Enjoy all the best Bali has to offer, from the most luxurious private villas and top-rated hotels, world-class restaurants, the liveliest nightlife entertainment spots, and a trove of unique attractions that line the island’s renowned beach resort areas and scenic central uplands. While your hotel serves the most part of your Bali holiday experience, checking out the best selections for dining, entertainment, shopping and sights to see during your time here can be a bit of a challenge. Our team has compiled this handy Top 10 everything in Bali Guide to help you out. Browse through here to find only the best hotels, restaurants, shopping, attractions and exciting nightlife in Bali!
BEST OF KUTA
Kuta Beach is Bali’s most recognized beach, which saw the advent of the island’s tourism decades ago. Now also the most lively beach resort area on the island, it is filled with rows of art shops and small boutiques selling items ranging from local and international brands, together with a handful of large malls and among the island’s most celebrated dining and nightlife hotspots. As there are so many dining spots in and around the area, you won’t run dry with flavours to savour, and with endless shopping options, it’s a great place to go in a spree. The beach and the rolling surf are the main attractions here, together with the dramatic Kuta sunsets, which you can also enjoy from the array of entertainment and nightlife venues overlooking the horizon. Among these are the rooftop Hypnotized Club at the Kuta Beachwalk, as well as the Stones Kuta Entertainment Centre. There are also a number of sights to see and experience, from an old Buddhist temple to some splashing fun at the famous Waterbom Bali water park. While out and about in Kuta, our Top 10 Guides will serve you well in discovering the best Kuta has to offer.
BEST OF SEMINYAK
Seminyak is easily Bali’s most fashionable and upscale beach resort area, profuse with world-class designer fashion boutiques, together with among the island’s most celebrated dining and nightlife hotspots. While short of notable landmarks, save the legendary Petitenget Temple with its beautiful sunset beach, Seminyak attracts regular visitors who consider the area a food-lover’s haven, with the eclectic mix of dining spots serving rich flavours from around the globe. It serves a more classy nightlife scene compared to neighbouring Kuta and Legian, which appeals to hip and stylish travellers. Here you will find the Top 10 everything in Seminyak for you to discover.
While getting around the many side streets off the main Seminyak routes where the highlight can be an exciting adventure, our Top 10 Guides have been created with travellers in mind, and are aimed at saving you the time and trouble of deciding where to eat, where to shop and what to do while out and about in Seminyak. Here we present to you our compilation of the top places to eat, see, shop and spend the evenings in the island’s most stylish area.
BEST OF LEGIAN
Set between two of Bali’s most famous beaches, namely Kuta and Seminyak, Legian has a mix of the surfing Mecca scenes of Kuta and the partying crowd of Seminyak, and is an ideal recreational place where you can shop, swim and go for leisurely walks along boutique and restaurant-lined streets. And with fewer crowds and lower tides compared to its sister beach resorts, Legian is a perfect place to relax.
There are a handful of highlights not to miss, a great selection of places to dine at that serve everything from local Balinese and Indonesian, to German, Macedonian and Italian. One of Bali’s best coastal strips to enjoy sunsets, Legian’s nightlife ensues with one of the island’s liveliest night spots. Discover the best Legian has to offer through our Top 10 guide to Legian.
BEST OF JIMBARAN
Jimbaran offers a fine combination of luxury and rustic tropical beach scenes, all based around the legendary fishing village on Bali’s south-western coastline – home to among the finest resorts, restaurants and shopping on the island. Several of its aspects, especially dining on its scenic bay with a tropical sunset backdrop, outshine its neighbouring beach resort areas of Kuta and Legian several kilometres up north.
Conversely, Jimbaran Beach might not be the top destination for shopping and nightlife, however there some places within this coastal area that offers great places to buy a treasured gift or souvenir to bring back home, as well as cosy spots with or without the sunsets, to spend the evenings with a cocktail in hand. Here are our Top 10 guides to the best of everything Jimbaran has to offer, to help you make the most out of your holiday in and around this favourite bay.
BEST OF NUSA DUA
Nusa Dua is easily Bali’s most exclusive beach resort area, and you’ll find most of the island’s international five-star resorts spread over this beautiful southwestern coastal area. Nusa Dua is well-managed by the state-owned Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC), which means that it is also one of the safest and most secure enclaves on this exotic, picture postcard island.
The range of options follow suit, such as great dining experiences at notable restaurants within the hotels or at standalone establishments that line the Nusa Dua main roads and the southern coast of Sawangan. To get more out of your stay in Nusa Dua, here are our best picks of things to see, places to eat, bars to head to at night, and the top shopping destinations in and around Nusa Dua.
BEST OF SANUR
Sanur, often regarded as Bali’s first tourism resort area, offers an overall laidback atmosphere that attracts a different type of crowd when compared to the livelier scenes of Kuta and Legian. The sun, rising over calm waves with the outline of Nusa Penida Island in the background, is as dramatic as the sunsets in the western counterparts.
Sanur is home to some landmarks that will appeal to those interested in the island’s rich history, while the multitude of dining venues that line the main roads and side streets are a treasure trove for foodies. Sanur’s shopping scene ranges from the beach art markets to boutiques. While Sanur’s nightlife is low key, there are some good selections of notable bars and pubs. Here is our Top 10 guide to Sanur to help you discover only the best Bali’s famous east coast has to offer.
BEST OF UBUD
Ubud, often considered as the island's 'cultural heart’, is a cool upland area where you can find a treasure trove of culturally significant landmarks, from ancient temples and palaces to wonderful green valleys. The town and its outskirts within the Gianyar regency offers a rich assortment of arts and crafts, which are also up for bargains at many art shops and markets within the region. Ubud also offers a wealth of dining venues, from traditional village roadside stalls selling local fare to modern fine dining restaurants. While most of the lively nightlife scenes are bound to the southern beach resort areas the likes of Kuta and Legian, Ubud has several evening entertainment spots where you can find great food with live music and then some.
Here is our Top 10 guide to Ubud to help you discover only the best of this central region.
BEST OF TANJUNG BENOA
Tanjung Benoa is easily Bali’s foremost water sports playground; a peninsula that is dotted with boutique resorts and international five-star hotels. This peninsular beach resort area is located on the southern part of the island, and is now more accessible than ever since the completion of the Bali Mandara causeway toll road in 2013.
While the beach resort area makes up one of Bali’s notable dining destinations with its collection of restaurants and bars along the main Jalan Pratama, it somewhat lacks in the bubbly nightlife scenes of Kuta and Legian. Nevertheless, there are ways to enjoy a somewhat lower key nightlife here, as well as some shopping and sightseeing with its handful of attractions. To get more out of your stay in Tanjung Benoa, here are our best picks of things to see, places to eat, bars to hang out at night, and some of the select shopping destinations in and around Tanjung Benoa.
Best Of Uluwatu and Bukit
The Uluwatu and Bukit area is on the top-list when you are looking for a retreat in Bali that is far away from the crowds and touristy beach resort areas, especially with its high elevation and exotic locations along the limestone cliff-fringed coastline. Uluwatu is famous for the iconic sea temple landmark, which also looks over a favourite surf spot of the same name. In fact, the whole Bukit peninsula is surrounded by most of Bali’s best reef breaks that attracts wave riders from around the globe.
Beyond the excellent surf, it is also home to some of the island’s most luxurious resorts, such as the world’s second Bulgari Resort, in which you can also find amongst the finest restaurants. There are also some great shopping spots and a bit of nightlife here, although on a more sophisticated level when compared to Kuta and Legian. Here are our Top 10 guides to the best of everything the Uluwatu and Bukit area has to offer, to help you make the most out of your holiday in and around this vast southern peninsula.
BEST OF CANDIDASA
Candidasa offers a great option for those seeking a quiet coastal escape in east Bali, fairly away from the crowds of the island’s south. The main stretch of coastline on this popular resort area spans 6 kilometres between the villages of Manggis and Bugbug, with its focal point being a unique seaside lotus lagoon and a namesake hillside temple.
The tranquil coast is dotted with numerous hotels, from beach bungalows to five-star resorts, and you can discover great dining spots around the area, as well as enjoy some low-key nightlife scenes at several fun bars and pubs. It is also an excellent base to explore the highlights of east Bali, with ancient temples to world-class dive sites all close by. Here are all of our Top 10 guides to the best of everything Candidasa has to offer, including hotels, attractions, restaurants, nightlife and shopping options throughout this picturesque east coast area of Bali.
BEST OF DENPASAR
Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali, is one of the most unique cities in the world where the hustling pace of modern life is set against a cityscape filled with well-preserved architecture, and colourful arts and culture. Only half an hour from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, and centrally located and within convenient reach to the main beach resort areas of Bali’s south, Denpasar is a great alternative base to explore the island.
Here you will find a good selection of budget city style hotels, and dining streets profuse with local and international cuisine. Although the nightlife scene is a bit limited, there are some great places within and around the outskirts of Denpasar. Where you can go for drinks or browse one of traditional night markets. Here are all of our Top 10 guides to the best of everything Denpasar has to offer, from the select hotels, attractions, restaurants, nightlife and shopping scenes throughout the municipal.