It’s Time to Come Back to Kuta

Where It All Began…

Like many people our first experience of Bali (25 years ago) was of Kuta… it was the place where our Bali love affair began. As Kuta got busier we started to explore other areas of Bali, and then as an expat Kuta was not a place we visited a lot because it was always full of tourists & traffic.

It’s no secret that Kuta has gotten a bad rap over the years. Trouble at nightclubs, busy traffic, drunken tourists and packed beaches. There are very good reasons though as to why Kuta is Bali’s most famous area and why for decades tourists have flocked there.

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Experience Kuta Like It’s the 70s

Kuta these days is certainly not looking like how most of us have known it in our lifetimes. For those that visited in the 70s… it’s probably more like how you remember it!

Before Kuta became a party zone for tourists it was most loved for its beautiful beach, consistent waves, blue water, white sand and epic sunsets. As the years went on more hotels were built, more markets popped up and tons of restaurants flooded the area…

Kuta has fans who love it just like this…. and I’m sure at some point it will go back to being the bustling area it is now most known for. For those of us lucky enough to be in Indonesia in 2020 though, we have the chance to experience Kuta like it’s 1970 again. Empty beaches (and waves), the same amazing sunsets that first made it famous and at the moment you can even explore Kuta by bicycle as there is barely any traffic!

#Comebacktokuta; Falling in Love with Kuta Again

We’ve been loving getting to experience Kuta like this over the past few months. It just really is so, so beautiful. We’ve had staycations at both Bali Garden Beach Resort & Hard Rock Hotel recently (check out the KUTA highlight reel on our insta for a look at what we got up to!)… and both experiences were fantastic.

We loved enjoying empty Kuta beach (both of these properties are beachfront) and falling in love with the area all over again. The properties open in the area are excited to be seeing guests, there are amazing deals happening at each. Bali Gardens Resort has room nights from 500k per night and Hard Rock has deals for a family of 4 from just 850k per night!

Although all businesses in Kuta are not open, there is certainly plenty to keep you well-fed and entertained. All of Kuta’s three shopping malls – Discovery, Lippo & Beachwalk are open and operating. There are many sales happening in the stores and activities set up for the kids within the malls.

Also operating in Kuta again is Bali Beer Cycle – this mobile bar takes you on a tour throughout the streets of Kuta… what better way to check out Kuta during this time than with some of your friends and being served refreshments! Perhaps you’ve always wanted to try your hand at surfing but have never gotten around to it? Up2U Surf School is offering 2 hours of surf lessons for just 100k and board rental for 50k/hour.

Final Words - Back to Kuta

Whether you come and visit for the day (checkout day passes that are available at some of the resorts!) or for a staycation, now is for sure a great time to #comebacktokuta.

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