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When to go: Al­though it’s al­ways a good time to visit Kuta, the dry sea­son is best, be­tween June and Septem­ber. There’s less hu­mid­ity, and it’s the

per­fect time to go scuba div­ing, surf­ing and snorkelling.

What to eat: In­done­sian food is a mix of dif­fer­ent cuisines from nearby re­gions like Malaysia, China and south­ern In­dia, with some Euro­pean in­flu­ences. Spices play a star­ring role, with in­gre­di­ents like sam­bal, tamarind, turmeric, raw chill­ies and co­conut milk tak­ing cen­tre stage. Some stand­out dishes are Nasi Goreng, a kind of fried rice with chicken, prawns, egg and spices, and Gado Gado salad, topped with steamed veg­eta­bles

and peanut sauce.

What to visit: There’s plenty to do in Kuta be­yond the beach. Dis­cover its ar­chi­tec­tural and cul­tural her­itage at the Leeng Gwan Kuta Tem­ple, which is over two cen­turies old. Or visit the tomb of Mads Lange—a 19th-cen­tury Dan­ish ex­plorer—on Jalan Tuan Lange, one of the most his­toric spots on the

is­land. You might also want to stop by the Bali Sea Tur­tle So­ci­ety, a con­ser­va­tion group that works to res­cue tur­tles.

What to buy: Kuta is the per­fect place to go shop­ping, and the great Beach­walk Shop­ping Cen­tre has ev­ery­thing, from in­ter­na­tional brands to typ­i­cal In­done­sian tex­tiles and even lo­cal art. If you’re look­ing for some­thing dif­fer­ent and unique, check out Up­cy­cle, which helps sup­port the com­mu­nity by

sell­ing items made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.

A new ad­di­tion: In a few months, the Sol House Bali Kuta re­sort will be joined by the Sol House Jim­baran, the third of the brand’s ho­tels in Bali. It’s a

newly con­structed condo ho­tel com­plex with 178 rooms, ex­pected to open this sum­mer.

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