WHERE TO STAY IN BALI
In Ubud, we stayed at Nyuh Ubud Bali Resort & Spa. I have never felt more like a queen than I did at this resort. It was located a little outside of the centre of Ubud which I really liked because it let you have the quiet, relaxed vibe that you want when you are in Bali but it was also only a 15 minute drive to Ubud Center where all the hustle & bustle occurs (there is a free shuttle service from the hotel that takes you to Ubud Centre).
The resort is conveniently located near Bali Swing, Monkey Forest, Rice Terraces, Water Temples and more!
The staff at this resort were truly amazing and always at your service with a smile. We were always warmly greeted every time we returned to the resort as well as any time we saw a staff member around the resort.
The private villas are impeccable and very clean with perfect A/C. Each villa is equipped with a private pool and there is also another pool in the resort for all guests to share which includes a beautiful waterfall! There is an amazing outdoor shower which I loved because nothing is more magical than showering under the stars. The bathroom is massive and has a giant tub which is perfect for a romantic bath.
Traditional Balinese breakfast is complimentary every morning for all guests. There is actually a variety of options for breakfast to meet everyone’s dietary needs. My favorite was when we got our breakfast in the pool! We got room service for dinner every night which was truly delicious and very cheap! It was so worth it as we never wanted to leave the resort.
One of the best things about this resort is all the activities that they have such as morning walks in rice terraces and morning yoga classes with this WONDERFUL yoga instructor! They also have classes where they teach you how to make traditional Balinese offerings for their Gods. This was so beautiful and the staff was kind enough to let us join them on their morning prayer the next day. It was very nice to learn about Balinese culture with the staff who we felt a close connection with.
Each guest is provided with a free complimentary welcome massage and this is by far the best massage I ever had! They have amazing spa services available.
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In Kuta we stayed at an airbnb. We booked a private room in a villa with a total of 4 bedrooms. We booked it because of the aesthetics that it had and we loved the giant hut. We had our own private outdoor bathroom and there was also a pool for everyone to use. The host provided snacks which was awesome because we were hungry when we arrived! The host was awesome and he would chill with us when he had the time. He is an Italian photographer that moved to Bali… cool, huh? DM me on Instagram (@mari.explores) if you want the link to this listing!
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Of course, there is more to Bali than just Ubud and Kuta. The more down south you go, the more touristy everything becomes. Those who I have spoken to who have stayed all the way down south said that the level of tourists is so high and overwhelming that they actually did not enjoy their visit to Bali, and I can't blame them. Everything is much more expensive and locals are less friendly and you are more likely to get jipped. The food is also less authentic. However, those who stayed in Ubud (such as myself), felt a deeper connection to Balinese culture and truly enjoyed it. Since down south (Seminyak, Uluwatu, Kuta, etc) is more touristy, there is a lot more nightlife here than in Ubud and up. The higher up you go on the map, the more culture (temples, food, locals, etc) and the more nature (waterfalls, jungles, rice terraces, etc) you experience. That being said, we were happy to have experienced both settings in Bali and if you have the time, I suggest experiencing both the culture and little bit of the tourist areas. If you don't have a lot of time, I suggest Ubud only.