Whether you are seeking adventure, romance, fun with the kids or a relaxing break, your choice of Bali accommodation can either make or break your holiday. So what’s the best way to choose the right accommodation for you and your budget? Perhaps the most important question you need to ask yourself is “What do I want from my holiday?” Do you want to party the night away with fellow travellers, spend quality time with the kids or are you seeking a romantic break with someone special?  Perhaps you are after a mix of all three. Here are some tips for how to choose Bali accommodation that is right for you.

Spend your money wisely

Think about what you want to do while you are in Bali and use this to help set your budget. If you are a first time visitor and want to spend each day out and about seeing the sights, it’s not much point paying top dollar for a luxury room that you’re never going to use. Why not stay in cheaper accommodation and spend your money on quality excursions instead? Check out different review sites like TripAdvisor and also Google Earth which offers a street view of each property. It’s a great way to find out if that ‘fantastic bargain’ you spotted is right next to a construction site or worse.

Think about the facilities

Look at what each hotel is offering in the way of facilities and think about what you need to make your holiday a good one. Does it have air-conditioning (some cheap, locally run hotels don’t), a nice pool, beach access or a kids club?  Do you want to be in the heart of the action, surrounded by plenty of local bars and dining options, or would you prefer to hang out at your hotel?  If so, make sure the one you choose has appealing drinking, dining and entertainment options that suit your budget.

How to avoid the traffic

Bali traffic is notoriously bad so the location of your hotel is important. If you are planning a lot of activities around Bali, you could consider moving hotels half way through your stay for easy access to your day trip destination. For example, if you want to go to Ubud for the day, it could be better to stay there for a few nights instead. The same rule applies if you want to party when you arrive. Stay at Kuta or Seminyak for the first few nights then move to a quieter area for the rest of your stay. You can also stay somewhere cheap for a few days when you’re out sightseeing and then move to another area – and a nicer hotel – for some 5 star relaxation towards the end of your trip.

Where to stay in Bali

If you’re after somewhere to party, Seminyak and Kuta is the place to be. Families are well-catered for throughout Bali but if you are a first time visitor, Nusa Dua is a safe option with plenty of choice, whatever your budget. Couples can stay in a private villa or plunge pool room at a four or five star hotel in a quieter area away from the party scene like Jimbaran Bay or Uluwatu.

Consider additional costs

If you have splurged for a 5 star hotel but don’t have much money left over for food and activities, make sure your hotel is within walking distance of other options outside the resort. Staying in an isolated hotel can be an expensive disaster for luxury lovers travelling on a budget.