The last leg of our trip in Indonesia takes us to one of the top tourist attractions in the most popular visitor destination in Indonesia. We’re not club goers, the main reason we placed Kuta last in our itinerary is for the beach. We knew we were in for a frenetic exploit, and nothing relieves a weary body better than the comforting, warm sea waters.
Getting to Kuta from Ubud, and vice versa, can’t be any more convenient. Tourist buses ply this route on a daily basis, several times a day. Travel time will take around an hour or so, depending on traffic. Ticket costs IDR 50,000.
I suggest booking at least a day ahead, especially on weekends, as seats are quickly filled. Others may advise against this as some of the buses are poorly maintained and may not have any air-conditioning.
Same goes if you’re coming from the airport. There are tourist buses and taxis that can take you directly to Kuta.
After locating and checking in at our hotel in Kuta, we immediately looked for a place to eat. Whenever possible, we opt for street-side eateries. Places where the locals go to grab a bite.
As with the meal we had at Denpasar, our plate was filled with one meat and vegetable viand, a tofu and sauce for the rice. All that for just IDR 20,000. A bit more expensive than the ones we had at Denpasar, but hey, we’re at Kuta, one of the tourist meccas of Bali. Everything is bound to be more expensive.
We were also able to find an A&W store, where we came back for dinner. It’s been too long since I had a meal at A&W… I’m not sure if they still have stores in the Philippines.
As much as we wanted a beach-front room, the rates were just sky-high! We stayed at Bakung Sari Resort and Spa. A couple of blocks away from Kuta beach. We booked our room weeks ahead through Agoda and was able to get it at USD 28 per night.
Bakung Sari has its own spa, restaurant and pool. I like how all the rooms open up to the main courtyard, where the pool is. As expected, as with other places we visited in Indonesia, the staff are friendly and accommodating.
Rooms are spacious, though a bit old and dirty. The en suite bathroom could also use some cleaning up. The free breakfast included in the package is acceptable at best. There are a lot of Warungs just outside of the hotel where cheaper, better tasting meals can be had.
Located a few meters from one of the main roads, Bakung Sari offers some quiet from the usual bustle of Kuta. Making lounging by the pool quite relaxing.