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Where to Stay in Bali: 5 Best Areas

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.

Beautiful Bali is often rated as one of the best travel destinations in the world. There is so much on offer – from beautiful beaches to stunning spas to the rainforest to the warm and welcoming people of Bali.

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Here are the best places to stay in Bali, things to do, villas to rent in Bali and some of the best boutique hotels in Bali – all you need to plan a great tip and find some fantastic Bali Accommodation.

Where to Stay in Bali

1. Seminyak

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

Seminyak is a paradise for food lovers with loads of terrific restaurants, designer shopping if that is your thing, and amazing sunsets.

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

temple on water in bali

Where to Eat in Seminyak

There are some amazing Bali restaurants and Seminyak is well known for its fantastic food. 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 places to stay in Seminyak Bali. But to really relax I would recommend renting a villa in Bali.

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For a great value boutique hotel in Seminyak have a look at Puri Madawi. This funky hotel is actually in the suburb next to Seminyak, Petitenget and is just a 5 minute walk from the beach.

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One of the best places to stay in Bali Indonesia for affordable luxury is The Amala in Seminyak. These Balinese villas have their own pools and there is a fantastic spa. The Bamboo Restaurant serves organic Indonesian and European food.

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sunset view of beach in bali with lights in foreground a great option when it comes to Where to stay in Bali

2. 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. Ubud is one of the best areas to stay in Bali.

Ubud Bali is home to some stunning temples, waterfalls, and rice fields, Gunung Batur an active volcano, the largest freshwater lake in Bali, the Sacred Monkey Forest, and much more.

If you’re looking to buy Balinese arts and crafts Ubud is a great place to shop on your trip to Bali – and don’t forget that haggling is expected. There are numerous temples around Ubud including the Elephant Cave and Gunung Kwai.

Where to Spa in Ubud

Ubud is known for high-quality spas at a low cost. Treatments can vary from a one-hour Balinese massage to a four-hour full body treatment.

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

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Where to Eat in Ubud

Ubud is home to some of the best restaurants in Bali. The cuisine is diverse – from high-end dining to simple street food – and you’ll find a full range from vegan to carnivore.

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

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If you’re looking for where to stay in Ubud, a great value boutique hotel in Ubud have a look at Bambu Indah. This eco-chic resort is built around ancient Javanese houses and has a natural pool and organic garden.

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For a more upmarket option check out Como Uma. The rooms are set on a hillside and overlook a gorge. There is a sleek infinity pool and best of all the Como Shambala Spa.

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⇒ Read more in my posts on Where to stay in Ubud and the best boutique hotels Ubud has on offer.

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3. Nusa Dua

Nusa Dua is about luxury accommodation, great food, golf, and relaxing! It is perhaps the most expensive area in Bali. This is the best area to stay in Bali if you are looking for a stay that involves swimming, sun, spa, and generally not doing much.

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

rocky coastline in bali

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

For a high-end modern option check out The Bale. At the Bale, there are pavilion rooms which each come with their own infinity pool. The pavilions also have their own garden plus a huge daybed. The Bale Nusa Dua is decorated in a contemporary, minimalist design.

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rice fields in bali

If you’re after the complete spa experience have a look at the Revivo Wellness Resort. This chic spa resort is in 2.5 hectares of beautiful grounds. Revivo Bali offers a range of spa programmes for different health and wellness needs.

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4. 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 in Jimbaran 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.

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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.

For a mid-market luxury option check out Belmond Jimbaran Buri. A mix of traditional Balinese cottages and pool villas all in a tropical garden – heavenly.

Not only is there a stunning swimming pool, but Belmond Jimbaran Puri also has an open-air beach spa where you can experience a massage whilst listening to the ocean.

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For something more at the top end of luxury explore Kayumanis Jimbaran Private Estate and Spa. This resort is only one minute’s walk from the beach but is 11km from Seminyak. Perfect if you are looking to immerse yourself in relaxation but would also like the option of being able to head into town.

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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 Bali

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

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Where to stay in Canggu

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

If you’re after a good value Canggu boutique hotel check out Desa Seni. This eco-retreat is set in a beautiful garden and is well known for its excellent yoga. Located on the fringes of Canggu, Desa Seni Bali is perfect if you are looking to relax but want some activity nearby just in case.

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For a more upmarket option have a look at the COMO Uma Canggu. This is the perfect upmarket resort for beach lovers as it is situated on Bali’s south coast.

COMO hotels are known for their high-end service and those who stay at this hotel will have access to the COMO Shambhala Retreat Bali which offers fitness classes and treatments.

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⇒ Read more in my complete post on Where to Stay in Canggu

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


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

Flights to Denpasar

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

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Sunday 21st of June 2020

Love this thorough Bali guide! This is super helpful and next time I'm in Bali, I definitely want to visit Canggu!


Saturday 20th of June 2020

I have stayed in Ubud, Canggu, Amed, Nusa Penida, Jimbaran and Sanur when I was in Bali. My fav were Ubud, Canggu and Amed :) Thank you for the tips of the places I haven't visited!


Saturday 20th of June 2020

Bali is my dream destination and I was supposed to go in a week time! I need to rebook my trip for next year, so it's great to see these recommendations :)

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Monday 30th of December 2019

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