Where to stay in Bali

With such rich diversity in its surroundings, Bali’s accommodation is as varied as the island geography itself. Use this guide to help you decide the best areas to stay in Bali.

Popular neighborhoods in Bali

Seminyak

Good for
  • Beaches
  • Romance
  • Boutiques
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Seminyak, north of Kuta and Legian, is an upscale resort area with picturesque beaches perfect for waterfront horse rides, and exciting waves for surfing. It’s great for adventurous families and romantic travel companions. Make sure to check out the beautiful oceanfront ceremonies at the Petitenget Temple as well. The area is also home to Bali’s premiere shopping district, with small designer boutiques, like Balifu and Milo’s, selling the newest in couture fashion.

Hotel prices in Seminyak

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$64
4 stars
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$196
5 stars
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$328
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Ubud

Good for
  • Nature
  • Art
  • Museums
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Ubud, in central Bali, is convenient for visiting the gorgeous temples of the province—experience the serene waterfront dances at Puri Saren Agung, the hot springs of Tirta Empul, or massive stone monuments of Puri Gunung Kawi. For natural excursions, explore the area’s rolling green valleys on the serene Campuhan Ridge Walk or visit the playful primates at the Monkey Forest. You’ll also find many museums showcasing a mix of traditional and modern Balinese art, along with the unique Blanco Renaissance Museum—the former home of Spanish artist Antonio Blanco, where you can see his surreal, entrancing work.

Hotel prices in Ubud

3 stars
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$58
4 stars
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$143
5 stars
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$301
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Kuta

Good for
  • Surfing
  • Sunsets
  • Live music
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In Kuta, south of Ubud in the middle of Bali's southern coast, you’ll find blue-water beaches—popular for surfing and great for learning how to surf. Luxury abounds as well, with many spas offering massage treatments at competitive prices. There are two nightlife areas. Jalan Legian is where you go to party until sunrise—the energy flows freely at bars like The Bounty, made to look like a ship from the outside, and the Apache Reggae Bar, where there’s great live music every night. Poppies Lane II, with laid-back bars like the Bagus Pub, is ideal for more subdued revelry.

Hotel prices in Kuta

3 stars
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$23
4 stars
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$73
5 stars
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$112
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Sanur

Good for
  • Beaches
  • Boutiques
  • Art
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Laid-back Sanur is a family-friendly resort area along the eastern coast of Bali. The former fishing village is home to some of the island’s most relaxed beaches, where you can stroll or bike the paved pathway stretching along the shore. Beyond the path, you’ll spot the area’s historic resort hotels mingling with casual cafes, international restaurants, and chic cocktail bars. Cultural attractions abound here, from the soaring, oversized Balinese kites at the annual International Kite Festival to Bali’s most ancient artifact, the Prasati Blanjong stone pillar at the Blanjong Temple.

Hotel prices in Sanur

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$48
4 stars
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$151
5 stars
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$214
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Canggu

Good for
  • Beaches
  • Surfing
  • Markets
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In southern Bali, Canggu is a beach village heavily populated with tourists and expatriates. Villas are scattered throughout this spot surrounded by deep green rice paddies. You’ll notice its trendy side, too—there are burger joints, modern coffee shops, and rustic roadside cafes with health-conscious menus. Canggu’s beaches offer excellent surfing conditions, and you can easily rent a surfboard at a nearby shop. Echo Beach instructors are there to lend a hand to beginners. The Sunday Market is perfect for sampling local fruits, vegetables, and fresh fish. You’ll also find jewelry, artwork, and other handmade goods at this weekly event.

Hotel prices in Canggu

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$74
4 stars
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$184
5 stars
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$486
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