A legendary beach resort on the Indonesian island of Bali, Kuta is a place to savor jaw-dropping sunsets, hit vibrant bars and clubs, and to explore all of the other charms the island has to offer.
A magnet for surfers and backpackers for decades, Kuta's beach is now lined with luxury hotels, and it's still a blissful place to be.
For many people, visiting Kuta is all about hedonism. If you want to party all night long, the clubs in Jalan Legian hardly ever close their doors.
Kuta is full of affordable spa centers like Carla Spa, where you can ease your worries with professional oil massages at incredible prices.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors head to Kuta's ashrams like Seminyak Yoga Shala to cleanse their souls, relax their bodies, and drift far away from their stresses and anxieties.
The idyllic palm-fringed beaches at Legian, the temples and terraces of Ubud, and the coastal temples at Tanah Lot are all within easy reach of Kuta.
Located in downtown Kuta, this exciting water park will get your adrenaline pumping. Its various water slides and attractions ensure no one is left out. The smallest kids will have a blast on supervised rides specifically designed for them. Take it easy on the leisurely float down the Lazy River or defy gravity in wild rides like the Twin racer, Superbowl and Boomerang. Have fun on the Constrictor, one of the world's longest waterslides, and experience dramatic twists and turns on the Python.
Located in the heart of Kuta, this tourists' retreat is a paradise for travelers and surfers alike. Restaurants, spas, bars and stores remain open till late at night to cater to scores of visitors visiting the place daily. Later, Kuta's typical nightlife begins to pulsate with loud music from bars and restaurants. To savor every moment of the Kuta experience, arrive early to find the perfect spot on the soft beach. It can be overcrowded as the day progresses.
For a cultural show with unique twists and turns, this is the place to be. The theater features fascinating night performances with the cast displaying colorful dance costumes. The show gradually unfolds to display new tricks and illusions. This is the perfect place to unwind and be entertained after a splendid day at the beach. Kuta Theater is a fantastic night out for the family.
This memorial site in Bali commemorates the terrorist bombing attacks in October 2002. The beautiful monuments concede names of 202 people from several countries who tragically died in the blasts. The exotic plants in large pots at the base of opulent stone carving is a remarkable sight. The elegant monument that holds a large marble plaque has the names of the victims engraved on it. It will inspire awe just by being gazed upon.
This great European-style mall is located just across from the Waterbom Park on JL Kartika Plaza. It's a beachfront mall with fantastic dining and shopping. The roomy walkway welcomes you into a chain of international brand stores like Top Shop and Guess. It's easy to be spoilt for choice with the array of goods stocked up in this tasteful mall. It's always thronged with visitors throughout the day (and into the evening) who are looking forward to an exciting shopping spree experience.
The shoulder seasons before high season in summer are the best time to go, so book a trip between April or June, or head to Kuta in September.
Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) is a few miles south of Kuta. Taxis into town will cost Rp50,000, although bemo minivans make the journey for far less.
If you are coming from the northwest, take the Jr Raya Denpasar - Gilimanuk along the coast. From Ubud, take Jr Raya Batubulan via Denpasar.
You can take Perama and air conditioned Trans Sarbagita buses to Kuta from cities all over Bali.
Kuta doesn't lack for luxury resorts. Some of the finest include the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort and the Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel.
Jalan Legian - the Legian Road is Kuta's nightlife hub. Head here for an endless choice of cocktail bars and dance clubs.
Legian - just north of Kuta, Legian is sleepier and arguably more beautiful, with an unspoiled beach and relaxed beachfront bars.
Kuta Beach - Kuta's own seafront is a famous surfing spot and a popular place to snorkel or swim and has the bonus of offering stunning sunsets.
Kura-Kura bus runs services along the coast and into Denpasar, covering most major hotels. Tickets cost Rp20,000.
Companies like Bluebird are reliable, and tend to charge a meter drop of Rp7,000, followed by a rate of around Rp10,000 per mile.
Car rental options include Kuta Rent Car and Dewata, and rates can drop to Rp40,000 per day.
Jalan Legian is crammed with surf shops, but for general shopping, it's better to head to malls like Kuta Square and Beachwalk Bali.
Supermarkets include Transmart Carrefour, and Giant, where you can expect 12 eggs to cost about Rp17,000.
You'll find some exceptional low-cost seafood at Bamboo Corner by the beach, while standout restaurants in Kuta include Poppies, with its large dining garden, and Ma Joly. You can find excellent meals across a wide range of international styles, and meals shouldn't cost more than Rp40,000 per head.