Kuta is the closed location to the airport with a beach and a shopping center! After we spend a month in the quiet Ubud Region we decided to experience some action and check out Kuta Bali.. Well that was an experience! Read here 5 Things to Do in Kuta Bali and my review about Kuta as well as a little gem we found to eat nice food. Enjoy 🙂
We visited Kuta when it was REALLY HOT and therefore the beach is just wonderful after 5pm! You will encounter a low tide and you can go for wonderful long walks along the water, go for a jog and even a swim! It was just amazing!!!!!
However on a general BEACH SCALE I must say that I have seen much nicer beaches and less crowded ones before. All around the beach are vendors selling beach chairs, drinks, Hannah – tattoos, bracelets and the like. So if you want to go there and relax without being talked to every 5 seconds- well that’s not a beach to go.
But you can get used to things and you develop some tricks to avoid all that: you just race past them and straight to the water front and that’s that. But then you don’t have any shade from the scorching hot sun…
2. Kuta Beachwalk Shopping Mall
Close to the beach is a small shopping mall with AC!!! Oh yeah baby. Great place to cool down and to shop. There are the usual places like Top Shop Top Man, Zara or Guess. You will also find a supermarket at the bottom floor as well as restaurants at the top floor. There is also a Star Bucks were we sat and worked with free Wifi…
3. Enjoy a Movie Night at the Cinema
The shopping mal also offered a movie cinema which was a great escape to the heat during the day. The ticket was only 50k (3 USD/ 5AUD/ 2.50 EUR) and they showed the current Blockbuster movies in ENGLISH. With AC and Popcorn definitely a nice little escape.
4. Taste a Delicious Teat at Bread Life
In the shopping Mall is Bread Life which is an Asian style bakery. They had cheap little baked goods (yeah, some were very naughty, but with this heat you needed a little energy pick me up) and FREE WIFI. It was not AC’ed but located in a corner where you got some nice wind currants.
5. Discover a typical Indonesia Restaurant with Veggie Food!
We stayed on Poppy’s Lane II (this is the road that takes you to the beach and shopping mall) and one of those little side streets off Poppies Lane II took you to an Indonesian restaurant.
It offered a buffet where they cooked the food fresh. You basically tell them you want a dish with rice and then you start choosing the toppings you want to add. They had a really great choice of vegetables, tofu and tempeh which changed daily and VERRY VERY CHEAP.
All up we spend 17k which is around 1.30 USD/ 1.70 AUD/ 1.20 EUR.
They also offered A la Carte menu where you could find vegetarian Gado Gado with Tofu and peanut sauce and rice noodle dish with vegetables.
What I didn’t like about Kuta
It is just so extremely touristy and if you don’t like touristy then you really wont like Kuta. It is full of clothing stands, bars, night clubs and pubs. All the main streets were just packed with them and at every turn you go asked to come in and have a beer. Now, if you love drinking and clubbing Kuta is just right for you but if not- well you gotta avoid the main streets!
2. Beach is very touristy as well. See above!
3. No Balinese culture to see.
You see the occasional offering on the streets and the hotel/homestays have a Balinese flair with nice tropical gardens but on the main streets it is just plastered with touristy stalls/night clubs/bars. So you would not know anything Balinese here….
Would I go back there? I don’t know. Maybe for a few nights as stop over to eat at that restaurant again and to go for a jog at Kuta Beach 🙂
It sure is an experience I never had before and therefore it was worth going there 🙂
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Links to some pictures:
1. Beachwalk Kuta Bali: