Make tropical Bali, Indonesia your next holiday destination
With its year round tropical weather, stunning sandy beaches and a rich culture to discover, it’s no wonder that Bali is one of the most popular islands for travellers to visit not only in Indonesia, but the whole world.
One of the great things about Bali is that it boasts a number of enchanting regions, each of which features its own unique characteristics and accommodation options. Here’s a tour of the best that Bali has to offer.
This bustling beach resort is without doubt one of the most popular locations in the whole of Bali and tends to attract budget travellers who prefer to save money on accommodation and instead spend their cash partying hard in the evening. Therefore, finding affordable accommodation in Kuta is no problem, although it is best to book ahead during the peak season that runs from December to January and June to August.
Top budget options include Lucky’s Guest House and Gong Corner Homestay and while high end options can be hard to find Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort and Grand Istana Rama are ideal for lovers of luxury.
People who are looking for an area of Bali that offers easy access to Kuta but with a slightly more relaxed atmosphere are sure to feel right at home at Legian. The area offers one of the diverse collections of accommodation options on the whole island with establishments such as the former surfer’s hangout of Blue Ocean at the bottom end of the scale and Villa Naga Maya for those who truly want to unwind in style.
Located to the north of Legian, Seminyak is a reminder of what Kuta was like during the hippie invasion of the 1960s. It is still fairly quiet and undeveloped with a wonderful scenery of paddy fields and mountains. The sea is good for surfing but not recommended for swimming because of the strong undercurrents.
This part of Bali tends to attract middle class tourists and families with more cash to splash and some of the most luxurious resorts on the whole of Bali can be found here such as Chandra Luxury Villas Bali, The Residence Seminyak and Maharaja Villas Seminyak, while finding budget accommodation here can be very tricky.
This part of the island is ideal for families who are travelling with young children as the main beaches are very safe and the nightlife scene is rather sedate. As a result, middle class travellers and families should feel right at home in Sanur and find plenty of resorts that cater to their needs.
At the top end of the scale is the Bali Hyatt with its stunning beachfront location and world class amenities, while a selection of budget accommodation options can be found on Jalan Danau Tamblingan such as Yulia 1 Homestay and Mango Guesthouse.
Ubud is at the heart of Bali’s cultural life. Situated in the cool of the mountains, only an hour’s drive to the north of the airport and the resorts of southern Bali, this traditional town is home to the Balinese royal family and is a thriving centre of Balinese art.
Many European painters, writers and artists also chose to locate here for much of the year and there are plenty of excellent homestay accommodation options such as Mawar Homestay and Tude’s Family Homestay.
This former fishing village has received a major facelift over the last couple of decades and now boast five star resorts complete with private beach access. Most of the top resorts come complete with their own spas and beautifully sculpted gardens and top picks include InterContinental Bali Resort and Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran Resort & Spa.
The peaceful atmosphere here makes this the perfect place to unwind and Lovina’s many charms include snorkelling, dolphin watching and a striking black lava beach. The main strip in town is lined with many small hotels and restaurants but is also interspersed with several villages.
Budget travellers will find some great options in the town such as Mas Bungalows and Harris Homestay, while those who have a taste for the finer things in life can really splash out and enjoy plenty of pampering at Damai Lovina Villas or the very luxurious Zen Resort Bali.