Situated in South Kuta, just a short walk from the beach and Waterbom Park, the resort welcomes guests with pool and drinks on arrival
The Hotel: Risata Bali Resort & Spa
Enveloped by lush greenery, Risata Bali Resort & Spa lies in Tuban in South Kuta. The resort is the ideal tropical escape for couples and families alike. Risata is close to the airport and a short walk away from Segara Beach, Waterbom Park, and Discovery Mall. Travellers are kept busy on site with a swimming pool, gym, and children’s pool and playground. Settle hunger pangs at Pandan Bali, a restaurant serving up international and Indonesian fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Two bars are also located on site, giving guests the ideal spot to unwind after a busy day with a beverage or two.
After enjoying a welcome drink, guests make themselves at home in a Superior Room before planning the itinerary. The room offers mod cons like a flat-screen television, fridge, air-conditioning, and Wi-Fi access. All rooms are designed to embrace the natural beauty of the area and decorated with dark wooden furniture and shades of green.
The Area: Kuta, Bali
Sunsets over sea temples, tiered emerald rice terraces, and mountain monkey sanctuaries are all part of what makes the island of Bali one of the most enchanting destinations in the world. Imbued with a mystical quality that flows through the nature and culture of the Indonesian holiday hub, Bali is a basket of arresting scenery, colourful markets and pulsing nightlife. The locals are genuine and friendly, and more than willing to give a recommendation on the best place to get quirky nail art, a tropical cocktail, or handmade vase.
The tourist hub of the island lies in Kuta, a bright, brash and vibrant centre where narrow laneways throng with bars, shops, and offerings of flower petals, while incense wafts through the air. Walk down to the main beach for a surfing lesson with one of several schools, where equipment and instruction are provided to turn Groupies into grommets in no time. Then wander up the Poppies Lane One and Two to haggle for a bargain pair of sunglasses, a vibrant sarong, or handmade tourist keepsake.
As one of the biggest water parks in Asia, Waterbom is worth a visit for kiddos and adults alike for its fun slides, lazy rivers, and swim-up bars. By night, visit Seminyak for Bali’s classy core, where fine dining restaurants in myriad styles sit aside glass-walled boutiques and luxury day spas. Day-trippers keen for adventure journey into the middle of the island to Ubud to snap photos of green rice paddies, meet the monkeys at a crumbling forest temple, or shop for art at the market. See volcanic peaks and valleys, or instead, go west to view the cliff top temple of Tanah Lot by sunset.