Alternative Accommodation Options in Bali

With direct flights and pristine beaches that run for miles, it's no wonder that 16,000 Australians travel to Bali every week, making it one of the most popular travel destinations for Aussies. Part of the reason why Bali is such a success story with foreign tourists is that it knows how to cater to tourists of all descriptions. This means that you will be able to find an incredible selection of accommodation options that extend far beyond the standard big name hotels when you visit the island. Here are a few alternative accommodation options that you might want to consider.

Bungalows in Sanur. If you want to experience life in Bali as it was before mass tourism arrived, the quaint fishing town of Sanur is the place to be. An accommodation option that is unique to Sanur is the Balinese bungalow. Instead of having to deal with the sounds of your neighbours' alarm clock going off in the morning time, you'll have nothing but the sound of nature around you. You can typically expect spacious rooms that are furnished in beautiful teak wood, and bungalows here are often surrounded by palm trees and natural vegetation too.

Beach huts in Nusa Lembongan. Since Bali is becoming more and more popular, the Bali veterans who miss the days of having a whole stretch of beach to themselves are flocking to the small island of Nusa Lembongan that lies just off the coast. This is a place where you can find a beach hut for a fraction of the price that you would pay on the main island because mass tourism has not arrived there yet. For budget backpackers who want a slice of paradise (and can cope in the hot temperatures of Bali without air conditioning!), this option is ideal.

Eco villas in Ubud. If you are more interested in jungle than beach, escape the beach bums and head to Ubud where everything is greener and fresher. This is also the main spot in Bali for eco-tourism, so if you also have concerns about the way your trips impact the environment, this could be an ideal choice for you. When you book an eco villa, you can typically expect use of solar panels, cleaning with biodegradable products, pro-active recycling schemes, villas made of sustainable materials such as bamboo, and bio sewage treatment.

Pick one of these options, and you'll have a trip to remember in Bali!