Best Hostels in Bali, Indonesia

29 Best Hostels in Bali, Indonesia – Poolside Bars, Swinging Hammocks and Luxury Capsule Beds await

Welcome! Selamat datang! You’ve landed on the perfect guide for finding the absolute best hostels in Bali, Indonesia.

Let’s clear up one big and common mistake quickly… Bali is an island in Indonesia, not a country.

We share only the coolest and most epic hostels worth visiting in the top destinations in Bali. From Canggu and Ubud, to Seminyak and Nusa Lembongan.

Are these really the top hostels in Bali?

Here’s your first word to learn in Indonesian: Iya! It means YES!

The island is a fair size, and different areas are suitable for different kinds of travellers. This is important to know to make sure you head to the best place that suits your travel style.

  • For the rice-fields and culture seekers, Ubud is the place to be.
  • Prefer to surf? Then head to Canggu for beginners and Uluwatu for pro level
  • Wanna party and enjoy cool sunset Bars? Then Seminyak is your place!

A rural area to explore is Sanur which is not too far from Kuta and Denpasar.

BONUS: Discover paradise Islands with white sand: Gili Islands (not really in Bali but very well connected).

Guess what? There are some impressive 5 star hostels in Bali you should definitely consider:

In nearby Gili islands you can also enjoy Captain Coconuts and Gili Mansion.

Keep scrolling to read more about these awesome hostels, or click the links above and skip straight to their individual in-depth reviews.

List of cities with the Best Bali Hostels

Come on then, we know you’re eager to discover the best and cheapest hostels in Bali. The best hostels in Bali for solo travellers are also included.

Top 10 places to stay in Bali? They’re listed below for your ease.

In no particular order, the must-visit Bali destinations we cover in this article are:

More Highlights for Backpacking Bali

This map will help you plan your backpacking Bali trip. We’ve added all hostels, colour coded to help you save time.

Best Hostels in Ubud

You know that tropical image we all have in our head when we think about Bali? That’s exactly what it looks like in Ubud!

This is where you’ll discover idyllic rice fields, endless macrobiotic restaurants and yoga, yoga, yoga! Yep, this is yoga paradise in Bali. It also happens to be Vegan heaven.

Seeing as it’s such a popular place, we want to offer you a choice of 4 Ubud hostels:

  1. Arya Wellness Retreat
  2. Pillow Inn
  3. Inn Between
  4. Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel

The Onion Collective is another popular hostel and worth checking out if you’re a digital nomad looking for excellent work space.

Read: 3 best hostels in Ubud – more info about our absolute top choices + insider tips.

Arya Wellness Retreat

Hands up if you want to experience a beautiful chic/boho decor style and healthy, eco-friendly and social vibes!

Arya Wellness Retreat offers exactly what it says in the name.

There are SO many daily activities and wellness classes to join…for free. From meditation and yoga, to healing circles and pilates. Feeling more sociable? Join in family dinners, movie nights and cooking classes.

The restaurant menu offers an array of vegan options to detox your body and keep you feeling fresh. All produce is fresh & local!

Oh and let’s not forget the outdoor swimming pool as a perfect means of relaxing!

Book Arya Wellness Retreat here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

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Pillow Inn

The exclusively designed privacy pod-beds at Pillow Inn are enough to entice any traveller type. Especially because every dorm also comes with an ensuite!

When you’re not enjoying your personal space why not head to the rooftop bar and pool?

If that’s not enough, there are also free yoga classes twice a week. And at the weekend staff throw small parties that include free flow drinks for one hour. Awesome.

The hostel is surrounded by forest, with an easy walking distance to unique attractions and nightlife.

Book Pillow Inn here

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Pillow Inn one of the best hostels in Ubud, Indonesia

Inn Between

For those of you that would like to be nestled amongst the locals of Ubud, Inn Between is a great hostel.

It is strategically placed in-between a group of Balinese family houses, making it an ideal place to see and feel how local people live.

No doubt you’re also going to appreciate the sizeable outdoor communal area and swimming pool.

Whilst the rooms are cosy, each bunkbed comes with that all important privacy curtain, charging socket and reading light.

Book Inn Between here

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Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel

Where to start with how amazing Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel is?! Honestly, it’s tough.

So here’s a little list of things to expect:

  • Huge swimming pool w/hammocks & garden
  • Free nutritious breakfast
  • Free daily yoga classes
  • BBQ nights w/live music & dancers

Make sure you ask about joining their cheap trips around Bali and take lots of photos of the design!

From here it’s just a 9-minute stroll to the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and famous Yoga Barn.

Book Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel here

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Best Hostels in Canggu

Canggu is known for its laid-back beach vibes. There are plenty of bars serving cheap, street-food style eats and drinks. 

This is one of the most more popular areas nowadays, just next to Seminyak.

Hipster cafes, bohemian beach clubs, surf stores… you name it.

The top 3 hostels in Canggu are:

  1. Kos One Hostel5 Star Hostel
  2. The Farm Hostel
  3. Kamaran Hostel

Here are some other popular hostels in the area that all offer a unique vibe. If you’d like to read more about them, best to check out our full guide to Canggu – link below.

Check out our absolute best hostels in Canggu in more detail.

Kos One Hostel

Do yourself a big favour and don’t hesitate to book a stay here, even if it’s just for one night!

Kos One Hostel is a stunning boutique hostel with natural views in every direction. From green rice fields to Mount Agung.

If you’re looking for the best place to stay in Bali Indonesia, we’d say this is a high contender.

Reasons why this is the only 5 star hostel in Canggu?

  • “Alternative Beach” swimming pool & jacuzzi
  • Diving platform, sand beach, pool bar
  • Healthy food & smoothies

It’s an ideal hub for a range of travellers: digital nomads, female solo travellers, couples, surfers…

Slide into the pool (literally), sunbathe and sip your favourite cocktail.

Here’s our full review of Kos One Hostel.

Book Kos One Hostel here

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The Farm Hostel

Your #2 choice is The Farm Hostel.

It used to be a cosy 22-bed place, but it has steadily grown to an 8-bed property made up of 6-bed mixed dorms and 5 female dorms.

Drop your bags and head to the garden – there are two swimming pools! The multiple indoor common areas are set up perfectly for chilling and meeting new people.

Book The Farm Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

The Farm Hostel is one of the best hostels in Canggu, Indonesia
The Farm Hostel

The Farm Hostel is one of the best hostels in Canggu, Indonesia

Kamaran Hostel

There’s certainly a unique feel throughout Kamaran Hostel.

Firstly, the building itself has a quirky shape and design. Secondly, each room offers something different in regards to design and amenities. It just depends on what you’re after!

One thing’s for sure: privacy curtains and bright, airy spaces are to be enjoyed!

Out in the garden there’s a big pool and plenty of space to sunbathe. There’s also a good laptop/work space area and comfy lounge with a guitar and games.

Book Kamaran Hostel here

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Best Hostels in Seminyak

Seminyak is famous for lively nightlife, & a really good food and drink scene. There are plenty of cocktail bars and cafes to try out. Not a bad way to spend your days, right?

Here’s a fun selection of hostels in the area:

  1. Kosta Hostel
  2. Socialista Lifestyle Hostel
  3. Capsule Hotel (party)
  4. M Boutique Hostel

Which hostel Seminyak will you choose? More details below…

Kosta Hostel

Kosta Hostel is located in a quiet suburb of Seminyak, just a block away from the Main Street which is home to plenty of bars and restaurants. It’s the best hostel in Bali Seminyak.

It’s a beautiful hostel with bright, modern design and a refreshing swimming pool in the garden. Grab your favourite drink from the bar and enjoy!

Little details like swinging chairs, old style window shutters and garden plants really add a special touch.

Bonus: The onsite cafe rustles up delicious breakfasts, smoothies and fresh coffee.

Book Kosta Hostel here

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Socialista Lifestyle Hostel

Welcome to the comfortable and stylish Socialista Lifestyle Hostel.

“We are not the standard hostel: our retreat has a bit of a twist, attractive design & great facilities.”

Shall we have a little peak at the great facilities?

  • A private pool
  • Luxury female only dorms
  • In-house bar & restaurant
  • Capsule-style pod beds

In fact, the restaurant has specials on food & cool activities every night: movie nights, DJ sets, pizza nights…

Note: The minimum age to stay here is 18.

Book Socialista Lifestyle Hostel here

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Capsule Hotel Bali

Why hello there party hostel!

Here’s your answer to one of the best party hostels in Bali.

Yep that’s right, Capsule Hotel is your answer to a great party in Seminyak. There’s actually a special party floor with rooms right next to the bar.

Read: The Best Party Hostels in the World

The events are centred around having a great time. See what we mean:

  • Tuesdays = Tropicola Mansion Party
  • Thursdays = Capsule Hotel Pool Party
  • Sundays = Omnia Day Club Bus Party

During the day make the most of the huge swimming pool and rooftop terrace with 360 degree views of Seminyak. A top spot to enjoy the sunset.

Good to know: The 2nd floor offers capsule dorm rooms away from the bar area – stay here if you want a good night’s sleep.

Book Capsule Hotel Bali here

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M Boutique Hostel

Here is a wonderful luxury boutique hostel offering modern pod beds and a super relaxed atmosphere.

Yes, M Boutique Hostel is ideal for travellers that like to keep things quiet and super comfortable.

Having said that, it also offers amenities designed for socialising. Head down to the swimming pool and terrace if you fancy a chat.

You could grab a book from the shelf and jump on one of the beanbags, or challenge someone to a board game.

Psst! Ask the staff for some earmuffs if you really want to cancel out the sound at night.

Book M Boutique Hostel here

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Best Hostels in Kuta

This area is only interesting if you are arriving late or your flight is leaving early. It was very trendy many years ago because it was the area next to the airport, so the first to be known.

Nowadays it is one of the worst places to be in the island in terms of criminality, but also the place to find cheapest accommodation. 

Having said that, there are some really cool hostels in the area worth staying in.

If you’re in the area, check out:

  1. Bread and Jam Hostel5 star hostel
  2. Beach Hut Hostel
  3. Lokal Bali Hostel
  4. Cara Cara Inn

Another highly rated and popular hostel is Pudak Sari Unizou Hostel. The private rooms particularly stand out for couples.

Bread and Jam Hostel

So although we don’t necessarily recommend exploring Kuta, we can’t ignore the gorgeous Bread and Jam Hostel.

In fact, it just so happens to be a 5 star hostel!

Read: Our full review of Bread and Jam Hostel

You could easily just hang out at this eco-conscious boutique hostel all day and night. It is set up with pretty much everything you need.

Pod beds for personal space, shared kitchen, cozy common room, workspace – it’s all here.

Also, tea, coffee & kombucha is free all day, woohoo!

A range of DVDS, games and a cable TV will surely keep you and you new friends entertained.

Book Bread and Jam Hostel here

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Beach Hut Hostel

Don’t you just love it when a hostel name offers a clear description of what to expect?

Beach Hut Hostel is one of them – the rooms look like cute little beach huts from the outside, and spacious, modern spaces on the inside.

There’s a lovely mix of female and mixed dorms, plus a twin room and private rooms with private bathroom. Each room comes with air conditioning.

The huge commons area is where people come together. Enjoy the pool tables, comfy bean bags, outdoor swimming pool and onsite cafe.

Book Beach Hut Hostel here

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Lokal Bali Hostel

My oh my, we hope you’re ready to have your socks blown off by epic design and amenities.

It’s easy that you might not believe Lokal Bali Hostel is an affordable hostel and not a hotel, but we assure you it is!

We certainly think the photos speak much louder than words. Just look at all of the intricate details in the design.

Let’s sum it up for you:

  • Year-round outdoor pool
  • Internet station (great for digital nomads)
  • Meals & drinks in the gazebo area
  • Oversized, private dorm beds

For an extra charge the staff will happily help sort out airport transfers, car/bike hire and shuttle services.

Book Lokal Bali Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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Cara Cara Inn

Looking for great Bali hostels on the beach?

Less than 500m from Kuta Beach you can enjoy plenty of happy times at Cara Cara Inn.

“CARA CARA is a vibrant, fun-filled and hip boutique inn, cafe, & bar with cozy rooms & bunks for the free‑spirited and young‑at‑heart.”

Quirky: Drinks are served from an old vintage CARAvan.

What else? Well, there’s a…

  • Splash pool
  • Hanging hammocks
  • Water slide
  • BBQ cook-outs

To top it off, all rooms come with an ensuite bathroom and breakfast is available to buy in the morning.

Book Cara Cara Inn here

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Best Hostels in Uluwatu

If you’re looking more for natural landscapes and bars in cliff-tops, we recommend heading to Uluwatu.

It’s THE place for pro surfers with plenty of hidden bays and natural beaches to find. Ask nicely and I’m sure the hostel staff will point you in the right direction.

  1. KARMA Backpacker House
  2. SR Hostel Uluwatu

KARMA Backpacker House

Calling all sociable backpackers! KARMA Backpacker House is certainly a home-away-from-home with awesome staff and inclusive vibes you’re going to love.

Welcome to the family!

There are often free dinners and BBQs happening, though quiet time begins at 11pm so don’t expect a big party here.

Catch the daily shuttle to the nearby beach and sunset point = save money!

As long as you know this is an affordable, basic hostel and you’re looking to meet lots of other backpackers, you’ll easily have a great time here. This is easily the best backpackers in Bali.

Book KARMA Backpacker House here

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SR Hostel Uluwatu

SR Hostel surely knows what every backpacker wants from a hostel:

  1. A cheap, clean place to sleep
  2. A place to easily meet other travellers

To help the friendly, fun vibes flow, these guys provide a FREE buffet every night and a shuttle to the best party spots on the island (3 times a week).

Animal lover? There is a gorgeous hostel dog, puppies and a cat to welcome you!

If you prefer to relax, make use of the outdoor swimming pool and easy access to nearby beaches. For a few Euros you can rent a scooter from reception.

Book SR Hostel here

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Best Hostels in Nusa Lembongan / Nusa Ceningan

These 2 tiny islands next to Nusa Penida are the place for white sand beaches with turquoise waters and long-stretched shores. Need we say more?

FYI: Nusa means Island in Indonesian. So, you may also see it written “Lembongan Island” and “Ceningan Island” – they’re the same places.

We highly recommend:

  1. Nyuh Gading Home Stay
  2. Lembongan Hostel

Nyuh Gading Home Stay

At Nyuh Gading Home Stay you’ll get simple style in a family owned atmosphere.

Here you can choose between 6 master bedrooms and mixed dorms with 4 beds.

In the lounge area you will find a small kitchen and seating area. This is a good place to use the free Wifi and catch up with work if you need to.

Honestly though, we’re sure you’ll spend most of your time in or by the side of the semi-open 10 metre swimming pool. See you there!

Book Nyuh Gading Home Stay here

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Lembongan Hostel

Lembongan Hostel offers a modern Balinese style design in Balinese family environment.

It’s very close to some great beaches including Mushroom Beach, Sandy Bay Beach and the famous Dream Beach which is just a few steps away.

The two best bits about staying here:

  1. Privacy curtains on the bunks
  2. Outdoor pool & lush garden

Breakfast is also included. Banana pancakes, anyone?!

Book Lembongan Hostel here

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Best Hostels in Nusa Penida

Penida Island is an island southwest of Bali.  It has seriously breath-taking landscapes.

To get to Nusa Penida there is a ferry that leaves multiple times per day from Sanur (east Bali).

Most people just go for a day trip so it might be packed during the day and then you have almost the whole island to yourself after sunset. Therefore, we recommend to stay at least one night. It will give you early access to the best sight-seeing points like Kelingking Beach. 

Important: You will need to ride a scooter to be independent in the island. There is also the possibility to book a car with a driver for the day, but it is much more expensive than a scooter.

  1. Nuansa Penida Hostel
  2. Write Hostel

Nuansa Penida Hostel

Nuansa Penida Hostel is a stunning boutique resort that is perfect for female solo travellers and older travellers that enjoy a good old slice of luxury.

There are 50 beds in 4, 6 and 8-bed dorms. They’re within individually built bungalows, each with a…

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Private balcony
  • Sofas
  • Personalised wardrobe

As for the amenities? Move between the two separate swimming pools, in house restaurant and handy mini market. There’s even a petrol station here!

Note: You can also rent scooters from here to explore the surroundings.

Book Nuansa Penida Hostel here

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Write Hostel

We’re a little bit in love with the design of Write Hostel!

Choose this hostel is you’re after a small and quiet vibe with an emphasis on great rooms. Actually, the only choice here is an 8-bed mixed dorm.

You can basically spend your time relaxing in your room as each one comes with a TV, seating area and private nooks on the beds.

You’ll get a free American breakfast each morning, and the kitchen can be used to cook dinner.

If you prefer not to cook, you’re in luck! There is also a restaurant onsite.

Book Write Hostel here

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Best Hostels in Jimbaran: Bali Bobo Hostel

Tucked away just south of Kuta is a fishing village and coastal resort that is easily overlooked. Jimbaran has a beautiful long beach and delicious local food and great surf spots.

It’s about the same distance from Ngurah Rai International Airport as Kuta, so it’s a wonderful alternative.

Bali Bobo Hostel is actually just 9km from the airport, offering a new, purpose-built, cosy atmosphere.

It’s a really beautiful accommodation. How does an outdoor pool, beanbags, big bright rooms and privacy curtains sound?

The team here can help you out with 24/7 check in, scooter rental and boat transfers. All you need to do is ask!

There even happen to be three common areas to hang out in, plus a well-equipped shared kitchen.

Book Bali Bobo Hostel here

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Best Hostels in Denpasar: Serangan Turtle Island Homestay

Denpasar is the capital city of Bali, yet not a part of the island we recommend visiting. It’s not promoted for tourists and has very little tourism perks.

However! Just 500m south of the city is a small island called Serangan Island. It’s known principally for its turtles as well as one of Bali’s six most sacred temples: Pura Dalem Sakenan.

Want to get close to the turtles? Don’t hesitate and book your stay at Serangan Turtle Island Homestay.

From here it’s less than 1km to the Turtle Conservation and Education Center. It’s also a good place to stay if you want to be close to Sanur Beach, but not within the city.

Perks of the hostel?

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Transport to Serangan Beach by boat
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Cosy, peaceful atmosphere
Book Turtle Island Homestay here

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Best Hostels in Munduk: Ekommunity Farmstay & Yoga

Munduk is easily an underrated destination. It’s home to cascading waterfalls, incredible local food, few crowds and incredible hiking opportunities.

Also, have you seen Ekommunity Farmstay & Yoga?! Erm….WOWSERS.

Even if you only go to Munduk to visit this hostel, you won’t be disappointed. Let the photos do most of the talking.

They describe it as “A sanctuary for humans to thrive” and we can certainly see how that’s the case:

  • A yoga deck by the river
  • Bamboo dorms & elevated tents on wooden decks
  • Organic, locally grown food

Coming soon: A new bamboo building set aside for creative and cultural activities inc. workshops, retreats etc.

Based on a clove and coffee plantation, this is your chance to become part of an eco-conscious community.

Book Ekommunity Farmstay & Yoga here

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BONUS: Gili Islands

As we mentioned before, the Gili Islands aren’t actually part of Bali, but they are super close and easy to access. In fact, it takes just 1.5 hours from Bali by boat.

This is the perfect escape from the business of Bali where you’ll get to swim in crystal clear waters and enjoy incredible snorkelling and diving experiences. The sunsets are to die for, too!

Good to know: There are no cars on the islands!

There are 3 islands:

  1. Gili Trawangan – the party island (+ the biggest)
  2. Gili Meno – for honeymooners and couples
  3. Gili Air – the in-between. Perfect for backpackers who want to socialise but not party. 

If you want to party (even if it is just a bit) definitely go to Gili T. It is the biggest island, so you can find a calm place to sleep if you stay on the other side of the harbour.

Best Hostels in Gili Trawangan

Parrrrrty time! As soon as you arrive on the island it will become evident that most people are here for the same reason.

The three hostels we recommend are:

  1. Gili Mansion Hostel5 Star Hostel
  2. Compass Divers Hostel
  3. Gili la Boheme Sister (backpackers)

Here is an ultimate guide to the best hostels in Gili Trawangan.

Gili Mansion Hostel

Let’s cut to the chase: Gili Mansion is an EPIC party waiting to happen.

It’s easily one of the best hostels in Bali for singles, too. If you don’t easily meet people here, we’ll eat our geeky glasses!

The onsite bar opens at 08:30am so you can literally get the party started as soon as you’ve finished your free breakfast.

Thirsty Thursday Pool Party: On every week from 2pm complete with live DJ, BBQ, drinking games & free shot bottles.

If you’re feeling brave you can even jump from the 5 meter platform into the pool!

Note: Sister hostel Gili Castle is just down the road and you’ll have full access to all facilities in both locations.

The rooms are certainly set to impress, too. Dorms have single beds instead of bunks and the design is modern and reminiscent of a hotel.

Read our full review of Gili Mansion for more reasons to book.

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Compass Divers Hostel

Heading to Gili Trawangan for the diving opportunities? We can’t recommend Compass Divers Hostel enough in that case – book with them and receive a 10% discount on accommodation each day you dive with them.

Their scuba diving courses include try dives and fun dives too, either onsite or in the sea.

Back at the hostel everyone can enjoy a complimentary breakfast plus all day free tea, coffee & water.

The outdoor pool is a good place to relax. Otherwise, regain some energy in the awesome rooms.

Each dorm has 3 beds and they all come with double lockers, shelf, charging sockets, light and curtain.

Book Compass Divers Hostel here

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Gili la Boheme Sister

Let us throw in a great backpackers hostel into the mix. Gili la Boheme Sister is a halfway house when it comes to having a good time and diving.

Whilst partying and scuba diving are still on the cards, this vibrant hostel delivers a perfect blend of buzzing and relaxing.

Enjoy

  • free pancakes around the clock,
  • a swimming pool,
  • cinema room and

Vege restaurant at their brother hostel Gili Laboheme!

Super cool: The hostel is constructed entirely from a reclaimed boat, and includes tree house common areas!

The staff also offer amazing discounts on tours, food & onward travel so make sure you have a chat with them.

Book Gili La Boheme Sister here

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Best Hostels in Gili Meno: Gili Meno Eco Hostel

Gili Meno is also known as the couples island. It is a very quiet island, so best to go here if you’re keen on doing nothing but relaxing with your lover… or with yourself!

If you want to see it, I do recommend that you do a snorkel tour that visits all 3 islands. Gili Meno is in the middle so it’s the best island to do this from.

Whilst you’re here, you’ll definitely want to stay at Gili Meno Eco Hostel – the first and one beachfront hostel on the island!

“Sleep under the stars and wake up to sunrise, snooze in our dormitory or wake up to the sound of the ocean in our beachfront Penthouse.”

Possibly the best part? A prime turtle/dive spot called Turtle City is just a few metres from the hostel. Rent snorkel gear from reception.

Other perks:

  • Weekly pizza nights
  • Free breakfast (banana pancakes, coffee)
  • Outdoor fire pit
  • Open-air bamboo bungalows

The entire place is in harmony with the natural environment and we love this! Compost toilets and bamboo showers included.

Book Gili Meno Eco Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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Best Hostels in Gili Air: Captain Coconuts Gili Air

Let’s sum up Gili Air for you: relaxed vibes, tiny island, cool sunsets. To top it off, there happens to be a 5 star hostel waiting for you here.

Captain Coconuts Gili Air is a tropical resort on a paradise island – what more do you need?

There’s a lot to say about this place. We visited and wrote a big review of Captain Coconuts here.

Here you can eat, sleep, explore and have a lot of fun.

Once again, it’s an eco-friendly conscious accommodation with a big heart. Their popular cafe serves up whole food meals, including a free breakfast each morning.

Make the most of the outdoor natural stone pool, sun loungers, palm trees and Wifi that follows you wherever you go.

Book Captain Coconuts Gili Air here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

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Map of ALL Best Hostels in Bali

So next up we’d like to show you our handy map pinpointing ALL the best hostels Bali has to offer in this guide.

On the map below you find all mentioned hostels to make your planning even easier. We’ve marked them as follows:

5 Star Hostels: Black with White Star

Gili Island Hostels: Orange

Other TOP recommendations: Purple

(You can open the sidebar in the map to activate and deactivate groups.)

FAQ

Where should I stay when visiting Bali?

This guide is your answer for where to stay in Bali! The top & most popular destinations in Bali we recommend are:

  1. Ubud – Arya Wellness Retreat
  2. Kuta – Bread and Jam Hostel
  3. Canggu – Kos One Hostel

Hint: Two of them are 5 Star Hostels!

What is the best cheap place to stay in Bali?

Bali is a super budget-friendly destination, so once you’re on the island, it doesn’t really matter where you go as prices do not differ greatly. Of course, you’ll save even more money if you stay at hostels.

Where should a solo traveler go in Bali?

If you like to socialise and party, we recommend heading to Seminyak. Solo travellers that enjoy culture will enjoy Ubud. Otherwise, you can head to Ubud for some surf. Pretty much all of the hostels listed in these areas are designed with solo travellers in mind.

What are the best hotels in Bali?

Obviously, we recommend choosing a hostel to stay at during your time in Bali. Seriously, have a look at 5 star hostel Kos One in Canggu – no hotel would offer you these awesome amenities at such a good price.

Bread and Jam Hostel in Kuta is also worth seeing.

Still prefer a hotel? There are some listed on Airbnb Bali.

How to book Bali hostels?

In every destination guide and hostel review we give you the options to book (Hostelgeeks does not offer a booking service).

All 5 Star Hostels are cheaper when booking through the official website. We give you the direct access so you can save some travel-money. Hurray!

For the other hostel-destination guides we give you the most popular booking platforms, and ways to get better prices. The websites are:

Here is our review of Airbnb + coupon code.

Read our guide on how to book hostels (with websites to use). We also wrote a guide how to use Hostelworld for booking hostels.

Destination not listed?

We’ve done our best to include the absolute best Balinese hostels in each of the major cities on the continent. Hopefully you’ve found your perfect hostel Bali!

In case we happened to miss your desired location, have a look at our guides to the “best hostels in“. Here we cover many more destinations, including the top 3 hostels + party hostels and insider tips.

Still not found? Or haven’t discovered the best hostel in Bali for you? Then please let us help you. Just drop us a line or leave a comment below and include a fun travel pun!

We will send you over a handpicked hostel recommendation.

Happy travels!

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Your Smart Packing List

It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.

The most important things to pack are: Read the full packing list here. Download Hostel Packing List