Old Sep 28, 16, 9:00 pm
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Originally Posted by jamienbaker View Post
Agree with characterization of Kuta.

However, as a fan of the W, I'd note that Seminyak is home to the best restaurants and reasonably upscale shopping/clubs. I found Nusa Dua to be too stale for my tastes (love the SR, but the entire area is simply Western mega-hotels and lacks any "local" feel). Ubud also worth it, I'd stay on the outskirts of town rather than the city centre, as it gets pretty jammed with day-trippers during the day.
Didn't think Kuta was quite that bad...but definitely catered to a budget, rowdier/drunker/younger crowd.

Agree with your characterizations of Seminyak (great restaurants, shopping, beach, more local charm) and Nusa Dua (Bali's version of Cancun).

I loved Laguna, but if we went back to Bali, would be staying at the W.
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