If you know anyone who has come to Bali, then the chance is high that they stayed in Kuta, Legian, Seminyak or Canggu. Once distinct villages they have now morphed into one large tourist centre. The hotels and villas ranging from backpackers to 5+ star accommodation with prices to match; the restaurants and bars catering to every taste imaginable, and then some. But this is not Bali. You could be in any popular tourist area in the world. And if you want a thumping, pumping loud holiday then this is exactly where you should go.
I choose to stay in Sanur, on the east of the island, 15 kilometres from Seminyak on the west. Sanur has golden beaches, and a quiet and safe vibe. Being on the east, an early morning walk along the beach to see the sun rise is a great way to start your day. It is easy to get around, with a taxi from one end to the other costing approximately NZ$1.
I have stayed in many hotels around Bali, but I keep on coming back to Bumi Ayu Bungalows. It is a small family run hotel, with traditional style accommodation. The staff are friendly and helpful and a big part of the reason that this hotel has such a high amount of returning guests. The gardens are beautiful, and you will probably awake to the swish of the broom sweeping leaves from the paths. The pool is the hub of the hotel, where you can always find a lounger to accommodate your relaxation needs.
The rooms range from Superior – Super Deluxe. They are spacious and clean with all the usual amenities. The superior rooms are not particularly flash, but when you consider the cost, you are getting a great deal. The Super Deluxe rooms are very comfortable and just that much nicer. All rooms have a porch, with seating. I have chosen this hotel for us, because it is safe and budget friendly, saving money for shopping!
And the Nasi Goreng Special is divine.