Tips to booking Bali stays | 巴厘岛住宿贴士

As a first-time Bali traveller, I was pretty torn between getting a resort or a villa, and where exactly to stay?

Kuta seems like the place-to-be for clubbing and an action-packed holiday. According my diver friend David, who frequents Bali for diving, who frequents Bali for diving, Seminyak is the place for the arty farty plus a range of villas for a little needed privacy. Assuming you like beaches, and want to be relatively near to some action,  Kuta and Seminyak have a range of accommodation that you can consider.

Uluwatu is well known for beautiful cliff temples and great views of the India Ocean. Given a chance to revisit Bali, I would love to explore Uluwatu!

Nusa Dua is apparently the touristy area with the big brands for accommodation, but hey, it’s also the place to be if you want to be away from the crowd for a good three days. So Nusa Dua it was for me since I really wanted some peace. Oh, and both places that I stayed at were great for cosy private wedding events if you are considering holding one in Bali!joojourneys_bali_Kayumanis_massage_at_the_beach
Enjoy a massage at the private Nusa Dua beach front of Kayumanis

Spacious family-family resort hotel – Courtyard by Marriot

What’s good?

The breakfast spread, the pool and the (sense of) security. I’m not kidding about the security. The moment we drove into the compound, we were greeted by a huge manual barrier and at least three security guards. (Haha! What a way to start the holiday.) joojourneys_bali_courtyard_marriot_security

On a side note, I really liked the reception area. The colours of the ocean which gave a sense of tranquility. The hotel is 5 – 8 minutes walk out to the main street which is also not overly crowded at night. You can get dinner, massages or shop for souvenirs. joojourneys_bali_courtyard_marriot_reception

The room’s spacious, pleasant and quiet. We had a deluxe room with pool view 🙂 joojourneys_bali_courtyard_marriot_room

The curvy pool reminded me of River Safari in some sorts, but it was nice to swim a little while the breakfast crowd enjoyed their buffet breakfast by the pool. (Note that you should be properly dressed at the breakfast area, bathrobe attire not encouraged.) joojourneys_bali_courtyard_marriot_breakfast_by_the_poolA latte by the pool is one of the best pleasures in life~~ 🙂

The spread of food you get at breakfast is pretty awesome. We enjoyed the fried noodles very much, the pastries were good too! joojourneys_bali_courtyard_marriot_breakfast_noodles

The noodles was delicious! So was the muesli 🙂 Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetjoojourneys_bali_courtyard_marriot_wafflesWafflelicious 🙂 joojourneys_bali_courtyard_marriot_pastry

Guests can take a shuttle to the Marriot “private” beach front, which isn’t really impressive so I guess it’s not a prominent selling point. It was a little crowded and it seemed like part of a public park. joojourneys_bali_courtyard_marriot_beach

joojourneys_bali_courtyard_marriot_beach_treeposeTrying to strike a tree pose #yogafail

What you spend: $180 per room per night for a pool view room with breakfast.

We spent two nights at Courtyard and our last night in a private villa. Check out the next post on the private villa experience with Kayumanis 🙂

The Alternative: Mercure Kuta

Another recommended hotel is Mercure Kuta, with a gorgeous infinity pool and awesome sunset view. (I love infinity pools!) I would have chosen this if I stayed in Kuta. The junior suite is highly rated for it’s price.

What you spend: $130 – $170 per room per night.

Remember to check out agoda.com for various deals, or the luxe nomad for villa offers! 

If you like what you see, chat with me on facebook.com/joojourneys 🙂

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