Where to stay in Balí?
The majority of accommodations (ranging from hostels to 5-star resorts) are concentrated in the southern part of the island, in a near proximity to the Airport. Southwest of the airport, Kuta is popular among backpackers, Seminyak & Jimbaran Bay areas are known for its world-class resorts, brand-name shopping, and upscale dining. On the southeast side of the island, the town of Sanur, is a low key vacation spot, known for its relaxed vibe, art and local crafts scene. Settled by the Dutch in the early 1900s, Sanur draws a lot of European travelers seeking a quiet and relaxing getaway. South of Sanur, Nusa Dua area is another alternative for discerning travelers with beautiful long sandy beaches. If you scuba dive, there are dive resorts situated on the East Coast, where you can find the most worthy dive sites. Lastly, Balí is world known for its natural healers and luxury yoga retreats (check out Floating Leaf, eco-luxury retreat), with their main concentration in the cultural center of Balí, the town of Ubud.
Travel Tip: To optimize your experience, stay in two different parts of the island like Ubud ( to immerse in the local culture) and Nusa Dua (beach vacation).
Travel Tip: Although Seminyak offers a wide choice of upscale hotels, If you expect to bask on the beach and swim, staying in Seminyak might not be the right choice. The beach tends to be dirty and the water unswimmable.
What to See in Bali
With its diverse landscape of hills and mountains, dramatic coastlines and sandy beaches, paired with a rich cultural heritage and archaeological sites, Bali can satisfy a wide range of travel tastes
Travel Tip: To optimize your stay, arrange most of your activities ahead of time.
My husband and I found that a great introduction to the Balinese culture was seeing a traditional Balinese dance show on the first day of our arrival.