Spanning a size of only about 153 kilometers by 112 kilometers, Bali is clearly not a large island. But within this tiny area hides a vast amount of diversity – in the north, you find that there are black volcanic beaches with quaint fishing towns; a slow paced island life in the west, on the other hand; surfing and partying are the mainstays of the south while a beautiful rainforest gives way to a majestic volcano in the center. It becomes difficult to decide where to spend your vacation, with all this diversity. This guide is meant to help you decide!
The most popular tourist hotspot in Bali, Kuta has something for everyone. Located only a few minutes away from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, the beachside town of Kuta is a collection of a wide range of hotels, nightspots, clubs, pubs and bars. Kuta is also a major shopping hotspot, with a plethora of markets, shopping streets and night markets. The Kuta Art Market is where you will find some of the best handicrafts, souvenirs and artworks in Bali. The Poppy Lane is another shopping street with a wide variety of fare at bargainable prices. On the other side of the spectrum, do not miss the Kuta Beachwalk – a high end luxury mall located right at the beachfront, boasting stores by brands like Armani, Tommy Hilfiger and Ruosh among others. Kuta is also extremely close to the other prime destinations of southern Bali like Legian and Seminyak, making it a perfect place to make a base. Some of the best hotels in the area are:
Amnaya Resort Bali: Close to the Tuban beach, Amnaya Resort boasts a 164 square meters consisting of state-of-the-art amenities.
The Kana: This three star hotel located in the Jalan Setiabudi is a cosy and affordable option for travellers.
Kuta Seaview Boutique Resort and Spa: Located right at the Kuta beachfront and yet secluded from the crowds, Kuta Seaview Boutique Resort and Spa offers an opulent experience.
Best known for its unforgettable sunsets and a golden sandy beach Seminyak is the unofficial luxury capital of Bali. Here you can choose between sea facing villas, resorts with private beaches and exuberant comfort. Perhaps the best part about Seminyak is its proximity to the nightlife hub of Legian, while at the same time having the luxury to get back away from the crowds. Seminyak also boasts of a fantastic market at some of the best world class fine dining restaurants in Bali. Here are some of the best places to stay in Seminyak:
Alila Seminyak: The flagship hotel of the Alila group in Bali is centrally located and replete with all amenities.
THE HAVEN Bali Seminyak: Located within a prime location featuring bespoke boutiques, fine dining restaurants and exuberant nightlife, this tropical style hotel is one of a kind.
The Kayana Villa: Located only 8 kilometers from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, this villa style accommodation features hardwood floors and open air design and private swimming pools.
If you are looking for an experience totally different from the cliched beach scene, go for the inimitable Ubud. Located in the central highlands of Bali, Ubud opens up a vibe that can never be found anywhere else on the island. With long winding roads that wrap around tall rice terraces and a thousand year old irrigation system that draws water from a live volcanic crater, Ubud is almost an enchanted place. It is also the cultural capital of Bali, with the conglomeration of nearby villages producing some of the most intricate and prized arts and handicraft, out of wood, stone and fabric. Here are some great places to stay in the Ubud vicinity:
The Kayon Resort: Set deep in the heard of the Ubud rainforest, the Kayon Resort boasts of unmatched views of the winding Petanu river. Spread over an area of 50 acres, it has suites and villas that are fully furnished.
Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve: Located in Kedewatan, Ubud, Mandapa is a world class establishment set up by the Ritz-Carlton group of hotels.
Viceroy Bali: A five star luxury resort set in the so called Valley of Kings, the Viceroy Bali is run by an Australian family and consists of 25 luxury pool villas overlooking the surrounding valley and jungle.
Historically, Sanur is the first tourism area that was developed in Bali, but instead of the hyper development that the other parts of the island like Kuta and Seminyak have witnessed, Sanur has retained its slow paced charm. With plenty of accommodations that allow direct beachfront access and a rhythm of life that will rejuvenate you, Sanur is the perfect option for a relaxing getaway. Here are some great accommodations in Sanur:
Maya Sanur Resort and Spa: A deluxe resort and spa located in central Sanur, Maya Sanur Resort and Spa has 103 decadent rooms with beachfront infinity pools and three themed garden restaurants.
The Pavilions Bali: Located in the capital city of Denpasar, in close proximity to the Sanur Night Market and the Sindhu beach, The Pavilions Bali is a business style luxury hotel complete with a business center and even a limo service.
Klumpu Bali Resort: This four star resort is tucked away from the busy Sanur main street, only 500 meters from the beach. It has four fully furnished villas designed in terms of traditional Balinese design and boasts of an extremely resourceful staff.
Lovina is a beach resort area in the northern coast of Bali, with a vibe that is different from the rest of the island. Known for the black sandy beaches made out of volcanic ash and the schools of dolphin jumping out of the water into the sunset, Lovina has a charm of its own. Here are some of the best places to stay in Lovina:
Adirama Beach Hotel and Restaurant: A cozy hotel right at the Lovina beachfront, where your room overlooks the black sand melting into the ocean sunset, Adirama Beach Hotel and Restaurant offers all the amenities with a resourceful staff.
Aneka Lovina Villa and Spa: Set amidst lush tropical gardens, walking distance from the calm Lovina beach, time seems to stand still at the Aneka Lovina Villa and Spa.
Puri Bagus Lovina: This four star beachfront resort is a mix of a traditional Balinese design and modern amenities, including 2 villa suites and private swimming pools.
Every part of Bali is a unique experience in itself, so much so that you would want to come again just to explore the things you missed. To know more about the tantalizing experience of Bali and for assistance in planning your trip, get in touch with TripFactory and book your Bali holiday package @INR 39,999/- now!