Jason Dundas re-visited Bali and found it is once again high on the list of travel hotspots for Australians. Most gather around the tourist areas of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak, and if you are planning a holiday, Jason has found some really good budget places for you to stay.
This hotel in Kuta 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 family 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. There is also 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 the Bali Discovering Shopping Mall.
Waterbom is too good to miss. Imagine 3.8 hectares of tropical adventure with exhilarating world-class rides. There a high-speed slides, dizzying trails and heart-pounding rides. If you fancy something a little less hectic, there are plenty of things for you to enjoy, too.
The Bounty Hotel
Another one is Kuta, and this 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 3 o'clock 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
This 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.
Mandira has a choice of cottage rooms, suites and rooms with terraces, some with private open-air showers. Two restaurants, a beachfront pizzeria and bar are great venues to watch the renowned sunsets, while the six treatment and spa rooms will help you to totally unwind.
Tipping is not a must in Bali often just saying terima kasih (thank you) will suffice. An appropriate tip to a porter can be around 50 cents.
The Indonesian holiday island of Bali.
Creative Holidays has great deals at all of the hotels, as well as day passes to Waterbom Bali from $34 for adults and $20 for each child.
Bali Dynasty Hotel rooms start at $95 per person, twin share, per night. One child stays free.
The Bounty Hotel has rooms from $61 per person, twin share, per night. One child stays free.
Bali Mandira superior rooms start at $111 per person, twin share, per night.
Prices correct at February 26, 2009.
For further information
Australian passports must have a minimum validity of six months from date of arrival. Seven-day and 30-day visas are available on arrival. Requirements and fees change regularly, so check with the Indonesia Consulate for current information.
Current is 22V, 50Hz. Sockets are two-pin plugs. Adaptors and cheap and on sale everywhere.
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It is recommended travellers to Indonesia see their doctor at least six weeks before departure, as there are specific vaccinations recommended. Other health precautions and preventions may also be recommended and are best discussed with your doctor. For further information, visit www.welltogo.com.au.
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