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Where To Stay For Chinese New Year (Beach... Reggae DJing...)

Posted by themuths on 12/1/2013 at 11:49


We're an American couple traveling to Bali for Chinese New Year (from Hong Kong), looking to relax during the day at the beach yet also go out some nights. Have been looking at villas with pools on Airbnb, so this is a slightly upmarket trip for us (we usually backpack), but we've decided to pamper ourselves a bit for once. I am wondering what other options there are besides Seminyak/Legian that have a decent beach for both relaxing and also body surfing [loved Varkala and Gokarna (Kudlee) in India for this combination]. Would like to be reasonably near some other "things to do" but are quite flexible on that and are also willing to travel around Bali for a daytrip or two.

I am also a reggae DJ so I am curious about whether any bars/clubs accept foreign DJs on holiday for a night - I have read about Apache but they seem to focus on live bands and I'm not looking to play a giant place like that necessarily, a more laid-back bar is fine, I just have no idea what the situation is like...

Thanks for the assistance, it's greatly appreciated,
Anderson (music-wise I'm The Groove Thief)

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Posted by somtam2000 on 12/1/2013 at 23:25 admin

Hey Anderson,

The catch is the "go out some nights" bit, as that really limits you to a degree to the south Bali stretch from Kuta, through Legian and Seminyak to Canggu -- of those, the last may be a better option as, while there is a lot of building going on, you're close to the beach, it is still very pretty and you're only a 10-20 ride into Seminyak. So maybe see what you can find Canggu way -- we don't list villas, but there are plenty out there.

Drop me a line when you get here - figure owe you a beer or three.



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Posted by themuths on 13/1/2013 at 04:34

OK, thanks Stuart - that's what I'd deduced but thanks for the much more expert opinion!
Will definitely look you up, though we'll have to go round-for-round on those beers :-)


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Posted by captainbkk on 15/1/2013 at 07:57

the only other part with fairly ''nice'' beach is on the north-Lovina-some 4/5 hrs by bus from DPS airport (via the mountains -a lovely ride for the veiws). BUT this beach is dead for entertainment, the only thing to do is go out on sea to watcvh dolfins early morning.I think airbnb-a sure hype in western lands, is a bad buy in Indo/Bali.

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Posted by themuths on 16/1/2013 at 02:25

Yeah that's too far away from "things" - we've spent a lot of time traveling off the beaten path and are looking for a proper beach vacation with nice lodging, some fine dining, and other such horrible flashpacker behavior for once :-)

We found a good deal on Air-Bnb, but just have to see if it is what it is supposed to be when we get there!

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