NEAR THE CENTER

BALI, INDONESIA: Kuta is known as the tourist-crowded areas of Bali especially the area around Kuta beach, which is crawling with service-hawkers (massage and hair-beading), food vendors, a number of surfers and tourists. Away from the beach, you find yourself walled in by the numerous shops that range from local brands to international brands (think of the ubiquitous Billabong) and the newest addition to the tourist-accoutrement of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars, a row of ATM machines that were difficult to find about four years ago.

Rooms with private balconies on a bright sunny day

It’s really tourist-friendly but definitely crowded and, obviously, expensive. Looking for parking space is like looking for Hogswarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It’s no wonder that most people would prefer to rent a motorbike to zip in and out of traffic while some walk. Choosing a hotel to stay can be tricky if you want to be in the center but away from the crowd and din. Best solution: stay near the center, which I did the last time I was in Bali. I was booked at All Seasons Legian Bali, the economy hotel operated by Accor that is southwest of the island. Nice and quiet but not maddening rural-quiet.

For my fifth trip to Bali, I decided to stay at the center but slightly off the center (read: away from the crowd). I took my chances with 100 Sunset Boutique Hotel on Jalan Sunset Raya, which is about 10 to 15 minutes from Ngurah Rai Airport and that’s without traffic. The minimalist boutique hotel is at road, which connects Seminyak with Nusa Dua and Kuta with Sanur. Opened in April 2009, the Aston-managed hotel features 28 rooms categorized under Suites, Deluxe and Superior, and 17 apartments. Each room is furnished with an LCD TV set, earth-tone furnishing, DVD player and free WiFi Internet access. The one-bedroom suite I stayed in had a spacious bathroom fitted with a bathtub and shower (too bad it wasn’t a rain shower).

Dine, drink or chill by the pool

Dining is available at the Orange Bar & Lounge, which has international and local cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as the 24-hour In-room dining service. The restaurant opens up to the swimming pool making it an ideal spot for a drink or a meal. There is a spa called The Spa. But unlike a whole spa greeting you, a counter welcomes you as you turn left from the entrance walkway of the hotel. You book an appointment with the receptionist cum therapist and they’ll come up to your room at the prearranged time. (See Wanted: Rejuvenation blog entry for more information about The Spa)

Welcome to the one-bedroom suite

The hotel, I find, is just right for the recluse who’s on a leave of absence, not hiding, from the world. It’s simple yet chic. You bump into the other people only at breakfast time or in the hall way. Most of the time you’re alone with your thoughts or dealing momentarily with the staff about airport transfer, room service, tours ( minimum is two persons per tour), private car for hire (up to 10 hours), replenishing the free bottles of water, and Orange’s a la carte menu.

 

100 Sunset Boutique Hotel

Jl. Sunset Road no. 100 Kuta, Bali – Indonesia

Tel: +62 361 8477 360 | Fax: +62 361 8477 329

E-mail: info@100sunset.com | Web: www.100sunset.com

Photography by Liana Garcellano
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  1. uyyy may camera na sya!

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