There are soooooo many hotels and villas in Bali choosing something can be quite overwhelming. These are the Top 4 tips I would give for people trying to navigate the plethora of websites and information.
- Compare sites for price and reviews – I usually start with Tripadvisor to do a price comparison and a quick look at reviews although am more interested in sites like Booking.com as those reviewers have had confirmed bookings. Booking.com will also tell you things like the size of the room and the bedding configuration, which can be very important if travelling with friends or teenagers. Agoda is another good site that is quite popular in Asia.
- Look carefully at the pool ( and make sure there is one – mandatory in hot,steamy Bali!). If there is not a lot of shade around the pool chances are the water temp will be like tepid bath water. We’ve even checked out of a place once specifically for this reason.
- Look on a map. Even though many listings will say Seminyak there are a lot that are really in adjacent neighbourhoods and not really walking distance to anything. Taxis are cheap but do you really want to be catching them 6 times a day ?
- Contact the hotel/villa direct – often you can get a better rate and/or some special offers such as free pick up and breakfast that the big booking sites wont offer.