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Bali is an island with unexpected treasures
The island of Bali is the most visited of all of Indonesia’s thousands of islands and presents visitors with a remarkable contrast of scenery, culture and activities, ensuring there really is something for everyone. From the party districts of Kuta to the cultural myriad of Ubud, with the stunning coastline and intense rainforests in between, it is easy to see why Bali is so popular. Despite the mass-tourism, Bali also offers tranquil retreats and quiet villages and in certain spots during the lower-seasons it is possible to feel like the only foreigner on the island.
The developed urban side of Bali
The focal point of the island is the south with the two large urban districts of Kuta and Denpasar, also home to Bali’s international airport. Most travellers will come through here first, or at least at some stage on their trip. Kuta is home to large open stretches of beach and is one of the most common spots for surfing. Consequently it is also one of the most Westernised and developed regions of the island, with many of the large international hotels Bali possesses situated here. Kuta is also known as the party district of the island, with many holidaymakers and a considerable backpacker scene taking advantage of the extensive array of bars and clubs. Kuta itself is part of the larger city of Denpasar and it is here where many of the regions temples and museums are concentrated, with more examples of traditional architecture than in the newer Kuta. Puputan Square is the central point and a crucial orientation landmark as it features a sizeable and distinctive eight-armed statue.
Delve into the culture of Ubud
Ubud, by contrast, is in inland and is said to be the cultural capital of the island. It is formed of a variety of small communities connected by hectic streets and countless market-stalls interspersed between dozens of temples. Visitors head here for a concentrated experience of traditional Bali culture and although arguably the amount of tourists does not seem much less than in Kuta, the atmosphere and attractions have a greatly differing focus. This region of Bali contains a much larger amount of individual hotels, with a greater range of smaller and family owned properties than on the coast. Ubud is also renowned for shopping and souvenirs; countless stalls, markets and workshops offer traditional crafts and artwork in unique Balinese styles, allowing travellers to take a piece of Bali home with them. Moreover, cooking lessons are another favoured activity with visitors, providing a chance to delve deeper into the local culture and experience excellent examples of Indonesian cuisine.
Quieter beaches and coastal towns
Moving away from the south of the island and the large urbanisation, there are a series of smaller towns dotted along the coastline which present an opportunity to experience everyday Bali life. The east coast is home to the town of Padang Bai, a port used to connect to the neighbouring island of Lombok. Either side of the town there are several sandy beaches which are generally quieter than those closer to Kuta, however equally as beautiful. The north side of Bali is a lengthy few hours’ drive across the centre of the island from Ubud or Kuta, plus is has a very different atmosphere. Singaraja is the largest town on the north coast, and was the former administrative capital. The history here is very different than to the history shown in Ubud as Singaraja has many reminders of its Dutch colonial days; wider streets and examples of European influenced architecture are still present. For those seeking hotels in Bali which are simultaneously close to a beach but not over-run with travellers and party-goers, the small coastal towns offer an ideal scenario.
Abandon the coast and discover central Bali
Despite all of the fascinating cities and beautiful beaches, visitors will not experience the true essence of Bali without heading inland and exploring some of the incredible nature. As with much of Indonesia, the island is geographically shaped by volcanoes. Bali’s highest peak of Mount Agung is indeed a volcano, which erupted with great devastation in 1963. Nowadays visitors regularly frequent the foothills in this eastern region for the dense jungle trails and small villages which feel like a polar opposite to the hectic southern coastline. Further to the centre of the island there are a selection of picturesque lakes amongst the towering peaks of the central mountain range. This area known as Bedugul is home to an assortment of villages which provide bases to explore the nature from, indeed staying in a hotel here is a vastly different experience than on the coast. A variety of outdoor activities are available inland, including many activities favoured by young travellers such as quad-biking, off-road cycling, kayaking, and whitewater rafting. This demonstrates that choosing a hotel in the countryside of Bali does not mean sacrificing the energy and excitement found in a beach resort.
Price rangefrom R85to R2,845,180
Hotel The Kuta Beach Heritage Hotel Bali - Managed by Accor Kuta
The Kuta Beach Heritage Hotel is managed by Accor and is located across the street from the Kuta Beach. It features an infinity pool with a poolside bar overlooking the ocean. The Kuta Beach Heritage Hotel is managed by Accor and is located across the street from the Kuta Beach. It features an infinity pool with a poolside bar overlooking the ocean. The hotel offers spacious, nautical-inspired rooms featuring free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, safes and bathrooms with rainfall showerheads. Some rooms have balconies or living rooms with beautiful sea views. The hotel offers a gym and an Aqua spa. Concierge services and laundry facilities are available, as is covered parking. Airport transfer is offered for a charge. Wi-Fi can be accessed throughout the hotel. The multi cuisine roof-top Riva Bar and Restaurant relives the ambience of a cruise ship and offers spectacular sunset views. The Kuta Beach Heritage Hotel is a five-minute walk from Kuta Square and Art Market. The Jalan Legian is just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel. more
Hotel Park Regis Kuta, Bali Kuta
A large four star hotel in the beach resort of Kuta, Park Regis Kuta, Bali is one and a half kilometres’ walk from Kuta Beach. There are 175 ensuite guest rooms here, and all come equipped with air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, flatscreen TV, safety deposit box, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. Take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, work up a sweat in the fitness centre, then unwind with a massage in the day spa. Meeting and conference rooms, business services, car parking and free Wi-Fi are available here too. Coffee, fresh juices and snacks are available at the Bamboo Café, while lunch and evening meals can be enjoyed at the Padi Padi Restaurant. Finish off the day with an evening refreshment at the Deck Bar. Mal Bali Galeria shopping centre is one kilometre from Park Regis Kuta, Bali, and Waterbom Bali waterpark is 20 minutes’ walk away. more
Hotel Ohana Kuta Kuta
Ohana Kuta is a straightforward three star hotel nestled within the thriving tourist resort of Kuta, just one kilometre from the popular Waterbom Bali water park. Twin rooms, double rooms, standard suites, and family suites are all available. Ensuite bathrooms and air conditioning come as standard. The spacious suites have their own balcony. Other amenities include tea and coffee making facilities, flatscreen TV, refrigerator, and safety deposit box. Workout in the fitness centre, swim in the outdoor pool, or enjoy a massage in the spa. Room service can be ordered around the clock, plus a laundry and dry cleaning service is available. Wi-Fi and car parking are free. The hotel restaurant and bar provides a casual setting to enjoy Australian and Asian cuisine, along with fresh fruit juices, beers, and wines. Hard Rock Cafe Bali is 15 minutes’ walk from Ohana Kuta , and Lippo Mall Kuta is nine minutes’ drive away. more
Hotel Hotel White Rose Kuta Resort Villas & Spa Kuta
Ten minutes from Kuta Beach, Hotel White Rose Kuta Resort Villas & Spa offers family accommodation with spa facilities in the pulsing heart of Kuta. The 150 air-conditioned rooms feature private balcony, LCD cable TV, free Wi-Fi and free bottled water. The bathroom features bathrobes, slippers, toiletries and hairdryer. In-room safe and extra bed facility are also featured, with daily housekeeping. The resort offers a full service spa, gym, outdoor pool, children’s pool and playground, as well as free Wi-Fi and free parking. The 24-hour reception offers currency exchange, tour/ticketing assistance, business support centre and meeting/banquet facilities. There’s a garden, terrace, babysitting and BBQ facilities. Local activities include windsurfing and cycling. Breakfast is complimentary. The Lotus Restaurant, the Bunut Cafè Bar and the Tulip Lounge welcome visitors daily. 24-hour room service is available. Several restaurants, bars and cafès are near the Hotel White Rose Kuta Resort Villas & Spa, as are places of interest like the Bali Blast Monument (one mile) and Carrefour Plaza (two miles). more
Hotel Kuta Central Park Kuta
A contemporary three star hotel conveniently located in Kuta, Kuta Central Park is an eight minute drive from Legian Beach. Twin, double, triple, and family rooms are available, along with one bedroom and two bedroom suites, and studios. All accommodation is ensuite and air conditioned, with other amenities including a minibar, safety deposit box, satellite TV, and complimentary toiletries. Take a dip in the swimming pool or enjoy a therapeutic treatment at the Tunjung Spa. A dry cleaning and laundry service is available, along with a business centre and shuttle bus service. Wi-Fi is provided free of charge. The Lotus Pond Cafe is open throughout the day, serving traditional Indonesian dishes and a range of European cuisine, alongside fine wines and bottled beers. There’s also a pool bar for cocktails in the sun. Ngurah Rai International Airport is 18 minutes’ drive from Kuta Central Park, and Waterbom Bali is 11 minutes’ drive away. more
Hotel Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Kuta Kuta
The Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Kuta resort is located in Bali’s famous Seminyak district and offers modern, four-star accommodation that’s just 12-minutes’ walk away from Kuta Beach. All 121 rooms and suites are elegantly furnished in modern design and feature a private balcony and separate sitting area. Other amenities include tea and coffee making facilities, slippers and bathrobes, satellite TV, in-room safe and a hairdryer. All rooms are also equipped with air conditioning. The Aswangga Wellness Spa offers a variety of body and beauty treatments. There is also a fitness centre, swimming pool and two multi-purpose function rooms for conferences and special events such as weddings. The resort features one on-site restaurant and two bar/lounge areas, alongside a patisserie which specialises in cakes and pastries. Grab n Go meals are also offered. Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Kuta is within a ten-minute walk of Sky Garden Bali and the Beachwalk Mall. more
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