Where to stay in Bali: 5 accommodations tested by us
Madani Antique Villas - Tegallalang, Bali
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Where to stay in Bali: 5 accommodations tested by us

Finding the perfect place to stay in Bali is not a difficult task. There are a lot of accommodations of all kinds. From humble hostels to luxury villas you have endless options to choose from. 

Choosing the perfect hotel is not usually easy, but when we started to look for accommodation for Bali we found a lot of beautiful accommodations that were within our budget.

For our trip to Bali we booked the accommodations with Booking and Agoda. The first time we made a general search on these websites we were surprised: all the accommodations were very cheap compared to what are we used to see in Europe.

To help you choose, we have made a list of the accommodations we stayed at during our trip to Bali in June 2018.

We have also added our personal opinion, what we liked and what we didn’t like about each of them.

→ Read our article on how to find the perfect hotel

What will you find in this post:

Infinite swimming pool and palmtrees in Bucu Guest House - Ubud, Bali

Bucu Guest House was the accommodation we booked for our entire stay in Bali.

When we first started to organise our trip to Bali we wanted to book accommodation in different parts of the island. This is what we usually do when we plan to visit several places or when we go on a road trip.

After realising that accommodation is very cheap in Bali and that we would have to carry our luggage every time we had to move, we decided to book a place for the whole stay and some spare nights in other places. 

We chose to stay in Ubud because from there it is easier to move anywhere. Besides, Ubud is a very authentic town and that was what we were looking for.

Bucu Guest House has 3 stars and a 8.8 Booking rating. It has 16 rooms divided in 2 floors, all with terraces and views to the garden and the swimming pool.

The rooms are huge, all of them have king size beds and more than decent private bathrooms. A nice thing about this Guest House is that bathrooms have hot water.

We don’t know why, hot water in showers is not very common in Bali. Yes, it is hot there, but the morning shower needs to be warm.

This accommodation has also a restaurant that serves both Balinese and Western food at very good prices. In addition, breakfast is included in the price and the food is very good.

We loved the open areas of this accommodation. The garden is very nice, has a lot of vegetation, a quite big pool, several statues and palmtrees.

We spent 9 nights at Bucu Guest House and it cost 4.500.000 IDR (approx. €290) with breakfast included.

Other similar options to Bucu Guest House:

The Village Guest House, Adi Bisma Inn, Metteyya, Bumi Muwa, Meruhdani Ubud

Room in a typical Lombok bungalow - Pantai Karang, Gili Trawangan

We knew from the very beginning that during our stay in Gili Trawangan we wanted to stay in a typical bungalow of these islands. We looked at several options and finally decided on Pantai Karang.

It’ s an incredible accommodation that surprised us a lot. We went with low expectations, because of the low price (€23), but we found a set of 4 or 5 beautiful bamboo bungalows inside a courtyard with palm trees and a small pool.

The thing that helped us decide between these bungalows and others we had seen was the bathroom. We didn’t wanted to miss the opportunity to experience an outdoor shower while listening the birds singing and this accommodation had exactly what we were looking for.

The only thing we didn’t really like about this accommodation was the location. It is a bit far from the centre and the busiest areas of Gili Trawangan, which is totally fine, but the surrounding streets have no lights and it’s a bit difficult to get back at night.

This accommodation has bicycles for rent. For 50,000 rupees (less than €3) you can rent a bicycle for the day and go for a ride around the island.

Pantai Karang has 3 stars and a 8.9 rating on Booking. For one night it cost us 400,000 rupees (€23) with breakfast included.

Other similar options to Pantai Karang:

Villa Kecil, Rumah Cahaya, D’Wahana Resort, Gili Kulemba Bungalow, Coconut Dream Bungalow

We departed from Ubud with the idea of spending only one night in Gili Trawangan. We booked accommodation for one night in Pantai Karang, but we fell in love with this island and decided to stay one more night.

We asked first at Pantai Karang if we could stay one more night but they had no available bungalows.

We had to search again on Booking but there were not many choices because it was for that same day. After looking at several accommodations, we decided to stay at Kusuka Bungalow.

It wasn’t the perfect accommodation, but it made up for the night. There were some old and shabby bungalows but at least we had breakfast included.

Another thing we liked is that the staff there stored our backpacks after the check-out, while we went snorkeling at the turtle beach. They also allowed us to shower before we left in a bungalow that was not booked.

The location of this accommodation is of its strengths because of its proximity to the harbor. 

This accommodation has 2 stars and a 7.6 rating on Booking. The price per night for 2 persons was 300.000 rupees (€19) with breakfast included.

Other options similar to Kusuka Bungalow:

Mandala Homestay, Malino Homestay, Gili Flush Harmony, Jati Village, Paradesa Villa

Bed with canopy in private villa in the accommodation Madani Antique Villas - Tegallalang, Bali

This beautiful resort is located along the road that leads from Ubud to the rice terraces of Tegallalang.

It consists of 4 wooden villas, with garden and swimming pool. One of them has a private infinity pool overlooking the rice fields. The other three share garden and pool.

We were looking for a nice accommodation to celebrate our anniversary and Madani Antique Villas was definitely the perfect choice.

We absolutely loved everything about this resort: the unique wood decoration, the green garden, the swimming pool and the outdoor bathroom.

We only spent one night in this villa, but we loved it and we will go back someday for sure .

We find this accommodation on Agoda, where it has a 8.9 rating. It’s a 5 star accommodation, but the price is very good. We paid 1.100.000 rupees (€70) for one night with a super breakfast included.

Other similar options to Madani Antique Villas:

Sapulidi Resort Spa & Gallery Bali, Taman Nauli Boutique Rooms, Ulun Ubud Resort, Pondok Sebatu Villa, Ubud Padi Villas

For our last night in Bali we wanted to stay as close as possible to the airport. We didn’t want to waste time in the car instead of enjoying our last day on the island.

We booked a night in Kuta and from there it only took us 15 minutes to get to the airport by taxi.

If you are looking for accommodation in southern Bali, we recommend Pondok Sutya in Kuta. It’s a quite simple guest house but it’s modern and very clean.

The only thing we didn’t like about it was the location because it’s approx. 3 km from the beach. 

One thing we liked about is that it has a common shower outside the rooms, so we could swimm in the ocean even after check-out and then take a shower.

Pondok Sutya has 1 star and an 8.8 rating on Booking. We stayed one night and we paid 200.000 rupees (€12) with breakfast included.

Other similar options to Pondok Sutya:

The Kutaya, Seahouse Bali Indah Beach Inn, A Guest House Kuta, Pondok 3 Mertha, Grandmas Plus Hotel Airport

These are the accommodations we chose for our trip to Bali.

We hope this information is useful to you if you are looking for accommodation for your trip to Bali.

We have also selected 5 options similar to each of the accommodations we have mentioned, in case you do not find them available at the time of booking.

If you need help finding the perfect hotel for your next trip please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to help you!

Have a great trip!

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