Where to Stay in Bali • The Blonde Abroad

Where to Stay in Bali

With lush green scenery, world-class surfing, a hip nightlife, and some of the best vegan food the planet, Bali is one of those places that I find myself coming back to time and time again.

It’s the kind of island where you can choose your own adventure and have a completely different experience every single time. I love traveling Bali as a solo female and it’s ultra-romantic when you go a couple. Bali for budget travelers? It’s easy! When you are deciding where to stay in Bali, it is all about deciding what kind of experience you want to have.

Just be careful of the traffic! People tend to think their traffic is the craziest in the world, but when the Balinese say it their traffic is worse—they mean it. During rush hour, it can take a solid hour just get to get 10 km (6.2 mi). Before you book a place, decide what your core interests are…and how long it will take to get to other areas.

If you want to be near the beach, jungle, or yoga spaces most days, stay near them!

Before you go, you will want a guide to each neighborhood in Bali and figure out what suits you. Here’s my guide on where to stay in Bali!



Canggu my fave spots! Everything is super close together and it’s easy to walk around. It’s also a very safe area so it is one of my first recommendations for solo female travelers in Bali. For this very reason, you will also be able to meet other travelers too.

There are lots of laid-back beach cafés and bars. If you’re into surfing, the main road in town, Batu Bolong, is the place to be. Keep your eye out for quiet little warungs (roadside cafés) all over and some of the coolest street art!

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Looking for a swanky, upscale spot on the sand? You are going to love Seminyak. This is one of the biggest beach communities and you will have everything outside of your doorstep. Luxe resorts, high-end shopping, and sleek bars are the standard here.

My fave areas to explore are the quirkier areas of Jalan Petitenget and Jalan Kayu Aya as well as the popular Eat Street. If you’re into surfing be sure to check out Petitenget and Seminyak beaches.

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