15 Best Private Pool Villas In Bali For Every Occasion

15 Best Private Pool Villas In Bali For Every Occasion

Looking for a private pool villa in Bali?

Luckily for you, there are plenty of breath-taking private pool villas in Bali. It doesn’t matter if you are visiting Bali with friends, on a honeymoon, or with a family, there is a villa with a private pool in Bali just for you.

Below we have outlined our favorite pool villas in the most popular destinations in Bali: Ubud, Seminyak, and Canggu. We have also included some cheap private pool villas for anyone traveling Bali on a budget and honeymoon villas for anyone wanting something more romantic!

Enjoy!

Best Private Pool Villas In Bali

Best Private Pool Villas In Ubud, Bali

The hotels and villas in Ubud are usually located in the lush environment Ubud is known for. Rice terraces, jungle vibes, and of course, insects, a stay in Ubud will certainly make you appreciate the nature side that many tourists miss!

The Ayuterra Resort is one of the best private pool villas in Ubud, Bali. World-class amenities, elegant design, friendly staff, staying here would unquestionably be the highlight of your Bali trip.

The resort has a total of 7 private pool villas that offer different views: forest view, river view, and an open panoramic view. Though the different types of villa vary in price, even the cheapest villa in Ayuterra Resort will exceed your expectations.

Each and every single one of the villas has an infinity pool that looks into the lush landscape Ubud is known for. It is the perfect place to relax after a tiresome day exploring Ubud’s best attractions. 

Their floor-to-ceiling windows and hardwood floor design of the rooms are cozy and chic. Every morning, the sun illuminates the rooms and you will wake up to some of the most beautiful views of Bali.

Price: $$$$

Rating: 9.2

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pros

  • Private Infinity Pool With Breath-Taking Views
  • Jungle Vibes
  • Perfect Honeymoon Villa

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Located Far Away From Ubud Center

Looking for a secluded getaway in Bali? Look no further. Kawan Antique Ubud Villa is located in an isolated part of Ubud. With only one villa in the family-owned property, guests can enjoy the utmost privacy and personal attention.

Constructed with rustic wood, the property’s vintage design is one of the most beautiful in Bali. Along with its traditional decorated bedroom, this villa in Ubud can pass as an art museum.

Nested in the finest nature in Bali, this villa with an exclusive pool in Ubud is a literal paradise for nature-lovers. Come have floating breakfast in their spacious pool and listen to nature’s music!

The only downside to staying in this hotel is its location relative to the center of Ubud. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to get there on a car or scooter. 

Price: $$

Rating: 9.6

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pros

  • Very Private Villa
  • Beautiful Aesthetics
  • Idyllic Ambience
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Too Far From Ubud Center
  • Too Quiet (Could Be A Pro)

Motama Villa is a small hotel that offers 1-bedroom private pool villas for affordable prices. Located just far enough from the busy city center of Ubud, guests can visit the main attractions of Ubud easily without staying in a noisy neighborhood.

If you don’t like to walk? Don’t worry. This resort in Ubud offers complimentary pick-up and drop-off service in the city center. When you check in to the villa, the reception will give you a service mobile. Using the service mobile, you can dial the hotel and they will come to pick you up anywhere near the Ubud center! 

The private infinity pool in each villa offers beautiful views of the rice paddies in the area. Though you don’t get jungle vibes, you are deep into nature to appreciate the serenity.

Price: $$

Rating: 9.4

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pros

  • Complimentary Pick-Up/Drop-Off Service
  • Cheap
  • Private Infinity Pool With Good Views

Cons

  • No On-Site Restaurant

Anusara Luxury Villa is a hotel located in the midst of some of the most gorgeous rice paddies in Ubud. Each villa features an outdoor bed and a private swimming pool in the rear. Not only are there beds outdoors, but there are also outdoor showers and bathtubs. It is one of the best honeymoon villas in Bali.

Single bedroom villas aren’t the only type of accommodations Anusura offers. They also have two-bedroom villas with an exclusive pool for families.

In complete privacy, you can admire the traditional rice paddies in Ubud. Unlike rice paddies such as the ones in Tegalalang, the rice paddies around Anusara are untouched by tourists. 

The only con of staying at Anusara Luxury Villa is its relative location to the center of Ubud. However, the resort offers transportation and tours for guests!

Price: $$-$$$$

Rating: 9.1

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pros

  • Gorgeous Swimming Pool In Every Villa
  • Outdoor Bed, Showers, and Bathtub
  • Villa Nested In Beautiful Rice Paddies
  • Superb Privacy For Honeymooners

Cons

  • Far From Ubud Center
  • Bugs At Night

Offering 1-bedroom private pool villas to 3-bedroom ones, Origin Ubud has something for any number of guests. Traveling as a family and prefer the extra space? Stay in their three-bedroom villas! OR are you with your significant other and want a little more privacy? Pick the 1-bedroom villa with a private pool!

The design of this villa is what really stood out to me. Unlike other villas located in the jungle-like environment, this villa is quite the opposite. Its design is stylish, modern, and creates a very homey atmosphere. 

Staying there for a few nights would inevitably give a feeling of “home away from home”.

When I first saw this boutique hotel I was kind of turned off by its design. However, the simplicity grew on me and I started liking it more and more. It is also conveniently located within walking distance to the center of Ubud!

Price: $$$-$$$$

Rating: 8.9

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pros

  • Homey Atmosphere and Decor
  • Ideal Location Not Too Far From The Action
  • Great Private Pool

Cons

  • More Amenities Would Be Nice For The Price

Best Private Pool Villas In Canggu Bali

Canggu is one of the most popular tourist spots in Bali. Consequently, it is filled with digital nomads and influencers. Here you will find amazing beaches where you can surf, chill at beach clubs, and see some untouched (by tourists) rice paddies! 

Mayana Villas is one of the most impressive villas in Bali. Featuring one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and even three-bedroom villas all with private pools, Mayana Villas has a type of accommodation for anyone.

There are many winning features to their villas. The design, decor, and layout of the villas cannot be more perfect. The staff is superb and provides unparalleled attention, including scooter rentals and transportation.

If you are a cat-lover, the villa’s cat Maya might even have a sleepover at your place. 🙂

The one downside of the Mayana Villas is its location in Canggu. Located far from the beach and the main tourist area in Canggu, guests would have to get a taxi or a Grab.

Price: $$-$$$$

Rating: 9.4

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pros

  • Variety of Private Pool Villas
  • Amazing Staff
  • Well-Equipped Rooms
  • Cute Cat

Cons

  • Located Far From Canggu’s Best Attractions

The clean, modern and sleek design is one of the reasons why Theanna Eco Villa and Spa is one of the top-rated villas in Bali. Each 1 of their 17 one-bedroom villas is well-designed with a simple garden and an individual swimming pool in the back.

Couples come here to relax from stress and reconnect with their loved ones. With utmost privacy in every villa, you will cherish every intimate moment with your family and loved ones.

The hotel also provides a 24-hour service within a certain distance away from the hotel so you can visit the best attractions of Canggu at ease.

Floating breakfast. Spa treatment. Massages. Private Pools. This villa has everything.

Price: $$-$$$$

Rating: 9.4

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pros

  • Free Shuttle Service
  • Beautiful Villas and Private Pool
  • Affordable
  • Delicious Floating Breakfast
  • Mosquito-Free Villas

Cons

  • None

Best Private Pool Villas In Seminyak, Bali

Seminyak is one of the most westernized areas of Bali. Here in Seminyak, you will find international restaurants, expensive bars and clubs, and trendy cafes. There won’t be a lot of local life in this area due to the prices but if you look carefully, you will find some warungs (local restaurants)!

Are you looking for a private pool villa away from the chaos of Bali? Do you want a place tucked in peacefulness and serenity? I introduce to you, Prime Bali Villas.

Located in a secluded part of Seminyak, a stay at Prime Bali Villas will rejuvenate your body and mind. With their big bathtubs and stunning private pool, guests can enjoy the Balinese sun in their own private space.

The accommodation only offers 1-bedroom private pool villas, which is perfect for couples on their honeymoon.

There is not much to do within the close vicinity of the villa resort, but the hotel offers free shuttle into the main areas of Seminyak. The hotel also offers a free shuttle from the Bali Airport (Ngurah Rai International Airport) to guarantee you a stress-free arrival!

Price: $-$$$

Rating: 8.9

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pros

  • Free Shuttle Service From/To The Airport
  • Big And Beautiful Villas and Private Pool
  • Cheap (Relatively)

Cons

  • Far From The Action
  • Lots Of Mosquitos, Especially At Night

Villa Bali Asri Batubelig is one of the biggest villa complexes in Bali. With 1-bedroom villas to 4-bedroom villas, guests can find a suitable villa for any kind of trip. Looking for some quality family time? Go for the 2 or 3-bedroom private pool villa. In Bali for your honeymoon? Pick the 1 bedroom private pool villa with the honeymoon package.

The quantity and diversity of the villas are great, but how is the quality?

Villa Bali Asri Batubelig is one of the most impressive villas in Bali. With a private butler that cooks breakfast in your villa every morning, drives you around, and gives you the utmost attention when needed, you spend your days here like kings and queens.

The property is also situated close to Batu Belig Beach, in case you get tired of your private pool. However, if you want to travel to downtown Seminyak or Canggu, it is quite a trek. 

Price: $$-$$$$

Rating: 9.3

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pros

  • Huge Selection of Villas
  • Close to The Beach
  • Attentive Service

Cons

  • Located Far From Canggu And Seminyak Center

Best Private Pool Villas In Kuta, Bali

To be honest, Kuta was one of my least favorite places in Bali. Filled with traffic, crazy parties, and drunk tourists, it is difficult to get a good night’s rest. However, the pros of staying in Kuta are also crazy parties and drunk people everywhere.

If you are the type of traveler that loves amazing nightlife in big clubs and bars, then you will like Kuta. For me, it was just too much.

Hence, the private pool villas in Kuta I’ve chosen are a little quieter than the typical accomodation in Kuta.

If I had to choose one private pool villa in Kuta to stay for the rest of my life, it would be The Sakaye Luxury Villas & Spas. Offering three types of private pool villas (1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom), their immaculate villas are perfect for couples and families.

Each morning you have the option to have floating breakfast in your private pool in the back, tucked away in the comfort of your charming villa.

If you are seeking the ultimate comfort on your Bali trip, then you must take advantage of their discounted spa services.

Located in the crazy Kuta, you might worry about the noise level, drunk tourists, and the amount of traffic. The main party area of Kuta (Jalan Legian) is a 20-minute walk away. You are far enough from the chaos but close enough if you want to have some fun. Supermarkets and plenty of restaurants are within close vicinity of the Sakaye Luxury Villas & Spas as well.

Price: $-$$

Rating: 9.0

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pros

  • Affordable
  • Huge Variety of Villas With Pool
  • Floating Breakfast In Your Own Pool
  • Beautiful Decor

Cons

  • Far From Touristic Areas

If you are looking for a breath-taking villa with a private pool in Kuta to relax before catching a flight at the Ngurah Rai International Airport, S18 Bali Villas is your best choice.

Their private pool villas (which comes in 1-bedroom all the way up to 3-bedroom) are so minimalist but elegant that I would want to stay forever. All of their villas are super spacious with impeccable cleanliness.

Located in a secluded part of Kuta, the S18 Bali Villas isn’t the most convenient place to stay. You pretty much have to get a taxi (or Grab or GoJeK) if you want to go anywhere. If you want a romantic getaway in Bali, then you will love its isolated location.

The hotel also has special packages for guests on their honeymoon!

Price: $$-$$$

Rating: 8.7

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pros

  • Secluded Location
  • Spacious and Minimalistic Villas
  • Incredible Private Pool In Each Villa

Cons

  • Far From Everything

Best Private Pool Villas In Bali For Honeymoon

If you are looking for a cheap private pool villa for a honeymoon in Bali, look no further. The Bidadari Villas and Spa Umalas are tucked into the secluded area of Canggu so you and your lover can enjoy an intimate experience.

Due to its secluded location, there is not much to do nearby. The attractions of Canggu are located far away and the only way to get there is with a car or scooter. 

Travelers on honeymoon can also consider their special honeymoon package.

Location: Canggu

Price: $-$$

Rating: 8.7

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pros

  • Superb Privacy
  • Honeymoon Package
  • Impressive Decor

Cons

  • Far From Canggu’s Center

If you are looking for the most luxurious private pool villa for your honeymoon getaway in Bali, you have just found the right place. COMO Uma Ubud is a 5-star villa resort offering various stunning private pool villas in Ubud.

Located in the lush region of Ubud, sit in your pool and admire at the world-renowned natural landscapes.

Don’t like just relaxing on your honeymoon? Worry not. The hotel offers various activities such as free guided walks, free yoga lessons, spa sessions, and many more! Whether you are a newly-wed couple that likes adventure or chilling, COMO Uma Ubud has something for you.

Location: Ubud

Price: $$$$$

Rating: 9.4

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pros

  • Luxurious Villas
  • Gorgeous Location
  • Free Scheduled Activities
  • Attentive Staff

Cons

  • Expensive

Cheap Private Pool Villas In Bali

Are you looking for a cheap private pool villa in Bali? Look no further. Featuring a beautiful outdoor pool, a terrace, and a garden, Villa Tirtha Amertha Ubud is one of the best value-for-money villas in Bali. 

This 1-bedroom private pool villa in Ubud is conveniently located close to the center but far enough to give you the privacy you need. Away from the hustle and bustle of Ubud, Villa Tirtha Amertha is your haven from all the chaos. 

Guests are guaranteed to have a peaceful time in the calming garden and relaxing swimming pool. Since this property only has 1 villa, the owner of the hotel, Wayan, will attend to your daily needs. Whether you want to visit the Tegalalang Rice Terrace or one of the waterfalls in Bali, Wayan will help you out!

Location: Ubud

Price: $

Rating: 9.4

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pros

  • Very Private
  • Affordable
  • Clean And Spacious Rooms
  • Friendly Staff

Cons

  • No Restaurant On-Site
  • The Swimming Pool Could Offer Better Views

Zoe Villa Canggu Bali is a simple one-bedroom private pool villa for cheap. Located in the surfer-paradise and digital nomad town of Canggu, guests can surely find many trendy cafes and exciting activities in the area. 

If you prefer to relax indoors, then the private swimming pool in the back garden will send all your worries away.

The villas immediate vicinity has a food court, which is great if you don’t want to eat at its on-site cafe. However, the main strip of Canggu is about a 15-minute walk, which for me isn’t a huge deal because you are far away from the noise!

Location: Canggu

Price: $

Rating: 8.8

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pros

  • Affordable
  • Spacious Rooms
  • Very Private Layout Of The Villa

Cons

  • Lots of Mosquitos at Night
  • No Views From Swimming Pool

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Guide On How to Get From Bali to Nusa Penida

Guide On How to Get From Bali to Nusa Penida

Nusa Penida, a small island off the coast of Bali, is becoming one of the most popular destinations in Indonesia? Why? Because Nusa Penida is the closest thing to paradise. Dramatic cliffs, turquoise water, white beaches, and famous Instagram spots (such as the Kelingking Beach), Nusa Penida is a traveler’s dream.

But how do you reach this heaven called Nusa Penida? The most popular way is through a ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida.

In our guide, we will teach you how you can get from Bali to Nusa Penida and what do need to know to get your transport!

How to Get to Nusa Penida From Bali?

Below we will talk about the 2 different ways to get to Nusa Penida from Bali. One is the DIY cheaper way and the other one is the comfortable but pricier way. Whichever method you decide to use to get to Nusa Penida, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

1. Wear something you don’t mind getting wet. To get on the ferry, you will need to walk in the water to get to the boat. The water can go up to your waist so definitely don’t wear a pair of jeans and nice shoes.

2. The ride can be very bumpy. Even though the journey is around 45 minutes, don’t underestimate how uncomfortable it can get. The waves are huge and it literally feels like you are on a roller coaster sometimes. That’s why I always carry motion sickness medicine in my all-purpose medicine kit.

3. Arrange your transport in Nusa Penida before you get there if you can. Some accommodations in Nusa Penida offer free transport from the port to their property. Depending on where you have picked to stay, it might be worth knowing if they offer transport services!

The Cheap Way To Get From Bali To Nusa Penida

The cheapest way to get from Bali to Nusa Penida is by arriving in yourself and purchasing a ferry ticket from Sanur to Nusa Penida. Though this method is a little bit more exhausting because you need to call your own taxi and buy your own ticket, it is worth it if you are traveling on a budget in Bali.

There are two Uber-like apps they use in Bali, GoJek and Grab. If you are solo backpacking Bali, order a scooter from GoJek instead of a private car from Grab, it will save you money. Set your destination as Sanur port.

Chances are your driver will ask you where you are going and you will tell him Nusa Penida. Then he will say he knows where to get the ticket and will take you to one of the many fast boat companies in Sanur.

He will personally walk you over to the fast boat company and ask you to pay this much. He will always high-ball you because you are a foreigner and because he probably gets a commission from the company he takes you to. 

You should not pay more than 150,000 – 200,000 IDR for a one-way boat from Sanur to Nusa Penida. Those prices are already “foreigner prices”. Locals pay around 50k IDR. 

If you don’t agree with the price, just walk around. There are plenty of fast boat companies. 

They will also try to get you to buy a round-trip ticket. I suggest not buying a round-trip ticket from that company as then you are limited to the boats you can take when you come back to Bali. When you are reading to leave Nusa Penida, just go to the harbor and buy the ticket for the next ferry to Bali.

The Comfortable But Pricey Way To Get From Bali To Nusa Penida

If you are not traveling Bali on a budget and want more comfort, consider a private transfer booked directly from your hotel or online here. Your private transfer should include pickup from your hotel, ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida, and possibly even transport from the Toyakapeh port to your accommodation on Nusa Penida.

This is a great option if you are traveling with kids and want comfort!

Check out our special tours on Nusa Penida:

Where to Stay in Nusa Penida

For a complete guide on where to stay in Nusa Penida, please click here.

Best Luxury Hotel In Nusa Penida – Daphila Cottage

Daphila Cottage is the best hotel in Nusa Penida for stunning views. Their infinity pool overlooks the sea and the beautiful lush island below. The aesthetics of this hotel is superb with simple and modern wooden cottages. Did I mention friendly staff that will help with organizing tours and an on-site restaurant with delicious Indonesian food?

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Best Cheap Hotel in Nusa Penida – Asoka Bungalows

Locaed on the northern part of Nusa Penida, Asoka Bungalows is a convenient family-owned hotel that will exceed your expectations. Their sparkling clean rooms are all equipped with a relaxing outdoor terrace where you can relax and soak in the Indonesian sun. If you get bored, just jump into their swimming pool! Everyday is paradise at Asoka Bungalows.

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Best Hostel In Nusa PenidaNuansa Penida Hostel

Nuansa Penida Hostel is perfect hostel in Nusa Penida. An outdoor swimming pool area with lounge chairs where you can sunbathe and relax? Check. A bar and on-site restaurant where you can eat and drink? Check. A nice common area where you can meet other travelers from different parts of the world? Also check! Don’t miss out on Nuansa Penida Hostel when you are here!

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I hope now you are equipped with information on how to get from Bali to Nusa Penida. Nusa Penida is one of my favorite places in Indonesia!

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The NungNung Waterfall Guide: MUST READ Before Visiting

The NungNung Waterfall Guide: MUST READ Before Visiting

Bali, one of the most popular tourist destination nowadays, has some of the most amazing beaches and spectacular waterfalls. Most of the attractions, honestly, are packed with tourists, leaving some of the natural wonders to be less enjoyable.

Some of the waterfalls such as the Tegenungan Waterfall and the Tibumana Waterfall, though magnificent in their own way, are just way too overcrowded with tourists.

Some of the waterfalls in northern Bali are less populated because they are less accessible, such as the Gitgit waterfall in Gitgit.

Nungnung waterfall, located only a little over an hour from the touristy town of Ubud, is still a hidden gem in Bali waiting to be discovered. It is one of the best waterfalls near Ubud. This Nungnung waterfall guide will tell you everything you need to know from how to get there to what you need to bring for your Nungnung adventure!

Why Should You Go to NungNung Waterfall

I don’t recommend Nungnung waterfall for everyone, because it is not for anyone. If you are the type of tourist that likes everything super easy, doesn’t like to make an extra effort to get the icing on the cake, and doesn’t like adventure, then you should reconsider going to Nungnung waterfall.

But if you like adventure, want to feel like you are venturing into the jungle just to chase a hidden gem, Nungnung is the waterfall for you. Nungnung waterfall is definitely one of the best waterfalls in Bali.

A little more difficult to access than the other touristy waterfalls such as Tegenungan, Nungnung waterfall is not popular at all. In my 2-hour stay there, we saw no more than 10 people visiting. That is how a natural wonder such as Nungnung waterfall should be enjoyed, without tourists shoving selfie sticks in your face.

Nungnung is also one of the tallest waterfalls in all of Bali, making this natural wonder even more amazing to admire. The entrance is extremely cheap at 10k IDR per person so even people traveling on a budget in Bali can visit. At the entrance of the waterfall, there is also a swing for anyone interested in a bit of an adrenaline rush before hiking down to the waterfall. 

How to Get to the Nungnung Waterfall?

Nungnung Waterfall is located in Badung Regency, about 75 minutes away from the main city of Ubud. It is possible to reach Nungnung waterfall from other main touristy cities such as Canggu, Seminyak, or Kuta, but just beware that the journey will be much longer.

There are 3 ways I recommend to get to Nungnung waterfall:

1. Renting a motorbike and driving yourself there

Probably the most economical option, but also the riskiest. If you know how to drive a motorbike, you can rent one for an extremely affordable price in any of the major cities. Just follow the directions on Google maps and you will get to Nungnung waterfall safely.

2. Renting a car and a driver for the day/half-day

This option is definitely a little more expensive than the first, but still quite affordable for a tourist. If you like comfort and not having the time restrictions of a tour, then this option is for you. It is quite common to rent a car and driver in Bali due to how difficult to access some of these locations are.

3. Going with a tour company to Nungnung waterfall

The last option is not as reliable because tours might not happen if there are not enough people signed up. This option is usually cheaper than renting a car if you are traveling solo. Simply go to the travel agencies in Ubud and ask if they have tours to Nungnung waterfall!

While you are in Ubud, why not find out what else you can do in this Ubud itinerary?

Getting Up and Down Nungnung Waterfall

Now that you have gotten to the beginning of the waterfall, the real journey is about to begin!

To get to the waterfall itself, you must endure a tough and long journey. The path to the bottom of the waterfall is a 500-step journey that takes you through the lush jungle and scenic views.

The way down is not so difficult and only lasts about 15 minutes. The path can be quite slippery especially after rainfall. But expect Nungnung waterfall to be much more powerful and amazing after heavy rainfall.

However, the path back up is a lot more strenuous. The 15-minute leisure walk down becomes a 45-minute of torture on the way up. The steps are quite high at times so I would not recommend Nungnung waterfall to people who are traveling with their kids or the elderly. On top of that, the path could get slippery. 

What to Bring With You to Nungnung Waterfall?

There are some specific things that you might want to bring on your trip to Nungnung waterfall.

Besides the usual water and snacks, you might want to consider bringing a rain poncho. Not only is it going to be useful when the mist of the waterfall engulfs you, but it is also extremely handy if you are coming to Nungnung waterfall on a motorbike. Bali gets a lot of rain all-year-round! My go-to rain poncho has always been the Arcturus Reusable Rain Poncho.

Bring a change of clothes just in case your clothes get wet!! Nungnung waterfall is extremely powerful! Don’t be surprised if you get wet even if you don’t get close to the waterfall.

Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit! It can be extremely relaxing to dip in the refreshingly cold water of Nungnung waterfall after a hot exhausting hike. Be careful if you do decide to go in, the water current can be strong at times!

Make sure to pack that camera! Nungnung waterfall is extremely beautiful in-person and in-photo. You will want something more than a phone camera to capture its marvel. My go-to camera has always been the Sony Alpha A7II Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera. 

Where To Stay In Ubud:

Budget Hotel Recommendation: Kayuni Hostel|Luxury Hotel Recommendation: Adiwana Resort Jembawan

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The PERFECT 10-Day Bali Itinerary: 10 Days of Paradise

The PERFECT 10-Day Bali Itinerary: 10 Days of Paradise

Bali, a popular travel destination in Southeast Asia, is known for its beautiful blue water, perfect white sand beaches, and entertaining beach clubs. 

Most travelers come to Bali for a few weeks, backpacking through the hidden gems of Bali in the north and relaxing with the Bali vibes. However, not every one of us can afford to take a long vacation. Some people might just have 5 days to travel, some might have 10 days. 

For that reason, I have written this 10-day Bali itinerary, for those who want to see the best of Bali in a short period amount of time. 

So let’s find out the Balinese temples you’ll visit, the waterfalls you’ll chase, and most importantly, the beaches you’ll swim in your 10 days in Bali.

Bali Attractions Map

The Bali sightseeing map is the map we will follow for our 10-day Bali itinerary. Click on the toggle on the top left corner of the map to see all the attractions we will be seeing in Bali.

Each color means a different area of Bali. We have a total of 5 colors for 5 different areas: Canggu, Seminyak, Ubud, Nusa Penida, and Sanur.

Each color also has recommended activities for where you will stay in Bali, such as trying a Babi Guling (suckling pig) restaurant or visiting a waterfall. 

If you have any questions on how to use this interactive map, leave a comment down below.  

Should You Visit Kuta?

You might have noticed we skipped Kuta in our 10 days in Bali itinerary. Why?

Kuta is the closest area to Depensar, where the Bali airport is located. Naturally, a lot of visitors’ first stop in Bali is Kuta. But honestly, I spent more than a month in Bali and I regretted every moment I was in Kuta.

Spending time in Kuta is a frequent mistake for first-timers in Bali.

Ugly, dirty, traffic, and filled with drunk tourists chugging Bintangs, Kuta is not what Bali is meant to be. It is not the paradise that we see on the internet. It is not the trendy stylish cafes. And it is definitely not the turquoise water and white sand beaches.

More overcrowded than an NYC subway during rush hour, I highly recommend skipping over Kuta.

How To Get Around in Bali

Before we get started with the first thing on our perfect 10-day Bali itinerary, you need to know how to get around in Bali and the cheapest way in doing so.

Bali is still very lacking in infrastructure considering the number of tourists it is getting every year. There are no buses, no trains, and the best way to travel around is with one of the mopeds or scooters. Seldomly, you will encounter some buses but with the traffic and the narrow roads of Bali, you won’t get anywhere without wanting to pull your hair out. 

The most convenient and easiest option to travel around Bali is by renting a scooter. If you rent one, make sure you know how to drive it properly. There are way too many tourists getting into motorcycle accidents in Bali. 

Uber-like services are also available in Bali through apps like GoJek and Grab. Install both apps before you go to Bali. These apps are generally reliable except for some places in Bali that have a taxi mafia, meaning that GoJek or Grab is not allowed to pick up passengers there.

It is recommended to get a Sim Card when you first arrive in Bali. They are cheap and abundant throughout Bali.

Another great option is to rent a car and a driver. Some of the attractions in Bali, especially the ones in Ubud, are spaced out. It is actually wise and recommended to rent a driver and a car for 8-10 hours and take you to as many sights as possible. They are also not as expensive as you think. 

The Perfect 10 Days in Bali Itinerary

Day 1: Sanur, The Calm Beautiful Port City

Welcome to Bali, or the locals like to call it, Balifornia! I hope you are excited to spend 10 days in Bali! You will be arriving at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, a small and easily-navigated airport. If you go out and grab an airport taxi to your accommodation in Sanur, you will be overcharged 4 to 5 times.

This is why I told you to install GoJek and Grab before your arrival. Use the airport Wi-Fi and use GoJek or Grab to get yourself a taxi to Sanur.

If you cannot use the app for some reason, walk outside of the airport area and grab a Bluebird taxi. Those taxis are the local taxi and will be just affordable as the ones through the apps. They are blue and say the word “Bluebird” on the side. 

Our first destination is in the eastern part of Bali. Sanur, a relatively quiet port city, is a great starting point for your Bali trip. Many visitors make the mistake of going straight into Kuta and getting stuck there. Don’t be one of them. Sanur is also the place where you will be taking the ferry from Bali to Nusa Penida tomorrow!

Things to Do in Sanur, Bali

Depending on when you arrive in Sanur, you might not have much time on your first day in Bali. Walk around the neighborhood and check out the beaches in Sanur. They are much cleaner than the ones in Kuta.

If you have the time, I highly recommend you to visit Balangan Beach. A dreamy beach known for its dramatic cliffs and turquoise water, it is no surprise that there are so many pre-wedding photoshoots here.

Experience your first sunset in Bali at Jimbaran Beach. The end of the Jimbaran Beach is lined with some of the best seafood restaurants in Bali. Enjoy a lovely sunset seafood dinner on the sand of Jimbaran beach as you watch the sun fade under the horizon.

When the sun sets, the restaurants will bring candles to light up your table. It is a very romantic moment and perfect for anyone on Bali for his or her honeymoon. After you enjoy your seafood dinner, feel free to walk along the Jimbaran beach to one of the bars for a drink.

Don’t get too drunk tonight though because you will need to wake up early tomorrow!

Where to Stay in Sanur

Best Hostel in Sanur – Ning Homestay

An affordable homestay that features dormitory beds, Ning Homestay is the best hostel in Sanur. With a quiet environment and comfortable beds, guests can have a good night’s sleep here. If you want to be social and meet friends, you can also do so in their beautiful backyard!

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Best Cheap Hotel in Sanur – Asoka Hotel & Suite

Located close to the best restaurants in Sanur and only 100m from the beach, Asoka Hotel & Suite’s location is one of the best in Sanur. Each spacious room has its own balcony or front porch that guests can relax on. Tired of sitting on the balcony? Then jump into their amazing pool!

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Best Luxury Hotel in Sanur – Parigata Villas Resort

Paraigata Villas Resort is hand-down one of my favorite luxurious and boutique hotels in all of Bali. Each spacious villa has its own private garden and individual swimming pool in the back, lounge chairs where you can relax, and a designated place for yoga. If you are on your honeymoon in Bali, look no further. This is the place for you.

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Day 2-3: Nusa Penida Island, The Hidden Gem of Our 10-Day Bali Itinerary

Nusa Penida is a small island of paradise located 45 minutes off the coast of Bali. Known for its jaw-dropping cliffs, amazing landscapes, lush scenery, turquoise water, and white sand beaches, Nusa Penida is a place you must visit on any Bali itinerary. 

To get to Nusa Penida from Bali, you will take a ferry from the Sanur port. If you stayed at Sanur the night before, it should be within walking distance from your hotel. The first boat from Sanur to Nusa Penida is at 7:30 AM. Try to get there as early as possible. If you can catch the 7:30 ferry, that is optimal.

Before you go to Nusa Penida, make sure you take a lot of cash with you. Though there are ATMs on the island, they are rarely functional. If you get seasick easily, take a motion sickness pill before you go. Always travel with a multi-purpose medicine kit

The best way to get around in Nusa Penida is by driving your own scooter or moped. If you are not experienced, you also have the option to rent a private driver and a car. It is not as expensive as you think. 

Because it might be difficult to travel in Nusa Penida, I recommend getting a tour beforehand!

Things to Do in Nusa Penida

Below I’ll talk about some of my favorite things to do on Nusa Penida. On your second day on Nusa Penida, you have the option to visit the nearby Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan.

1. Kelingking Beach

The famous dinosaur head beach you have probably seen on Instagram. Worth it to hike down to the white-sand beach below!

2. Peguyangan Waterfall

Peguyangan Waterfall takes you on a short hike on a blue wooden trail around the edge of the island. You will see some of the best views on the island and at the bottom is a temple that the locals visit. Don’t forget to jump in the natural pools at the bottom!

3. Angel’s Billabong / Broken Beach

Angel’s Billabong and Broken Beach are some of the top places to visit in Nusa Penida. The Broken Beach is a little cove on the side of a very beautiful archway that lets water in and out.

4. Atuh Beach

Located on the eastern part of Nusa Penida, it is difficult to pair a visit to Atuh Beach with other attractions of Nusa Penida. Though if you have extra time, I would highly recommend visiting Atuh Beach and its sweeping views!

Other notable attractions in Nusa Penida are Crystal Bay, Manta Point, and the Goa Giri Putri Temple. Crystal Bay is a nice relaxing beach where visitors can snorkel around. Manta Point is a diving point where you can enjoy scuba diving and get close to the manta rays. If you do not wish to dive, occasionally you can also see them from the surface. Goa Piri Putri Temple is the famous cave temple in Nusa Penida.

If you head over to Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan, make sure you check out Devil’s Tear and the Blue Lagoon. Both of those places are some of the most beautiful places in Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan, respectively.

Where to Stay in Nusa Penida

Choosing the right place to stay in Nusa Penida is imperative for having a good stay. That is because infrastructure is really lacking and you want your accommodation to be able to supply you with all the things you need. In general, the northern part of Nusa Penida is better to stay as it is closer to the harbor and has more establishments there. Here’s a complete guide on where to stay in Nusa Penida.

Best Hostel in Nusa Penida – Nuansa Penida

Nuansa Penida is by far the best hostel in Nusa Penida. Featuring an outdoor swimming pool area with lounge chairs, guests can relax under the beautiful Indonesia sun. The hostel also has a bar and a restaurant, both serving amazing food and drinks at an affordable price. Their common area is also a great social place to meet other travelers.

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Best Cheap Hotel in Nusa Penida – Asoka Bungalows

For the price you are paying, Asoka Bungalows is an amazing deal. Featuring beautiful wooden huts with individual outdoor porch area to relax, Asoka Bungalows is as good as it can get for being affordable. Nevermind, I lied. It also has an amazing swimming pool where guests can enjoy their stay!

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Best Luxury Hotel in Nusa Penida – Daphila Cottage

Daphila Cottage is one of the best luxury hotels in Nusa Penida. Featuring an amazing swimming pool where you can have a sweeping view of the sea, guests will surely have an unforgettable time here. Daphila Cottage is more than just a scenic hotel. It also features an on-site restaurant and friendly staff that will assist you on your adventures in Nusa Penida.

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Day 4-6 : Ubud

Ubud is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Bali. Located in the uplands of Bali, Ubud is surrounded by lush rainforest and terraced rice paddies. A hub for traditional craft and Balinese dance, Ubud is neighbored by some of the most amazing temples in Bali.

You will spend 3 of your 10 days in Bali in Ubud, visiting some of the best cultural attractions of Bali as well as the numerous natural wonders of the region such as waterfalls.

There are many attractions located within close proximity of Ubud center. However, there are also many other amazing sights away from the city that will require proper transportation to get there.

Similar to Nusa Penida, I recommend you to hire a driver for a day in Ubud and have him take you to as many attractions as possible. If you don’t want to hire a driver, check out this recommended tour!

Things to Do in Ubud, Bali

Below are some of my favorite things to do in Ubud. For the entire list, refer to the Google interactive map above!

1. Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

The Ubud Monkey Sanctuary is one of the top things to do in Ubud. Situated close to the town center, the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary should be within walking distance to your accommodation. Home of the Balinese long-tailed monkeys, you can see them running wild in the sanctuary. But just be careful not to bring a backpack because they will open it and steal anything edible inside! I lost a bag of Snickers that way…

2. Ubud Market

The Ubud market is conveniently located in the center of Ubud. A traditional craft market with many different items, you can spend hours wandering down the narrow alleys shopping for some unique souvenirs from Bali. There are many artisanal goods that are unique to the Ubud region. Don’t miss your chance to do some shopping here!

Busy Ubud market

3. Campuhan Ridge Walk

Campuhan Ridge Walk is a lush scenic hiking trail with beautiful views. Come at sunset for some of the best views of Ubud. You don’t need to finish the entire hiking trail. 

4. Bali Swing

You cannot come back from your 10-day Bali trip without a photo from the famous Bali Swing. A beautiful swing over the lush rainforest of the Ubud region, the Bali swing is a bucket list item in Bali. 

5. Lempuyang Temple

Located in the eastern part of Bali, Lempuyang Temple is one of the most Instagram-able spots in Bali. As one of the oldest Hindu temples in Bali, come to Lempuyang Temple and learn about the Balinese culture and take an awesome photo! The Lempuyang Temple is included in the “Best of Bali” tour.

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6. Taman Tirta Gangga

Taman Tirta Gangga is the former royal palace of the Karangasem empire. As one of the best attractions in Eastern Bali, a visit to Taman Tirta Ganga will show you the luxurious traditional side of Bali. Come check out the beautiful gardens with swimming pools, fountains, stepping stones, and fish ponds at Taman Tirta Gangga. 

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7. Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of the most famous rice paddies in Bali. Spend a few hours walking up and down the rice terraces and observing the local farmers work. The layers of the rice paddies are very picturesque so don’t miss Tegalalng when you are in Ubud!

8. Try Luwak Coffee (Poop Coffee)!

Luwak Coffee is a type of coffee special to the region near Ubud. Known as poop coffee, the coffee beans used are partially digested coffee cherries by Luwaks. This rare type of coffee can cost many times more than the average cup of joe because the process removes the acidity from the coffee beans.

9. Visit the Beautiful Waterfalls near Ubud (Nungnung, Tekad Cepung, Kanto Lampo, Tibumana, Tegenungan)

Ubud is located in the rainforest region of Bali and naturally has tons of waterfalls in the region. There are definitely way too many waterfalls to visit on a 10-day itinerary in Bali. If you had to pick a few, I would recommend Nungnung Waterfall and Tukad Cepung Waterfall.

There are many amazing activities to do in Ubud. If the list of things above is not enough, consider visiting Yoga Barn for a nice yoga experience. Ubud is the best place in Bali for yoga. 

Visit Tirta Empul Temple for a holy water cleansing experience. As a Hindu Balinese Temple, it is one of the best sacred attractions in Bali.

Ubud is also known for a famous Balinese dish called Babi Guling (suckling pig). Anthony Bourdain himself has personally tried Babi Guling and gave it two thumbs up. The best restaurant in Ubud to try Babi Guling is Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka 3

Where to Stay in Ubud, Bali

Best Hostel in Ubud – Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel

Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel is one of the best hostels in Ubud. With daily activities as well as free massages, Puri Garden is the proper way to relax and meet other travelers. Whether you are chilling in the pool or participate in their free yoga class, there will never be a dull moment in this hostel.

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Best Cheap Hotel in Ubud – Pecatu Ubud Guest House

An affordable hotel in Ubud with a beautiful rooftop pool, guests can enjoy sweeping views of the lush region of Ubud. The facilities are modern and the decor is traditional Balinese-styled. Come stay at one of their immaculate and spacious rooms with big comfortable beds!

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Best Luxury Hotel in Ubud – Natya Resort Ubud

If you want a luxurious resort in Ubud, look no further. The Natya Resort Ubud is one of the best hotels in Ubud, and definitely a great spot for anyone on their honeymoon. Located inside the jungle of Ubud, guests can enjoy absolute tranquility, especially when staying in their private infinity pool. Guests can also enjoy its delicious on-site restaurant and a relaxing spa. Natya Resort Ubud is an absolute paradise in Ubud.

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Day 7-8: Canggu

Canggu is a resort village surrounded by jaw-dropping beaches and scenic rice terraces. Home to many digital nomads, yogis, and surfers, Canggu is one of the most popular destinations in Canggu. Relaxing beach clubs, beginner and expert waves for surfers, and healthy hippie restaurants and cafes, there are plenty of amazing things to do in Canggu.

It is the chill vibe that defines Canggu. Canggu feels like a proper vacation town, especially after so much sightseeing in Ubud.

Come to Canggu, stay at a uniquely-designed villa, catch some waves or just walk along the beach and have some amazing food. Canggu is the proper place to relax in Bali.

Things to Do in Canggu, Bali

1. Take a trip to Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot Temple is one of the most iconic and photographed temples in Bali. Due to its location on top of a rock around 20 meters from the edge of the coast, the Tanah Lot Temple appears to be its own island floating on the water during high tide. Come here and learn about the complicated history of the Tanah Lot Temple, which actually translates to land and sea temple. 

Though you might not want to bring your partner because of the myth around Tanah Lot. 

2. Spend an afternoon at La Brisa Beachclub

Located on the popular Echo Beach, La Brisa is one of the coolest beach clubs to hang out in Bali. Featuring hand-crafted wooden decor, relaxing bean chairs, and locally-grown food, La Brisa is an absolute paradise to spend the afternoon in. 

3. The Lawn

Canggu is home to some of the most amazing beach clubs in Bali and The Lawn is no exception. Amazing food, great vibes, and a beautiful infinity pool facing the ocean, you will undoubtedly have a good time in The Lawn. It is one of the best places in Canggu to watch the sunset, as the black-sanded beach contrasts with the vibrant colors of a Balinese sunset. 

4. Go Surfing (or Learn to Surf)

The beaches in Canggu are beginner-friendly. Take advantage and learn how to surf! You won’t have any difficulty finding surf shops or instructors in Canggu because they are literally around every corner!

5. Party at Finns Beach Club or Old Man’s

If you want a proper night out, head over to Finns Beach Club, arguable the fanciest beach club in Canggu. There isn’t really a minimum spending at Finns Beach Club but expect to spend a lot of money. Their drinks are as pricey as the ones you will find in New York City. As a result, Finns Beach Club attracts high-end customers.

If you want a more relaxing time meeting locals and other travelers in Canggu, head over to Old Man’s. An affordable bar located next to Batu Balong Beach, Old Man’s is usually packed and the atmosphere is social and inviting. The drinks are also much more affordable at Old Man’s. 

Where to Stay in Canggu, Bali

Best Hostel in Canggu – Kos One Hostel

Kos One Hostel has the facilities and decor of a 5-star villa but the price and atmosphere of a hostel. From the sun terrace area to the restaurant, everything in Koz One Hostel is so well-decorated. The beds are also very comfortable and spacious for a hostel. With my common areas to socialize, this hostel is very easy to make friends.

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Best Cheap Hotel in Canggu – Eastin Ashta Resort Canggu

A beautiful hotel located close to Echo Beach, Eastin Ashta Resort Canggu is a top accommodation in Canggu. Its beautiful modern design infused with specks of Balinese culture is much more refreshing than seeing the usual gray walls. Its high-class restaurant serves some of the best food you can find in Bali yet at an affordable price. Did I mention the relaxing swimming pool with sun loungers?

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Best Luxury Hotel in Canggu – The Haven Suites Bali Berawa

Located right on the Berawa beach, staying at Haven Suites Bali is guaranteed to turn your Bali 10 days trip into a heavenly beach paradise. The staff at this luxury hotel in Canggu will go out of their way to assist you and make sure you have a pleasant stay. The design of the rooms are immaculate and my favorite part has to be the iconic bathtub in the rooms, a popular photo location for Instagram.

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Day 9-10: Seminyak

Seminyak beach, Bali

Seminyak will be the last stop on your Bali in 10 days itinerary. Seminyak is a high-end resort area located directly south of Canggu. An area with fancy restaurants, posh nightclubs, and extravagant hotels, expect to pay as much as you would in western Europe or the United States in Seminyak

Not as busy and crowded as Kuta in the south, many travelers come to Seminyak to enjoy a relaxing time on the chill beaches, shop at the fancy shopping malls, and try out the trendy cafes.

I have to be honest, Seminyak is almost overtaken by foreigners because the prices are so high around here. Clubs such as Lafavela and Mexicola have also started targeting foreign audiences, with a shot of tequila costing 14 USD.

If you are looking for an authentic Balinese experience, you will hardly find that in Seminyak. 

Things to Do in Seminyak, Bali

1. Chill out at the Double Six Beach

Grab your friends and head out to the most famous beach in Seminyak, Double Six Beach. Lounge in one of the bean bags, eat some Bakso(Balinese fish balls), and chuck a cold beer or coconut. Surfers can also catch some waves at the Double Six Beach.

2. Visit The World-Famous Potato Head Beach Club

You cannot spend 10 days in Bali and not visit the famous Potato Head Beach Club. Two infinity pools, a swim-up bar, and numerous palm trees to give off the vacation vibes, Potato Head Beach Club is the perfect spot to relax for a day. Close your eyes as you lay on their sun sunbeds as you listen to the sounds of the waves.

3. Try Balinese Cusine Such as Babi Guling (Suckling Pig)

If you didn’t get a chance to try Babi Guling in one of the warungs (local restaurants) in Ubud, worry not. Seminyak is also home to one of the best restaurants for this Balinese delicacy, namely Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen.

Babi guling

5. Visit the Trendy Cafes and Restaurants!

Seminyak is concentrated with trendy cafes and very aesthetic restaurants. My favorite ones are Nalu Bowls, Sea Circus, KYND Comunity, and Cafe Organic!

Where to Stay in Seminyak, Bali

Best Hostel in Seminyak – Socialista Lifestyle Hostel

A chic hostel with a gorgeous swimming pool, Socialista Lifestyle Hostel is one of my favorite places to stay in Bali. With comfortable beds that offer lots of privacy, guests can enjoy a good night’s sleep. Guests that want to socialize can meet other travelers in the bar and restaurants or at their daily events! 

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Best Cheap Hotel in Seminyak – Grandmas Plus Hotel Seminyak

Located next to Seminyak Beach, Grandmas Plus Hotel is an affordable hotel for anyone looking for convenience in Seminyak. The reception and the staff go above and beyond to make sure you have a pleasant stay by answering any questions you might have. Their cooking class and yoga session are fun activities that guests can enjoy!

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Best Luxury Hotel in Seminyak – Double-Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak

Double-Six Luxury Hotel Seminyak is one of the most high-end hotels you can stay in Seminyak. A classy rooftop cocktail bar with views of the Double Six Beach and the Indian Ocean, it is one of the best places to watch the sunset with a delicious cocktail in your hands. Their attentive staff will make sure you have a good time and goes the extra mile if you have a special occasion such as anniversaries, birthdays, or honeymoons. Along with their massive pool and state-of-the-art gym, guests can properly relax at Double-Six Luxury Hotel.

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You can directly arrange a shuttle from Seminyak back to Bali’s airport (Ngurah Rai International Airport. You can also use apps like Grab or GoJek.

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Where to Stay in Nusa Penida: The Best Accommodations

Where to Stay in Nusa Penida: The Best Accommodations

Nusa Penida is a paradisaical island located about 45 minutes away from the touristy destination of Bali. Known for its turquoise water, jaw-dropping cliffs, white sand beach, and the famous dinosaur head (Kelingking Beach), Nusa Penida is becoming one of the best travel destinations.

However, as tourism only opened a few years ago, many of the infrastructures on Nusa Penida are lacking. There are no street lights, the roads are in bad condition, and its accessibility to the necessities such as food and water could be questionable.

That is why deciding on where to stay in Nusa Penida is so important.

Our guide below will give you the best hotels and hostels in Nusa Penida to guarantee that you have an amazing trip!

Want a Quick Tip on Where to Stay in Nusa Penida?

In a hurry to decide on where to stay in Nusa Penida?

Nusa Penida is still a fairly undeveloped island and lacks infrastructure. For that reason, I would recommend to not stay too far from where the harbor is, Toyapakeh.

Toyapakeh is definitely the best area to stay in Nusa Penida because it is the most developed area on Nusa Penida. Restaurants, cafes, groceries, and pharmacies are all concentrated in that neighborhood. Most accommodations are located in Toyakpakeh or within close proximity to it.

Best Hostel in Nusa Penida – Nuansa Penida Hostel

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Best Cheap Hotel in Nusa Penida – Asoka Bungalows

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Best Luxury Hotel in Nusa Penida – Daphila Cottage

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Best Place to Stay in Nusa Penida

Unlike Bali, there really isn’t a lot of neighborhoods to stay in Nusa Penida. The most known place to stay is in the area known as Toyapakeh, where the ferry will drop you off if you are coming from Bali to Nusa Penida.

Unless your accommodation is all-inclusive and can provide you with food, water, and other necessities, I highly recommend staying close to Toyapakeh.

The town doesn’t have street lights once you get far out of Toyapakeh. So if you were staying outside of town and had to get come in to get dinner at one of the warungs (local restaurants), it would be difficult.

The best place to stay in Nusa Penida is at an accommodation that can provide you with everything you will need. We have chosen a few of our favorite accommodations in Nusa Penida down below! 

Best Hotels in Nusa Penida

Best Luxury Hotels (Villas/Resort/Etc) in Nusa Penida

Kompyang Cottage is one of the best cottage-style accommodations in Nusa Penida. Located on the northeastern part of the island, it is within close proximity to Atuh Beach (Diamond Beach). However, Kompyang Cottage is located 30-minutes away from the harbor. But worry not, they provide free pick-up services!

Floating breakfast in their beautiful pool, refreshing outdoor bathroom, and its location within walking distance to many restaurants are some of the best features of this hotel. No wonder why this hotel has one of the highest ratings and reviews.

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If you are a sucker for views, Daphila Cottage is the best hotel in Nusa Penida for you. Known for its breathtaking views from its clean infinity pool, you will not find a better sunset anywhere else.

Their huts are cute and the sleek wooden design of the interior is beautiful. Their on-site restaurant has some of the best authentic Indonesian food so you don’t need to travel far for food. The staff is friendly and will help you organize any tours you want or arrange transportation!

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If you are looking for a tranquil place to stay in Nusa Penida, look no further. Semabu Hills Hotel is located in the quiet hills of Nusa Penida, away from the noise. Guests can relax in their beautiful infinity pool with breathtaking views of the island and the sea.

Their on-site restaurant has some of the most delicious food you will find on Nusa Penida island. They organize tours as well as free transport from and to the ferry. If you want a private driver to visit some of the best attractions in Nusa Penida such as Kelingking Beach, they can arrange that for you too!

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Best Cheap Hotels in Nusa Penida

A beautiful and affordable hotel in Nusa Penida, Sunset Hill Cottage is a great option for anyone backpacking Bali or Indonesia. Tucked away in a comfortable and quiet location, but only within a 15-minute walk away from the restaurants, bars, and the beach, guests can have a perfect night’s rest and be close to the action.

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Asoka Bungalows is a family-owned hotel with some of the best services available. The owner and his family are very helpful and friendly with the guests and can help you with anything you will need on the island.

The rooms are sparkling clean and the included breakfast is simple and amazing. Each bungalow has its own relaxing outdoor seating area and if you get too bored you can jump into the swimming pool!

Its convenient location on the north part of the island has many restaurants, mini markets, and the beach!

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Double-G Guest House is a cheap guest house run by the husband and wife of a family. Their hospitality will turn your stay at their guest house to a stay in your second home. They go out of your way just to make sure you have a good time in Nusa Penida, such as personally driving you to a restaurant at night.

Located a few minutes from the harbor, guests can rest in their clean and spacious rooms after the turbulent journey from Bali.

Scooters or a private car can be rented from here if you want to have a day tour of the best attractions in Nusa Penida, such as Kelingking Beach, Broken Beach, Peguyangan Waterfall, Manta Point, Crystal Bay, and more!

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Best Hostels in Nusa Penida

Nuansa Penida Hostel is definitely the best hostel in Nusa Penida. Outdoor swimming pool, a bar, on-site restaurant, there are so many features to love about this hostel. The shared lounge is one of the best places to meet travelers from other parts of the world.

If you want to just relax and suntan, you will fall in love with their outdoor swimming pool area. They also offer rental services for those who want to explore the island. And maybe you will meet a friend or two to share the cost of a private car?

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Bintang Hostel and Homestay is one of the cheapest hostels in Nusa Penida. Offering a big swimming pool area where you can relax, you will surely wonder why you are only paying so little for such a great place to stay.

The whole accommodation feels like a villa with the big outdoor area and the amount of sunlight their big and spacious rooms get. Their on-site restaurant is affordable and the staff is happy to help you with transportation around the island.

This hostel is within walking distance from Crystal Bay, one of the best snorkeling spots on Nusa Penida. However, that means it is far from the harbor but once you arrive at the hostel, you will find nothing but comfort and adventure!

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Deciding on where to stay in Nusa Penida can difficult with the various locations on the island and their accessibilities. I hope you found an accommodation you like in our guide!

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3 BEST Waterfalls in Bali You Do Not Want to Miss!

3 BEST Waterfalls in Bali You Do Not Want to Miss!

If you haven’t been to Bali, you are definitely missing out. Known for some of the craziest parties, extravagant beachfront bars/clubs, and stunning beaches, Bali is one of the most popular Southeast Asia backpacking destinations.

But did you know outside of that, Bali has some of the most beautiful natural scenery? Bali is known for some of the most majestic waterfalls in the world. With over hundreds of waterfalls in Bali, how do you know which ones to choose?

Below we have chosen three best waterfalls that you do not want to miss when you are in Bali. So when you are done sipping that mojito in Seminyak or chugging that Bintang in Kuta, let’s chase some waterfalls.

How to Get to the Waterfalls in Bali?

Infracstructure in Bali is really lacking. There is absolutely no trains and the bus system only takes you to major towns. Even though apps like GoJek and Grab (equivalent of Uber) will take you around most of the popular cities in Bali, they will not take you to these waterfalls as they are quite isolated. And if they do, you will definitely not be able to get a Uber at the waterfalls to go back. This means that it is a little harder to reach them, but that also means they will be a lot less touristy.

Option 1: The most economical option and also the most adventurous is to rent a scooter. They go for about 60k IDR or 4-5 USD a day. No it is not true that if you can ride a bicycle then you can ride a scooter. Accidents happen quite often with foreigns on scooters. The good thing is, it is quite easy to learn how to. Unless you are confident and know how to ride a scooter, I would not recommend this option. If you do decide to pick this option, you can rent a motorbike in the less congested town of Ubud and ride from there. Ubud is the closest town to these waterfalls.  

Option 2 is to rent a car and a driver for a day. As crazy as that sounds, sometimes this is the best option if you are travelling with friends. You could rent a driver and a car for ~500k IDR or 35USD a day. The driver will then take you to all the places you want to see. It is the least riskiest and most comfortable option.

Option 3 is to go through a tour agency. You really have to be lucky with this one. Most of them don’t provide tours to the less-known waterfalls. Tours are usually only available to the more famous waterfalls such as Tegenungan waterfall and Gitgit waterfalls. But trust me, these ones are better. 

The 3 Best Waterfalls Near Ubud in Bali, Indonesia

Kanto Lampo Waterfall

Location: Gianyar regency

Time for travel: Only ~30 minutes Ubud!!

Only 30 minutes from the touristy town of Ubud, it is very easy to pair this waterfall with other activities such as Tegalalang Rice Terrace or the Sacred monkey forest sanctuary in Ubud. Similar to most of the waterfalls in Bali, there is a hike down to the waterfall. This one is an easy 10-minute hike to the bottom but it does get a little harder towards the end. It is very quiet especially if you arrive in the morning. Chances are that you will have the entire waterfall to yourself.

Get underneath the waterfalls and feel the gush of clean refreshingly water rush over you. And then have a friend or a local take a photo for you at one of the most picturesque waterfall in the world.

Note: The rocks underneath the waterfalls are extremely slippery!! A lot of people have hurt themselves!! Be careful when you walk across them!!

Tukad Cepung Waterfall

Location: Bangli regency

Time for travel: ~1 hour from Ubud

Located about an hour from Ubud, Tukad Cepung is a hidden waterfall in the forest. Mainly visited by the locals, this waterfall will have you dazzled. The hike is only about 15 minutes but it does include large steps with no guardrails. Elderly and children are not recommend to do this hike. However, when you reach the end of the steps, you will enter a cave-like system where the water could get up to thigh-high. So do expect to get wet but definitely bring footwear such as watershoes or socks to help you get to the end.

Once you enter the “cave” part, look up and see the water trickling down the walls, and admire the magical sun rays that managed to sneak into the small crevices of the cave. Slowly (and carefully) continue your journey till the end where you will be rewarded by the a truly breathtaking masterpiece of nature. The space in this “cave” is quite tight at certain places so it could be difficult to get that photo you wanted.

Nungnung Waterfall

Location: Badung Regency

Time for travel: ~75 minutes from Ubud

Located a little more than an hour from Ubud, Nungnung is one of the highest Bali waterfalls. Entailing a strenuous 500-step hike to the bottom of the waterfalls, you are rewarded with one of the most mythical waterfalls I have ever seen.

This place completely blew me away.

If there is one thing you must do in Bali, this is it.

When we were there, we saw approximately 10 people there within the span of 2 hours. That’s it. That is the definition of a hidden paradise. On the way down, you are blessed by a lush green scenery that will take your breath along with the steps.

Once you are at the bottom, the crashing of the water will mesmerize you. If you dare stand too close, you will be slowly overwhelmed by the wrath of the waterfall in the form of water mist. Within seconds, your clothing will be soaked (if not already from the hike), and your face will feel like it was in a rainstorm. Technically, you could swim in the waterfall but I highly advise against doing so. The currents are strong and there are lots of huge rocks. Just admire this natural beauty, take a few breathtaking pictures, and prepare yourself for the “fun” hike back up. This is something you do not want to miss in Bali.

I loved this so much I wrote a whole guide on Nungnung waterfall. Come check it out!

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Where to Stay in Ubud

If you want the easiest access to the best waterfalls in Bali, you will have to stay in the city of Ubud. Here are our recommendations on where to stay in Ubud.

Low-Budget Accommodation

Kayuni Hostel – Clean rooms and comfortable mattresses. Dorms rooms also have curtains for privacy. Great location and amazing free breakfast are only some of the features they have! Find out the rest yourself 🙂

High-Budget Accommodation

Adiwana Resort Jembawan
 – Breathtaking views of the jungle from the pool. Facilities are everything you need and more. Staff is friendly and helpful. No wonder this is one of the highest-rated hotel in all of Ubud.

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