For luxury beach resort accommodation near the best Bali beaches, Bali has been consistently voted both the world's best holiday destination as well as the world's favourite holiday island. The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger married Jerry Hall here, and US president Barack Obama is one of the recent well-known visitors.
Balinese people, luxury hotel resort accommodation and lush tropical vegetation make Bali a paradise island with so much accommodation near Bali's beaches. Bali beaches range from the fluffy white sand of peaceful Nusa Dua Beach (our favourite) plus Jimbaran Bay, to the brown sand of busy Kuta Beach, Legian Beach and Seminyak Beach.
Holiday accommodation near Bali beaches is plentiful and varied - you'll find many famous classy resorts including The Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa or The Laguna at Nusa Dua while the younger crowds stay closer to cheap accommodation near Kuta beach and cheaper accommodation near Legian beach.
Bali is an inexpensive holiday destination with beautiful food and cheap taxi transport.
Balinese people are renowned as the friendliest and most beautiful in the world. Bali is a Hindu island that was once a kingdom; now it's part of Indonesia with the Muslim Javanese mixing with the local Balinese.
Bali is near Australia; only a 3 hour flight from Perth and a little more from Sydney. Bali beaches have been a favourite of Australians, Americans and Europeans for many years.
Accommodation Near Popular Bali Holiday Locations:
South of Bali airport, the name "Nusa Dua" literally means two islands and is a great Bali beach resort place to stay. At Nusa Dua you’ll find all the big names including The Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, The Laguna Resort and Spa, a Starwood Luxury Resort Collection in the same league as The Royal Hawaiian in Hawaii. These Nusa Dua beach hotels are near the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center, venue of the 2013 APEC summit meeting for government ministers and business leaders.
There’s not much better than lying on your thatched Bali daybed overlooking Nusa Dua beach from your hotel, ordering a delicious club sandwich and a refreshing drink as the beach life floats by your accommodation near the beach.
You can walk along the beach promenade here past other resorts including the Aston and Grand Hyatt, with Club Med Bali further down. The ocean is calm and it's ideal for safe swimming with beautiful green palm trees overhanging a white Nusa Dua beach. The beach traders here are more restrained than the more adventurous hawkers on Kuta and Legian beaches.
Photo of Nusa Dua Beach Bali
Photo of Nusa Dua Beach Bali
Kuta beach Bali is brash and busy with browny golden beaches and plenty of tourists.
Here you’ll find the hawkers plying their goods to anyone who’ll listen for a “special price for you.” They’re always happy, even when you don’t buy anything. For families with children, the water playground called Waterbom Park is at south Kuta and a good day out for kids and adults who are young at heart.
Kuta massages from the happy Balinese women who want to mother you are tremendous, and at a cheaper price you’ll pay elsewhere. You get what you pay for - cheap massage with cheap oil, as opposed to the luxurious five star spa treatments at resorts like The Laguna in Nusa Dua.
Bali authorities are currently addressing the huge traffic jams that occur in the one way road system from Bemo corner to Kuta beach, up to Legian Beach and then back around down Legian Road. Avoid frustrating Kuta beach peak hour traffic from 4pm till 6pm. Motorbikes and cars park in the left lane at present and as soon as they'removed, the traffic will be a little less congested.
You can pay as little as $30 a night but basically you get what you pay for. The "Hard Rock hotel" is situated near Kuta beach and has a good upstairs bar to watch the frenetic life near Kuta beach. Sunset on Kuta beach is a real eye opener as thousands of locals and their families descend at the end of the working day.
It’s a one way road from near Kuta beach to Legian beach, and then around the loop back down Legian road past all the shops
selling heaps of cheap merchandise. Legian is busy but not quite as frenetic as Kuta Beach, but still with plenty to do and see.
Padma Hotel Legian is perhaps the best choice. Legian beach has cheaper accommodation including the Melasti and the Legian Beach Hotel which are perhaps 3 star quality.
However, you have to closely watch the hygiene of food preparation in some of them. If in doubt, don't have salad that may have been washed, avoid ice in cheaper places, and wipe your knife and fork. Seminyak beach can be windy with quite big surf at times, so be careful. Nightclubs and hotels near Seminyak Beach are high class.
There's plenty of accommodation near Seminyak's beaches, which are popular because of the trendy restaurants nearby. However, there are dirty stormwater drains flowing out onto Seminyak's brown beaches near many hotels, and it's not particularly pleasant. On Seminyak beach, try the new "Cocoon bar" you'll recognise from a distance. It's brand new and all in white - you can't stay here, but you can pay a nominal fee to use the "resort" swimming pool and enjoy a drink in trendy surroundings.
Here you'll find the restaurants actually on the beach, supplying fresh seafood caught by fishermen nearby. This is possibly Bali's best beach, with fluffy white sand and clean water. Accommodation near Jimbaran Bay including resorts such as the "Intercontinental Hotel" and Ayana Resort, which is where you'll find the uber-trendy Rock Bar, which sits on its own rocky little outcrop accessible by a lift down the cliff.
Jimbaran Bay is a popular Bali beach, near Bali's international airport. It gets busiest at sunset when the basic restaurants on the road's edge put out their tables and chairs on the beach, and the tourists fill them up very quickly for that "sand between your toes" relaxing al fresco dining on the beach.
Sanur is also a popular beach near accommodation that's not as busy as other parts of Bali, yet still only 20 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Kuta Beach. And that's exactly the way many visitors like it...a little quieter with not so many hawkers and not as pushy as they are at Kuta. Sanur is home to the popular Bali Beach hotel and accommodation near Bali Beach hotel ranges from luxury to inexpensive. Sanur has a beachfront with more stalls with bargain-priced clothes to take home, but again, not as frenetic as at Kuta Beach.
Accommodation near Sanur beach includes Emerald Villas, a small walled hotel with dip pools, privacy and a great little restaurant, just 400 metres near the beach.
This is the trendy artists' village in lush surroundings an hour or so inland from the airport. A number of high end resorts operate here and it's becoming very busy. Many people love the peace and solitude away from the traffic jams of Kuta, but it's a reasonable distance from Bali's main attractions including the increasingly popular Bali Safari Tours and Marine Park, named as Bali's leading tourist attraction. You can also go white water rafting and bungee jumping.
Accommodation near Bali beaches
World's Best Beach Holidays looks for a combination of quality and beachfront location. In Bali, our choices are The Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa or The Laguna Resort and Spa on Nusa Dua's white beaches. There are 271 luxury rooms here including 50 lagoon access rooms.
The lagoon access rooms are simply remarkable and don't cost much more than a standard room. You have your own balcony with a timber ladder descending into your own huge lagoon surrounded by palm trees and lush gardens. The main resort pool on the beach at The Laguna Resort and Spa is also outstanding, with quality poolside food available at surprisingly inexpensive prices compared with other five star beach resorts in Bali.
Breakfast at The Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa and at The Laguna Bali is a feast fit for a king or queen. You dine overlooking another of the beautiful lagoons and in peak season the Ocean Terrace restaurant is a good tip for breakfast on the beach. Just about every variety of fresh fruit and juice is available for breakfast. All eastern and western tastes are catered for, from spicy rice dishes with smoked marlin to lan bacon and eggs and dozens of accompanying dishes.
The waitstaff complete the satisfying experience here at The Laguna; as soon as your plate or glass is empty, a gentle smiling face appears to subtly clear the table.
The Laguna beach resort has just opened up ten new villas that are truly fit for a king or queen. Hotel general manager is proud of the new villas that offer the ultimate in five star beach resort hotel relaxation in Bali, including four poster beds, luxury spas and bathrooms and a huge garden setting inside their own walled compound.
The Laguna's Ocean Terrace restaurant is a wonderful experience. It's on the edge of the white beach sand under palm trees and stars as you gaze out across the sparkling sea.
Try the fresh seafood basket including lobster, prawns and fresh fish, prepared expertly by chef Nikolaj Retpen, who was previously at the W Resort in the Maldives. The seafood menu is outstanding with great variety and the freshness is evident in the taste.
World's Best Holidays walked both ways past neighbouring resorts and can assure readers The Laguna has the nicest layout with serene and professional staff.
BALI BEACH ACCOMMODATION SUMMARY
Bali is becoming very touristy again after past terrorism scareS. Most Western currencies are very strong against the Indoesian rupuah, making for an inexpensive Bali beach holiday experience.
Bali's beaches have that golden colour so many of Asia's beaches have, but the lush vegetation, buzz on the island and the wonderful Balinese people make Bali a great holiday ahead of most others in south-east Asia.
Bali's best beaches are actually white. You can find them at Nusa Dua and Jimbaran Bay near Ngurah Rai airport, if that's the type of Bali beach you yearn for.
The Balinese people are simply beautiful and happy, while prices for everything are very cheap. The natural beauty of Bali is breathtaking in many places.
It's little wonder Bali is voted the world's best beach holiday destination year after year.