Hi Marghe and Marty,
You don't say what you are looking for in
Bali but if you want a little luxury, along
with all the natural beauty of the
countryside, there are wonderful, wonderful
places to stay.
My first trip to Bali was some 25 years ago,
and I used Kuta as a base which was wonderful
then - but probably not such a good idea now!
Accommodation was simple but more than
adequate, a minute's stroll from the beach,
and very cheap.
Since then, I've been back several times,
most recently staying at the Four Seasons
Resort at Jimbaran Bay, some three or four
years ago, I guess. It was gorgeous.
Individual houses, Balinese style, with a
sleeping pavilion, indoor and outdoor
bathrooms, separate private day pavilion, and
private plunge pool. Good hotel facilities
and a lovely setting.
If you want to be part of the everyday life
of the country, it's not for you - but for a
few magical day of pure escapism, it's just
the thing. I recall that we found a really
good deal on a package, so it's worth trying,
regardless of what the website says.
The second spot we stayed was near Ubud in
the mountains - Kupu Kupu Barong, high above
the Ayung River. Again, a great setting, not
as glitzy as the Four Seasons, but lovely.
(Just checked out their web page - and it
would need to be ritzy for the prices,
especially once converted to Oz dollars!)
There is - or was - also a chain of Aman
resorts which are superb - but had prices to
match: Amandari, Amanusa and Amankila, dotted
about the landscape, in the south, the centre
and the east. We ate at each of them - which
didn't require mortgaging the house and each
was a remarkable experience, particularly at
sunset, as the settings of the restaurants
are stunning. We did also manage to have
tours of the accommodation at each of them
and they were simply gorgeous - as well they
might be, given the prices!
As I said, my information is a little dated
but someone may be able to give more up to
If you don't want or need the glamour, Bali
is still a magical place to visit. The
temples, the landscape, the traditional arts,
including dancing, music, painting, wood
carving, silver etc are fascinating. There is
white water rafting and other energetic
activities and plenty to see in the
countryside - with a well developed structure
to make sure you can do it all easily,
whether you want organised tours, car hire
with or without driver, motorcycle or
whatever. The people are beautiful, warm and
welcoming and generous.
There is also a plethora of accommodation at
all prices but I am adding a few websites for
you, if you would like to dream - and
remember, the restaurants at the Aman resorts
were good value - at least at that time, even
if the accommodation was in the stratospheric