The very word Bali gives you visions of paradise and luxury, and the reality lives up to that reputation. It’s packed with incredible upscale experiences, from luxury villas to dining, spas and tours.
You’ll find outstanding luxury everywhere in Bali, but some of its beach towns score a little higher up the luxury scale than other areas.
Seminyak is just a short distance from the surfers’ paradise of Kuta but has a very different atmosphere. While Kuta is full of life and colourful, Seminyak is calm, collected consciously upscale. Seminyak’s sweeping golden beach has some of the best villas in Bali.
Take a wander down Seminyak’s sand and you can feel the atmosphere is distinctly more sophisticated and laid-back than Kuta, making it a popular choice for those looking for something more upmarket. It is highly recommended for honeymoon couples who prefer the solace within close proximity to the hustle and bustle and for shopaholics looking to peruse the high-end spas and boutique shops of Seminyak.
Jimbaran is similarly packed with luxury villas including many beautifully designed spa hotels. Jimbaran has a more laid back feel than Seminyak, and offers more in the way of authentic Bali, still a working fishing village at its core. You’ll find colourful traditional fishing boats lining the beach and a fish market every morning. In the evening, head to its beachfront seafood restaurants, eat fish caught that morning and watch the sun go down over the ocean.
South Bali is the most visited part of the island and the majority of the tourism industry is focused here. The infamous Kuta Beach is the most popular destination in southern Bali and draws huge crowds of mostly party-seeking tourists. Southern Bali is the spot you head to find low-to-middle budget accommodations, hordes of cafes and restaurants bustling with people, crowds of young tourists rushing to and from bars and beaches, and shops galore. Although generally popular with tourists, all of south Bali is not the same.
The most well-known area in Bali, Kuta has been a popular stop on the classic backpacking route in Southeast Asia since the 80s. Originally discovered as a surfing paradise, Kuta’s long and broad Indian Ocean beach front still attracts some surfers but its visitors today are mostly young travelers from Australia in Kuta for its notorious party scene.
Kuta’s five-kilometer-long sandy beach is arguably the best beachfront in Bali, but it also tends to be full of sunbathers as well as beach vendors pushing massages, souvenirs, hair braiding, etc. This is undoubtedly Kuta’s biggest drawback – it is very touristy. The entire Kuta Beach area is full of often aggressive street hawkers and touts and loud tourists. That being said, Kuta’s biggest drawback is also its greatest advantage – the development of the tourism industry means a huge range of budget accommodations as well as a fantastic range of restaurants and shops.
Canggu is one of the newest hot-spots in Bali, Indonesia – if not the whole of South East Asia. Canggu has exploded in the last few years and it’s now the place to be in Bali – with everything from luxury villas, surf camps, beach clubs and up-market restaurants, attracting celebs, influencers and a whole lot of hipsters!
Away from the beach, Ubud is well-worth a visit, especially if you can spare a few days. It boasts a number of upscale villas with amazing views of the paddy fields, cooling upland breezes, a monkey sanctuary and some of the best dining in Bali.
It would be easy to fill a Bali holiday simply with incredible dining and pampering, but there’s more to the island than that. If you want to see and do as well as relax and enjoy, there’s much on offer in Bali.
Climb up high in Bali and you’ll find jaw-dropping views. Mountain treks are the traditional way to do this, but the best way is on a helicopter tour. You’ll enjoy unrivalled views of the island’s rice fields, forests, beaches and volcanoes.
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