Six hotels you need to visit in Kuta

By Tegan Reeves,

Kuta. Love it or hate it, it’s one of those places you need to visit at least once in your life. The overwhelming streets are lined with mopeds and hawkers, but somehow there’s something intoxicating about the place.

1. Bali Garden Beach Resort

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Nine restaurants. Five bars. Three swimming pools. One spa. Bali Garden Beach Resort doesn’t hold back. The popular resort’s main pool features a swim-up bar that serves some of the best Long Island Ice Teas in Kuta.

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Rooms are Balinese-inspired, and range from smaller villas to larger family options. All come with private balconies and air conditioning. Kuta’s premier water park, Waterbom Bali, is located across the road. Here, a multitude of water slides are interspersed over the park’s 3.8-hectare garden.

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2. Grand Inna Kuta

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Grand Inna Kuta offers two distinct accommodation options. Guests looking for a slower-paced holiday should opt for the Bali Wing, while those after a more contemporary Bali hotel experience ought to go for the Beach Wing. All rooms are bright and modern, offering pool or ocean views.

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There are all the usual suspects here – a swim-up bar, pool tables and yoga classes. In-house Restaurant Breeze offers meals 24 hours a day, which goes hand-in-hand with Kuta’s party scene.

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3. Ts Suites Bali

Ts Suites combines what Bali and Kuta are best known for – luxury and partying.

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Rooms are decked out in four different categories – sand, shell, stone, and the more exclusive villas. If you’re travelling with a group of friends, go for the villas. Each comes with a rooftop infinity pool and terrace, plus enough space to spread out.

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While most hotels discourage any notion of an in-room party, TS Suites couldn’t be more different. The hotel goes as far as offering a complimentary staffed, in-villa private party as a precursor to your night out in Kuta. Sign us up now.

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Guests receive a text message each day letting them know what social activities are planned. Rooftop yoga, movie nights, and sunset DJ sessions are just a few. Another huge perk is the 24-hour breakfast, meaning you won’t miss out, no matter what time you wake up.

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4. AlamKulKul

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Boutique isn’t a term that is immediately associated with Kuta hotels, but AlamKulKul has managed to pull it off. Step off the busy streets of Kuta and into the green compound of AlamKulKul. Here the traditional hotel lobby has been done away with, and is instead replaced by an inviting relaxation area, exclusively for guests.

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Traditonal Balinese-inspired rooms offer well-stocked mini bars, satellite television and free WiFi. Check out the hotel’s Mediterranean restaurant, Papas Limoncello. For a more authentic experience, enjoy the sunset and Balinese food at Bunga Kelapa Restaurant overlooking Legian Beach.

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5. The Akmani Legian

Rooms here are attractive, but the standout feature has to be the rooftop pool and bar, HEIGHTS. Spend your days up here by the pool, downing a hard drink. Free WiFi also sweetens the deal.

Indulge in one of the Grand Deluxe Pool Side suites, or go all out and book one of the private suites. These come standard with outdoor spas, overlooking the Kuta skyline.

Head to the fifth floor of the hotel to take part in a cooking class at the Terrace Restaurant. Downstairs at Legian Street Food, some of the most authentic dishes in Kuta are prepared. Go for the noteworthy nasi goreng, and if you’re game, ask for a side of sambal – Bali’s hottest chilli paste.

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6. Legian Kriyamaha Villa 

If you’re after a romantic Kuta holiday, then look no further than Legian Kriyamaha Villa. The boutique hotel offers just nine one-bedroom villas, made for couples.

The villas are off a quiet back street, just a 15-minute walk from the centre of Kuta. Attention to detail is paramount in the design, with features like rain showers, international electricity sockets, hammocks and iPod docks all coming standard. The private plunge pools also come with giant inflatable unicorns. Enough said.

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