Everything you need to know for your first Bali holiday!

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If you have done as I suggested earlier, you will no doubt have made your choice of Bali accommodation with your travel agent. I recommend holiday packages as the best way for you to go on your first visit to the island until you become familiar with the island and all that it offers. Important: Getting to and from your accommodation is a very important part of your daily activities: for example, you have the choice of either walking, motorbike/car rental, taxi or private transport. They can all be scary for different reasons but my friend Charlie will do his utmost to care for your safety. M: 08155792272 E: [email protected]

The first thing you must do on arrival at your hotel is to inquire if they have a security box, room safe or lockable draw available. This is where all of your documents, passport and cash should be secured for the holiday period. If you use a travel agent, ask them to make inquiries on your behalf regarding in room security or other options to take care of this issue.

Once you have settled into your new surrounds, you can then take time out to check other types of accommodation alternatives within an area that appeals to you the most. It’s a good idea to do some research during your holiday because you will be back. Overall there is a huge choice of Bali Villas, Resorts and Apartments to choose from on the island ranging from as low as $20 per night for a losman (room only) and as high as $1,500 to $2000 per night for a top luxury villa. Apartment style accommodation is now becoming popular in Bali and these two in particular are well worth a look.

Apartments Bali Style

The HAVEN catering for apartment style living, hotel rooms and also villas is located on Jl. Seminyak with rear exit out onto popular Double Six Road, which makes the Haven’s location very convenient to the beach, Bintang Supermarket and general shopping. The O-CE-N (by outrigger) is at the beach end of Double Six Road in Legian and has amazing ocean views making it ideal for sundowners. I am sure you will be impressed with both of these very cool abodes. Of course, everyone has an opinion on which one of these choices works best for them. For example, great facilities at Resort type hotels are very popular with all ages because you don’t have to work too hard to enjoy every single day. Resort type hotels present a great opportunity to meet people from all over the world and the fun never stops, unless you do. The following are just a few names of resort type hotels, which I recommend you check out with your travel agent.

Bali Hotel Resorts

The hotels listed below are located in the Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Canggu areas.

  • Legian Beach Hotel (L)
  • Padma Hotel (L)
  • Mandira Hotel (L)
  • Niksoma Hotel (S)
  • Jayakarta Hotel (S)
  • Royal Beach Seminyak (Sofitel) (S)
  • Dynasty Hotel (K)
  • Kartika Plaza Hotel (K)
  • Kumala Pantai (L)
  • Breezes (S)
  • Lv8 Resort Hotel. (C)

Villas

The following address will keep you busy for hours and you will love it. (Google) Cantik Villas.

In recent times, it has become very fashionable to rent a Bali villa for your holiday. I have to say this is a fabulous way to go, providing it fits within your budget or if you dont mind sharing costs in a party of two, three or four couples, or even a large family situation.  The benefit for couples is you share the overall cost of the villa.  Each couple will have their own room and in most cases their own ensuite so this point is worth checking. Other benefits include security guards, security in house safe, pool, privacy, TV, lounge, kitchen, sound system and room service from wonderful staff.

To stay in a top Bali Villa is truly one of life’s best rewards. The down side can be that you are on your own, stuck with each other and miss out on the social side of meeting people like you do at a hotel resort. However, I  honestly believe once you have experienced this type of living, you will never go back to the hotel scene. Enjoy!

Cheap Bali Rooms

If you are on a tight budget, you could give thought to a room only, which is also popular and affordable amongst young people. Lori Beach Inn. Contact Wayan Sadi (owner) local mobile # 08123997171 or (0361) 758375. These very spacious and clean rooms are priced from Rp 200,000 ($20) per night without airconditioning or Rp250,000 ($25) with airconditioning. The address is Double Six Road at the start of the laneway leading to the rear of the Haven Hotel. From there it is only a short stroll to where all the action is at the beach end. Two other establishments, which I can recommend with great locations are  Su’s Cottages 1 & 2. The rooms have a star rating of around two and half to three. Contact Kadek at Su’s Cottages11 in Jalan Werkudara Legian Kaja. Phone +62 361 752127 or email Kadek at [email protected] or [email protected] Prices range from (Aud$35) Rp.350,000 per night including breakfast for a standard room in Su’s Cottages 1 and from (Aud$35) Rp.350,000 per night for a standard room up to (Aud$50) Rp. 500,000 for a superior room per night including breakfast at Su’s cottages 2. Email address for Cottages 1, [email protected]. Based on an exchange rate of Rp. 9750 you can expect to pay from $36 per night up to $52 for a superior room including breakfast. I am confident your travel agent will guide you to satisfactory accommodation according to your budget and in a location representing good value for your money.

Handy tips to remember

  • If you are staying in a hotel complex it’s a great opportunity to meet people around the pool or bars during the day and in the evening.
  • To decide on what accommodation will suit you best, you should discuss this with your travel agent for accommodation best suited to your type of holiday and budget.
  • It is a good idea to do some research on accommodation during your first stay on the island just incase you come back.
  • Your travel agent should book you in where they have security boxes or a room safe.
  • The electric voltage in Bali is 210/220 However, a number of rental villas available today which have been built for Australian owners and their guests are also wired for all of your appliances. One such example is Google the absolutely beautiful Sinta villa, which is in a fantastic location in the Seminyak area.
  • You will require an adapter and an extension board if they are not supplied with your lodgings. Ask your travel agent to inquire on your behalf. If you do need to purhase one, you can buy them locally before you go or in Bali at the Bintang Supermarket Jl Raya Seminyak.