Ohh Bali, how I miss your beautiful beaches and lovely people. If you don’t know, I lived in Bali for about 3 months when I studied there and I absolutely loved it. It seems like Bali is growing in popularity so today I’m sharing with you my advice on where to stay in Bali.
Although Denpasar is the capital of the island, there isn’t really anything to do there and its definitely not worth staying in this city. Only if you’re in Bali around ogoh-ogoh Denpasar is worth a visit, if not: skip it!
Nusa Dua is another city at the seaside and is basically developed for luxury travel. The beaches are insanely white and the most luxurous hotels can be found at this part of the island. There isn’t much of a nightlife going on here, but you can find some amazing spas! Since Nusa Dua is all the way in the south of Bali some of the sights are a bit further away to travel to. When you want to indulge yourself in some luxury and experience some pretty damn white beaches, definitely go to Nusa Dua!
I think Kuta is the most well-known tourist place in Bali, especially for surfers. It’s full of restaurants, bars, hotels, clubs and little stores. Basically a lot of Australian people, go to Kuta to just have a week of partying and laying on the beach, just like people in Europe would go to Salou or Lloret de mar. If you’re looking for a holiday where you want to lay on the beach, go for a surf and have (very, very cheap) drinks at night Kuta is the place to be.
Seminyak and Kuta basically blend together by Legian street. Although they’re pretty close there’s definitely a big difference between Seminyak and Kuta. Seminyak is a more classy place with nice restaurants and boutique shops. It’s still very touristic and you can still party there, but everything is a bit more classy and expensive. There is some really good restaurants there for a nice evening out! The same as Kuta, Seminyak is also surrounded by beach so you can definitely get your tan on!
Sanur is also at the seaside and has -in my opinion- a prettier beach than Kuta and Seminyak. It’s on the other side of the island and is way more quiet. It’s not so much of a backpackers place since the accommodations start at midrange prices. There are some good restaurants and bars in the area, but don’t expect wild nights of partying there!
From either of the above places you can easily travel to some of the highlights of the island either by taxi or scooter.
If you’re looking for the eat, pray, love feel of Bali you should go to Ubud. Ubud is a bit more centrally located on the island and is very different from a Kuta or Nusa Dua. Ubud is very green, cultural and artistic with a lot of small towns surrounding it, that are all specialized in different art forms. Ubud is pretty popular around backpackers with her different yoga schools and tons of healthy food options. There are some cheap places to stay, but also more expensive hotels. If you really want to experience a bit of the Balinese culture Ubud is your place to be.
Lovina is all the way on the top of the island and popular for the nearby diving and snorkling spots. If you’re really into diving and snorkeling I’d suggest to go here, but don’t expect to much from Lovina itself. To me it was a bit disappointing and way smaller than I expected it to be. Only stay here for a few nights, but don’t intend on spending your entire holiday here!
Kintamani is a small town near the gunung batur, one of the volcanos of Bali. It’s not that touristic and a great place to stay and do some exploring around the volcanos. It’s not a place to spend your entire holiday in my opinion, but it’s definitely worth a few nights!
I hope I helped you out a bit on deciding where to stay in Bali if you’re going there! If you’ve ever been to Bali, let me know where you stayed and if you liked it!