Traveling away from the Bukit, and from Kuta, to the upper west side of Bali is recommended for those interested in experiencing the real Bali. This area is less touristy with farming as the main industry. The area around Gajah Mina is peaceful, beautiful, and untouched. Take advantage of great waves and less crowds at Balian surfing Beach, found only a short walking distance from the Gajah Mina Resort.
Staying in Kuta has its positives if you’re looking to shop, party and surf, though it can be difficult to find a place away from the madness. Poppies Cottages offers solitude right in the center of crazy Kuta Town. You’ll find it hard to believe that this peaceful, beautiful resort is tucked away off a side street in Kuta. We highly recommend Poppies and suggest you make reservations as early as possible. See more of Poppies Cottages.

Southern Tip of Bukit – Karma Kandara

An often-missed jewel of the Bukit is Karma Kandara. Extremely expensive, but worth the money if you’ve got it, Karma Kandara is everything you’d want from a Resort. Perched high above the ocean on steep cliffs, this Bali resort has an incredible view. The beach is accessed by a unique elevator that takes you down to their restaurant and bar. The beach is one of the most beautiful on Bali.
One of the many ritzy resorts found in Nusa Dua, the Laguna is our favorite. The entire complex is surrounded by intertwining lagoons with man-made beaches and incredible service. Here you can relax and enjoy a massage by the ocean with exotic tropical drinks, or take a walk or rent a bike to one of the many other high-end resorts. Nusa Dua is the lap of luxury. See more of Nusa Dua Resorts.
The sleepy, seaweed-cultivating island of Nusa Lembongan is just a short 45-minute ferry ride from Sanur on Bali’s east coast. This island is not to be missed. The restaurants are great, the diving incredible, and the surf good when swell gets to it. Some of the charms include no cars and an extremely low tide. Playgrounds Resort is our favorite spot to stay while enjoying the quiet charm of Nusa Lembongan. See more of Playgrounds Resort.
Traveling to Ubud for the temples, art, shopping, mountains and monkeys is well worth it. Komaneka is probably one of the more expensive places to stay, but its location can’t be beat. You’re walking distance from temples, great shopping, wonderful restaurants, fun bars with live music, and the infamous Monkey Forest. The service can’t be matched at the Komaneka Monkey Forest Resort.
For those looking for surf without the chaos that Kuta offers, Uluwatu is a magical place. This area is less developed and still pristine in many ways. Puri Uluwatu Villas has the best location and nicest amenities for the price in the area. With its own private path to the surf, super-friendly staff, and vast jungle and ocean views, we highly recommend staying at the Puri Uluwatu Villas.
Amed is one of our favorite places to escape the hectic crowds and noise of more popular areas of Bali. A small fishing village on the eastern shoreline, we highly recommend the romantic getaway at Aquaterrace for couples, or Life in Amed for group outings and families. Both are located near all of Amed’s best attractions, and offer a level of peace and quiet you’ll have difficulty finding elsewhere.
Seminyak is one of the most popular areas to start or end your trip in Bali. With a huge assortment of restaurants, nightlife, shops, spas and beach activities, we highly recommend a trip here. Zara Villas Bali include 4 and 5 bedroom options for up to 10 guests, and we really think this is one of the best ways to travel with a group. Plus, it includes a private pool and chef!
Part of the ‘Secret Gilis’ located off of Lombok, Gili Gede offers a truly peaceful escape from the crowds of Bali. Take a quick boat ride over, and enjoy calm beaches, local cuisine, friendly locals, nighttime bonfires and a charming variety of accommodations. Villa Vista Gede offers the best private group accommodations and panoramic ocean views, while smaller bungalows are great for couples.

We will be updating this page as we explore more accommodations throughout Bali, so check back for the latest reviews. Terima kasih!