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Kuta Travel Guide with Corona Dashboard for South Bali

Kuta is the best known tourist resort area on the island of Bali, Indonesia.

Understand

Kuta

With a long broad Indian Ocean beach-front, Kuta was discovered by tourists as a surfing paradise. It has long been a popular stop on the classic Banana Pancake Trail backpacking route in South East Asia. Back in the 1980s they used to talk about the three Ks: Kathmandu in Nepal, Bangkok/Khao San Road in Bangkok and Kuta. Today Kuta still attracts some hardcore backpackers as well as families and tourists from all over the world, and is most notably a playground for young visitors from Australia.

Due to the ever increasing popularity of Bali, Kuta is continually developing, and is not short of unsightly, poorly planned buildings. It can come across at times to be chaotic, overcrowded and congested. However, amongst all the mayhem this place somehow works, and hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoy their time in Kuta every year.

Infrastructure has come a long way in Kuta, although it is still insufficient for the amount of visitors who stay in the area. Some side alleys still have significant potholes and road rules still don’t mean very much. Most roads are constantly busy with motor scooters, metered taxis and private cars. Instead of using signals, locals and the seasoned travellers honk their motor vehicles to signal overtaking or squeezing into a tight spot near you. Cars often fold in their side mirrors when negotiating narrow single lanes with parked vehicles. Now you can access free Wi-Fi in local convenience stores, restaurants, cafes and hotels. There are half a dozen prepaid mobile phone sim cards available everywhere with competitive top up plans. Touts will persistently try to get you to buy something from them, whether you’re walking on the streets or seated in a restaurant.

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The 5-km-long sandy stretch of Kuta is ampng the best beachfronts in Bali. The beach is safe, partially clean, well-maintained with areas for each activities. The beach nearest to the sea is for sunbathing and no hawkers will annoy you. Behind it is for beach vendors such as massages, hair braiding, and surf boards and maybe they will annoy you when you enter their area. And near the half-body fence wall is area for vendors, mostly come from East Java sell cigarettes, foods and drinks, cheap, so many taxi drivers buy over the fence wall, but still sit in his taxi and vendor’s banks usually are empty. Two latest areas are cool under the trees. The long wide stretch of sand is often full of sunbathers and although most of the serious surfers have moved on to newer pastures, there are still plenty of surf dudes around at most times of the year, and especially so during peak season. As you move north along the beach to first Legian and then Seminyak and Petitenget it becomes progressively quieter and less frenetic.

The area of south Kuta closest to the airport is more correctly known as Tuban, but this name is rarely used.

Once the sun goes down, Kuta is the rough and ready party zone of Bali, even after the terrorist bombing of 2002. Even the most hardened of party animal will find something to please them on Jalan Legian at night.

Kuta Tourism Information Offices 

  • JI Bakungsari, Tel: +62 361 751660 ext 145
  • Ground Floor, Century Plaza Building, JI Benesari No7, Tel: +62 361 754090

Get into Kuta

Map of Kuta

By plane

Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport (DPS), is in fact directly south of Kuta, about 15 minutes away by taxi. More information about the airport is in the main Bali article.

The prepaid fare from the airport to Kuta is around Rp 120,000. If you don’t have too much luggage, you can save some money by walking 200 metres out of the airport area, and take a metered taxi (taksi berargo) from a company that does not pay service fees to the airport authority and is therefore not allowed to enter the airport to pick up customers. For example, a metered taxi from Bali Taksi (+62 361 701111) will run to about Rp 30,000 for the same trip. You could book a fixed price taxi via a smart phone app such as Grab (cars) or Go-Jek (motorbikes). Go up lift or escalators to 3rd level.

Use the airport’s free Wi-Fi to book. You can also catch a bemo from outside the airport to Kuta for Rp 5,000-10,000. If you can find one. Or many passengers booked car rental by online and the car will be delivered to the airport for free.

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By car

Kuta is reached by the main Jalan Ngurah Rai bypass from points north (Denpasar, Sanur and Ubud), and south (Jimbaran, Nusa Dua and Bukit Peninsula. If you are coming in from Seminyak be sure to take the Jalan Sunset bypass and not the congested beach route along Jalan Raya Seminyak and Jalan Legian.

By bus

Kuta is connected by bus routes from all areas of Bali. There are various scheduled shuttle services including Perama. Perama shuttle buses to Kuta leave from Sanur, Ubud, Candidasa, Padang Bai and Lovina.

By bemo

As elsewhere in Bali, bemos are rarer and far less important in Kuta than they used to be. This reflects both the increased number of Balinese who are wealthy enough to afford their own transport, and the huge expansion of tourism in Bali. Bemo Corner, in the heart of Kuta at the junction of Jalan Legian and Jalan Raya Kuta, used to be an institution on the backpacker circuit. These days it is almost irrelevant, but the little blue buses are still there albeit in greatly reduced numbers, and they will still try to charge you five times the real rate.

Kuta is served with some regularity from Denpasar’s Tegal bemo terminal.

By boat

Benoa Harbor — not to be confused with Nusa Dua — is around 20 min northeast of Kuta, and speedboats and cruises from the Gili Islands, Lombok and Nusa Lembongan arrive here. Most companies operating from Benoa offer free pick-up and drop-off in and around Kuta.

Get around

Kuta Beach front

Kuta stretches along the beachfront all the way from the airport to Legian, and small lanes lead from the beaches into the densely populated accommodation zone. To avoid traffic-related frustrations, the best option is a combination of walking in small lanes and using metred taxis or a rented motorbike for longer excursions.

By car

Traffic jams are a constant hassle here and especially so when it is raining. It is often best to park your car before you reach central Kuta, and then walk in. The centre is only about one and a half kilometres in length and half a kilometre wide but when stuck in traffic you might easily spend 30 minutes or more to travel these short distances.

There are some designated parking areas in the middle of Kuta (usually Rp 5,000 for an unlimited stay) including a large one on Jalan Legian near the top of Poppies II. There are also public parking bays on Jalan Pantai Kuta right beside the beach, but these can get very busy.

Finding a rental car company is easy in Kuta, especially in Poppies I and Poppies II. A small rental car starts from Rp 140,000 with third party insurance. Add another Rp 100,000 or so for a comprehensive cover. Check your rental contract for specifics before signing. The rental car can be driven to your accommodation for pick up.

By shuttle bus

South Bali has a public local shuttle bus service called Kura Kura Bus. The bus service connects popular tourist areas daily from 08:30 until 22:00 (depending on the line). Flat fare rates for a single journey. Rates vary for each line. Kuta, Legia, Seminyak are all Rp 20,000. Jimabaran and Sanur are Rp 40,000. Nusa Dua and South Nusa Dua is Rp 50,000. Ubud is Rp 80,000.

By taxi

Metered taxis (taksi berargo) are ubiquitous on the streets of Kuta and are a relatively cheap and reliable way to get around, especially at night. Avoid any taxi where the driver refuses to put the meter on. This is increasingly rare but you will still find the odd taxi driver who is stuck in a 1990s timewarp. It’s still a common problem at night time along the main bar and club stretch of Jalan Legian.

The largest, most reputable and most reliable taxi operators are Bluebird and Bali Taksi. Sometimes these taxis are not available at night in the immediate vicinity of discos and bars as other smaller companies may have exclusive arrangements with these businesses. However, the more reputable and reliable taxis can be found easily by walking a little up the street. It would be in your interests to seek out a Bluebird taxi in this situation.

Since BlueBird and Bali Taxi have the best reputations, a number of other drivers have started to try and make their taxis look very similar, using blue vehicles with names like Taxi Bali, or a logo that’s similar to the BlueBird. Look very carefully, sometimes at first glance the imitators can be quite convincing.

If you wish to use a taxi ensure the destination is clear with the driver before you enter the taxi and that the driver will be using the meter. If the driver does not agree to use the meter seek another taxi.

Having entered the taxi ensure the driver understands the destination requirement and turns on the meter (argo). At the end of the journey pay the amount showing on the meter. Do not accept any requests from the driver for extra payment or extra charges of any kind other than the payment of tolls or parking fees, these are the responsibility of the passenger, not the driver.

The driver may not provide change if you only have large notes, ensure you obtain smaller notes prior to travel or stop on-route, otherwise you will most likely have to round-up the payment and not receive any change.

To avoid paying too much or to avoid the haggling, try using a smart app booking service such as GrabTaxi. You are more likely to find a driver if you position yourself at an easy and convenient location for pick up on a major road and by a well known place such as outside a KFC or mini mart and not down a narrow alleyway.

By motorbike

Those with a sense of adventure should try hopping on the back of a local scooter. They are always looking for a passenger, making negotiation easier and more successful. This type of informal transport is called an ojek and is fast and cheap. It is now possible to download booking apps for finding ojek drivers at fixed rates, including insurance. For example Go-Jek.

You can choose to rent a scooter for your stay. There are literally thousands of scooters available for rent: these should cost no more than Rp 60,000-70,000 per day rental, and between Rp 45,000-50,000 per day for rental of a week or more. Insist on a helmet for the motorcycle, for both your own safety and because wearing a helmet is a legal requirement in Indonesia; you will be stopped by the police and fined for riding without a helmet. It should be understood that the streets can be chaotic and dangerous for inexperienced riders so consider carefully before renting a motorcycle. If you intend to surf, there are plenty of specially modified motorbikes with surfboard hangers.

Here you can find scooter rental recommended below:

  • Rental Scooter Bali, Based in Kuta, Airport, Seminyak and Denpasar ☎ +628214444809/+6285333399175 (Promo Rental Motorbike Bali). Pick up & drop off at Bali International Airport to Kuta, Nusa Dua and Denpasar – Rates start at Rp 50,000/24 hr. Reservation can be made via phone or email gotravela.id@gmail.com.
  • X rental: Sewa Motor Di Bali Satu Satunya di Bandara Ngurah Rai
  • Rental Motor Bali

Travel by bicycle in Kuta

You could hire a bicycle to get around on, it would save on too much walking or needing to pay for taxis. Sadly there are not many places to rent bicycles in Bali anymore except in Sanur. If you want a good quality bicycle to rent the try Bali Bike hire. They can deliver bicycles to you if needed.

Bicycle sharing company oBike now operates in Kuta using a smart phone app. You need to register with a mobile number and add credit using a credit or debit card.

On foot

Kuta has become quite more pleasant to walk, with pavements being reformed and touting on the streets dramatically reduced. Kuta beach contains a long walking lane which is surprisingly almost free of touts. In busy roads, guards help pedestrians to cross the street. On narrow streets, pedestrians need to share the road with motorbikes, which isn’t particularly dangerous but requires constant attention.

See

Bali Bomb Memorial on Jalan Legian, Kuta

Surfing, shopping & partying are the three main events in Kuta, and interesting attractions are very thin on the ground. The beach is of course very scenic here, if nearly always crowded.

  • Bali Bomb Memorial. This is a memorial to the 202 victims who died when bombs were detonated on 12 October 2002. It can be found on Jl Legian opposite the corner of Poppies II. This is the former site of the old Paddy’s Bar, and opposite the former site of the Sari Club, which is still an empty space, next to the Billabong shop. Every year on the anniversary date there is a ceremony mourning those killed or wounded by the bombs. Whilst viewing the memorial, please be calm and silent out of respect. The local Balinese will often be curious to learn if you knew or were related to any of the victims.
  • Beach offerings. In the mornings you regularly see Balinese people throwing offerings into the sea, especially when Nyepi is approaching. The best spot is the temple right next to the beach about 200-250 m to the north of the Hard Rock Hotel.
  • Hard Rock Hotel is something of a tourist attraction and is definitely worth a look and the odd photo.

Do

Surfing

Kuta is a well known destination amongst surfing enthusiasts. A long sandy beach with a lack of dangerous rocks or coral, makes the area attractive for beginners.

  • Bali learn to surfHas an office at the Hard Rock Hotel, as well as a beach presence. Offers equipment in good condition and premises for a surfing introduction in calm water at the swimming-pool of the Hard Rock Hotel. An introductory lesson costs US$45, lasts 2½ hours and students are offered hotel transfers and fresh water. A 3-day course costs US$120, and 5-day courses include a “surfari” to other surfing spots for US$200.
  • Some of the surf dudes in the shops also offer private lessons. They are considerably cheaper than the surf schools but just as good. Many of the dudes have been working for the schools or do it on the side. You can’t find them on the web so you should look around. One good one is the “Sion Surf Shop” on Poppies I, around 400 m from the beach.
  • There are several surf shops on Poppies II which all seem to be much of a muchness. Friendly local surfer dudes will happily chat wth you about the waves, offer to fix a ding, rent you a board and sell you just about anything surf-related.
  • Be careful when you rent on a beach: some boards are in such a poor condition that you are very lucky if you don’t break them. And that is what some who operate the rental business are looking for. If you break it, then they may demand that you pay for it. So choose only the boards that appear to be in good condition, or you may get ripped off.
  • It is also possible to rent equipment from locals on the beach for between Rp 20,000-80,000 per half day, however prices asked are often closer to Rp 40,000-100,000 for one hour. If you rent from the same company for a few consecutive days you will almost certainly get a better price. The equipment quality is lower than of the formal outlets. The surfers on the beach can also give you some basic lessons, and look after your stuff while you are in the water. If this is your first experience of surfing it is safer to use a surf school or private lessons before heading out on your own.
  • If you want to rent for a few days, rather consider rentasurfboard.com. Their price is Rp 100,000/day, the boards are usually in good condition.
  • Bali Wave Hunter, . Surfing charters and tours from Bali to Nusa Lembongan, Lombok & Sumbawa. Uses an 80-ft Indonesian jukung outrigger with full size beds, shower and toilet, TV, DVD player and stereo and wake boarding facilities. 240 v power with, kitchen with fridge and freezer. Smaller boat also available.

Spa and massage

There are spas by the dozen, and as Kuta is the most competitive place in Bali, prices are the lowest (as is the quality of experience). Shop around and ask for package discounts. Take a look at the place first and do not allow yourself be talked into something by touts. A well known spa is Villa de Daun on Jalan Legian. Many hotels have their own in-house spas or partner with a local operator. Reborn and Cozy are two excellent spas on the outskirts of Kuta, on Sunset Road just before the roundabout. The price is around Rp 120,000 for 2-hours, but have “happy hour” specials.

Beware of the women offering massages on the beach. They are seasoned at ripping off tourists: be sure you have agreed to a price and a duration, or you’ll find yourself with a 10-minute massage.

  • Carla SpaPoppiesVery good full body oil massage for not too much money, ask for Alfa. Opposite side of Artawan, same side as “The Steps”, a bit further towards JL Legian. Rp 50,000/hour.
  • The NaturalJl Legian #19909:00-23:45This massage and day spa is of good quality unlike some of the ones found in Kuta along the small side alleys. There is a cluster of such good places near here on the edge of the main club and bar scene on Jalan Legian. Rp 70,000 for one hour.

Other

Sunset at the temple of Pura Luhur Uluwatu above the cliffs

Enjoy the sunset. In the evenings plenty of people head down to the beach or seaside cafes to watch the wonderful sunset. Be in place by about 17:30, for a sunset between 18:15 and 18:45. The area in front of McDonald’s and the Hard Rock Cafe can be a bit hectic with touts selling spearguns, henna tattoos and massages. Going north, the hassle drops exponentially, with the Legian/Padma Beach area being a wonderfully relaxing place to watch sunset.

  • Paradiso Bowling CentreJl Kartika Plaza No8X, . 18:00-23:00 dailyAn 18-lane bowling centre. Large number of pool and snooker tables as well. Rp 27,000 per game.
  • Waterbom ParkJl Kartika Plaza (opposite Discovery Shopping Mall), . 09:00-18:00 dailyThis is one of the biggest water theme parks in Asia and is within easy walking distance from Kuta beach. Adults Rp 520,000, under-12s Rp 370,000, good value 2-day passes available.
  • Mega Dive BaliJl Elang No 5, Tuban, . A PADI 5 Star Gold Palm Resort. Arranges daily diving trips to Nusa Penida, Tulamben, Padang Bai and Amed.
  • Manta Manta DivingKuta, Bali, . Daily snorkelling & diving trips to Nusa Penida, Tulamben, Padang Bai and Amed. PADI courses offered.
  • Release a baby turtleVolunteers protect turtle eggs and release newly born turtles back to the sea during nesting season on Kuta Beach, from March to September. They have release days when have enough hatchlings at 4pm.

Learn

  • Yoga is very popular and courses are always on offer.
  • Some hotels offer courses to learn Bahasa Indonesia.

Buy

  • There are lots of popular surfwear/sportswear stores including Volcom, Rip Curl, Rusty, Surfer Girl Billabong and Quiksilver. These well known brands can be purchased in Kuta at prices 30-50% lower than you will pay at home. Your best bet is to wander the length of Jalan Legian between bemo corner and Jalan Melsati where you will find an almost unbelievable number of outlets.
  • Kuta Square is a popular shopping area at the north end of Jl Kartika Plaza. There are a host of small shops on both sides of the street, and a big Matahari department store, with a cheap and utterly wacky collection of T-shirts on the 3rd floor.
  • If you buy things from hawkers on the beach, you will attract dozens more and they will do their best to make you feel guilty for not buying from them. Be prepared for offers at “good luck prices” or “morning/sunset prices”. The trick is to not look them in the eye and respond to their offers with a firm “no thank you”, but to always stay polite.
  • Ticket to the MoonJl Raya Legian (right by the bomb memorial), . Just in case you left yours at home, the flagship showroom of this famous Bali brand is here in Legian. Hammocks made from parachute fabric that fold up into the smallest, lightest package imaginable.
  • Balinesia Tattoo (On Poppies Lane 2). You’ll find plenty of local free parking. The studio has a relaxed atmosphere with staff both friendly and helpful. Experienced artists.
  • LaundryThere are plenty of places that do laundry for about Rp 7,000/kg, but their scales are often rigged. A 1.5 kg bag could be charged as being 2.5 kg. Take your own scales and receive some unfriendly response.
  • Wina Optic11:00-16:00If you need a new pair of glasses or new lenses, this is a great value optician. Ask to see Hendrie. Transition lenses cost Rp 400,000 for a pair and can be fitted in 4 days. Frames from about Rp 200,000. Varifocal lenses cost Rp 700,000.
  • Money Changer (Bemo Corner)A money changer offering good rates with no nonsense in an air-conditioned office. See map link for location at end of Jalan Legian.
  • Indo Ink Bali Tattoono: 522 Kaja Jl. Werkudara Kuta, . Great tattoo studio with very knowledgeable artists. Very understanding and good service.
  • X-rental sewa motor di bali Termurah Promo Rp.30Rb/ Hari, email = info@x-rental.com, address = Jl. Dewi Sartika, Gg. Mangga No.5, Kuta, kuta, tuban, kabupaten badung, Bali 80361, phone= +628 21-4400-1991, price=Rp 30,000-150,000/day

Shopping malls

Large, western-style shopping malls are hardly a typical Bali shopping experience, but the best ones on the island are in the Kuta area.

  • Bali Mall GalleriaJl Bypass Ngurah Rai (beside the huge Simpang Siur roundabout), . Galleria is home to number of well-known brand stores, a food court, Planet Hollywood and a great cinema. There is a large duty free shopping centre which is aimed primarily at Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese tourists. You can buy luxury items tax free, and they are collected upon departure at the airport.
  • Beachwalk shopping centreBeach Road at bottom of Popies 2Opened in 2013, pleasant environment overlooking the sea with lots of greenery. Has 3 screen cinema on upper floor (next to Burger King) including one Premier (VIP room) which is great value.
  • Carrefour PlazaJl Sunset (north west of the Simpang Siur roundabout)Has a Carrefour supermarket on the top floor, an excellent Periplus bookshop, numerous small designer stores and the best authorised Apple Mac retailer in Bali.
  • Discovery Shopping MallJl Kartika Plaza in Tuban, across from Waterbom ParkA big western-style mall with plenty of international brand stores on the ground and sub-ground levels, including Guess, Marks and Spencers, Sogo and Top Shop. The second level is occupied fully by the Centro department store, and there are many cafes and a large electronics retailer on the 3rd level. The waterfront cafes on the ground level have excellent ocean views.
  • Lippo MallTwo-story shopping centre with hypermart and Cinemaxx Theatre on basement level.

Eat

Bakso

You can find any manner of international and local food here. Restaurants are usually either very cheap or in the mid-range. Exclusive restaurants are rare but there are some gems. For luxury dining head 15 minutes up the road to Seminyak.

Halal restaurants can be found along Jalan Raya Kediri. Big chain restaurants such as Pizza Hut, Mc Donald’s, and Kentucky Fried Chicken are also halal certified and can be found easily near the beach.

Budget

Beach-stall food is delicious, filling and very cheap. These are dotted along Kuta and Legian beach beneath the trees or road-side awnings.

  • Aromas CafeJl Legian (near the Rip Curl shop), . Superb vegetarian food. About Rp 20,000.
  • Hamburger LadyKuta Beach (on the side of the tourist police station). As food can no longer be made at the beach, this hamburger stall owner walks around the beach with a menu and takes orders. She makes the burgers on the side of the tourist police station next to the shopping mall on the beach. About Rp 20,000.
  • Kedai Nasi UdukKuta Galleria, Jl Patih Jelantik, . Small warung serving the Jakarta speciality Nasi Uduk (rice cooked in coconut water and various aromatic spices, served with chicken or beef and vegetables). Well prepared, authentic food. Rp 15,000-20,000.
  • Kedin’s CafePoppies Lane I (in front of Kedin’s Inn), . Good, typical local Indonesian food. They show sport or occasional Hollywood movies. Rp10,000-20,000.
  • Mie88Jl Patih Jelantik 1 (opposite the western end of Kuta Galleria). Indonesian noodles in large portions at very good prices. Excellent budget option – spend Rp 15,000 for a delicious meal.
  • Nusa IndahPoppies Lane I (About halfway along Poppies I, opposite Masa Inn). Good, very cheap Indonesian food and cold beer. Great staff and always fun. An old school backpacker type hangout, the like of which has rapidly disappeared from Bali.
  • Tree House CafePoppies Lane I, . A busy and crowded budget restaurant. Their specialties are Dutch snacks, such as kroket and frikandel. Rp 40,000.
  • Warung Indonesia (Between Poppies I and II). Popular with locals and long-stayers and is packed most nights. Some of best food is not on the menu but laid out behind a glass display from where you can pick the food you want. Fresh fruit juices are all good and cheap, from Rp 9,000. There are several other good cheap eating places along this narrow lane between Poppies I and II such as Fajar Resto next door that does a great Nasi Campur Special for just Rp 10,000? Rp 1,000-5,000 per choice, eat very well for Rp 10,000-25,000.
  • Warung 96 (just off Poppies 2). This popular restaurant that serves western food at reasonably low prices but not as cheap as some of the places found between Poppies 1 and 2, has been open since 1996, hence its name. The manager and staff are very friendly.
  • Bamboo CornerPopular with backpackers, very cheap Indonesian food from Rp 15,000. Fresh fruit juices are good and cheap, from Rp 8,000

Mid-range

  • Blue FinJl Kartika Plaza, . Daily 10:00-00:00Good quality Japanese fusion food at reasonable prices. Tempura is especially good as is the salmon salad.
  • Havana Club BaliPoppies I (150 m down from Jl Legian). Restaurant on two floors and the upper level can be reserved for private parties. Tasty food.
  • Made’s WarungJl Pantai Kuta (Near the intersection with Jl Legian). This is the original Made’s, the forerunner of the now very successful Seminyak restaurant. One of the very first restaurants in Kuta, now on two floors and still doing a roaring trade. The menu includes Indonesian, Balinese and western food. Try the pork ribs with green papaya.
  • Mojo’s Flying BurritosMexican restaurant serving California-style Mexican food and juices. Open kitchen where you can watch the cooks making tortillas and salsas. Margaritas by the pitcher. Rp 35,000-70,000.
  • Kafe Batan WaruJl Kartika Plaza (Right by the entrance to Discovery Shopping Mall), . An institution in Ubud for many years. Great regional Indonesian cuisine, cocktails and coffee.
  • KetupatJl Legian 109, . A good Indonesian restaurant.
  • Kuta Plaza RestaurantJl Bakungsari 9 (At the Jl Raya Kuta end of Jl Singosari), . Very popular restaurant serving Chinese Indonesian food. It is a typical Chinese restaurant – loud, bright and brash – but the food is excellent. Seafood is chosen live from tanks in the window. If that is not your thing, there are many other options including excellent pork ribs.

Splurge

  • Maccaroni ClubJl Legian 52 (almost opposite the bomb memorial), . Restaurant & lounge with good Italian food and some Asian fusion. Excellent service and desserts.
  • Ma JolyJl Wana Segara, Tuban (At Kupu Kupu Barong Resort), . Alfresco dining in a great beachfront location in a quiet part of south Kuta/Tuban. Sunset is magnificent from here so cocktails before dinner are a great idea. Large international menu but fish is recommended.

Drink

Kuta is the low end party centre of Bali popular with Backpackers and young Australians on holiday. It has recovered well from the bomb blasts in 2002 and 2005 and tourists still flock to the bars where alcohol is served freely and excessively. Many of the bars have a house cocktail with a local arak (rice spirit) base. These go by charming names like Jam Jar and Fish Bowl, pack a huge punch and make customers very ill.

Jalan Legian bars

Jalan Legian between Poppies Gang I & II is the main party area and things tend to get going around midnight and go until 03:00-04:00. The biggest venues are:

  • The BountyJl Legian (100 m south from Mbargo), . Looks from the inside like a torn ship with several different areas including pool tables. The party starts every day from 22:00 but really gets going at midnight. Go here to get ‘Blasters’. Rough and ready and it gets very messy.
  • EikonJl Legian 178, . Daily 11:00-03:00Lounge bar which frequently has a decent cover band playing R&B.
  • The Engine RoomJl Legian (opposite the Bounty), . Small lounge bar and dance club. A little more sophisticated than some of the options on this street.
  • MbargoJl Legian (adjacent to the bomb memorial). Large air-conditioned bar on two floors. Models are on tap to serve you drinks. Hosts regular fashion shows. A favourite with Australian teenagers. Security is especially tight.
  • Vi Ai PiJl Legian (opposite corner of Poppies II). Lounge style bar and restaurant with nice breezy open upper level.
  • Sky GardenJl Legian 61 (opposite corner of Poppies II). until 03:00Big modern building in a metallic half open air architecture, with several atmospheres, each club has its own DJ. Sexy dancers on bar tops, sometimes fire shows in Dome. They have a lot of security, probably due to the 2002 bombing nearby. They sometimes require ID to prove age. Live band starting 22:30 but not on Mondays. The large open air rooftop terrace is awesome. Rp 50,000 for small Bintang. Between 17:00 and 21:00, Rp 99,000 for 4 hours of unlimited drinks and buffet. Free drinks queue can get long. From 21:00 to 23:00, the cost is Rp 200,000 including buffet and one free drink.
  • Apache Reggae BarJl Legian (a little south from the corner of Poppies II). until 03:00Live music every night, great reggae and rock cover bands in the bar right on the street, then djs. In the back there is another big reggae venue with another good cover band that plays Bob Marley covers non-stop from midnight.

Poppies Lane II bars

Closer to the hotels and eateries and having a more laid back sort of atmosphere, Poppies Lane II is where many of the younger crowd go to start their night off before hitting the dancefloors at the clubs on Jalan Legian. Gets busy from 21:00 until midnight. The more popular places are:

  • AlleycatsPoppies II (80 m west from legian st, behind twice bar). 09:30-00:00The busiest pre-club bar. Go here for their “Double Doubles”.
  • Bagus PubPoppies II (20 m west from Jl Legian). 09:00-00:00Favourite drinking den of Aussie all-day drinkers. Great place to watch the world go by.
  • The StepsPoppies II (50 m west from Jl Legian). busy from 22:00-01:00Not a bar as such, it’s some steps in front of a mini market with a boom box for entertainment. A Kuta institution favoured by the surf crowd that’s often busier than a lot of the real bars.
  • Twice BarPoppies II (80 m west from Jl Legian). 00:00-lateA dark setting perfectly suited to the heavy metal bands that play here several times a week, popular with many of the local Kuta scene.
  • Piggys BarPoppies II (80 m west from Jl Legian). 24 hrA smaller version of Bagus Pub but with live bands and open 24 hours a day.

Kuta waterfront bars

Along the waterfront on Jalan Pantai Kuta there are some slightly more sophisticated bar and lounge options. Most are lounges that offer food and entertainment afterwards. Definitely an option to explore and not so overrun by the Australian party groups.

  • Kama SutraJl Pantai KutaCavernous bar and club on the beachfront which is very popular with young Indonesians.

Sports bars

  • All Stars Surf CafeJl Kartika Plaza No 8XNon-stop surf videos, huge jugs of icy beer, sumo wrestling and limbo dancing.
  • Stadium Sports CafeComplex Kuta Side Walk, Jl Kartika Plaza, . 10:00 to 01:00 dailyLong established sports bar with two huge projection screens. Shows lots of the Premier League, plus Australian and American sports.

Coffee

Several global coffee chains are here, including Gloria Jean’s (Australia), Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (USA), Starbucks (USA). There are also independent coffee shops too, such as Bemo Corner Coffee.

  • Gloria Jean’s coffeesKuta SquareNice coffee shop with lots of comfy seating upstairs overlooking a scenic temple.

Where to stay in Kuta

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under US$25
Mid-range US$50-100
Splurge Over US$100

Kuta has a huge range of accommodation mostly in the budget and mid-range markets, but for the last few years there are many 4-star hotels also. Prices are often negotiable. Nowadays, Kuta is the most competitive area of hotel businesses in Bali. Many 3-star hotels offer discounts. The other hotels of all classes have also lowered their rates. Many hotels have been/being built between Tuban Beach and Kuta Square street. Closer to Kuta Square street means farther to Kuta Beach. Several 3- or 4-star hotels are also located in narrow streets and usually have limited car parking slots. Booking ahead is not necessary even in peak seasons, except if you want to guarantee a stay in one particular hotel, as supply is greater than demand.

All prices stated below are normal prices without discount.

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Budget

There are a lot of cheap guest houses in the Rp 100,000-250,000 range on Poppies II, but you can often find nicer places on the small lanes between Poppies I and II. Most guest houses in this area allow adults only. A lot of the budget accommodation in Kuta is very tired. Always see the room first & haggle. It is becoming difficult to find budget accommodation if you arrive late in the day. Budget places (under US$10) may not take reservations, so trying to arrive around 12:00 or 13:00 as people check-out is a good strategy to try and find cheap accommodation.

  • Ayu Beach InnPoppies IDecent budget accommodation; prices may be much lower outside peak season. Nice pool, drinks on sale, friendly staff, includes a basic breakfast. Rp 200,000 for fan room (week of Christmas), higher for air-com.
  • Ayu Lili Garden Resortbetween Poppies II and Benesari, . Decent budget accommodation, clean and quiet, in a small alley parallel to Poppies II, walking distance from the beach and the nightlife. Nice pool and garden, no Wi-Fi but they have a cheap internet cafe and a shop for drinks/snacks. Rp 180,000 for fan room (June), higher for air-con.
  • Bamboo InnJalan Singosari / Bakungsari, Gang Kresek No. 1, . A beautiful and welcoming homestay in a relatively quiet place in Kuta. Rooms are clean and have a ventilator. Rp 200,000.
  • Bedbunkers Backpackers HostelsJl. Dewi Sri (15 minutes walk from the beach), . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00Each dorm includes built-in lockers, comfortable mattresses, pillows and blankets. 24-hr hot water showers and toilets that are shared. Housekeeping every day. 24 hr-reception with free Wi-Fi. From Rp 100,000.
  • CT1 Bali Bed & BreakfastJl. Raya Tuban No. 62It is bed & breakfast very minimalis hotel with outdoor staircase up to 4 storey, so children should be accompanied (only 4 rooms in the first floor). Maybe the cheapeast hotel for family due to same tariff for 2 persons or 4 adults in 3×3 meter square room with different bed configuration. No amenities, towel should be borrowed for Rp 12,000 each. Relatively far from everywhere (nearest beach is more than 2 kilometers away), but not difficult to find simple food near hotel. Maybe affordable for family with high school youngster or who want transit only or avoid traffic jam to airport. Less than Rp 200,000, for 2 to 4 persons (same price), but modest breakfast is only served for 2 persons.
  • Diana HousePoppies I, . Decent value for money. Fairly large rooms, clean attached bathrooms. From Rp 150,000.
  • Fat YogisPoppies I, . Decent standard budget accommodation 300 m from Kuta Beach. From Rp 260,000.
  • Komala IndahJust east of Kuta Beach on BenesariPrices continue to rise as budget places get squeezed out of Kuta, but they are still the cheapest you can find. The rooms are very basic. There are three Komalas in the area, Komala Indah 1, Komala Indah 2 and Komala Indah Cottages, and they all have a different style and management. Komala 1 and Cottages are the nicer of the bunch but Komala 1 is almost always full. Includes breakfast. Rooms are bungalow style, with a small patio in the front. starting at Rp 130,000.
  • Losmen ArthawanPoppies II, . The budget singles include breakfast, cleaning every 3 days, a bathroom, and patio, fan in the room and cold water. The pricier rooms have hot water and air-con. From Rp 120,000.
  • Pondok Sari Kuta HotelJl. Nyangnyang Sari No. 7B, , fax+62 361 766280Decent budget accommodation, clean and quiet, in a small alley next to Bank Mandiri Kuta, walking distance from the Joger & Krisna Souvenir Shop. Nice pool and garden, Free Wi-Fi. Rp 240,000.
  • Puri Agung Homestayoff poppies gang 1., . Fan single and double rooms all with own bathrooms. Has a nice garden. Rp 120,000.
  • Sorga Cottages (Hotel Sorga), Sorga Lane, Poppies I, . Balinese-style hotel in 2 low-rise buildings. Rooms are plain and simple with slightly tired furnishings. Suitable for budget travellers seeking economically priced, unfussy accommodation. Large, pretty garden and a pool. Staff are friendly and helpful. Air-con and airport pick-ups. Computers, paid internet access – Rp 12,000/half hr, a small convenience store and car rental are available. From Rp 180,000 includes breakfast.
  • Taman Sari Bali Cottagesbetween Poppies I and IISpacious fan rooms with double bed own bathroom, a nice communal swimming pool and basic breakfast. Rp 120,000.
  • Benyasa Beach Inn 2JL Lebak Bene Sari Poppies 2.Check-out: 12:00Fan double room with own bathroom. Free Wi-Fi. has a swimming pool. Rp 100,000.
  • Mahendra Beach InnJL Poppies 2 Gg rontaCheck-out: 12:00Fan double room with own bathroom. Free breakfast. Rp 125,000.
  • Hana Kuta Beach HotelJL Tegal Wangi No 2 (near Kuta square.). Check-out: 12 noonAir-con double room with hot water bath room. Free Wi-Fi. has a swimming pool. Rp 250.000.

Mid-range

  • Adhi Dharma Hotel and CottagesJl Benesari, . Decent facilities and good value for money. From US$50.
  • Bakungsari HotelJl Singosari, . 3-storey hotel with large communal pool and simple restaurant. All 107 rooms have their own terrace. From US$35.
  • Bali Sorgawi HotelJl Legian Kelod, . Friendly, good value simple accommodation. Kuta beach is 5-min walk. All 36 rooms have air-con. Pool, mini gym, internet and safe facilities. Free airport pick-up. From US$30.
  • Dewa Bharata Kuta BungalowsJl Legian Kuta Bali, , fax+62-361-751764Large swimming pool and restaurant with free Wi-Fi. From US$35.
  • Dewi Sri HotelGang Dewi Sri off Jl Legian, . A large, cheap and cheerful hotel. Simple but clean and functional rooms, large pool and bar/restaurant. From US$45.
  • Grand Istana RamaJl Pantai Kuta (Next to Beachwalk Shopping Center), . 4-star hotel on Kuta beach. It is old furnished hotel with staircases, ground, level 1 and level 2. Prices on upstairs floors are cheaper. Huge area with nice garden and even has a banyan tree. The distance from the front office to your room in back of the hotel area is about 100 m. Maybe the cheapest 3- or 4-star hotel close to Kuta Beach, though on a one-way street. From about US$50.
  • Harris Hotel TubanJl Dewi Sartika, Tuban, . Modern 68-room hotel close to the airport and Tuban beach. Nice pool, in-house spa. Free Wi-Fi and decent restaurant. From about Rp 550,000.
  • Hotel MikiJl Dewi Sri 78, . A new and stylish hotel 300 m from Kuta Galleria shopping area. Design is a mixture of contemporary and traditional Indonesian influences. All rooms have air-con, private bathroom, fridge and TV. Free airport pick-up. From Rp 300,000.
  • Ida HotelJl Kahyangan Suci (off Jl Tegal Wangi), . 57-room hotel with a mix of regular rooms and individual cottages. Large communal pool set in nice gardens. From US$45.
  • Kuta Lagoon ResortJl Legian 363 (close to the junction with Jl Melasti), . Despite the name it is nowhere near a lagoon. It is though a well kept hotel with 83 rooms, 17 private cottages and good service. Has a basic spa, restaurant and bar. From US$70.
  • Masa InnPoppies I, . 3-storey hotel 400 m from Kuta Beach. Rooms are clean, quiet and the staff friendly. Two really nice pools. Inclusive of breakfast. From Rp 350,000.
  • Poppies BaliPoppies I, . 20 traditionally-styled bungalows set in tropical gardens. Excellent service and an oasis in the relative chaos of Kuta. From US$80.
  • Simpang InnJl Legian 133, . On main street. A variety of rooms depending on budget: private bungalow, standard room and fan-cooled room. From US$27.
  • Sunset Hotel and Residence Condotel & ApartmentJl Dewi Sri no.11 – Sunset Road, , fax+62 361 758548Serviced apartment suitable for family, business and long staying travellers. 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom and penthouse units. All apartment units are fully equipped with kitchen utensils. Quiet and comfortable. Hotel rooms from US$75 with breakfast. Apartment style accommodation from Rp 750,000 including breakfast.
  • The Kuta Playa Hotel (Kuta Playa), Jl. Pantai Kuta No. 99X Kuta – Bali 80361 Indonesia, . 13 km from Denpasar International Airport but right on the beach, the hotel have rooms ocean view and private villas. The white sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean are just outside the door, and the hotel offers beach gear like kayaks and surfboards, for a fun, easy getaway. 80$.
  • Citadines Kuta Beach BaliJalan Pantai Kuta Badung, . This property has studio, one and two bedroom apartments with beach views. The rooftop swimming pool, breakfast lounge, gym and meeting rooms are the facilities offered.

Splurge

  • Ramayana Resort & SpaJl. Bakung Sari Kuta, , fax+62 361 751866A family-friendly resort in the centre of Kuta with 214 rooms and suites. From US$100.
  • Kuta Seaview Boutique Resort & SpaJl Pantai Kuta, , fax+62 361 751962A tranquil boutique resort in front of Kuta Beach with 88 rooms and cottages. From US$105.
  • Rama Beach Resort & VillasJl. Jenggala Tuban, South Kuta, , fax+62 361 751768A relaxing boutique-style resort and villa-type accommodation in South Kuta. 101 well-designed rooms, cottages and villas. From US$99.
  • Discovery Kartika Plaza HotelJl Kartika Plaza, . Huge beachfront hotel in Tuban adjacent to the Discovery Shopping Mall. A range of services available, different rooms to different standards. From about US$110.
  • Hard Rock Hotel (Jl Pantai Kuta), . Part of the global Hard Rock chain offering exactly what you would expect, on Kuta Beach. Has the largest pool in Bali and other facilities including a spa, fitness centre, children’s club and a rock-climbing wall. Several restaurants and bars, and their own radio station. From about US$130.
  • Kuta Paradiso HotelJl Kartika Plaza, . A large, glitzy and rather ostentatious Tuban hotel, but it is decent value for money. In-house spa and fitness centre, nice restaurant and a large pool. From US$100.
  • Mercure KutaJl Pantai Kuta 100x, . On Kuta Beach close to the Hard Rock. Good quality in-house spa. From about US$100.
  • The Rishi Bali VillasJl Umalas Lestari No. 8 RK, Kerobokan, , fax+62 361 84767081 and 2 bedroom villas with air-con, balcony and internet. Pre-selected menu, DVD library, spa massage, tour and activities around Bali.
  • Villa de DaunJl Legian, . A hidden oasis in a small lane off Jl Legian. 12 stylish private villas located in a hectare of tropical gardens. In-house spa; accommodation bookings are often made with spa packages included. One, two and three bedroom villas. From about US$300.

Stay safe and avoid Scams in Kuta

The safety advice given here applies more in Kuta than anywhere else in Bali. Take heed, have fun, but be sensible.

  • Swimming safety is extremely important in Kuta. It is not allowed to swim near the special flags, that are placed where currents are especially strong. Always swim between the red and yellow flags, where the lifeguards have deemed it safest. Do not swim out too far as the waves and currents here are stronger than you might expect and change very rapidly. The sea water in Kuta can be filthy and you should try not to swim in the obviously polluted areas.
  • Lifeguard Station (Bala Penyelamat Wisata Tirta), JI Pantai Kuta, ☎+62 361 755660
  • Watch your belongings at the beach, better yet do not bring your valuables to the beach if you intend to swim or surf.
  • Touts and scammers will constantly look for their chance. Be wary of deals. If its sounds too good to be true then it probably is. When walking alone (especially down Jl Pantai Kuta and Jl Legian) you will be hassled by touts offering transport on motorbikes. Generally this is harmless and can be used as a means of getting around, although the shear volume of touts offering transport can be an annoyance. Remember to stay calm and don’t be pressured into buying anything you don’t want.
  • Drunken Australians are mostly friendly, but occasionally you might find the odd dickhead looking to start a fight.
  • At night, drunk driving & big potholes in the streets are a problem, so be very aware of road safety after dark, and don’t do foolish things with motorbikes.
  • Drugs should be avoided in Kuta (and all of Indonesia). Punishments for possession are harsh and there have been a number of arrests of tourists over the years. Beware of unsavoury touts offering drugs (often after initially offering transport). These “dealers” are often working with the police in order to get small payouts for arrests. Say “no” and walk away.
  • Pickpockets have been known to be a problem outside bars, specifically on Jalan Legian (Sky Garden, et al.) One common method used against drunk tourists leaving bars and clubs is for a large group of boys and teenagers to block the sidewalk. As the target attempts to squeeze through, the thieves attempt to reach into their pockets and/or bags and take whatever they can get.

Telecommunications in Kuta

Free Wi-Fi for customers has become very widespread in cafes, restaurants, hotels in Kuta – look for the signs.

You can easily buy a prepaid mobile SIM card at a local sundry shop for about Rp 25,000, which will come in handy when making hotel reservations or booking tours. They are also available at Circle-K and other convenience chains, but will cost more for the same deal. Get the seller to activate the SIM card for you unless you understand instructions in Bahasa Indonesia fairly well. There should be no need to top up the card, as text messaging and short local calls will cost you next to nothing. If required, top up plans are competitive and sold at the same type of outlets.

There is a post office in a small lane off Poppies I which is also home to several ‘wartels’ (phone shops) which provide public IDD and fax facilities.

  • Bali Cyber Cafe9 Kompleks Sriwijaya, Jl Patih Jelantik, . About 08:00-22:00Efficient internet cafe with a fairly reliable 256 kbps connection. Also has a decent food menu. One of the better specialist internet cafes in Bali.
  • Telkomsel shopThere is a Telkomsel mobile network outlet on the upper level at the Bali Galeria shopping mall. They can sell you a simpati SIM card and set it up for you with internet package much cheaper than at airport. You need to show your passport. You might also find a small Telkomsel kiosk in Beachwalk shopping center.

Cope

The following nations have honorary consulates in Kuta, though the names of the consulates confusingly include the words “in Denpasar”:

  • Hungary Honorary Consulate of The Republic of Hungary in Denpasar, Balic/o Marintur, Jl Raya Kuta 88, .
  • Netherlands Royal Dutch Honorary Consulate in Denpasar, BaliJl Raya Kuta 127, .

Go next

  • Kuta is a major transport hub and is well connected to the rest of island via a bemo and shuttle bus network. Check the myriad of advertising boards on Poppies I, Poppies II and Jalan Legian for details.
  • Legian and Seminyak are within walking distance from Kuta.
  • A car journey to the cultural heart of Bali in Ubud will take about 45 minutes.

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Denpasar Travel Guide with Corona Dashboard for South Bali

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Denpasar is the largest city and capital of the island of Bali, Indonesia. It is located in South Bali.

Understand

Denpasar is a bustling, multi-cultural city and although it can seem a little intimidating the first time you visit, just do not believe those travel guides which say it has nothing to offer.

Denpasar is bristling with temples, palaces and museums and its occupants are outstandingly friendly. You will be off the beaten tourist track here, so bring lots of time for a chat with the locals and a decent map of town. You can see many of the main sights comfortably on foot.

This is also a notable shopping city with options to please even the most jaded of world shoppers.

Denpasar is the seat of government in Bali and is therefore home to the provincial governor’s office as well as the administration of the Regency of Badung.

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Tourist Information Office

Jalan Surapati 6, Denpasar. ☎ +62 361 234569. 8AM-4PM. A source of information for current events in the city and for picking up a free map.

Get in

By road

Denpasar is centrally located and easily reached by car or taxi from the main tourist regions of south Bali. A trip from KutaLegian and Seminyak will take 20 to 30 minutes depending on traffic. Sanur is just 15 minutes to the east and Ubud about 30 minutes to the north.  Tabanan is about 40 minutes to the northwest.

A pre-paid taxi from the airport will cost between Rp 70,000-100,000, depending on exactly where in Denpasar you are heading to.

By bus

The main bus terminal of Denpasar is Mengwi. The former bus terminal is Ubung, which is now only a bemo terminal.

Most buses to and from Java depart from here.

  • To and from Surabaya, Java: expect to pay Rp 175.000 – Rp 200.000 by eksekutif night bus depend on the bus operator (famous: restu, wisata Komodo), including the ferry trip between Banyuwangi and Gilimanuk, mineral water and a meal. Buses arrive in the Bungurasih bus terminal in Surabaya. Depart everyday 7PM, duration 10 hr.
  • Other services operate to and from most big cities in Java, including Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bandung and Semarang.
  • For high season idul fitri and new year allowing extra Rp 50.000 – Rp 100.000 per ride per person

By bemo

The bemo centre of Bali is Ubung. Inconveniently, bemo terminals are scattered all around town, and transfers between them can be time and money consuming. The major ones are:

  • Batubulan, 6 km northeast, for points central and east: (Besakih, Candidasa, Kintamani, Klungkung, Padang Bai, Ubud).
  • Tegal, to the west, for southern Bali: (KutaLegian,JimbaranNusa DuaSanurBukit Peninsula).
  • Ubung, to the north, for points north and west: (Gilimanuk, Negara, Singaraja, Tabanan).

Always ask a local for the normal price before getting in or expect to be charged a price up to ten times what it should be.

Don’t forget that a bemo departs when it wants (usually when it is “full enough”), which can sometimes require a lengthy wait, except in the early morning, where they are rather frequent. In any case, you won’t find any bemo after 4PM.

Travel by train to Denpasar

There is no train station in Denpasar, since there are actually no trains in Bali. But a travel agency in the Ubung bus terminal has an agreement with Kerata Api, the Indonesian train company.

You can buy so-called “train tickets” to and from Surabaya, including a bus (air-conditioned) to Banyuwangi, and the ferry between Gilimanuk and Banyuwangi, and then a train from Banyuwangi to Surabaya.

Price: Low season Business: Rp190.000 – Rp 235.000 Executive: Rp 240.000 – Rp 290.000

high season (eid fitri and new year) Business: Rp 255.000 – Rp 300.000 Executive: Rp 310.00- Rp 360.000

Business: air conditioning, seat can not be reclined, less leg space Executive: air conditioning​, seat can be reclined, more leg space, have leg rest

Those prices include a commission to the travel agency.

There are two services in each direction, each day:

  • 22:00 from Surabaya arrival 04:15 in Banyuwangi, arrival approx 11.30 noon in Denpasar.
  • 14:45 from Denpasar, train departing 22:00 from Banyuwangi, arrival 04:17 in Surabaya.

Get around

Denpasar can be a bit steamy and the traffic pollution a worry, but the centre of this city does lend itself to getting around on foot and walking is recommended.

By taxi

Taxis are widely available for hailing. If you have a group of people, you may want to negotiate a bemo (small van) for a set rate to your destination. Remember that pricing is negotiable. Indonesians are great people, however, they won’t think twice about overcharging you if they can.

By bemo

Bemo routes in Denpasar are extremely complicated. In addition to the three terminals described in the section above which operate longer distance bemos, there are three more which handle the local routes (as do the long distance terminals!) – Gunung Agung, Sanglah and Kereneng. Unless you are very patient and somewhat adventurous, bemo transport within Denpasar is best left to the locals to figure out. As a rule of thumb though most routes in the city seem to come through Kereneng Terminal on Jalan Kamboja at some stage.

To go from one bemo terminal to another within the city, the fixed price is Rp 7,000 although non-Indonesians may be asked to pay much more. A taxi can work out cheaper, is certainly faster and is indescribably more comfortable.

By motorbike

As elsewhere in Bali, motorbikes can be rented, although it is more normal for a visitor to arrive with a bike rather than rent one here.

See

When visiting any of the temples in Denpasar, remember to bring a sarong and sash with you. These temples receive relatively few foreign visitors and are unlikely to have temple dress available for hire or loan.

  • Alun-Alun Puputan (Puputan Square), Jl Gajah Mada/Jl SupratiThe huge four-faced, eight-armed Catur Mukha statue is situated here at the centre point of the city. Representing the Lord Brahma and it serves as a guardian of each cardinal point. The square is a key point of orientation for the whole city. If you get lost, find your way back here and all will be clear.
  • Bali Museum (Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali), Jl Mayor Wisnu (eastern side of the Alun-Alun Puputan), . Sa-Th 08:00-15:30, F 08:00-11:00A much under-patronised place by visitors which offers an informative introduction to all things Balinese, both historical and modern-day. Originally opened in 1910, the building was brought down in the 1917 earthquake and languished until 1932 when resident German artist Walter Spies sparked a major revival. The grounds and architecture are quite charming, and the museum is housed in four separate pavilions. The main pavilion has a great collection including ancient stone, bronze and wooden artifact. The southern pavilion houses many textiles, the northern pavilion concentrates on the history of Balinese performance art, and the central pavilion is devoted to Balinese Hinduism and ritual. If this place was in Kuta or Nusa Dua it would be swamped with tourists. Rp 11,000.

Pura Maospahit
  • Lapangan Puputan Margarana (Puputan Park), Jl Raya PuputanThis rather grandiose park is home to the huge Bajra Sandhi monument (literally Balinese Peoples Struggle). The design of the grey stone monument symbolises the date of Indonesian independence, August 17th 1945. There are eight entrances, 17 corners and the height is 45 m. The monument is most significant though for its commemoration of the various puputans (suicidal fight to the death) of the Balinese in the struggle against the Dutch in the early 20th century. At the northern edge of the park you will find the governor’s office and other government buildings.
  • Palace of Satria and the Royal TemplesJl Veteren (about 300 metres north of Alun-Alun Puputan). 08:00-16:00 dailyThe palace and temple of the royal family of Denpasar which is beautifully kept. It is open to all residents of Denpasar for worship. Some wonderfully ornate carvings, even by Balinese standards. Donation.
  • Pura Agung Jagatnata (Jagatnata Temple) (Adjacent to the northern boundary of the Bali Museum). A state temple which was built in 1953. Dedicated to the supreme being Sanghyang Widi Wasa, this temple is open to all worshipers without any restriction as it is a government building and not a village temple. There are large ceremonies here twice a month at full moon and dark moon. Ask at the tourist office for a detailed schedule.

Taman Budaya Cultural Centre
  • Pura Maospahit (Maospahit Temple), Jl SutomoAn ancient temple with a long and glorious history thought to originate in the 14th century. This is a temple typical of the peak of the Majapahit period being constructed largely from red brick. Sadly, much of it was destroyed in the early 20th century earthquake but there are some original remnants including the guardian statues in the inner courtyard. This is a charming temple and one which is seldom visited by tourists, and so there’s every chance you will have it to yourself.
  • Sidik Jari Museum (Finger Painting Museum), Jl Hayam Wuruk 175, . 09:00-17:00 dailySmall, private fine art museum established and owned by I Gusti Ngurah Gede Pemecutan and which exhibits his own work as well as that of other artists. Also has facilities for public dance and other performances.
  • Taman Wedhi Budaya Cultural CentreJl Nusa Indah, . 08:00-15:30 dailyA museum that covers the history and essence of Balinese art. The classical schools are well represented by both paintings and sculpture and there is a large section featuring contemporary Balinese art. Gamelan orchestra performances are also held. Rp 3,000.

What to do in Denpasar

It is very much worth finding information from the official tourism office about scheduled cultural events in Denpasar. These are many and varied and include, dance, puppet theatre and art exhibitions.

Otherwise, apart from the numerous sights and excellent shopping, there are not really any specific activities to recommend in Denpasar.

Buy

Contrary to what you might read in many guide books, the best shopping in Bali is in Denpasar.

Jalan Gajah Mada, Denpasar
  • Badung Central Market, Jl Gajah Mada is best visited in the early morning. The ground level is devoted to fresh foodstuffs, dried food and spices are on the second level and handicrafts can be found on the top level.
  • Duta Silk, fabulous silk emporium located at Block 1, Komplex Duta Permai (next to Matahari Department store) on Jalan Dewi Sartika.
  • Gold, competitive jewellery prices abound in Jl Hasanuddin and Jl Sulawesi.
  • The myriad of small stores selling fabrics and local works in Jl Gajah Mada and Jl Thamrin will keep happy even the most jaded of world shoppers.
  • There are several shopping malls in Denpasar, the most notable being Ramayana on Jl Diponegoro, Matahari Duta Plaza on Jl Dewi Sartika and Robinsons opposite Matahari. These malls have a huge range of stores selling everything from clothing to arts and crafts as well as more everyday shops such as pharmacies.

Eat

Denpasar is a melting pot of different cultures from all over Indonesia. There are few places where the results of the government trans-migration policy are more evident than here. For that reason it is a wonderful place to eat with restaurants specialising in different regional and ethnic Indonesian cuisines. Sometimes this can all seem a bit inaccessible and hard to find for visitors, so do not be shy to ask your driver or at your hotel.

  • Atoom BaraJl Gajah Mada 106-108, . Chinese restaurant specialising in seafood. It appears unimpressive but the food is fantastic.
  • Ayam Goreng Nyonya SuhartiJl Gatot Subroto 109, Ubung, . Famous fried chicken cooked with an old family recipe from Java. A bit out of the way but definitely worth the effort in getting there.
  • Ayam TaliwangJl Teuku Umar, . A restaurant noted for the Lombok speciality of Ayam Taliwang (grilled or fried young chicken). Spicy and delicious.
  • Bali BakeryJl Hayam Wuruk 181, Tanjung Bungkak, . 8AM to 9.30PMLong established bakery and bistro/cafe. Very good quality bread, pastries and cakes produced fresh every day. Large lunch and dinner menu which includes local favorites and some well chosen international dishes.
  • CianjurJl Cok Agung Tresna, Renon, . Named after a town in Western Java, its dishes are influenced by Sundanese cuisine. A little out of the city centre in the suburb of Renon. The grilled and sour-sweet Ikan Gurame is especially recommended.
  • Kak ManJl Teuku Umar 135, . This place is an absolute institution. Truly excellent Balinese food including bebek betutu (smoked duck).
  • Kereneng Night Market (Pasar Malam Kereneng), Jl Hayam Wuruk/Jl KambojaThis market starts up at sunset eveyday and is open until dawn. All manner of Indonesian food served from dozens of stalls. It is rough and ready, but the food is excellent and 100% authentic.
  • Warung Nasi BaliJl Hayam Wuruk 69A, . Excellent local food at very good prices. Highly recommended for a real tate of Indonesia in a very authentic environment.
  • Warung WardaniJl Yudistira 2, . Excellent Indonesian cuisine. Look no further than the Nasi Campur (rice with various spicy side dishes) which is what everyone comes here to eat.

The foodcourts on the upper levels of Denpasar’s department stores all serve surprisingly good food at excellent value prices. Try Ramayana, Matahari and Tiara Dewata department stores.

  • Ramayana (Jalan Diponegoro, Matahari Duta Plaza). Ramayana on Jalan Diponegoro, Matahari Duta Plaza on Jalan Dewi Sartika and Robinsons opposite Matahari. These malls have a huge range of stores selling everything from clothing to arts and crafts as well as more everyday shops such as pharmacies.

Drink

There are bars and nightlife in Denpasar but these are best left alone by visitors who will feel much more at home in Seminyak, Legian and Kuta.

  • Bali BakeryJl Hayam Wuruk 181, Tanjung BungkakLong established bakery and bistro/cafe. Very good quality bread, pastries and cakes produced fresh every day. Large lunch and dinner menu which includes local favorites and some well chosen international dishes.
  • Kereneng Night Market (Pasar Malam Kereneng)Jl Hayam Wuruk/Jl KambojaThis market starts up at sunset eveyday and is open until dawn. All manner of Indonesian food served from dozens of stalls. It is rough and ready, but the food is excellent and authentic.
  • Warung Nasi BaliJl Hayam Wuruk 69AExcellent local food at very good prices. Highly recommended for a real tate of Indonesia in a very authentic environment.
  • Bhineka Jaya Kopi BaliJl Gajah Madah 80, . An absolute must for coffee lovers. Indonesia produces some of the best coffee in the world and here you can order your favorite brew as well as buy the beans. Products include coffee from Central Java, Toraja from Sulawesi, Mandailing from Sumatra and of course the very best of Bali coffee. The outlet of the famous Butterfly Globe brand.

Where to stay in Denpasar

There are many small budget hotels in Denpasar which are primarily aimed at domestic business travellers as few foreign tourists stay in the city here. These are reasonably priced and comfortable enough. Within a 500 m walk of the Alul-Alun Puputan there are many options which will nearly always have availability. Shop around.

Hotels Denpasar: Popularity

Hotel Stars Discount Price per night, from Choose dates

Aston Denpasar Hotel & Convention

★★★★

-6%

2625

View Isaan Hotel Deals

Neo Denpasar by ASTON

★★★

-6%

2927

View Isaan Hotel Deals

Choice Stay Hotel Denpasar

★★★

-14%

2118

View Isaan Hotel Deals

The Graha Cakra Bali Hotel

★★★

-13%

3127

View Isaan Hotel Deals

The Grand Santhi Hotel

★★★

-21%

2923

View Isaan Hotel Deals

OYO 1638 Cityzen Renon Hotel

★★

-12%

1312

View Isaan Hotel Deals

  • Aston Denpasar Hotel and Conference CentreJl Gatot Subroto Barat No 283, . 3/4 star hotel from the Aston chain. Probably the best standard hotel in Denpasar but very much aimed at the conference and business travel market. from about Rp 800,000.
  • Genesis Hotel and SpaJl Bypass Ngurah Rai 888, . 4 star hotel & spa with 5 suites and 71 rooms, including 9 sets of interconnecting rooms for families. Easy access to the main Jl Ngurah Rai bypass. Rates start from US$ 85.
  • Inna Bali Inn (Natour Bali Hotel), Jl Veteren, . Mid-market hotel owned by the government and designed principally for hosting conferences. Good city location though. Has an interesting colonial past and a few nice historical touches remain. Rp 400,000.
  • Merta Sari HotelJl Hasanudin 24 (2 minutes walk south from the Alun-Alun Puputan), . Simple clean hotel.
  • Nakula Familiar InnJl Nakula 4, . Huge, modern rooms, WiFi, each with a balcony and choice of fan or A/C, and a welcoming family-style. From Rp 130,000 single, Rp 150,000 double.
  • Taman Suci HotelJl Imam Bonjol 45, . 45 room hotel in a strategic city position. Popular with domestic travellers. From Rp 325,000.
  • Tirta Lestari HotelJl Nangka 62 (1 km north of the city centre), . Simple clean hotel which will appeal to travellers on a budget. From Rp 120,000.

Cope

Several nations have a consulate in Denpasar:

  • Australia Australian Consulate General in Denpasar, BaliJalan Tantular, No. 32, Renon, Denpasar (PO Box 3243), , fax+62 361 221195For emergency contact: Call +62 361 241118. Follow the instructions (press 4, wait for the information recording to begin and then press 6), this will connect you to the 24 hour Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra. The Australian consular service in Bali also provides a limited range of consular services to Canadian and New Zealand citizens.
  • Austria Austrian Representative for Consular Affairs in Denpasar, BaliJalan Ganetri 9 D, Gatot Subroto Timur, , fax+62 361 878 4466Mo-Fr 09:00-13:00 Closed on Austrian and Indonesian holidays.
  • Japan Japanese Consulate General Branch Office in Denpasar, BaliJl Raya Puputan No 170, Renon, .
  • Switzerland Consulate of Switzerland in Denpasar, BaliJalan Ganetri 9 D, Gatot Subroto Timur, , fax+62 361 878 4466Mo-Fr 09:00-13:00 Closed on Swiss and Indonesian holidays.
  • United States United States Consular Agency in Denpasar, BaliJl. Hayam Wuruk 310, , fax+62 361 222-426Mon-Fri 09:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:30. Closed on American and Indonesian holidays.

If you don’t see the consulate you’re looking for in this section, check to see if it’s actually in Sanur, Kuta, Jimbaran or Legian, or see the “Cope” section of the Bali article for reference.

Go next

Virtually all of Bali can be accessed easily from Denpasar.

  • After spending time in the crowded city, head 45 minutes north to Ubud for clean air and spiritual refreshment.
  • The golden beaches of Sanur are just 15 minutes drive east.

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Seminyak Travel Guide with Corona Dashboard for South Bali

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Seminyak is a beach town in South Bali north of Legian and Kuta.

Understand

The next town north of Legian, Seminyak is more upmarket with mostly luxury accommodation and fashionable high-end restaurants and bars. The atmosphere is much more sophisticated and laid-back than Kuta, and the beach in particular is quieter during the day. Seminyak is also the high end spa and boutique shopping capital of Bali.

Nowhere is the upscaling of Bali in recent years more obvious than here.

It is hard to imagine that only ten years ago this was a distinctly separate village, and something of a backwater. Development has occurred at an astonishing pace, and as well as absorbing all green space which formerly separated Seminyak from Legian, it is now almost impossible to determine where Seminyak ends and the nearby villages of PetitengetUmalas and Kerobokan begin. This certainly has its downside, and the whole district has become very congested.

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Get in

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By car

Seminyak is part of the main west coast conurbation in South Bali and it can get very congested with traffic. There are two main routes in.

From Kuta and Legian, Jalan Legian runs parallel with the beach and at its western limit, becomes Jalan Seminyak.

If at all possible try to avoid this road though, and take instead the eastern bypass called Jalan Sunset.

This is almost invariably the quicker route from Kuta and Legian into Seminyak, although it is actually further in distance.

A prepaid taxi from the airport to Seminyak costs a fixed Rp 60,000. Trips to or from Kuta cost around Rp 30,000 and from Legian about Rp 15,000.

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Get around

The streets of Seminyak are increasingly jammed, with Jalan Laksmana being a particular black-spot. Your best options here are to walk or rent a motorcycle/bicycle.

A number of roads in Seminyak have alternative names. Whilst this issue is not exclusive to Seminyak, it does seem to happen here more than anywhere else in Bali. There follows a list of road names with the most popular given first and the alternatives afterwards in brackets.

  • Jalan Arjuna (Jalan Double Six, Jalan 66)
  • Jalan Raya Seminyak (Jalan Raya Basangkasa)
  • Jalan Dhyana Pura (Jalan Caplak Tanduk)
  • Jalan Laksmana (Jalan Oberoi, Jalan Kayu Aya)
  • Jalan Pantai Legian (Jalan Blue Ocean)
  • Jalan Mertanadi (Jalan Penjara)

Tourist Information Office

Jalan Raya Seminyak Gang Baik-Baik. ☎ +62 85253 000066. baliagustour@gmail.com 08:00-18:00. A source of information for current events in the city and for picking up a free map.

See

Pura Petitenget

Seminyak Beach and Petitenget Beach is a continuous expanse of grey sand stretching in both directions as far as the eye can see. To the south it becomes Legian Beach and then Kuta Beach, but is noticeably quieter than both. The sunsets here are famous, and opportunites abound to mix with the glitterati who frequent the high end beach front establishments such as Ku De Ta. Easy access points to the beach are at the end of Jalan Dhyana Pura, and from the large public car park (Rp 2,000) between Petitenget Temple and La Luciola restaurant.

  • Pura Petitenget at the beachside off Jl Petitenget is a compact, pretty Balinese temple, which is known for particularly spectacular beach-side ceremonies. There has been a temple here since at least the 16th century, and although this is not one of the key nine directional temples of Bali, it is an important link in the series of west coast temples between Pura Uluwatu and Pura Tanah Lot.

Do

Diving

  • Nautilus Diving BaliJl. Drupadi 72 b, . 09:00 – 19:00PADI dive center. Courses, trips and safaris around the island. Languages: English, German, Spanish, French and Bahasa.

Spas, massage and other treatments

Seminyak is the high-end spa capital of Bali. Your spa experience here will be one of great luxury in a sophisticated setting. You pay up for all of that of course, but the prices are still 50% or more cheaper than you would pay in a western country.

If you are staying in one of Seminyak’s high end hotels there will undoubtedly be an in-house spa service. If you are staying in a villa, then in-villa treatments will almost certainly be offered – check with the staff.

  • Amo Beauty & SpaJl Petitenget 100x (opposite Bali Catering Company and Kayana), . 10:00-20:00 dailyA spa run by former model Navia Nguyen that offers massages and various spa treatments. From US$18.
  • Amoaras SpaJl Laksmana 57, . 09:00-22:00Traditional Balinese massage and treatments in a well established spa. From US$25.
  • Coco Grande – male spaJl. Dhyanapura (in same building like Club Cosmio), . 11:00-24:00Male spa offering wide range of treatments and quality services. Staff is male only. Also outcall service. From €25.
  • GloKunti Plaza , Jl Kunti 119, . 11:00-19:00A self-styled hip spa offering many different treatments. Positions itself to appeal to younger clientele than many of Bali’s spa establishments. From about Rp 100,000.
  • Jari Menari (Dancing Fingers), Jl Raya Seminyak, . 10:00-21:00Superb massage centre in Seminyak. The team who set up Jari Menari consult worldwide for other spas and massage houses. Also offer massage training classes. From Rp 275,000.
  • Prana SpaJl Kunti, . 10:00-22:00Attached to The Villas, this is one of Bali’s very best spas. Themed on a Rajasthan Palace. Massages from Rp 450,000, treatments from Rp 750,000.
  • Spa Venus BaliJl Raya Seminyak, Gg Plawa No33F (10 min walk from Bintang Supermarket), . 10:00-22:00Simple Balinese traditional massage to a complete detox programme including colonic cleansing and fasting, infra red sauna, deep healing treatments, allergy elimination, herbal medicine. From US$45.
  • Lagoon SpaJl Baik Baik, , fax+62 361 73565609:00-22:00Lagoon Spa offers a wide arrange of indulging body and beauty treatments. With relaxing environment, a Romanesque jacuzzi, sauna, rain shower and public pool. The treatments are drawn on the ancient health and beauty traditions of Asia. From about US$10.

Other

A little bit of surfing goes on here, but it is not as good as off Legian and Kuta beaches to the south, or at Canggu to the north.

Buy

Seminyak is the centre in Bali for hip and inventive fashion boutiques, other designer stores and art studios. A good starting point for any shopper would be the legion of small boutiques and designer stores on Jalan Laksmana.

Clothing and accessories

  • Bamboo BlondeJl Laksmana 61, . 10:00-21:00Innovative women’s wear and notably helpful and friendly staff.
  • BiasaJl Raya Seminyak 36, . 10:00-21:00This is the flagsghip store of the Bali fashion brand. Lightweight womenswear using natural fabrics.
  • Bong’sJl Raya Seminyak 42A, . 09:00-22:00This second line store owned by an Indonesian haute couture designer. High end fashion clothing made out of silk, linen and cotton.
  • Body and SoulJl Raya Seminyak 11i, . 10:00-21:00Women’s sportswear, beachwear and swimwear. Flagship store is on Jl Raya Seminyak and they also have a outlet in Seminyak Square.
  • Indigo & RoseJl Seminyak (50 m from Bintang Supermarket) and Jl Oberoi, opposite Seminyak Square, . 09:00-20:00Sister label of Indigo Kids. Stylish women’s clothes, accessories, sandals, jewellery and children’s wear. The flagship store is on Jl Oberoi next to Seminyak Square and there is a second store on Jl Seminyak.
  • Mario SilverJl Raya Seminyak 19 (just south of Bintang Supermarket), . 10:00-21:00The retail outlet of one of Bali’s leading silver jewellery designers and manufacturers. Wide range of high quality items.
  • Milo’sJl Laksmana 38, . 10:00-21:00.
  • ReligionJl Laksmana 4A, . 10:00-22:00A well established fashion boutique. Funky, eclectic and popular with a young clientele.
  • SabbathaJl Raya Seminyak 97, . 10:00-21:00If bling is your thing, you will like it here. Those of a more tasteful disposition might not. Glitzy, kitschy bags and other accessories.
  • ShamanJl Raya Seminyak 127 (next to Cafe Seminyak). 09:00-22:00A funky store which is an outlet for the Shaman Electro brand. Young streetwear.
  • we’ar concept storeJl Laksmana 12 (next to Corner Store). 09:00-22:00A very nice and colourful store which is the concept store for the we’ar brand. Great yoga we’ar and street wear.

Art

  • Buddha Gallery BaliJl. Raya Basangkasa, . Extraordinary collection of antique Buddha statues and sculptures, ritual implements and other related items, originating from Thailand, Burma, Laos, China and Japan. starts from US$100.
  • Folk Art GalleryJl Laksmana 17, Also known as Jl Oberio, . A great collection of art from all over South East Asia with an emphasis on Burma. fabulous collection of Burmese Buddhas but also beads, textiles, jewellery. Prices are from a few dollars up to US$10,000 (for an almost life-sized Marble Buddha). Caters to collectors or for gifts to take home.
  • Lukisan traditional & modern paintingsJl Kunti 310:00-18:30Stocks traditional Balinese, Buddhist, abstract, modern and pop art paintings. It is all a bit production line, but this is a gallery with very reasonable prices.
  • Richard Meyer CultureJl Petintenget 200x, . 10:00-20:00An elegant gallery showcasing art, photography and sculpture from contemporary Balinese artists.

Others

  • Bintang SupermarketJl Raya Seminyak10:00-22:00 dailyThis is the grand old aunt of supermarkets in Bali. It is a bit faded and old-fashioned looking these days but remains popular, and is a very convenient one stop for those visitors looking for the supermarket-type items that they would find at home. Also has a hardware section upstairs.
  • Seminyak SquareJl Laksmana (on the corner of Jl Laksmana and Jl Kayu Jati), . 1000-22:00Chic and modern shopping complex housing designer stores, restaurants and an excellent Periplus bookshop. Most unusually for Seminyak, there is a lot of public parking available here.

If you are looking for Indonesian antiques (genuine or reproductions), or just enjoy browsing for eclectic homewares, try Jalan Kerobokan between the junction with Jalan Seminyak and the next set of traffic lights to the north. This is a very busy road and moving around is not easy, but both sides of the street are lined with numerous furniture, antique and homeware stores. A quieter, but just as rewarding option for similar products, is Jalan Mertanadi which runs parallel to Jalan Kerobokan just to the east.Two traditional fresh produce markets remain in Seminyak. The most convenient is on the west side of the last bend at the very northern end of Jalan Raya Seminyak, and is widely known as Seminyak Market. A little more out of the way is a similar market in Kerobokan, called Taman Sari. Take Jalan Raya Kerobokan north from Jalan Raya Seminyak until you reach the first set of lights. Turn right and Taman Sari market is almost immediately on your righthand side. Both are best in the mornings from 07:00-11:00, and provide visitors with the opportunity to examine and purchase traditional, fresh local fruit and vegetables.

Eat

Over the past 10 years, Seminyak has developed a world-class dining scene. If you want to splurge on one very special dinner while you are in Bali, look no further than the higher end options in Seminyak. Prices are high by Bali standards but on an international scale still good value for the highest quality of food and eating environment. The clientele is demanding here and the turnover of restaurants quite high, so those that make it and stick around are invariably very good.

  • Hallo RestaurantsJl Nakula 4, Seminyak, . This handy service will deliver food to you anywhere in the Seminyak area. Their menu includes several of the restaurants listed below – you simply order with them and they pass on the order to the restaurant, pick it up and deliver to you. Allow about 45 min for delivery. Particularly useful for those staying at one of Seminyak’s private villas, many of which carry a copy of their menu and ordering instructions. If not, you can pick one up at their office or simply check the website. For the extremely lazy, they will even deliver beer and cigarettes. Delivery charge Rp 12,000.

Budget

Although they have become harder to find in recent years, there are still some excellent budget options available in the area.

  • Baku DapaJl Dhyana PuraThis great value warung is something of a legend in Seminyak. Stays open very late and is popular with the partying crowd. Serves Manado style Indonesian food at very keen prices. Highly recommended as a real taste of Indonesia.
  • Café Tahu (Tofu Cafe), Jl Petitenget 20Popular with locals, this restaurant has raised seating around a central courtyard and offers up a menu of tofu, tofu and more tofu, cooked Indonesian style for about Rp 10,000 per dish. The tofu is all made on premises and you can even buy a pack to take home. Concessions to meat-eaters include satay and grilled chicken.
  • KolegaJl Petitenget, . About 11:00-15:00, sometimes open in the early evening alsoThis simple, unassuming Javanese warung is an absolute institution amongst locals and expats alike. When it first gained the attention of travel guides there was a collective groan, but it has remained remarkably free from attention of the tourist hoardes. Choose your rice (options of plain, yellow and sometimes red) and the dishes to go with it. The various beef, chicken and fish dishes are fabulous, and the vegetables always fresh and fiery. Go easy on the sambal until you understand your heat tolerance. It is hard to think of a better, more authentic introduction to Indonesian food anywhere in Bali. Packed every day, and especially at lunch time. around Rp 20,000.
  • Little Green CafeJl Mertanadi 11, Kerobokan (turn north from Jl Sunset into Jl Mertanadi, look for the cafe on your left side after about 300 m), . 09:00-17:00 daily100% vegetarian and uses almost exclusively organic ingredients, most of them locally sourced. Excellent homemade cakes, cookies, fruit bars and fresh juices, as well as salads, soups, veggie burgers and daily specials. A little off the beaten path, but well worth the effort to get there. Mains Rp 25,000-35,000.
  • Mano Beach Side CaféSeminyak Beach (opposite Pura Petitenget). 10:00-20:00True to the name, this is a simple but stylish blue building by the beach, offering all sorts of drinks for around Rp 10,000 as well as sandwiches and pasta for around Rp 30,000 — not to mention cool breezes and great sunsets.
  • Warung BataviaJl Kunti Utara (turn north off Jl Sunset at the Jl Kunti lights and it is on the first bend you reach), . 11:00-19:00After years on Jl Kerobokan this long-established warung which serves excellent Javanese food has opened at a location with better parking. Always busy, but lunchtimes especially. Choose your food at the counter and sit at the sociable, shared tables. Spend Rp 25,000 for a fantastic quality meal.
  • Warung SobatJl Batu Belig (About half way down Batu Belig on the right hand side heading towards the beach), . 11:00-21:00Good value and popular Indonesian restaurant. Main dishes about Rp 20,000 to 30,000.

Mid-range

  • Biku, . 09:00-21:00 dailyExactly what it says on the label, “a tea lounge, restaurant, antiques and bookstore”. Quirky place with a lovely atmosphere. Great range of homemade deserts, salads and sandwiches, amongst more formal fare. The traditional English tea, complete with scones and cream, is a real hit. When you have finished eating have a browse through the antique gallery and the branch of Ubud’s famous Ganesha Bookshop.
  • Cafe JemmeJl Petitenget 28, . 11:00-22:00 dailyDiscrete, charming small restaurant set away from the road behind the Jemme jewellery shop. Serves creative food with Asian accents at very reasonable prices for the area. The crispy duck is especially recommended, and leave space for a superb line in desserts.
  • Cafe SeminyakJl Raya Seminyak 17 (right in front of Bintang supermarket), . 07:00-23:00Established in 2000, this is where the local community meets. All day long, this very busy cafe serves breakfasts with French croissants, baguettes and a big English breakfast with beans and sausage. The only downside here is that it is an outdoor cafe right beside a very busy and noisy road.
  • Gourmet Cafe (Bali Catering Co Cafe), Jl Petitenget, . 07:00-21:00 dailyThis is the cafe outlet of Bali’s most gourmet catering company. Superb salads, pastries, home baked breads, all day breakfasts, Italian coffee, and a quite remarkable range of teas. Also have great line in high quality frozen and fresh ready meals, both here and in their nearby shop. This is very handy if you are staying in one of Seminyak’s private villas. Indoor seating area which is non-smoking, and being Seminyak, a large alfresco smoking area.
  • Grocer and GrindJl Kayu Jati 3x, . 08:00-22/00Very contemporary deli-style cafe serving superb sandwiches, salads and pastries, and possibly the best coffee in Seminyak. Free WiFi.
  • Junction CafeJl Laksmana (on the corner of Jl Laksmana and Jl Kayu Jati), . 11:00-22:00Excellent cafe serving the best baguettes imaginable and salads at lunchtime, and specialising in pasta in the evening. Free WiFi. Belgian owned and operates.
  • Le TebuJl Petitenget 40X, . The French-owned Le Tebu offers diners salads, sandwiches and a few token Indonesian items. Dishes start from Rp 30,000.
  • Made’s WarungJl Raya Seminyak, . 11:00-23:00A Seminyak institution first established (in a different location) in 1969. Wonderful Indonesian food in a great location in a courtyard off of the main road in Seminyak. The western food is OK but nothing special; stay with the Indonesian dishes. Certainly not over-priced by Seminyak standards.
  • Queen’s TandoorJl Raya Seminyak, Number 1/73, . 12:00AM–23:30PMThe best Indian restaurant in Bali by a country mile. Consistently wins awards and it is easy to understand why. Superb tandoori chicken and fish, and huge, authentic biryanis. Vegan options available. Also has a delivery service. Rp 50,000.
  • RumoursJl Laksmana, Seminyak, . 18:00-23:00Incredibly popular restaurant serving great value western food. You cannot book here and there is often a long queue for tables.
  • Sate BaliJl Laskmana 22A (opposite Samaya resort), . 11:00-22:00Low-key but tastefully done open-air restaurant with well presented Balinese favorites like sate lilit (spiced meat on lemon grass sticks), plenty of pork dishes and fresh fish. Rp 50,000.
  • UltimoJl Laksmana 104 X, . 17:00-23:00 dailyItalian food is the go at this popular Laksmana restaurant. Has recently improved enormously. Good pastas and steak and carpaccio are the highlights. Same ownership as Rumours, just a few doors up the street. Mains Rp 40,000-100,000.
  • Waroeng BonitaJl Petitenget 100XA vast selection of western and Indonesian dishes, served in a garden courtyard. Prices start from Rp 50,000.

Splurge

  • La Lucciola (on the south side of the Petitenget temple car park). Right on Petitenget beach, serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Home of the Frangipani Bar, a popular choice for watching the sunset.
  • MetisJl Petitenget No6 (at the Kerobokan end of Jl Petitenget), . After 10 years as Bali’s top French restaurant the former Warisan closed and the management team from there have opened Metis, has ample parking. About Rp 1,000,000 per head.
  • SardineJl Petitenget 21 (northern end of Jl Petitenget, almost opposite Metis), . closed MondaysSpecialises in fish and other seafood prepared with a Mediterranean ethic. Intimate restaurant with a all bamboo design and clear views over the rice paddies. Mains Rp 100,000-150,0000.
  • Sarong RestaurantJl Petitenget No19x, . Original takes on Asian street and country food in a chic 5 star setting.

Drink

Many of Bali’s hippest nightspots are in Seminyak.

  • Hu’uJl Petitenget, . Part of the Singaporean nightspot chain. The star attraction is the lit central swimming pool, where the bold and the beautiful can jump in. The rest of the complex is chilled-out drinking and dining in the garden and pavilion. Draught beer at Rp 20,000 a glass, with cocktails around Rp 115,000+.
  • Ku De TaJl Oberoi (Laksmana) 9, . Stylish bar-restaurant complex with 2 bars, restaurant seating indoors and beachside divans to laze on while the DJ spins an eclectic mix of music, new and old. Soft drinks from Rp 20,000, cocktails from Rp 70,000, including bizarre selections such as black pepper and grilled pineapple Martini. Gets packed at weekends.
  • Lita Gunardi & The Backyard LoungeKunti Arcade 2&3, Jl Kunti I, . 11:00-24:00A lounge bar and restaurant attached to the Lita Gunardi boutique. The bar serves good cocktails and the restaurant specialises in Italian food.
  • The Living RoomJl Petitenget 2000x, . Just across the road from Hu’u and a similar bar which attracts a similarly hip clientele. Good cocktails and excellent DJ music. The restaurant is unreliable.
  • Red Carpet Champagne BarJl. Kayu Aya no 42, . Daily noon to lateA fairly ritzy bar, unsurprisingly, specialising in Champagne. Not as expensive as you might imagine, but by no means a place for a cheap drink.
  • Syndicate Club BaliJl Blue Ocean (right on he beach, next door to 66), . 22:00 to 04:00Late night dance bar with great ocean and beach views.
  • Potato HeadJln. Petitenget (next to W hotel), . Great beach club to mingle through the day and do people watching. Day beds are to be seen and require reservation. Food and drinks are nice. Especially popular for sunset
  • Pop’s BarNice rooftop bar with dinner options. Great ambiance.
  • Motel MexicolaJl Kayu Jati No 9, Petingenget Beach, . Mexican bar and restaurant that is popular for the Mexican dishes and the colourful design. Popular for drinks in the evening and the small dishes.

Where to stay in Seminyak

There is virtually no backpacker accommodation in Seminyak. Budget travellers will generally do better to stay in nearby Kuta or Legian. However, there are some (fairly uninspiring) losmen type places in Gang Bima which runs south off the northern end of Jalan Dhyana Pura, right in the heart of Seminyak.

The main choices are villas and higher end hotels. There are some good bargains to be had in the mid-range though in low season, so shop around.

Beware of false advertising. Only the most expensive “villas” are completely private and self-contained, while many share at least some facilities, and the cheaper ones are just clusters of bungalows.

Room occupancy rate of classified hotel in Bali is decreasing since 2013 and in 2016 the room occupancy rate is less than 54 percent, a significant drop by about 4.5 percent from 2015. Experts predict that in 2017 and next, hotels oversupply will be more severe due to mass development of big hotels with more than a hundred rooms each. Many hotels give big discount, including 5, 4 and 3 stars hotels, make 2 stars hotels and below maybe collapse. It is difficult to differentiate between Budget and Mid-range hotel as usual based on stars, so a usual 4 or 3 stars mid-range hotel may be nowadays will be a budget hotel. Seminyak is vast area compare to Legian and Kuta, many 4 stars hotels give big discount.

The prices are stated below are normal price, except if it stated as discount price.

Hotels Seminyak: Popularity

Hotel Stars Discount Price per night, from Choose dates

Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak Resort

★★★★★

-39%

8652

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The Trans Resort Bali

★★★★★

-48%

13369

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Ibis Styles Bali Petitenget

★★★

-11%

3027

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Dash Hotel Seminyak

-35%

4026

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The Haven Bali Seminyak

★★★★

-17%

3327

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Amadea Resort & Villas Seminyak Bali

★★★★

-59%

6527

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HARRIS Hotel Seminyak

★★★★

-12%

2421

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Horison Seminyak Bali

★★★★

-41%

5734

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Alila Seminyak

★★★★★

-7%

209195

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Sleepwell Seminyak

★★

-12%

1816

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IZE Seminyak

★★★★

-34%

6543

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U Paasha Seminyak Bali

★★★★

-22%

6954

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Hotels

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Un to US$ 40
Mid-range US$ 40 to 130
Splurge Over US$ 130

Any villas listed in this section do not have private courtyards and share facilities like a swimming pool.

Budget

  • The Harmony SeminyakJl Drupadi 234 (About 200m from the beach on the junction of Jl Dhyanapura and Jl Drupadi), . Simple, functional, modern rooms all equipped with satellite TV channels. Reasonable restaurant and a good-sized pool. Good value for the area. From Rp350,000.
  • Marbella Pool Suites SeminyakJl. Lebak Sari 20 X, Kerobokan, Petitenget, Seminyak, , fax+62 361 847 8235Junior Suite Garden View room, 44 square meters, 4 stars hotel. From $31 discount price with breakfast.
  • Pandawa All Suites HotelJl. Umalas Klecung No. 8X, Umalas 2, Kerobokan, Kerobokan Kelod, North Kuta, Seminyak, . Suite Garden View room with private balcony, 50 square meters, 3 stars aparthotel. From USD 23 discount price without breakfast or USD 25 discount price with breakfast.
  • Si Doi Hotel LegianJl. Legian No. 363, . Modern rooms with a private bathroom, outdoor pool, bar and a restaurant on site. 10-minute walk to Legian’s shopping area and restaurants. Kuta Beach is a 15-minute walk away From USD 20.

Mid-range

  • Bali Agung VillageJL.Sarinande No. 3, . Balinese-style accommodations. From USD 50.
  • Clio Studio ApartmentJl Raya Seminyak, Gang Mangga 7x (just behind cafe moka), . Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 11:00Modern boutique hotel in the minimalist style with 13 rooms, 4 different kinds of minimalist loft spaces, and 5 studio spaces. Very good value by Seminyak standards, Rooms include flat-screen TV, speaker system and free Wi-Fi. Staff are friendly. From US$50.
  • Grand Balisani SuitesJalan Batubelig Beach, . Directly in front of Seminyak Batubelig beach with excellent sea view. Satr From US$80.
  • Ivory Resort SeminyakJl. Raya Petitenget 35, , fax+62 361 8475469Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00A resort in the minimalist style with 23 rooms and 1 2-bedroom villa. Very good value by Seminyak standards. Free W-iFi available in rooms and throughout resort area. Staff are friendly. From US$80.
  • Kokonut SuitesJl Petitenget 88 (next door to Metis), . This well presented, modern all-suite hotel is an extremely good value by Seminyak standards. One- and two-bedroom suites offered. In-house spa, gym and business centre. Moderately priced restaurant. From Rp110,000.
  • M Suite BaliJl. Nakula Gang Baik-baik, . Deluxe rooms for couples and suites with one or two separate bedrooms and bathrooms catering for families. From USD 50.
  • New Pondok Sara VillasJalan Arjuna (Double Six Street) Gang Raja, . One- and two-bedroom villas that are traditionally elegant. From USD 120.
  • Puri CendanaJl Dhyana Pura (at the beach end of Dhyana Pura, close to The Sofitel), . A simple, old-style Bali hotel that almost seems a little out of place in Seminyak these days. Great value for this area and it is only 50 m from the beach. Has a lot of loyal repeat customers. The restaurant is ordinary. From US$50.
  • Seminyak Lagoon All SuitesJl. Dewi Saraswati III No. 4, . 40-metre lagoon pool, 19 rooms, balcony/terrace, seating area, in-house movies, and kitchenette. from USD 90.
  • Summerhome SeminyakComplex Umasari, Block D No.1 – Petitenget, . 11 bedrooms, bed & breakfast type accommodation. From USD 45.

Splurge

  • Anantara Seminyak Bali ResortJl. Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura), . Check-out: Late check-out until 4.00 pm (subject to availability)Situated on 3,500² m of beachfront with 59 suites of approximately 80² m each. Tastefully furnished and decorated 5-star boutique resort. Clear and direct ocean views from all the suites. $ 368.
  • Bismarkia SuiteJalan Intan Permai No.18, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00Spacious, with a private pool, private parking, equipped kitchen, air-con and an expansive living room area. One to four bedroom suites available. US$129++.
  • Breezes Seminyak Resort and Spa (Contiki Resort Bali), Jl Dhyana Pura, . Previously a Contiki Resort designed exclusively for the 18-35 age range. Multi-level pool with bar, lounge bar & nightclub, modern architecture, day spa, tennis court. Free shuttles to Kuta.
  • Chez Bali Villa and SpaJl Beraban, . 17 villas with a large shared pool. Complimentary airport pick-up. Prices range from Rp 1,700,000-4,600,000 per villa in the high/low season, including breakfast.
  • CicadaJl Pura Telaga Waja, Petitenget (on the entrance road to Sentosa), . 6 contemporary single- and double-storey townhouses, set amongst tropical grounds, opening out to a shared 25 m lap pool and jacuzzi.
  • The HavenJl Raya Seminyak 500, . 160 room contemporary-styled hotel. Offers regular hotel rooms, suites and a few private villas. Big downside is the noisy location on the busiest part of Jl Raya Seminyak.
  • The LegianJl Laksmana, . On the beach in Petitenget. An impressive 5-star property, the prices are amongst the highest in Bali. Restaurant, spa and gym facilities.
  • Jas Villas BaliJL. Laksamana, Gang Bugis, Oberoi Seminyak, . One- and two-bedroom villas, each with a kitchenette, a comfortable lounge and private pool. From USD 120.
  • The SamayaJl LaksmanaStylish villa resort with 46 villas, 24 of which are along the beachfront. It has its own restaurant called The Breeze, and you get 180⁰ beach and ocean views from its Olympic-sized swimming pool.
  • Anantara Seminyak Bali ResortJl. Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura), . Complete with suites, penthouses and an infinity-edge swimming pool. Starting from $ 368.

Private villas

Villas listed here are either private individual properties with their own pool, or are within a all-villa hotel which offers only completely private units.

  • GoCanggu (Jl Canggu Club). Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00Private 4-bedroom villas with pool and a fully equipped kitchen. Daily housekeeping. AU$200 per night.
  • Jas Green Villas (JL. Laksamana, Oberoi Seminyak), . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00from 40 rooms, One and Two Bedroom villas with private Pool AU$90 per night.
  • KutavilleJl. Kayu Aya 57, . Simple, private and value holiday villas, with one main big swimming pool and pool side bar. from USD 90.
  • Leacott Retreats (Jl Pantai Berawa). Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00Private 3-bedroom villa with pool and a fully equipped kitchen. Daily housekeeping, private driver for 10 hr/day. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. 24 hr security and resident dog. AU$330 per night.
  • Villa LulitoJl Kayu Aya, No. 12B, Oberoi, . 4 bedroom villa. US$1,100-1,800/night.
  • Villa BugisJl. Drupadi gang Cempaka 14, , fax+62 361 8476019Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00From US$260/night.
  • Aqua Villa (Jl Kayu Jati). Tropical villa with modern architecture, 4 master bedrooms all with ensuite, 20 m private pool, an entertainment room with flat screen TV and pool table. Walking distance to Petitenget beach. Fully staffed, including a private chef. US$775-1,250 per night.
  • Danoya VillaJl Batubelig 559 (before Naughty Nuri’s, left side of the Batubelig road), , fax+62 361 4733372Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:0020 private villas of a mixed Mediterranean and Balinese style including 1-5 bedroom private pool villa, kitchen, all rooms have air-con and private bathroom. Walking distance to Batubelig beach. 24 hr reception and security. Room service available from 07:00-23:00. US$360-1,250 per night.
  • Atas Ombak (right on Batubelig beach). 5 bedroom beachfront villa sleeps up to 10 people. Private pool and extensive gardens over a one acre property. Fully staffed with 20 person team, including private cook, maids and security. From US$1,500 per night.
  • b villa (sales@bvilla.com), Jl Braban, . Contemporary, minimalist 1, 2 and 3 bedroom private villas within a managed complex. In a quiet spot and quite good value by Seminyak standards. From US$ 235.
  • Bali Aroma Exclusive VillasJl. Batu Belig Gg. Pelangi No 811 furnished villas with private pool in a quiet area. from US$155.
  • Beach House (located on Petitenget beach). Contemporary 4 bedroom villa that fronts onto the beach. Has private pool and is fully staffed. From US$975/night.
  • Chandra Luxury Villas Bali,Jl Sari Temuku (Gang Sandat) Seminyak, . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 11:002 and 3 bedroom private pool villas. 3-bedroom has the option of an additional bedroom or nanny’s room. from US$484/night.
  • The DusunJl Kayu Jati No 8, Petitenget (just off Jl Petitenget), . Full service villa resort. 14 private villas with either 1 or 3 bedrooms. All have a full kitchen and their own small private pool. These have been around for a while, and some might find them a bit old fashioned compared to the newer villa offerings in Seminyak. Still a good option, and a well managed property. US$260-465.
  • Royal Samaja Villas (formerly Kubu Pesisi Villas), Jalan Kayu Cendana No. 7A, Oberoi, . Gorgeous villas surrounded by spacious and delightful tropical garden. From Rp2,400,000.
  • The KunjaJl Lebak Sari No 8 (just off Jl Petitenget), . Full service villa resort, 18 villas (1 and 3 bedroom options). All villas have a full kitchen and their own private pool. US$290-590.
  • Kunti VillasKunti II (10-minutes’ walk to Legian Beach), . Has 7 private villas complete with private swimming pool, sun deck, kitchen, mini bar, semi open bathroom with shower and bathtub. Consists of 4 1-bedroom private pool villas and 3 2-bedroom private pool villas. $142 – $273.
  • Lataliana VillasJl Camplung TandukStylish two-villa enclave with spa, flower-filled gardens, gourmet cuisine and top-rate service. Quiet but central Seminyak location near the beach. Villas provide a 5 bedroom or a 2 bedroom option. The two villas can be rented individually or together. From US$445.
  • Maya SayangJl Mertasari No1, . Boutique villa resort offering all the usual services. 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas, all with their own private pool. Japanese-owned. From US$350.
  • My Villas in BaliJl. Camplung Tanduk No. 24, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00800m walk to beach. Each villa has a private pool, marble bathroom and private garden entry. Full butler service and daily breakfast provided. From USD$250.
  • The Residence SeminyakJl Pangkung Sari No 1A, , fax+62 361 847 8167Managed estate of 12 privately owned villas. 2-5 bedroom villas available each with its own private pool. From US$300.
  • Sentosa Villas and ResortJl Pura Telaga Waja, PetitengetEach villa has its own pool. Common areas include a gym and spa. The only downside is the food, which is dreadful for such an otherwise quality property: eat elsewhere. 10 min walk to Petitenget Beach. From US$550.
  • The Seri VillasGang Telaga Waja, , fax+62 361 7322939 luxury pool villas of either 2-3 bedrooms. 5 min walk to the beach. In-house spa service, friendly team of staff and free shuttle service in Seminyak area. US$400-720 per night.
  • The Seminyak Suite – Private VillaJl Raya Seminyak 17, , fax+62 361 738585Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:0017 contemporary Balinese style private villas, each has a personal garden compound and a private swimming pool. Located down a secluded lane way. US$375-700 per night.
  • Sitara Villas BaliJl Raya Kerobokan and Jl Laksmana5 private villas in the main shopping and dining areas of Seminyak, pool, fully staffed, airport transfers and all inclusions From US$280.
  • Villa Seminyak Estate & SpaJl Baik Baik,, , fax+62 361 735656Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:0076 rooms in 52 villas. US$180-750/night.
  • Jas Boutique VillasJalan Raya Seminyak, Gang Taman Sari, . 18 private villas, each of which features a kitchenette with full-sized refrigerator/freezer, microwave, a separate dining area and private pool. From US$ 160.
  • Villa Elegancia Bali29 Jalan BrabanPrivate villa.
  • Villa Oost IndiesJl. Laksmana, Gang Astinapura, . 2-bedroom villa with private pool.
  • The Club VillasJalan Laksamana Basangkasa, Kuta Utara (the heart of Seminyak, opposite the Ultimo Italian Restaurant), . Offer 34 private villas with private pools, kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom. Personalized service, SPA facilities, 24-hour security and front desk, laundry service, daily housekeeping and room service, contemporarily Balinese design. Available as 1-bedroom private pool villa, 2-bedroom pool villa, 1-bedroom honeymoon pool vlla, family 2-bedroom pool villa, family and 3-bedroom pool villa. $177 – $411.
  • Villa DesumaJl. Kayu Aya, Gg Astinapura, . 4-bedroom private villa with private pool in the heart of Seminyak.
  • Optimum Bali

Stay safe and avoid Scams in Seminyak

Seminyak is the centre of Bali’s party drug scene with offers of ecstasy and cocaine especially common. Pay heed to the advice here, and avoid at all costs.

Cope

Indicative of its place in the elite group of high end Asian travel destinations, Seminyak has its very own lifestyle magazine. The Yak is an impressive, glossy magazine produced four times each year, and has the full run-down on the Seminyak scene: happening restaurants and bars, fashion boutiques, and reviews of the latest hip hotels and villas. Pick up a copy at any local news-stand for Rp 70,000.

Go next

  • The bright lights, shopping centres and traffic jams of Kuta are just 15 minutes away to the south.
  • The rural tranquility of Canggu is 25 minutes drive to the north.
  • The temple of Tanah Lot, famed for its sunsets, is 40 minutes away by car.
  • Further to the south lie Jimbaran, famous for its luxury hotels and beach front dinners, and the Bukit Peninsula area, which boasts top beaches and cultural destinations, such as the Uluwatu temple.
  • To the east and the other side of the island, one will find sedate Sanur – one of Bali’s oldest tourism destinations featuring a mix of tourist attractions.

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Sanur Travel Guide with Corona Dashboard for South Bali

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Sanur is a town on the east coast of South Bali.

Understand

Sanur is Bali’s oldest upscale resort area and is a mature beach-side town. Despite the abundance of restaurants and accommodation, it has a quiet and relaxed feel to it. Sanur tends to appeal most to middle-aged and older families, especially Europeans. Most hotels in Sanur are big, with spacious gardens.

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The Sanur area is sandwiched between the main Jalan Ngurah Rai bypass and the beach. One main route called Jalan Danau Tamblingan runs north to south through the town and it is easy to orient yourself with reference to this road.

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By car

Sanur is a 20-30 minute taxi ride from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, and a pre-paid coupon costs Rp 150,000. There are plenty of metered taxis all over the island who will be keen to take you to Sanur.

If you are driving yourself, this is one of the more staightforward areas of Bali to find as the main Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai is the western boundary of Sanur. There are many well signposted exit points from this main road into the heart of Sanur. Allow about 20 minutes driving time from Kuta or Legian, about 30 minutes from Seminyak or Ubud and 10 to 15 minutes from Denpasar.

By bus

Sanur is well serviced by shuttle buses and bemos from the north and south and also from Denpasar’s Tegal terminal.

The bus company Perama has its Sanur office in Jalan Hangtuah, and offers difrect transfer here from Candidasa, Kuta, Lovina, Padang Bai and Ubud.

There’s also a bus service called Trans Sarbagita that runs the following route Terminal Batu Bulan (Gianyar) – Tohpati (DPS) – Sanur (DPS) – Kuta Central Park (Badung) – Jimbaran (Badung) – Nusa Dua (Badung).

Kura-Kura Bus is another bus company that passes through Sanur and other popular areas in Bali.

By boat

Boats from Nusa Lembongan arrive at the beach at the end of Jalan Hangtuah, and detailed schedules are given in the Nusa Lembongan article.

Get around

Jalan Danau Tamblingan, the main street in Sanur, has a number of outlets for car, motorbike and bicycle rental. A large number of metered taxis patrol the streets looking for passengers. Local bemos run with some regularity up and down both Jalan Danau Tamblingan and Jalan Danau Poso.

Sanur is also a great place to walk. Distances are not large, the streets are relatively quiet, and there is a splendid, paved beach front path which runs the whole length of the district.

  • Bali Store LuggageGang Telagasari 3, Jalan Danau Tempe IYou can store luggage here.

On foot

Walking in Sanur is pleasant. The pavement is about 2.5 m wide along Sanur Beach, suitable for the senior citizens who frequent this town to avoid the loud nightlife in nearby Kuta. Rental bikes sometimes use the pavement, too, but no motorcycles do.

See

This is a town with a wealth of cultural, natural and historical attractions, as well as the shopping and beach-related sights.

The annual kite festival at Padang Galak, Sanur
  • International Kite FestivalPadang Galak beach (just north of Sanur, east off the main Jalan Ngurah Rai bypass). The annual international kite festival takes place here every July. Traditional Balinese giant kites up to 10 m in length are made and flown competitively by teams from different villages around Bali. The origins of this event are as a festival intended to send a message to the Hindu Gods to create abundant crops and harvests. Aside from the actual organised festival, from June to August each year, visitors will see many giant kites being flown.
  • Le Mayeur MuseumJl Hangtuah (go the end of Jalan Hangtuah and turn right at the beach. Proceed along the paved footpath through the souvenir stalls and look for the entrance to the museum on your right), . Su-F 07:30-15:30This is the former home of noted Belgian impressionist Adrian Jean Le Mayeur, which is now a museum dedicated to his works. Le Mayeur arrived in Bali in 1932 and soon immersed himself in the culture of the island, and married a noted Balinese Legong dancer. Much of the house stands just as it did when he died in 1958, and apart from viewing his works, visitors will gain an insight into what it must have been like to be one of Bali’s very first expats. The whole place is in need of some maintenance, but this remains one of Bali’s hidden treasures. Rp 10,000.
  • Mangrove Information Centre (Mangrove Forest Suwung Kawuh), Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai Km. 21, Suwung Kauh (just south of Sanur, singposted east off the main Jl Bypass Ngurah Rai), . Daily 08:00-18:00Visit the well-appointed Mangrove Information Centre set in the huge 600-hectare mangrove forest which fringes the east coast south of Sanur. There are two different boardwalks through the mangrove forest. This centre is doing great work in educating local schoolchildren as well as visitors, about the importance of mangrove forests. A good place to spend half a day for adults and children. Rp 200,000 for foreigners, Rp 50,000 for locals.
  • Pura Blanjong (Blanjong Temple), Jl Danau Poso, Blanjong (just south of Sanur). The most notable temple in Sanur which contains a major, important inscription on a stone pillar called the Prasati Blanjong. The inscription tells of a Javanese king who visited Bali in the 10th century and installed what was probably Bali’s first formal government. This is Bali’s oldest known artifact.
  • Serangan Island Turtle Conservation Centre (Turtle Island) (about 3 km south of Sanur, reached by turning east off the main Jl Ngurah Rai bypass), . 09:00-17:00 dailyVisit the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre here and learn about current conservation initiatives. This island used to be the centre of the Balinese trade in turtle meat until the practice was banned. Donation.

As well as shopping and eating, there are plenty of photo opportunities while walking along the splendid 5-km beachside paved path. The local night markets are a sensory delight, with plenty of food options.

Do

The paved beachfront path at the Sanur Hyatt, looking east

Sanur’s splendid paved beachfront cycle-path stretches some 5 km from the Jalan Mertasari area in south Sanur, north to the main beach at Jalan Hangtuah. This makes for a lovely scenic bike ride, especially in the early morning. Some bikes are better maintained than others so you might want to test your hire-bike close to home for a while in case the pedals have a tendency to fall off.

Diving

Although the diving available around Sanur is not the best Bali has to offer, nearly all of Bali’s most established dive operators are located here. All offer trips further afield.

  • Atlantis Bali DivingJl .By Pass Ngurah Rai 96E, . Full range of dives and courses offered at this PADI 5-star dive operator. English, French, German, Spanish and Indonesian speaking instructors
  • BIDP (Bali International Diving Professionals), Jl. Blanjong I No. 333, . Large and long-established PADI dive centre offering dive trips all around Bali and full range of courses including technical diving
  • Blue Season BaliJl Danau Tamblingan 69x, . PADI Career Development Centre. Dive trips and safaris around Bali, and PADI courses from beginner to instructor. Also offers technical diving courses. Instruction offered in English, Japanese, Mandarin, French, Spanish, Dutch, German and Indonesian.
  • Crystal DiversJl Danau Tamblingan 168, . 7am – 9pmThis was the first PADI Career Development Centre in Indonesia. A full range of courses is available from intro dives to instructor courses as well as day dive trips and dive safaris around Bali. Offers PADI courses in Swedish, Danish, English, Indonesian, German, Japanese and Mandarin.
  • Diving BaliJl Danau Tamblingan 27c, . One of the best dive centres in Sanur offering dive courses, fun dives and liveaboard trips. Offers a full range of fun dives and courses
  • Joe’s Gone Diving BaliNgurah Rai Bypass 44A, . A professional, Dutch-owned PADI 5-star IDC dive center offering PADI dive courses, daily dive trips and dive safaris around Bali. Courses are given in multiple languages.
  • Neptune Scuba Diving (Neptune Diving Bali), Jl. Suka Merta, Sanur, Bali, . Daily 07:00-19:00PADI 5-star IDC and Disabled Divers International dive resort in Sanur, Bali. Take your first breath underwater, go for a fun dive, get your padi certification in Bali or join a family snorkelling trip. US$100.

Surfing

Bali is one of the most famous surfing locations in the world and Sanur is one of the most famous surfing locations for intermediate surfers coming to Bali. With already well established surf schools located here, beginner, intermediate and even families can join these establishments for some surfing fun.

Laundry

There are many places to do your laundry in Sanur. Most hotels provides they own laundry service, mostly with more expensive rates than local laundry rooms. Almost every street corner has a laundry service.

  • Cinta Alam Organic LaundryJl. Batur Sari 44 (the end of Jl. Sekuta turn left 50 m left on side). 08:00-20:00High-quality laundry service without the use of harmful chemicals. You can choose an aromatherapy fragrance. Pick up and delivery is on request and free in the Sanur area. Rp 15,000/kg.

Spas

A day at any of the spas in Sanur is exactly what you would expect during your stay in Bali: full service treatment steeped in Balinese tradition. Take advantage of any opportunity to enjoy a spa during your stay, the cost here is at least half what you would pay in North America or Europe. All major hotels have in-house spa facilities and there are also several well established independents in Sanur.

  • Mandurah SpaJl Danau Tamblingan, .
  • Puri EstheticJalan By Pass Ngurah Rai 209, .

Watersports

The more active could try one or more of the many watersports on offer at Sanur Beach. Try kitesurfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, surfing or paragliding. For those less active, hire a banana boat and hit the calm waters.

The surfing here is not great by Bali standards but there are reasonable breaks about 1 km offshore during the northwest wind season (about October to March). In that period you will have no problem locating the breaks — just follow the locals. Boards can be rented on the beach for Rp 100,000.

  • Bali Kite Surfing SchoolMertasari (at the beach close to Mertasari temple), . IKO certified kite surfing school. The lessons are conducted in a safe, user-friendly environment and lessons can be structured to suit individual needs. The school uses three specially designed rescue boats to keep a close eye on you.
  • Blue Oasis Beach ClubSanur Beach (on the beach in front of the Sanur Beach Hotel), . A specialist water sports centre which offers sea-kayaking, kitesurfing, parasailing, wakeboarding, waterskiing and windsurfing, as well as being a dive school.
  • Neptune Surfing School, Jl. Suka Merta, Sanur – Call Front Office: [361 4490 568‬] or Reservations: [812 3856 1332‬] – ISA and IKO certified surfing and kitesurfing school – biggest, most modern and unique in Bali.

Buy

There are countless shops along Jalan Danau Tamblingan and the side streets leading from it. You will find everything from local t-shirts to Balinese handicrafts.

  • Hardy’s GrosirJl Danua Tamblingan 193, . 08:00-22:30 dailyThis is Sanur’s main supermarket, and a good place for stocking up on regular items.
  • Gudang KeramikJl Danau Tamblingan, . 10:00-22:00 dailyThis is the outlet for seconds of the famed Jengala Ceramics company (main showroom in Jimbaran). Their standards are very high and you may not notice why some of these items are classed as seconds. Some superb bargains to be had in everything from decorative vases to flatware.
  • Nogo Bali Ikat CentreJl Danau Tamblingan 104, . M-Sa 08:30-21:00, Su 09:00-20:00Specialises in the quality woven ikat fabrics from Bali and elsewhere in Indonesia. If you are looking for cheapies, don’t go here. You can purchase fabric by the piece, made up as clothing or homewares, and examine their impressive genuine antique collection.

Markets

At the northern end of Jalan Pungutan, just before it hits Jalan Danau Tamblingan, there is an art market, sometimes referred to as Sindhu Market. This is a one stop shop for all manner of Balinese handicrafts, sarongs, T-shirts and knock-offs such as sunglasses. A similar set up can be found at beachfront Art Market at the end of Jalan Hangtuah. Take the foot path leading north which weaves through a maze of stalls and the odd cafe.

Eat

Typical Sanur cafe

For very cheap local food try the Night Market at the northern end of Jalan Danau Tamblingan where it meets Jalan Pungutan.

  • Abian Boga RestaurantJl Kesuma Sari No 5, . 10:00-22:00 dailyGrilled seafood accompanied by a Balinese dance performance. Great service too with a local hotel pick up and drop off. Mains Rp 30,000-60,000.
  • The Bali PubJl Danau Tamblingan (just north of Hardys, opposite Circle K). Owned by a former Masterchef UK contestant. Serves Sunday roasts, steaks, western and Balinese dishes. Live music after 20:00.
  • Cafe Batu JimbarJl Danau Tamblingan, . Every Sanur expat’s favourite cafe hang out. Good deli food and passable coffee. 08:00-22:00 daily.
  • Kayu ManisJl Danau Tamblingan (north end of Jl Danau Tamblingan), . 11:00-22:00 dailyWestern and Asian fusion cuisine at great value prices. A favourite with both travellers for the price and foodies for the quality of the meals. About Rp 40,000-70,000 per entree.
  • MassimoJl Danau Tamblingan 228, . 11:00-22:00 dailyThe superb home made gelato here is the ideal treat after a hot day wandering in Sanur. Also excellent pizzas and pastas at this authentic south Italian-owned and -run restaurant. About Rp 100,000 per head.
  • Smorgås CaféJl Danua Tamblingan/Pantai Karang II, . Perhaps the best coffee shop in Sanur. Homemade sandwiches, pastry and quiche. Owned by Swedes and they make their own gravlax.
  • Stiff ChilliJl Kesumasari 11, Semawang Beach (right on the beach at the end of Jl Kesumasari), . 11:00-23:00 dailyBeach-front restaurant from the Stiff Chilli chain. Mid-priced, mainly Italian food in a great location. Most mains about Rp 50,000.
  • Treo Beach CafeMertasari Beach (100 metres from the Mercure Hotel on the beach), . Daily 08:00-20:00Beautiful beach location and a great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Enjoy your meal in the restaurant or on the outdoor tables on the beach. Tasty food and friendly staff.
  • The VillageJl Danau Tamblingan 66, . 11:00-22:00 dailyAttached to the Griya Santrian Hotel, this is perhaps the best known upmarket eatery in Sanur. The food is slick Italian style and they do a reasonable job of creating a suitable atmosphere. Not a good as it was and certainly not cheap, but a decent option in a part of Bali not known for it high quality restaurants. Has an independent street front entrance, and you would not know it is attached to a hotel. Rp 70,000-200,000.
  • Warung BlanjongJl Danau Poso 78, . Daily 11:00-21:00One of the best places to eat Balinese in Sanur. They are especially well known for their pepes be pashi (steamed fish wrapped in banana leaves), and the be siap betutu (chicken prepared similarly) is also good. Very much worth a visit. Rp 30,000–70,000 mains.
  • Fortune CookieJl Sudamala 5 (bet. Danau poso & Mertasari), . Daily 11:00-23:00Healthy western-style Chinese Restaurant, no MSG, organic ingredients, they also have free delivery in Sanur. Popular with expats.
  • The Fire StationJalan Danau Poso 108, . Daily 16:00-00:00Gastropub style food, cold beer and cocktails.

Drink

There are lots of bars along Jalan Danau Tamblingan.

  • Arena Sports CafeJl ByPass Ngurah Rai 115, . Daily 10:00-23:00Austrian owned and run sports bar and cafe. The beer is very cold, reasonably priced and this place is always busy.
  • Nu Lazer BarJl Danau Tamblingan 82, . Daily 11:00-03:00Shows all the English football, has friendly staff and also serves food. Live music in weekends.
  • Maya’s Coffee & Smoothie BarJl Pantai Sindhu (100-150 m from the beach and Inna Sindhu Beach hotel.), . Daily 08:00-19:00Small coffee and smoothie bar serving Italian coffees, smoothies and fresh juices combined with a breakfast menu, lighter snacks, bakeries and pastries. Free Internet and Wi-Fi for customers.
  • Manic OrganicJl Danau TamblinganExcellent raw juices and smoothies- organic full menu available as well. They also have yoga upstairs daily.
  • Angel’s BarJalan Sekar Waru.
  • Crystal BarJalan Tamblingan 168, . This little bar is found right on the street. They have a nice selection of drinks and snacks. In the back of the bar they also have a diveshop and a hotel. Wednesday nights this place is packed with both divers and non divers alike for quiz night.

Where to stay in Sanur

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under US$25
Mid-range US$25-95
Splurge Over US$95

Most of Sanur’s accommodation is in the medium and high sector of the market and is aimed at families. Hotels in Sanur are usually a distance apart, not as close together as Kuta hotels. Hotel price competition in Sanur is tame compared to Kuta, which has a severe oversupply.

Hotels Sanur: Popularity

Hotel Stars Discount Price per night, from Choose dates

Prama Sanur Beach Bali

★★★★★

-10%

6155

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Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur – Bali

★★★★

-36%

4327

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Puri Santrian

★★★★

-47%

10254

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Grand Palace Hotel Sanur - Bali

★★★★

-36%

4830

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Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali Suites & Villa

★★★★★

-18%

137112

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Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar

★★★★

-6%

5148

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Maya Sanur Resort & Spa

★★★★★

-19%

11291

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Griya Santrian a Beach Resort

★★★★

-57%

9240

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Kejora Suites

★★★★

-56%

17577

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Segara Village Hotel

★★★★

-59%

8435

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Budget

  • FlashbacksJl Danau TamblinganGood, clean budget accommodation in a convenient location. Has a cafe which is open 19:00-23:00. Airport pickup. from Rp 185,000.
  • Kayu Sugih GuesthouseJl. Danau Tamblingan No.76, . Has traditional beautiful garden, but no swimming pool. from Rp 350,000 (Fan). US$10/daily surcharge in peak seasons: Jul-Aug and Dec-Jan.
  • Kesumasari Beach Hotel (Kesumasari Guest House), Jl Pantai Kesumasari, Semawang, . On the beach with a spacious and well kept tropical garden and a swimming pool open until 22:00 daily. From about Rp 275,000.
  • Little Pond19 Jalan Danau Tamblingan, . Nice laidback homestay with a small pool. Good value basic rooms and can get full easily during peak season. Rp 170,000 – 250,000.
  • Cafe Locca Homestay (Puri Anom Hostel), Jl.Sudamala 8 (between Jl Danau Posso and Jl.Cemara turistic promenade, 7 min walk to beach), . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00Clean new renovated rooms,mixed dorm (4-3 bed), private double room with minibar, free WiFi internet broadband. Spacious garden, public cable TV and DVD, kitchen with fridge and cooker, housekeeping daily, towels, toiletries and bedlinen provided. Rp100,000 (A/C bed)-250.000 (private double air-con, fridge).
  • Mango GuesthouseJl Danau TamblinganLong established and well-known budget accommodation at the northern end of Sanur’s main street Rp 250,000.
  • Prima CottageJl Bumi Ayu 23 (close to Jl Tamblingan,10 min walk to beach), . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00Price includes Wi-Fi and breakfast. The complex, which consists of regular hotel rooms and cottages, has a nice pool. Rp 350,000 (room, air-con, TV, fridge), Rp 450,000 (cottage).
  • Ratna Beach HotelJl Segara AyuPrice includes taxes and breakfast. Hotel rooms, a nice pool and very close to the beach. From Rp 350,000.
  • Yulia 1 Homestay38 Jalan Danau Tamblingan, . Comfortable and clean rooms are in a garden full of birds with a small pool. Wi-Fi and breakfast is included. A bit on the expensive side for budget but you can save Rp 30,000 by refusing the included breakfast and get a cheaper one in town. As of August 2017, the construction noises reported on other websites have stopped. Rp 170,000 – 400,000.

Mid-range

  • Ananda Beach HotelJl Hangtuah, . Good, clean budget accommodation located at Sanur Beach, about 100 m from the Grand Bali Beach Hotel and close to the boat boarding point for Nusa Lembongan. Airport pickup offered. From Rp 300,000.
  • Baruna HotelSegara Ayu Sreet No. 3, . Check-out: 12:00Cozy framed complex with budget villas. Lots of details that capture your eyes. Very friendly staff, goes well beyond the call of duty. Rooms have hot water, air-com, fridge. Breakfast included. Decent sized pool. Free Wi-Fi. Small library with English, Dutch, German and Swedish literature. Highly recommended for families as well as the lonely traveller. 200 m from the beach, 200 m from shopping street. From Rp 200,000.
  • Smart Comfort Apartments (Batu Jimbar), Jalan Pungutan, Gang Jasmin, . A small service apartment complex with holidays lettings on a weekly basis. All studios and apartments have their own kichenette and private balcony. From Rp1,300,000.
  • Gazebo Beach HotelJl.Danau Tamblingan No.35, . A not-very-big beachfront hotel. From Rp 600,000.
  • Natah Bale VillasJl Cemara, . Each tradtional Balinese inspired villa in the compound features its own private entrance and open air living room, dining room as well as a fully equipped kitchen. From US$95.
  • Peneeda View Beach HotelJl Danau Tamblingan 89, . A quiet, good value. A bungalow style hotel committed to quality, Located nearest to the beach. From US$60.
  • Pondok Ayu HotelSanur, . Small boutique hotel with personalised service. Includes a restaurant (Benno’s) and a pool. Very quiet, suitable for families. US$70-90.
  • Sativa SanurJl Cemara, . Situated in between the beach and the main road, two levels of standard rooms are arranged around lush gardens and a swimming pool. The hotel is quiet, clean and has fine service in addition to a pleasant morning breakfast. US$60-90.
  • Sekuta Condo SuitesJl Sekuta No12, . Each suite has its own living and dining room and fully-equipped kitchen. Facilities include The Cavern Bar, featuring Beatles memorabilia and a large swimming pool. From US$50.
  • Vila Shanti HotelJl Danau Tamblingan No 47/Jl Pantai Karang, . On Sanur Beach. Restaurant, 24 hour room service, pool, laundry and safe deposit boxes. Note that this is not a villa despite the name. From Rp 1,000,000.
  • Zen VillasJalan Kesari II No3bThis is a medium standard private villa rental complex in a good Sanur location not far from the Bali Hyatt. Managed by an Indonesian-Dutch couple. From US$90.
  • Arimbi Villa SanurJl Pengembak 14, . Colonial villa for lovers of tropical gardens and Balinese architecture. from US$700.
  • Hotel Santai (Crystal Divers), Jalan Tamblingan 168, . A cosy little hotel with 2 floors. Rooms are a little more sophisticated with air-conditioning and direct access to a swimming pool, bar and a restaurant. The hotel is located in the back of a dive school so it’s perfect if you want to do some diving while you stay here. Between Rp 472,500 and Rp 2,700,000.

Splurge

  • Bali Hyatt (Jl Danau Tamblingan), . Large hotel with beachfront location. 5 restaurants, 5 bars, huge gardens and a village style spa. Mature grounds with some well established trees. Double from US$125, $135 with breakfast.
  • Dampati Villas (A minute walk to famous Sunrise beach of Sanur), Jalan Segara Ayu, . Contemporary, spacious villas with two floors, outfitted with modern touch including private swimming pool, garden, living room, kitchen, bathroom amenities, satellite TV, AC, free Wi-fi, complimentary breakfast, in-dining, daily complimentary water and cleaning, etc. US$80-287.
  • Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa (formerly Gangsa Private Villa), Jl Tirta Akasa No. 28, . 11 contemporary villas with private pool, fully-equipped gourmet kitchen and 24-hour butler service. From Rp7,000,000.
  • Hotel La TavernaJl Tamblingan 29, . Beachfront hotel with an old world Sanur charm. Rooms are simple but charming. Gardens pool and beachfront setting are amongst the best in Sanur. Good restaurant. From US$80.
  • Mahagiri Villas SanurJl Pungutan 31 (near Sindhu beach), . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:001-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom private villas. All have air-con and have private swimming pool, kitchen and living room from US$475.
  • Villa MahapalaJl Pantai Sindhu, . 20 private villas each with their own plunge pools, massage bale and outdoor shower. The resort also has its own French fusion restaurant, a bar and full service spa. From US$325.
  • Mercure Resort SanurJl MertasariLarge resort on the beach towards the southern end of Sanur. 186 guest rooms, large beachfront restaurant, 3 bars and huge pool. From US$122.
  • Parigata Resort and SpaJl Danau Tamblingan 87, . A quiet, good value resort just off the main street. High quality in-house spa plus restaurant, bar and pool area. The same group also has an impressive complex of private villas in southern Sanur. From US$100.
  • Puri SantrianJl Cemara 35, . Beach front hotel in the quiet southern part of Sanur. Two pools, beach club and good dining facilities. Choose of regular rooms in the garden block, individual bungalows and some very smart suites. From US$95.
  • Sanur Paradise Plaza (formerly The Radisson Plaza Hotel), Jl Hang Tuah 46, . Large hotel with numerous facilities including kid’s club, in-house spa, fitness centre, restaurant and bars. Good convenient location with easy beach access. Has a nearby sister property which is all suites and apartments. Good family option. From US$95.
  • Sanur Residence (in Padang Galak, about 5 minutes north of Sanur). Three 3-bedroom villas located on the beach forming a 9-bedroom estate The villas were built for a large family and are normally rented in a block of at least 6 bedrooms thus giving exclusive use of the entire estate along with its private swimming pool. Fully staffed with cooks, maids and gardeners. From US$180.
  • Segara Village HotelJl Segara Ayu, . Sprawling, refurbished 6-hectare resort complex with 5 distinct traditionally themed Balinese villages. 120 renovated rooms with balcony, private toilet and bath and other amenities. 3 swimming pools, tennis courts and massage services. From US$110.
  • Stana Puri Gopa HotelJl Kesumasari No 4, . Traditional styled Balinese villas in a lush tropical garden. Private pool villas, restaurant, watersports activities, spa and modern meeting room facilities. Walking distance to the beach
  • Maya Sanur Resort & SpaJalan Danau Tamblingan No. 89M, . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00A beachfront resort with 103 rooms, three swimming pools and a 158-meter divided lagoon.

Telecommunications in Sanur

There are numerous internet cafes on Jalan Danau Tamblingan as well as cafes offering free wireless internet for customers.

  • Sanur Internet ServiceJl Danau Tamblingan 27 (next to Circle K), . A comfortable and speedy internet cafe. Air-con, 2 seater sofa and equipped with 17-inch LCD monitors, head sets, scanner & printer. Free mineral water and helpful staff. Rp 400/min.

Cope

Several nations have consulates in Sanur, including some with titles that confusingly include the words “in Denpasar”.

  • Czech Republic Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic for Bali and NTBJl Pengembak 17, , fax+62 361 286408.
  • Finland Finnish Honorary Consulate in Denpasar, BaliSegara Village Hotel, Jl Segara (PO BOX 91), .
  • France French Consular Agency in Denpasar, BaliJl Mertasari Gang 2 No 8, Banjang Tanjung, .
  • Germany German Consulate General in Denpasar, BaliJl Pantai Karang No 17, Batujimbar, .
  • Sweden Royal Swedish Honorary Consulate in Denpasar, BaliSegara Village Hotel, Jl Segara (PO Box 91 Denpasar), .
  • United Kingdom UK Honorary Consulate in Denpasar, BaliJl Mertasari No 2, .

Go next

  • Sanur is a good jumping off point for the nearby island of Nusa Lembongan.
  • If you are heading back to the southern tourist hotspots of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak, this will take about 20 minutes by car. Ubud is about 25 minutes in the opposite direction.

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