Bali’s attractions draw a range of people, from backpackers and expats, to families and honeymooners. This once sleepy tropical island has become world famous for its gorgeous beaches, rolling mountains and unique cultural, spiritual and artistic flair.
Bali can be very cheap or moderately expensive, depending on your needs. Stay in a resort or hotel and book a tour, hire a private guide, jump in a taxi or bus, or rent a bicycle, motorbike or car to get around.
The island’s most famous beaches are in North Kuta, just a short drive north from the international airport at Denpasar, Bali’s capital city. Kuta Beach and Legian Beach are a surfer’s paradise. In the villages of Kuta and Legian, markets, bars, water parks and food outlets keep the crowds entertained. Head to Sanur Beach, on the east coast, to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere that makes this part of the island popular with families.
Spend a few days inland, among the rice paddies and forests of Tegallalang Village or Ubud to see a more cultural side of Bali. Ubud is Bali’s artistic capital, so take your pick from the Puri Lukisan Museum, Neka Art Museum, Antonio Blanco Museum and the Arma Museum. Take a yoga class, bike along rice paddies or see the macaques on the temples’ roofs in Ubud Monkey Forest. Don’t miss the mysterious Elephant Cave, and take a dip in the ninth-century Tirta Empul baths.
South of Ubud, meet the animals at the Bali Zoo and Bali Bird Park. North of Ubud, in central Bali, is the Gunung Kawi Temple, carved into the mountain.
In South Kuta is idyllic Jimbaran Beach. Head here to enjoy a seafood banquet with your toes in the sand. On the east coast of South Kuta is Nusa Dua with Mengiat Beach and the Pasifika Museum. On the southwest coast, the Uluwatu Temple sits atop rugged cliffs, one of the best places on the island to watch the famous Bali sunset.
Located in Kartika Plaza, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuta Theater and Tuban Beach. Kuta Square and Kuta Art Market are also within 5 minutes.
Nestled on the beach, this Kartika Plaza hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lippo Mall and Waterbom Park. Kuta Square and Circus Waterpark are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Padma hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Double Six Beach, Tuban Beach, and Seminyak Square. Seminyak Beach and Kuta Galeria Shopping Arcade are also within 1 mi (2 km).
W Bali - Seminyak is by the beach, just a 5-minute drive from the city center. Guests can walk 10 minutes down the shore to see the 15th-century Hindu Petitenget Temple, or head 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) to Seminyak Square and shop for souvenirs. The art at TAKSU Bali Gallery is a 7-minute walk.
Nestled on the beach, this Kuta Selatan hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tegal Wangi Beach, Jimbaran Beach, and Samasta Lifestyle Village. Udayana University is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.
This family-friendly Seminyak hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Double Six Beach and Seminyak Square. Kuta Beach is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lippo Mall and Tuban Beach. Kuta Beach and Legian Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).