Bali is a great vacation destination thanks to its weather, great scenery, and world-class amenities. Whether you are looking for a relaxed environment that allows you to soak in the serenity that nature provides, or are looking for adventures that will give you an adrenaline rush, you are always guaranteed to find something that is perfect for you. And what is even better is the fact that everything is incredibly affordable.
However, at the end of the day, you will need a place to lay your head and relax. And depending on your budget and the experience you are looking for, there are various options that are available to you. Here is what you should know when it comes to finding a place to stay in Bali.
You get what you pay for
When compared to most western countries, everything in Bali is relatively cheaper. However, this does not mean that you can’t get access to the same level of luxury or world-class services and amenities. Bali has luxurious villas, resorts, hotels, bungalows, and other forms of accommodation that are bound to meet even your wildest of expectations. However, they tend to cost more with some charging even up to $5,000 per night.
If you are looking for something more budget-friendly, you can go for rustic bungalows and homestay options. These are cheaper, but they tend to offer less in terms of luxury.
It is important to note that you can still get great accommodation with world-class amenities at an affordable price. This is because most 5 star hotels in Bali still charge accommodation fees that are just but a fraction of the cost in western countries.
21% service charge
In most establishments, you will get charged an extra 21% of your actual bill. This is an added fee that is levied due to government taxation. Part of the charge also goes to the establishment. However, it is important to note that the extra charge does not necessarily go to the employees and as such, it does not count as tipping.
Unlike most western countries, tipping is not expected. However, if you do tip, it will be appreciated. Generally, you should consider tipping as a sign of appreciation for the services offered. And giving a tip as a percentage of the overall bill is always a good rule of the thumb.
However, it is important to keep in mind that some establishments do not allow tipping. In such cases, you may consider complying with the wishes of the establishment, although if you tip, there will really be no consequences.
Take advantage of the offpeak accommodation discounts
Most people go to Bali during the dry months. These months feature the best weather for outdoor activities and as such attracts the bulk of tourists. Most amenities, including accommodation, are in high demand during these months. This tends to reflect on the prices that most establishments charge for accommodation.
However, when the rains begin, most people keep away even though in most cases, the rains last for just a few hours. And since there tends to be a lower demand for accommodation, getting discounted prices is easy. In most cases, you can get accommodation in a luxurious hotel or villa at almost 50% of its peak season price. Furthermore, even in cases where prices are already discounted, you can bargain and get a better deal.
Agencies and booking websites can help
If you are new to Bali and you don’t have the time to shop around, you can use most booking websites to get accommodation that is to your taste. With these websites, you can get great deals if they are running promotions. You will also get the opportunity to compare pricing, and this can allow you to get a great deal.
Local travel agents can also come in handy in helping you to get accommodation. Since they are well-versed with the area, they are perfectly suited to helping you to get something that is to your taste and that is within your budget.