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As the capital city of Bali, Denpasar is seldom visited by tourists as they find it hot and dusty. Popular places to visit are the fabric shops on Sulawesi Street and the great homewares and handicrafts in Kumbasari market. Lastly to witness a big working Asian market that has hardly changed for centuries, rise at 3 or 4 in the morning and discover the lively traditional Denpasar markets.
Getting here: 30-40 mins drive from Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Sanur
50 mins from Nusa Dua and Jimbaran Bay
25 mins from the Airport
Ubud is the place to experience authentic Balinese culture and tradition and a good dose of comfort and quiet. Though heavily visited by tourists, the town is the cultural pulse of the island, the richest region in Bali for art production, and the very reason why so many expat artists and collectors have made Bali their home. Ubud has a royal legacy and hosts the Royal Palace, a center for cultural performances and dance. Take time to wander through art galleries and have a spa treatment on the edge of a small river heaven. Outside the town center, glimmering rice paddies, virgin jungle, gorges, and river valleys of this hilly village are ripe f or exploration. Ubud's central location makes the whole island accessible as a day trip. About the only thing it doesn't have is a beach, but they're all a short drive away..
Getting here: 1hour and 15 mins drive from all beach resorts and the Airport
Kuta is the activity hub and entertainment playground of Bali. Kuta was first founded by surfers and since then the village has grown to become a larger town. It is the surf side of the island and every afternoon there is the 6 o'clock sunset show. South Kuta has plenty of shops and restaurants for families and couples and also one of the best waterslide parks anywhere. Hotels here also tend to cater for families with facilities like kids clubs and family rooms.
Getting here: Just 15 mins drive from the Airport
Seminyak is quiet and pleasant, attracting return visitors seeking more peace and seclusion second time around. Many expats with businesses in Bali choose to live here, so the shops and restaurants tend to cater for these more discerning tastes. A combination of beautiful beaches, sunsets and rice fields make Seminyak area a perfect place for relaxation.
Getting here: 30mins drive from the Airport
A few years ago Legian was a small village situated a short distance from Kuta, but has spread out so much that Legian is now part of the greater Kuta area. Legian is a quieter alternative and has a more sophisticated nightlife scene focusing on dining-out and socializing. Close to the action but far enough away for some down time, Legian still retains something of its village atmosphere and is easy to walk around with good shopping and restaurants.
Getting here: 15 mins drive from the Airport
This resort enclave was set up for those who want to lie back to read a book and forget about the world. Some of the most sumptuous and luxury hotel brands including Aman, Hyatt, Accor find their home in Nusa Dua. The beaches are clean and blissfully tout-free suitable for both families and business conventions.
Getting here: 40 mins drive from Seminyak and 25 mins from the Airport
Sanur is one of the main beach resort areas on the south coast of Bali. Sanur’s history extends back to some of the oldest recorded writing on the island still preserved at the small temple at Prasasti Blanjong. The ancient text, dating back to the 10th Century, has inscriptions detailing the arrival of a Javanese king in Bali of the Mahayana Buddhist kingdom.
Getting here: 25 mins drive from the Airport.
This simple village on the northwest coast is a great place from which to explore Mt. Agung and the famous Besakih temple, go diving on a WII ship wreck in Tulamben, visit the water palace of Tirttagangga and the old town and markets of Klung Klung.
Getting here: 1hour and 15 mins drive from the Airport,/em>
Located on Bali's west coast between Kuta and Nusa Dua, Jimbaran offers a small-secluded beach area, where tranquility is the perfect antidote to a stressful world. Jimbaran is home to a number of grilled seafood restaurants, packed together all in a row along two stretches of beach. The tables are set up right on the sand, and if you sit in the lowest tables near high tide, you can find your feet getting wet. The sea breeze is cool, and the sunsets are beautiful.
Getting here: 20 mins drive from the Airport and 30 mins to Seminyak.