Where to stay in Bali: Hotel vs. Villa vs. Homestay
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Where to stay in Bali: Hotel vs. Villa vs. Homestay

The task of finding the perfect accommodation for a holiday vacation can be quite stressful but no need to worry, because Bali offers a vast array of luxurious hotels, private villas and hospitable homestays.

Here’s a rundown on the pros and cons of these three types of accommodations to help you find the perfect place that will suite the type of traveler you are. 🙂


Hotel: Conrad Bali

Location: Nusa Dua (home of the finest hotel accommodations in Bali)
Price per night: Around Php 10,000 (good for two with buffet breakfast)
Type of traveler: couples / those who like to splurge on a luxurious vacation and chill within the hotel’s private amenities.

24-hour reception and security
▪ Room service is just a phone call away. The staff are readily available to attend to your needs.
Complete amenities from private pools, fitness center, spa, children’s playground, restaurant, bar and mini retail shops.
Free shuttle service to/from selected nearby tourist spots.
There are a lot of mosquitoes in Bali due to its lush environment, so it’s a great advantage to stay in a hotel because they fumigate daily (bye mosquitoes! 🙂 )
▪ Private beachfront

Most hotels are more expensive than the other types of accommodation.
Expect that hotel food will be pricey.
Most of the upscale hotels are far from the city center.




Villa: Asuri Bali Villas

We were originally booked in another villa but we got transferred (and upgraded) to Asuri Bali Villas because the water broke down in the villa we were supposed to stay in.

Here are some photos of our original villa, Taman Sari Bali Villas Kerobokan located in Seminyak area.


Location: Kuta (surf spot and outlet shopping area)
Price per night: Around Php 4,000 (good for two, no breakfast)
Type of traveler: couples or large groups / those who want privacy with the inclusion of your own pool and kitchen facility

▪ Most villas in Bali are semi-detached houses or in a mini village setting.
▪ Feels more at home since the space is designed like a house.
▪ You have your own private pool.
▪ You have a kitchen where you can whip up meals and store snacks and drinks.
▪ Villa rental is less expensive than a hotel; you can still cut down cost if you will be staying in a villa as a group – imagine poolside house party!

Since villas usually have a pool and a lot of landscape, expect that mosquitoes will be present in your area. Most villa owners will provide you with an insect repellant and mosquito coils though.
▪ Most of the TV shows are in Indonesian, you can opt to borrow English movie DVDs at the reception for free.




Homestay: Ketut’s Place

Location: Ubud (Bali’s center for culture and traditional crafts; great bargain shopping areas too)
Price per night: Around Php 3,500 (good for two with set breakfast)
Type of traveler: longterm vacationers/ those who want to immerse themselves in Balinese culture and prefer to stay in a real Balinese dwelling run by a local family

The cheapest among the three types of accommodations. The price becomes cheaper if you stay longer.
▪ There is no better way to experience Bali than by staying in the company of a Balinese family right within their family temple – interact with them and witness their daily rituals and traditions.
▪ Convenient location. Often, homestays are located in the center of the town

Most of the homestays have no TV and have limited wi-fi access. However, you would want to stay away from electronics and just enjoy the beauty of a traditional Balinese home. 🙂
▪ There were a few mosquitoes so make use of the mosquito net in the bed area.




Wherever you decide to stay in Bali, – be it in a hotel, a villa or a homestay, you are sure to get the most value for your money. Bali offers the cheapest rates on almost all types of accommodations compared to other countries. Pick one from these three types of accommodations or better yet, be adventurous and try them all!


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