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Bali accommodation

Thursday, July 3, 2008
Indonesia is made up of 17,508 islands. Just 6000 are inhabited. The group extends from the Malay Peninsula into Melanesia.

Bali lies between the islands of Java and Lombok and the popular holiday resort is returning to normal after the bombings of 2002 and 2005. Always popular with Australians, holiday makers are returning to enjoy all the magic the island has to offer. Beaches, temples, ceremonies, mountains, verdant rice paddies and friendly people. Indonesia's largest tourist destination, it has highly-developed arts, dance, sculpture, painting, leather and metalworking.

Unlike most of Indonesia, which has a predominantly Muslim population, around 95 percent of Bali's population adheres to Hinduism.

Getaway visited Bali and had a look at all the elements travellers want for the holiday to suit them. First up, accommodation. There is an endless supply from five-star to very basic backpackers, and we are giving you some in-between options to consider.

Most tourists spend their time around Kuta which Australian surfers first became familiar with in the mid-70s, Legian, Seminyak and Jimbaran areas and our first hotel to show you is the Bali Dynasty.

Bali Dynasty has 312 rooms and suites and children under 12 years of age stay free when sharing a room with parents and using existing bedding. There are pool view rooms for four, and children's themed suites that sleep five.

There are three pools — one with a swim-up bar, one for adults and one for children — a 56m caterpillar splash waterslide, spa villa, poolside foot reflexology, an exercise room and Kiddies' Club with a daily program. Child minding is available.

Choose between five restaurants serving Chinese, Irish, Italian, Western and Asian cuisine, by the pool or indoors, and there are five places you can enjoy a cocktail or cold beer.

The resort has beautiful tropical gardens and is a popular resort for couples and families. It's close to nightlife, Waterbom Park and Bali's Discovery Shopping Mall.

The Bounty Hotel is where to go if you want to party. It has a 24-hour pool bar, restaurants and entry to three of the island's most popular discos. If you fancy a sleep-in, you should ask for a room at the back of the hotel as the DJ spins tracks until 3am every morning!

The 166-room hotel has traditional Balinese architecture and rooms have terraces or balconies and individually controlled air-conditioning.

Interconnecting rooms, triple rooms and two-storey rooms are available. There are two pools to enjoy and of course, the famous Bali massage is available.

Poolview Restaurant has international cuisine and every Friday there is a buffet accompanied by live music.

Bali Mandira Beach Spa Resort is in the centre of Legian, far enough from Kuta to be relaxing and peaceful, but within walking distance. It has two pools, beautiful gardens and is close to boutiques and restaurants.

There are two suites — Mandira and Cottage, each with separate living and sleeping areas. They connect rooms for family groups. Mandira has a private Jacuzzi.

Deluxe rooms have terraces overlooking the gardens and private open-air showers. Furniture is of hand-carved solid teak and nyatoh wood. There are nine premier rooms and superior cottage rooms with balconies. Superior Tower rooms are flexible in configuration and cater for families or friends travelling together.

Celagi serves Asian and Indonesian cuisine and Parasol has Mediterranean dining. There is a beachfront pizzeria and the Barong Bar allows guests to enjoy wonderful sunsets over a cool drink. An a cappella quartet serenades diners.

Six treatment rooms in the spa use exotic ingredients from the tropical forests of Asia.

Jimbaran Puri Bali. A luxury resort hotel, Jimbaran Puri is unpretentious and very romantic. Forty-one cottages and villas have private, walled gardens, direct access to the soft white sands of Jimbaran Bay and uninterrupted Indian Ocean views.

Bathrooms have free-form sunken terrazzo marble bathtubs, and indoor sitting areas have day beds for relaxing. Rooms have high ceilings and thatched roofs give an authentic local touch. Floor to ceiling windows have views over private tropical flower gardens.

After a long day just sink into a wooden king-sized bed with cotton and silk sheets.

Tipping is not a must in Bali — often just saying terima kasih or thank you will suffice. An appropriate tip to a porter can be around 50 cents.


Bali, Indonesia.


Creative Holidays has accommodation at the Bali Dynasty Resort starting at $54 a night. The Bounty Hotel rooms start at $30 a night. Bali Mandira Beach Resort and Spa rooms start at $65 and Jimbaran Puri Bali Resort starts at $118 a night. All prices are per person twin share. One-day passes to Waterbom Bali are from $21 for adults and $12 for children. Seasonal surcharges apply.

Garuda Indonesia has 28 flights a week to Denpasar.

Airfares from:

  • Darwin $622
  • Perth $852
  • Melbourne $1105
  • Sydney $1122

Darwin: Valid for sale until November 20, 2008 and for travel between July 21-September 18, 2008 and again between October 6-November 20, 2008.

Perth: Valid for sale until March 31, 2009 and for travel between July 16-September 23, 2008, October 8-December 9, 2008 and January 14-March 31, 2009.

Melbourne: Valid for sale until March 31, 2009 and for travel between July 13-September 18, 2008, October 5-December 11, 2008 and January 14-March 31, 2009.

Sydney: Valid for sale until March 31, 2009 and for travel between July 21-September 25, 2008, October 13-December 11, 2008 and January 19-March 31, 2009.

Fares from other Australian capitals and regional centres are available in conjunction with Virgin Blue and Executive (Business) Class fares from all Australian ports.

Prices correct at June 3, 2008.

For further information

Creative Holidays
Or book through your travel agent

Bali Dynasty Resort
Jln Kartika
Tuban 80361
South Kuta, Bali
Ph: +62 361 752 403
Fax: +62 361 752 402

The Bounty Hotel
Jl Segara Batu Bolong 18
Kuta, Bali
Ph: +62 361 753 030
Fax: +62 361 752 121

Bali Mandira Beach Resort and Spa
Jl Padma
Legian, Indonesia
Ph:+62 361 751 381
Fax: +62 361 752 377

Jimbaran Puri Resort
Jalan Uluwatu
Jimbaran, Bali
Ph: +62 361 701 605
Fax: +62 361 701 320

Garuda Indonesia
Ph: 1300 365 331

It is recommended travellers to Indonesia see their doctor at least six weeks before departure as there are specific vaccinations recommended for Indonesia. Other health precautions and preventions may also be recommended and are best discussed with your doctor. For further information visit

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User comments
Hi All, I just want to say I went to Bali in March and have wanted to go back every since I went. I live in Cairns which is a beautiful place and I would rather live in Bali. The people are sooo friendly, its cheap and its a fun place to be. I wll be trying to go back every year for a holiday its the best holiday destination and it doesn't break your budget. I don't know why people compain sooo much ... you have to remember they don't have anything, ie. money and what they give is their great smiles, their wonderful personalilities and they are only trying to make a living by selling stuff. I would recomend Bali 200% - if you haven't been - GO now!!!
The 3 comments that have been posted disturb me a little. It was not the balinese that bombed their own country. I have friends that were in the bombing and my family travel to Bali twice every year and have done so for 12 years. It is comments like the previous 3 are damaging. Not everyone needs to love Bali but stop punishing the Balinese that purely exist on tourism. It is a fantastic place to take your family. Just think how easily a terrorist attack can occur her in Australia...!!!!!!!
It's irriesponsible of you to put the health warning at the very bottom of this article it should be at the top and have a lot more information. My experience was one that I'd rather forget. Bali is dirty, disgusting, extremely unhealthy and dangerous. The Balinese people were lovely, the others aggressive, pushy, they grab you, they follow you . If you don't buy the "crap" they get nasty. Beach! Let me tell you don't expect beaches like ours. The beaches are full of washed up debris, it stinks and they don't remove the debris they just put signs up that say stay away from this part of the "beach". If you are thinking of a holiday, go somewhere nice. We were so careful and still ended up getting sick, my husband took 8 weeks to recover and many trips to the doctor and were required.We tried to get home early but no flights. We should' e realised we were in trouble when we landed, because the customs guys are corrupt.
Are you aware that the website is advising Australians to reconsider the neen to travel to indonesia and Bali due to the very high threat of terrorist attack. I am as were my friends and family very upset about the phrasing of the Getaway presenter, I think it was very insentive to say that Bali has shopping to Die for considering how many Australians died in Bali due the to terrorist attack. Please think of all the people still grieving before repeating such phrases.
I am horrified that the story on Bali failed to give any reference to the current warnings of the Australian government regarding travel to Bali. The current directives are "reconsider your plans to travel" in view of a very high and very real terrorist threat. Instead, the piece focused on "cheap" shopping, meals and beer with associated sun and surf thown in, all of which directs the piece to the interests of our young people least likely to consider risks of any nature. Christine Young

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