Whether it’s your first time to Bali or even if you’ve been many times before, you’ll know, the first challenge is choosing where to stay in Bali – which location, which accommodation, which beach, quiet and secluded or lively and vibrant, a spectacular beach view or a cascading rice paddy field view, etc. Make the wrong choice and it really could ruin the holiday or a weekend break.

The island is not overwhelming in size. But with its numerous interesting and diverse locations to pick from, it can be hard to decide where to stay in Bali. Not to mention due to the sheer number of villas and hotels.

Selecting where to stay in Bali and just hoping for the best can work out ok. But you run the risk of having a few surprises upon arrival – and therefore for the duration of your stay. Guests booking online and arriving to be greeted by an infinity pool filled with mud following a tropical storm is not unheard of. Strangers venturing uninterrupted into a villa that accommodates families and children is one of the more worrying scenarios. Not what you envisage when reserving online yourself and having spent $500 per night on the annual family vacation or corporate event.

Piece of mind

Having someone on your side that actually resides here, with the experience and knowledge of where to stay in Bali, is invaluable. They can provide the genuine local insight needed to ensure your holiday is a memorable experience – for you, your family and children and friends and colleagues.

Selecting where to stay in Bali, the right villa, with the right staff, the right pool, the right garden, the right distance to the beach and shops and spas and beach bars can only really be achieved through the right insight. Then, of course, there are the children and babies and toddlers and the need for high chairs and cots and car seats.

It’s vital that your preferences, desires and wishes are all taken into account and that the right villa is sourced and selected. Piece of mind comes from knowing you have someone in Bali, actually on the ground here, working on your behalf, who knows where to stay in Bali.

We understand how important it is to get it right. Over the course of 10 years we have listened to our guests and learnt first hand what it takes to continually get everything right, including where to stay in Bali.

In a previous article we wrote about the necessity of taking a vacation. It’s often the one and only window of opportunity per year to recharge and recuperate and reframe and come back to work revitalised. So we know how much of a responsibility it is to get your vacation right. It’s much more than just a holiday.

Upward trend

Bali remains one of the top holiday destinations in Asia with 4.6 million visitors forecast for 2016. Up by almost 20% on the previous year. Despite rapid development (and rapid development within the tourism sector) the Island of the Gods continues to set an upward trend. Just pass through the new airport terminal upon arrival and you’ll get the picture.

Congestion on narrow island roads, however, remains a concern. Nevertheless, once you arrive at your spectacular luxurious Bali villa, any stresses and strains you might have are quickly replaced by a ripple of calm. An early morning stroll on the (right) beach only adds to the unique experience of relaxing the mind properly.

As a guide, here is an overview of each location in Bali, showing the main features of some of the most popular areas:

  • Seminyak – How to decide?

Probably the most popular and vibrant tourist area, Seminyak is known for its sunset beaches, upmarket beach resorts and five-star hotel resorts. Secluded villas and famous beach clubs line the southern coastline. Most of the island’s top restaurants are located in this area. And it’s home to your designer boutiques and brand shops.

Who is it for:

  • Moderate to wealthy tourists.
  • People who are not afraid of the crowds.
  • People who are looking for a more vibrant nightlife scene.

What’s not so good:

  • Traffic jams, especially during high season.


  • Ubud – How to decide?

Ubud is one of the main destinations for people seeking an alternative to the beach. It’s seen as being more cultured and closer to the island’s rich heritage and villages. Verdant river valleys and cascading rice terraces are worth a viist even if you stay elsewhere. The finest collection of villa retreats in Ubud offer spectacular spas and wellness programs. And world-renowned restaurants sit opposite local cafes, art galleries and jewellery shops.

Who’s it for:

  • People preferring emerald green valleys and rice fields to the beach.
  • People who prefer art and culture and history.
  • People who are looking for a more calm and rejuvenating experience.
  • Honeymooners, yoga and meditation enthusiasts.

What’s not so good:

  • Congestion on the roads is common place.


  • Jimbaran – How to decide?

In our view, Jimbaran Bay is one of the most beautiful spots for sunset. The area is dotted with international 5-star hotels and some of the finest villa retreats. For us, it’s the cluster of seafood restaurants on the beach, simply known as Jimbaran seafood cafes. Shopping and nightlife are low-key, with Seminyak around 1-hour’s drive away.

Who’s it for:

  • Wealthy tourists, honeymooners, couples, families and groups.
  • People who prefer coastal views with direct beachfront access.
  • People who prefer great seafood dining.

What’s not so good:

  • Seminyak and some of the other more vibrant locations are at least one hour away.


  • Nusa Dua – How to decide?

Bali’s most exclusive enclave houses the best five-star hotels and resorts. Much of the area is maintained by a state-owned corporation – as is the landscaped flowers and water gardens and pavements. A police force patrols Nusa Dua so safety is assured. Nightlife is at a minimum and contained within the hotels. There is a refined bar scene and shopping is confined to the Bali Collection shopping mall.

Who is it for:

  • Families, couples, honeymooners, corporate events.
  • People seeking direct beachfront access.
  • People who prefer a villa resort experience without the need to explore further afield.

What’s not so good:

  • Seminyak is 1-hour away.
  • Fairly remote location, although only 20-minutes from the airport.


  • Sanur – How to decide?

Bali’s very first tourist resort. And widely regarded as being slow-paced and laidback. As it is located on the eastern side, spectacular sunrises can be seen from quaint beach side cafes and restaurants. The enclave offers a soothing coastal atmosphere and a classical Bali setting. And the opportunity to take things real slow. We like the beach in Sanur. It’s ideal for families with children. Plenty of activities and yet secure and safe.

Who is it for:

  • Moderately wealthy people.
  • People who prefer to be close to the beach.
  • People who prefer more relaxation.

What’s not so good:

  • Not so much variety in the way of nightlife.


  • Canggu – How to decide?

Canguu is one of our favourite locations. It’s a mix of rustic, rice fields, beach and surf and an eclectic array of unique boutique bars, cafes and organic cafes and yoga retreats. Finn’s Beach Club is the latest addition. You’ll be far enough away from the vibrancy of Seminyak. And yet close enough to dip in and out.

Who is it for:

  • Moderate wealthy people.
  • People who prefer to be close to the beach.
  • People who prefer to be away from the crowds but close enough to dip in.

What’s not so good:

  • Roads to Canggu can become congested. But the trip is more than worth while.


The selection of villas available is vast. As is the choice of hotels. Out of all of our repeat clientele, 82% confirmed that a villa is preferable. Essentially because it’s a home – an exclusive, luxurious home.

We have stayed in almost all of the villas on our portal. And we can verify, that a villa really is the way to go in Bali. No question.

Please feel free to contact us for a genuine insight into the Island of the Gods and a chat about the best way to plan your all-important vacation.

  • +62 812 381 8905
  • info@villaconciergebali.com
  • http://villaconciergebali.com/

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    Good infos about Bali. Last time I spent three months here is many years back. Am playing with the thought of going back, but a bit afraid that things might have changed so much… But bookmarked this site, definitely want to stay in a private place and not in a crowded hotel buzzing with crazy tourists….

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      Hello Helen, sincere thanks for your reply. Bali has undoubtedly changed, like many other holiday destinations I suspect. But one thing we continually here, especially from repeat visitors and guests, is that, despite the traffic and tourism development, arriving and staying at your secluded luxurious villa is still one of the very best holiday experiences. Do let us know if you decide to visit Bali again. And we will be more than happy to help you find and reserve something away from those other crazy tourists 🙂

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