Bali is most famous as a cultural destination, a land of volcanoes, terraced rice fields and a year-round cycle of elaborate ceremonies. Beaches come a distant second. However, Bali does have beautiful beaches, and some visitors come for both a cultural experience andbeachfront holiday. Many are disappointed by the Bali beach experience, for less that 10% of all hotels in Bali are on the beach, despite that many call themselves beach resorts.

Only a few of Bali's beaches have soft white sand, with more composed of volcanic grey or black sand. Others are made of small, smooth pebbles. The most famous beach in Bali, Kuta Beach, is a crowded, bustling nightlife centre with a big, busy road between the hotels and the beach, not a family holiday destination.

Bali also has quiet, natural beaches of black or white sand, with beachfront resorts from budget to 5-star luxury. There are also spa resorts, design hotels, some in beautiful tropical gardens, romantic getaways and many places perfect for a beach wedding. Sanur beach give quick access to the mountains and the cultural centre of Ubud. And many beaches are entirely remote.
So it is critical that new visitors to Bali first decide which beach area suits their needs, and only then check hotels for style and price.

The other famous beaches in Bali are these: Sanur, an old, traditional area; Nusa Dua, with 5-star perfection; Benoa, a mix of old and new; Jimbaran, the sunset restaurant beach; Tuban, on-the-beach beside Kuta; Seminyak, the trendy lifestyle zone.

We have mapped 123 true beachfront hotels & resorts of all standards all across Bali. All can be seen here in detail, with photographs and info, as to we try to guide users to make the choice of beach accommodation that best suits their needs.

by John Everingham