Where To Stay: Bali Hotels or Bali Villas?

Written by on July 2, 2009 under Asia Hotels, Bali Hotels, Boutique Hotels, Featured, Hotel Tips.

balipeninsula uluwatuVoted as the world’s best island by Travel & Leisure Magazine for the last few years, Bali Island has been favorite destination for many travelers around the world. Most people come to Bali want to see and enjoy its arts and cultures, its fabulous nature’s views, its beautiful beaches, its friendly people, for pure relaxation and some for business and stay on. Whatever are travel purposes, the accommodation is one of the most important aspects in order to get the comforts and memorable holiday.

There are over a thousand accommodation that fit every budget you can choose in Bali, from five-star luxury Bali hotels or Bali Villas, boutique hotel, hotel chins, budget hotels to mom & pop’s guest houses with just a few dollars a night. Choosing the right one for you can be a challenge, here below are some tips to consider before making any Bali hotels booking.

Bali Location Tips

The main tourist hub is in the southern triangle formed by Sanur, Kuta and Nusa Dua, with Airport’s location (Tuban area) in the middle. For those who prefer the comforts of home and the relaxation of the beach, these areas are a good starting place. Other beach areas are Benoa and Bukit Peninsula in the south, Amed and Candi Dasa in the east, Canggu and Tanah Lot in the west, and Lovina in the north.

If you are a sun’s lover, then stay at Kuta (a wild and crazy kind of place) or its quieter sister beaches Legian and Seminyak further north. If you prefer upper class hotel area, Nusa Dua complex is suitable for you. The old established Sanur area is perfect for older travelers while Candi Dasa on the east coast is suitable for travelers who prefer quieter place and love diving and snorkeling.  If you are a culture and mountain view’s lover, then stay in Ubud in central Bali.

Accommodation Type: Hotels or Villas?

Ayodya Resort - Nusa Dua - BaliAfter you pick the location, thus for your accommodation type what do you prefer Bali Hotels or Bali Villas? Both hotels and villas shall give you some advantages. For those who want a hotel that has a nice beach front or hotel by the sea or a room that facing the ocean, Bali Hotel is an easier choice, because most of luxury Bali Hotels that line the coast of Bali. There are plentiful of hotels either in building style or in Balinese style bungalow, both offer modern comforts and excellent service, but without maximum privacy. Most Bali Hotels have one or more restaurants and bars that offer a wide range of local and international cuisines. Also sports and Spa facilities are usually available like various water sports, tennis, billiards, squash, fitness center, games room, and some with golf course.

Bali Villas for Ultimate Privacy

For those who want to enjoy a total privacy and perhaps a perfect Balinese lifestyle, stay at a private villa is a right choice. One can enjoy the luxury of a beautiful private villa with air-conditioned bedrooms and tropical bathrooms to dream about, spacious living, dining areas with kitchenette and spacious terraces, a lush tropical garden with your own private swimming pool.

Most Bali boutique hotels offer villa style accommodation and dedicated butler who are ready for you around the clock. By staying in a villa, you’ll appreciate the comfort and informality you can only experience in a private home.

Instead of staying in hotel rooms with standard amenities (bed, two chairs, dressing table, TV set and telephone, wardrobe, small bathroom), your family will enjoy this truly Balinese experience in villa with much more space, more informality, more privacy, and more personal service than even the best hotel can provide.

Saving Money on Food and Beverages

You can even save up to 50% – 70% of meals and drinks if you stay at a private villa with full furnished kitchen if you decide a self-service vacation. Order your groceries, favorite snacks and drinks to be brought for you at the local supermarket or wine wholesaler. You’ll be surprised at the low cost when you pay the same prices as locals do. You can ask the villa manager to do so, and a trained cook (with reasonable extra cost) to prepare you delicious meals or any special diet. In addition,  Bali’s 21% tax & service charge and airport transfer is usually included on villa rental.

Relatively Low Hotel Rate

If you go on group, staying in 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom villas will save you money in total. The rate or 3-bedroom villa is usually lower than 3 hotel rooms with the similar room quality. Moreover, you have additional private living room, dining room and kitchenette in each villa that you can’t get in a hotel room.

More Options

The Oberoi Hotel Bali - SeminyakThere are numbers of luxury villas at Bali’s hotels & resorts. If you prefer a hotel environment and services and don’t mind to pay inflated prices for accommodation and food & beverages, you can also book some villa-like (‘lanai’/semi-villa) accommodation at one of luxury Bali’s hotels and still enjoy savings and extra benefits. One of the hotels that provide lanai villa style is The Oberoi Bali Hotel in Seminyak.


Recommended Bali Resorts with villa accommodation in Bali

The Oberoi Bali Hotel , Seminyak Beach

Bulgari Resorts Bali, Uluwatu, Bali Peninsula

Amankila Hotel Bali, Candi Dasa

St. Regis Resort Bali, Nusa Dua

Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay


Como Shambala Estate at Begawan Giri, Ubud

Maya Ubud Resort Bali

Kamandalu Resort and Spa, Ubud


Recommended Bali Resort and Hotels in Bali

Conrad Resort and Spa Bali, Benoa

Bali Hyatt Hotel, Sanur Beach

Intercontinental Bali Resort,  Jimbaran

Ayodya Resort Nusa Dua

Sheraton Laguna Nusa Dual Hotel, Nusa Dua, Bali

Nikko Bali Resort and Spa, Nusa Dua

Alila Hotel Ubud

The Legian Hotel Bali at Legian Beach

Alila Manggis Hotel, Karangasem, East Bali

Hard Rock Hotel Bali – Kuta Beach

Click hotel names above for more information on room, hotel facilities, map, photos, and reviews.  Insert the check-in and check-out date, number of rooms and number of guests so check availability compare hotel rates.

Compare hotel rates of over 400 hotel deals in Bali in over 30 travel sites.

So, if you haven’t decided where to go on your next vacation, do not hesitate to choose the island of Bali in Indonesia for your memorable beach vacation. Bali is the most enchanting travel destination in the world, its year-round pleasant climate, its friendly people; its fabulous nature’s views, its nice beach and the absence of major criminal activities guarantee a completely relaxing stay. Because of the physical beauty of the island and its wide variety of attractions, Bali has become the “ultimate island” and “world’s best island” for many experienced travelers.

The wide variety of Bali accommodations can be confusing especially for first time visitors, and it’s sometimes difficult to select the right Bali Hotels or Bali Villas. Search your preferred Bali hotels or Bali villas here and let us know if you have any questions and comments on Bali Hotels by writing in the comment box below.  Just let us knows your personal needs and preferences, we can recommend those hotels or villas suit you best.


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