February 15, 2016

Places To Stay In Bali

Bali is an island. It's not a town. Therefore, it's a huge. Several towns on the island make up the Bali island. That begs the question, where to stay in Bali? 
Lounge Chairs on the Beach in Legian
BEACHES 
If you are like me, I love beaches. My vacation stay on an island has to be beaches. Bali has many great white sand beaches. Each year, visitors go to Bali to swim, surf, or just lounge on the beach. Several beach towns there such as Kuta, Seminyak, Legian, Nusa Dua, Sanur... attract the most visitors on Bali island.
  • Kuta, Seminyak, and Legian are the busiest towns among all. You will find a lot of crowds and party going on there. It's the place to be for nightlife and shopping besides beaches. You can find several beachfront resorts and restaurants there. On the beach itself, there will be local vendors waiting to rent lounge chairs and sell you "Bintang" beers - inexpensive and light Indonesian beer, very easy to drink. These towns are definitely touristy. Because of that, beaches there are not as clean as Nusa Dua and Sanur. Moreover, competitions there make these towns more affordable. It's also worth noting that Kuta town is known for surfers. 
  • Nusa Dua is more of high end resorts town. You will find many luxury resorts there such as Hyatt, Westin, Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, etc. Thus, it can be very expensive to stay there, but it's great if you have hotel points to redeem free night stays there. The beach there is white sand and clean with very minimal local vendors. This resort town provides tranquility and relaxation, but it's not economical if you are on a budget. 
  • Sanur is another beach town that provides tranquility and relaxation. Local people think of Sanur is a quiet town, less crowds and party. During my visit to Bali, I was staying there for 5 nights. Sanur matches the criteria that I was looking for: white sand beach, less crowds, and affordable beachfront hotels and restaurants. We were staying at the beachfront Puri Santrian Hotel.
Lounge Chairs and Water Gazebo at Beachfront Puri Santrian Hotel in Sanur
CULTURES AND TRADITIONS
If you just want to get away from beaches or you are simply not into beaches, but you enjoy Balinese cultures and traditions, the town of Ubud is the place to be. The town of Ubud is known for Balinese traditional crafts and dance along with rice terraces and Hindu temples. Visitors go there to chill and hang out, so you will find several restaurants and bars along with many shops in the center of Ubud. During my visit, although I was staying in a beach town, but I took a trip down to Ubud to check out the town and hang out for a couple nights. It's a lovely town and hotels are more affordable there. The Monkey Forest there makes it a fun day to check out those naughty monkeys, and it's within walking distance from the Ubud Center. If you want to shop for Balinese souvenirs and crafts, you can check out the Ubud Market which is located in the center as well. Best way to get to Ubud is to hire a personal private driver.

The Monkey Forest in Ubud
OFF THE BEATEN PATH
Some people just want to get away from crowds and the tourist areas. The ones that I mentioned above are the ones that are very developed and touristy, which make up the South of Bali. If you want an off the beaten path's experience, check out Amed and the East of Bali. I personally have not done that, so I can not express any opinions about that. I prefer more developed and touristy areas.

CONCLUSION
Depending on your interests, Bali island has several different types of towns that range from affordable and busy beach towns such as Kuta, Seminyak, and Legian to more pristine white sand beaches and less busy towns such as Sanur and high end resorts town of Nusa Dua. If you are into Balinese cultures and traditions, the town of Ubud provides that type experience with several restaurants and bars in the center to hang and chill. Amed and the East of Bali is for those that are looking to get away from the crowd in South of Bali.

Remember, you can get around in Bali easily by simply hire a personal private driver if you want to sample any towns before making your final decision on where to stay in Bali.

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