Bali & Lombok travel guide
The mere mention of 'Bali' evokes thoughts of a paradise. It's more than a place; it's a mood, an aspiration, a tropical state of mind.
Best places to stay in Kuta & Legian
Top 25 experiences in Bali and Lombok
The mere mention of 'Bali' evokes thoughts of a paradise. It’s more than a place: it’s a mood, an aspiration, a tropical state of mind.Yes, Bali has beaches, surfing, diving, and resorts great and small, but it’s the essence of Bali – and the Balinese – that makes it so much more than just a fun-in-the-sun retreat...
Kuta & Seminyak
Bali & Lombok - Kuta & Seminyak (Chapter)
Crowded and frenetic, the swath of south Bali hugging the amazing wide ribbon of beach that begins in Kuta is the place many travellers begin and end their visit to the island. Not a bad choice.
Tourism on Bali began here and is there any question why? The sweeping arc of sand curves from Kuta into the misty horizon northwest to Echo Beach. Surf that started far out in the Indian Ocean crashes to shore in long symmetrical breaks.
Essential Bali travel tips
It’s time to take it easy! A trip to Bali puts you on the most visitor-friendly island of Indonesia. White-sand beaches, world-class surf, coral reefs, spas galore and so much more...
Bali is like no other destination in the world. Its rich culture plays out at all levels of life, from the exquisite flower-petal offerings placed everywhere to the processions of joyfully garbed locals to the otherworldly traditional music and...
The first Kuta Karnival was held in 2003 as a way of celebrating life after the tragedy of 2002. It's a big beach party on the big beach in Kuta consisting of games, art, competitions, surfing and much more in October. Look for its page on Facebook.
Sky Garden Lounge
This multilevel palace of flash flirts with height restrictions from its rooftop bar where all of Kuta twinkles around you. Look for top DJs, a ground-level cafe and paparazzi-wannabes. Munchers can enjoy a long menu of bar snacks and meals, which most people pair with shots. Roam from floor to floor of this vertical playpen, where everybody seems to end up at some point.
The mobs out the front look like they're making a run on a bank. Inside it's simply pandemonium. Welcome to Joger , a Bali retail legend that is the most popular store in the south.
The best of the beachfront restaurants on Legian’s car-free strip, Mozarella serves Italian fare more complex and authentic than that of its south Bali competition. Fresh fish also features; service is rather polished and you have various open-air areas for star-highlighted dining plus a more sheltered dining room.
Reflecting the international scope of the 2002 bombings is the memorial wall, where people from many countries pay their respects. Listing the names of the 202 known victims, including 88 Australians and 35 Indonesians, it is starting to look just a touch faded. Across the street, a parking lot is all that is left of the Sari Club site .
In serene surrounds at a resort hotel, you can enjoy indoor massage rooms that open onto a pretty garden courtyard. If you’ve ever wanted to be part of a fruit cocktail, here’s your chance – treatments involve tropical nuts, coconuts, papayas and more, often in fragrant baths.