February 2014

The Bene Hotel Kuta

Top 5 Fantastic Hotel in Kuta Bellow 100$

Travelling to Bali for the first time can be overwhelming; there are so many things to do and to see, so many places to eat, so many hotels to choose. It is frustrating, when you open your favorite travel agent websites; you see over 3000 hotels in Bali to select for your stay. From a small guesthouse cost USD$ 5 to super expensive private villa cost USD$ 14,000 per night. Another headache is when you’re going to decide in which area you should stay.

I have visited most of the hotels in Bali. From my personal of view with more than 7 years of experiences as a local guide, Kuta is the most favorite place to stay. Not a surprise, since Kuta is the magnet of the island for its beach, sun, surfing and shopping area. Night clubs along Legian Street is another attraction at night for party enthusiast.

I have compiled The Top 5 Four Star Hotel in Kuta under $100/night for double occupancy. The compilation is based on Agoda.com, the biggest online hotel reservation in Asia combined with some information taken from Tripadvisor.com. I hope this compilation helps. Check this out!

The Bene Hotel Kuta
Jalan Benesari Kuta, Bali 80361 | Website: www.thebenehotel.com | Price start from: USD 49
Newest four stars hotel in Kuta. Has strategic location, only 5 minutes walking to the beach, 5 minutes to the Legian Street, and 5 minutes to the biggest and newest shopping center in Bali, Beachwalk, and only 15 minutes driving from the airport. The Bene holds a “Fantastic” predicate and scores 8.3 as voted by the guest who stayed here previously. The hotel has modern and minimalist design with an extensive swimming pool in the center and a fancy restaurant next to it.
Pros: secluded and quiet place, big swimming pool, strategic location. Cons: no access for bus

Sun Island Hotel Kuta
Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta 80361 |Website: www.sunislandkuta.com/ Price start from: USD 73
Another hotel with strategic location, only 10 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes to the second Bali’s biggest mall, Discovery Kartika Plaza aka Centro Mall. Hold a “Fantastic” predicate with 8.3 score from the traveler. Sun Island opened a year ago, with 128 rooms and 4 suites.
Pro: strategic location, big road access. Cons: far from Legian

The Vira Bali Hotel
Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta 80361 | Website: www.thevirabali.com | Price start from: USD 74
The Vira is not far from Sun Island Kuta and it is its main competitor (price competition). The Vira is about 10 years in operation. Compared to above hotel, The Bene and Sun Island, I would say, this hotel is old. The Vira holds Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor on 2013. With only 56 rooms available, the hotel will have a problem to accommodate a group more than 100 people. It predicates as “Fantastic” with 8.2 score.
Pros: strategic location Cons: old hotel, limited rooms for group

Kuta Seaview Boutique Resorts & Spa
Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta 80361 | Website: www.kutaseaviewhotel.com | Price start from: USD 71
Beach lover, this is your hotel, exactly located in front of the famous Kuta Beach. Only need to cross the busy Kuta Street to reach the beach. During the peak season, this area is extremely busy. If you prefer a quiet and relax hotel, this is not a right choice. Kuta Seaview scored 8.0 with “Very Good” predicate.
Pro: close to the beach. Cons: busy street in front of the hotel.

Ramayana Resort and Spa
Jalan Bakung Sari Kuta | Website: www.ramayanahotel.com | Price start from: USD 86
Ramayana located just right in the corner of Kuta Square, the famous and the first shopping mall in Kuta. This hotel is not far from Waterboom and Discovery Kartika Plaza Mall. The main problem at Ramayana is parking lot. If you are traveling with your own car, make sure they provide you enough space for your car. The Ramayana scored 8.0 with “Very Good” predicate.
Pro: strategic location Cons: limited parking space

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Bali Visa on Arrival

Bali Visa On Arrival – Steps to Get Your Visa in Bali

Do I need visa to visit Bali/Indonesia? Maybe yes, maybe no. If your country on this bellow list, you are not require visa to enter Bali or other parts of Indonesia.

  1. Brunei Darussalam
  2. Chile
  3. Hongkong Special Administrative Region
  4. Macao Special Administrative Region,
  5. Malaysia
  6. Morocco
  7. Peru
  8. Philippines
  9. Singapore
  10. Thailand
  11. Vietnam

And these countries bellow are eligible for Visa on Arrival to visit Indonesia especially Bali

  1. Algeria
  2. Argentina
  3. Australia
  4. Austria
  5. Bahrain
  6. Belgium
  7. Brazil
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Cambodia
  10. Canada
  11. Cyprus
  12. Czech Republic
  13. Denmark
  14. Egypt
  15. Estonia
  16. Fiji
  17. Finland
  18. France
  19. Germany
  20. Greece
  21. Hungary
  22. Iceland
  23. India
  24. Iran
  25. Ireland
  26. Italy
  27. Japan
  28. Kuwait
  29. Laos
  30. Latvia
  31. Libya
  32. Liechensteia
  33. Lithuania
  34. Luxembourg
  35. Maldives
  36. Malta
  37. Mexico
  38. Monaco
  39. New Zealand
  40. Norway
  41. Oman
  42. Panama
  43. People’s Republic of China
  44. Poland
  45. Portugal
  46. Qatar
  47. Romania
  48. Russia
  49. Saudi Arabia
  50. Slovakia
  51. Slovenia
  52. South Africa
  53. South Korea
  54. Spain
  55. Suriname
  56. Switzerland
  57. Sweden
  58. Taiwan
  59. The Netherlands
  60. Tunisia
  61. United Arab Emirates
  62. United Kingdom
  63. United States of America

Effective from 28th May 2007, the government through Ministerial Decree by the Minister of Law and Human Rights, extended Visa on Arrival (VoA) facilities to another 11 countries, bringing to a total of 63 countries, whose nationals may enter Indonesia by taking Visa on Arrival, reports Bisnis Indonesia. The additional 11 countries are : (1) Algeria, (2) Czechoslovakia, (3) Fiji, (4) Latvia, (5) Libya,(6) Lithuania, (7) Panama. (8) Romania, (9) Slovakia, (10) Slovenia, and (11) Tunisia.

How do I get my visa in Bali? You can get 3 different visas to visit Indonesia:

  • 30-Day Visa On Arrival (VOA). Pay on arrival, get a visa in your passport, get it stamped. Most visitors fall in this category. See the detailed instructions below. This visa cost USD $25, and valid for 30 days.
  • 60-Day Tourist Visa. Available at Indonesian embassies and consulates outside Indonesia. See this link for more information
  • Visa waiver. Show your passport, get stamped, that’s it. Applies only to a few select, mostly ASEAN countries.

How do I get my Visa on Arrival?

  1. Before you land you’ll be given an Arrivals card. Complete this on the airplane.
  2. When you land at the Bali/Denpasar Airport, you will be directed first to buy a Visa on Arrival ticket in the Immigration Hall.
  3. The ticket is sold from booths that have a “Visa on Arrival” sign above them.
  4. You will need to pay for this using either $25 US dollars, or 250,000 Indonesian rupiahs. The exchange rate is poor so its best to pay in dollars. Exact change is preferred as they will give you change in rupiah otherwise, again at a poor exchange rate. Be sure to have money as there are no ATM’s in the customs hall. If you don’t have money, you may be escorted to an ATM, however you may need to wait until the area isn’t busy.
  5. You take the ticket with you to an Immigration official. They will take your Arrivals card, your VOA ticket, and stamp your passport. They will return part of the Arrivals card, it will be stamped with your arrival date, and be marked for a 30-day stay. Do not lose this piece of paper, you need it when you depart

How long does it takes to get my visa on arrival? Can be 30 minutes to 2 hours, depend on the number of the visitors at the time. Average, you have to wait 60 minutes to get your visa on arrival.

visa-on-arrival

Don’t want to wait like this?

Can I make it faster? I don’t want to wait for one hour just to get my VOA.
Exactly, yes. There are some companies offering visa on arrival assistance to help you to get your visa faster. Please visit www.balivipvoa.com for more information on how to get your visa without queuing.

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