don’t want to sacrifice on views or comfort.
Top Things to do in Amed
- Diving & snorkelling
- Lempuyang Temple (Instagram famous temple for having a volcano framed between the gates)
- Best for beaches & escaping crowds
Sanur is a very laid-back beach town on Bali’s east coast. Some people will come here to vacation or base themselves as there is plenty of budget Bali accommodation available and it’s close to Ubud and Kuta. It’s also one of the jumping-off points for boats to head to the Nusa Islands so if you are taking a boat yourself you might want to consider spending a night here.
Where to Stay in Sanur
Luxury: Hyatt Regency Bali
You’ll have few reasons to leave this resort. Located right on the beach, which is private, this luxurious property has multiple restaurants, pools, elegant rooms with sea views and private balconies that include daybeds for lounging. Talk about paradise.
Mid-Range: Mercure Resort Sanur
This Balinese-style resort will host you in unique rooms with thatched roofs among tropical gardens. With outdoor pools, a spa, private balconies, and access to the beach, this is a top spot to stay in Sanur.
Budget: Semarandana Bedrooms and Pool
Find all of the basics you need and more, plus be close to the beach and this very affordable guesthouse in Sanur.
Top Things to do in Sanur
- Local night market
- Best for beaches & relaxation
Nusa Lembongan is like a little getaway during your getaway. This small island is only a boat ride away from Bali’s east coast and is known for its diving, snorkelling, soft white sand beaches, and overall laid-back atmosphere. There are few things to do in Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan (the even smaller island that is connected by a bridge) but the waters that are as blue as the Maldives are worth the visit alone.
Where to Stay in Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan is a small enough island that it doesn’t really matter where you stay as you’ll need to get around at some point so truthfully I wouldn’t stress too much about the location, but if you want to be in close to the action, Mushroom Bay is a top choice.
Luxury: The Acala Shri Sedana
If that view doesn’t sell this place to you, I don’t know what will. But if you’re worried about the location not being central enough for you then have no fear, dear reader, shuttles are provided to all of the hot spots on Nusa Lembongan.
Mid-Range: Le Nusa Beach Club
Located right on the beach in Mushroom Bay, this resort is a central property and is easy access to all of the boats that take off for day adventures. With views from the pool and stellar rooms, this Nusa Lembongan Resort is a great contender.
Budget: Krisna Home Stay
All of the basics you could need in a very comfortable and cute homestay. This property is really great value for money.
Top Things to do in Nusa Lembongan
- Devil’s Tear
- Best for diving & scenic adventures
Nusa Penida is the largest of the three Nusa Islands by far and is packed with truly scenic spots. This island is built for adventure so if you don’t mind scooting around or sitting in a car for hours to see seriously beautiful locations, then do spend some time on Nusa Penida. It is most commonly done as a day trip from Bali or Nusa Lembongan, but it doesn’t cover anywhere close to all of the beauty of this island. One of the main things to do in Nusa Penida that draws visitors to it is the blue waters and the chance to snorkel with manta rays.
Where to Stay in Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida is a large island and you will, no doubt, be adventuring across the island to see the best spots. That being said, the west side of the island has the more popular attractions and thus the Nusa Penida accommodation suggestions below are all on the northwest and west side.
Luxury: The Mesare Resort
This resort isn’t close to the beach, but for good reason. It’s nestled into the jungle so you can wake up truly surrounded by nature. With an on-site pool, luxe amenities, and seriously stunning views, this hot spot is worth staying at with some of the island’s best waterfalls close by.
Mid-Range: La Roja Bungalows
This property is seriously cute, has an outdoor pool, and is only 200 metres from the beach.
Budget: Nusa Penida Pudak Nature Bungalow
Simple accommodation that has all that you need, these bungalows are a great base between adventures around the island.
Top Things to do in Nusa Penida
- Snorkel with manta rays
- Kelingking Beach
- Angel’s Billabong