Book Your Hotel

Hello traveler this page is updated and rather than rewrite it i will just add to the beginning of the page. This blog is not meant to be a comprehensive tourist guide, just our impressions from the many times we have been there.

What area do i stay in first time?
For first timers to Bali i recommend staying in the Kuta, Legian, Seminyak areas just to get that special feel of the place, later when you come back to Bali but do not want to do the frantic tourist thing again then you can think about quieter places like Sanur or Ubud. A street called –  Jalan Kartika Plasa, in Kuta  – is very central to all the places most people go ( walking distance to most ) and has a  lot of good hotels for all tastes.

Hotels.
As you would imagine there are many places to stay from backpacker digs to resorts that only the rich and famous can afford. I will only cover the places we could afford which is 3 star to 4 star. These are are generally the same and the only difference is the price. All of the following should be included, Good size swimming pool or pools ( because of the rip currents only surfers or divers swim in Bali )  Air conditioning, Hot shower, in room Fridge, in room Safe for your passport and valuables, in room Coffee making, 24 hour Reception including the hotels own security, Room service, access to WiFi,  TV and finally what i call a – real – Bali Garden, a lot of brand new hotels do not have gardens at all and have a bath tub size pool inside the building and still charge the same price. All of this can be had at around $99.00 per day per room and cheaper when on special. If you can get breakfast included it would be a bargain, the food prices charged at the hotel and everywhere are  Rupiah++ and the ++ means 21% tax.

When we decided to go to Bali there were no Special Offers that included airfare and accommodation available so we shopped around airlines and hotels on the Internet and booked our airfares via Budget carrier Air Asia { for a three and half hour flight from Perth why pay top price } and we booked our hotel via web booking site Booking.com. They do not charge for their service and very importantly have free cancellation on most rooms.

There are lots of places to stay depending on what you want, you can have budget digs, a family size chalet, a hotel or a very expensive hotel/resort and many variations in between. Anne-marie and Mother wanted 4 star accommodation and Me and Jackie were happy with 3 star, i think that beside the price there is very little difference between 3 star and 4 star in Bali. Dont forget to see if the Hotel includes breakfast inc tax { 21% } as this is a major variation on price.

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10 Comments

  1. I agree, you must look around. Prices can very as much as $50 US a night, if the hotel have an agreement with a certain wholesaler or travel agent. Sites such as:

    Wotif
    Expedia
    Booking.com
    RatestoGo
    AsiaHotels
    Travelocity

    These are just some of the ones you can look at, I booked today and saved heaps by shopping around. Always look at the inclusions though, some seem really cheap but you then find out there is no breakfast, room service and housekeeping daily. Do your research and you will have a better holiday! 🙂

  2. having been to Bali several times we often look at deals direct with hotels and airlines on line first then copy them and take to various travel agents and play them against each other….they’ll give me travel insurance what are you offering etc this gives us great deals often better then booking direct without having to give out credit details and often extra off by paying in cash…..practice haggling at home first on prices. Remember it’s your money make them work for it!

  3. yes i agree doing it yourself saves alot of money. im booked for the 25th oct this year flying with jetstar, i got a great deal with them cos they were having a two for one sale on, cost me $525 for two people return. I found agoda the cheapest out of all the websites and easy too. I am also staying a the All Seasons for 5 nights, two nights in the bali hai tide huts on Nusa Lombongan and 3 nights in Mecure Kuta. thought i would mix it up a bit 🙂 im so excited and looking forward to as it is my first time.
    Thanks for the info on your website it is very useful.

  4. Hello Zoe Its is good to hear from you, can let me know what your impressions of the All Seasons are. We did enjoy our stay there although the swimming pool was a little cold. The bali hai tide huts look interesting, i may check it out on our next visit..
    Cheers John

  5. Hi !
    I am travelling to Bali first time.
    I have booked Royal Bali Beach Club at Candidasa through RCI.
    I am gaining lot of information on web. But I found this website most useful because every small thing required for traveller is nicely given.

    Thanks and regards.

    KIRAN TALELE

  6. Hi,
    I’ve just booked a few nights at Hai Tide beach resort Lembongan…after researching wholesale agents ( Agoda etc),I decided to check the resorts website.I was quite surprised to find the wholesalers were in fact on average $50 a night more expensive.We assume these will mostly be considerably cheaper..not so.
    We obviously went through Hai Tide directly…it sure pays to do your homework !

  7. HI there. This web site is great so thanks very much for all of your advice. I please wondered if you can tell me on my booking it says Price approx NZD 301 You’ll pay in the local currency RP 2,856,000
    The displayed amount is in NZD is indicative and based on the exchange rate at the time of booking.
    1 room
    10 % TAX
    10 % Service charge
    What does all that mean please!!! I am paying loads of things on top that isn’t in the room price ??

  8. The room price is in the local currency, Indonesian Rupiah and the NZDollars amount is a indication only as currencies fluctuates daily.
    The taxes are usually included but check the website to make sure that is the case.
    The figues you supply do not ad up, if you wish send me the link to the booking website.
    Cheers John

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