Last Updated on November 27, 2020 by Queenie Mak
Bali Indonesia is one of the best solo destinations for solo female travellers. My first time to the beautiful island was about five years ago. And at that time, I wasn’t sure where I should go and where I should stay.
But since my first trip to Bali, I’ve been back a handful of times and explored many parts of the island. I continue to explore new places and check out new budget accommodations, Airbnb rentals, and indulge in five-star luxury hotels.
And if you just started your research on Bali accommodations and wondering where to stay in Bali Indonesia, then look no further; I’ll tell you exactly which are the best areas to stay in Bali and all the amazing accommodation choices in each area.
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Where is the best place to stay in Bali
As a solo traveller visiting Bali, there are a few areas I would recommend staying.
If you have never been to Bali before, start your trip in Seminyak, an upscale town with many excellent hotels and cafes.
And if you enjoy somewhere that is a bit more laidback, stay in Canggu for affordable private villas.
And if you really want to splurge, check into one of the best luxury villas in Tabanan.
Uluwatu has the nicest beaches in Bali, but Uluwatu’s accommodations are more expensive (but still affordable).
And if you want to indulge in Balinese culture, visit Ubud and stay next to beautiful rice terraces.
I will tell you more about each area and all the accommodations within each town below. These are all the places I highly recommend since I’ve personally experienced them. Also, I pinned all the best places to stay in Bali on the interactive map. Click on the individual pin for more information.
Best area to stay in Bali: Seminyak
If you have never been to Bali before, Seminyak is the best place to start your travels on the beautiful island.
The town has some of the best accommodations for solo travellers, boutique stores, local and western cafes and many beaches. Plus, it is easy to get to as Seminyak is only 10km north of Ngurah Rai International Airport. So, stay a few days in Seminyak and get aquainted with Bali.
Lloyd’s Inn Bali
Address: Jalan Arjuna (Double Six Street), Seminyak, Bali 80361
Rate: 1,000k IDR for a standard double room (check Agoda for current rate)
Best hotel for minimalistic design aesthetics
Lloyd’s Inn Bali is probably my favourite place to stay in Seminyak. I was immediately drawn to the minimalist design and decor of the hotel. The design of the guest room is simple and yet very comfortable. The entire hotel has a very modern contemporary feel to it, which is very unusual for a hotel in Bali.
While you are there, check out the pool on the second level and have a cocktail on one of the swings by the bar. I love Lloyd’s Inn Bali so much that I wrote an entire review of the hotel and even stayed at their hotel in Singapore.
Besides loving every part of the hotel, Lloyd’s Inn is conveniently located near Double Six Beach where you can enjoy a bit of beach time and hang out at one of the beach restaurants. Plus, it is in walking distance to many stores on Jalan Arjuna and Jalan Legian.
Taum Resort Bali
Address: Jalan Lebaksari No. 37-39, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Rate: 680k IDR for a studio room (check Agoda for current rate)
Best budget private accommodation in Seminyak
I typically go for budget accommodations so I can stay longer and travel longer. And I’ve never stayed in a hostel in Bali because accommodation is generally quite cheap.
And it is no exception for Taum Resort Bali. The mid-size hotel has a spacious guest room that includes a king bed, a bathroom, a sitting area, a kitchenette, and a balcony. Moreover, the hotel has an amazing swimming pool, restaurant and spa facilities. The best part is the excellent accommodation is very affordable!
There are many nearby cafes and restaurants, including Warung Kultur and Coffee Cartel. Plus, the four-star hotel is within walking distance to Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak’s main road.
If you don’t plan on renting a scooter and want affordable accommodation, check out Taum Resort Bali.
Dash Hotel Seminyak
Address: Jalan Petitenget No.468X, Kerobokan, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Rate: 400k IDR for a dash studio room (check Agoda for current rate)
Most convenient hotel in Seminyak
Dash Hotel Seminyak is a vibrant hotel with bold, colourful decor and funky sculptures. The wild aesthetics is also seen in the guest rooms, an outdoor pool and the rooftop garden. While the design aesthetics is quite exciting, the best part about Dash Hotel is its location.
Located on Seminyak’s main street, Jalan Petitenget, you can walk to also most places in Seminyak. There are many cafes and stores when you walk south, including Sea Circus, Bamboo and Seminyak Village. When you walk north, there is The Fat Turtle, Biku and KYND Community. And the beach is only a few minutes away when you walk in the southwest direction.
You absolutely do not need a scooter if you are staying at Dash Hotel Seminyak. For the price and convenient location, I would absolutely stay here again!
Four Points Sheraton Bali Seminyak
Address: Jalan Petitenget, Gang Cendrawasih, No. 99 DS, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Rate: 500k IDR for a deluxe room (check Agoda for current rate)
Best hotel for collecting and redeeming Marriott Bonvoy points
When you stay at any Marriott hotels (or previously Starwood hotels), quality and superior customer service is guaranteed every single time. And it is no exception for Four Points by Sheraton Bali Seminyak as well.
The boutique hotel is located near Jalan Petitenget where you can walk out to the main street or take one of their complimentary shuttle services to the main road. And from the main road, you can walk to many local restaurants, cafes, boutique shops and spas.
And if you collect Marriott Bonvoy points, you can use your points to redeem free accommodation. The Four Points by Sheraton Bali Seminyak Hotel is a category 3 hotel (from 15,000 points) if you want to redeem a free night.
Or if you want to collect more points while taking a vacation, choose this hotel for its value and location.
Address: Jl. Taman Ganesha No. 9 Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Rate: 2,800k IDR for a terrace suite (check Agoda for current rate)
Most luxurious hotel in Seminyak
If you want to stay at a luxurious beachfront hotel, then you have to stay at Alila Seminyak. The five-star hotel has the comfortable guest rooms, infinity pools, and a beach-facing restaurant and bar where you can enjoy a Seminyak sunset.
I spent my big birthday at Alila Seminyak, and they curated the most unique and delicious dinner I ever had. And I even enjoyed a spa package at their spa!
Alila is one of the best hotel brand for luxury hotels in Asia. The brand focuses on the best modern design and superior hospitality. And the brand is consistent throughout all their locations. Besides Alila Seminyak, I’ve also stayed at Alila Manggis in Bali, Alila Bangar in Kuala Lumpur and had a spa session at Alila Ubud.
Can’t say enough good things about Alila. Truly worth every penny!
Best place to stay in Bali: Canggu
If you want to stay in an area with wonderful beaches for swimming and surfing, excellent local and western cafes and very affordable private villas, then consider Canggu as your next solo destination in Bali.
Canggu is not as popular as other Bali towns, but this laidback coastal town is very popular with ex-pats and digital nomad communities. Plus, you will find many amazing cafes and affordable spa facilities, which are essential for a solo vacation.
The Kirana Canggu Hotel
Address: Jalan Batu Bolong, Canggu, Bali 80361
Rate: 840k IDR for a Kirana pool access room (check Agoda for current rate)
Best location in Canggu where you don’t need a scooter
Located on Jalan Batu Bolong, the main road in Canggu, Kirana Canggu Hotel is an excellent budget hotel for solo travellers. The hotel has an outdoor pool, spa facilities, and a fitness centre.
If you don’t plan on renting a scooter, you can walk to several restaurants nearby, including Lacalita Bar y Cocina, Mason, and The Slow Kitchen and Bar. And there are spa facilities like Spring Spa Canggu, Goldust Beauty Lounge in the area, and The Practice (yoga studio) is just across the street.
And if you walk to the end of Jalan Batu Bolong, you can have drinks at Old Man’s and surf at Batu Bolong Beach. But not in that order. Ha!
The Canggu Boutique Villas and Spa
Address: Jl. Pantai Berawa No. 13B, Badung, Canggu, Bali 80361
Rate: 770k IDR for a one bedroom villa (check Agoda for current rate)
Best of both worlds: located between Seminyak and Canggu
There are many fantastic Balinese villas in the Canggu area and The Canggu Boutique Villas and Spa is one of them. I rented a one-bedroom villa and got a little Balinese house with a king bed, private bathroom, and a little backyard with a swimming! I had all the privacy I wanted and a personal pool! What can be better?
Moreover, I think the location of the boutique hotel is excellent! It is located on Jalan Berawa, which is the main road where you have to go through if you are travelling between Seminyak and Canggu. It is easy to get into the heart of Canggu and Seminyak.
Airbnbs in Canggu
Address: various locations
Rate: click on the links below for prices on Airbnb website
Best private rooms and Balinese villas in Canggu
Even though there are excellent hotels in Canggu, such as the two I listed already, there are quite a bit of Airbnb rentals in Canggu that you should check out. I am a fan of renting private accommodations because it has a bit more of a personal touch and each accommodation has its own uniqueness.
I stayed at a few Airbnbs in Canggu and have thoroughly enjoyed each of them. I have a longer post that describes each Canggu Airbnb rental but a quick list of my top 5 favourites.
- Vassani Stay – best designed lofty room
- Villa Ra – best villa for digital nomads and Crossfit enthusiast
- Villa Absolute – best private room in a luxurious villa
- Echo Beach Apartment – best private apartment near Echo Beach
- Villa Mypa – best value for a deluxe private room in Canggu
Best area in Bali to stay: Tabanan
Located on the south-western coast of Bali just north of Canggu, Tabanan is a area in Bali with beautiful black sand beaches and terraced rice paddies.
Tabanan is excellent for any solo travellers who enjoy surfing, outdoor activities and using Tabanan as a base to explore nearby attractions like Sangeh Monkey Forest, Jatiluwih rice terraces and Tanah Lot, the most famous Balinese sea temple.
While there aren’t that many attractions in the near vicinity, one of the best things to do in Tabanan is to stay at a five-star luxury villa and live like a queen for a day (or a few days)! And I have the perfect recommendation.
Address: Banjar Dukuh, Desa Kelating, Kerambitan, Tabanan, Bali 82161
Rate: 9,000k IDR for a beach pool villa (check Agoda for current rate)
Soori Bali: Best luxury accommodation in Bali
Rated as the #1 luxury hotel for design according to Financial Times, Soori Bali is perhaps the most luxurious place I ever stayed in Bali.
The beachfront property has 48 villas where each features a private pool with either rice terraces and mountain view or ocean view. And the hotel has three dining options, infinity pool, gym, and Soori Spa.
And you also get your own private butler who will cater to anything you want. Although I couldn’t think of any meaningful tasks except for shooing off a giant lizard in my bathroom. Ha!
Soori Bali used to be Alila Villas Soori before they rebranded in 2016. I had such an amazing time during my first visit that I went back again. It is very expensive but it is not often that I am in Bali so I wanted to splurge and enjoy myself. And you should too!
Bali best area to stay: Uluwatu
If you want to the most beautiful beaches in Bali, then you’ll have to visit Uluwatu. There are quite a few of them and it would be ideal to stay in the area, rent a scooter and zip your way around southern Bali to explore each beach.
However, Uluwatu accommodations are much more expensive than in Seminyak, Canggu and Ubud, especially the ones along the coast where you have direct access to the beach. So I would recommend staying a bit inland and save yourself a bit of money.
De Sapphire Cliff Villa by Danapati
Address: Jl. Labuansait No.313, Padang-Padang Beach, Uluwatu, Bali 80364
Rate: 1,000k IDR for a standard room pool view room (check Agoda for current rate)
Best budget hotel in Uluwatu
I was able to find De Sapphire Cliff Villa by Danapati Hotel and it didn’t cost me a lot. Although the three-star hotel didn’t have direct access to the beach, you can still see a gorgeous view of the ocean and enjoy the sunset every evening on the hotel property. Plus, the room is very nice and clean.
The best way to get around Uluwatu is with a scooter. You can rent a scooter directly from the hotel and easily visit Blue Point Beach, Suluban Beach, Bingin Beach and many more beaches in south Bali.
Bali best place to stay: Ubud
Ubud is a cool laidback traditional Balinese town full of rice fields, palm trees and zen. With the focus on arts and crafts, you will find many handmade products like wood carvings and textiles which are all excellent as souvenirs.
And in the vicinity around Ubud, there are many sacred temples and majestic waterfalls which you must check out. Spend at least 2 days in Ubud as your first visit in Bali but stay longer if you can.
Ulun Ubud Resort
Address: Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Ubu, Bali 80571
Rate: 1,500k IDR for a classic suite (check Agoda for current rate)
Most serene hotel in Ubud
Ulun Ubud Resort is built on the hillside with views of the cascading rice fields. Each of the 31 modern Balinese-style rooms has a canopy bed, a sitting area and a private balcony. The daily complimentary buffet has a good selection of Balinese and western cuisine. And there is also a spa on the premises.
The boutique hotel is one of the most serene hotels I’ve stayed in Ubud. The resort is quiet and zen, which is the perfect place for slowing down and enjoying the moment.
If you stay at Ulun Ubud Resort, ask for the classic suite on the lower level of the two-story Balinese house because it has direct access to the swimming pool!
Kamadalu Ubud Resort
Address: Jl. Andong, Banjar Nagi, Ubud, Bali 80571
Rate: 2,600k IDR for an Ubud Chalet (check Agoda for current rate)
Most luxurious hotel in Ubud with gorgeous views
I am mostly a budget traveller but I do splurge when it comes to nice hotels. And I found Kamadalu Ubud Resort as one of the best in luxurious hotels in Ubud.
The five-star boutique hotel has 54 private villas where each villa has a spacious interior room and a private outdoor area. As Ubud is quite hilly, the resort is built on top of a hill where you can see the lush greenery in the surrounding.
And make sure to check out the pool overlooking the palm trees and the fantastic spa facilities.
Conclusion: Where to stay in Bali Indonesia
Bali is an excellent solo destination. If you are planning your first trip to Bali, stay about 10 days to two weeks so you can visit each of the areas mentioned in this blog post and check out some of my favourite accommodations.
Also, check out Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan if you want to explore other neighbouring islands. They have a quieter island feel. And if you time, also check out Nusa Penida and see the famous T-Rex coastline.
Let me know in the comments where you are planning to go in Bali and where you will stay.