Where to stay in Bali - the quick & comprehensive guide

Bali is not overwhelming in size, but with numerous interesting and diverse places to pick from, it can be hard to choose where to stay in Bali. To help you a little, we have created this "Where to stay in Bali" guide.

Take a look at the table at the bottom of this page for a quick overview and learn more about Bali's different destinations by using the navigation on the right of this page (at the bottom if you are using a mobile device).

Bali's main areas:

Bali can be divided into six main areas:

South Bali

South Bali includes Kuta, Western Bukit and Uluwatu, Canggu, Denpasar, Jimbaran, Legian, Nusa Dua, Sanur, Seminyak, and Tanah Lot. Here you are in the most visited part of the island by far, with tourists flocking to world renowned Kuta Beach and chic Seminyak.

Central Bali

Central Bali includes Ubud, Gianyar, Bedugul, and Tabanan. This region is the cultural heart of Bali and the central mountain range.

West Bali

West Bali includes Negara, Gilimanuk, Medewi Beach, and Pemuteran. You have here access to ferries to Java and the West Bali National Park.

North Bali

North Bali includes Lovina, and Singaraja. You can enjoy quiet black sand beaches and the old capital city.

East Bali

East Bali includes Amed, Besakih, Candidasa, Kintamani, Klungkung, Mount Agung, Padang Bai, and Tirta Gangga. Here, you can discover another atmosphere with laid back coastal villages, an active volcano and the mighty Mount Agung.

Southeastern Islands

Southeastern Islands includes Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida, and Nusa Ceningan. These quiet offshore islands in the southeast are very popular for diving activities.

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Overview of Bali's most popular destinations

Below a quick overview of the most popular destinations in Bali. To read more about them click on the destintion name in the table.

Seminyak
Bali's style Mecca. Chic boutiques, classy dining and stylish beach bars.
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Culture
Beach
Dining
Nightlife
With kids
Spa and massage
Active holiday
Diving
Surfing
Kuta
Sun, surf and partying.
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Culture
Beach
Dining
Nightlife
With kids
Spa and massage
Active holiday
Diving
Surfing
Ubud
Eat, love and pray…
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Culture
Beach
Dining
Nightlife
With kids
Spa and massage
Active holiday
Diving
Surfing
Sanur
Centrally located beach town well suited for families.
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Culture
Beach
Dining
Nightlife
With kids
Spa and massage
Active holiday
Diving
Surfing
Canggu
Semi-rural beachtown. Easy access to South-Bali's attractions.
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Culture
Beach
Dining
Nightlife
With kids
Spa and massage
Active holiday
Diving
Surfing
Bukit West & Uluwatu
Dramatic cliffs & superb beaches
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Culture
Beach
Dining
Nightlife
With kids
Spa and massage
Active holiday
Diving
Surfing
Nusa Lembongan
Island life as in Bali 25 years ago.
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Culture
Beach
Dining
Nightlife
With kids
Spa and massage
Active holiday
Diving
Surfing
Gili Islands
Tropical island paradise.
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Culture
Beach
Dining
Nightlife
With kids
Spa and massage
Active holiday
Diving
Surfing
Amed
A 10 km long string of idyllic fishing villages.
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Culture
Beach
Dining
Nightlife
With kids
Spa and massage
Active holiday
Diving
Surfing
Candidasa
Quite seaside town in a rural setting.
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Culture
Beach
Dining
Nightlife
With kids
Spa and massage
Active holiday
Diving
Surfing
Lovina
A row of slow paced beach towns on the north coast.
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Culture
Beach
Dining
Nightlife
With kids
Spa and massage
Active holiday
Diving
Surfing
Nusa Dua
Polished resort town with a beautiful beach.
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Culture
Beach
Dining
Nightlife
With kids
Spa and massage
Active holiday
Diving
Surfing
Jimbaran
The Beverly Hills of Bali.
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Culture
Beach
Dining
Nightlife
With kids
Spa and massage
Active holiday
Diving
Surfing
Gianyar
Explore the real Bali
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Culture
Beach
Dining
Nightlife
With kids
Spa and massage
Active holiday
Diving
Surfing