The home of fantastic surf and beaches, Kuta is southern Bali's most popular holiday destination. Accommodation options range from family friendly to absolute luxury and everything in between. There are also a number of restaurants, attractions and entertainment within a short stroll of most resorts. Those up for a bit of adventure will love the great value accommodation, many with included water sports, and high adrenaline activities and of course, Kuta's famous nightlife.
South Kuta enjoys a more relaxed and laid back pace compared to central Bali and is not only a beautiful beach, but also a convenient tourist spot close to all the essentials. Just a short drive from the Bali International Airport, the nightlife of Kuta is still within easy reach to enjoy the best of both worlds. With so many accommodation options, visitors to South Kuta can relax in 5 star accommodation or save with budget hotels that feature all the comforts of home.
Just to the north from Kuta, Legian enjoys all the perks of the fantastic shopping and bars without the bustle of the main island. Away from all the boisterous behaviour in Kuta, Legian's more relaxed pace allows you to take in beautiful natural environment of the island. Short on organised tours and attractions, Legian is to be enjoyed at your leisure allowing you to explore the whole island and find the 'real' Bali.
With an established reputation as the 'high end' of Bali, Seminyak is a boutique shopping and day spa capital. Studded with luxurious accommodation and swanky bars and restaurants, Seminyak is more sophisticated when compared to Kuta but still enjoys the same laid back atmosphere. Renowned for their breakthtaking sunsets and more private location, the beautiful beaches sweep down to the south where further on they become Legian Beach and Kuta Beach.
South of Bali's capital is Nusa Dua, peppered with a large number of high end resorts and hotels. With a focus on art and culture rather than a 'party' atmosphere, Nusa Dua is a stunning retreat easily accessed from both Jimbaran Bay and Kuta. One of the most popular ways to spend the day is lazing on the pristine beaches or taking a refreshing dip in the warm waters off the peninsular.
Situated to the north of the luxury resort town of Nusa Dua, Tanjung Benoa is located on a southern peninsula and is the water sports capital of Bali. Offering an exciting alternative for tourists, the tropical shores of Tanjung Benoa are a haven for adrenaline junkies and also boast Chinese temples, unique Balinese shrines, one of Bali’s first cooking schools and beautiful white sand beaches.
Sanur is everything the words beach-side town evoke and is the oldest luxury holiday resort area in Bali. Although is it overflowing with accommodation and restaurants, it manages to remain peaceful and laidback. Along with all of the typical beach and shopping attractions, Sanur is also rich in culture, nature and history. Aside from all the shopping and dining, the beach front bike path and local produce night markets provide plenty of photo opportunities and are a feast for all the senses.
Situated in central Bali, the town of Ubud is nothing like the bustling beach party atmosphere of Kuta preferring to be the cultural hub of Bali. Renowned for its abundance of art and crafts, Ubud and its surrounding villages are punctuated with artist workshops, galleries and extraordinary architecture. With so much to see and do, no stay less than a week will do Ubud justice.
Earning monikers such as 'Millionaires Row' and the 'Beverly Hills of Bali', Jimbaran Bay offers little budget accommodation. South from the airport and the main town of Kuta, Jimbaran Bay is where you'll find most of Bali's 5 star beach hotels and resorts. Fantastic surfing and breathtaking natural attractions are the big drawcards to Jimbaran Bay along with its reputation for holidaying in style.
Just off the south east coast of Bali Island, Nusa Lembongan is a tiny island quickly becoming a popular Bali holiday destination. Nowhere near the hustle and bustle of southern Bali, Nusa Lembongan has no busy traffic or street vendors to disrupt the peace and is the place to go to escape from it all. Get back to nature and surf, dive and snorkel in some of the clearest waters in the world.
Lombok is the epitome of Bali's pristine beauty, a tropical wonderland just east of Bali. Even in peak travel season there are relatively few tourists visiting Lombok allowing everyone to enjoy the breathtaking beaches, cascading waterfalls and impressive volcano of Mount Rinjani at their own pace, in peace. Possibly one of Bali's best kept secrets, Lombok is a private island escape.
Time loses all meaning in the Gili Islands with no responsibilities and no intrusions from the hustle of modern life. A relaxing holiday destination of natural beauty, all motorised transport is banned on the Gili Islands allowing you to explore the island at your own leisure, in peace and safety. A smaller island, the best way to discover the beauty the Gili Islands hold is on foot with all attractions and conveniences on the islands within walking distance.