Finding the best places to stay in Bali can get overwhelming with a circumference of approximately 230 miles (370 km). In fact, if you drove around the whole island without stopping it might take you 12 hours. On the other hand, driving around Bali looking for a good place to stay could take you just as long, so knowing where to stay before you get here is a good idea.
Tip #1: Stay in Hospitality Exchanges
How Couchsurfing Works
You have friends all over the world, you just haven’t met them yet. Couchsurfing is a service that connects members to a global community of travelers. Use Couchsurfing to find a place to stay or share your home and hometown with travelers. Couchsurfers organize regular events in 200,000 cities around the world. There’s always something to do and new friends to meet.
- There has to be a picture with the profile.
- The profile has to be filled out.
- They should have reviews.
- Verification helpsPeople can be verified by other travelers, with a mailing address, or with a credit card.
Global Freeloaders & Hospitality Club are also options.
How Global Freeloaders works
There are two sides to being a GlobalFreeloader. The Host and the Guest. This site is about give and take. Therefore, you can’t be one without the other. By registering as a GlobalFreeloader, you can become a Guest and gain access to their network of free accommodations and friendly people. All that is asked in return is that you also become a GlobalFreeloader Host, willing to accommodate other travellers, completely free of charge, whenever it is convenient for you. I also ask to give back to the site whatever you take from it. If you visit 20 other members then you’re expected to accommodate 20 other members, over whatever period your comfortable with.
How Hospitality Club Works
Our aim is to bring people together – hosts and guests, travelers and locals. Thousands of Hospitality Club members around the world help each other when they are traveling – be it with a roof for the night or a guided tour through town. Joining is free, takes just a minute and everyone is welcome. Members can look at each other’s profiles, send messages and post comments about their experience on the website.
Stay in Hostels
Hostels are more than just somewhere to stay, you can make new friends, lessen your impact on the planet, and have and have people to explore with. Hostels enrich your travel experience and it does so without breaking the bank. I encourage all travelers to look into staying in hostels at least once in their lifetime. There are some pretty amazing hostels in Bali.
Stay in a Home Exchange
House swapping, or home exchange, is a very popular way to budget your travel expenses by getting free accommodation. You can swap/exchange holiday houses, flats, villas, or your home for other houses everywhere in the world, even in Bali. Being flexible with travel dates is important since you will be coordinating your travel dates with other travelers. It’s also a great way to support ecotourism by providing a viable alternative to traditional commercial accommodation. Usually there is a point system which values the house for a even trade and there will be a annual membership fee for the company you choose.
Stay in Airbnb
Airbnb hosts list many different kinds of properties—single rooms, a suite of rooms, apartments, moored yachts, houseboats, entire houses, castles and even a farm in Ubud– Villas In Bali are In the face of growing competition in the accommodation business, hotels have long been pressuring the government to make all villas and accommodation providers have the appropriate licenses, so it seems as though they are now getting serious and taking action.There are lots of foreigners who rent out their villas on Airbnb, as long as their credentials are in order, I foresee no problems.
- Travelers can often book an Airbnb for less than the cost of a hotel room.
- The main risk to the traveler is that the property may not live up to its listing.
- The main risk to hosts is that guests might do serious damage to their property.
Stay on a Farm
Sometimes farms will cost more than hotels, but you can still find a farm stay for $25 and under on Airbnb. This is a great way to learn about the different cultures, local agriculture and a chance to take some really great photos and drone shots. The food is also cheap and fresh, so either way you will save money. Most of these home stays are set in Banjar Anyar, a small village on the slopes of mount Batukaru, or Jatiluwih. A great way to experience traditional Balinese village life on the edge of the rain forest.
Batukaru Mountain Farm-stay –ABNB $20
Jatiluwih 259 homestay– Jatiluwu $22
Suweden Homestay –ABNB Jatiluwi $18
Teras Subak homestay – Jutilwu $22
Jatiluwih Bagia Homestay– jutilwu
Umah Kayu– (AirBnB) Jatiluwih $22
Shop around for 3 star hotels
Bali always has deals for accommodations. Hotels & Villas are always competitive. Traveloka is a good local site to find cheap accommodations.