The country of Indonesia stretches across part of the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific. It consists of an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands. Bali is one of those islands and also a province of Indonesia. It is a popular destination with tourists and travelers. Bali is a small island approximately 95 miles wide. Because of its modest size, you can access almost any area on the island during a day trip. This opens up the possibilities of places to stay.
The "best" place to stay in Bali may depend on your personal preferences. For example, you should stay in a city if you are interested in urban excitement, but if you would like to enjoy relatively untouched natural beauty, you should seek out a remote location. There are accommodations available at both extremes in Bali, and virtually every point in between. To help you find what you are looking for, here is a guide that caters to eclectic tastes.
For those seeking the excitement of shopping and clubbing in Bali, Kuta is the place to go. It has a little bit of everything: Nightlife, surfing, luxury resorts equipped with solar panels to take advantage of the Indonesian sun. However, all of these amenities come with some negatives, such as crowds and noise. Those seeking the convenience of Kuta (it is right next to the airport on the south side of the island) with a quieter atmosphere may appreciate nearby Tuban, which offers fewer beaches but more in the way of family-friendly resorts.
Located in north Bali, Lovina is about as far removed from Kuta as you can get, not only in terms of geography but also in terms of culture. This is the place for people coming to Bali for peace and quiet. The shopping is minimal and the nightlife negligible, but this stretch of seaside villages nevertheless offers a decent range of restaurants and hotels for visitors. The beaches in Lovina can be a disappointment as they are not suitable for swimming. Nevertheless, visitors appreciate the dramatic backdrop of the mountains, the glorious sea-views and sunsets, and the opportunity to take dolphin tours.
Some people come to Bali not only for recreation and relaxation but to explore the country's spirituality and culture. If this sounds like you, Ubud is the area where you should head first. Located in central Bali, Ubud is a collection of villages considered the cultural heartland of the small province. The climate is a little cooler in Ubud, and it is home to traditional markets and temples as well as art museums and yoga retreats. Stay in Ubud or make a day trip there during your Bali vacation. You can also enjoy activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and rafting, as well as attractions such as the Elephant Safari Park.
Jimbaran is close to Kuta but relatively undeveloped compared to it. Therefore, it might be a good destination if you wish to enjoy the best of both sides of the Bali experience. One of the most significant features of Jimbaran is the long, curved bay with its uncrowded beaches. Those looking to surf but not yet very skilled at it are likely to appreciate the waves they can catch there. At sunset, Jimbaran restaurants light candles and start offering superb seafood meals, a highlight of your stay there.
5. Nusa Dua
Nusa Dua is located southeast of Kuta and offers a lot of the same types of luxury resorts and other amenities without the hedonistic chaos. Therefore, it is a good location for families, seniors, and anyone who wants to indulge at a more sedate pace. Resorts at Nusa are fairly self-contained, with their own swimming pools and gardens, and some with their own beaches. They also offer free shuttle services on the hour to reach cafes and shops that are not in walking distance.
Bali offers a lot of variety in a very small area. You are sure to find a location that suits your interests and tastes.