Bali is exceptionally diverse for a relatively small island, with so many exciting and unique places to stay that make it almost impossible to visit them all. I have visited Bali many times and lived on the island for a while now and only just managed to experience the best areas to stay in Bali.
Kuta or Seminyak are great for Bali’s first-timers and for a great party vibe; Ubud is the island’s cultural centre and has some best eco lodging in Bali, whereas Uluwatu is famous for its world-class surfing spots. Hotel rates in Bali vastly differ, which means that you’ll find something good whatever your budget may be.
This post is a comprehensive guide to all the best areas in Bali and some best hotels in Bali.
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Kuta Bali – Best for backpackers
Kuta has traditionally been backpacker’s paradise. The area is filled with budget-friendly hotel options, bars and clubs that cater to the younger crowd. Also, Kuta is unbeatable when it comes to the party vibe!
Kuta is also great for beginner surfers as the sea is much calmer than, for example, in Canggu, and it receives long consistent waves. If learning how to surf from scratch is your priority, Kuta is your best area to stay in Bali.
Things to do in Kuta:
• Have a drink at Sky Garden Lounge, Kuta’s largest nightclub
• Get your cultural fix at Kongco Bio Kuta Chinese Temple
• Feel like a kid at Waterbom – Bali’s oldest waterpark
• Great for backpackers
• Good surfing for beginners
• Proximity to airport
• Not authentic Bali
Best Hotels in Kuta
Luxury – Amnaya Resort Kuta
Amnaya Resort offers spacious rooms with modern but rustic décor. The hotel has an excellent a la carte restaurant, spa and barbecue facility. It is situated right in the heart of Kuta within walking distance to Kuta’s top attractions, such us Waterbom and Discovery Shopping Mall.
Midrange – Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort
Budget – Sulis Beach Hotel & Spa
Sulis Beach is located at the quieter end of Kuta Beach and close to the Lippo Mall. The hotel boasts a large rooftop pool overlooking the beach and a well-priced restaurant, buffet breakfast and free airport shuttle. The rooms are large and modern.
Seminyak Bali – Best for foodies & luxury hotels
Seminyak is the next area to the east neighbouring with Kuta. You won’t feel like it’s a different place as the urban area just continues along the coast. Seminyak is an up-market version of Kuta with the most luxurious choices of accommodation in Bali, fancy spas and expensive shopping malls with international and Bali-made brands.
Seminyak is particularly good for food lovers. The choice is vast, from pop up taco bars and cute, vegan cafes to top-notch gourmet restaurants with world-class chefs. One thing is certain while visiting Seminyak; you won’t run out of exciting food places to sample!
Things to do in Seminyak
• Spend the day at the famous Potato Beachclub
• Shop until you drop – Seminyak has some best shopping in Bali
• Eat at the many exciting and delicious restaurants – don’t forget to try the Insta famous vegan KYND Café!
• Excellent food scene
• Best luxury hotels in Bali
• Can be busy
Best Hotels in Seminyak
Luxury– The Legian Bali
This highly rated five-star hotel is set right on the beach with a large, three-tiered pool overlooking the ocean. Suites include bathtubs and double vanity sinks. Guest can enjoy complimentary breakfast and afternoon tea, as well as a wide selection of fitness classes and yoga.
Midrange – The Colony Hotel
This boutique hotel impresses with its colonial charm. Think white arches, luxury suites, and chandeliers. There is a gym, and a beautiful restaurant and the hotel is situated a short walk to Petitenget Beach. For more affordable luxury, book yourself in the club part of the property with large suites and a separate pool.
Budget- Ibis Styles Bali Petitenget
Canggu – Best for Expat Vibe
If you drive a little further west from Seminyak, you’ll find Canggu. Canggu is home to many international expats, entrepreneurs, bloggers and content creators. This is the best place to stay in Bali; if you want to sample a Bali-based influencer’s daily life. The town has an impressive selection of cafes, and it’s way less touristy than Kuta or Seminyak.
You’ll find here some great beach clubs such as Finns and La Brisa and some good intermediate to advance surfing spots on Echo Beach and Batu Balong.
Things to do in Canggu
• Eat in a café – Best cafes include Milu by Nook and Cinta Café
• Visit Tanah Lot
• Spend the day in one of Canggu’s beach clubs- Finns, La Brisa or La Laguna
• More relaxed vibe
• Great café scene
• Good surfing
• Further from the airport
• Beaches are not great for swimming
Best Bali Hotels in Canggu
Luxury – COMO Uma Canggu
COMO Uma is probably the most luxurious hotel available in Canggu. It is situated right on Echo Beach, and guests can enjoy the views of the Indian Ocean from the pool area. The hotel boasts a la carte restaurant serving international dishes and a wellness centre.
Midrange– Ecosfera Hotel
Budget – Guru Canggu Hostel
Guru Canggu is a safe oasis, especially for solo travellers. It is a cute hostel conveniently located in Berawa, close to a selection of good cafes, bars and Berawa Beach. Guru Canggu has a relaxed, boho vibe and a lush garden with a pool. You can choose between staying in a shared dorm or a private room.
Uluwatu– Best area in Bali for surfers
Uluwatu is situated on the Bukit Peninsula in the very southern part of the island. Uluwatu is one of the best places to stay in Bali if you’re a keen surfer. Uluwatu has some excellent surfing spots, such as Blue Point Beach, that are visited by the world’s best surfers! Uluwatu is also much less busy than Kuta or Seminyak. So, if you’re a beach lover and looking for more relaxed beaches, Uluwatu is your best location to stay in Bali.
Things to do in Uluwatu:
• Surf the world-class waves
• Visit Uluwatu Temple
• Watch the sunset at Single Finns Beachclub
• Excellent for intermediate to advanced surfers
• Less busy than Kuta or Seminyak
• Best beaches in Bali
• Remote to do excursions to other parts of Bali
• Not much nightlife
Best hotels in Uluwatu
Luxury– Suarga Padang Padang
Suarga Padang Padang is a sustainable boutique hotel featuring 36 villas built with a minimal impact on the environment using recycled wood and solar panels. It’s located on a clifftop boasting some epic views over the ocean, an infinity pool, and it’s only a five-minute walk to Padang Padang beach and a seven-minute drive to Bingin beach.
This boho boutique hotel is located right on the cliff, where you can feel and hear the ferocious waves crashing against the shore. The location is also great for some of the best Uluwatu cafes as well as it is within walking distance to Padang Padang Beach.
Budget – Sal Secret Spot
Sal Secret Spot is situated within walking distance to Bingin Beach, a white sanded beach excellent for swimming with a calmer sea. Rooms are small but comfortable, and there is a beautiful boho-style pool area to enjoy.
Jimbaran – Best place to stay in Bali for couples
Jimbaran is the closest area from the airport, only a few minutes’ drive. It’s got a beautiful white-sanded beach that stretches for a few kilometres and some excellent seafood dining options right on the beach. Jimbaran is one of the best places to stay in Bali for couples and the best area to stay in Bali for families, right after Nusa Dua.
Things to do in Jimbaran
• Dine in one of the seafood restaurants right on the beach
• Learn SUP or explore the shore in a kayak
• Walk the long stretch of beautiful white-sanded Jimbaran Beach
• Proximity to the airport
• Calm sea excellent for swimming
• Fresh seafood restaurants
• The vibe may be a little too family orientated
• It’s not ideal for surfing
Best hotels in Jimbaran
Luxury – Kayumanis Private Estate & Spa
The property is a collection of luxury Balinese open living villas. Each villa comes with a private garden and a large private pool. There is also a separate living area and even a study room. Kayumanis villas are built in a grove of coconut trees, a walking distance from Jimbaran beach. The hotel offers exceptional spa facilities and an Indonesian Restaurant on site.
Midrange – Rimba Jimbaran Bali
The hotel offers pool access rooms and suites overlooking the ocean. It comes with various pools, including an infinity pool overlooking Jimbaran Bay and a private beach with a lift. Guests get access to the sister resort facilities: 19 restaurants, including priority access to Bali famous Rock Bar with a scenic clifftop view, 12 pools, spa villa overlooking the ocean, golf course and amenities for kids.
Budget – Fox Hotel Jimbaran Beach Bali
This hotel offers clean, spacious rooms and a rooftop swimming pool where you can order Insta famous floating breakfast. It’s located a five-minute walk from the beach, where you get a token for free sun loungers. This hotel is an excellent choice for budget traveller or those of us travelling solo.
Nusa Dua – Best place to stay in Bali with kids
Nusa Dua is the best place to stay in Bali with family. The sea is calm and safe for the children to swim, and there is plenty to do for the whole family, such as boat trips, kayak rentals and snorkelling opportunities. Nusa Dua also has a great selection of family-friendly Bali hotels and resorts.
Things to do in Nusa Dua:
• Take a glass-bottom boat trip and explore sea life
• Watch the sunrise on the beach. The beach is east orientated, which makes it a perfect place to enjoy an epic sunrise in Bali
• Shop at the shopping centre in the Nusa Dua complex and Bali Collection
• Calm sea – excellent for swimmers
• Family-friendly resorts
• 30 minutes from the airport
• Not ideal if you’re planning to visit other parts of the island because it’s a little remote
• Not great for surfers
Best hotels in Nusa Dua
Luxury – Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort
Sofitel comes with direct beach access and is situated in a gorgeous and immaculate garden. There is a fantastic lagoon pool with a swim-up bar, a fitness and spa centre, and a stylish bar and a restaurant within the hotel grounds. The rooms are luxurious, spacious, and equipped with everything you may need and expected from a 5-star hotel. There are various types of rooms, including suites and plunge pool rooms.
Midrange – Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
This hotel is also a 5-star hotel, but you get more value for money. Most rooms overlooking the Indian Ocean or the manicured garden. The rooms are spacious, decorated with authentic Balinese furnishing and come with a terrace or balcony. The facilities include a spa, fitness centre and three beautiful pools, excellent for chilling out. The hotel also has five restaurants and four bars on its grounds.
Budget – Mahogany Hotel
Mahogany Hotel is located 10 minutes’ drive from Nusa Dua Beach, and it offers a free shuttle bus to Bali Collection for its guests from where you can walk to the beach. It’s got a pleasant pool area and Indonesian and European breakfast included in the rate. There is also an onsite restaurant with an option of in-room dining. Overall, this is an excellent budget option if you don’t mind to stay a little more inland and within a driving distance to the beach.
Sanur – Best area to stay in Bali with family for first-timers
Sanur is a bit of an underdog, but it shouldn’t be overlooked as it can be one of the best places to stay in Bali for families, especially if it’s your first time. The vibe in Sanur is more chilled and less touristy than the main area of Kuta and Seminyak. Sanur has a calm sea, perfect for watersports, and it’s an excellent base for visiting the incredible Nusa Islands.
Things to do in Sanur:
• Visit Sanur Night Market and sample some Balinese street food
• Watch the sunrise – Sanur Bach is great for that
• Visit Nusa Penida on a day trip
• Excellent base for visiting Nusa Islands and Ubud
• Great for watersports
• Plenty of budget accommodation options
• Not much going on
• There are much more beautiful areas to stay in Bali
Best hotels in Sanur
Luxury – Maya Sanur Resort & Spa
This beautiful beachfront hotel boasts two pools, a fitness centre complimentary to guest and four onsite restaurants. Each room has a modern design and includes tea and coffee making equipment. The hotel organises various activates such as cooking class, snorkelling and canoeing.
Midrange – The Alantara a Pramana Experience
The hotel is located in the heart of Sanur, close to bars and restaurants and a 5 minutes’ drive to Sanur Beach. The hotel has a pool and restaurant and offers various activities that guests can enjoy free of charge, including yoga, live music nights, and a free massage.
Budget – Blanjong Homestay
Ubud – Best part of Bali to stay for culture and adventure
Ubud is definitely in the top three of Bali best areas to stay! Ubud is situated in the central part of the island, and it’s known to be its cultural capital. There is so much to do in Ubud and the surrounding areas, such as exploring rice fields, chasing waterfalls and visiting temples.
It is definitely one of the best locations to stay in Bali for adventurers and explorers and an excellent base to see north of Bali.
Things to do in Ubud:
• Visit Sacred Monkey Forest
• Have a stroll on Campuha Ridge Walk
• Visit Tegalalang Rice Fields
• Ubud is excellent for experiencing real Bali
• Great base for exploring the north
• Ubud has some of the unique Bali accommodation options
• No beach access
Best hotels in Ubud
Luxury – Bee House Dijiwa
The hotel is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Ubud. Seven stylish wooden villas are overlooking the lush greenery of rice paddies and a lagoon-styled swimming pool. Would you like to try the Bali specials like floating breakfast, flower bath or a massage? The hotel will make it happen for you.
Midrange – Villa Cella Bella
This beautiful property is located just 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Ubud. This boutique hotel boasts an infinity pool overlooking rice fields and a lush valley with a stream at the bottom where local people attend to their daily bath rituals. The staff can arrange a floating breakfast and flower bath in an outdoor setting. Villa Cella Bella is the best place to stay in Ubud, Bali, if you want to wow your Instagram followers.
Budget – Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel
This hostel has a great location as it is situated right in Ubud, close to all Ubud points of interest. It’s a luxury hostel with a nice pool, free yoga classes and different type of entertainment every evening, including live music, BBQ and movie nights.
Southeast Bali – Best for off-beaten track experience
Sidemen – Best bamboo houses in Bali
Sidemen is an up and coming area to visit in Bali. It is the best area to stay in Bali if you’re after a more off-beaten track experience or if you’ve been to Bali already and are interested in exploring more. Sidemen is not touristy and has lots to offer, from stunning rice fields, temples to some awesome viewpoints over Mount Agung.
Things to do in Sidemen:
• Experience a sunrise in Bukit Cinta overlooking lush rice field and the mighty Mount Agung
• Check out Tukad Cepung – a waterfall hidden in the cave
• Visit white-sanded Virgin Beach
• Off beaten track experience
• Great for nature lovers
• Not much ‘tourist infrastructure’ such as bars and restaurants
• Remote – over three hours’ drive from Kuta and Seminyak
Best hotels in Sidemen
Luxury – Samanvaya Luxury Resort
This adult-only, eco-friendly resort boasts Maunt Agung views and is surrounded by the lush rice fields situated in the heart of Sidemen Valley. Samanvaya is the perfect marriage of Balinese traditional joglo style and modern luxury. The hotel boasts a restaurant, excellent spa facilities and an infinity pool overlooking the tranquil rice paddies.
Midrange –Vision Villa Resort
Vision Villa Resort is located in Keramas, only a few minutes’ drive from Bali’s most famous winery – Sababay. If you want to experience the winery, this is a great hotel to stay. Vision Villas boast well-designed rooms, a pool, and an excellent restaurant onsite with many healthy options, reasonably priced.
Budget – Kubu Carik Bungalows
Kubu Carik Bungalows have an excellent location which is only a few minutes’ drive from the famous Mount Agung viewpoint – Bukit Cinta. If you’re planning a sunrise mission to Bukit Cinta, this is the best hotel to stay in Bali. The bungalows overlook a stunning valley with beautiful rice fields, and you can enjoy the view from your private balcony.
Amed – Best for a quitter beach stay
Amed is a coastal town situated on the eastern shore of Bali. Amed is famous for its gorgeous black-sand beaches and colourful fishing boats. Amed is excellent for an alternative beach stay, far away from Bali’s crowds of most popular areas.
Amed is also excellent for snorkelling, visiting Pura Lempuyang and taking a boat to visit Gili Islands.
Things to do in Amed:
• Go snorkelling; Amed have some excellent coral reefs
• Take a boat to Gili Islands
• Visit Pura Lempuyang
• Quiet coastal town great for relaxing
• Excellent base for visiting Gili Islands
Best hotels in Amed
Luxury – Amed Boutique Hotel
Amed Boutique Hotel is situated right on the Amed beach, where you can mingle with the locals and watch the fishermen go about their day. Stay in one of the Balinese style cottages with outdoor bathrooms. The hotel offers free yoga classes and has an onsite restaurant.
Midrange – Blue Moon Villas
Blue Moon Villas is located slightly further away from Amed centre, and it is tranquil. The hotel boasts a pool overlooking the ocean, a restaurant serving fresh seafood and a free breakfast. Rooms are comfortable and have private terraces, some with the ocean view.
Budget – Anda Amed Resort
The property is conveniently located close to a range of good restaurants, shops, diving and snorkelling centres and 3 km away from the busy Amed centre. It’s a great budget option with free WIFI and free breakfast. The hotel rooms are built on the hill so you can get some great sunset views from your terrace. The highlight of the hotel is the infinity pool overlooking the sea.
Kintamani – Best for adventure lovers
Kintamani is one of the best areas of Bali for adventure lovers and activate people. There are so many activities to take up here. Some of the best ones include sunrise volcano hiking, cycling the rice fields and ARV adventures.
Things to do:
• Hike Mount Batur at sunrise
• Visit Toya Bungkah Hot Springs
• Explore Kintamani Village
• Excellent for adventure seekers
• Great for experiencing authentic Bali
• Remote form any other area in Bali
Best hotels in Kintamani
Unique – Basecamp Bali Bubble Hotel
Have you ever stayed in a bubble hotel? Basecamp Bali is one of them located on a platform overlooking Mount Batur with some epic views. Basecamp Bali offers a unique experience, a combination of luxury and nature. The hotel rate includes breakfast, dinner and a shuttle to the location.
Midrange – Villa Jempana
Budget – Batur Volcano Guesthouse
North Bali– Best for peace & quiet
Munduk – Best for exploring waterfalls
Munduk is such a great place in Northern Bali to unwind from the hustle and bustle of main tourist hot spots and chill out in nature. If you’re looking for a nature getaway, whether it’s a romantic one or an active one, Munduk is the perfect place.
Things to do in Munduk:
• Go waterfall chasing, best waterfalls in the area include: Munduk, Git Git and Aling Aling
• Hike the beautiful local rice fields
• Visit Pura Ulun Danu Temple
• Excellent area for nature lovers
• Close to some epic waterfalls
Best hotels in Munduk
Luxury – Munduk Moding Plantation
Munduk Moding Plantation is located 20 minutes’ drive from Munduk.The hotel’s best part is its infinity pool overlooking the working coffee plantation with some incredible sunset views. The rooms feature four-poster beds and a Balinese-styled yet modern design. The guests can enjoy various day activities, spa, gym, tennis tournaments and yoga classes. Munduk Moding is one of the best hotels to stay in Bali.
Midrange – Munduk Menir Villas
Munduk Menir features different type of traditional, wooden cottages surrounded by nature and stunning views all way round. Each cottage has a bathroom, coffee and tea making facilities and an outdoor sitting area. The hotel is located within proximity to Munduk best waterfalls: 6 km to Munduk Waterfall and 10 km to Git Git Waterfall. The hotel also features a large pool and an onsite restaurant.
Budget – Aditya Homestay
It’s a small hotel comprising six guest rooms with free wifi and balconies overlooking the valley and rice fields. Guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast, and there are also some small warungs and cafés nearby. Aditya Homestay is a great budget option for staying in the Munduk area. You can rent a scooter from the hotel or a map they provide; you can hike to local waterfalls and rice paddies. This place is great for couples looking for a romantic getaway in the serenity of nature.
Lovina – Best for a quitter beach stay
Lovina is a black-sanded beach resort situated in the north of Bali. Lovina is known for its excellent coral reefs and dolphin watching. If you are looking for a quiet beach destination with some unique activities and epic waterfalls, then Lovina is your best area to stay. Bali has some epic black sand beaches, including and Lovina is one of them.
Things to do in Lovina:
• Soak all the worries away in Banjar Hot Springs
• Visit Bali’s most epic waterfall – Sekumpul
• Go dolphin watching
• Great for a quiet beach getaway
• Close to some stunning waterfalls
• Great for snorkelling
• Very remote
Best hotels in Lovina
Luxury – The Damai
The Damai is a boutique hotel situated in the hills overlooking the Lovina beach coast and volcanoes of Java. The property offers different villas, all beautifully decorated with Balinese antiques, including four-poster beds and outdoor bathrooms. Some villas come with a private pool. There is a beautiful shared swimming pool, a restaurant and a spa for an extra charge.
Midrange – Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel
The property offers nine villas situated right on the beach, all nicely decorated in a nautical and minimalist fashion, have private plunge pools and sitting areas. The hotel makes an effort to be eco-friendly and sustainable, providing refillable water bottles and large refillable toiletries. The hotel also features a restaurant and a bar right on the beach.
Budget – Hotel Shri Ganesh
Hotel Shri Ganesh is located 5 minutes’ walk from Lovina Beach. The hotel features traditional Balinese styles cottages with air conditioning and on-suite bathrooms surrounded by a garden. Guests can enjoy a shared pool and onsite restaurant serving hearty dishes.
Nusa Islands – Best for unworldly clifftop views & pristine beaches
Nusa Islands are situated just a short boat ride to the south from Bali’s shore and are considered a part of the Bali regency. There are three islands: Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. They are all so different from Bali – way less established as tourist destinations with a unique landscape.
Nusa Penida is the most popular out of the three islands, and it gets a fair amount of day-trippers. But if you want to truly appreciate the island’s incredible beauty, I highly recommend staying at least one day on Penida. Accommodation options are more limited and modest than hotels and resorts in Bali. You can read more on that in my full guide on Nusa Penida Hotels.
Things to do on Nusa Penida:
• Climb down to Kelingking Beach
• Soak in natural pools of Tembeling
• Go snorkelling with manta rays
• Unworldly nature & pristine beaches
• Less touristy feel, especially if you stay overnight
• Great snorkelling
• Poor condition of roads
• Accessible only by boat
Best hotels on Nusa Penida
Le Royale Villas are situated in between Crystal Bay and Toya Pakeh. This property looks like a perfect Instagram photo! It offers an open living concept in a wooden villa with a large terrace to soak on the epic sunset views. It’s got a hot tub and a private pool, a big-screen movie in the communal area, and offers a free BBQ service.
Midrange – Penida Bay Village
Penida Bay Village is situated 10 minutes’ walk from Crystal Bay Beach in a traditional local village with good proximity to a few little shops and local warungs. The bungalows are clean and spacious and include free wifi use and toiletries in a private bathroom. There is an onsite restaurant that serves a good breakfast that is included in the room price, but also lunch and dinner for an extra charge.
Budget – La Roja Bungalows
La Roja property is also one of the best Nusa Penida hostels that offers private and shared rooms. It is located within 20 minutes’ drive from the harbour on the western coast, a minutes’ walk from shops and small, local restaurants. The hotel boasts a pool area with white decking and a well-kept garden. There is a choice of older bungalows and newer ones situated around the pool, simple yet very tastefully designed. La Roja is an excellent option for solo travellers and budget travellers.
Nusa Lembongan is the second largest out of the three Nusa islands. While Nusa Penida gets many day visitors during the peak season, Nusa Lembongan is way quitter but equally stunning.
Here is the full guide: Where to stay on Nusa Lembongan
Things to do on Nusa Lembongan:
• Chill on Dream Beach
• Explore the Mangrove Forest by boat
• Dine at Mushroom Bay Beach
• Perfect for chilling
• Stunning beaches
• Fewer accommodation choices
• Relatively hard to get to
Best hotels on Nusa Lembongan
Luxury – Adiwana d’Nusa Beach Club and Resort
Midrange – Lembongan Harmony Villas
Lembongan Harmony Villas are located on the western side of Nusa Lembongan and boast a stunning view of the Bali mainland and the mighty Mount Agung. Other locations nearby include Jungut Batu Beach and Coconuts Beach. Villas come with a view of the ocean and private plunge pools.
Budget – Krisna Home Stay
Nusa Ceningan is the smallest out of the three islands and weirdly best known for the yellow bridge that connects it to its bigger sister Nusa Lembongan. Nusa Ceningan is perfect for a very relaxing getaway away from all tourists and for its pristine clear seawater and unspoiled beaches.
Things to do on Nusa Ceningan:
• Walk the yellow bridge of love
• Swim in the Blue Lagoon
• Stunning beaches
• Chilled vibes
• The smallest out of three islands which means fewer hotel choices and restaurant options
• Relatively hard to get to
Best hotels on Nusa Ceningan
Luxury – Blue Lagoon Avia Villas
Blue Lagoon Avia Villas are located on the western side of Nusa Ceningan, within walking distance to Blue Lagoon. The hotel boasts an infinity pool with an impressive view over the lagoon. The property offers a variety of villas; some come with a private pool.
Midrange – Nusa Veranda Sunset Villas & Restaurant
Nusa Veranda Sunset Villas are located on the western side of Nusa Ceningan. The property is facing the beachfront and boasts a pool, restaurant and a bar. Rooms come with en suite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, and the room rate includes a la carte breakfast.
Budget – Wooden Beach Sunset Cottages
Wooden Beach Sunset Cottages are located right on the beach in the north-western part of Nusa Ceningan. Cottages are equipped with bathrooms and an outdoor sitting area. There is a private beach for the use of guests, and the hotel serves continental breakfast.
Gili Islands – Best for divers & beach lovers
Gili Trawangan is the largest out of the three Gili islands and the favourite island amongst the backpackers. Gili T has the largest variety of hotels for different budgets, restaurants, shops and bars. The only way to get around the Gili Islands is on a bicycle which is a fantastic experience as no cars are allowed on any of the Gilis.
Things to do on Gili T:
• Cycle around the island
• Snorkel from the Gili shore
• Gili T is the biggest which comes with the best range of hotels, restaurants and activities
• May get busy at peak tourist season
Best hotels on Gili T
Luxury – Pearl of Trawangan
Located just a few minutes’ walk from the main promenade at Gili T, close to a selection of restaurants, bars and shops, the property boasts a beachfront location, two pools, one facing the ocean with a swim-up bar and one in the garden with a jacuzzi. There are different types of rooms to choose from, some situated in the garden and others facing the beach. They all have a rustic yet modern design and come with an outdoor sitting area.
Midrange – Le Pirate Beach Club
This hotel is located on Gili T, but on the more quiet, western side. The hotel features charming blue and white cottages. They are a little small inside but have everything you may need: refillable water bottles, air-containing and outdoor bathrooms. They also come with a porch area and a hammock.
Budget – Cinta Cottages
Cinta Cottages are located within walking distance to the turtle conservation area on the eastern side of Gili T, minutes away from the beachfront. Cottages come with a plunge pool and a private garden area. The room rate includes breakfast and free use of bicycles.
Gili Air is the second largest after Gili T, and it’s known for its luxury hotels. It is the favourite island for honeymooners and couples.
Things to do on Gili Air:
• Stay in luxury accommodation
• Chill on the beach
• Best luxury accommodation out of the three islands
• Furthest island
• More expensive than the other two
Best hotels on Gili Air
Luxury – Anahata Tropical Private Villas
Midrange – PinkCoco Gili Air
PinkCoco Hotel is located on the western side of Gili Air. The property has direct access to the beach, a pool and an onsite pool. The hotel can arrange sunset boat trips for its guests in a cute pink speed boat. The breakfast and use of bicycles are included in the price.
Budget – Island View Bar & Bungalow
Island View Bungalows are located on the western part of Gili Air with direct access to the beachfront, where various water sports are available to guests for an additional charge. The bungalows are situated in a garden and come with an outdoor sitting area and outdoor bathroom; some come with fans; some are air-conditioned.
Gili Meno is the smallest of the three Gili Islands, with only a few hotels and not much infrastructure. This is the best island for an ultimate tranquil getaway.
Things to do on Gili Meno:
• Swim with turtles
• Snorkel or dive to the underwater statues
• Situated right on the Turtle Point
• The smallest of the three islands with not much to do
Best hotels on Gili Meno
Luxury – Meno House
Midrange – Seri resort Gili Meno
The Siri Resort is conveniently located right in front of the spot where turtles hang out! It’s also only a 5 minutes boat ride from the Gili T. The hotel offers small, nautical style cottages right on the beach and surrounded by bushes of pink flowers. There is a pool in front of the main building and a vegetarian restaurant.
Budget – Kampung Meno Bungalows
I hope this post helped you to decide which areas are best for you to stay in Bali! If you have any questions, you can ask in comments below, I’ll be happy to help.
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