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Kuta or Seminyak?

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1. Posted by Beeg (Full Member 16 posts) 11y

Hello,

Im travelling around SE Asia and am going to be in Bali over xmas and new year. I am basically hoping to party and relax, an maybe see a bit of the culture. I have heard that Seminyak is the new Kuta, is this true? Where is best to base yourself?

We will be there for 10 days and are willing to pay $600 between the two of us. Any recommendations for hotels/hostels/villas that arent too family orientated, but with aircon?

Anyone going to be out there the same time. Dont really want to have xmas alone with my mate, as nice as he is!!!

Thanks a lot guys,

Ben

2. Posted by randomette (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y

I've been to Bali many times and my one tip would be NOT to base yourself in Kuta. It's great for a night out and to do shopping etc but the real culture settles in just outside of town in places like Seminyak.

As Seminyak in also on the water there are some great beachfront villas which can be quite cheap in low season.

Taxi's are so cheap that staying out of town is definitely worth it - just make sure they put the meter on!

3. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 11y

Kuta is not so bad especially if you're looking to party. Actually Kuta and Seminyak are very close.
Your budget is big. For Kuta or Seminyak, you can stay in Oasis, or Hard Rock Hotel, or Mercure Hotel, or Grand Istana Rama, or Harris Resort (they're in Kuta); or Royal Seminyak.

4. Posted by Beeg (Full Member 16 posts) 11y

Quoting zags

Kuta is not so bad especially if you're looking to party. Actually Kuta and Seminyak are very close.
Your budget is big. For Kuta or Seminyak, you can stay in Oasis, or Hard Rock Hotel, or Mercure Hotel, or Grand Istana Rama, or Harris Resort (they're in Kuta); or Royal Seminyak.

Im afraid as i am going peak time those hotels were out of my budget... Harris only just! Any other suggestions would be greatfully received?

Cheers,

Ben

5. Posted by robertson (Full Member 53 posts) 11y

Your best bet for South Bali is actually to go to websites that offer room discounts and find a mid-priced hotel. I think for high season over the holidays you will have to book in advance, and most of these websites (google bali kuta hotels or smthg similar) will be cheaper than booking from the hotels themselves.

Seminyak is nicer than Kuta - just got back and wouldn't stay there again. The surfing lessons are convenient but I'd rather stay somewhere quieter.

Check out Rumours restaurant in Seminyak, one of the best meals I had!

6. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 11y

My wife and I rocked up to the Palm Beach Hotel, Tuban, Bali a coupla years ago off the street and got a great deal then (2003?).
Anyway, my wife just spent 2 weeks at the Palm Beach in early September this year and got a nightly rate of $30 or $35 USD per night.
She flew into Bali, took a cab to the hotel (5 minutes from the airport) and bargained with the manager.
Aircon room, breakfast, pool, a great value evening restaurant Pantai across the street overlooking the beach, away from Kuta bustle but easy to get to, and you can easily walk to Kuta along the beach which is only 100 yards away.
The Pantai is great to sit in to watch surfers catching waves off the reefs and watching planes fly into Bali just south of Tuban.
Here is a website for Palm Beach -

http://www.balitouring.com/hotel/bali_hotel_list/kuta/palm_beach/

Enjoy

Anthony

P.S. I have a pic of the view from the Pantai on my profile.

7. Posted by xs.if (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

you have a big budget for bali dude. both places are close together, i dont know why its called different names, maybe cos of the expats in seminyak. kuta is livelier, hectic, in your face and crazy. thats where the party's at, and people are always trying to sell you some sh!t, in seminyak its a bit more chilled and nicer with clubs like double six and a few other big ones. if you're there for 10 days it might be better to be based in kuta, there are quiet places around there - poppies I and II. stayed in a place called mekar jaya for about 6 dollars... what ever you decide dude, its gonna be all good, roll with the hectic-ness, the place will be crawling with tourist, the people that arent tourist are selling you sh!t, its gonna be all good.

happy dayz

8. Posted by SeoulManOk (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

There are more bombs in Bali. :-(

9. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 11y

So sorry about that :( :( :( just couldn't believe it when I first heard the news saturday evening...

10. Posted by SupaChick (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hey There

My sister and I are also hitting Bali for New Years, so glad to hear there are other people out there, that will be looking for company. We are doing all the touristy things such as paragliding, scuba diving etc, we are staying in Seminyak and will hopefully bump into some guys like you!
laters all