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If you’ve searched for accommodations here in Bali, you know that there are some unique classifications. After I got my bearings here, I finally learned their differences. Some are obvious, but others weren’t. Know the different Bali accommodations so you know what suits you and your budget best.
Remember, Bali has accommodations to offer all budgets. There can be as cheap or as expensive as you want. It all depends on your needs. Refer to Know how to Search for Bali Accommodations once you decide what you’re looking for.
When you think of Bali, you think of staying in a villa. And it’s close to exactly what you think it may be. It’s a house with a set number of rooms that share common areas. It’s an ideal intimate space for a group of people. If you’re renting this long-term, then you may be paying for the onsite service among other things. If you’re short-term, then that may already be included. Nothing too different here.
Know that villas closer to the center of town are smaller and more enclosed with semi-limited walls and outward views. The further out the villa, the more sprawling they are and may overlook rice paddies.
Bali Hotels and Bungalows
Hotels tend to fit the usual structure of a massive building that houses everything under one roof. These are usually really nice and modern with a luxurious view. Then there are the smaller businesses that have a different property layout. These are sometimes called bungalows that may be one self-standing room, a duplex (rooms that share a wall) or a fourplex (two leveled duplexes). You get most of the same amenities expected at most hotels (ie. daily cleaning service, room service, concierge). These offer more of a Balinese look and feel.
Here you’ll have a set number of rooms, usually between 6-12, that share at least one wall. There may be two levels. Separate from these rooms are the shared kitchen, pool, and possibly a dining or social area. The rooms are individually rented out and they are all managed by onsite staff.
Similar to a homestay except there are two main differences. One, there are fewer rooms. Two, the family that owns and runs the guesthouse also lives on another party of the property. Most offer daily cleaning services and shared kitchen and pool.