If you’re planning a holiday to Bali then you may be wondering what are the best areas to visit. This small island offers something for everyone and the main tourist areas have very different personalities which will appeal to different groups of people. Most visitors to Bali choose to either base themselves in one location (Bali is small enough to do day trips around the island) or stay in several different areas until they find one that feels perfect for them.
Kuta is the busiest and most touristy town on the island. Many big hotel chains and resorts have a branch in Kuta or the neighboring Seminyak and offer the tantalizing combination of white sand beach, extensive shopping, bars and restaurants. Kuta has a bit of a reputation for being a party town with a vibrant night life and there are lots of clubs and hotels that cater for the young free and single crowd, such as the Bounty Hotel Bali. However families have lots of options here too and it is also a popular area with surfers.
If you like the beach but Kuta is just a little too much for you, you might want to consider Sanur. This quiet beach resort a little further up the coast is much more sedate and great for families but still offers a full range of shops, restaurants and activity options.
For even more peace and quiet, consider Lovina Bali on the North coast with its attractive black sand beaches and dolphin spotting tours. There are still plenty of hotels and restaurants here but not so many tourists head this far north so it is much quieter and perfect for a bit of rest and relaxation.
If you’re coming to Bali for culture or spiritual enlightenment rather than a beach holiday, Ubud is for you. This tiny village is considered the center of arts and culture on the island and is great for shopping for arts and crafts, watching traditional dances, indulging in some spa treatments or taking a yoga class or two.