The most popular areas to sleep in Bali
Bali is a backpacker’s paradise as it offers a great choice of budget accommodation ranging from hostels to homestays and guest houses. For those on a budget, there are also superior hotels and resorts. If you are a group of friends, an excellent choice is to rent a villa and share the costs. There are also villas even with a chef and personal driver. We always rely on Booking.com or Hostelworld.com.
The island of Bali is quite extensive and offers several places to explore or relax according to your needs. However, the most popular locations are not far from each other.
Ubud is the cultural centre of Bali, well known for its holistic Ayurveda centres, yoga centres, cultural performances, craft shops, art galleries, cafes and organic restaurants. It is the perfect base for getting in touch with local culture, visiting the green rice fields, discovering the numerous temples, hiking in the forest or attempting to climb Mount Batur. We slept at the Anumana Hotel.
2. Canggu – Seminyak – Legian – Kuta
These four locations are on the west coast of Bali, a short distance from Denpasar and all close to each other. Here, you will find plenty of budget accommodation and beautiful beaches to relax and surf. Canggu is the least developed and with a wilder beach, while Kuta, Legian and Seminyak are very popular with surfers and youth looking for fun thanks to the many places and clubs to enjoy the night. The beach of these locations is one of the most beautiful on the island, an endless expanse of golden sand 8 km long. We slept in Seminyak at the Grandmas Plus Hotel, excellent accommodation just a few minutes on foot from the beach.
- Accommodation in Kuta;
- Accommodation in Seminyak;
- Accommodation in Legian;
- Accommodation in Canggu.
- Hostels in the area.
Sanur lies about 10 km from Denpasar, overlooking the south coast of Bali. It is a quieter place and an ideal to escape the hellish crowds of Kuta and Seminyak. It is a perfect location for families, couples and tourists seeking relaxation. The beach is less beautiful than the other more popular places, but the coast remains more sheltered from the wind and strong currents. It has a paved promenade of over 5 km with a beautiful bike path where you can enjoy a nice ride.
Uluwatu is located on the Bukit Peninsula, on the extreme southern tip of Bali. High limestone cliffs characterize this area with inlets and small beaches. It is also the place most frequented by professional surfers. Here is also the Pura Luhur temple, one of Bali’s six main and most important temples. In Uluwatu, you will find slightly more expensive hotels and resorts built directly on the cliffs overlooking the sea, from where you can enjoy a fantastic view.
5. Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua lies south of Denpasar along the east side of the Bukit Peninsula. It is an exclusive area with 5-star resorts and hotels overlooking white sand beaches. Nusa Dua was practically created for western tourism and is perfect for honeymooners, families with children and anyone looking for a 5-star holiday with all the comforts.