Bali hotels are a dime a dozen, a fact you'll realize when you touch down at Denpasar Airport with nary an idea as to where you want to stay. Don't be that guy - look up a Bali hotel or villa of your choice in the lists linked below, arranged according to area. These hotels range from the budget-minded to all-out luxury villas.
For cheaper local accommodations, check out our list of Bali budget hotels, or read our article on Losmen and Hotel Melati - No-Star Budget Hotels in Bali if you'd like to find out more about the classes of Bali budget hotels operating outside the usual five-star system.
Jalan Kartika Plaza is an ideal place to stay for your Bali vacation - Tuban Beach is only a few minutes' walk away from these featured resorts, as are shopping centers, restaurants ranging from simple warungs to high-end dining choices; convenience stores; the Waterbom fun park; and the notorious "Bali Slingshot" ride (motto: "Kiss your Arse Goodbye").
The Dynasty Bali (compare rates|read our review), among others, provide a family-friendly alternative to more party-hearty areas in Kuta and Legian, with accommodations and amenities that cater to traveling families.
The tourist enclave of Nusa Dua, located on Bali's Southern peninsula, houses some of Bali's newest and fanciest hotels and resorts, representing brand-new private villas and world-renowned hotel chains.
The Courtyard by Marriott Bali (compare rates|buy direct) is located within Nusa Dua, within walking distance of Pantai Mengiat Beach and just a few minutes' drive from the Bali Collection shopping center and the neighboring Nusa Dua Theatre.
Because Tanjung Benoa's beach is too tame for surfers, the young, party-hearty crowd tends to stay in Kuta, leaving Tanjung Benoa to a more mature and family-friendly crowd. Kayaks, jetskis, parasailers, and banana boats clutter the seas in front of these Tanjung Benoa resorts; the facilities tend towards the upmarket (though nowhere near as posh as the resorts in neighboring Nusa Dua).
The Grand Mirage Resort (compare rates|buy direct) is one of the better accommodations on Tanjung Benoa, albeit on the upper range where price is concerned. Read our review of the Grand Mirage for more information.
These Ubud hotels and villas are ideal for travelers who like to stay close to Bali's artistic and cultural capital. Ubud is an inland town where tradition reigns supreme - temples and shops selling Balinese craft work with the pastoral surroundings to create a peaceful, romantic retreat from the modern world.
Ubud properties like the Alila Ubud (compare rates|buy direct) embody the best of this part of Central Bali: bucolic surroundings, natural, tradition-inspired architecture, and amazing spa services that use local ingredients and expertise.
Legian can be defined as the area between Jalan Melasti to the south (the edge of Kuta) and Jalan Double Six to the north (the border of Seminyak). Guests who stay at Legian enjoy access to a bustling (but more laid-back, compared to Kuta) shopping district adjacent to a lovely beach. More info in our article on shopping in South Bali; better yet, check out our overview of the Bali shopping scene.
Resorts like the Padma Resort Bali, pictured left (compare rates|buy direct) allow guests to stay in the middle of the Legian action. The sprawling resort's Departure Lounge caters to guests with evening departure flights, allowing them to relax onsite even after checking out.
Seminyak is the more sophisticated side of Bali, full of high-end resorts and villas, with famous bars and restaurants to boot. This is where you go to party at Ku De Ta, shop for clothes at Bong and Body & Soul, and dine at La Lucciola.
Like the Oberoi, pictured left (compare rates|buy direct), the villas and suites available at Seminyak are weighted towards the high end, but there are a few economy accommodations to be had here, too.
Sanur was one of Bali's first resort towns, located on the east coast of the southern sector. The area’s white-sand beach, sheltered by a coral reef, attracts an older, more upscale crowd than Kuta and Legian (which are easily reached from this area).
Many resorts in Sanur, like the Bali Hyatt (compare rates|buy direct) have been around awhile, but still retain many of the five-star creature comforts that first attracted tourists to this area.
Jimbaran has evolved from its fishing-village origins to become one of Bali's most vigorous tourist destinations. Its beach is still lined with seafood restaurants offering tourists a cheap but filling diversion - meanwhile, the world's finest resort chains have set down roots in the area, and villas have become a common means of accommodation here.
The Ayana Resort and Spa pictured here (compare rates|buy direct) is a perfect representative of the type, with its 78 private pool villas and a stunning Rock Bar built into a cliff towering over the sea.
Candidasa is East Bali’s most-visited jump-off point; from Candidasa, getting to East Bali’s other points of interest is a simple matter. So East Bali's diving, hiking, and temple jaunting are all easy to reach if you’re staying at one of these resorts in Candidasa.
Accommodations like the Nirwana Resort & Spa (compare rates|buy direct) generally don’t have access to a good beach, but provide comfortable accommodations and tourist services you can tap to maximize your Candidasa stay. For Candidasa accommodations that won’t put as big a dent in your pocket, look at our list of Budget Candidasa Hotels.
Tourists visit the Amed coastline on the northern side of East Bali to explore the area’s many diving spots. Most of the resorts in this list, typified by the Divers Café Amed (compare rates), have their own dive shops (or are partnered with outside providers) to cater to the divers who like to stay close to Amed’s waters. Accommodations range from simple fan-cooled studio units to posh villas overlooking the sea.
The regency of Buleleng makes up most of North Bali, and its capital Singaraja used to be the colonial capital for the whole island. Now that most foreign business has shifted to the south, northern Bali has quieted down somewhat – its isolation from the tourism hotspot to the far south has actually preserved some of the area’s old charm.
These North Bali resorts, typified by the Spa Village Resort in Tembok (compare rates|buy direct) allow guests to enjoy the region’s laid-back, uncommercialized vibe.