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    Default Where to stay in Bali?

    hi all, planning a nice relaxing vacation, but where would you recommend staying there (what area?). All the hotels are quite cheap, but Bali is not exactly tiny. Prefer not to be right at the "nightlife" areas so I can sleep.

    any recommended areas/hotels? Even the Hyatt is cheap!
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    Default Re: Where to stay in Bali?

    Want a resort villa? get Desa Muda resorts about 10 mins from Kuta Beach. Super relaxing.

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    Rashkae,

    There are quite a few areas to stay.

    Denpasar is one, Kuta Beach is another, Sanur Beach is another, or you can stay in Ubud. These are the areas I looked at.

    You mention that you don't want nightlife, so Kuta Beach is out. Although frankly speaking, I don't think the noise along the roads and the pubs will affect your sleep much. I don't remember hearing anything from my hotel. Sanur is quieter. Ubud is more of the countryside, I don't think it'd be your cup of tea. Suggest you look at Sanur.
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    Quote Originally Posted by agws1970 View Post
    Want a resort villa? get Desa Muda resorts about 10 mins from Kuta Beach. Super relaxing.
    Interesting, thanks. So is that a better place to stay? Or Ubud?
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    Quote Originally Posted by edutilos- View Post
    Rashkae,

    There are quite a few areas to stay.

    Denpasar is one, Kuta Beach is another, Sanur Beach is another, or you can stay in Ubud. These are the areas I looked at.

    You mention that you don't want nightlife, so Kuta Beach is out. Although frankly speaking, I don't think the noise along the roads and the pubs will affect your sleep much. I don't remember hearing anything from my hotel. Sanur is quieter. Ubud is more of the countryside, I don't think it'd be your cup of tea. Suggest you look at Sanur.
    Yup, quite a few areas - almost too much choice! Ok, so Sanur is looking nice, and Kuta is possible too. Just looking for a nice area with lots or restos and relaxation without getting harassed at night by the "working girls".
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    Hmmm, anyone ever tried Jimbaran beach? Looks nice
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Interesting, thanks. So is that a better place to stay? Or Ubud?
    It depends, is your idea of relaxing by the sea/beach, or in the countryside?

    Both are relaxing, depending on how you look at it. Are you planning to access other parts of Bali during your stay there, or is it literally just a getaway for you to laze around?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Hmmm, anyone ever tried Jimbaran beach? Looks nice
    Jimbaran Beach - not aware there are resorts/hotels there. It is a hot spot for tourists (predominantly Western) to enjoy seafood dinners while the sea sets as Jimbaran faces west.

    Seafood is more expensive than most other places in Bali there.. And something to take note, it was a targeted site for one of the previous Bali bombings due to the high Western presence there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Yup, quite a few areas - almost too much choice! Ok, so Sanur is looking nice, and Kuta is possible too. Just looking for a nice area with lots or restos and relaxation without getting harassed at night by the "working girls".
    Oh, if you don't go to the pubs, I doubt they'd harass you - they'd be too busy with the people who want to be harassed. I don't remember being harassed while I was staying at Kuta. Stayed at Kuta Beach Bali, but that's more of a budget hotel, I think you would want to stay in something better since you probably would have had less financial constraint compared to a student.

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    RashKae post your reviews once you shortlisted and stayed at the hotel.... i am going in Sept too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sinned79 View Post
    RashKae post your reviews once you shortlisted and stayed at the hotel.... i am going in Sept too!
    Quote Originally Posted by edutilos- View Post
    Oh, if you don't go to the pubs, I doubt they'd harass you - they'd be too busy with the people who want to be harassed. I don't remember being harassed while I was staying at Kuta. Stayed at Kuta Beach Bali, but that's more of a budget hotel, I think you would want to stay in something better since you probably would have had less financial constraint compared to a student.
    Will do.... Thanks guys!
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    @ Rashkae
    I stayed in Ubud, but I do like the countryside; spent some time wandering the villages, swimming in the river. Maybe I'm a kampong boy at heart.
    The opulence of some of the villas made me very conscious of the wealth gap (I saw those which were USD4digits per night, yikes), though the villagers didn't seem to be perturbed.

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    You no longer student eh? When are you going to visit Bali again?
    Looking forward to seeing more of your holiday photos
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    Bali, i'm already missing the massages.

    i stayed at Amasya Villa. Not excellent but not bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zichar View Post

    @edutilos-
    You no longer student eh? When are you going to visit Bali again?
    Looking forward to seeing more of your holiday photos
    Working.. Will definitely go back, but not so soon.

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    my earlier response didn't get posted for some reason. ubud is nice if u dun mind staying further from the main touristy area. jimbaran as mentioned is the seafood dinner by the beach joint. i would go with kuta or the main beach area so there is no lack of activities to look for.

    they are more relaxed there unlike bangkok. but the beach touts are pesky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipfreak View Post
    my earlier response didn't get posted for some reason. ubud is nice if u dun mind staying further from the main touristy area. jimbaran as mentioned is the seafood dinner by the beach joint. i would go with kuta or the main beach area so there is no lack of activities to look for.

    they are more relaxed there unlike bangkok. but the beach touts are pesky.
    Muchas Gracias.

    But Jimbaran is not far from Kuta, right? Or not exactly walkable?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Muchas Gracias.

    But Jimbaran is not far from Kuta, right? Or not exactly walkable?
    Aiyo, Jimbaran is not that near...

    http://wikitravel.org/en/Image:Bali-Jimbaran-Map.png

    Think about 8 km?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    Muchas Gracias.

    But Jimbaran is not far from Kuta, right? Or not exactly walkable?
    i would say not walkable. esp when its not exactly city type strolling. if u enjoy hiking, i guess u can do it. hahaha.

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    8km is ok wat.... I enjoy hiking!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    8km is ok wat.... I enjoy hiking!
    not me. haha. i rented a motorbike on my first trip there. quite fun considering i got no license and we got lost in bali.

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