Bali Itinerary 4 Days / 3 Nights


Q: My boyfriend and I will have a getaway in Bali, and we only have four days and three nights for this trip. Can you please suggest the best itinerary for a four days trip to Bali?
– Patty

A: If you only have four days in Bali, one important tip is to consider hiring a driver and a car to take you around, as Bali island is vast and would take quite a bit of time to get from one place to another. If you don’t mind some serious moving around and with, inclusive of arriving and departing, but would still love to cover some of the must visit places in Bali, here is the suggested itinerary:

Bali Travel Map

Bali and Lombok Travel Map
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Day 1 – Arrival and Kuta

Arrive at Denpasar International Airport and plan early on how you will get to your hotel. If you have not thought of where to stay yet, our Top 10 Best Areas to Stay in South & Central Bali may help you find a suitable one. Right after check-in, head straight to Kuta beach, get some suntan, and swim in since we only have four days to enjoy the sun! After enjoying the beautiful sunset, head to the city and check out Kuta’s vibrant nightlife. There are also many places to stay in Kuta *, if you like to be in the center of the action.

uluwatu temple
Uluwatu Temple, Pura Luhur. Photo by Jainam Sheth on Unsplash

Day 2 – Uluwatu and Tanah Lot Temple

On this day, you will check out two famous temples. First, head to Uluwatu Temple and then double back to Tanah Lot Temple in time to enjoy the amazing sunset there. If you are on time, you should catch the famous Kecak Dance, set with the backdrop of the beautiful temple. End the day with a good dinner at Ultimo in Seminyak.

Kecak Dance Performance at Uluwatu Temple, Bali Indonesia

Kecak Dance Performance at Ubud, Bali. Photo by Meru Muhammad

Day 3 – Beach day

After the hectic day from yesterday, it is a good time to relax on some of the best beaches of Bali. Chill on white-sand beaches, swim or snorkel in the clear blue sea and get some holiday tan. A few of my personal favorites are Balangan beach and Padang-Padang beach. Towards the evening, go to Jimbaran for a romantic seaside dinner. Since you are in this area, check out the rock bar at RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA * after that.

Padang-padang Beach, Bali, Indonesia

Padang-padang Beach, Bali. Photo by indrabastari

Day 4 – Explore Ubud and the rice fields

Ubud is the place one must explore when in Bali before you leave. Walk around the city discovering boutiques, pamper yourself in spas and massages, or visit art and attractions. After that, head north to the neighboring town of Tegalalang to see the classic rice terraces of Asia. Imagine a picturesque backdrop along the way as you explore Bali, whether in a car or on a bike, flanking rice fields as far as the eye can see. Many tourists also like to stay in Ubud * as it is quite central to many attractions around Bali and away from the crowd in Kuta. It is also not that far from Denpasar airport for your departure at the end of the day. 

Rice fields terraces, Tegalalang, Ubud, Bali

Rice fields terraces at Tegalalang. Photo by Pandu Adnyana

Best Accommodations in Bali is my favorite site for booking a place in Bali when planning my trip. The main reason is that most of the bookings can be canceled right up to the trip, allowing flexibility. Here are a few of the best accommodations that we recommend for a stay in Bali:

Luxury (from 150 USD)

Oberoi Villa, Seminyak
For those looking for privacy and to splurge for a honeymoon or special occasion. With quick access to Seminyak beach, this Balinese-inspired accommodation is built on 15 acres of tropical gardens. The Frangipani Cafe inside here is famed for its cuisine. Notables are their open-air massage pavilions and outdoor pool overlooking the ocean.
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Tandjung Sari Hotel, Sanur
For those who appreciate traditional architecture and design. This hotel, built in 1962, encapsulates the Balinese style and spirit. The spacious gardens are thatched roofed bungalows, pavilions, sculptures, and fish ponds. It also has direct access to Sanur beach.
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Mid-range (50 – 150 USD)

Sri Ratih Cottage, Ubud
For those who are looking for unpretentious comfort with Balinese charm. Located in Ubud, our favorite place to stay in Bali, the Balinese-style cottages with carved wood furnishings are set in beautiful gardens with a pool.
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Resort Courtyard by Marriott Bali, Seminyak
Marriott is a trusted brand for many, and this one in Bali lives up to its name. This secured luxury is located just 5 minute walk to Seminyak beach. A noted feature is its private terraces for relaxation, making it a favorite of couples.
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Budget (below 50 USD)

Nick’s Pension, Ubud
For those seeking a mixture of peace and action in the heart of Bali – Ubud. The rooms come with traditional Indonesian architecture and air-conditioning. There is also a swimming pool, restaurant, Wifi and parking provided.
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Linda Villa, Sanur
For the budget conscious, this guesthouse in Sanur is a steal, featuring swimming pools, clean, air-conditioned rooms, and a simple breakfast. It is located at a quiet place with only 15 minutes easy walk to the beach. Prices start from only 24 USD!
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Travel Tips:
1. Book the best accommodations –* or *
2. Find the cheapest flight options that suit you – * or *
3. Rent a car in advance and make your trip more convenient – Rentalcars *
4. Make the most of the time that you have! Exciting excursions, professional guides, and more – Klook *

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