There are an ever increasing variety of places to lay your head at night here in Kuta, covering all ranges, but listed below are our favourites.
First up is the delightful Bombora. These are a small collection of 8 bungalows located on the
street going to the main Kuta Beach. They still have the rustic traditional feel, with walls made out of thatched bamboo, outdoor bathrooms featuring
coconuts trees in the middle of them, and a spacious veranda with a hammock slung up across each one. Each one has a double bed or twin bed, though
there is a 2 bedroom villa with a little kitchen between them for those with families or requiring a bit more space. This is all nestled under coconut
trees for shade, with the refreshing pool holding court in the middle of the grassy space. Lie on one of the sun-loungers under a Balinese shade umbrella,
or jump in the deep end to cool down and rinse that ocean salt off. This family run business is a bit of a Kuta institution, being established 6 years
ago and seeing loads of changes in the town over the years. As a result, it has fantastic staff and regular guests returning holiday after holiday,
all contributing to that cozy, comfy atmosphere, day or night. The Bombora café is fantastic too, with a selection of cold beers (the days of only
Bintang are thankfully over!), a wonderful refreshing cold drink featuring lime, mint and lemongrass, and great fish and chips, amongst other things.
Book online or by phone, but be quick; this place fills up fast! Prices start from Rp. 350,000 per night.
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Across the road and down a bit from Bombora heading toward the beach is the recently opened Rawa Lombok.
Front of the property features a restaurant, Markisa (Passionfruit), which we are wishing would hurry up and open coz word on the street is it’ll have
food to die for. We’ll let you know. Tucked in behind the Markisa are 9 rooms spread over 2 levels and cleverly hidden behind masses of passionfruit
plants and heliconia. Rooms here are very spacious, and fully enclosed for those of us who are paranoid of mosquitos (hey there mother-in-law!). A
lot of attention to detail has gone into the interiors, with simple thatched ceilings painted a brilliant yellow and green, and surfboard resin used
to provide stunning colour for grouting between tiles. Climb up a winding staircase and find yourself at the 2nd level bar and Kuta’s only
rooftop pool, which is newly open to the public from 4pm onwards. Yippee! Magnificent splashes of fuschia bogainvillea offset the deep blues
of the pool perfectly. A perfect spot to watch the setting sun; a world away from the dusty street below. Prices start from Rp. 850,000 per night.
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This place is absolutely stunning. Jivana Resort opened
end of 2017 and continues to set the standard high. It's off the main road as you drive into town; turn a corner and you are met with a green oasis
that exudes tranquility and elegance. An expanse of lush grass flows into ponds filled with masses of carp in oranges and yellows. Banana trees and
bogainvillea scattered around under swaying coconut trees. The open air reception and the restaurant are all class in all white with a captivating
water feature cascading out of the ceiling. Perfect. Keep walking along the path and you come to the rooms set out with the pool hidden amongst heliconias
in the middle. The pool is 30 meters of something else. One end features a man made lagoon, complete with a sandy beach area perfect for the munchkins
to play in for hours. It slides into beautiful cool waters down to the deep end, and loungers are set out under frangipani trees that drop down as
you laze around. Bliss. And great news, the pool area is open to day guests if you order drinks and food from the pool bar. Do yourself a favour; the
mahi-mahi fillet is the best in town, and the alfredo pasta delicious. Jivana Sunrise cocktail is tropical yumness, and lets not even start on dessert!
If you are lucky enough to book in here, tucked in behind the heliconias are 13 pool side suites, with their balconies behind ponds of carp creating
a lovely calming area to sit and relax. The rooms are all spacious and incredibly well appointed, with comfy beds, widescreen tvs and a well stocked
mini fridge. A huge outdoors bathroom with dual sinks and multiple shower heads completes it, with a little private garden behind. Wander down a quiet
lane behind the pool and you find yourself beside doors leading to the private pool villas: 4 1-bedroom villas, 3 2-bedroom pool villas and 1 3-bedroom
pool villa. These, like the studios, are gorgeous and airy, and perfect for those who need just that much more space, or bigger groups. Or those that
just like walking around sans pants. Whatever your reason, we can't recommend Jivana highly enough; the overuse of descriptive language here is totally
justified. Let's just say the in-laws booked in here 3 times this year. Enough said. Prices start from Rp. 1.2 mill per night.
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