Top 10 Best Places to Stay in South & Central Bali

Finding the perfect place for your stay in Bali is not that hard of a task to achieve. It does take some time to explore the many places that are available and see whether the prices and accommodations are within your budget and criteria. Most tourist choose to stay in South or Central Bali mainly for the location for easy access to many of the attractions in Bali. Choosing a place to stay in the South or Central Bali would depend on whether you are travelling alone, with a partner or with your family. Here are the top ten places to stay in the south and central of Bali.

Kuta – for the party goers

Kuta is the central party spot in Bali. Since it’s considered the most developed area in Bali, places to stay are everywhere. The Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel is quite a popular place to stay in Kuta, despite its price, which is justified as it’s a 5-star hotel. There’s also the Bali Bungalo Hotel and Febris’s Hotel and Spa, which are highly recommended by frequent visitors of this area. Suji Bungalow and Gemini Star Hotel are affordable places to stay for low-budget tourists.

Holiday Inn at Kuta, Bali

Holiday Inn at Kuta, Bali

Legian – for family holidays

Legian is very popular among families that visit Bali. The place is quiet and filled with shops and places to eat. Legian is near Seminyak and Kuta as well, merely a walking-distance to these places. Since it is the perfect place for families, you can expect a lot of hotels that accommodate families of all sizes. Padma Resort Bali, Legian Beach Hotel and Villa de Daun are the finest family hotels in Legian with facilities, such as adults and children pools, game rooms, shops and restaurants. As for the best budget hotel in Legian, it would definitely be the Pujihouse One.

Tuban – for group stay

Tourists distinguish Tuban from the other places in Bali for its Waterbom Park (one of the largest water theme parks in Asia) and Discovery Shopping Mall. It is also known as a place that has lesser expensive mid-range hotels. If you are travelling in a big group then the perfect choices of residence would be the Novotel Bali Ngurah Rai and Patra Bali Resort & Villas, which are located near the airport and the beach in Tuban.

W Hotel at Seminyak, Bali

W Hotel at Seminyak, Bali

Seminyak – luxury resorts and villas

Seminyak is perfect for those, who are prepared to spend whatever it takes just to enjoy themselves and make their visit to Seminyak memorable. In other words, you get what you paid for in Seminyak. There are great hotels and villas, which provide discounts or special deals during off-season when there are not that many tourists. The famous places to stay in Seminyak are W Retreat & Spa Bali, The Oberoi Hotel Bali and Amadea Resort & Villas Seminyak Bali. As for the mid-range budget stay in Seminyak, you will find the popular Dash Hotel Seminyak.



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Sanur – for midrange budgets

Sanur is well-known for its beaches. Due to the heavy flow of tourists in Sanur, there are plenty of places to stay during your visit. Some of luxurious hotels with kids club, pools, suites and interconnecting rooms are Sanur Paradise Plaza Suites and Peneeda View Beach Hotel. If you are looking something a little more moderate, there are the Besakih Beach Hotel and Griya Santrian Resort. While Kirana Homestay and Tari Bed and Breakfast are some of the finest budget hotels in Sanur.

Sanur Paradise Plaza, Bali

Sanur Paradise Plaza, Bali

Nusa Dua – perfect stay for Honeymoon

Many of Bali’s big resorts are located in Nusa Dua, which is a place in the South of Bali. Like the beaches in Nusa Dua, hotels are aplenty in this area especially all-inclusive places to stay. Among the popular hotels with rooms of all sizes, swimming pools and restaurants in Nusa Dua are the Amarterra Villas Bali and Samabe Bali and Suites. If you are looking for something more moderate than these hotels, then there is the Rumah Bali Bed and Breakfast and Inaya Putri Bali in Nusa Dua. For budget options around Nusa Dua, we would recommend Puri Clinton Bali or Frangipani Homestay.

Jimbaran – good location and seafood

Jimbaran is an area surrounded by the beach and seaside resorts. It also has the nicest seafood restaurants by the beach side. One of the popular hotels in Jimbaran is Rimba Jimbaran Bali, a beautiful hotel near the beach. Another nice place to stay that won’t break the bank is The Sintesa Jimbaran Bali, which has the most amazing views you will ever see in Jimbaran. Tucked away in an oasis is the Resort Belmond Jimbaran that is family friendly with lots of activities to offer..

Ayodya Resort at Nusa Dua, Bali

Ayodya Resort at Nusa Dua, Bali

Canggu – for private holidays and surfers

Canggu is an area in Bali with black sandy beaches. It is popularly known for its surfing activities. The Theana Eco Villa and Spa * is quite popular in Canggu with its stylish villas for couples to families. Most of the places to stay in Canggu are private luxury hotels like Hotel Tugu Bali, which can be expensive for some visitors. For more affordable places to stay, there are D’Tegale Homestay and Abalihouse. There are also specific places to stay for surfers, which are The Chillhouse and the Andy Surf Villa.

Denpasar – center of everything

Denpasar is recognised as the real Bali among the tourists there, as it is the capital of Bali. It is filled with nice places to stay, including the Taman Suci Hotel, which is an affordable 45-room hotel. Popular places to stay in Denpasar are the B Hotel Bali and Spa and the Sugiras Living, which are first class hotels in their own rights. There are also The The Paica and the Samblung Mas House, which are considered affordable places to stay by international standards.

UMA by COMO at Ubud, Bali

UMA by COMO at Ubud, Bali

Ubud – for art and culture lovers

Ubud has plenty of places that tourists will enjoy staying at. There’s the Como Shambhala Estate, which is a health retreat deep in the rainforest. There’s the Hanging Gardens Ubud, which has a spectacular view and private pool villas. The Purist Villas & Spa is another popular place to stay in Ubud, as it’s a stylish boutique villa complete with meal and spa facilities. A popular boutique hotel is Uma by COMO, which is located on the hillside in Ubud.

Bali is an island, which is not that big. Still, to make choices as tourists in Bali can be quite overwhelming. That is why it is easier to research before deciding on what to do, when to go and where to stay in Bali. Mostly you can book your choice of place to stay in Bali online through the many agents online or even directly through the hotels, resorts, or accommodations’ websites. Choosing an area to stay in Bali is a highly personal one. Therefore, go for one that would suit you best, and you will be sure to have an enjoyable stay in Bali.

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Where to Stay in Indonesia: Homestay

How can you get the most out of your Indonesian holiday, save money and get to know local cultures and local people? Stay in a homestay!

Homestays are accommodations offered either in a local person’s home, or in a home-like setting.

Why Stay in a Homestay?

One of the best things about staying in a homestay is that your money goes directly to local people, which has a positive effect on their lives, and can have a positive effect on the environment. Some communities in Indonesia rely on slash and burn agriculture to survive, and tourism can provide an alternative source of income to reduce the threat of deforestation.

Homestays can often help you hire a car and driver, or offer you transportation in between cities or from the airport. They can also organize tours for you or connect you to local tour guides.

View from a Homestay in Indonesia

View from a Homestay in Indonesia

Favourite Homestay Indonesia

My favorite homestay is in Batuputih, North Sulawesi, near Tangkoko Nature Reserve. Ranger Homestay is located a few minutes’ walk from the park entrance. Sakar, who formerly worked with English-speaking NGOs, served as our driver and nature guide during our short stay. He and his daughter Fiona showed us the wonders of the forest: black tail macaques, cuscus, hornbills, tarsiers, and miscellaneous exotic birds. They welcomed us into their village, and even invited us to a family wedding. Ranger Homestay felt like our home away from home, in this small seaside village.

Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Indonesia

Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Indonesia

What to expect when you stay in a homestay

Accommodations are similar to how local people live. In Indonesia, this typically means the furnishings will be sparse (the mattress may be on the floor and dinner may be served on a rug), the toilet may be a squat toilet, and showers may consist of dumping a small bucket of water over your head. While these accommodations might be outside of your comfort zone, you can relax knowing that you’re being taken care of by a local family. Meals are usually included, which is a great way to try out local dishes. Most of the family will probably not speak much English, but don’t worry if you don’t speak Bahasa Indonesia – there is probably a younger relative who speaks good English.

Homestay in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Homestay in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

What to bring

Definitely bring cash. The local ATM might not work, and the homestay will only take payments in cash.

If you’re coming from a cooler climate, bring a sarong or bed sheet. Don’t be surprised if your room comes without a blanket, or with a very thick blanket. It’s best to bring your own sheet for covering up.

In the beautiful small towns of Indonesia where homestays are common, the nightlife can be quite sleepy. Bring a book, a deck of cards, an iPad loaded with movies, or other evening entertainment.

And definitely don’t forget your sense of adventure, and your curiosity! Homestays are a great way to get to know local people and to understand their way of life.

Heather Indonesia Travel Guide
Heather is an American living in Jakarta, surviving the macet and trying to get the most out of life in “the big Durian.” She loves traveling around Indonesia and writing about her discoveries here, and at OurInternationalLife.wordpress.com

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Where is the Best Place to Stay in Bali

Q: We (a couple with an infant) are planning to travel to Bali for 7 nights. We wish to do all/most of the places that you have recommended in Top 10 Must Visit Places in Bali.

Where (area, any hotel/resort/b&b) should we stay? We can either stay at one place or may be two places (3+4 nights).

Answer:
I would suggest looking around staying in these few areas that are quite in the middle of everything and where all the actions are. There are a variety of choices depending on your preferences, from vibrant Kuta to cultured Ubud to relaxing Sanur.

Take a pick at some of our recommendations below and you are good to go!

UMA by COMO at Ubud, Bali

UMA by COMO at Ubud, Bali

Stay in Ubud for culture, nature, arts and markets

Ubud has plenty of places that tourists will enjoy staying at. There’s the Como Shambhala Estate, which is a health retreat deep in the rainforest. There’s the Hanging Gardens Ubud, which has a spectacular view and private pool villas. The Purist Villas & Spa is another popular place to stay in Ubud, as it’s a stylish boutique villa complete with meal and spa facilities. A popular boutique hotel is Uma by COMO, which is located on the hillside in Ubud.

W Hotel at Seminyak, Bali

W Hotel at Seminyak, Bali

Stay in Seminyak for luxury resorts and villas

Seminyak is perfect for those, who are prepared to spend whatever it takes just to enjoy themselves and make their visit to Seminyak memorable. In other words, you get what you paid for in Seminyak. There are great hotels and villas, which provide discounts or special deals during off-season when there are not that many tourists. The famous places to stay in Seminyak are W Retreat & Spa Bali, The Oberoi Hotel Bali and Amadea Resort & Villas Seminyak Bali. Sometimes renting for long term is cheaper than paying by the. The North Seminyak Home is one of the popular places for long term rental in Seminyak. As for the mid-range budget stay in Seminyak, you will find the popular Dash Hotel Seminyak.

Stay in Kutafor nightlife, fun and surfing

Kuta is the central party spot in Bali. Since it’s considered the most developed area in Bali, places to stay are everywhere. The Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel is quite a popular place to stay in Kuta, despite its price, which is justified as it’s a 5-star hotel. There’s also the Bali Bungalo Hotel and Febris’s Hotel and Spa, which are highly recommended by frequent visitors of this area. Suji Bungalow and Gemini Star Hotel are affordable places to stay for low-budget tourists.

Holiday Inn at Kuta, Bali

Holiday Inn at Kuta, Bali

Stay in Sanur for a relaxing beach resorts

Sanur is well-known for its beaches. Due to the heavy flow of tourists in Sanur, there are plenty of places to stay during your visit. Some of luxurious hotels with kids club, pools, suites and interconnecting rooms are Sanur Paradise Plaza Suites and Peneeda View Beach Hotel. If you are looking something a little more moderate, there are the Besakih Beach Hotel and Griya Santrian Resort. While Kirana Homestay and Tari Bed and Breakfast are some of the finest budget hotels in Sanur.

Sanur Paradise Plaza, Bali

Sanur Paradise Plaza, Bali

The above are just the main popular ones that I suggested. Check out our Top 10 Best Places to Stay in South and Central Bali to find even more choices.

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