Kuta is the destination that most travellers hit in Bali, and it has garnered a reputation for its touristy vibe and nightlife scene. It may not be for everyone - but it’s not as rowdy a destination as it’s made out to be.
There’s plenty of dining establishments, bars and party venues in the vicinity, as well as uninterrupted coasts lined with colourful beachfront hangouts. It’s ideal for party-goers seeking a night of revelry at a trendy beach club, but if you’re in the mood for some quiet downtime, you’ll feel right at home lounging in your Kuta villa.
You’ll be staying right in the heart of the town, surrounded by numerous dining, shopping and spa venues. The sweeping beaches are a 15-minute stroll away, or a quick 5-minute ride if you don’t fancy taking a walk. The action is close by, but your villa’s quiet, restful environment will leave you feeling like you’re in a tropical oasis of your own. If you're looking for a place less hectic tha Kuta and Seminyak, we recommend Legian villas. The 2-bedroom villas are ideal for small families and friends, and creates a perfect base for exploring the South of Bali.
For surfing enthusiasts, a good morning means catching the perfect wave. And there’s no better place to do so than Kuta beach; the huge waves and crowds of surfers is testament to the fact that this is a surfer’s paradise. If you’ve never surfed, now is a good time to start, as the instructors at Odysseys Surf School will help facilitate a good surfing experience.
But maybe you’ve been out partying just the night before, and are feeling a little too heavy-headed for a good surf. Gently ease your way into the day with a soothing spa ritual, either with a massage therapist in your villa or at established spa parlours like Shine SPA for Sheraton, Febri’s Spa or the ultra-luxe Karma Jimbaran.
With your mood elevated by an enjoyable spa treatment, it’ll be time to hit the shops. The stylish Beachwalk Shopping Mall offers well-loved brands like Zara and Pull & Bear, a cinema, a range of dining venues and a batik museum. Discovery Shopping Mall Bali is a one-stop venue for shopping, dining and entertainment, while Mal Bali Galeria houses a range of brands and dining establishments.
Vacationers brimming with a sense of adventure will be seeking an unordinary experience in Bali. How about rising high up above the clouds in a helicopter ride from Air Bali, or venturing down into the depths of the ocean in the Odyssey Submarine? If making arrangements for an excursion seems too much of a hassle, leave it all to your villa manager!
When the magical golden hour of the evening approaches, make your way to the beach for a spectacular sunset show. The coasts of Kelan are quite remote, which adds on to the experience of watching the sunset scenery. And if you prefer enjoying sundowners in a fancy setting, Velvet at Kuta Beachwalk and The Stones Entertainment Center (complete with rooftop bar and jacuzzi tub) are venues that come with our recommendations.
Or why not mix up some cocktails on your own and stay in at your vacation rental for a magical evening? You may not get uninterrupted views out to the sea, but you’ll enjoy ultimate privacy, along with having a lush tropical garden and sparkling pool all to yourself. Cheers!