Accommodation in Candi Dasa

The most underrated part of Bali has to be Candi Dasa. It is a peaceful enclave that once was a tourist stronghold, but, slipped as a major tourist destination on the island for a while. Thankfully this beautiful place is having a resurge in popularity. Candi Dasa has so much to offer the traveller. Besides the beautiful beaches, markets and arty shops, Candi Dasa has some stunning sunsets. 

Accommodation in Candi Dasa

Candi Dasa has excellent accommodation in all the price ranges, some of the best restaurants on the island, and it is ideally located for visiting some of the greatest attractions Bali has to offer. It’s only a short ride to places like the Bali Aga village of Tenganan, the scenic beauty of Gunung Agung, the Tirtagangga Water Palace at Amlapura, and many more.

Here are just a few places that will make your stay in Candi Dasa a pleasant one:

Alila Manggis

Candi Beach Cottages

The Watergarden

Rama Candi Dasa

Puri Bagus

Kubu Bali

Ashyana Candi Dasa

Alam Asmara Dive Resort

The Nirwana Resort & Spa

Villa Sasoon

The W Retreat and Spa Bali – Seminyak

One of the latest additions to the Seminyak hotel family just happens to be opulent to the extreme. The W Retreat and Spa Bali is located on Jalan Petitenget and overlooks the ocean but it’s the hotel’s ambience and décor that has everyone talking about this new addition. If a hotel can boast having eco-merit for building on an existing resort and serve only imported bottled water then you can guarantee the price tag per night to stay there is beyond budget travellers. 

The W Retreat and Spa Bali – Seminyak

I read about this hotel in the Age newspaper this morning and was totally blown away with the description of the décor. According to the article, Finished in silver and granite, with splashes of fuchsia, lilac and gold, the lobby looks more like a space-age airport terminal than a beach resort, and, The lower-category rooms fan out above the lobby, each with views over the multi-level WET area and Indian Ocean from their balconies. The more expensive rooms are in a different corner of the property; these gated villas have a private pool and ample living space.

None are cheap; the base category rooms cost from $US423.50 ($397.40) for a garden view without breakfast (add $US60 for this), jumping to $US6100 for the two-bedroom “Extreme Wow” suite.

Bali Beach Hotels

Bali is one of the most sought-after vacation destinations in the world. Honeymooners and those looking for a relaxing escape usually prefer to stay close to the beach and have as many facilities as possible available in the hotel. Thankfully, it’s not hard to find hotels which offer spa facilities, as well as massage centers and private pools.

 Bali Beach Hotels

Here is a list of mid-range and luxury hotels located either right on Kuta or Nusa Dusa beach or close to these beaches.

The Oasis Kuta

This 3-star hotel is located just 5 min walk from Kuta Beach and offers a lovely setting for your vacation. The modern rooms are located around the outdoor pool. The hotel also offers a spa and a restaurant. There’s free parking and wi-fi. All rooms have AC, TV and a minibar. Breakfast is included in the room price. Pets are not allowed in the hotel.

During November 2011, prices start at US$73 per standard double room per night.

Harris Resort Kuta Beach

This 4-star hotel is located right on Kuta Beach and offers free parking and wi-fi. The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, a spa and a fitness center. All rooms have TV, AC and minibar.

During November 2011, prices start at US$99.14 per room per night, excluding breakfast.

Kuta Seaview Boutique Resorts

This 4-star hotel is located right on Kuta Beach. It offers an outdoor pool and a spa. The Balinese-style rooms have balcony, TV, mini bar and tea/coffee makers.

During November 2011, prices start at US$109 per deluxe double room per night, including breakfast.

Aston Kuta Hotel and Residence

This 4-star hotel is located 165 ft from Kuta Beach and offers an outdoor pool, a fitness center and a spa. The hotel also provides free shuttles to Discovery Mall. All rooms have flat-screen TV and work desk. There’s free wi-fi in the lobby and restaurant. The room prices include the buffet breakfast.

During November 2011, prices start at US$110 per superior double room per night.

Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villa & Spa

This 5-star hotel is located on a private stretch of beach along Nusa Dusa. The hotel offers a private pool, a spa, free parking and free wi-fi. All villas feature fully equipped kitchenette, minibar and an open-air bath. Breakfast is included in the villa price.

During November 2011, prices start at US$554.18 per one-bedroom villa per night.

Novotel Bali Nusa Dua

This luxury hotel offers a private beach, a golf course, a fitness center, a pool and a massage center. All rooms have flat-screen TV, safe and ironing facilities.

During November 2011, prices start at US108.04 per deluxe twin room per night, excluding breakfast.

Villas and Hotels in Ubud

If you drive for about an hour and a half north-east of Kuta you will find the bohemian cultural centre of Bali, Ubud. Famed for its arts, Ubud is a cool area of Bali and home to many expats. Located in the district of Gianyar, the town of Ubud is central and surrounded by a group of villages: Padang Tegal and Nyuhkuning are to the south, Peliatan and Kutuh are to the east, Campuhan, Penestenan and Sayan are to the west and Sanggingan and Kedewatan are to the north-west.

Villas and Hotels in Ubud

Ubud is peaceful. It is a place where you could spend your entire holiday in Bali and it is also a great place to base yourself for exploring the rest of the island. There are many levels of accommodation in Ubud ranging from losmens to upmarket luxury resorts and villas, in fact, too many to list here and so here is a selection:

Kupu Kupu Barong Villas

Komaneka at Bisma

Pita Maha Resort & Spa

Uma Ubud

Maya Ubud Resort & Spa

Kamandalu Resort

Alila Ubud

Komaneka at Monkey Forest Road

Bali Spirit Hotel & Spa

Champlung Sari Hotel

Hotel Tjampuhan & Spa

Ubud Village Hotel

Villa Chempaka Ubud

Pertiwi Resort & Spa

Ananda Cottages

Sri Ratih Cottages

Ubud Hanging Gardens Resort

Alam Indah

Hotels in Seminyak

Seminyak is renowned as the place for expats to reside in Bali. It is also regarded as the centre along the tourist strip for hip and inventive fashion boutiques, other designer stores and art studios. Seminyak is more upmarket with mostly luxury accommodation and fashionable high-end restaurants and bars. The atmosphere is much more sophisticated and laid-back than Kuta. There is virtually no backpacker accommodation in Seminyak. Budget travellers will generally do better to stay in nearby Kuta or Legian.

Hotels in Seminyak Bali

Seminyak is also the high end spa and boutique shopping capital of Bali. Nowhere is the upscaling of Bali in recent years more obvious than here. It has developed a world-class dining scene. If you want to splurge on one very special dinner while you are in Bali, look no further than the higher end options in Seminyak. Prices are high by Bali standards but on an international scale still good value for the highest quality of food and eating environment.

The main choices for accommodation in Seminyak are villas and higher end hotels. There are some good bargains to be had in the mid-range though in low season, so shop around. Here is a selection of what’s on offer in Seminyak:

Anantara Hotel & Resort

Pelangi Bali

The Elysian

Villa Seminyak

The Villas Bali Hotel & Spa

Sofitel Seminyak

Grand Balisana Suites

The Breezes Bali Resort &Spa

The Haven Bali

The Samaya Bali

The Oberoi Hotel

Bali Dyana Villas

The Dusun Seminyak

Puri Saron Hotel

The Legian Resort Seminyak
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