Bali delights in its reputation as a legendary party island. With so many distinctive atmospheres on offer, it’s the perfect place to let your hair down – and whether that means daytime cocktails by the pool, checking out dazzling local festivals or dancing at a beach club until dawn, Bali ticks the ‘party’ box for most travellers.
So, where do you begin when planning a trip to Bali? By choosing the right beach. With Bali being one of Australia’s top travel destinations, and over 26 million Australian visitors to HotelsCombined each year, we see a lot of users seeking out information (and booking!) Bali hotels. So to help you choose the hotel that’s right for you, we’ve put together 18 of the best value hotels in Bali, along with some handy hints on what to do in Kuta, Legian and Seminyak.
With a prime location close to the beach and airport, Kuta remains Bali’s most popular holiday destination. The idyllic area boasts numerous luxury resorts along the beach with an abundance of dining and shopping options, rejuvenating spas and unforgettable sights. Mornings are usually spent on the beach while afternoons and evenings are filled with eclectic and lively activities.
Nestled in the northern part of Kuta near Legian Beach, The ONE Legian is 15 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport and metres away from the heart of Kuta’s shopping, dining and entertainment. After an extensive renovation, the hotel reopened in January 2016 and now offers over 300 contemporary rooms equipped with a refrigerator, safe, desk and complimentary Wi-Fi. Laze around the spectacular rooftop pool, get pampered with a rejuvenating spa treatment and enjoy the culinary highlights of Indonesian and Western cuisine at this renowned hotel.
Situated on Jalan Bypass, the Grand Mega Resort & Spa entices with its fascinating metal-clad facade. The interior reflects the outside with a stylish, yet minimalistic design throughout the hotel. The lobby draws in visitors with high ceilings, an array of mirrors, plush lounges, and indirect lighting. Genuinely friendly service along with a superb outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, spa and business centre ensure a memorable stay from the moment guests arrive.
Bali Dynasty Resort, a popular getaway for families, is located in the midst of tropical gardens in southern Kuta. Parents can benefit from childminding services while enjoying a selection of adults-only facilities. Accommodation ranges from double and twin rooms to family suites that sleep up to five people. Six restaurants, five bars, a kids’ water fun zone, a circus workshop and other onsite activities will be sure to keep guests of all ages entertained. The Bali Dynasty Resort is a fantastic hotel for young and old travellers, combining great service, wonderful facilities, and a relaxing location.
The Grand Inna Kuta is an affordable beachfront resort located next to Kuta’s famous shopping and entertainment strip, home to Waterbom Waterpark, Sky Garden Kuta and Beachwalk Mall. All rooms face either the pool or beach and include a refrigerator, LCD TV, mini bar and rain shower. While the resort offers top facilities such as multiple pools, a wellness area, and a 24-hour restaurant, it’s the onsite professional surf school that sets it apart. Whether on a romantic escape, solo jaunt or family trip, the Grand Inna Kuta provides the right ingredients for an unbelievable holiday.
Live like a rock star at the fabulous Hard Rock Hotel Bali. Rooms come equipped with leather sofas, king-size beds, tiger pillows, BOSE speakers, and rock and roll memorabilia of such legends as the Beatles. Located on Legian Beach, it’s difficult leaving this hotel due to its sheer amount of activities and facilities, from a large freeform pool with slides to a recording studio, kids’ club and a calendar full of events and parties.
Located beside Kuta’s most popular stretch of coastline, Kuta Paradiso is a modern hotel with 250 well-designed rooms and suites. Each one features a bathtub, king-sized bed, free Wi-Fi, a fully-stocked minibar and views over the hotel’s lagoon-style pool. Walk to the beach in minutes or explore the nearby restaurants, bars, shops and activities suggested by the experienced English-speaking staff. Kuta Paradiso’s array of premium services and facilities ultimately guarantee a unique and wonderful holiday in Bali.
Where and what to eat in Kuta
Along with stunning beaches, visitors will find servers offering food and drink delivered right to their sun lounge. Kuta also boasts many restaurants along its promenade dishing up affordable and delicious Indonesian and Western fare. Head to Bale Udang for exquisite fish and seafood where the traditional setting features gorgeous thatched-roof huts situated on stilts above the water. Enjoy staples like honey grilled jumbo prawns or deep-fried crispy duck with vegetables. If travellers are searching for authentic Indonesian meals, look no further than Warung Nikmat, known for its incredible nasi campur. Diners receive a portion of rice and can choose between small portions of vegetables, meat, and fish for a very low price.
What to see for free in Kuta
Kuta’s foremost attraction is undoubtedly its beach, the ideal playground for sunbathers, surfers, and swimmers. Beach life is never boring in Kuta, whether swimming during the day, flying a kite in the afternoon or watching the sun melt into the ocean. To discover the real Kuta, try taking the free walking tour run by the Indonesian Tourist Information Center. For animal lovers, the Bali Sea Turtle Society organises turtle releases and offers plenty of sea turtle protection activities. Their office is conveniently situated next to the Grand Inna Kuta.
Festivals in Kuta
Kuta Karnival is a colourful spectacle of culture and entertainment held every October. Days are packed with activities ranging from gala dinners and parades to sandcastle and football competitions. The Bali International Film Festival (BALINALE) is held annually at the end of September at Lippo Mall Kuta. The festival features numerous film releases, forums, workshops and open-air movie screenings. For an authentic local event, visit the processions of Galungan, which commemorate the victory of Dharma over Adharma. The multi-day event involves local families making offerings, such as fried rice cakes and pigs, to the spirits of deceased relatives.
Situated just north of Kuta, Legian is less chaotic and smaller than its big sister. However, it’s still packed with shops, boutiques, clubs and restaurants. Most of the action occurs on Jalan Melasti, Jalan Padma, and Jalan Sahadewa, forming into Legian’s dynamic centre. At its other end, Legian meets Seminyak around the famous Double Six area. Legian’s stretch of beach is less crowded than Kuta’s, but still attracts younger travellers thanks to its nightlife.
Melasti Beach Resort & Spa provides supreme coastal views and access without a big price tag. The rooms are beautifully decorated in traditional styles, split down the middle by a relaxing, river-like pool. A restaurant, spa and tennis court keep the onsite activities varied, while Legian’s bars, shops, and restaurants are only a short walk away.
With 218 rooms and villas, Legian Beach Hotel is one of the region’s largest resorts and offers an unparalleled layout with tropical gardens fronting the tranquil beach. Each room creates a splendid holiday haven with private balconies or terraces, elegant décor, and convenient amenities. The hotel’s quiet atmosphere extends to its recreational facilities, including two swimming pools, a spa, a fitness room and a tennis court.
Those who fawn over uninterrupted ocean vistas won’t want to leave Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa. This classic Balinese resort first opened in the 1980’s and has continued to wow visitors ever since. Ideal for travellers looking to unwind while still staying close to the action, Bali Mandira delights with an oasis of manicured gardens, palm trees, glassy pools and extravagant villas. The opulent Pool Club Villa even features its own private pool right outside the bedroom. Don’t forget to visit the nearby Azul Beach Club, one of Bali’s finest open-air dining venues with thatched roofs, bamboo pillars and a long list of delicious meals created by the acclaimed chef, Arief Wicaksono.
Set among the hustle and bustle of Legian, this three-star hotel caters to business and leisure travellers alike. Each modern room feels like a second home with warm lighting, a spacious work desk, complimentary Wi-Fi and a large bathroom equipped with bath and shower. However, the hotel’s highlight is easily its rooftop bar, Chadis, which keeps the cocktails flowing while guests can float in the adjoining infinity pool overlooking Legian’s red-roofed houses and shops.
Hotel Kumala Pantai places guests right in the heart of Legian while still being very affordable. Although Legian’s numerous entertainment options are only metres away, the hotel does a tremendous job of making it hard to leave its inner paradise. A large pool, Italian restaurant and daily evening entertainment add not only character but also a fun ambience. Those seeking out a little more pampering can find a list of body treatments at the onsite spa.
Only 15 minutes’ walk from the beach, the three-star Champlung Mas Hotel exudes an unpretentious and relaxing vibe. The 151 spacious rooms offer home comforts such as a mini-bar, private terrace, and slippers. An onsite tour desk can help visitors see the best parts of Bali when they’re not enjoying one of the spa’s rejuvenating treatments. After exploring Legian, retire to the hotel for a dip in the rooftop pool, which has its own bar and restaurant. Several themed promotions and activities are also held throughout the week such as a daily happy hour and an all-you-can-eat BBQ every Friday.
Where and what to eat in Legian
Legian has one of Bali’s most diverse food scenes, drawing on numerous cultures from around the world. Mama’s German Restaurant isn’t just a name. The German owner has brought authentic German cuisine, such as bratwurst and schnitzel to Indonesia. A crowd favourite, the unique Bavarian-style décor only adds to the cultural immersion. For a cheap meal, cold drinks and lively atmosphere, go straight to Waroeng Tropical. With a focus on Indonesian fast food such as nasi goreng, curry, and satay, they also offer various Western dishes. Visit Sendok Emas in the morning for a fantastic breakfast menu or in the afternoon for a refreshingly cold Bintang.
What to see for free in Legian
Ubud may be considered the art centre of Bali, but Legian’s art markets and smaller galleries still present the country’s artistic character. These can be found mainly on Jalan Melasti and Jalan Mertanadi. Early to rise and late to bed, Legian is an all-day kind of place and once the sun sets the nightclubs and bars invite all to party with an abundance of cheap drinks and quality music. Simply walking down the streets gives guests a taste of the fascinating after-dark scenes.
Festivals in Legian
Legian is one of the major places where Balinese New Year (Nyepi) is celebrated. The day before Nyepi, locally known as ‘Tawur Agung Kesanga’, Legian displays carnival-style parades down the major streets. The yearly Legian Beach Festival delivers shows, live music, culinary events, beauty pageants and, of course, surfing. For the foodies, the Street Food Festival offers countless food stalls serving everything from typical Balinese fare to European and Western cuisine. Many established restaurants also set up their own booths serving signature dishes.
North of Legian, Seminyak is a mix of Kuta’s party-happy scene and Ubud’s off-the-radar relaxation. The region’s luxury resorts, swanky restaurants, and high-end shops attract wealthier travellers looking for exclusivity, but also a bit of fun. Seminyak’s lengthy beach is perfect for swimming and surfing, and the varied nightlife keeps visitors entertained long after midnight.
The Breezes Bali Resort & Spa has built an impressive reputation for its chic minimalistic design, stylish rooms, and unfaltering service. Large windows ensure a flood of natural light in each room, while the Junior Suites include a private veranda right on the four-tiered pool. The Breezes stands out from the crowd with its onsite cinema, first-class restaurant and bar called d’Base, and Balinese cooking classes.
Star Rating: 4*
Price: A$52 – A$859
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: Jalan Camplung Tanduk No. 66, Seminyak
The ultra-sleek U Paasha prides itself on exclusive hospitality and comfort. The hotel’s suites and penthouse offer plush bedding and generous amenities within some of the largest rooms in Seminyak. Guests are also able to select their pillows, soap, tea, mini-bar assortment and music from a range of choices. U Paasha also excites with a signature restaurant and a rooftop pool bar encircled by bean bags and sun loungers. Free cocktails and airport transfers are included for certain rooms.
Centrally located, the Amadea is a modern boutique hotel with 100 rooms, suites and pool villas featuring plasma TVs, Wi-Fi, desks and rain shower. Only a 12-minute walk from the beach, Amadea also keeps guests entertained with an onsite spa, pool bar, business centre, kids pool and the Aussie-run restaurant, Bistro Batu Kali. Pool bar happy hours, a family-fun Sunday BBQ and the renowned Ambiente Spa keep visitors days varied and always enjoyable.
Visitors flock to Pelangi Bali Hotel for the location, but stay for the hotel. A mere one-minute walk from the beach or a two-minute walk from Seminyak’s high-end shopping, there are few hotels in Bali with a more desirable locale. On the inside, Pelangi Bali delivers stylish rooms and suites with marble tiles, divine bedding, and private balconies or terraces. Seek out traditional Balinese entertainment along with beach vistas at the onsite restaurant or simply lounge by the pool while waiting for another cocktail.
One of the hippest hotels in Seminyak, IZE is a hotspot for young, cosmopolitan travellers seeking a lively atmosphere and stylish living. Check into a Deluxe Pool room for access to the exclusive IZE swimming pool and an in-room Jacuzzi. For a more social scene, venture up to the rooftop pool where guests mingle and admire the panoramic views while swimming to and from the bar. The friendly, yet professional staff can point out the best nightclubs, restaurants, and shops in Seminyak. Alternatively, guests can relax with a book in the onsite library or sweat out those holiday indulgences in the gym.
This boutique retreat is a treasured haven within Seminyak’s busy streets. Spacious rooms provide a minimalist feel while featuring balconies, LCD TVs, Wi-Fi and rain showers. Whether a one-night or week-long guest, the well-trained staff members go beyond their duty to provide a first-class experience. A spa, a restaurant, and bar, plenty of peaceful nooks and a swimming pool with sunbeds ensure there’s always a place to unwind or be pampered.
Where and what to eat in Seminyak
Seminyak is known for its myriad of unique themed restaurants. Among these is La Laguna, which transports travellers into the world of Alice in Wonderland with colourful wooden carriages, creeping planters and enticing meals such as beef carpaccio and calamari ala romana. For a relaxed afternoon, visit NOOK, a wonderful café with 360-degree views of Bali’s rice fields. Expansive alfresco dining lets visitors immediately unwind from the moment they enter. It’s the perfect spot for a light meal such as the chicken and strawberry salad. A totally unique dining concept is offered at Deus Ex Machina. Known for its tantalising Mexican food and custom-built bikes, the restaurant also serves up sushi fusion, fine wines, and comfy corner sofas.
What to see for free in Seminyak
Walk around Jalan Camplung and stop by Santo Mikael, a stunning whitewashed Gothic church. It’s always open and there’s often a photoshoot or wedding taking place. The church is a few minutes from Double Six Beach. Another significant place of worship is the Petitenget Temple or ‘Pura Petitenget’ as the locals call it. Made from red brick stones, it’s one of the few cultural sights in Seminyak and a place where many ceremonies are held. Don’t forget to explore Seminyak itself. Walk along the main roads, turn into small alleys, visit art galleries and designer boutiques, and simply immerse in its fascinating sights.
Festivals in Seminyak
Held at Potato Head, Bali’s famous beach club, Ultra Bali is one of Southeast Asia’s most popular music festivals, attracting the world’s best DJs including deadmau5 and Afrojack. Each August, Ku De Ta, one of Bali’s premier dining establishments, holds its popular White Party with a stellar lineup that includes several national and international DJs and artists. Bali’s main cultural festivals such as Tawur Agung Kesanga, held the day before Nyepi, Galungan and Kuningan are also celebrated with fervour throughout Seminyak
Which Bali party scene do you prefer?
There’s always something new to discover in Bali’s party scene. Over the years Bali’s nightlife has evolved to a range of chic rooftop bars for sunset cocktails, quirky themed restaurant for alternative evenings out, and the latest big-name DJ playing at a swanky beachside club. While the palm trees and white sand are ubiquitous, each Bali beach destination provides its own distinctive atmosphere.
Australians love to be amongst it all and it’s no surprise our best-value hotels are all centrally located. We’ve seen our visitors look for multi-tiered pools, nearby beachside clubs, and private balconies. What’s best is that visitors don’t often have to travel beyond their hotel to find the party has already started!
What has been your experience in exploring Bali and its iconic party scene?