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Everyone’s first time in Bali is deemed to be exciting, but the planning can also be overwhelming. The big question is ‘where to stay in Bali’. For your first time in Bali, we recommend you book a hotel in Bali’s most popular areas which include Seminyak, Kuta, Legian or Canggu, and include a day trip to other places like Ubud, Uluwatu and Nusa Dua.
There is just so much to see in Bali, but realistically speaking you will not be able to cover all of the top things to do in Bali on your first trip itself. When travelling to Bali with family for the first time, our suggestion would be to book a family-friendly resort in Seminyak or Legian – these two areas in Bali are ideal for families with kids. They are safe and it is also very convenient to move around Bali from there.
You can read more about the best places to stay in Bali in our blog post. This will give you an idea of what best suits your requirements and also provide you with an overview of the area as a whole.
Is it better to stay in Ubud or Seminyak?
Comparing Ubud to Seminyak is like comparing day and night – you just can’t do that! On one side we have Ubud that’s principally about nature, with attractions like waterfalls, rice paddy fields, jungle clubs and yoga retreats and on the other side we have Seminyak, where pretty much everything happens by the beach – it’s got beach clubs, oceanfront restaurants, surfing schools and amazing sunsets!
For that reason, debating whether it is best to stay in Ubud or Seminyak will only depend on what you want to do on your holiday in Bali. At the end of the day, it is also very much possible to go on a day trip from one place to another, but we have to confess that it is much more convenient to stay in Seminyak if you want to have access to the top attractions and activities in Bali (especially when on your first trip to Bali).