Which are the best areas to stay in Bali?

There is no easy answer to this. Each destination in Bali is quite different from one another. If you visit Bali for the first time, take your time to explore this Bali Destination Guide, before booking the hotel. Each area offers a very different vibe, different type of nature, another choice of things to do, different set of travelers, has different strengths, and also weaknesses. 

Bali Destinations & Tourism Areas

Best And most popular DeStinatioNs in Bali at a Glance

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What to expect where. We have covered the most popular and suitable areas to stay overnight. However, Bali offers many more places and areas worth a visit.

Kuta, Tuban & Legian
Fun & Party, Beach, in-expensive, Young, Shopping, Surfing, mostly 2-4star hotels

Beach, in-expensive with some nice 4* properties, more quiet than Kuta therefore can be family friendly, Young, Shopping, Surfing

Seminyak, Petitenget & Kerobokan
In-Style, Luxury Villas, Restaurants, Bars, Clubs, more stylish Nightlife, Shopping, mixed crowd, Surfing, 3-5star Hotels

Canggu, Berawa, Pererenan
Upcoming, Family Friendly, Medium to upper Class, Healthy, Yoga, Coffee Shops, Breakfast Bowls, Surfing, Beach Clubs, Guest Houses

Culture, Art, Body & Soul, Spiritual, great for excursions, communities, coffee shops, healthy, traditional dance, shopping, rice fields, monkey forest

Classy & Quiet, Family Friendly, Quiet Beach & Coastline, cycling, residential, 3-5star accommodation, boats to Lembongan, Water sports, 

Nusa Dua
Beachfront Resorts, Big Branded 5 star Hotels, Conventions, Calm Beach, Cocktails & Restaurants, Golf

Jimbaran & Kedonganan
Beach Front, 4-5 star hotels, Seafood at the Beach, calm white sandy beach, quiet.

Uluwatu & Pecatu
White sandy beaches in Balangan, Padang Padang and Binging. Homestays & Backpackers, Surfing, Upcoming 4-5 star Resort Developments in Pecatu with Golf Course,  overall quiet & more laid back

Ungasan & Kutuh
Very south of Bali, Steep cliffs, Some top Resorts and top Luxury Villas & Estates, Parties & Clubs, Weddings, less developed and more remote, 

Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Penida
50min by boat, Bali 30years ago with more comfort, tropical paradise, guest houses, small resorts, Diving, Diving, Diving, ride a scooter

Tanjung Benoa
Beach Front, 3-5 star Resorts, water sports, family friendly, overall quiet.

Candi Dasa & Padangbai
Very quiet & relaxed, ferry to Lombok, family friendly, middle class accommodation, in-expensive

Amed & Tulamben
Beautiful Bay, guest houses & small hotels, Diving & snorkelling, very quiet.

Lovina, Singaraja, North Bali
Black Beaches, very quiet, small hotels & resorts, guest houses, nature, diving near Menjangan Island and the nature reserve park

Bedugul & Baturiti and Kintamani

Highlands of Bali, with lakes, hotsprings, forests, amazing trekking, fruit & coffee plantations, and the magical volcanos

Tanah Lot & Tabanan
The areas reaches from the cost of Tanah Lot temple up to the north of Batukaru mountain. Remote, quiet, lots of nature, eco-retreats 

Where to stay in Bali - Best places & areas

First time in Bali? Explore Bali's Destinations

It’s easy to integrate and stay at several destinations in Bali – and worth it.

Not many travelers nowadays choose one hotel for their entire holidays. It is now very common to visit and to discover several destinations while in Bali. The distances are not huge, so it’s easy to travel from one area to another when changing your accommodation. But the experience can be quite different and therefore worth the change.

Travel Itinerary Suggestions for visiting Bali for the first time

  • A few days in Sanur, Jimbaran or Nusa Dua, easy arrival and chill.
  • Then Ubud to discover the culture and natural sites of central and north Bali (Tours, Chilling, Health, Yoga).
  • Hop over to Lembongan and Ceningan Islands for the tropical and more simple life style as Bali offered 30 years ago (and great diving).
  • Conclude your trip with some going out, party, shopping, sunset chills in Kuta, Legian, Seminyak or Canggu.

With that set of choices you will discover a lot…in 2 or 3 weeks…and when you come back to Bali…there is more, much more to discover and explore. Travelers have been coming to Bali for decades and return every year; they still discover new things and gain new experiences.

HOT TIP – Save some time

Often, we advise our travelers when they move to another destination, to use the check-out day to integrate some sightseeing and rent a car with driver. After breakfast, your driver will pick you up, and take you on a nice half- or even full day tour. He keeps your luggage safe in the car while you stop at temples and interesting sites and locations, and then takes you to the hotel afterwards. It’s a great way to not waste time to travel in-between hotels and also safes you cost.

Nine regions of Bali