Bali is so diverse, so it can be hard to decide where to stay. Even though Bali is a small island in Indonesia, each area can offer you different things, so knowing what to expect before booking is key to creating the perfect holiday for you. Here’s a quick guide to some of Bali’s most popular areas and what to expect from them. Grab your eye mask and travel pillow and prepare yourself for the long flight to the beautiful Bali!
Best known for its beautiful sunset beaches, Seminyak is definitely an upscale resort consisting of luxury hotels, villas and stunning sunset bars which drift down the entire coastline. For those who want to experience a buzz in the evenings without being caught up in a hectic nightlife, Seminyak is the perfect place for you. Give plenty of time for journey’s in and around Seminyak in the high season as traffic jams are common.
For an authentic Indonesian experience, Ubud is a small town that will give you a completely different experience to the beach scene. You will see river valleys and rice terraced landscapes, and can stay in a collection of five-star retreats with amazing spas. With a mix of world famous restaurants and casual cafes, art galleries and hiking, you will find something to suit you in Ubud. The landscape is stunning, but if you’re a party person, Ubud might not be the place for you, as it’s a location famous for its relaxing and calming properties.
Previously a fishing village and now one of Bali’s most famous beaches, this area is rich in nightlife and is perfect for those with a slightly lower budget. It’s great for surfing and is also home to Southeast Asia’s biggest waterpark. There’s a wide range of hotel prices and plenty of dining options to suit anyone. With plenty of fun activities such as Upside Down World, reggae bars and live music at beach shacks, anyone looking for a party scene certainly won’t be disappointed.
Being the perfect combination of Kuta and Seminyak, Legian Beach offers quiet places to relax as well as main streets of famous bars and venues. A great benefit is that it is a beautiful place in itself, but it also gives you the opportunity to visit Kuta and Seminyak due to its central location. Visit the stunning Azul Beach Club for the most spectacular drinks and views in a relaxed tiki bar. These world famous cocktails made with handpicked local ingredients will make this a night to remember (or maybe not after a few cocktails!).
For the most beautiful sunsets in Bali, you must go to Jimbaran. There are stunning resorts, fine-dining restaurants and spectacular cocktail bars. This is the perfect venue for wealthy travellers and honeymooners who are looking for beachfront access. Most of the attractions are remote and spaced out, so this isn’t the destination for people wanting to explore very far outside of the resort itself.