How to choose Hotels in Bali?

Bali is the land of hotels as well as temples. This island of a 100 sq.km. hosts a number of hotels for the budget conscious or for a 5 Star Luxury experience. Read on to know all about Bali Hotels. There is no dearth of both categories it really depend s on your budget and preference. I will be going through some of our favourites later in the post. The main areas one can stay in Bali are Seminyak, Ubud, Candidasa, Pemutaran, Nusa Dua and Ahmed. Each location gives you a unique insight into the island’s culture and the diversity present in such a small area of the world.

They also range in different room categories and types, from beach resorts, to cliff resorts with small beaches accessible by the guests of the property, to the luxury beach resorts in Nusa Dua. The rooms also can be categorised at different levels from the basic superior room to Pool Villas. The most sought after category of room is the Villa category as Bali the whole stay concept of the locals is to live in open air villas. These generally have an open first floor living room and kitchen area with bedrooms on the top floor. Some hotels also have Butler service as part of the experience.
Some of the best Villa Hotels can be found in Ubud as the lush green landscape is ideal for the isolation one looks for when taking such accommodation.

Seminyak

Seminyak is at the end of the long Prominade that starts at the Airport in Kuta and includes Kuta-Legian, Legian and ends in Seminyak. The street is full of bars, shops and restaurants open throughout the day. Seminyak is also the place where you will find some of the beach beach clubs on the island, stroll into the amazing Potato Head or the stylish Ku De Ta. The best location for hotels would be any hotel within walking distance of a restaurant called “The Junction”. The idea would be to stay as close to the main street as you can. Party and eat all day. A Short walk back to your hotel for the night. It also helps as this area can get quite a lot of traffic during the evening, and walking can be extremely fast and convenient.

Nusa Dua, Uluwatu & Jimbaran

Beach time and chill. The beaches down south are part of the quieter parts of the Island. Nusa Dua, an island on it’s own, has some of the best 5 star hotels on the Island. All the properties are over looking the sea and some even have private beaches below the cliff faces. This area has very few shopping areas or market areas, which tend to shut down post 10-11pm at night. If you want a quiet vacation with 5 star luxury right on the beach, this is the place for you. The nearby beach of Jimbaran is also home to a number of Ultra Luxury properties like the Ayana Resort and the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay.

Ubud

Culture, arts & crafts and peace can be found in the interiors of Ubud. Find small eateries, explore the north of the island with your well appointed hotel in Ubud as your base. Visit the palace, or the art galleries in the area, grab a bite at some of the famous local restaurants. Catch a yoga class by the rice fields. Do it all in Ubud the cultural heart of Bali! Visit Kintamani and the large volcano and lake Batur, or head east and snorkel at Tulamben with a lunch at Bali Asli. Head north to the beaches of Lovina and Menjengan island.
Suggested Properties: Sandat Glamping, The Alaya, The Plataran, Royal Pita Mah, Alila Ubud, Ritz Carlton by Mandapa, Gajah Biru Bungalows
I hope you liked our round up of some of the best properties in Bali, we will have more information and announcements next month. Until then travel well and keep safe!

 

The Perfect Day in Bali!

Hello Everybody!
This is our first blog post for the year and we have chosen to showcase Bali as the best example of how to keep your vacation days interesting by doing a mix of different things. Basically how to spend the perfect day in Bali. In this ongoing series we will be going in-depth into a number of new destinations and the interesting experiences one can have whilst exploring a new country.
Bali is the island that keeps on giving. Any number of days in Bali just never seems enough.
On one of my recent trips to Bali I did one of the most incredibly fun tours that anyone can do. I’ve tried to summarize my experience in a post below, hope it paints a picture.
The Sun is hanging low in the sky and we have just entered the cobbled roadway at the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay, in my friend Brett’s refurbished and pimped VW Kombi Van. Brett is an Australian who has been living in Bali for the last 25 years. He has held every post in the travel industry and now has chosen ‘retirement’ (I use the term loosely) in Bali. He lives in Umalas with his wife and son. During the course of his travels around the island he realised that there were not enough people seeing and experiencing the real Bali, the Bali he fell in love with and stayed for. Thus was born VW Limo Bali, a venture which offers some of the most unique activities on the island coupled with the awesome experience of an old Classic car. The company bought these vans and has now refurbished them one by one to use for their trips around the island.

VW Kombi Vans!

Each VW Limo as they are called has a remote controlled mini-bar, a 10 speaker 1,000watt sound system, wifi, 12 & 220 volt power, comfortable “L” shaped lounge seating and of course air conditioning. The trip I am on is called the “Cocktail Safari“, Brett has planned the whole day so that you hit some of the best Beach Bars on the west and southern side of the island all with amazing ocean views. The hidden agenda in this trip is a fertility temple the team takes you too. One not many people know about and is seldom open to the public, but Brett and his team in their particular flair have access directly from the Mangku (Priest) of the temple. The temple is called little Tanah Lot and has none of the crowd and entry hassles of the actual Tanah Lot.

The Sundara Bar

Getting back to it, Brett suggests we get one of his favourite drinks at The Sundara, The Gimlet Foxtrot, a very nice version of a traditional Gin and Tonic, the drink comes with a layer of the drink on top like an ice slushie. The Sundara is a formidable location, right on Jimbaran beach, one of the less crowded ones in Bali, it looks like it belongs. The large indoor bar area is stocked to the 9’s with some of the best liquor available in the world, the cocktails are unique to the bar. The Chef’s at the restaurant are also some of the finest in SE Asia and it shows in everything right from the service, presenation of the dish and obviously the flavours. We walked in on Executive chef Pasquo King taking pictures of their new signature cocktails, available in small, large and death!(a pitcher). Brett insists we try the vanilla Martini after about our third Gimlet while Pasquo gives us a taste of his new signature cocktail range. This is after already going to 3 other bars, La Laguna on Canggu, The Tugu Hotel, which offers wonderful heritage spaces, and Mozaic, a trendy eatery and bar in Seminyak. Of course the ice cold beers from the VW Limo Mini – Bar did not go astray either during our journey. We end the night with a round of drinks at the famous Ku De Ta in Seminyak, which is an amazing location right on Seminyak beach. This iconic bar and restaurant has been in business for the last 15 years, and they keep getting better! Check out the amazing trips that we conduct with them here.  We know you will not be disappointed! Until next time!