Where to Stay in Bali: Our Bali Accommodation Guide

If you are fortunate enough to visit Bali, also fondly known as the Island of the Gods, then you are about to embark on one of the most enthralling adventures of your life. This picturesque island holds so many unique experiences, tantalising food scenes and offers you the most luxurious options when it comes to discovering where to stay in Bali.

And so, if you have been considering scouring the internet in hopes of finding your dream accommodation in Bali, then you can close all of those tabs now. We’ve vetted our top choices for where to stay in Bali and we know you are going to love them!  

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Discovering Bali

Did you know that Bali is one of 17,500 islands in the Indonesian archipelago?

It’s a popular tourist destination due to its incredible beauty, high diversity of marine species, coral reefs, culture, active volcanoes, wild jungles, and growing infrastructure. The island is well accustomed to travelers, with many available places to stay in Bali.

Accommodation in Bali varies from private villas and five-star resorts to bungalows in the rice fields and homestays. The options are diverse. Our Bali accommodation guide covers everything that you need to know about where to stay in Bali, including the best family resorts in Bali, boutique hotels in Bali, Bali honeymoon villas, as well as a few unique places to stay in Bali.

Where to stay in Bali: Best areas in Bali

For most people, Bali is seen as a tropical island mostly made up of beautiful beaches. However, from the moment you arrive you will instantly realise that the island is actually characterized by spectacular diversity. Yes, there are many beautiful sandy beaches, but there are also vast agricultural landscapes (the famous rice paddies), mountains, quiet villages, and a few raucous party towns too. Essentially, his popular island has perfected the art of appeasing all tastes!

To get the most out of your vacation in Bali, you need to understand the different areas and pick one best suited to what you want out of your trip to the island. We’ve highlighted some of the best areas in Bali and where to stay in each. They are all in the southern half of the island as this region is the most popular amongst tourists.

When searching for where to stay in Bali, you need to know that the Kuta and Legion areas are the most touristy places in Bali. Both Kuta and Legion are packed with local shops, fresh produce markets, thriving restaurants, bars and nightclubs. If you’re keen for a good old party, then these areas are definitely for you. It’s also easy to find cheap accommodation in Kuta and Legion if you’re on a budget. You’ll also find great beaches and surfing spots too.

Ubud is incredibly popular amongst digital nomads and travelers looking to experience the interior area of the island. It’s also considered ‘yoga central’, with loads of yoga studios throughout the area. It’s great to stay in the village to be close to the shops, restaurants and local markets. But if you’d prefer to spend more time relaxing and taking in the natural beauty of this area, then rather look for accommodation on the outskirts. A taxi into the village is easy enough to get, so you don’t have to worry about that.

Seminyak is quite a trendy area of Bali, with boutique shops, sophisticated bars with live jazz, soul and R&B, and a wide range of restaurants for you to try. Do keep in mind that it’s quite far from being an authentic Bali neighborhood as it appeals more to the high-end, luxury traveler. 

If you want to be close to Seminyak but prefer to be a bit more remote, then head to Canggu. It’s about a 20-minute drive from Seminyak.

Nusa Dua is a closed-off area reserved for luxury hotel chains and resorts – almost like a hotel bubble. Its security checkpoints make it the safest place in Bali, which appeals to wealthy tourists and families. You won’t experience the real Bali here though.

Located on the eastern side of Bali’s southern isthmus, Sanur has a laidback beach vibe. It was originally a fishing village and they have managed to keep its original charm. This is a great area for families visiting Bali and tourists looking for a more mature, European atmosphere.


Where to stay in Bali: Our Bali Accommodation Guide

We’ve broken our Bali accommodation guide into the main tourist regions of the island. You’ll find the top places to stay in each neighborhood, including a range of different accommodation options. If you’re not too concerned about which neighborhood to stay in, but rather after a specific feature (like a family-friendly resort) then check out our other options towards the bottom.

Where to stay in Kuta and Legion

Some of the top places to stay in Kuta and Legion include:

Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort

Located a five-minute walk from Kuta Beach and steps away from Legian Beach, this hotel offers two outdoor pools, traditional spa treatments and an Asian restaurant. The hotel is modelled after a traditional Indonesian village and is surrounded by tropical gardens.

  • Rates start from $72 for a double room
  • Where to book: Booking.com | Expedia Agoda
  • Location: Jl. Pantai Kuta, 80030 Kuta, Indonesia
Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort
Alam Kulkul Boutique Resort

Grand Istana Rama Hotel

Grand Istana Rama Hotel has an idea location just a minute walks from Kuta Beach, and within walking distance from Kuta Square and the buzzing nightlife of Jalan Legian. The hotel has its own swimming pool with a sunken bar and the all day restaurant serves local, Italian and seafood dishes – along with stunning Kuta Beach views. The Tequila Bar features a DJ and live band entertainment. To top if off, the hotel offers weekly cultural activities like cooking classes and Bahasa Indonesia language classes.

  • Rates start from $50 for standard double room
  • Where to book: Booking.com | Expedia Agoda
  • Location: Jl. Pantai Kuta, 80361 Kuta, Indonesia
Grand Istana Rama Hotel
Grand Istana Rama Hotel

Kuta Lagoon Resort and Pool Villas

Kuta Lagoon Resort offers luxury retreats in private villas, each with their own balcony and swimming pool. The resort is an eight-minute walk from the beach and there is also a free shuttle service to Kuta Beach. Each villa is decked out with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, minibars and beautiful décor. There is also a spa and four dining options.

  • Rates start from $50 for standard double room and $110 for a pool villa
  • Where to book: Booking.com | Expedia | Agoda
  • Location: Jl. Raya Legian No. 363, 80361 Legian, Indonesia
Kuta Lagoon Resort and Pool Villas
Kuta Lagoon Resort and Pool Villas

Where to stay in Ubud

Some of the top places to stay in Ubud include:

Viceroy Bali

This five-star hotel offers luxurious villas with private pools overlooking the Petangu River. The main infinity pool overlooks the jungle, offering the most breathtaking atmosphere. It’s just a five-minute drive from central Ubud, and offers a free shuttle to guests. The rooms are lush as is the entire hotel, including the Lembah Spa, which offers a variety of body treatments.

  • Rates from $1,000 (includes breakfast)
  • Where to bookBooking.com | Expedia | Agoda
  • Location: Jalan Lanyahan, Br. Nagi, 80571  Ubud, Indonesia
Viceroy Bali
Viceroy Bali

Alaya Resort Ubud

Surrounded by rice fields in the heart of Ubud, Alaya Resort Ubud offers affordable luxury. Rates include breakfast and afternoon tea, and the on-site restaurant serves delicious local dishes along with some fusion and international meals. Alaya Resort Ubud is 200 metres’ away from the Monkey Forest and 700 metres’ away from Ubud Market. Features include an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and spa.

  • Rates from $114 for a standard double room
  • Where to bookBooking.com | ExpediaAgoda
  • Location: Jl. Hanoman, Ubud, 80361 Ubud, Indonesia
Alaya Resort Ubud
Alaya Resort Ubud

Chapung SeBali

Chapung SeBali offers eight villas perched on a hill overlooking the river, each with their own private pool. It’s tucked away about a 10-minute drive from the center of Ubud, making it quiet, peaceful and secluded. The design is modern, hip and Nordic – making it a hipsters paradise.

  • Rates from $282 for a Deluxe Suite
  • Where to book: Booking.com Agoda
  • Location: Jl. Raya Sebali No.5 Keliki, Tegalalang, 80561 Ubud, Indonesia
Chapung SeBali
Chapung SeBali

Kampung Ubud Ibunda Bungalow

Kampung Ubud Ibunda Bungalow offers Balinese-style accommodation set in lush gardens. Each room is decorated with a typical Balinese style, featuring a private terrace/balcony, free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. Hotel features include an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, spa, and other basic conveniences. The hotel is located a 10-minute walk from Monkey Forest and Ubud Art Market.

  • Rates from $30 for a one-bedroom bungalow
  • Where to bookBooking.com | Expedia | Agoda
  • Location: Jalan Monkey Forest , 80571 Ubud, Indonesia
Kampung Ubud Ibunda Bungalow
Kampung Ubud Ibunda Bungalow

Where to stay in Seminyak

Some of the top places to stay in Seminyak include:

W Bali – Seminyak

Located on the Seminyak Beach, though a seven-minute walk from the beach. The hotel features a large outdoor pool and full-service spa. The five-star accommodation includes balconies with garden or sea views. There are two restaurants, one offering BBQ while the other offers Pan-Asian dishes. Sunset drinks, and a bit of a party, are offered at the hotel bar. 

  • Rates from $535 for a double room
  • Where to bookBooking.com | Expedia Agoda
  • Location: Jl. Petitenget, 80361 Seminyak, Indonesia
W Bali – Seminyak
W Bali – Seminyak

eqUILIBRIA Seminyak

Named after “peace and tranquility” in Indonesia, this property lives up to its name. It’s a bit more hidden away in downtown Seminyak, being a 17-minute walk away from the beach. Each of the eco-friendly villas feature private pools (not all units), a full butler service, iPhone concierge app, and luxurious beds with 300-thread count pure bamboo sheets. Relaxing massage and beauty treatments can be enjoyed at Equalize Spa. Guests can also take the free transfer to Finns Recreation Club and Finns Beach Club – A 25 m outdoor pool, tennis courts, gym and yoga rooms are available there.

  • Rates from $250 for a one-bedroom villa with private pool
  • Where to bookBooking.com | Expedia Agoda
  • Location: Jalan Wirasaba No.5, off Jalan Kayu Aya, 80361 Seminyak, Indonesia
eqUILIBRIA Seminyak
eqUILIBRIA Seminyak

Kosta Hostel

Kosta Hostel offers basic, budget-friendly accommodation in Seminyak. The hostel is located 1.7 km from The Seminyak Square Shopping Mall. Dorm rooms are classic and modern, with a simple and fresh approach. There is a small outdoor pool available, with a few surrounding chill spots amongst the greenery. Guests can also enjoy the on-site restaurant which serves up delicious local and international meals.

Kosta Hostel
Kosta Hostel

M Boutique Hostel

M Boutique Hostel offers modern and Instagram-worthy accommodation in Seminyak. It’s a five-minute drive to the famous Potato Head Beach Club and a seven-minute drive from Batu Belig Beach. The dorms are comfortable and modern with air-conditioning and ample personal space with each guest getting an assigned locker, universal electric socket and reading lamp. The property features an outdoor swimming pool along with a shared kitchen and lounge. 

M Boutique Hostel in Bali
M Boutique Hostel

Where to stay in Canggu

Some of the top places to stay in Canggu include:

Komea Villa – by Karaniya Experience

For a boutique offering, Komea Villa is an ideal option. Located within the rice fields of Batubelig, this property is a five-minute walk from Kayu Putih beach and Canggu Club. The Seminyak area is a 5-minute drive away. Accommodation options include one and two-bedroom villas with free Wi-Fi and a private pool (decked out with spa jets). Each villa also includes a dining area and kitchenette.

  • Rates from $230 for a one-bedroom villa (breakfast included)
  • Where to bookBooking.com | Expedia Agoda
  • Location: Jl. Subak Sari No. 7, Br. Tegal Gundul, Ds. Tibu Beneng, Kuta Utara, Bali, 80361 Canggu, Indonesia
Komea Villa – by Karaniya Experience
Komea Villa – by Karaniya Experience

KTS Day Spa & Retreat by Ngeluwungan Group

For a more secluded getaway, KTS Day Spa & Retreat is a great option. Situated in the pastoral area of Canggu, the property is a 10-minute drive from the property to the famed surfing spot at Echo Beach, and around a 15-minute drive to the iconic Tanah Lot Temple. Each room offers air-conditioning, a TV, balcony and dining area with a fridge and electric kettle. The property features an outdoor swimming pool along with a shared lounge to relax in.

  • Rates from $61 for a Queen room
  • Where to book: Booking.com | HotelsCombined Agoda
  • Location: Jalan Beringin Gang Untung No 71 Br. Pegending, Dalung, 80361 Canggu, Indonesia

Canggu Beach Hostel

Located just a three-minute walk from the beach (both the Pererenan Beach and Echo Beach) and a 10-minute drive to restaurants and shops in Canggu. The property has two outdoor pools with beach bar along with a terrace and garden, as well as being surrounded by beautiful rice paddies. Canggu Beach Hostel offers a fun and lively vibe.

  • Rates from $3 for a dorm room
  • Where to bookBooking.com | Expedia Agoda
  • Location: Jl. Raya Pantai Pererenan No. 156, 11111 Canggu, Indonesia

The Apartments Canggu

Located a 15-minute walk from the closest beach, and five-minute drive from Echo Beach. The Apartments Canggu offer one-bedroom and studio apartments with a living and kitchen area. Some apartments have views of the rice fields, pool, or the garden. The property features an outdoor swimming pool and garden as well as offering free use of bicycles, surfboards and Yoga mats.

  • Rates from $37 for a studio and $57 for a one-bedroom apartment
  • Where to bookBooking.com | Expedia Agoda
  • Location: Jalan Padang Linjong No. 85, 80361 Canggu, Indonesia
The Apartments Canggu
The Apartments Canggu

Where to stay in Nusa Dua

Some of the top places to stay in Nusa Dua include:

Grand Hyatt Bali

Grand Hyatt Bali is one of the top picks among the elite resorts in Nusa Dua. It’s a massive luxury beachfront resort with five outdoor pools, a large spa, and eight dining options. The rooms are ultra-luxurious, stocked with batik robes, slippers and free amenities. A variety of water sports, a tennis court and a fitness center are available.

  • Rates from $500 for a standard double room
  • Where to bookBooking.com | Expedia Agoda
  • Location: Kawasan Wisata Nusa Dua BTDC, Bali, 80363 Nusa Dua, Indonesia

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Bali

This property is a six-minute walk from the beach. Set in lush tropical gardens, the 5-star Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Bali features three outdoor pools and a private beach. Rooms are decorated with Balinese furnishings and feature a balcony/terrace with views of the tropical gardens or beach. Facilities include a spa, fitness center, and tennis and squash courts. Guests can go on a Balinese fishing tour or try canoeing, rafting and snorkelling. It also has a children’s playground and game room.

  • Rates from $166 for a double room
  • Where to bookBooking.com | Expedia Agoda
  • Location: Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua, Lot North 4, 80363 Nusa Dua, Indonesia
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Bali
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Bali

Rantun’s Place

For those on a budget, Rantun’s Place is a good option. Situated in the Sawangan district in Nusa Dua, the property is a nine-minute walk from Geger Beach. Rooms are basic with flat-screen TVs and breakfast is included. An outdoor swimming pool, spa, restaurant, free Wi-Fi and free on-site parking is available. 

  • Rates from $13 for a double room
  • Where to bookBooking.com | Expedia Agoda
  • Location: Jl. Nusa Dua Selatan, Br. Sawangan, 80361 Nusa Dua, Indonesia

COOEE Bali Reef Resort

COOEE Bali Reef Resort is located steps away from Tanjong Benoa Beach. The resort offers bungalow-style accommodation with traditional Balinese architecture and décor, along with private balconies and garden views. There is an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, bar, and all-day massages by the beach. 

  • Rates from $95 for a double bungalow
  • Where to bookBooking.com | Expedia Agoda
  • Location: Jalan Pratama, 80363 Nusa Dua, Indonesia

Where to stay in Sanur

Some of the top places to stay in Sanur include:

Segara Village Hotel

Segara Village Hotels offers typical Bali villas set within a tropical garden. It’s a three-minute walk to the beach and offers three outdoor pools. In-house The Beach Restaurant overlooks the ocean and serves Asian and international dishes. There’s also another cocktail bar overlooking the beach. Rooms have private balconies overlooking the gardens and are fitted with all standard amenities. Other features include a spa and free yoga sessions.

  • Rates from $165 for a double room
  • Where to bookBooking.com | Expedia Agoda
  • Location: Jalan Segara Ayu, 80030 Sanur, Indonesia

Little Pond Homestay

Little Pond Homestay is a great option for travels on a budget. The excellent location is about one minute from Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur’s main drag; five minutes’ from the beach (via a shortcut) and less to Pasar Sindu night market. The rooms are basic, though are kept clean and offer good value for money. There is an outdoor swimming pool and all of the rooms have a small terrace looking over the pool.

  • Rates from $8 for a standard double room
  • Where to bookBooking.com | Agoda
  • Location: Jalan Danau Tamblingan No. 19, Sanur – Bali, 80228 Sanur, Indonesia

Artotel

Artotel is a funky four-star hotel that will appeal to contemporary art and architecture lovers. Designed by Jakarta architectural firm Studio TonTon, the hotel is a canvas for notable Bali-based contemporary artists and a visual feast for guests. The hotel is situated a two-minute walk from Sanur Beach and guests can find an array of shopping and dining options within a short stroll to the Sanur main street. The rooms are comfortable, each featuring unique graffiti artwork on the walls along with modern amenities.

  • Rates from $80 for a double studio
  • Where to bookBooking.com | Agoda
  • Location: Jl. Kusuma Sari No.1, 80277 Sanur, Indonesia
Artotel in Bali
Artotel

Kamuela Villas and Suite Sanur

Kamuela Villas and Suite Sanur is a five-minute walk away from the beach, with ample shops and eateries within close walking distance. The suites are bright and airy, with spacious interiors including living and dining spaces. They come decked with modern amenities and include a private butler service. Villas have private gardens and pools, along with fully-equipped kitchenettes. A full restaurant and spa are available, and guests can join in on cooking classes.

  • Rates from $100 for a one-bedroom suite
  • Where to book: Booking.com Agoda
  • Location: Jl. Cemara No. 33 Sanur, 80228 Sanur, Indonesia

More options for where to stay in Bali

Bali honeymoon villas

Berry Amour Romantic Villas

Located just outside of the high-end beach town of Seminyak, Berry Amour Romantic Villas offers 20 private luxury villas. This spot is ideal for a honeymoon in Bali as it’s an adult-only resort. The villas each feature their own design: Temptation, Mystique, and Desire. The classic and elegant décor oozes romance with candles, luxury sofas, and cove lighting. Each also come with their own swimming pool, sun deck, jacuzzi, and fully-equipped kitchen – there’s no need to leave!

  • Rates from $335 for a one-bedroom villa
  • Where to bookBooking.com | Agoda
  • Location: Jl. Batu Belig, 80361 Seminyak, Indonesia

Bali villa with cooking lessons

Kubu Kusuma Guest House

This private house is set amongst the forest in North Bali, offering complete privacy for guests. The guest house features two spacious bedrooms with a large bathroom. There’s a beautiful infinity pool, garden room and private massage area. Guests can enjoy a freshly cooked breakfast each morning. The hosts offer guests Indonesian cooking lessons, which is always enjoyed.

  • Rates from $41
  • Where to book: Airbnb
  • Location: Buleleng, Bali, Indonesia

Best family resorts Bali

Padma Resort Legian

Located a three-minute walk from the Legian Beach and a 10-minute walk from Seminyak’s shops, restaurants and entertainment. The resort includes two beautifully landscaped pools with sunken bars. A kids pool with slide as well as another with volleyball net is available. There are seven dining options – with enough kid-friendly options. Rooms are spacious and include private terraces. Additional resort features include a spa, departure lounge, tennis court, and live entertainment.

  • Rates from $240 for a double room and $400 for a family room
  • Where to bookBooking.com Agoda
  • Location: Jln. Padma no.1 PO BOX 1107 TBB, 80361 Legian, Indonesia
Padma Resort Legian
Padma Resort Legian

Adult-only hotel in Bali

The Bale

The Bale is an adult-only luxury resort in Nusa Dua. The property is a six-minute walk from the beach, 10-minute drive from Bumbu Bali Restaurant and a 15-minute drive from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. The exclusive villas include private pools, a 24-hour butler service, and a free daily minibar. It provides free shuttle services by private cars to its exclusive beach clubs at Geger Beach and Nusa Dua areas. The resort includes a spa, fitness center, yoga rooms, and four restaurant/bar facilities.

  • Rates from $450 for a one-bedroom villa
  • Where to bookBooking.com | Agoda
  • Location: Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, 80363 Nusa Dua, Indonesia

Boutique hotel in Bali

Katamama

Katamama not only offers spectacular five-star service and amenities, but they source locally and help support the local community. All the décor is bespoke and has been handmade by local artisans and craftsmen – from the bricks to the bathrobes and ceramic cocktail beakers. The 57 rooms are spacious with large windows letting in plenty of natural lighting.

  • Rates from $305 for an Island Suite
  • Where to bookBooking.com Agoda
  • Location: Jl. Petitenget 51B, 80361 Seminyak, Indonesia

Unique places to stay in Bali

Amankila

The 34 free-standing Suites at Amankila are set atop stilts amid the treetops, creating a Balinese treehouse vibe. Each of the suites have a private outdoor terrace. Besides from the treetop suites, the resort features wellness spa and a restaurant, where all food is locally sourced and grown. 

  • Rates from $589 for a garden suite (breakfast included)
  • Where to book: Kayak
  • Location: Bali-Manggis Indonesia, Manggis, Indonesia
Amankila
Amankila

Romantic wellness retreat in Bali

Spa Village Resort Tembok, North

Hidden away in the least developed part of Bali, Spa Village Resort Tembok is a spa village before it is a resort. Guests are welcomed with a massage at check-in – ensuring complete relaxation from the start. Located in the north of Bali, the area is more rustic and un-spoilt. Guests can explore the nearby heritage villages, climb waterfalls, stroll around lakes and go dolphin spotting. The spa is phenomenal, and the resort has also launched Solo Female wellness retreats.

  • Rates from $250 for a standard double room
  • Where to book: Booking.com | Agoda
  • Location: Jl. Singaraja – Amlapura No.100 Desa Tembok – Kec. Tejakula, Buleleng, Singaraja, Bali, Indonesia

Health Retreat in Bali

Ubud Sari Health Resort

Ubud Sari Health Resort is all about yoga, healthy eating and being surrounded by relaxing jungle vibes. The outdoor swimming pool looks out onto the adjacent rice paddies and the various ponds around the property aid in creating a relaxing atmosphere. There’s a restaurant at the property that serves healthy organic meals and raw food. Some rooms have a terrace with pool views, others feature a balcony with views of the green surroundings. The resort offers various detox and cleansing workshops (read more on their website).

  • Rates from $44 for a double room
  • Where to book: Booking.com | Agoda
  • Location: Jalan Kajeng, No 35, 80571 Ubud, Indonesia
Ubud Sari Health Resort
Ubud Sari Health Resort

Bali hotels with private pool

Hanging Gardens of Bali

There are some absolutely breathtaking pools in Bali, but the infinity pool at Hanging Gardens is possibly one of the best. The pool is perched on the side of a hill and looks out into the surrounding jungle and Ayung River. It’s truly breathtaking. The only thing is that this is one of the most photographed pools in Bali, so to get your Instagram-worthy shot you need to line up early in the morning.

  • Rates from $629 for a villa
  • Where to bookBooking.com
  • Location: Desa Buahan, Payangan, 80571 Payangan, Indonesia

Bali Eco Resort

Alila Uluwatu

Alibla Uluwatu is an eco-friendly resort in Bali, in Uluwatu. The resort is built on a limestone cliff, surrounded by scenic beauty. Its minimalist and understated design fits in perfectly with its surroundings. Along with keeping eco-friendly, the resort offers five-star service and facilities including personal butler service, sleek design, infinity swimming pool, and a fitness center with yoga and pilates studio. The modern Balinese-style villas feature an elevated outdoor pavilion that overlooks the ocean. Each villa has an outdoor dining area and oversized bathroom.

  • Rates from $868 for a villa
  • Where to bookBooking.com | Agoda
  • Location: Jalan Belimbing Sari, Br. Tambiyak, Desa Pecatu, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia agoda
Alila Uluwatu
Alila Uluwatu

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We hope that you now know where to stay in Bali, and have an amazing trip to this breathtakingly beautiful spot.

P.S – check out our guide on staying at a hostel to make sure you have an epic experience!


Where to Stay in Dubai

Dubai is one of the top destinations in the Middle East, with a massive landmass and population of around 4 million. It’s more well known for its exuberant buildings and hot climate, which averages approximately 15 million visitors per year in non-pandemic times.

One of the defining features of Dubai is space and you’ll need a vehicle to traverse the cities, neighbourhoods and top destinations. Because of this, figuring out where to stay in Dubai is an important part of your planning! You’ll find vastly different areas when travelling to the different regions of Dubai, including many landmarks, activities and price points for accommodation.

Below, we talk about where to stay in Dubai, including the best areas to stay in Dubai and the top accommodation you could imagine! 

See also: All You Need to Know about Dune Bashing in Dubai

The best areas to stay in Dubai

As we mentioned before, Dubai is quite a diverse city, and each district feels a bit like a different place! Luckily, Dubai’s skyline helps keep one grounded, no matter which area you choose to visit. Here are best areas to stay in Dubai with accommodation options in each.

Old Dubai

Areas like Al Seef and Al Fahidi represent traditional Dubai, with great museums, wind towers, colourful souks (markets) and the majestic Dubai creek.

Old Dubai is one of the best places to stay in Dubai for a glimpse into the tradition and culture of Dubai, which is sure to be one of the most exciting and unique parts of your trip.

See also: Explore the Culture and Traditions in Dubai

Al Seef Heritage Hotel 

Are you wondering where to stay in Dubai in the ‘old’ part of the city? Al Seef Heritage Hotel by Hilton is a great choice. Set overlooking the Dubai Creek (where you can join a Dubai dhow cruise) and located next to the Museum of Illusions, this four-star hotel offers a luxury visit. The Burj Khalifa is relatively close, with many malls, the Dubai International Airport, and the Dubai World Trade Centre not far behind.

Book your stay at Al Seef Heritage Hotel

Where to stay in Dubai - Heritage Hotel by Hilton
Heritage Hotel by Hilton

Jumeirah Beach Residence 

Many resorts around the Jumeirah Beach Residence area offer a fantastic array of watersport activities, including jet skis, parasailing, paddle boating, and kayaking (check out these crazy things to do in Dubai). 

Other resort activities in the area include hot air balloons, quad biking and camel rides, which you can arrange before arriving in Dubai. This area is one of the best places to stay in Dubai if you are looking for family fun and water sports or other physical activities.

Additionally, you can find Jumeirah Beach (also known as JBR) in this region, making it a delightful holiday destination. 

See also: Fun Things to Do in Dubai With Kids

Beach Walk Hotel 

Need to find where to stay in Dubai in the Jumeirah Beach area? Beach Walk Hotel is a great choice! This four-star hotel offers an outdoor pool, modern design and clean furnishings and finishes. You’ll also get access to the fitness centre located within the hotel.

The Miraj Islamic Art Centre and Kite Beach are in the immediate area, a kitesurfer’s paradise.

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Beach Walk Hotel in Dubai
Beach Walk Hotel 

Park Regis Boutique Hotel 

Were you looking for something a bit different than your average hotel for your next trip to Dubai? You’ll enjoy the Park Regis Boutique Hotel in JBR, Dubai. This unique hotel is near Umm Suqeim beach, Suqeim park and the Wild Wadi Waterpark. 

We think active families would love this location for its hot tubs, water sports, babysitting services and dedicated family room. 

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Park Regis Boutique Hotel
Park Regis Boutique Hotel

Dubai Marina

The Dubai Marina is one of the best places to stay in Dubai for nightlife. Surprisingly, Dubai is one of the more relaxed Arab nations regarding drinking and alcohol. Still, you’ll find a strict zero-tolerance policy for public drunkenness, and alcohol is heavily taxed in the city.

Despite this, Dubai Marina is the best of all answers to the question ‘Where to stay in Dubai for the best nightlife?’ You will find alcohol in licensed restaurants, bars, hotels and nightclubs. In this area, you’ll find trendy nightclubs on the rooftops of high-rises in the city.

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa 

Want one of the best places to stay in Dubai’s marina area? Look no further than Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa. This luxury resort includes spa access, three outdoor pools for guests, as well as a private beach complete with sun loungers and umbrellas. There’s even a children’s play area for families, as well as breathtaking decor throughout. 

The hotel also offers 4 bars and seven restaurants for the most discerning guests. 

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Places to stay in Dubai - Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa
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Sparkle 405 – Merida

If you are a single traveller or perhaps a couple, you may enjoy Sparkle 405 – Merida, a studio apartment in the Dubai Marina district. You’ll indeed have a more cosy experience when staying at your apartment instead of a hotel! 

Featuring an open-plan kitchen, this fully-equipped studio offers quick access to the Beach Mall, Bluewaters Island, Skydive Dubai and more. 

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Bur Dubai

Bur Dubai is arguably one of the best areas to stay in Dubai for sightseeing and shorter stays, as it offers a lot to see and do without travelling too far! 

This area is one of the most central in all of Dubai, meaning that you won’t spend hours travelling to and from your chosen destinations every day. Bur Dubai offers ample public transport and metro stations for more distant locations. You’ll also find many taxis in the streets and in proximity to authentic bazaars, traditional boats, floating restaurants, and historic neighbourhoods. 

Green House Hotel Apartments 

Are you wondering where to stay in Dubai that offers central access to the city, as well as a modern experience? Green House Hotel and Apartments might be the perfect choice for you! 

The best part about this hotel is that it offers a choice between standard hotel rooms and apartments, with over 98 rooms. Secondly, a rooftop pool, gym, and breakfast buffet are included for every guest. 

Additionally, features include a dedicated children’s pool and proximity to BurJuman Mall, Dubai Museum and Grand Mosque. 

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Where to stay in Dubai
Green House Hotel Apartments

Downtown Dubai 

Downtown Dubai is one of the best places to stay in Dubai for those visiting Dubai on a work trip. Downtown Dubai and Business Bay contain many office blocks, apartments and luxury hotels. It’s located about halfway between old and new Dubai, and the area is most well known for the Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world. 

It’s also home to Dubai Mall, one of the largest shopping centres in the world. It’s also reasonably convenient to reach via metro or taxi services that connect to Dubai international airport. 

See also: A Guide to Shopping in Dubai

Vida Downtown 

Do you want to discover where to stay in Dubai in the middle of the central district? We think you’ll love Vida Downtown, a 4-star hotel in Dubai’s Downtown district. 

This hotel features over 150 guestrooms, an outdoor pool and lounge area, a business centre, modern lounges and gym and bicycle services for guests.

This beautiful hotel is close to the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Fountain, Dubai Ice Rink and Burj Park.

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Vida Downtown hotel
Vida Downtown

Dream Inn Apartments – Claren Downtown 

Want to discover where to stay in Dubai where you can have your apartment yet feel like you’re living in a hotel? Dream Inn Apartments is located in the heart of Dubai and offers bright, comfortable apartment stays for families of different sizes.

Here, you’ll find everything you could expect in your apartment – including a lounge, dining area, patio, modern kitchens, large bedrooms and sweeping views of Dubai.

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Dream Inn Apartments
Dream Inn Apartments

These are the best places to stay in Dubai

Regardless of your personal favourite best areas to stay in Dubai, we know that you’ll find something you love in Dubai when it comes to your next trip. Whether travelling for work, family time or leisure, we think you’ll find your own best places to stay in Dubai when you visit next.

Choose from some of the most popular places in Dubai, such as Downtown Dubai, Bur Dubai, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach and Old Dubai. Of course, there are plenty of other places to find in Dubai which we haven’t mentioned!

We hope you have a better idea of where to stay in Dubai when you are due for your next trip. 


Best Things to Do on Texel, Netherlands (Including Where to Stay and What to Eat)

Looking for things to do on Texel Netherlands? I recently visited this island in the Netherlands and found many great things to do and eat on Texel!

The below post dives into how to get to Texel, how to get around Texel, things to do on Texel, restaurants in Texel and places to stay – it’s a pretty complete guide to Texel!

Here’s how my trip to Texel started:

I missed the ferry by 3 minutes!

If I had arrived 3 minutes earlier, I would have caught the ferry to Texel. And a journey to Texel is definitely a good choice! 

Missing the ferry was no problem, which gets us straight to the first useful info when you want to spend your vacation on Texel…

How to get to Texel

Texel is an island, two hours North of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. You can easily reach it by car or via train to Den Helder. When you arrive in Den Helder, there is a ferry crossing every 30 – 60 minutes. At the moment they expect more travelers, so they operate the short route with two ferries.

It’s easy to just drive there and see which ferry you’ll make, especially if you already bought your ferry ticket online. With your online ticket you don’t need to wait in line to buy one on arrival. You can even register the license plate, which opens the barriers quicker for you via a video identifying system. 

And the tickets bought are return tickets. So you only need to buy one.

Ferry ticket prices to Texel:

  • Passenger car: ~€25 (traveling to Texel on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday)
  • Passenger car: ~€37 (traveling to Texel on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday)
  • Motorcycle: ~€8.20 – €11
  • Pedestrians: ~€2.50 (3 years of age & younger travel for free)
  • Cyclists: ~€5

Find more info online at teso.nl.

If you should come by train, there is a bus shuttle from Den Helder train station to the ferry. And when leaving the ferry on Texel, there is also a nicely timed bus on arrival.

Getting around Texel

Texel is a relatively big island, compared to others in the region, which is good, as it provides lots of activities and variety. Still, it’s small enough that you can reach the different parts of the island easily and quickly by car, bicycle or public transport.

The island of Texel is 23.7 km long and 9.6 km wide and it’s flat, making cycling a great option. You might want to rent an e-bike though, as the winds can get strong. Texel provides great cycling infrastructure with cycling paths everywhere, and the hotels usually provide safe parking spaces, too.

Exploring Texel with your own car

If you want to be really flexible and free, you most probably will decide to arrive by car. You have your luggage problem solved and can travel any time you prefer. On the opposite, you have to expect to stand in line when leaving the island with the many other cars. Plus, you have to fuel up your car, find parking spaces and pay for those.

There is not a crazy amount of traffic in the shoulder season, so finding parking spaces won’t be an issue. But I could imagine that it looks different in high season and that’s where it might be smarter to come by train, or at least park your car for good while exploring the island. 

Texel provides their guests with a parking vignet. You get that one online and it costs €2.50 per hour, €10 per day, €20 per week (8 days valid) and €30 for the annual card. At some spots you are only allowed to park for two hours. There you need to add the parking disc.

You enter your number plate when purchasing the e-vignet and the rest is taken care of automatically. Your number plate becomes the parking permit.

Get your Texel parking vignet here texelevignet.com.

Electric cars are becoming more and more popular in Europe. If you arrive or rent an e-Car, then the VVV Google map with EV charging stations will be very helpful.

And you’ll get regular fuel here:

Exploring Texel by bicycle

There are around 145 km of cycling paths on Texel. So bring your own bike or rent one in one of the many bicycle renting shops, which you’ll find on arrival at the ferry or in the towns and villages. The VVV Texel provides a good overview list here. Friends chose the “van der Linde” store in Den Burg and were very happy with the quality of their e-bikes and service. There are also e-bike tours of the island.

Texel has a great cycling route network. There are 57 cycling junctions and each has easy to read and understandable signs, which lead you where you want to go. At each junction you can choose your direction and route, which you could also set up on your own before.

The VVV Texel also recommends four bike and 10 hiking trails, where you’ll see the highlights of Texel.

When planning your own route, simply add up the kilometers between junction points from the scanned map and make sure to end where you have started.

Or, you can also hire an e-scooter for the day!

Exploring Texel by public transport

Using public transport is another great way to explore the island, even for families!

There are two options:

  • The regular bus, which takes you without reservation from the ferry to Den Burg & to De Koog at fixed times.
  • The smaller Texelhopper bus goes pretty much everywhere else with 130 possible stops. Use their app (android / ios) or website to book & pay your route (minimum 30 minutes before you would like to depart). You could also pay in the bus or in a store.

They operate between 5am and 10pm.

Let’s get to the Texel public transport prices:

  • Single ride: €3
  • Day ticket: €7.50
  • Family ticket: €17.50 (2 adults, max. 3 children (4-11)) per day
  • Week ticket: €37.50

Pretty cool, right?

Good to know about transport in Texel

If you arrive by train in Den Elder, the bus journey to the ferry costs €3 and it includes the return journey back to the train station after your holiday.

Make sure to enter & leave the ferry always on the right side, so that you can catch the buses on time!

Things to do on Texel

There are many exciting things to do on Texel. You already know that it’s a very cycling-friendly island. So it makes sense to combine cycling with visiting the local sights.

I personally love to get lost and explore a destination with a bit of luck. Usually you’ll stumble upon many popular points of interest like that as well, but also find many others.

Cycling is a great way to do this, as you are closer to your surroundings and you hear, smell and find more little travel gems. Plus, it’s easier to stop or do a little detour (and, you’ll cover more ground than walking).

Lighthouse Texel

The Texel Lighthouse is a must-see… hey, it’s a lighthouse! And people love lighthouses.

If you do as well, then head to the far North of the Island and make sure to have enough time so that you can climb the 118 stairs to the top of the lighthouse. From the top you’ll get a great view towards the North Sea and Vlieland. In the South you’ll see the Wadden Sea. And with a bit of luck, you might even see the dozens of windmills in the South-East, which stand in the IJsselmeer.

But there is more to explore than ‘only’ the great panorama view. The lighthouse is full of history. It was under heavy fire in World War 2, even after it ended. To keep the lighthouse, they had to build a second outer wall. At one part you can walk between the two walls around the tower. There you’ll be able to spot several bullet holes in the wall.

Climbing the historical and riveted steel stairs to catch the wind at the top is worth it!

Entrance: €5
Location: Vuurtorenweg 184, 1795 LN De Cocksdorp, Netherlands
Plus code: 5VJ4+V5

Ecomare – Seal Sanctuary & Nature Museum – Seal Feeding

With a bit of luck, you might be able to spot seals when visiting Texel. But remember, you are on a North Sea Island.  😉  If you are not that lucky, then no worries, as you can visit Ecomar.

Ecomar is the oldest seal sanctuary in Europe and it lies beautifully hidden between the dunes.

They have several outdoor pools where you can see the seals. There are even two pools, where you watch the swimming skills of the seals from underneath the water. Pretty impressive!

Ecomare takes care of injured seals and they help the seals return to the wild when they’re ready. The smaller ones get fed in an extra area, which you can see through a window.

Apart from the seals, you can see birds, fish and other marine animals up close at Ecomare.

Outside is a bird care center, where sick, injured, weakened and oil-polluted birds can regain their strength, before they get released into nature again.

If it should rain in between, there is a Nature Museum inside, where you can discover everything about the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea, the North Sea and Texel.

And there are also several aquariums on the lower level, which contain different species of fish, shellfish, mussels and starfish. You can walk around those nicely and observe the different animals.

Make sure to be there at 11 am or 3 pm, as that’s when you can see how the seals get fed. This is definitely a highlight for kids and adults.

There is also a cool “ebb-and-flow” playground, where the kids can play with the tides. Or you can head into the dunes. You can decide between a fun and challenging children’s hike or a 1.5 km round hike.

Entrance: €14 adults; €10 children (4-13 years)
Location: Ruijslaan 92, 1796 AZ De Koog, Netherlands
Plus code: 3PHW+54

Schapenboerderij Texel

When did you last get to cuddle a lamb? 

I loved getting to spend time with these little guys at the Schapenboerderij Texel Sheep Farm in the Netherlands. The farm is home to more than 25 different breeds of sheep – before visiting I didn’t know that many existed!

Before going, my expectations were quite low. I mean, what can you expect when someone invites you to stroke lambs?

When I arrived, there were already a few cars in the parking space. At that moment I expected a pretty touristy attraction where you’ll find a few lambs behind fences and with a few chosen ones, which kids can touch a bit.

And I was so wrong!

A chicken welcomed us at the entrance, which hopped onto the front desk. Actually, there were several hens and roosters running around. And I thought it’s only about the sheep here.

When you walk further, you have to make sure not to stumble over sheep as well. There are quite a few running around freely. Others take it more relaxed in their stables, which you can go to. You can stroke the different sheep and lambs.

Outside you’ll also find 2-3 ponies, which the kids can ride on. There is also a pretty cool area for kids, where they can run around and play, even on a tractor and forklift. Another highlight are the demonstrations of herding the sheep with the Australian Kelpie Sheepdogs.

And maybe the best is the cafe, where you can sit down, drink a coffee and eat some cake – while the kids are having a fun time outside!

It’s a superb activity for kids and parents!

Entrance: €6 adults; kids: €5 (2-12 years)
Location: Schapenboerderij Texel, Pontweg 77, 1791 LA Den Burg
Plus code: 2QRW+G6

Shrimp boat tour

Who fancies a delicious shrimp cocktail? Have you ever made your own? It’s easier than you think, right? Unless you also have to catch your own shrimps.

Well, now you get an excellent opportunity to do this, or at least stand right next to the experts on the TX 10 Emmie or TX 20 Walrus (shrimp cutters).

Soon after leaving the harbor in Oudeschild, you’ll see how the crew cast the nets into the water to catch the shrimps.

The vessel is an original fishing vessel, so not a tourist attraction. Though they changed it slightly, so that there are enough seating areas to rest safely. 

The vessel slows down in the Wadden Sea and the two nets slowly roll over the ground. The bigger and quicker fish will flee away, but others will land in the net. Apart from the shrimps, you’ll be able to catch starfish, crabs, flatfish, gurnards, petrels and it could even happen that the crew catches a sand shark.

After a couple of minutes, the nets are pulled in and you’ll be able to see what the catch of the day is.

The whole catch gets sorted, while the crew explains a bit more about the different animals. The fish, crabs and starfish go back into the water alive and the kids can help the crew here. But the shrimps get boiled in hot water while you are on board. And after 10 minutes they are ready to be peeled and eaten by you. You can’t get them fresher than that!

And if you have caught enough, you can take some home. So you can create your own shrimp cocktail.

This activity is actually also a fun one when the weather isn’t bright and sunny. A proper fisherman doesn’t mind getting a little wet. So bring the right clothes and go for it no matter what the weather looks like!

Tickets: €20 adults; €15 children (3-12 years)
Times: 10:30 am and 2 pm; make sure to be there 15-20 minutes earlier; 2 hour boat ride;
Location: Haven 8, 1792 AE Oudeschild, Netherlands
Plus code: 2RQX+PW Oudeschild, Netherlands

National Park Dunes – De Slufter

The Dutch found their way to live with the sea. Huge parts of the Netherlands are beneath sea level and people can only live there because of a pumping and dam system, which pushes and keeps the water out.

It’s the same for Texel. There are seven pumps on the island which make the island ‘livable’.

There is one spot in the entire Netherlands coast, which has an open connection to the sea and that’s De Slufter.

Okay, there you will also find a dam behind it, but they have a relatively large open sea gate. When there are storms or spring floods, the creek system of De Slufter gets flooded, which happens regularly in the year.

The largest part is a breeding and resting area for birds. But there is also a big part, which is open for visitors and where you can freely stroll around. Just make sure that you don’t cross into the protected zones.

There is a lookout and several paths, even one which is wheelchair accessible.

Take a walk and see which plants and animals you can spot. Watch out for sea lavender, marsh samphire, saltmarsh, eider duck, shelduck, avocet and maybe even a seal near the gully.

Make sure to wear waterproof shoes, as it can get muddy and wet and maybe you also have binoculars.

One highlight is to see De Slufter in July and August, when the beach lilac and grass carnations are in bloom and turn the whole area purple-pink.

Also the Flora Beach Property Museum has a nice outdoor area. As there are quite a few buildings, I would place it in the list with…

Weather changes quickly at the coast and especially on islands. It’s no different on Texel. 

So it’s good to be well prepared with different activities. The sheep farm, Ecomare and the lighthouse are fun things to do on Texel which combine the inside and the outside areas.

And then there are still other points-of-interests, which I would recommend for rainy days. Here are a few things to do on Texel on rainy days.

Flora beach property museum

I can’t remember when I last jumped into an oil rig escape pod. That’s because I’ve never done that and I guess you haven’t either.

If you’re interested in what it looks like in one of those escape pods, then make sure to visit the Maritiem-en Juttersmuseum Flora

It’s only one of the highlights, as there is sooooo much more to explore!

I was stunned by all the different beach finds, which have been collected over the last 80+ years. Apart from a lot of “trash”, there are quite a few gems you’ll spot. 

I’m pretty sure that the owners Judith and André will be angry with me now, as I called some of their collected items “trash”. And I apologize right away, as it’s not really trash in the way we know it. Apart from the really interesting items, it’s just sad to see how much stuff gets washed ashore.

There is a “tree” with used rubber gloves and a complete wall decorated with working helmets for example.

The museum is like a different world, a world of beachcombers and ship strandings.

The rooms are filled from top to bottom with incredible and unbelievable items, like signs, dollies (even for sex), fenders, rescue rings, swimming fins, flip flops, flags, toboggans…  And yes, even an escape pod from an oil rig was found at the beach.

It’s a great place for young and old. The younger ones can do a scavenger hunt, play some games and there is a great playground outside.

And if you are hungry or thirsty, there is also a cafe inside.

Tickets: €6.50 adults; €5.25 children (4-11 years)
Location: Pontweg 141A, 1796 MA De Koog, Netherlands

Wezenspyk cheese farm

Love goes through the stomach, right? So make sure to visit the Wezenspyk Cheese Farm.

The Wezenspyk family has produced cheese for over 35 years now and you can choose from over 13 different varieties. Some examples would be cheese in combination with nettle, mustard, caraway, sambal, Jalapeno, salt aster and I chose to buy one with garlic. 

Their cheese is made with the milk from local cows, mostly their own, and sheep from other Texel farmers. And they also produce one cheese with mainland goat milk.

When you enter, you can watch how the experts produce the cheese in their dairy through a big window. In a room behind the dairy, the cheese is stored, before you can try and buy it in their little shop.

There are 2-3 different flavors you can taste right away or you simply buy several pieces and make your own cheese tasting at home. There are also smaller cheese versions, which are great as gifts.

If you have some extra time, make sure to visit their Cheese Cafe. I haven’t tried it, but friends recommended their cheese fondue. I chose a cheese biscuit kind of cake, which was really good as well.

But it’s not just about eating and trying out different cheese forms. You can also get smarter here, as they have their own little Sheep museum, which you’ll find after a short walk via their sheep-landscape-trail. If you walk the whole trail, it’s 3 km long and includes a fun rope ferry, so that you can cross the canal. 

That trail and museum is free and fun for small and big.

Location: Hoornderweg 29, 1791 PM Den Burg, Netherlands
Plus code: 2QMQ+84

“Texels” brewery

No matter where you’ll go, you’ll find Texel’s Special Beers. There are 12 different tastes to choose from, but not a single Pils, as that’s what enough other brew masters focus on.

If you visit Texel more than once, make sure to visit in the different seasons, as you’ll then be able to drink a different Texel beer each time. And if you’re lucky, you might be able to drink their “Secret” beer. That’s a completely new one then, which might find its way into bigger production. But this also depends a bit on you. You won’t find out the name or anything else, but your honest feedback is appreciated.

The most popular one is the Texels Skuumkoppe. That one is a top-fermented dark wheat beer. And of course it’s brewed from natural ingredients such as barley from Texel. The name ‘Skuumkoppe’ is from the white foam crowns on the waves… and yes, a proper beer needs a good cover of foam, which keeps the beer fresh and tasty.

Like I said, there are various ones to taste. One good way to taste a few different ones is by joining a brewery tour, which includes a tasting at the end. That way, you’ll find out more about the history of the brewery, which was actually a milk factory before. The tasting itself includes the pairing with a few different snacks in the tasting room. That’s obviously the highlight, but looking over the shoulders of the brew masters and finding out more about the history and background of Texel beer was also really interesting.

Fun fact: There isn’t enough freshwater on the island of Texel to brew so much beer. So the brewery has their own pipeline through the sea, which delivers them with fresh dune water from the mainland. 

The grain, which gets used to brew the beer, grows on several farms on Texel. In the brewing process, you’ll get the leftover treber. And that treber gets eaten by the Texel sheep again.

Brewery Tour Tickets: €12.50 per person (kids 5 years and younger are free of charge)
Location: Schilderweg 214 b, 1792 CK Oudeschild, Netherlands
Plus code: 2RVH+P3

Great restaurants on Texel

To be honest, the Dutch cuisine isn’t really popular. Well, I have experienced it differently now and it was really yummy. Not just that, it was a great experience and in great locations!

Let’s start with…

Drank- en Spijslokaal ‘t Schoutenhuys

The Schoutenhuys restaurant is centrally located in Den Burg and you won’t find a standard menu here. You’ll experience Texel tapas in Asian style. Yes, what a funky combination, right? But I think this explains the six courses best, unless you choose a smaller menu or a la carte. Each course includes a kind of “tapas”, which the chef prepares with local ingredients and which gets presented in an Asian style, which could then look like sushi rolls, Asian noodles or dumplings.

Pair these six different courses with five fitting wines. Oh… you think one wine is missing for the desert? No, just order the local Schnapps and you’ll have the perfect nightcap.

The owner is not just a wine expert, but he also loves beers. So instead of a wine pairing, you also have the option to go for a beer pairing. With each course you’ll be served a matching beer.

You will also love the interior of the restaurant, as you actually breathe in history here. The ‘t Schoutenuys dates back to the year 1652 and it’s the oldest stone house of Texel. The richly decorated entrance door stands out as well and is its own highlight.

You can’t choose wrong and you’ll receive an unforgettable culinary evening!

Location: Vismarkt 1, 1791 CD Den Burg, Netherlands
Plus code: 3Q3W+MR

Paal 17 Aan Zee

Texel is an island and islands are about beach life. And it won’t get better if you can pair a sunset at the beach with an amazing dinner experience.

You’ll find Paal 17 Aan Zee on the West Coast and right on the beach, which is 30 kilometer long. Strolling along the beach to get there could take some time and make you feel hungry.

There are several seating options. If the weather is good, go for a table outside. There is also a nice seating area inside, which includes big windows so that you can view the sea.

You’ll get a great sunset view on the first level, which is cozy and also has a small terrace.

The restaurant on the first level serves you a culinary multi-course dinner experience, paired with quality wines. You can choose between the four, five or six meal menu (or a la carte) and it’s a tough decision. The chefs are using mostly local ingredients from Texel, including local caught fish.

I really liked the tuna tartare (obviously not local, but still really good). The beef tenderloin, which followed, was also excellent.

Though all the restaurants we visited were outstanding, this one was my favorite.

Location: Ruijslaan 94, 1796 AZ De Koog, Netherlands
Plus code: 3PJP+8F

Gastropaviljoen XV – Paal 15

When you have had one lunch or dinner at the beach, you will want a second one!

The Gastropaviljoen XV – Paal 15 is another excellent choice, as it welcomes you with a very special atmosphere.

It reminded me a bit of a modern ski hut, as the interior has a lot of wood, clean design, cozy couches, a welcoming fireplace, but… huge windows to watch the waves. A great place to relax and enjoy a tasty meal, especially after a walk along the shore.

There is also a nice terrace to sit outside.

With the open kitchen you can see how the team prepares all those really tasty dishes, like shrimp cocktail or sous-vide venison steak. While I normally prefer starters more than desserts, my favorite dish was the cheesecake with mango, black sesame, lime sorbet and chili jam. What a combination of flavors! And so yummy!

If you want to enjoy some fine dining at the sea, this is another good choice.

Location: Westerslag 4, 1791 PP Den Burg, Netherlands
Plus code: 3P7F+VJ

Strandpavillon Paal 9

When you have had two lunches or dinners at the beach, you will want a third one!

And what a surprise, with Paal 9 I can recommend you another good beach location to satisfy your hunger. 

But let’s start with the arrival. You have to cycle or drive through the dunes to get here. Such a beautiful landscape. You might also see some Scottish Highlanders strolling around.

Paal 9 is a beach pavilion how you would expect it. Not especially chick, but with cozy elements and of course the beautiful seaview.

The staff is super friendly and to support them, you can order your drinks and meals via QR code.

I decided to go for the Hamburger, which is made with their own Black Angus beef and gets served with homemade pickles. The sandwiches also looked really good.

A nice extra touch is that they have taken extra care of the ecological footprint when they reopened their pavilion. Guess, for example, where they get their cheese from? If you have no idea, read the activities and things to do section further up in this post and lookout for the cheese.

Location: Hoornderslag 8, 1797 RT Den Hoorn Texel, Netherlands
Plus code: 2PC6+FF

Where to stay on Texel

There is a huge variety of different accommodation types on Texel.

We stayed at the…

Hotel De Lindeboom

The Hotel De Lindeboom is centrally located on the island and in the center of Den Burg. The old building is from 1891 and it’s also where you’ll find breakfast in the morning and where you can have lunch or dinner or simply drinks in the evening. Their second restaurant is the excellent Schoutenhuys. See the section further above.

They also have a nice sunny terrace.

I stayed in the newer building in one of their modern Deluxe Rooms. The bed was welcoming and soft, perfect after a day full of fun activities. The bath had a tub and a rainshower. The only thing I missed was a second choice of pillow, but I’m sure I could have gotten one if I asked.

They have a wide variety of different room types. There are even rooms where you have your own private sauna.

The breakfast had everything to offer what I was looking for. A good choice of bread, cereals, fruits, bread toppings and drinks.

The location makes it a good hub to explore Den Burg, as you just have to step outside and you are in the center of the town. You can wander through the alleys with all the different shops and cafes. 

And if you should arrive by car, let them know in advance, as they have a few parking places behind the hotel.

Den Burg is in the center of the island and it’s easy to reach, also from the ferry, which makes Hotel De Lindeboom a great choice to explore the whole island.

Location: Groeneplaats 14, 1791 CC Den Burg, Netherlands
Plus code: 3Q3W+MQ

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Where to Stay in Cinque Terre, Italy

Are you looking at staying in Cinque Terre on your next trip to Italy? Between the historic villages, clear waters, private bays and fantastic landscape, we highly recommend visiting the region if you happen to be near the Mediterranean sea in Northern Italy.

One thing you’ll need to decide is where to stay in the area. Are you looking for a Cinque Terre camping experience, or do you prefer glamorous Cinque Terre hotels? What about a sleek apartment or Cinque Terre hostel?

We’ll help you decide where to visit while staying in Cinque Terre, including some of the most popular regions and different kinds of accommodation. 

See also Where to Find the Best Beaches in Cinque Terre.

Where to Stay in the Cinque Terre: Vernazza and Corniglia 

Here are some of the most popular options to consider when staying in Cinque Terre, Italy. 

Vernazza

Vernazza is one of the five villages that comprise the Cinque Terre region in Italy. This fishing village set amongst the Italian Riviera is the only natural port of the area, and you can expect to see exquisite houses while visiting.

Cinque Terre hotels in Vernazza – Hotel Gianni Franzi

Hotel Gianni Franzi is located just below the Doria Castle and features three main buildings. Each room includes terracotta flooring, rustic decor, private bathrooms, free wifi and beautiful views of the Ligurian Sea. There’s a sandy beach just a few steps from the hotel, and the train station is near. You will find this proximity to the sea rings true for most Cinque Terre hotels.

Book your stay at Hotel Gianni Franzi 

Cinque terre hotels in Vernazza - Hotel Gianni Franzi
Cinque Terre hotels in Vernazza – Hotel Gianni Franzi

Budget accommodation – Affittacamere Graziella 

Located within Cinque Terre National Park, Affittacamere Graziella is a bed-and-breakfast nestled within the countryside. Located 8km away from both Vernazza and Monterosso Al Mare, each room includes a private bathroom, satellite tv and a breakfast buffet at a great price.

There are many room types to choose from, including studio or larger apartments or hostel rooms to suit your budget. This Cinque Terre hostel offers good value for money.

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Affittacamere Graziella budget accommodation in Cinque Terre
Affittacamere Graziella

Cinque Terre Apartment – Lassu Apartment with View

If you’re after a ‘home away from home’, Lassu Apartment is perfect for you. Featuring a terrace overlooking the ocean, air conditioning, free wifi and proximity to Vernazza beach, you’re all set to have a relaxing visit here.

This Cinque Terre apartment includes two double bedrooms and ample dining and living space to enjoy. With charming decor and every necessity catered for, you’ll never want to leave!

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Lassu apartment in Cinque Terre
Lassu apartment

Luxury Stays – The Sunset Suite Vernazza

Are you looking for a romantic, luxury getaway with a loved one? The Sunset Suite is a perfect choice. This modern, clean apartment boasts some of the best views in the whole of the city of Vernazza, rivalling some of the top Cinque Terre hotels! 

Enjoy sweeping views from the terrace, a 60-meter walk to the nearest train station, air conditioning and daily housekeeping facilities in this sleek apartment, equipped with modern finishes.

Book your stay at The Sunset Suite Vernazza

The Sunset Suite Vernazza
The Sunset Suite Vernazza

Corniglia

Corniglia is a hamlet located within Vernazza. It is one of the smallest villages in the region, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful. 

Cinque Terre Hotels in Corniglia – Locanda Il Carugio 

Locanda Il Carugio is one of the newest Cinque Terre Hotels and offers sleek design coupled with comfort. You can expect to find a rooftop terrace, modern restaurant, and ample common areas. Many rooms include a balcony for private outdoor dining. 

Book your stay at Locanda Il Carugio 

Locanda Il Carugio in Cinque Terre
Locanda Il Carugio

Budget Accommodation – Ostello Corniglia Hostel

If you want to experience Corniglia on a budget, look no further than Ostello Corniglia, a true Cinque Terre hostel. Its close location to Vernazza beach, affordable room options, free wifi and shared amenities would be perfect for a solo traveller. You can also expect a daily continental breakfast during your stay.

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Ostello Cornigia Hostel
Ostello Cornigia Hostel

Corniglia Apartment – Residenza Solferino

Residenza Solferino is a secluded yet comfortable stay that won’t break the bank. 

Located in the middle of the Cinque Terre, this renovated and clean apartment is spacious. It features a private inner courtyard that keeps the condo quiet despite being on a busy street. This apartment offers a nice change from staying at Cinque Terre hotels.

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Residenza Solferino in Cinque Terre
Residenza Solferino

Where to Stay in the Cinque Terre: Monterosso al Mare

Monterosso al Mare is part of the Cinque Terre in Liguria, Italy and is separated into two parts: the ‘old town and the ‘new’ town. This village has the most extensive beaches of the Cinque Terre towns and has become a popular international tourist destination. 

The area is also known for its expanse of lemon trees and top-quality white wines, olives and grapes. 

Cinque Terre hotels in Monterosso – Hotel Marina

Hotel Marina is just a few steps away from the beach in Monterosso. It’s also located in the Cinque Terre national park and includes garden access for each guest. You can expect modern luxury decor with exposed stone brick finishes and country-style furnishings. Most visitors enjoy the breakfast treats part of the package, including cakes, freshly baked loaves of bread, and fresh juices.

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Hotel Marina
Hotel Marina

Cinque Terre Camping in Monterosso – Area Sosta Camper Il Poggio Campground 

If you’re more of an adventurous person, you might enjoy camping in Monterosso on a budget. This campground offers electricity, drinking water, and shuttle service for guests. It’s set within the Cinque Terre national park, known for its tranquillity and prime location. 

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Cinque Terre Camping in Monterosso - Area Sosta Camper Il Poggio Campground 
Cinque Terre Camping in Monterosso – Area Sosta Camper Il Poggio Campground 

Apartment in Monterosso – LungoMareNostro

Lungo Mare Nostro, meaning sky, sea and sand, is a beach-themed apartment on the Monterosso seafront. This charming apartment is furnished with blue touches throughout and offers a small balcony overlooking the sea, with fantastic views of Palmaria and Punta Mesco. 

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LungoMareNostro
LungoMareNostro

Luxury Stays – La Casa del Gigante Luxury Collection 

La Casa del Gigante is one of the most unique finds in Monterosso. This large villa is situated right on the Fegina beach. This two-bedroom villa offers modern finishes combined with rustic stone walls to provide a truly rare, castle-like stay, complete with a massive window overlooking the beach in the villa’s dining room. 

Where to Stay in the Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore and Manarola

These two villages are must-sees when staying in Cinque Terre, Italy. 

Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore is the first village of the Cinque Terre in Liguria, Italy. It is uniquely located in a small valley. It is the most southern village of all the Cinque Terre locations.

Budget accommodation – Scaglie di Mare Apartment 

This cost-effective apartment is in the historic centre of Riomaggiore. It offers a beautiful view over the sea and village and has one full bedroom with an optional sleeper couch. We’re sure that you’ll enjoy many evening dinners on the terrace of this well-maintained apartment. The apartment is accessible from the pedestrian path at the railway station in the village.

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Scaglie di Mare Apartment
Scaglie di Mare Apartment

Cinque Terre Hotels in Riomaggiore – Scorci di Mare

Scorci di Mare is a seaside hotel in Riomaggiore. It offers daily housekeeping services, free wifi, and is only a few meters away from public transport. 

There are many different room configurations to suit your budget. Some of the premium room options include a beautiful view of the ocean, as well as terraces for private dining.

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Scorci Di Mare
Scorci Di Mare

Cinque Terre Apartment – Al Castello Apartment 

Al Castello is a private apartment located near Canneto beach in Riomaggiore. This apartment is centrally located in the centre of the village, and attractions are just a short walk away. Its prize feature is its massive rooftop terrace with sea and city views. It also features every amenity you may need.

Book your stay at Al Castello Apartment 

Al castello
Al castello

Manarola

Manarola is a small town within Riomaggiore. It is the second smallest village of the Cinque Terre villages and offers a secluded experience.

Budget Cinque Terre Apartment – Le Coste by Arbaspàa

Le Coste is a collection of small eco-friendly apartments within Manarola. It is near the Via dell’Amore path, and each unit features a modern design with energy-efficient features. 

Guests enjoy this apartment collection because of its brightness, cleanliness, and proximity to the centre of the village. Some units include a balcony or terrace, but budget options are also available.

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Le Coste by Arbaspaa
Le Coste by Arbaspaa

Cinque Terre hotels in Manarola – Hotel Marina Piccola

Hotel Marina Piccola is in the centre of Manarola. This beachside hotel offers some rooms with balconies that overlook the sea. Regarding its interior, this apartment includes modern finishings coupled with comfortable, spacious rooms.

Guests enjoy the continental breakfast, friendly staff, and close location to most attractions in town. There are a variety of different room types to fit many budgets.

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Hotel Marina Piccola
Hotel Marina Piccola

Luxury Guest House – L’Attico Giallo Oro di Giulia 

If you prefer a private guest house with luxury finishes, L’Attico Giallo Oro di Giulia is a perfect choice. This two-bedroom house includes the ultimate sunbathing terrace for your lounging pleasure, complete with sea and hill views.  

The interior finishes are modern and elegant complete with brand new appliances, while the house’s exterior is bright and inviting. This luxury apartment is located in the upper part of Manarola, offering a restful, secluded stay. 

Book your stay at L’Attico Giallo Oro di Giulia 

L'Attico Giallo Oro di Giulia
L’Attico Giallo Oro di Giulia

Beautiful views and quaint streets – what more could you want?

You may have a hard time deciding where to stay in the Cinque Terre! From the smallest towns Manarola and Corniglia, to the larger cities of Vernazza, Riomaggiore and Monterosso – accommodation is abundant in the Cinque Terre region of Italy. 

Whether choosing Cinque Terre hotels, hostels, camping experiences or apartments, we think there’s a property out there for any traveller who is lucky enough to visit the Cinque Terre.


Where to Stay in Sardinia, Italy

It’s no secret that Sardinia is one of the best beach holiday destinations in the world. From its turquoise waters to its soft, white sands, it’s also a fantastic water sports destination for global visitors to the Mediterranean sea. 

However, don’t be fooled into thinking you will only find beaches in Sardinia. Other beautiful cities on the island are valued for other reasons besides salt and sand, including secluded mountain towns, vineyard-filled villages, and even some old archaeological sites

Are you planning a trip and want to know where to stay in Sardinia? You’re in luck because we’ll cover where to stay in Sardinia for the best beaches, best Sardinia hotels and even a few places off the beaten track that you may not know. 

Are you ready to find where to stay in Sardinia, Italy? It’s time to find out!

Accommodation in Costa Paradiso, Northern Sardinia

Want to know where to stay in Sardinia? How does paradise sound?

Costa Paradiso, also known as the Paradise Coast of Sardinia, is the perfect spot for water sports lovers. It boasts long coastal stretches throughout, including excellent scuba diving, sailing and windsurfing spots.  

Nature lovers will also be able to hike in this area. Other destinations around Costa Paradiso include Li Vaccaggi, Lu Colbu and Greuli.

Costa Paradiso on a Budget – Resort Gravina

Are you looking for Sardinia resorts that won’t break the bank? Resort Gravina is a budget-friendly choice of note. Every room includes a balcony or terrace and free wifi and air conditioning for visits during the hot summer months.

Book your stay at Resort Gravina

Where to stay in Sardinia, Italy
Gravina Resort in Costa Paradiso, Sardinia.

Costa Paradiso Apartment – Paradise Hill

Built against a rock face on the coast of Costa Paradiso, this luxury apartment exudes coastal charm. Paradise Hill features sweeping panoramic views of the ocean, large bedrooms, rustic rocky architecture and a wrap-around balcony and comfy sun-loungers, we think relaxing in paradise looks something like this.

This apartment is just 8 minutes away from the beautiful sandy beach of Spiaggia di Cala li Cossi, and is one the best places to stay in Sardinia due to its proximity to natural beauty.

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Places to stay in Sardinia - Paradise Hill
Paradise Hill apartment in Sardinia

Luxury Hotel in Costa Paradiso – Hotel Costa Paradiso

Touted as one of the best hotels in Sardinia, Hotel Costa Paradiso is a luxury hotel boasting a fantastic granite coastal view. Guests have praised this hotel as dreamy for its large clean rooms, refreshing seawater pool, exceptional team of staff and fresh coffee bar.

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Hotels in Sardinia - Hotel Costa Paradiso
Hotel Costa Paradiso in Sardinia

Boutique Accommodation – Costa Paradiso Resort

Do you want to enjoy Sardinia by staying in a boutique resort? Look no further than Costa Paradiso Resort, a favourite amongst Sardinia resorts.

This unique boutique resort offers many villas of varying sizes to guests – so don’t expect a standard hotel room when you arrive! The resort features a large terrace with a private pool, luxury family villas, a private beach area and proximity to Spiaggia Del Porto La Cruzitta, as well as hiking, snorkelling and nearby fishing sites. 

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Sardinia resorts - Costa Paradiso Resort
Costa Paradiso Resort

Accommodation in Porto Istana, North-East Sardinia

Porto Istana is a village in Olbia, Sardinia within the Sassari province. This picturesque village offers crystal-clear water at its beaches, as well as glistening white sand and lush green vegetation throughout the town. You will also be treated to beautiful views of the neighbouring island, Isola Tavolara. 

Other destinations around Porto Istana include Li Cuncheddi, Bunthe, Costa Corallina and Murta Maria.

Apartment in Porto Istana – Garden of Plenty

The Garden of Plenty Apartment is the quintessential terracotta home and features in our top list of where to stay in Sardinia. This idyllic apartment features a cactus garden, breathtaking coastal views, an outdoor barbecue, a shaded patio and luscious lawns.

Porto Istana beach is just a five-minute drive away, but we bet you probably won’t want to leave the apartment!

Book your stay at Garden of Plenty

Accommodation in Porto Istana
Garden of Plenty, Porto Istana

Porto Istana on a Budget – Porto Istana Holiday Home

Are you looking for a budget holiday home? You may enjoy the Porto Istana Holiday Home. This quaint one-bedroomed home is pet friendly and includes terrace and garden views. It is simple yet has everything a beach lover might need when the day is over.

It includes a basic kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat-screen TV for your entertainment. Porto Istana Holiday Home is close to Olbia, and Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport is only 7km away. 

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Porto Istana Holiday Home
Porto Istana Holiday Home, Sardinia

Luxury Resort – Baglioni Resort Sardinia

This hotel is located around 10km out of Porto Istana and is one of the best places to stay in Sardinia. Its steep price tag comes with offers of pet friendly accommodation, celebrity treatment, world-class service, a private beach, sweet and savoury breakfast options, a fitness centre, and three swimming pools.

Couples especially enjoy it, which makes this resort one of the best Sardinia hotels for a honeymoon. This picturesque hotel also has dedicated sun lounge terraces for guests to use.

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Baglioni Resort Sardinia
Baglioni Resort Sardinia

Boutique Hotel – Hotel Stefania Boutique Hotel 

If you’re after a rustic experience when deciding where to stay in Sardinia, Hotel Stefania is one of the best hotels in Sardinia for a homely experience. It features a Moorish decorative style and is located in Olbia, close to Porto Istana. 

This 4-star hotel is a mere 100m away from Pittulongu Beach. This hotel features a fitness centre, outdoor pool with terrace, paid beach service and restaurant. Hotel Stefania has a unique set-up as the hotel is split into two buildings – the central hotel offers 28 rooms, and the separate Villa Stefania has an extra ten rooms. 

Book your stay at Hotel Stefania Boutique Hotel 

Hotel Stefania Boutique Hotel 
Hotel Stefania Boutique Hotel 

Accommodation in Santa Reparata, North Sardinia

Santa Reparata is a beautiful city in Sardinia and is characterized by its white sandy beaches. This unique location offers impressive coastal views in spades and is close to many other destinations in the region. 

Other destinations around Santa Reparata include Funtanaccia and Capo Testa to the north-west, Santa Teresa Gallura to the north-east and Buoncammino to the east.

Apartment in Santa Reparata – Wilma’s Watch 

One of the best places to stay in North Sardinia is Wilma’s Watch. Named after the Flintstones character, this prehistoric pad, complete with arched walls and thatched roof, offers luxurious surroundings that may surprise you.

Wilma’s Watch features a complete outdoor kitchen with a hob, large barbecue grill, alfresco dining area and shallow pool surrounded by a lush garden. Additionally, you’ll find a hot tub for starlit nights, an outdoor shower for cleaning off after a swim and a flat roof terrace for sundowners. 

While the exterior may look dated, the interior is modern, boasting modern white walls and classy furnishings – which make it the ultimate spot for relaxation in Sardinia. 

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Accommodation in North Sardinia, Italy
Wilma’s Watch

On a Budget – Hotel Da Cecco 

Located just 200m from Santa Tera Gallura’s main beach, this budget hotel offers rustic charm. Featuring a pastel exterior, free wifi for every room and a buffet-style breakfast, Hotel Da Cecco is an excellent choice if you’re looking to save on accommodation costs.

It’s also close to a bus stop that links Olbia and Sassari, making it an excellent choice for city-hoppers in discovering where to stay in Sardinia. 

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Hotel Da Cecco in Sardinia
Hotel Da Cecco in Sardinia

Luxury Hotel – Colonna Grand Hotel Capo Testa

The Colonna Grand Hotel in Capo Testa offers Mediterranean-style architecture, panoramic views and a private white-sand beach on the premises. 

Look no further if you were wondering where to stay in Santa Reparata, as this location will give you quick access to Santa Reparata and Funtanaccia in northern Sardinia. Every room includes air conditioning, a furnished balcony, a choice of 2 restaurants serving local fare and a terrace bar with views of Corsica and the Mediterranean Sea. 

Additionally, this hotel offers a free shuttle service to Santa Teresa di Gallura, only 2km away.

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Colonna Grand Hotel Capo Testa
Colonna Grand Hotel Capo Testa in Santa Teresa Gallura, Sardinia

Boutique Accommodation – Hotel La Coluccia

Located in Santa Teresa Gallura, La Coluccia Hotel is only 50m away from the nearest beach and boasts beautiful views of Spargi island. 

Some of the main features include Turkish baths, a spa and fitness centre, an outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers, buffet breakfasts and panoramic views over the peninsula. It is 17km from Palau, which offers ferry trips to Genoa.

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Where to stay in Sardinia - La Coluccia
La Coluccia in Sardinia

Accommodation in Cagliari, South Sardinia

Cagliari is one of the best places to stay in Sardinia, the island’s capital. There is an activity for just about anyone here, including museum visits, excellent restaurants, local breweries, shopping malls and unforgettable beaches.

This large piece of land is located close to Quartu Sant’Elena to the east and Quartiere Vivere to the west. 

See also What to See in Cagliari, Sardinia

Cagliari on a Budget – Hotel Residence Ulivi E Palme

Looking to save some money on accommodation? Check out Hotel Residence Ulivi E Palme. It’s located in the middle of Cagliari’s city centre, making it perfect for a cultural tour of Sardinia. 

Some packages include complimentary breakfast for 2, free wifi for every room, and access to the hotel’s restaurant and fitness centre. 

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Where to stay in Cagliari, Sardinia
Hotel Residence Ulivi E Palme in Cagliari, Sardinia

Boutique Hotel in Cagliari – La Villa del Mare 

Want a truly unique boutique stay in Cagliari? La Villa del Mare might be a perfect choice. This early 20th-century villa boasts an Art Nouveau experience on the seafront, complete with a reading room and furnished garden on the premises. 

A bus stop is located 20m away should you want to visit the city centre, making this central location perfect for a secluded getaway.

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La Villa del Mare in Cagliari, Sardinia
La Villa del Mare in Cagliari, Sardinia

Luxury Stays in Cagliari – T Hotel

T Hotel is one of the best hotels in Sardinia. With its modern design, big rooms, and exceptional city views, you can’t miss out on this king of luxury Sardinia resorts when staying in Cagliari. 

T Hotel features a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy spa complete with steam baths, full English breakfasts every morning, and a modern gym. It is close to the Lyric Theatre as well as the Cagliari Cathedral and Cagliari-Elmas airport.

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T Hotel in Cagliari, Sardinia
T Hotel in Cagliari, Sardinia

Cagliari Apartment – Right House

Right House is a luxury apartment in Cagliari. It boasts modern finishes and appliances, classy interior decor and a central location close to train stations, restaurants and bus stops right in the city centre of Cagliari. 

The nearest beach, Poetto Beach, can be accessed via a bus close to the apartment.

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Places to stay in Cagliari, Sardinia
Right House in Cagliari, Sardinia

Conclusion

From Cagliari in the south to Porto Istana in the North, you’ll find many beautiful places to stay in Sardinia. Featuring beautiful abodes filled with sunny terraces, cacti gardens and pools aplenty, you’re bound to find something to suit your next trip to Sardinia, regardless of your budget.

Whether you’re budget conscious, looking for a private apartment, want to splurge on a luxury hotel or enjoy a boutique experience, you can find accommodation to suit you in practically every city in Sardinia. 

By now, we hope you know where to stay in Sardinia – at many different price points. Some of the best Sardinia hotels are waiting for you – so be sure to visit Sardinia next time you’re planning a trip to Italy. 

See also Best Towns in Sardinia, Italy


Places to Stay Cool in Barcelona in Summer

Barcelona in summer is a truly toasty time to be in the city, with temperatures soaring and endless days of sunshine for months on end.

While the warm, summer weather is always well-appreciated, sometimes all you want is somewhere to cool off!

Grab your abanico (traditional Spanish fan) and read on to find out our top recommendations of how to stay cool in Barcelona in Summer!

Places to cool off in Barcelona in summer

Montjuïc Municipal Pool

This iconic pool was the host of the diving events of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games and is now open to the public to cool off in the Spanish sunshine during summer.

It has some of the best views in Barcelona – you can see right out to the mountains, with Tibidabo, the Sagrada Familia, and the Torre Agbar at your feet.

The entry price is pretty reasonable at €6.5 for a full day’s entry for adults, €4.5 for 6–14-year-olds, and kids under 5 go free! The pool is open from the start of July until the first week of September, from 11am-6.30pm.

Illa Fantasia Water Park

Barcelona in summer is all about splashing around in water – whether it’s at the beach, in a swimming pool or at a waterpark!

Slide into ultimate summer fun with the Illa Fantasia Waterpark! It has 22 slides and 3 large swimming pools to enjoy, which is sure to keep the whole family cool on a hot summer’s day.

The Park is open every day from June to September from 10am to 6pm. Tickets are €29 for adults, €17 for young adults shorter than 120cm, and free for kids under 90cm! Book tickets online here.

The Beach!

One of the best parts of Barcelona is its array of excellent beaches. There are 7 main beaches that line the city, stretching for over 4.5 km.

Our favourite beaches are the Nova Icària beach, and Bogatell. These beaches are less crowded than the better known Barceloneta and are locals’ favourites! They have volleyball nets, sun loungers, and a range of beach bars.

Check out our post on the best beaches in Barcelona!

PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park

Another fantastic water park near to Barcelona is the PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park. It is near to the town of Salou, near Tarragona, around an hour away from Barcelona.

There are numerous slides, a wave pool, lazy river, as well as an indoor area with kids’ attractions too. There’s fun for the whole family here! Tickets are €29 for adults, and €16 for juniors and seniors for the entire day. Book tickets online here.

Related Read: Water sports in Barcelona

Cool Eats and Drinks

IceBarcelona

Experience the ultimate way to cool down in Summer, in the world’s first ice bar on the beach! Found just next to the hot sands of Barceloneta beach, Barcelona’s ice bar is as cold as they come – it maintains a year-round temperature of between -5 and -10 degrees Celsius.

You’ll be given an artic-style jacket and a pair of gloves upon entry (which will feel incredibly strange in the height of summer!). The bar has impressive ice sculptures to admire too: from polar bears to a frosty version of the Sagrada Familia.

Ice bar IceBarcelona, Spain.
Ice bar IceBarcelona, Spain.

Makamaka Beach Bar

If you decide to head for a beach day to enjoy the warm weather, make sure to head to Makamaka for a bite to eat afterwards. It’s a favourite with both locals and visitors alike, loved for its laid-back beach style and delicious food.

It’s located just off the Sant Sebastià and Barceloneta beaches, serving tasty burgers and thirst-quenching drinks. We recommend grabbing a pitcher of cava sangria for the ultimate cool down!

Makamaka Beach Bar in Barcelona.
@makamakabcn

Vai Moana

Another great beach bar just next to the Bogatell Beach is the fantastic Vai Moana. It has a traditional menu of Catalan and Spanish dishes, as well as a great cocktail menu. We recommend their ‘Frozen Mr.Beach’, which has Bacardi, coconut cream, pineapple juice, and vanilla syrup – the perfect way to cool down after a beach day!

Take a seat in the shade and relax to the cool surfer vibe in the day, and funky tunes as the evening draws in.

If you love tapas, then make sure to check out these cheap tapas bars in Barcelona.

Vai Moana in Barcelona.

Cool Treats

Gelaaati Di Marco

Located in the heart of Barcelona, Gelaaati di Marco is a treasured ice cream parlour that a hot summer’s day calls for. They have an enormous variety of flavours to choose from, that are all 100% natural with no additives or preservatives.

Gelaaati Di Marco in Barcelona.

Manna Gelats

Famed as one of the best spots in Barcelona for ice cream, Manna Gelats is a must visit during summer. They’re an artisan ice cream parlour that specialise in tropical flavours, as well as delicious crepes, waffles, and brownies too.

Check out these spots for the best ice cream in Barcelona!

Manna Gelats in Barcelona, Spain.
Manna Gelats in Barcelona, Spain.

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How to stay healthy during coronavirus (and not lose your mind)

 

We’ve all read those posts about how to stay healthy when traveling, or how best to avoid germs on planes. But in these confusing and uncertain times, we now need to know how best to stay healthy when not traveling for the foreseeable future. Excuse us while we cry into our travel books for a second…

Apart from the obvious tips of washing your hands before and after you touch anything or eat, practicing social distancing, and not licking people, it’s equally as important to stay healthy mentally and emotionally as we power our way through self-isolation.

So, here’s our top five tips on how to stay healthy, mentally, physically and emotionally during coronavirus.

1. Get outside and move your body

“Roc ya body, mic check, 1, 2….” Listen to M.V.P., they know what they’re talking about. We’re travelers. And we’re humans (shock!). We’re made to move. While we can’t dance the night away at a tango club in Argentina or play volleyball with our new best mates on the beach in Thailand right now, it’s still key to move our bodies.

Don’t worry, Instagram is heaving with home-based workouts from fit personal trainers who are there to help those of us who have spent too much time eating Pad Thai and drinking Chang beers for days on end.

And make sure to get fresh air when you can; it’s amazing what being outdoors can do for your mental health. Just make sure when you leave the house it’s for essential things like exercise and food shopping!

2. Keep your routine

This is probably one of the most important tips. It can be tempting to work from bed in your pyjamas or veg out on the couch all day. It’s great the first few days but trust us, it gets old quick.

Your routine might need adjusting, but it pays to have one. Get up at your normal time, shower, get dressed and put make up on if it makes you feel more put together. Some people even wear shoes around the house. We’re opting for flip flops or bare feet and a pile of sand to stand in just so we can feel like we’re on our fave beach. It’s good to dream, right?

3. Stay social

Given that most of us are stuck indoors either alone or with annoying housemates/partners/family (who we obviously still love so much!), it’s important to stay connected. FaceTime, Skype or WhatsApp your family and friends and have lunchtime video calls with colleagues. Or do what we’re doing and organise fun Monday bingo games, partake in #WineWednesday or work together as a team for the Friday virtual pub quiz!

If you’re not usually much of a social butterfly, try something that requires less effort. Netflix Party lets you and your mates watch a movie and chat about it at the same time. Or ‘attend’ virtual live gigs and meditation sessions or even a pasta-making class from the hero that is Italian grandmother Nonna Nerina!

And if you’re in a new form of long-distance relationship, set up FaceTime dinner dates. Order each other Uber Eats and wait to see what turns up, then eat together.

4. Check-in with your thoughts

Never has paying attention to our mental health been so important. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a sceptical newbie, taking some time to check-in with your thoughts can do wonders for your mood and your ability to deal with difficult situations.

Try meditation apps like Headspace or Calm and practice daily journaling to really connect with yourself. It will also help you practice gratitude, so you can remember all the things you have to be grateful for when it seems like the world just isn’t on your side.

It’s a great habit to have anyway, but especially in times like these.

5. Get creative

One of the benefits of being in lockdown is that it gives you time to get to all the things you’ve been putting off or try something new. It also gives you a change to limit your screen and social media time. We know it’s hard to do in an age where internet is life, but your future self will thank you for it.

Learn that language you’ve always wanted to be fluent in so you can put it into practice on your future travels. Or learn a new hobby, whether it’s drawing, singing, yoga, gardening or sewing. Or sift through old travel photos and videos and reminisce. That’s how our Junior Copywriter Rae is coping with not being able to travel…

Give these tips a go while you’re waiting for the day when you can explore the world again.