Visiting Bali – A City Guide
Tropical Bali is covered in terraced rice paddies, dotted with ancient volcanoes and ringed by pristine beaches
. The Indonesian island’s deep-rooted culture adds an extra splash of vibrant color, visible everywhere in the scores of Hindu temples
and brilliantly hued fishing boats gliding into small villages along the coast.
Bali: City Layout and Top Attractions
Many hotels in Bali cluster at the southern tip of the island, not far from the airport and capital city of Denpasar. Finding resorts in Bali is a breeze, particularly in the beach communities. Resorts spread along Jimbaran Bay and Bukit Peninsula, while the bustling enclaves of Kuta, Tuban, Legian and Seminyak draw tourists, beachcombers and surfers galore.
Many of Bali’s exotic temples come with spectacular backdrops. Uluwatu Temple
perches precariously on a clifftop, while the 17th-century Ulun Danu Beratan
temples on central Lake Beratan are surrounded by volcanic mountains. The peaceful 11th-century sanctuary of Goa Gajah
, on the edge of Bedulu Village
near Ubud, is known as the Elephant Cave and features elaborate rock carvings, fountains and bathing pools.
Eating Out in Bali
Southern Bali has dozens of international restaurants in all price categories, especially in Bali resort areas around Kuta, Ubud and Seminyak. Many beach restaurants, such as CasCades Restaurant
, specialize in seafood, and dozens of colorful “beanbag” beach bars serve casual bites and exotic tropical cocktails. For surreal sunset views of Jimbaran Bay from the Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, redeem your IHG®
Rewards Club points for a stay at InterContinental®
Just steps from Bali hotels, locals dish out Indonesian delicacies from street stalls and warungs
(traditional family-run eateries) until late at night. Meals often come with a side of peppy sambal
, a fiery chili relish.
Shopping in Bali
Shopping in Bali
can involve haggling in small markets, trolling for beachside souvenirs or discovering colorful handcrafted batik fabrics. Surfers still find all the beach gear they need in Kuta, but it’s also filled with shopping malls and designer boutiques.
The capital Denpasar is where to find chic shops selling fringed Balinese sarongs, as well as coffee purveyors offering prized Kopi Luwak
beans from the Kintamani region.
The Kuta Beachwalk
offers everything from high fashion to local batik art showcased at Museum Kain. To stay near eclectic neighborhood boutiques and indie shops, you can book your hotel directly through the IHG®
website and join IHG®
Rewards Club for access to affordable “YOUR RATE” offers at Hotel Indigo®
Bali Seminyak Beach.
Culture and Nightlife in Bali
Local Balinese people live their culture on a daily basis, with temple ceremonies, scented flower petals and otherworldly sounds of gamelan
percussion orchestras permeating the air. In Ubud
, you can discover traditional Balinese culture, dance and crafts, as well ancient holy sites such as Gunung Kaw
i with its rock-cut shrines.
Modern Bali takes a twist toward DJ nightclubs, cocktail bars and themed pubs in hotspots around Kuta and Seminyak. Bali hotels in Nusa Dua, Suminyak Beach and Jimbaran
Bay often provide casual sunset entertainment on the beach. After visiting the Museum Negeri Propinsi,
in Denpasar, many visitors stay over for concerts, theatre performances or live dinner shows.