Going to Bali is a dream for many travelers. The allure of its sandy beaches and rich culture draws in every category of visitor, from honeymooning couples to young backpackers. Bali has just over 4 million people, making it far from a deserted island, but you can plan your trip around the high and low seasons depending on if you like the crowds or prefer a more relaxed vacation.
In Bali, you can find all the comforts of a luxury resort, or you can opt for the hostel experience. Here are some facts and options for you to consider when making reservations.
Before choosing where to stay in Bali, you should decide when to go. Bali is located 8 degrees south of the equator, so the daytime temperature remains rather constant all year long at around 90 degrees, with some days being a little warmer or cooler.
Therefore, it doesn’t have four distinct seasons. In fact, it is fair to say that the island has only two seasons, the wet season and the dry season. For beach lovers, the best time to visit is during the dry season which lasts from April to October. The lack of rain and humidity make the dry season the most comfortable time of year. The constant sunshine is great for places using a solar power system.
The good weather also means that the prices for accommodations are higher, peaking in July and August. If you insist on visiting Bali during the high season, booking early can significantly reduce your lodging costs.
If you don’t mind the high humidity and frequent rain, going to Bali in the low season is a great way to enjoy the island while saving money. You can then use the extra cash to treat yourself to a little island luxury or save the money for your next destination.
You may even prefer to travel to Bali in the off season. In addition to being cheaper, the island is much less crowded, with the exception of Christmas and New Years. One thing to consider when planning your trip is the Hindu New Year, which happens in March. On this day, the island shuts down and everyone is expected to stay indoors and be as quiet as possible.
Who you decide to go to Bali with will affect where you decide to stay. If you’re traveling with your partner or spouse, you might want different accommodations than the backpacker set.
For couples seeking a romantic getaway, staying at the five-star Alila Villas in Uluwatu won’t disappoint. Indulge yourself at this luxury resort with twenty-four hour butler service and a private pool. For nearby sightseeing, the village of Uluwatu features the spectacular Uluwatu Temple and majestic beaches.
Sanur, which has earned the nickname of honeymoon village, is another option for lovebirds thanks to the many local activities and of course, the beach. In Sanur, book a room at the Tandjung Sari Hotel. Here you can enjoy canopied beds and relax into the laid-back pace of island life.
On the other hand, if you’re traveling with your best friends and want budget accommodations that come with a social scene, staying in one of Bali’s hostels is the way to go. The aptly named Bread and Jam hostel in Kuta provides a complimentary breakfast and bath towels. What’s more, you can make new friends in the common room and save money on food by cooking for yourself in the shared kitchen.
Sometimes, however, even backpackers want to splurge on places to stay. If this urge ever comes over you and your traveling companions, reserve your spots at the number-one rated Puri Garden Hotel and Hostel in Ubud. Here you can join the free daily yoga classes, swim in the giant pool and pig-out on barbecue night.
When, and with whom, you decide to explore Bali will set the tone of your trip. Fortunately, in Bali, you will always have a great time and make great memories.