Which Area to Stay?

If it’s your first trip to Bali, then the first thing that pops up in your mind is where to stay and which area is best for you according to your interests. The location should be decided on the basis of activities you love. Bali is a small island but still it has got different beaches and areas that offer their own set of features. If that area lacks dynamic nightlife then it might make up for in quiet and laidback settings, and so forth. If you're planning your first visit to Bali, or just curious about which hotel, location or attractionsare for you, then here's a quick guide showing you the main features of Bali's most popular areas.

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Ubud is the one of the main destination of central highlands of Bali. It is a small town and is quite different from tropical beach scene of Bali. This place is more cultured and is closer to the island’s classical artists’ villages. This area also houses verdant river valleys and rice terraced landscapes and is very much greener than the other parts of Bali. Here guests can relax at various luxury retreats near the famous Ubud Monkey Forest that also offer magnificent spas and wellness programs to rejuvenate yourself.

This places also offer a chance to take full advantage of fine dining restaurants as well as casual cafes. Ubud is also popular for its royal palaces, heritage museums and art galleries, fashion boutiques and the nightlife scene is mainly low-key as compared to the other destinations.

Ubud is best for:
• People who prefer serene green spaces as compared to beachside
• People who explore art, culture and heritage
• Honeymooners

What's Good about Ubud:
• Rich Arts and culture
• Royal palaces, temples, galleries and museums
• Serene environment with lots of greenery

What not so good about Ubud:
• Ubud has Narrow streets and meagre or slow internet service.
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Seminyak is famous for its stunning beaches and is also noted as the upmarket beach resort area of Bali. It is a sophisticated beach resort area, filled with luxury five-star resorts, secluded villas, world-class beach clubs and hip sunset venues line the coastline and main streets. Seminyak also serves as a home to the island’s best restaurants and famous dining street known as JalanLaksmana or KayuAya. Another street, JalanDhyana Pura or CamplungTanduk, is known as the gay-friendliest, with fun bars set virtually side-by-side. It’s also a shopping paradise with many designer boutiques and branded shops around the destination.

Seminyak is best for:
• One who is willing to spend for luxury
• People who love secluded beach areas
• People looking for hectic nightlife scene

What's Good about Seminyak:
• Amazing upmarket dining and nightlife options
• Varied range of hotels and villa resorts

What not so good about Seminyak:
• Traffic jams common during the high season specially during June to December
• Things are quite out of touch so walking is often required
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Nusa Dua is noted as the exclusive beachfront resort enclave. All hotels in Nusa Dua are international five-star resorts that are lined at the gorgeous white sand southeastern coast. This region is loaded with some amazing dining options which are mostly within respective hotels and same is in the case of nightlife which is mostly contained within hotels that are also equipped withthe refined bar scene. Nusa Dua’scentral grand complex known as the Bali Collection is also a popular destination for shopping

Nusa Dua is best for:
• One who is willing to spend for luxury, honeymooners as well as family
• People who want direct beachfront access
• People who want to stay at their resort all the time without exploring outside it

What's Good about Nusa Dua:
• Secure and secluded complex of luxury hotels
• Almost all hotels provide direct beachfront access

What not so good about Nusa Dua:
• It’s a secluded place and with a quite disconnection with the local culture of Bali.
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Kuta is the most famous beach of Bali. In the past it was a fishing village that has turned into a surfing mecca in Indonesia. Presently, in addition to the great surfing opportunities, it is also one of the island’s major nightlife areas, and has something for all visitors. This place is a hit amongst budget travelers. Kuta is equipped with countless restaurants, bars, a big mall, the largest waterpark in Southeast Asia, and a large number of hotels that suits every budget. Not only this Kuta is also very close to the airport and it is just a 10 minutes’ drive towards the north to the Ngurah Rai International Airport that adds the convenience to this place.

Kuta is best for:
• People looking for Low to medium budget hotels
• Surfers and beach lovers
• People who love clubbing

What's Good about Kuta:
• There are secluded and secure complex of luxury hotels
• Beachfront access is available in almost all hotels

What not so good about Kuta:
• It gets too crowded during high season
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Legian is sandwiched between Kuta and Seminyak and is known for offering a mix of these two famous beach resort areas. Legian has budgeted beachfront hotels that offers serene ambiance for relaxation and its main streets are filled with most famous bars and venues which attracts young travelers and partygoers in Bali. This beach region offers an eclectic combination of bars and restaurants. Legian is less crowded as compared to Kuta and its location offers a chance to experience best of Kuta and Seminyak both.

Legian is best for:
• People looking for Low to medium budget hotels
• People looking for a quieter beachfront area
• Party lover, shopaholics and foodies

What's Good about Legian:
• Less crowded
• Great dining and nightlife options

What not so good about Legian:
• Streets are maze like with one-way traffic that causes problem in navigation

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Jimbaran Bay is noted as the most romantic place in Bali as it is known to offers the most beautiful sunsets on the island. Most of the hotels in Jimbaran Bay are international chains and five-star resorts. It is also offers great dining options as it houses fine restaurants. The key highlight of the restaurants is the local seafood and there is a cluster of seafood cafes and restaurants on Muaya Beach, which are simply known as ‘Jimbaran Seafood Cafes’. This place lacks rich shopping and nightlife culture but some of the resorts which are set on the rocky limestone cliff south of Jimbaran, provide spectacular sunset cocktail venues which are delight specially with your spouse.

Jimbaran is best for:
• People looking for luxury vacation or honeymooners
• People looking for a stay near beachfront area
• Lovers of sea food and great dining options

What's Good about Jimbaran:
• Offers good collection of luxury hotels to relax
• Stunning panoramic views, sunsets and delicious seafood

What not so good about Jimbaran:
• Quite remote as well as widely spaced and not for those who wish explore far outside the resort
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Sanur is Bali’s first tourism resort area and is known to be mostly slow-paced and laidback. This beach offers a very relaxing atmosphere as compared to lively regions of Legian and Kuta. Sanur houses some of Bali’s legendary hotels which are more than perfect for the honeymooners and elders looking for a classic Bali setting as the things are slow, hence the suitable for longer stays. Sanur is filled with a large number of restaurants which are lined the main streets of JalanDanauTamblingan. Sanur is also equipped with a myriad of local art shops and boutiques.

Sanur is best for:
• Honeymooners and retirees for relaxation
• People looking for a stay near beachfront area
• Tourist who prefer laidback and serene atmosphere

What's Good about Sanur:
• A very quiet beach resort feel
• Various options for dining and shopping

What not so good about Sanur:
• Not much options for nightlife

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Tanjung Benoa is a paradise for marine water sports in Bali and is totally perfect for people who want to try some parasailing, jet-skiing, banana boat riding and many others. This place houses mostly boutique resort type and come as quite a mix. There are amazing dining spots in abundance at the main JalanPratama road whereas it lacks nightlife and partying scene. Tanjung Benoa has numerous stores, boutiques and local art markets that offer some great shopping opportunities.

Tanjung Benoa is best for:
• Honeymooners and lovers of marine water sports
• People looking for a stay near beachfront area
• Tourist who prefer laidback and serene atmosphere

What's Good about Tanjung Benoa:
• Marine water sports action
• Various options for dining and shopping

What not so good about Tanjung Benoa:
• Not much options for nightlife and is located in a remote location

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Denpasar offers a true feeling of Balinese town life as it is theprovincial capital of Bali. It is one of the most local and non-touristy destination in Bali. It accommodates either new modern budget style city hotels that are fit for business travelers, or legendary hotels that carry historical significance. Denpasar is centrally located, convenient for exploring the other resort areas of southern Bali and is approximately 35 minutes’ drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Denpasar is best for:
• Backpackers and Business travelers
• People who like culture

What's Good about Denpasar:
• Several of cheap, city-hotel options
• Endless local shopping and dining options

What not so good about Denpasar:
• Hectic traffic; non-pedestrian-friendly paths, and sparsely located attractions
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