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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.

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    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 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 Eden Hotel Kuta Bali Kuta

    The four-star Eden Hotel Kuta Bali is a luxury hotel in the downtown area of Kuta and is a six-minute walk from the popular Discovery Shopping Mall. Room choices are contemporary in design, air conditioned and reflect the hotel’s nature related themes. Rooms include flat-screen TV, DVD player, Wi-Fi, minibar, safe deposit box and tea and coffee facilities. Suite upgrades also include a spacious living room. Free parking is available at Eden Hotel Kuta Bali where live entertainment and the luxurious facilities of Elysium Spa also feature. There’s an outdoor pool with sunken bar; plus a pool, club and playground for children. Laundry facilities are also available at this smoke-free hotel. Breakfast and later meals are served in the on-site Paradisus Gourmet Restaurant. A coffee bar and tapas serving Lounge Deck Bar are popular additional features. This garden-style hotel is a five-minute walk to Kuta Beach. Ngurah Rai International Airport is a 10-minute drive away. more

    Hotel Hard Rock Hotel Bali Kuta

    Get the rock star treatment at Hard Rock Hotel Bali. This musical hotel has rock-inspired décor, a live- events program, a karaoke and a recording studio for aspiring guests. Rooms are non-smoking and feature LCD TVs, DVD players, free Wi-Fi, minibars, coffeemakers, air-conditioning and hairdryers. Some have a balcony or a terrace 4-star Hard Rock Hotel Bali is the home of one of the Island’s largest freeform pools. Other facilities include a kids’ pool, a Rock Spa, a fitness center and a Hard Rock Megastore. On-site Starz Diner offers Asian and international cuisine. Mediterranean bistro Splash is the place to join friends for pool-side dining. Party until late at the Hard Rock Café and Centerstage Bar. With its prime location on Kuta Beach, this hotel is a short stroll from fashion stores and dining outlets in Kuta Square. Waterbom Bali and the Discovery Markets are within a mile. more

    Hotel New Kuta Hotel Kuta

    New Kuta Hotel hotel is a modern property which offers ocean views and provides free Wi-Fi and free parking to guests. It is close to a variety of beaches and Uluwatu temple. Non-smoking rooms feature air conditioning, balcony, coffee/tea maker and a flat-screen TV. Suites additionally offer a living room area, mini-bar and a kitchenette. The private bathroom provides a walk-in shower. New Kuta Hotel hotel offers multilingual 24-hour front desk services with concierge services and safe-deposit box access. An outdoor pool and a fitness centre are available. A full-service spa is on the property. Free shuttle services to Kuta Beach and Nusa Kua are provided. Breakfast can be booked for a surcharge. Dine Restaurant and Sunset Poolside Restaurant & Bar invite you to indulge in a drink or try their authentic Balinese cuisine. New Kuta Green Park and Dreamland Beach are less than a mile away. more

    Hotel Balinea Kuta

    Balinea is an intimate haven of tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of Seminyak. With only six deluxe rooms and two suites and no children allowed calm and relaxation is more or less assured. The en-suite rooms all have their own terraces to relax in private. They are equipped with king-size bed, satellite TV and safe. The suites offer more space to spread out - incorporating a salon with sofa, a private garden and Jacuzzi. The villas are dotted around a crystal blue pool, surrounded by tropical gardens and a gazebo. Massages and acupuncture sessions can be arranged. Balinea serves up an Indonesian and American buffet breakfast in the lounge bar each morning. Some well-renowned restaurants are a short walk away. Batubelig beach is just an 8 minutes' drive away and guests can enjoy trips including elephant rides or visits to the Monkey Forest. more