Kuta & Seminyak

2 Reviews

Star Travel Rating


Review type



Date of travel

August, 2018

Product name

Product country

Product city

Travelled with


Reasons for trip

I’ve always wanted to visit Bali imagining palm fringed beaches and ladies in grass skirts – I think I saw a film like that back in the 1950’s! So when we booked to go on a Star Clippers cruise (to be reviewed elsewhere) I was really looking forward to two nights on the island before and after the cruise.

What a disappointment! I should have done a lot more research and I know I’ve only myself to blame but our pre-cruise two nights were spent in Seminyak which was OK’ish but with traffic clogged streets and a very crowded beach with bars belting out music with a thundering bass.

But that was nothing compared with the hell that awaited us post-cruise in Kuta. This place is reminiscent of Magaluf, Lloret de Mar and Falaraki in the 1970’s all rolled into one. Every other shop is a tattoo parlour and the others flog the same unfunny T-shirts. The streets are full of bargain break Aussies in those horrible baggy vests swigging beer and usually with at least one limb wrapped in post-tattoo clingfilm. The beach is crowded and full of touts.

Luckily our hotel was actually very good (The Four Points by Sheraton) and we retreated to their rooftop pool for the weekend.

The moral of the story is check the Silver Traveller reviews before you go! We met various people on the ship whose operator had booked them into these resorts and they were extremely disappointed.


Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.