Whether it’s their pristine temples, delicious food or picturesque beaches, Bali really does have it all. We entered on a 30 day visa which is free to UK citizen and stayed for one month. We found a month was long enough for us to have a wonderful combination of exploring and chilling.
Where to stay in Ubud, Bali
After a month in the Philippines we were knackered so decided to make our stop in Bali a little longer. We went straight for jungle vibes and settled in Ubud for around 2.5 weeks and we loved it. Ubud is central to everything if you have a moped, and the only thing it lacks is the beach. We stayed in an apartment we found on air bnb and it was £12 a night. As it was owned by an architect, the decor was perfect. Cool concrete walls and stylish touches throughout felt like such a swish upgrade to our previous digs in the Philippines. The only thing it lacked was AC but with floor length windows so you did get a breez. But, after a while you acclimatise to the humidity. We’d definitely stay here again as the host, location and interior of the apartment were all wonderful.
It’s about a 5 minute modped ride into the center of Ubud.
There is the most delicious stonebaked pizza place called Fuzion Cafe about a 5 minute walk away.
It’s in a beautiful complex with its own mini temple!
There is no pool, however, you can get a day pass to many beautiful hotel pools in Ubud.
Check out Manikan House on Airbnb HERE.
Where to stay in Uluwatu, Bali
We had friends staying in Uluwatu overlapping out stay in Ubud so we decided to have a little holiday! We already had a moped so rode for 2 hours to get some sea air and hang with old pals. We were only there for 2 days but absolutely loved the cool, laid-back vibe and would definitely come back. Our accommodation was called Bali Bule Homestay and was a collection of large detached rooms all facing a pool. We found it easy to whizz to the beach and it was a great location for food spots. We found the most delicious pizza place called Baracca right on our doorstep.
It’s worth noting the water of the pool was hot due to the sunny weather.
All the bars and the beach are a 8 minute moped ride away.
The hotel’s restaurant was really yummy!
Check out Bali Bule on Booking.com HERE.
Where to stay in Nusa Penida
We finally left our Ubud digs and headed across to the beautiful island of Nusa Penida. It is was beautiful and we stayed in a homestay called D’Kubon Palace. The room was lovely and it also had a pool to cool off in but the location was far. Luckily we had our moped, which was definitely needed. It was only 5 minutes from the port, but to restaurants and bars, it was about a 30 minute walk. We didn’t do much research before we arrived as had presumed the island was much smaller than it was. The main tourist attractions are dotted all around Nusa Penida so it’s best to stay nearer the port and the restaurants. You’ll explore the island by moped anyway!
There are no food options at the hotel but you can pop next door to the shop for snacks and water.
The staff couldn’t speak much English but we managed to muddle through OK!
The hotel can organise modped hire.
Check out D’Kubon Palace on Booking.com HERE.
Where to stay in Canggu
Canggu was probably the least favourite of our Bali destinations. There’s a vibe if you’re holidaying with friends, but it’s a heavy party destination so more expensive. In comparison to home it was of course cheap, but when on a budget it all felt a little steep. We stayed at Krishna Homestay which is a cute collection of modern rooms, fitted with air con and a very comfy bed. Plus, it had a pool – we loved staying there and it was so close to everything.
There is a delicious and cheap warung within a 2 minute walk from the accommodation.
You’ll find good coffee everywhere!
The main street in Canggu is about 10 minute walk away.
Check out Krishna Homestay on Airbnb HERE.
Where to stay in Seminyak
Seminyak was similar to the party vibes of Canggu but we actually preferred it there. The beach was a lot prettier and there were hip bars and restaurants aplenty. We collaborated with the awesome Bali Monaco Residences to showcase and photograph one of their villas. We stayed for one night and loved it! They have a huge collection of beautiful villas to stay around Seminyak, so if there’s a few of you, then we’d totally recommend teaming together and enjoying one of their larger villas as a group.
The beach and shops are a 25 minute walk away.
Bali Monaco have a collection of villas for you to choose from! We stayed in Villa Taman Grand.
You can request breakfast to your villa and even enjoy the famous floating breakfast in your private pool!
The famous Potato Head bar is in Seminyak and well worth a visit if you stay here, it’s 25 minute walks from Villa Taman Grand.
The guys at Bali Monaco Villas are incredibly helpful so you’ll receive a great booking experience with them. Follow them on Instagram!
Check out Monaco Residences HERE.