Though Bali has lovely beaches along all four shorelines, many visitors don’t venture beyond the striking southern shores. Whether you’re looking for peace and quiet or just the opposite, we have a few suggestions to help guide your Balinese beach retreat.

For Families: Featuring a five-kilometre paved bicycle path and good spot for swimming, Sanur Beach is a popular choice for traveling and local families alike. There are numerous restaurants and cafés in this area serving international and Balinese cuisine, and Jalan Tamblingan is a good place to shop for beachwear and Balinese handicrafts.

For Nightlife: Beachside bars dot the southern coastline, but the unquestionable centre of late-night revelry is Kuta Beach. Expect a raucous scene that starts early and keeps thumping well into the early morning hours.

For Swimming and Seclusion: They’re two of the most-visited areas in south Bali, but Legian Beach and Seminyak Beach are often surprisingly quiet and large enough to comfortably accommodate crowds, particularly during low season. Walk long enough and you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a peaceful place to relax and, if you’d like, a beach chair to rent for the day at a nominal fee.

For Seafood: Seafood is plentiful throughout south Bali, though there’s no better—or more popular—place to enjoy it than at one of the many restaurants located right on Jimbaran Beach. Get there before the spectacular sunset, then dig your feet into the sand and feast on fresh prawns, squid, lobster, fish, and more.

For Surfing: The beaches with the best offshore waves vary some based on the season and individual skill, but Kuta Beach is generally one of the best all-around areas to hang ten. Numerous other beaches are well-suited to surfing, but Canggu and Nusa Dua are two other popular picks. Ask your Citadines concierge for information about surfing lessons.