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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 Ananda Resort Seminyak Seminyak

    Nestled on a peaceful location in Bali Island’s Seminyak area, Ananda Resort Seminyak hotel is just a five-minute drive to Petitenget Temple. This family-friendly hotel houses an invigorating outdoor pool and sun terrace- perfect for unwinding and relaxation. Rooms are air-conditioned and have en-suite bathrooms with free toiletries. Each is equipped with a flat screen television and safety deposit box. Other conveniences such as sitting area, dining area, balcony, and kitchen with fridge and tea & coffee making facilities are also fitted in the accommodations. Ananda Resort Seminyak hotel features a 24-hour front desk offering concierge services, and a mini market. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available all throughout the establishment. A hearty breakfast is served at the guest rooms daily. The on-site Ananda Restaurant offers local Indonesian cuisine as well as international dishes. Seminyak Beach is approximately a ten-minute walk from the resort. Biasa Gallery and the famous Kuta Beach are ten-minute drive away. more

    Hotel Villa Soleh Seminyak

    Villa Soleh is a brand new traditional Balinese style, French-influenced luxury villa located in a prime position. Within easy walking distance to ‘Eat Street’, fabulous cafes, bars & restaurants and exclusive boutiques and galleries, Villa Soleh is ideally positioned and well appointed. Built to exacting standards for discerning guests and featuring king sized bedrooms with en-suite; deluxe pillow top mattresses; an air-conditioned media/relaxation room with additional bathroom; open plan kitchen, dining, lounge area with vaulted ceilings and overhead fans for additional comfort and easy access to the pool and outdoor deck area. Villa Soleh will exceed all your holiday expectations. Custom made designer furniture, contemporary style soft furnishings and quality fittings complete the picture. Your stay will be made effortless by our daily housekeeping service and dedicated staff who will be there to meet & greet you on arrival and be on call to assist you throughout your stay. more

    Hotel Tonys Villas and Resort Seminyak

    A four star resort in a prime position within Seminyak, Tonys is less than 500 metres from Potato Beach Beach Club Bali. Choose from twin and double rooms with views over the communal pool or a private villa with its own private pool. All accommodation is ensuite and air conditioned, plus other amenities include a flatscreen TV, minibar, hairdryer, and telephone. Take a plunge into the large outdoor swimming pool, relax on a sun lounger, or try a traditional Balinese massage at the Frangipani Spa. There is a babysitting service, laundry service, and room service available. Car parking and Wi-Fi comes free of charge. The Orchid Restaurant and Bar is open from morning until night, with Indonesian, Chinese and American fare on offer, alongside cocktails, beers, wines, and fruit juices. Seminyak Village shopping centre is a 15 minute walk from Tonys, and Batubelig Beach is three kilometres away. more

    Hotel The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa Seminyak

    The five-star Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa is a modern retreat with Balinese influences on the beachfront in Seminyak. Rooms have rainfall showers and stand-alone tubs, with many also boasting an in-room Jacuzzi, a 42” LCD TV, safety deposit box, minibar, iPod docking station, air conditioning, private balcony and choice of pillows. Spa treatments can be booked in either single or couples rooms and guests can enjoy yoga, live music and other activities. Wi-Fi is free, parking is secure, and leisure facilities include an infinity pool, sauna and plunge pools. While the Santon Restaurant serves International cuisine, the Sanje Restaurant specialises in seafood and the Sanje Lounge and Pool Bar offers a less formal area for signature cocktails. The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa runs a hotel shuttle service for guests to visit the nearby beaches of Legiana and Kuta, and Seminyak Square is a ten-minute walk away. more

    Hotel Collection O 20 Astana Kunti Seminyak Seminyak

    Surrounded by rice fields and landscaped gardens, Astana Kunti is a stylish resort offering luxurious accommodation in the sophisticated and upscale area of Seminyak. High-end apartments and villas are fully air-conditioned for the comfort of guests. They feature modern open-air spaces with a patio and private pool area. The rooms include king-size beds and French windows with pool views, while apartments add kitchenettes. Guests can explore the area by bike, ask the front desk to arrange a shuttle to the beach and shops, or enjoy a massage on site. There is also an outdoor pool where visitors can relax on deck chairs and soak up the sun. The in-house Astana Cafe offers awesome views of the surrounding rice fields, where cuisine from around the world is served. Breakfast is also available in the morning. A visit to the Hindu Petitenget Temple is about 3 kilometres from Astana Kunti while shopping in Sunset Road is just a ten-minute walk away. more

    Hotel Sense Seminyak Seminyak

    A four star hotel boasting contemporary Balinese decor and design, Sense Seminyak offers upmarket accommodation just a ten minute walk from the Potato Head Beach Club Bali. Twin rooms, double rooms, and spacious suites are available, each tastefully decorated and air conditioned. Suites feature a lounge area with sofas and a free-standing bathtub. Standard room amenities include a 32” flatscreen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and minibar. Relax on the sun loungers, take a dip in the pool, or unwind with a massage in the spa. A shuttle bus service and room service are also available. Parking and Wi-Fi are provided free of charge. Jen Deli serves a wide range of Asian and international cuisine along with fresh fruit juices. Beer, wine, and cocktails can be ordered from the licensed bar. Seminyak Village is seven minutes’ walk from Sense Seminyak, and La Laguna is just over eight kilometres away. more