Whether you’re looking for sacred places, unique shopping, beautiful sunsets, white sand beaches or all of the above, Bali is the place to go. This Indonesian island is considered both a good value and the number one tourist destination from many sources. You can’t go wrong no matter which part of the island you stay in.
For those who like the beach party vibe, head to the Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel in Kuta. This resort offers a swim-up bar, beach front access and even high tea if you desire. There are several restaurants and bars on site to choose from, recreational activities like yoga and cross-fit and a spa, of course. The kids’ club gives parents the chance to get away for a few hours of adult fun and nighttime babysitting can be arranged. Tropical gardens surround this versatile hotel which offers options for a romantic or a family get-away.
In the southwest region of Bali, the town of Ubud is surrounded by rice fields and rainforest. Sapodilla Ubud offers beautiful rooms with king beds, mosquito nets and quiet balconies. The gorgeous pool on premises will have you searching pool builders near me when you return from your trip just to try to recreate the experience there. Among incredible sights in the area are the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, the Ubud Palace and the ARMA Museum. There is also a colorful market that you can bike to as well as adventure rafting nearby.
Just a couple hours’ drive from Ubud will bring you to an entirely different part of Bali literally and figuratively. North Bali sports the nickname “the other side of Bali” because it is isolated geographically by a mountain range which in turn caused a cultural division. The former Dutch colony of Singaraja is a large city with some colonial architecture remaining; however, just outside of town is the Kubu Reod Homestay experience. If you are looking for something rustic, this is it. The cabins are made from repurposed wood, and although they are air conditioned, you’ll probably prefer to open all the windows and doors and let the breeze and sunshine in. For added experience, bathrooms are totally private and totally outdoors. Kubu Reod has its own restaurant and exhibitions of local artists.
Right down the road from Singaraja is the relaxed town of Lovina which effortlessly mixes Chinese and Muslim cultures. Lovinalife is like an American motel after a glamorous makeover. This boutique hotel has ten rooms that face a gorgeous pool. Each room features modern amenities and a king-sized bed. The on-site café is decorated with charming murals. A quick walk under the mango trees gets you to the beach.
If you’re interested in diving, the Pondok Sari Beach and Spa Resort in Pemuteran Bay is the place to stay. Thirty antique wood and bamboo bungalows dot the property, and even the standard rooms are incredible. Each room has a hot shower (in fun, private, semi-outside bathrooms) air conditioning, mosquito nets and charm to spare. The open-air restaurant and spa are both first rate, but the real draw is the dive center located right on the grounds with direct access to the beach. Scuba divers of every skill level can experience an amazing coral habitat right off the beach. If you prefer, experienced guides can take you farther offshore in one of the diving center’s boats.
Sometimes you need to escape your perfect island for an even smaller, more perfect island. Nusa Lembongan, off the southeastern coast of Bali, is that perfect double escape. Locally owned Sukanusa Luxury Huts is made up of 18 of the world’s cutest round top, two story bungalows set in a lush forest. There is open-air dining, a pool and adjacent dive center promising swims with a wide variety of rays to make your stay complete.
Probably the best way to enjoy your trip to Bali is by choosing two different parts of the island and dividing your time between the two locales. That way you get to experience the most of this magical place.