Top places to stay in Bali — Top 10 best areas to stay in Bali Indonesia for the first-timers

Amankila, Bali, Indonesia. © Amanresorts
Amankila, Bali, Indonesia.

Vacation vacations should never be overplanned. The success of your vacation is determined by one of the components. It determines your emotions and health during the journey. Can you imagine the day’s bustle as nothing more than a calm bed and a quiet place at night? The good news is that you will have no trouble finding wonderful places to stay in Bali, regardless of how much money you have in your wallet. The article below will provide you with excellent advice on where to stay during your holiday. Where to stay in Bali, Indonesia, and the best locations to stay in Bali for first-time visitors? Let’s discover the plus and minus of the top 10 best areas to stay in Bali Indonesia including the best budget places to stay in Bali for tourists who the first time traveling to Bali through our where to stay in Bali blog below. Let’s discover the plus and minus of the top 10 best areas to stay in Bali Indonesia including the best budget places to stay in Bali for tourists who the first time traveling to Bali through our where to stay in Bali blog below.

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Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay Hotel in Indonesia

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The best area to stay in Bali Indonesia: Seminyak

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Seminyak is a premium beach resort in Bali that is rated five stars for its gorgeous beaches at sunset. With private villas, world-class beach clubs, and a great spot to watch the sunset. This neighborhood is home to the majority of the island’s top eateries. This location is also shopping heaven, with a plethora of design shops and brands.

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Who is this place for?

  • Anyone interested in the center where everything is happening
  • Rich visitors

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Plus points

  • Many shops and eateries
  • Strong and passionate nightlife
  • Full energy day and night

Minus points

  • Some services are a bit distant and you have to walk

The best area to stay in Bali Indonesia: Ubud

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Ubud, located in Bali’s middle highlands, is a tiny town that offers an alternative to tropical beach vistas at major resorts. The beautiful river valleys and the famed bamboo rice dish dominate the landscape. In addition, the relaxing spa system located in the village area assists you in regaining your energy after participating in outdoor activities.

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The Rice Harvester

 

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Ubud rice fields

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Who is this place for?

  • Anyone interested in the center where everything is happening
  • Travelers who like to explore the local life and culture
  • Those who do not like ocean air or want to experience new something

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Plus points

  • Many shops, restaurants, spas
  • Many temples are suitable for exploring life
  • Strong and passionate nightlife
  • Full energy day and night

Minus points

  • The scenery is less attractive than the beaches

Top places to stay in Bali: Kuta Beach

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This location is regarded as the surfing hotspot, attracting surfers from all over the world to visit Bali. The Kuta Beach region, in particular, is alive with nighttime parties, alcohol, and music. A water park, retail complex, and restaurants are about 10 minutes north of Kuta Beach.

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Who is this place for?

  • Travelers have an average budget
  • Travelers like the sea and surfing

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Plus points

  • Many shops and eateries
  • Lodging, hotels in a variety of quality and price
  • Suitable for sports activities, surfing

Minus points

  • The area is quite crowded, especially in peak seasons (June – December)

Top places to stay in Bali: Legian

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Located between Seminyak and Kuta, Legian is also a popular beach for relax. The hotels have many prices, even some are the cheapest in Bali, and Legian also has the most bar and party space. Even so, the day is still quieter than Kuta.

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Who is this place for?

  • Travelers want to find places with affordable prices
  • Travelers want to stay near the beach but they are afraid of crowded Kuta
  • Visitors want space in the style of every little one, quiet and vibrant

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Plus points

  • Many shops and eateries, bars
  • Bustling nightlife
  • Quite during the day

Minus points

  • The road system is quite complex

Top places to stay in Bali: Jimbaran Bay

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One of the most beautiful places to enjoy the sunset in Bali. Most of the hotels are in international restaurant chains and five-star resorts. In addition, it is well known for its restaurants, cafes, beach bars with specialty cocktails, seafood, and grilled dishes.

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Who is this place for?

  • Rich visitors
  • Honeymooners
  • Guests wishing to enjoy 5-star food
  • Guests wishing to stay close to one of Bali’s most beautiful bays

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Plus points

  • Many choices of dining, entertainment, and day and night options
  • One of the most beautiful sunset spots in Bali
  • Romantic, suitable for couples
  • The most luxurious Bali services

Minus points

  • Quite far from the center, it takes time to get to the sights and other areas of Bali

Best places to stay in Bali: Nusa Dua

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Renowned one of the most luxurious beaches of Bali. The beautiful white sands of the southeast are ideal places for you to lay down in the sun with a book or sip a glass of cocktail. Nusa Dua is also home to a variety of entertainment, fun activities and is always ready to serve you.

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Who is this place for?

  • Guests are on a honeymoon trip
  • Rich visitors
  • Travelers prefer to stay at luxury resorts with private beach

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Plus points

  • Many choices of dining, entertainment for day and night options
  • More romantic space, suitable for couples
  • Marine recreational services: scuba diving, banana boat, sea walk, …

Minus points

  • Quite far from the center, preferring maritime activities rather than exploring Bali culture

Best places to stay in Bali: Sanur

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As one of the first areas to be introduced into tourism, Sanur has a good infrastructure and a slow pace resort style. Coming to this place, you can enjoy a Bali book as praised books: 5 stars resort, best food, blue water beach.

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Who is this place for?

  • The couples are on honeymoon trips
  • Travelers are wealthy or willing to spend money to have a dream vacation
  • Travelers enjoy the famous resorts

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Plus points

  • Many dining and relaxation options
  • Many romantic, quiet spaces
  • Space suitable for couples, families, and older people
  • Quiet in the evening for very few nighttime activities

Minus points

  • The area is quite “old” and less active at night, so it is not suitable for young people

Best places to stay in Bali: Tanjung Benoa

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The area concentrates on the recreational activities of Bali. Tanjung Benoa brings you to the thrilling experiences of paragliding, water skiing, windsurfing, jet-skiing, … In parallel with shopping centers, local markets, shops, and stores with all the items from luxury to popular. This area is also a paradise for those who love food and like to party at night.

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Who is this place for?

  • Young travelers, like activities, play more than relaxation
  • Honeymooners
  • Travelers have average or rather budget

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Plus points

  • Many dining options, relaxation, shopping, night entertainment
  • Many recreational activities meet the hobbies and ages
  • Suitable spaces for couples, families, and young people

Minus points

  • This area is too “young” and quite noisy at night

Where to stay in Bali reviews: Candidasa

Candidasa

Situated just east of Bali, Candidasa is a new option for those who want to escape the crowds. Although there are no stretches of sand, there is still a 360-degree sea view and fresh air. There are many motels and hotels and some are extremely affordable price. From here, you can easily explore the eastern part of Bali.

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Who is this place for?

  • You want to find new things
  • Visitors have a moderate budget for eating, resting
  • Travelers want to have time to explore other places than sea islands

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Plus points

  • Many dining options, relaxation, shopping, night entertainment
  • Conveniently move and explore the eastern part of Bali
  • Space suitable for many objects from couples, families to visitors to go with friends

Minus points

  • This area does not have the famous white sands of Bali
  • Quite far from the center and fewer activities at night

Where to stay in Bali reviews: Denpasar

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If you want to try to live in a Bali village instead of traveling to Denpasar. Bring to your visitors a bold local space with many motels, hotels in price. From here, you can explore South Bali.

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Who is this place for?

  • Travelers are low and moderate cost, dusty tourists
  • Guests want to have time for exploring the culture of the island

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Plus points

  • Many dining options, relaxation, shopping
  • Many types of motels, hotels at all prices
  • Conveniently to move and explore the southern part of Bali
  • Space suitable for many objects from couples, families to visitors to go with friends

Minus points

  • Crowded and quite noisy
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Useful information for you when traveling to Bali for the first time

  • Should wear lightweight clothes and suitable for going to the beach
  • Bring at least one long sleeve shirt/jacket to visit temples when necessary.
  • If you go from about 5-6 people, you can choose to rent villas to stay more comfortable but it is cheaper
  • Enjoy seafood and watching the sunset on the beach are two activities that you definitely should not miss

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