Bali is one of those tourist destinations where you can find accommodation options for different budgets. And when I say ‘different’ I really mean different: you can get a cheap room in local homestay for just 10$ a day or you can splurge in one of the luxury hotels for 1000$ a night. So lets have a look what you can get for different money.
For true backpackers: just 10$ a day
Yeah, you can still get a room for 150,000 rupiah a night in Bali (10 usd/eur or 15 aud). There are plenty of homestays run by local families that offer tourists a simple room for a very cheap price.
Most of budget local homestays don’t advertise online and you can’t book in advance. You should look for a room upon arrival.
Cheap accommodation obviously means that your room will be very simple, no A/C or hot shower, sometimes a shared bathroom. And don’t be surprised if you your room didn’t see renovation for a while ;-)
The easiest way to find a cheap room upon arrival is definitely Kuta. Just head to streets Poppies I or Poppies II and there are plenty of homestays around that area. The most famous in Kuta is probably Suka beach inn. It’s old local hotel, with big garden and a pool. Very cheap for that kind of accommodation.
In Bukit there are cheap rooms right on the beach. Simple straw shacks in Balangan beach and you wake up hearing the ocean. Very simple accommodation, mattress on the floor and shared bathroom. Just ask in the warungs on the beach, they rent rooms to travellers. In Padang Padang there is Thomas Homestay with ocean view.
The longer you stay the cheaper is the prices. Don’t forget to bargain and ask for discounts if you stay longer than 2 weeks. Or rent for a month – it’s gonna be just 100$ or so.
Funky Monkey in Kuta, 3D Homestay in Uluwatu, Balibbu Guesthouse in Canggu/Berawa, Kputra Homestay in Amed, Pecatu Guesthouse in Bukit, Happy Inn 2 in Ubud, Ayu Homestay in Ubud, Happy Inn 2 in Ubud, Ayu Homestay in Ubud, Widya Homestay in Nusa Lembongan island
20-30$+ | Affordable room in a guesthouse
What I like about Bali is that you don’t really need to go extremes with that 10$ accommodation. You can get yourself a nice room and still stay on the budget. Decent local guesthouses in Bali – small hotels owned by local families – usually charge you around 200.000-250.000 rupiah (20 usd/eur or 25AUD) per room and for that money you can get a rather comfortable place to stay. There are also expat owned guesthouses that are a bit moderner or have more unique design an they will be around 400.000-500.000 rupiah per night
Most of local guesthouses have different types of rooms – the ones with A/C and hot water, and the ones without. Elictricity is expensive in Bali and that’s why rooms with those amenities are usually more expensive. So it’s better to ask in advance what type of rooms are available.
Nowadays there are more and more guesthouses in that prices range that offer online booking and lots of them are available on booking.com, agoda or airbnb. But sometimes some really good & cheap gems are still missing there ;-/ And they can only be booked upon arrival.
Guesthouses that are affordable and run by local families can be a bit slow in terms of service. But balinese are nice people to deal with and very helpful if you need anything, so it’s always a joy to stay in a local guesthouse. When I travel around the island or go to surf trips I always stay in guesthouses. And it’s safe to stay there if you are wondering.
All the tourists areas have plenty of accommodation for that price range. In areas like Uluwatu or Padang Padang you can find a really nice bungalow for 30$. For this amount of money you can find a room almost everywhere in Bali, but Seminyak. Seminyak is extremely popular among tourists with money so most of the accommodation is overpriced. The further you are from Seminyak the better accommodation you can find for your money.
Other areas of Bali: Villa Anjing in Nusa Dua, Alur beach Homestay in Amed, Jukung Bali in Amed, Santika B&B in Singaraja, Bali Rekreasi Warung in Bedugul, Lila Stana Homestay in Sidemen, Kubu Carik in Karangasem, Mola Mola Bungalows in Nusa Lembongan, Dafish Accommodation in Nusa Ceningan,
50-60$++ | Comfortable rooms in bungalows & 3-star hotels
So if you are on holidays and not really on a tight budget, 50-70$ a night for accommodation is the best option to really see the best side of Bali. You get to stay in a beautiful place with unique design.
Hotels in Bali start with 40-50$ a night and that will include daily cleaning, breakfast, pool and other amenities. There are plenty of modern 3-star hotels for that price if you want to stay in Kuta. In Seminyak outskirts hotels are around 70$ a night. (But those will be hotels without beach access)
In other areas of Bali there are plenty of bungalows, small 1 bedroom private villas or studios where you can find a really comfortable big room and a nice view (ocean & rice field) or lush garden, stylish design and western approach to service. So unless it’s Kuta or Seminyak I would suggest to look for private space like nice bungalow because hotels for that prices won’t be big and spacious and won’t look anything special.
Hotels & bungalows usually offer daily trips around Bali, car & scooter rentals and everything a tourist might need in Bali.
100$-250$++ | Beach access hotels and full amenities resorts ****
If you are looking for a hotel with beach access and hotel amenities like several restaurants, pools, kids clubs, 24hrs service etc, then you should look for accommodation in Nusa Dua, Sanur or Jimbaran. Nusa Dua is extremely touristic and overpriced, so not really recommended unless you absolutely want to stay inside the hotel or at the beach most of the time. Sanur is nicer area, but is usually considered as resort for older audience and families.
For 100-250$ a night you can find 3-4 stars hotel in most areas. Prices vary a lot, and depends a lot on how old/new is the hotel, how modern are rooms and what amenities are offered. Lots of hotels in Nusa Dua offer all inclusive packages. Most 5 stars hotels in Bali will start at 250$ a night and higher.
Canggu and Bukit have hotels for that price range, but not very many and they don’t have no beach access. It’s better to rent a villa for that money in that area.
There are also other areas where hotels have beach access: Amed, Loving, Candidasa, Pemuteran. But those areas are considered as get away destinations. Not much is happening there. But the nature is very beautiful there.
200-350$ | Private villas
If you are looking for a private villa to stay with your family or friends, depends on the area you should expect to pay 200-350$$ for 2-3 bedroom villa. Seminyak is the most expensive area but there are plenty of villas over there. Plus if you choose a villa in the outskirts of Seminyak you might find something much cheaper.
Almost all the private villas have pools, nice garden, and also daily cleaning included.
Prices for villas go up on Christmas, New Year, Easter and July-August high season time. Fancier villas in better locations cost 400-500$$++ a night.
If you want to rent a villa directly from a host, check airbnb, there are plenty of options. Also you can rent a villa as part of villa complex or bigger resort. Those villas can be a bit more expensive, but more service & more security will be offered. Plus one bedroom villas are more common in resorts, than as standalone properties.
Other areas: Seririt beach villa in Lovina, Kampung Villa in Amed, Villa Tengguli in Amed, Kubu Sari villa in Nusa Lembongan, Mountain Villa near volcano Batur, Nature Retreat in Bedugul, Mountain Lake Garden villa in Bedugul, Bayshore Residence in Candidasa
500-1500$ a night for a fancy view | luxury 5Star resorts
If you ever wondered how much that view can cost, that’s how much. Most people think that Bali is a perfect backpacker / surfer / budget travellers destination which it is of course. But travellers with money or honeymooners ready to splurge can enjoy the other side of Bali, the luxury tropical side.
I am not that kind of tourist myself, and I guess most readers of my blog aren’t either, but who knows, maybe one day me or you might win a lottery and will be able to stay there. But for now lets just relax and enjoy the beauty of this modern balinese / western architecture that Bali has to offer.
Things to consider when booking accommodation in Bali
Most Bali hotels and villas can be booked online, unless it’s absolutely cheap local accommodation below 15$ a night. I would suggest book in advance if you are coming for a week or two only. If you plan to stay for a month it’s better to book something for the first week and the rest you of your stay book when you arrive.
Before booking any hotel or room you should figure out what area of Bali you want to stay in. If you have only a week, stick to one place for the whole stay and just travel around the island. Don’t waste your time on packing – unpacking and checking in – out. If you have two weeks you can split your stay into 2 areas, but I still suggest sticking to one place. All the districts of south of Bali are reachable within one hour or less.
For choosing an area to stay please refer to this article:
Kuta & Seminyak are the most popular areas to stay in Bali. Kuta is cheap and a bit chaotic. Don’t stay there unless you need something really really cheap. Seminyak is the most expensive to stay, but people love it because it has a lot of really good restaurants, western style cafes and great nightlife.
Canggu, Sanur & Bukit are more laid back and you will get real feel of Bali. Just keep in mind that you will need transport to get around, those areas are not as compact as Kuta / Seminyak. Canggu is very trendy right now, Bukit is famous for surfing and Sanur is great for family & beach holidays.
Ubud is a great area to stay if you don’t need to go to the beach every day and you want more piece for your mind. It’s really beautiful and relaxed there. Other great getaway areas include Lovina, Amed, Candidasa, Munduk etc.
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