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First time in Bali

Atherton
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First time in Bali

My husband and I have booked flights to Bali in June 2011 for Tom's 50th would love suggestions on best spots to stay looking forward to kicking back on the beach lots of massage and a bit of culture in the mountains and of course some shopping for me.

appreciate any advice from those that have been.

Thanks

Mary-Jane

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1. Re: First time in Bali

Welcome to the forum.

A good starting point is to check through the advise given under "Top Questions about Bali" on the top right of the Bali Forum page.

I have also written a blog on Bali that may help :-http://baliholidaylovers.blogspot.com/2010/11/bali-holiday-tips.html

You will get honest and reliable answers from people in the know on this forum, unlike other forums that give incorrect information.

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2. Re: First time in Bali

Ooops the blog should be :-

…blogspot.com/2010/11/bali-holiday-tips.html

Click on and it should go to the blog.

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3. Re: First time in Bali

If you are looking for a beach and massages then I should add Sanur to your trip. I wouldn't go for the massages on the beach though, Mandurah Spa and Ayu spa are nice.

At Sanur you can do some shopping too. Check www.bali-travel-life.com/sanur-bali.html for information on restaurants, hotels and things to do.

But for culture and mountains you should definitely go to Ubud. It's nice to spend a couple of nights there too so you can fully enjoy it, plus have enough time for another spa and shopping. You can also go to a Dance performance here and on daytrips to the ricefields in Jatiluwi or the lake at Kintamani. If you are bit active then doing a bike tour is a great way to see more of Bali. For more information you can read everything about Ubud and around on the same website as the link I mentioned earlier.

Edited: 02 January 2011, 16:45
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4. Re: First time in Bali

Tuban/Kuta/Legian/Seminyak are one long beach & are good for surfing. Tuban is nearest to the airport then Kuta, then Legian, then Seminyak. Kuta is very busy & commercialised. Legian is not quite as busy & Seminyak is less so & more upmarket.

Nusa Dua in the south has lovely beaches but has been developed for tourism so a good place to relax but doesn't have the balinese atmosphere of other places.

Sanur, south east coast is smaller than the above places & has more of a village feel to it. There is a pedestrianised walkway along the beach, a main road with shops & restaurants, many beachside hotels.

Ubud is in the centre of the island & the artisitic & cultural hub of the island. Shops, restaurants & lots of accomodation in the centre or the outskirts. Each village around Ubud tends to have a different artistic focus such as gold & silversmiths, masks, stonemasons, kites, puppets, painting etc. dance shows are performed daily at several venues.

Quieter & on the east coast are Amed, Candidasa & Padangbai. Amed is very good for snorkelling & diving.It is uncommertcialised, the locals are very friendly & it is a great place to chill out & relax.Very few shops & no ATM's here.

In the North are Lovina & Pemuteran, again much quieter & uncommercialised.

So if you give us an idea of which places you might like to stay & you're budget per night we can recommend some accomodation for you.

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6. Re: First time in Bali

Try the Seminyak Bodyworks day spa for good quality massages at not too expensive prices. Some of the five star places are expensive and not any better. The beach massages are cheaper and part of the Bali experience but be careful of the oil they use.

Plenty of shopping in Seminyak especially down 66 Road, but the beach is a bit ordinary.

At Kuta beach, it's amazing to see all the locals crowded on the beach at Sunset and you can have a cheap beer under the trees on the beach to the left.

Jimbaran and Nusa Dua have the whitest beaches and a more peaceful atmosphere, but it's 15 to 20 minutes in heavy traffic to get into Kuta and Legian. Avoid travelling into Kuta from 4pm to 7pm because of the traffic.

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7. Re: First time in Bali

firs time was amazing trvelling.. I wrote about Bali at http://www.baliholidaytips.com

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