Pantai Mawan

Top choice beach in Kuta

How's this for a vision of sandy paradise? Some 8km west of Kuta and 600m off the main road, this half-moon cove is framed by soaring headlands with azure water and a swath of sand that's empty save for a fishing village of a dozen thatched homes. The beach is terrific for swimming. It has paved parking, some modest cafes and large trees for shade. An upscale vendor rents loungers for a pricey 150,000Rp for all day.