Last updated on July 17th, 2021
Wondering where to stay in Uluwatu? In search of those white-washed villas nestled on the cliffs? Waves on your doorstep and views for days?
Or perhaps you’re looking for something a bit more low-key with an authentic and local atmosphere. Well, this guide on the best places to stay in Uluwatu has got you covered.
You’ll be spoiled for choice – from cheap homestays, epic backpackers, luxury hotels, and bohemian-style villas, Uluwatu has it all!
I’ve visited Uluwatu on countless occasions for surf trips, girlfriend getaways, romantic escapes, and backpacking adventures. I loved it so much that I decided to extend my stay for over 6 months.
This post is packed with insider tips on the best places to stay in Uluwatu, from someone who has actually stayed in all of them. So let’s jump straight in!
Deciding Where to Stay in Uluwatu
Uluwatu lies on the far east of Bali, in the Bukit Peninsula. It spans over a large distance and each area has its own unique charm.
Some attract a backpacker crowd and are more chaotic than others, whilst you’ll also find neighborhoods in Uluwatu that are better suited for couples and families.
That’s the thing about staying in Uluwatu: There’s a great mix of everything for everyone!
Many people head to this side of Bali on a day trip to check out the gorgeous beaches and are often left wanting more. Don’t make the same mistake as most tourists do! Spend a few days here and you’ll fall in love with Uluwatu, just like I did.
But deciding where to stay in Uluwatu is the tricky part as the options can be overwhelming.
Tips for Planning Where to Stay in Uluwatu
There are a lot of areas to stay in Uluwatu. And each offers a completely different experience. Just because everyone loves Bingin, doesn’t mean you will. So do your research before making your booking.
You need at least 2 days to explore the Bukit Peninsula. The area is a lot bigger than what meets the eye and spans over 6 different areas scattered along the coast.
Summer (December to April) is extremely humid. When looking for accommodation in Uluwatu during this time, make sure it has air conditioning.
There’s something for every budget. Cheap accommodation starts at $15 per night for a private room including breakfast. Or you can get your own villa for as little as $100 per night.
Transport can be tricky. GoJek and rideshare options are limited in most areas and if you don’t have your own car or scooter, you’ll need to pay a premium for taxis. If you’re on a budget, this will affect where you stay in Uluwatu.
Most places come with free wifi. And the connection is generally really good!
The Best Locations to Stay in Uluwatu
Uluwatu can be divided into 6 main districts. Unlike other areas in Bali, you could spend a few days here and still not see all the neighborhoods in the area.
Here’s a brief overview, but I go into more detail on each one further in the post.
Balangan Beach: Balangan Beach is the up-and-coming spot. It’s slightly off the beaten track and less developed than the rest of the Bukit Peninsula, but the chilled vibes and beach views make it one of my favorite places to stay in Uluwatu.
Bingin Beach/Dreamland Beach: Driving from Balangan, your next stop will be Dreamland Beach, and next to it, Bingin Beach. These are two of the best beaches in Uluwatu and it’s a great central location for your adventures in the Bukit Peninsula.
Padang Padang: The main road in Padang Padang is lined with cafes, bars, and resorts. If you don’t have your own transport, this is a great place to base yourself as you’ll always be close to the action.
Suluban: Home to the famous Ulu’s surf break and Single Fin Beach Club, Suluban is on par with Padang Padang as everything is within a short walking distance.
Nyang Nyang: Looking for peace and quiet, a remote escape, and no traffic? Head to Nyang Nyang and find a place to stay away from the crowds.
Ungasan: Further from the popular areas of Uluwatu lies Ungasan. Famous for its beach clubs and luxury resorts, this is the go-to place for honeymooners and those looking for luxury accommodation, infinity pools, and Instagrammable views.
Bingin: The Best Place to Stay in Uluwatu for First-Timers
Ah, Bingin! My favorite place to stay in Uluwatu.
It has a bit of everything from chic cafes, gorgeous viewpoints, and of course, Bingin Beach which is one of the best beaches in Bali!
The winding roads hug the cliffs and lead to open spaces that overlook Bingin and Dreamland Beach. Here, you can sit in the fields, alongside the cows that graze the land, whilst watching the surfers below.
Bingin is one of the most popular places to stay in Uluwatu so accommodation is more expensive. Overall, it’s a hip and happening area and can get quite busy, but luckily everything is spread out so it’s not as chaotic as other areas.
There are several amazing villas in Bingin that give you the space you need to escape the crowds. Staying in Bingin is a great option for families and travelers looking for a relaxed vibe close to the beach whilst still being just a short drive from the bustling area of Padang Padang.
The highlights of staying in Bingin
- The famous Bingin Beach (seafood bbq on the beach is a must-do)
- Cashew Tree and Drifters Cafe which hosts live music events
- El Kabron Beach Club
The biggest drawbacks
- Accommodation in Bingin is quite expensive when compared to other areas in Uluwatu
- You’ll need a scooter to get around
Mid-Range Place to stay in Bingin: Wira Homestay
What I love: Friendly staff and great price
Best for: Couples or families traveling on a budget
Situated slightly further from Bingin Beach and closer to the main road lies Wira Homestay. This charming place to stay in Uluwatu is nestled in a quiet area offering a serene and peaceful atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle.
Each bungalow at Wira Homestay comes fitted with a private bathroom and cute terrace overlooking the large swimming pool. It’s perfect for couples traveling on a budget or families in search of some quality time together. It’s best to have a scooter if you stay here as the beaches and cafes aren’t within walking distance.
But what makes Wira homestay truly shine are the people who run the show. The staff are so friendly and helpful! They serve up a delicious breakfast every morning which is included in your room rate.
After reading the hundreds of five-star reviews, I have no doubt that you’ll be wondering if the price is too good to be true.
Padang Padang: The Most Central Location to Stay in Uluwatu
Padang Padang is the most popular area in Uluwatu, if not the whole of Bali! The beach is an Instagrammer’s dream and offers one of the best surf breaks on the island.
Situated between Bingin and Suluban, Padang Padang is a great place to base yourself if you want to be close to all the action. It’s a hub for backpackers and solo travelers as there’s always a hive of activity with many hostels and homestays nearby.
You have the beach right there, and some of the best restaurants and cafes are only a short walk away.
Highlights of Padang Padang
- Surfing and hanging out at Padang Padang Beach
- Cafe hopping at all the restaurants on the main road
The biggest drawbacks
- It’s a lot busier here than other areas in Uluwatu especially when the tour buses arrive and bring hordes of travelers to Padang Padang Beach
Luxury Accommodation in Padang: Anantara Uluwatu
What I love: Cliff-side location and pool views
Best for: Surfers, couples and families
2 Infinity pools, beach access via a private elevator, hot tub on your balcony. Do you need any more convincing as to why Anantara is one of the best places to stay in Uluwatu?
The Anantara Resort is located on the cliff overlooking Impossible’s surf break. Your afternoons are best spent in the pool sipping on cocktails watching the surfers take on some of the best waves in Bali.
And if you’d prefer to head to the beach yourself, guests have exclusive access to an elevator that takes you straight to the seashore.
I spent 2 nights here and like most people, I did not want to leave!
This place is everything. From the moment you step foot into the resort, you’ll feel like you’re in a palace! The rooms are immaculate and spacious, and the king-size beds are super comfy.
Enjoy a glass of wine from the privacy of your balcony, before hopping into the jacuzzi for a bubble bath, with only the stars above you.
Mid-range places to stay in Padang Padang: Pink Coco Bali
What I love: Location – Cafes and bars are on your doorstep
Best for: Girl’s trip
Pink Coco is a charming boutique hotel just a stone’s throw away from Padang Padang Beach. It’s the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for a fun atmosphere, holiday vibes, and a great location in Uluwatu.
The charming rooms are tastefully decorated and have their own unique characteristics, which include quirky paintings and funky features. And there’s a lot of pink!
For most travelers, the best part of staying at Pink Coco is that it’s an adult-only hotel.
Scores of cafes line the sidewalk, and this is where you’ll find some of the best restaurants in Uluwatu including The Mango Tree and Place with No Name.
But we won’t blame you for choosing to stay at the hotel instead. The majestic pool, surrounded by palm trees and sun loungers, is extremely inviting and is the perfect place to hang out after a long day exploring Uluwatu.
Suluban: The Best Area to Stay For Surfers
Suluban lies between Padang Padang and Ngang Nyang and is home to Suluban Beach, otherwise known as Uluwatu Beach. It’s also a favorite amongst the surfing community thanks to the Ulu’s surf break which is a world-famous wave.
The area itself boasts luxury accommodation as well as budget homestays and has a booming restaurant scene.
Warungs line the cliff overlooking Ulu’s and hanging out here was one of the highlights of my Bali itinerary. Single Fin and Angel Mart attract scores of eager backpackers making Suluban the best place to stay in Uluwatu if you’re looking for a party!
Highlights of staying in Suluban
- Watching the sunset from Suluban Beach or Sunset Point
- Single Fin Sunday Sessions
The biggest drawbacks
- It gets busy as it’s popular with day-trippers
- You’ll need a scooter so you can visit Bingin and Padang Padang
Budget place to stay in Uluwatu: Tregge Surf Camp
What I love: Affordable and has an onsite restaurant
Best for: Surfers, families, and couples
Just a short drive from Suluban Beach lies Tregge Surf Camp. Hidden among the lush green gardens and thick trees you’ll find the charming bungalows each with their own patios.
And just because it’s a surf camp, doesn’t mean it’s only for surfers! The property, location, and amenities make it one of the best places for families and couples traveling on a budget.
The rooms are basic yet comfortable and come fitted with air conditioning. Each bungalow is a fair distance from each other so you can enjoy your space without being on top of the other guests.
There’s an onsite restaurant that offers delicious local food at reasonable prices and you’ll find a few restaurants nearby. While the location is great, I’d still recommend that you rent a scooter if you stay here.
Overall, the tranquil atmosphere, kind owners, and great location make Tregge Surf Camp one of the best places to stay in Uluwatu.
Balangan: Best Place to Stay for Families in Uluwatu
Balangan is often overshadowed by the likes of Bingin and Padang Padang. Fair enough – it’s quite the detour off the main road so you’ll definitely need a scooter to get around.
But, it’s one of the least developed areas to stay in Uluwatu, meaning it still has that authentic charm. The atmosphere is relaxed and the vibe, super chilled. It’s also home to one of my favorite spots on the entire island: Balangan Beach.
You can find affordable villas at half the price than you’d find in Bingin, and it’s a lot quieter as well.
There are awesome local warungs and cafes and it’s a great location if you’re trying to avoid the backpacking and partying crowd.
Highlights of Balangan
- Balangan Beach viewpoint
- Sunset from the warungs on the beach
- The open land, cows and natural beauty
The downside to staying in Balangan
- It’s slightly further from the other areas in Uluwatu. They’re less than 20 minutes away by bike but easily accessible via a shortcut if you’re comfortable driving a scooter
Budget accommodation in Balangan: Agung Suites Balangan Homestay
What I love: The affordable price
Best for: Backpackers
Agung Homestay is one of the most affordable places to stay in Uluwatu and you really do get a lot of bang for your buck. The location couldn’t be better as it’s a short drive from the beach, shops, and restaurants in Balangan yet you still feel like you’re in paradise as the property is surrounded by palm trees and greenery.
The rooms are spacious, comfortable, and clean and there’s even a pool on the property. It’s perfect for backpackers and groups of friends as there are also dorm rooms available and a communal kitchen if you’d prefer to save money and not eat out.
There’s a sense of community and the locals who manage the homestay will go out of their way to ensure you’re happy.
Luxury place to stay: X2 Bali Breakers Resort
What I love: The remoteness and secluded location
Best for: Couples or families looking for luxury
X2 Bali Breakers Resort is luxury at its best. Everything, from the picturesque villa design to the private plunge pool, to the spacious rooms surrounded by lush greenery, makes this one of the best Uluwatu accommodation options.
If you’re looking to escape the crowds and enjoy some quiet time, X2 Bali Breakers Resort is for you. The resort has a tranquil ambiance and boasts 3 outdoor pools, 4 restaurants, and a spa – so there’s really no reason to leave!
And if you’re looking for some alone time, you’ll get it here. The rooms are massive, and the bathrooms are equally as impressive.
Surrounded by open plains and palm trees, guests love the location of X2 Breakers Resort as there’s no traffic, no noise, and no big crowds. It’s also just a stone’s throw away from Balangan Beach.
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Ungasan: The Best Place for Luxury Accommodation in Uluwatu
Ungasan covers a large area of Uluwatu, from the center of the Bukit Peninsula to the northern edge of Melasti and Greenbowl Beach.
The part closer to the middle of Bali is too busy for my liking as it lines the main road. But as you go further north toward the coast, you’ll quickly notice the change in atmosphere as it’s less developed with lush trees and fewer tourists.
Ungasan is an Instagrammer’s dream location, with many famous beach clubs including Sundays Beach Club and Palmilla. But it’s even more popular thanks to the super-luxe hotels and resorts which offer magnificent views from the towering cliffs.
I really enjoyed Ungasan, but I recommend you rather visit on a day trip. It’s not as centrally located as the other neighborhoods in Uluwatu so you may not get to see all of the other spots including Balangan and Dreamland.
But, if you’re checking in to one of the resorts and would rather laze by your private pool or sip on cocktails all day, then Ungasan would be perfect for you!
Best things to do in Ungasan
- Go for a swim at Melasti Beach
- Spend the afternoon at Sundays Beach Club
- It’s a bit far from the areas of Uluwatu
- Not much choice in terms of restaurants
- You’ll need a scooter or private transport to get around
Best place to stay in Ungasan: Alila Villas
What I love: Location, location, location
Best for: Luxe travelers
Large infinity pools. Gorgeous sundecks. Sophisticated design. Alila Villas in Uluwatu speaks all these things, and so much more!
If you’re looking for seclusion and privacy, you’ll love it here! Enjoy sunset yoga in the cliffside cabanas or spend your afternoon soaking up the sun in the 50m pool.
A spa, fitness center, and restaurant, this place has it all.
But wait until you get to your room! Each villa (yes, they’re that extravagant) comes fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows looking onto your private outdoor area with outstanding scenery. The oversized bathrooms are pretty impressive, and my top choice is the two-bedroom cliff villa with an outdoor hot tub.
If you’re sold yet, the staff are sure to seal the deal. The service is next level and the Alila team are attentive and helpful. This has to be the best place to stay in Uluwatu!
Nyang Nyang: The Best Place to Stay for Couples on a budget
On the far end of the Bukit Peninsula lies Nyang Nyang. It’s just a stone’s throw away from Uluwatu Temple and is a great place for couples looking for a romantic and affordable escape.
Everything is spread out and not as on top of each other as the rest of Uluwatu. But if you’re looking for a night out or a restaurant to go to, you’re probably going to have to drive to Suluban or Padang Padang.
The atmosphere is relaxed, and there are some gorgeous places to stay but traffic picks up after lunchtime as busloads of tourists from all over Bali head to the Uluwatu Temple.
I stayed in Nyang Nyang for 2 weeks as it was the most affordable place stay for an extended trip. Overall, I preferred Bingin, Suluban, and Balangan, so staying in Nyang Nyang wouldn’t be my first choice if you’re only spending a few days in Uluwatu. (Unless you’re looking for a luxury resort, of course!)
- Uluwatu Temple
- Nyang Nyang Beach (but it is quite the trek to get there)
The downside of staying in Nyang Nyang
- A motorbike is needed to go just about anywhere
- No restaurants or cafes within walking distance
Best place to stay in Nyang Nyang: Bulgari Resort
What I love: Private infinity pool
Best for: Honeymoon or special occasions
Bulgari Resort boasts luxury private villas and sweeping views from its picture-perfect cliffside location. Each exquisite villa comes with traditional Balinese decor and has been thoughtfully styled.
From your room, you’ll enjoy views of the Indian Ocean with no tourists in sight. And what’s more, you’ll have direct access to the beach through the resort’s inclined elevator.
The sophisticated, modern design coupled with the traditional art pieces and carvings add to the unique charm of this incredible resort in Uluwatu. For the ultimate luxury stay, the Ocean Cliff villas offer open-plan living spaces which lead to a private infinity pool and sundeck.
If you’re staying here, you won’t have much reason to leave. Start your morning the right way with yoga on the beach or a personal training session in the gym before treating yourself to a massage in the spa. Afterward, indulge in a delicious meal at the onsite restaurant which is led by a world-renowned chef. What more could you ask for?
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Final Thoughts on the Best Places to Stay in Uluwatu
The choices for Uluwatu accommodation are endless. From the laid-back surf area of Bingin to the luxe beach clubs of Ungasan, there’s something for everyone.
Whether you’re backpacking Bali, on a family vacay, or planning a luxurious honeymoon, you’ll find accommodation in Uluwatu that will blow your mind.
Are you planning your trip to Bali? Have any questions on the best places to stay in Uluwatu? Drop me a message in the comment section below!
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