Bali Blogger Hotel Guide | how to collaborate

If you’ve ever thought of visiting Bali or you’re a blogger or an Instagrammer, this is a must-read for you. I will tell you about my favorite hotels and eco lodges we stayed at in Bali, without any of their owners or marketing telling me to write this – only my honest opinion.

Upfront: Except for 3 places I will tell you about, we did not know where we were going to stay before arriving in Bali. We just went with the flow, which is what I recommend. Don’t just stay in one place in a hotel on Bali. Don’t.You can easily book little hotels and home stays spontaneously which is how we did it. I also did that in Thailand and Cambodia, and it works just as well in Indonesia. If you don’t know who I went with, go back to my posts from Bali. 🌴

Without further ado, here are the top 5 hotels you need to visit if you ever go to Bali.

Desa Visesa

Ubud, Bali. Desa Visesa was a dream come true. It is a luxury resort, but it doesn’t have that “only rich people allowed/the staff treating you well just because you can afford the hotel” type of vibe. No, to the contrary. If you know me, you know I’m always up to no good and as silly as can be. No attitude. No shame in the game. I loved the people working there and they loved us right back. The buffet had plenty of vegan options, including my favorite Bali dessert – bean pudding! We had our own beautiful villa with a private pool here, which we used for breakfast in the pool and skinny dipping of course. I thought that’s what a private pool was for, is it not? 🐒

The Ark

Ubud, Bali. A quiet eco lodge in Ubud that feels like home. People that stay here will become your family. It’s all about conscious living. You eat together, do meditation or yoga or tarot card readings. As a symptom of trauma in my life, I got sick here. And I healed here. I got to forgive the person that physically and mentally hurt me. I got over fears. All through energy healing and with the help of a dear friend from Brazil who currently is in charge of the Ark. The Ark also produces their own soaps and shampoos for you to use from only natural ingredients that you could even eat. They have a kitchen packed with superfoods and fermented goods like Kombucha, my holy grail. This was the first place I ever stayed at where they could compete with my level of health nerd. We also experienced Nyepi (Balinese New Year) here, a day spent in silence. We sat together, people from Argentina, Russia, Norway and Brazil, all coming together. Cooked and talked with candles lit instead of electricity.

The Chillhouse

Canggu, Bali. If you’ve watched my Instagram stories during our one month trip around Bali, you know how much we enjoyed this hotel. The hotel is made up of bungalows, all apart from each other, each following a different kind of theme. Our bungalow was held in all red tones and reminded me of Africa.

Our days here went like this: 8am Yoga Flow, lavish breakfast at my favorite cafe in Bali, work (editing and/or Instagram), luscious lunch or dinner at one of the nearby warungs. Read about my top 5 healthy food spots. If you want to get into yoga or are already a pro, this is the place for you. They offer two classes each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Alex, the owner of The Chillhouse, is from Austria and is one of the most awesome people I’ve met. He has the kindest heart and best energy and will always put a smile on every guest’s face. I think you can tell from the picture that we were truly happy here.

Jungle Room

Canggu, Bali.This lodge does its name justice. Set in the jungle, it is comprised of a small number of bungalows/houses each with their own space. Our bungalow was breathtaking. At night and in the morning you are surrounded by animal sounds. I found myself sitting on the porch in the middle of the night here, listening to the sounds of the jungle. Looking at the sky and the stars and thinking about what a crazy beautiful world we are able to live in. That’s what Jungle Room will do to you.

Home stays

And finally, home stays. Home stays are a great way to get to know other travelers while having your own space. They are like Airbnbs, but usually an apartment complex. Similar to a hostel, a home stay is an open space, usually with a shared kitchen or pool, but unlike at a hostel, you have your own apartment. You can easily find home stays by searching for them on the platform Airbnb.


I will reveal to you that you can collaborate with these and other hotels if you’re a passionate travel instagrammer or photographer.

If you want to collaborate with hotels while traveling, I recommend sending an e-mail prior to your stay with possible dates and a reasonable offer. Remember that they too put in a lot of work to make their guests feel welcome and make their hotels or lodges feel like home. If you’re honest and kind and equipped with a professional camera, collaborations will work out for you in Bali. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions in the comments and I will get right back to them! DMs on Instagram will get lost quickly. 💚

Let me know in a comment down below if you want my next post (or even youtube video?) to be about healing PCOS or my workout routine! Ily.



  1. dilara
    April 27, 2018 / 9:17 am

    hey alexa, can u tell me how many follower i need to have in order to collaborate with a hotel? thank you so much,

    • Alexa
      April 27, 2018 / 9:38 am

      Hi Dilara!
      It really depends on your content and the quality of your content. There’s no general rule. Some hotels will collaborate if they love your content, even with a small following. Just try! Hope that helps! 🙂

      • dilara
        April 27, 2018 / 12:17 pm

        thank you so much for quick answer, i will keep instagramin like a boss and see whats gonna happen on Bali 🙂

        keep up the good work

        • Alexa
          April 27, 2018 / 1:03 pm

          when are you going? 😍

          • dilara
            May 2, 2018 / 7:24 pm

            next month 🙂

  2. Tammie
    April 27, 2018 / 9:27 am

    You have made Bali feel like a dream which I’m sure that it is … ✨ a place to let yourself feel free ✨ a place where your spirit can wander with the breeze ✨ somewhere where the food nourishes the body (I follow your stories) and the island vibes soothe the soul 🌴✨✌🏻 One day I will go! Thanks so much for all the tips 💛⚡️

    • Alexa
      April 27, 2018 / 9:39 am

      You’ve described it perfectly. Thank you for your beautiful words! I hope you get to experience the magic of Bali one day. Remember that any place really is what you make of it though. 💙

  3. Prashanti
    April 27, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    Hi Alexa! When you say you collaborate with the hotel, what does that mean? You go for free with the condition that you put a lot of content about the resort on social media? Or what are some examples of the deals you can get? Thank you so much, I liked your post and your page a lot. Kisses

    • Alexa
      May 1, 2018 / 8:32 pm

      Hi! It depends! The conditions depend on several factors, such as the hotel’s budget and your blog/instagram statistics. 🙂

      • Prashanti Urrea Rivero
        May 2, 2018 / 6:40 pm

        Thank you! 😁

  4. katrin
    May 3, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    hey Alexa

    this is such a great post! I am looking forward to checking out the places you mentioned
    did you create your blog via wordpress?
    it is stunning!:)

    • Alexa
      May 3, 2018 / 4:51 pm

      I did! ❤️ if you need any help, don’t hesitate to contact me!

  5. July 30, 2018 / 9:45 am

    Huhu Alexa,
    danke für den tollen Post!:) Ich plane im September mit einer Freundin nach Thailand zu fliegen und bin jetzt am überlegen, ob ich noch ein paar Tage alleine in Bali dranhängen soll! Dein Post und deine Bilder machen sooo Lust drauf! Würdest du empfehlen noch für wahrscheinlich 6 Tage nach Bali zu fliegen oder lieber in Thailand zu bleiben? Denkst du das ist okay alleine zu reisen?
    Vielen, vielen Dank schon mal für deine Hilfe!
    Liebe Grüße

    • Alexa
      August 1, 2018 / 12:55 am

      liebe lisa, ich empfehle es dir zu 100%! ich bin bereits sehr viel allein gereist, in asien sowie amerika, und bali ist der sicherste ort, an dem ich war! ♥️

  6. December 18, 2018 / 3:38 pm

    Hi Alexa,

    Hope you are well, how much did you save to go to Bali, I am hoping to go in the summer of 2019. Also, in regards to collaborations with hotels, I would love to collaborate, however, I am finding it difficult getting my work on instagram out there. Any tips?
    Also, I make resin paintings, I would love for you to check it out @hlh_art
    much love xx

    • Alexa
      December 26, 2018 / 2:18 pm

      Hi Hannah!
      I checked out your account and really like the aesthetic. If you want your work to be seen, go give love back to people on Instagram who inspire you. ✨ It’s all about finding your community and connecting with like-minded people, isn’t it?
      Much love! x

  7. January 26, 2019 / 10:51 pm

    Hi Alexa,
    We are a Family of 4 travelling to Bali in August and I was thinking of contacting some hotels about collaborating. Can I ask what kind of email you write to them? How do you word it? We have 11.4k followers on Instagram (@tinker_travels) but we are just getting started with our blog. Any information would be much appreciated, thank you! Love your blog!

    • Alexa
      January 27, 2019 / 4:21 pm

      Hi Kelly! Yes, I can help you. Tell them in the email what you can offer them, i.e. high quality photos, exposure on Instagram (both in posts and stories), feature in a blog post. Do you have a media kit? It’s a good way to show a company/hotel what your account is all about.

  8. August 20, 2019 / 7:40 pm

    Hi Alexa,

    I absolutely love this blog post, and your page! I am planning on buying a one-way to Bali in April, 2020 and getting my yoga instructor certification and continuing to find my true niche through blogging. I currently have a fashion/lifestyle account, @chaydreaminstyle and I plan to transform it more to yoga/beachy vibes along with the fashion. I really hope to be able to collaborate with hotels while I am in Bali, and even other bloggers in Bali at the time. I was wondering, if you have time, could you check out my page and give me any “off the top of your head” tips on how I could grow or ways to be different than everyone else? Struggling a bit.

    Thank you so much!


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