Where to Stay in Bali: Best 5 areas to rent a villa



Planning a trip and wondering about Bali Where to Stay? To really get into the relaxed vibe one of the best things you can do is to rent a villa in Bali. Here are the best areas to stay in, things to do and villas to rent in Bali – all you need to plan a great tip and find some fantastic Bali Accommodation.

1. Where to Stay in Bali – Seminyak

Seminyak is now the “It” town of Bali. It is probably the most modern town on the island. This is the perfect place for a relaxation focused trip for people who like to have a nice meal out and do some shopping.

Villa Tjitrap Seminyak Bali - a great option if you're looking for where to stay in bali
Villa Tjitrap Seminyak Bali

Where to Spa in Seminyak

Seminyak is known for its miles of beaches and for having some fantastic spas. If you are after a day spa in Seminyak here are a few options:

Bodyworks  -try the Cream Hair Bath

Reday Spa -known for great pedicures

Spring -offers a blow dry, DJ and cocktail in the evening!

Prana -one of the oldest spas in the area and great for those staying in the southern part of Seminyak

Where to Eat in Seminyak

Seminyak is also well known for its fantastic restaurants. Here are a few to try:

Mejekawi by Ku de Ta is a world-respected restaurant with an amazing beachfront location

The Plantation Grill offers innovative dishes of grilled meat and seafood in a 1920s setting

Settimo Cielo at The Layar is a sleek Italian restaurant lit by stunning lanterns

La Lucciola has amazing ocean and sunset views and all-day eating

Where to Stay in Seminyak

There are many accommodation options in Seminyak. But to really relax I would recommend renting a villa in Bali.

Click here for some great villa options. 

And before you head to Bali make sure you read this great post on Bali Travel Tips and Advice.

2. Where to Stay in Bali – Ubud

Ubud is the opposite of the typical Bali beach perception. It is located in the cool mountains of Bali. It is the cultural center of Bali – and for many the spa center as well.

Where to Spa in Ubud

3 Points for body, mind and soul treatments

For massage expertise try the Tamarind Spa

For an amazing location with your treatments look at the Karsa Spa

Where to Eat in Ubud

Locavore is considered by many to be the best restaurant in Ubud and serves contemporary European cuisine.

Mozaic is the place to go for French-inspired cuisine.

⇒ If you’re after romance try CasCades at the Viceroy.

⇒ For a riverside view try Kubu.

mix of grapes and other fruits in bowls in bali
Delicious and unusual fruits await in Bali

Where to stay in Ubud

Click here for some great villa options in Ubud

3. Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua is about luxury accommodation, great food, golf and relaxing!

Where to Spa in Nusa Dua

⇒ Check out their brilliant deals on packages at Zahra Spa

⇒ For an upmarket hotel experience try the Heavenly Spa at the Westin

⇒ Check out the coconut scrub at the Dandelion Spa

Where to Eat in Nusa Dua

⇒ for a fun mix of east and west check out Mr Bob Bar and Grill

⇒ if you’re looking for decadence head to Kayuputi at St Regis

⇒ keen for a pizza? Head to Nusa Dua Pizza

Where to stay in Nusa Dua

Click here for some great villa options in Nusa Dua

4. Places to Stay in Bali – Jimbaran

Jimbaran is located on Bali’s southwestern coast and features both the famous Jimbaran Bay and Jimbaran beach. This small area is known for its upmarket luxury accommodation as well as its three groups of grilled seafood restaurants on the beach. The great food here plus the sunset views keep this a busy area.

This is not the place for nightlife but there is some very good boutique shopping.

Where to Spa in Jimbaran

Thermes Marins Bali Spa at AYANA resort is known for its outstanding massage.

Bamboo spa features the fabulous L’Occitane products and is known to have some brilliant promotions.

⇒ Or try the Bali New Opium.

Where to Eat in Jimbaran

⇒ For a more refined beach eating experience head to Sundara Bali at the Four Seasons

⇒ If you are after an Instagram friendly setting look no further than the Rock Bar. Part of the Ayana Resort and Spa this restaurant has been featured across many travel magazines due to its unique location on a limestone cliff.

⇒ For fantastic seafood served directly on the beach try Kedonganan Seafood Cafes and Restaurants.

full fish on a green plate with greens and a silver fork
Bali offers the opportunity to enjoy amazing seafood

Where to stay in Jimbaran

Villa options in Jimbaran.

5. Canggu

This small resort town is on the south coast of Bali. Canggu is known for its surf beaches and stunning rice paddies. It is located quite near Seminyak so you can take advantage of that area’s restaurants and boutiques whilst having a more isolated location.

Where to Spa in Canggu

Therapy Canggu

⇒ to enjoy a fabulous massage from the comfort of your villa try Casa Home Spa.

⇒ if you feel like doing a dog pose or three head to Desa Seni Yoga.

Where to Eat in Canggu

⇒ Head to Macan Café and try the rosemary-infused lamb.

⇒ if you’re after a great brunch or an amazing sunset head to the strangely titled Old Man’s restaurant.

⇒ or head into Seminyak and enjoy an Australian BBQ treat at the Brazilian Aussie BBQ

Where to stay in Canggu

⇒ Canggu is a prime area to rent a villa in Bali.

The Sanctuary Villa Canggu table with red light fittings
The Sanctuary Villa Canggu

If you’re planning your trip to Asia check out my posts on Hong Kong, Hoi An, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Kathmandu, Kanazawa in Japan and Tokyo. In Korea check out what I’ve written on Daegu and Jeju. And if you’re considering a trek to Nepal check out my posts on Kathmandu, Dhulikhel and Everest Base Camp.

If you’re travelling solo you might enjoy reading my posts on travelling single over 40, the 30 best solo travel groups and my favourite – Solo Spa Breaks!


The capital of Bali is Denpasar and it is home to Bali’s largest airport.

Flights to Denpasar


Looking to do some tours while you are in Bali? Click here for some ideas

Travelling solo to Bali? Check out some group tour options here:

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This is a sponsored post. This means I was contacted by Luxury Retreats and asked if I was willing to put together a post about where to stay in Bali for them that featured their properties. I checked out their website and reviews and they seemed like a good fit with the Boutique Adventurer so I said yes.

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