Compared with many other destinations, accommodation in Bali offers incredible value for money. Although the newer ultra-luxury properties may stretch the budget, there are many internationally recognised five-star hotels and resorts available for a fraction of the cost of their Australian stablemates.
The choice then comes down to two factors: hotels and resorts with a wealth of facilities or the privacy of a villa environment; and what part of Bali suits your tastes? Southern Bali has many facets. The sweep of west-coast destinations includes Kuta, party central for generations of travellers and, extending north and increasingly upmarket, Legian and Seminyak. South of the airport is Jimbaran with its beachside seafood restaurants.
Along the south-eastern coast is Nusa Dua with its large-scale resorts and Sanur, quieter and more European in feel. Ubud is the spiritual hub of Bali, a place of yoga and alternative therapies, villas set amid peaceful rice paddies, deep gorges, rushing rivers, and the immutable greenery of ancient rainforest.
Bali’s vast range of accommodation options, at every price point, ensures that there truly is something for everybody. (Note that there is a 10 per cent government tax and 11 per cent service charge added to all hotel and food and beverage bills.)
Our top picks
Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Nusa Dua
Perched atop a 40-metre cliff, this spectacular resort boasts stunning panoramas of the glistening Indian Ocean, and features eight ambient restaurants and bars, four pools, and beautifully appointed rooms, suites and villas.
Kawasan Wisata, Nusa Dua
This luxurious oasis, set steps from Nusa Dua Beach, boasts a lagoon-style pool, indulgent restaurants, bar, exclusive day spa, stylish rooms and lavish villas with private plunge pools.
The Villas Bali Hotel & Spa
Jalan Kunti 118x, Seminyak
Boutique and exclusive, this tranquil Seminyak hotel offers a divine day spa, an award-winning restaurant, and a collection of self-contained one, two and three bedroom villas with private swimming pools.
Bali Garden Beach Resort
Jalan Kartika, South Kuta
This absolute beachfront resort spoils with three sparkling pools, a selection of bars, four restaurants, a Zen-style day spa and a collection of rooms, from hotel-style to impressive villas.
The 101 Bali Legian
Jalan Legian 117, Legian
Just steps from Bali’s famous shopping and nightlife, this smart and stylish hotel boasts a fabulous open-air rooftop restaurant and infinity glass swimming pool, a soothing day spa and the ever popular Sky Pool Bar.