Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort’s Infinity Pool. All Images: Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
No longer just a party destination, Kuta in Bali is showing signs of change. In recent years, it’s become home to a Sheraton Resort (above), and Beachwalk shopping mall, which stocks everything from Longines and Versace Jeans to Mango. Soon, it will also have its own Jamie’s Italian.
No one is more passionate about Kuta than Dario Orsini. Spend five minutes talking to the General Manager of Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort and his enthusiasm for Kuta will have you rushing to book your flight quicker than he can say, “Bali sunset”. Here, Orsini chats with Rachel Lees about why he loves Kuta, and shares his tips on what to see, where to eat and more.
1. You’ve lived in Bali for eight years, what do you love about Kuta?
“Kuta is the heart of Bali and it all started in 1934. It has everything from culture to entertainment, from mesmerizing sunsets to the incredible waves that make Kuta Beach famous in the surfing world. There’s also Kuta Beach’s vibrant nightlife and retail therapy.”
2. What tops your list of things to see and do in Bali?
Tirtaempul Temple in Bali
“The Tanah Lot and Uluwatu Temples – two beautiful Balinese Hindu temples – for the cultural sight and experience. Also at Uluwatu, the Kecak, a Balinese performance that developed in the 1930s, is mesmerizing. Bedugul, the mountain lake resort area, is great to visit for the incredible sights and the change of temperature, which you wouldn’t expect in Bali. Also the Treetop Adventure in Bedugul, with its climbing and swinging circuits, is a fun outdoor activity.”
3. Where are the best places to eat in Kuta?
“For local food, Fat Chow serves great pork fried rice and Thai green curry, and Made’s Warung does excellent nasi campur Bali (Balinese-style mixed rice). For something with a more international flavour, Bene is our upbeat Italian kitchen at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort. I’d also recommend you the pork ribs at Tony Roma’s, and the pork knuckle at Mama’s.
4. What’s the best food item to take home for friends and family?
“A Pia Legong (traditional Balinese pie) from the Pia Legong outlet on Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai. The concierge can assist Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort guests with making an order, so they don’t have to queue as long.”
5. What makes Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort different from other hotels in the area?
“We’re non-conventional and we pride ourselves on setting trends and keeping our guest’s experience top of mind. It’s a newly built, contemporary, eco-friendly resort with an open-air style that allows natural lighting and the sea breeze. It’s also in front of Kuta Beach, so the resort has uninterrupted views of the ocean, and a gorgeous vantage point to watch sunsets (above). We have the largest apartment-style adjoining rooms, and every room has a balcony with a garden or ocean view.”
This story was originally published on SilverKris.com.