Where to stay in Bali: accommodation options

Where to stay in Bali: accommodation options

Bali has no shortage of accommodation options: you can splash out at an incredibly luxurious hotel, settle into a fabulous life at a villa, make your pennies stretch in bungalows or soak up a traditional family atmosphere in a homestay in a Balinese compound.

Bedroom and backyard at villa in Umulas, Seminyak, Bali

During my month in Bali, I checked out a few styles of accommodation.

Villas: My first 10 days in Bali just happened to coincide with the last 10 days of my boss’s family’s Christmas vacation in Seminyak. Luckily, I left the company on good terms and I pretty much adore their family–so they invited me to stay with them.

Outdoor bathroom villa in Umulas, Seminyak, Bali

It was a refreshing bit of luxury: my room had ridiculously good air-conditioning, cable TV and a swell outdoor bathroom where the rain came down right next to the showerhead. The real perk was the staff who worked there: I’d leave my dirty clothes in a pile in my room, and come back to them washed, ironed and folded on my bed! They would cut up my fruit and make my coffee before I had barely wiped the sleep out of my eyes in the morning. And in the afternoons, my boss would ask the gardener to cut us down a few coconuts–so the nice Balinese man would shimmy up a tree, cut down a coconut, chop off the top and promptly stick a straw in it.

Pool and treehouse in villa in Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia

And then they had the right connections to score me a “villa-sitting” job for one of their friends who was going out of the country. I had a guesthouse, a TREEHOUSE and a pool all to myself. It was pretty awesome, and as usual–it’s all about who you know.

If you have the coin to spare, it will go a long way in scoring luxurious digs in Bali.

Interior of room at Dewangga Bungalows Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Bungalows: For the same price of what I paid in Australia for an 8-bed hostel dorm in Australia with a shared bathroom, shared kitchen and no real amenities, in Bali I got: a room with a double bed and ceiling fan, a private bathroom with a hot and cold shower, free Wifi and a made-to-order breakfast (banana pancake AND fresh fruit all neatly cut up AND coffee). Seriously. That is what $22 gets you in Bali.

Tea at Dewangga Bungalows, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

I stayed at Dewangga Bungalows, and had a wonderful time. There were little luxurious perks, like someone coming into make my bed and a hot water thermos and teabags always waiting on my tiny porch.

Room at Nyoman Murjana homestay in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Homestays: Staying in a traditional family compound was actually my favorite accommodation option in Bali. (I mean, I suppose if I was FORCED to villa-sit every day, I could get used to it.)

For about $15 a night, I had my own double bed and en-suite bathroom with hot or cold water (note the “or”: you either got scalding hot or freezing cold, and nothing in between) and freshly-prepared breakfast in the morning. The room was beautiful, but the real benefit comes from getting to witness Balinese life up-close. My hosts were absolutely lovely, from taking me on a motorbike tour around the countryside to always being up for a chat over a cup of tea.

Contact Nyoman at bankpock_nah@yahoo.co.id if you’re interested in a homestay.

What’s your favorite place to stay in Bali? 

  • They all look really lovely!!! I need to visit Bali like yesterday.

  • Haven’t been in Bali in years, but loved staying in bungalows there, both at the beach and in Ubud. Great for the kids, too!

  • Jan

    Bali rocks – minus the bed bugs that is!

  • This is what I call traveling in style! Except, of course, that it costs next to nothing in Bali!

  • Hi, my parents (French) are looking at spending 20-30 days in Bali in December/January and would like to stay with a family. Can you please specify where the last accommodation mentioned in your post was located? Thanks,

  • *sigh* This is SO dreamy. When I take my vacation, I am definitely going to Bali and using this post as a reference. I could get used to waking up to breakfast every morning!

  • camorose

    Haha you definitely do–it’s such a wonderful place!

  • camorose

    Yes–Bali seems like such a family-friendly destination!

  • camorose

    Haha EXACTLY!

  • camorose

    Right? I was so shocked when I realized what I was getting for my money versus what I got in Australia…your dollar goes A LOT further here!

  • camorose

    The homestay with Nyoman Murjana was in Ubud–definitely recommend if they’re looking to spend some time away from the beach 🙂

  • camorose

    You definitely need to–so worth it!

  • We’re heading to Bali in July! Curious where you found info and booked your homestay. 🙂

  • camorose

    I found the bungalow via the Travel Fish Bali app, which I highly recommend. I found the homestays just via signs on the street–they’re everywhere! I really liked Nyoman Murjana because they had a little sign with pictures, information, email address, etc–which seemed very entreprenurial to me! Highly recommend doing a homestay, and it’s pretty easy to find on the ground once you get there 🙂

  • How long did you stay for the homestay? Or how long will they let you stay for $15 a night? 🙂

  • camorose

    I stayed for a week–pretty sure you’d be able to stay as long as you wanted!

  • Nyoman Ubud

    Hi Chris…I am Nyoman from Ubud..many thank’s for your post about my place because someone already book my room..Because they read about your comment..Many thank’s

  • camorose

    That’s awesome! Thanks for letting me know–I had such a lovely time staying with you 🙂

  • Nyoman Murjana Homestay

    Hi Christine..How are u..???
    I hope all is ok..
    Many thank’s for your help because your blog, many guest come to my places and long stay….
    please if you come to Ubud, come visit us

    Have a nice day

  • camorose

    That’s so great to hear! I would LOVE to come back to Ubud one day–and when I do, I’ll definitely stop by! Lots of love to you and your family 🙂

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  • Ahmed Sofyan

    As someone who crave a tranquility, comfort and privacy, I would certainly choose villa. In my opinion, villa gives the sensation of fun and exciting, and it’s like symbolize that we are doing a holiday trip. Seminyak Bali is one of the tourist destinations in Bali with many villas and resort accommodations. one of which Villa Kubu with the traditional feel of a natural nan. very interesting. nice post. visit: http://www.villakubu.com/details/families.html