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
Where are you going to sleep tonight?
Nyepi is The Hindu Day of Silence or the Hindu New Year in the Balinese Saka calendar. The largest celebrations are held in Bali as well as in Balinese Hindu communities around Indonesia. INyepi, a public holiday in Indonesia, is a day of silence, fasting and meditation for the Balinese. The day following Nyepi is also celebrated as New Year’s Day.
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.
- Brunei Darussalam
- Hongkong Special Administrative Region
- Macao Special Administrative Region,
And these countries bellow are eligible for Visa on Arrival to visit Indonesia especially Bali
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- People’s Republic of China
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- The Netherlands
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- 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?
- Before you land you’ll be given an Arrivals card. Complete this on the airplane.
- When you land at the Bali/Denpasar Airport, you will be directed first to buy a Visa on Arrival ticket in the Immigration Hall.
- The ticket is sold from booths that have a “Visa on Arrival” sign above them.
- 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.
- 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.
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.