If it’s your first time in Bali, then you’re probably Kuta bound—and we can guarantee your holiday will be anything but dull.
This (in)famous Bali town is reminiscent of Majorca or Ibiza and is a hectic little world made up of a swinging nightlife that keeps going into the wee hours and a stretch of colourful local markets, mega malls, value-for-money accommodation, affordable eateries and bars with equally cheap booze. Throw into the mix an arc of golden sand with barreling waves and some of the prettiest sunsets you’ll ever see.
Kuta’s perfect for low-cost backpackers and essentially anyone who wants an undemanding and relatively cheap beach vacation with a side of unforgettable nightlife. It has a great mix of resorts and villas like Bali Dynasty Resort and Amnaya Resort, as well as budget hotels perfect for families, couples, and solo travellers.
There are tons to do in Kuta and a little something for everyone. Soak up the Bali sun at Kuta Beach, often buzzing with a barrage of trinket sellers, food and drink vendors, masseuses, hair braiders, surfboard renters...the list goes on.
Pick up a new skill at Wave House Surf School on the beach or pull up a beanbag and enjoy the view with a cold Bintang. For more chilled vibes, stroll further north and you’ll reach Double Six Beach in Seminyak.
Off the coast, wander through the narrow streets bustling with eager shop owners selling pretty much everything from locally made handicrafts to cheap Bintang tees and “genuine fakes”. Or, hit the malls—check out Discovery Mall and the outdoor Beachwalk Shopping Centre near the beach for more international brands.
If you’ve got kids in tow, grab a Day Pass to the popular Waterbom Park, one of Kuta’s oldest institutions. You’ll find a number of fun water slides, rides, and pools for even the young ones. Feeling brave? Take on the dramatic twists and turns on the Python or head straight for the Constrictor, one of the world’s longest water slides.
Hungry? Like we said, Kuta never sleeps. This means you’ll definitely find something to munch on regardless of the time of day. Our favourite spots are Hard Rock Cafe, the refined Ma - Joly and Feast at Sheraton Bali, and the legendary Poppies Restaurant; our go-to for local fare is the famous Made’s Warung that’s been around since 1969.
Written by Mashyitah Mustaffa