Taking a vacation to Bali might just be one of the most relaxing and luxurious trips that a traveler takes. The island is certainly popular with travelers from all over the world. And that’s because Bali has it all, from rugged mountains to beautiful beaches and cultural and spiritual centers to nightclubs and parties- it just all depends on where you go.
Bali is also a great destination because it can fit any budget. There are definitely many smaller hotels and guest houses that have low cost accommodations for backpackers on a budget. But there are also large beachside resorts, high-end luxury hotels and places that are great for families like the Hard Rock Hotel Bali. I know that many people planning a vacation of any sort spend a lot of time looking for the best room to stay but rest assure that there are many to choose from. I think the more important choice is what part of Bali you would like to spend your time at while you’re there! Below are some of your options.
Kuta is by far the most heavily developed part of Bali. Here you’ll find surfers, bars, restaurants and many high rise hotels. Those of you looking for a relaxed, quiet holiday should not come to Kuta but those of you looking for a party scene definitely should. If you want to spend your days shopping and your evenings diving into the nightlife of Bali, Kuta is the place for you.
Ubud is the spiritual and cultural center of Bali. It’s developed, but in a much more laid-back and relaxed way. In Ubud, you’ll find yoga classes, vegan restaurants and plenty of arts and crafts shops. In town you can explore the Monkey Forest or hire a guide to take you outside of the city limits to visit waterfalls, bright-green rice paddies and to try Luwak Coffee, coffee made from the poop of the Civet cat.
Popular for it’s black sand beaches and relaxed atmosphere, Lovina is a great place to visit if you want to spend your days reading books and writing in your journal. If Kuta sounds like a personal nightmare, then Lovina is the place for you. And with low-priced accommodations and few tourist attractions, you’ll stick to a budget while catching up on your sleep and personal time.
This beachside town has been popular with tourists for a long time. But, though developed, it has escaped the wild and crazy influx of partiers that Kuta sees. There are many restaurants and hotels in Sanur, but the overall effect is still relaxed. Sanur appeals to people with older families and those looking for all the trappings of a luxurious holiday without the crowds and wild nightlife.
The Gili Islands
Though not on Bali, the Gili Islands are a short boat ride away and worth a mention to anyone planning a trip to Bali. There are three Gili Islands and they range from a party island (Gili Trawangan) to a car-free, super laid back island (Gili Meno). Gili Air, the third island, is also quite laid back but has a bit larger population. These islands are definitely worth a visit if you’ve got the time.