Accommodation in Bali can range from cheap hostels to five-star resorts, and the tourist hotspots vary just as much – from tranquil beaches to bustling nightclubs. If you’re not sure which area of Bali to stay in, or what sort of accommodation to book, read on. Plenty of Indonesian accommodation providers accept reservations through online booking sites, or through their own websites (it’s always worth comparing the two, as you’ll often find the rates are different).
Hotels, resorts and hostels are easy enough to book using sites such as wotif.com, lastminute.com and hostels.com (tip: check customer reviews on tripadvisor.com before you book) but if you’re looking for bespoke accommodation like homestays, beach shacks or B&Bs, you might not find them as easily online.
Backpackers and budget travellers will find plenty of affordable accommodation in Bali. Hostels are common in the popular tourist areas; they offer beds in shared dorms or, for a higher fee, a basic private room with either an ensuite or a shared bathroom. Low-cost rooms can also be found in ‘losmen’ – small, family-run guesthouses which are a particularly good option in the more rural areas.
There’s no shortage of these in Bali. The only question is your budget, needs and taste. There are plenty of choices from affordable through to five-star, and if you’re looking for the luxury experience at a cheap rate (or at least a cheaper rate than you could ever find in Australia) then Bali is a great place to find a bargain.
Staying in a private villa is a truly lavish experience, if you’ve got the money to spend. Many are tastefully decorated in traditional Balinese style, some with a small private swimming pool and some even come with their own staff. Private chef anyone?
These are becoming easier to find online thanks to websites like airbnb.com. They can be a great way to grab a bargain or meet locals, but exercise caution and do your research when it comes to private rentals. Always read their guide to all the holiday rental sites.
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