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These Three Super Unique Destinations In Bali Named Amongst The Best In All Of Indonesia

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Every year the Indonesian Tourism Board hosts the Indonesian Tourism Village Award. This year not one but three truly unusual destinations in Bali have been shortlisted for the prestigious award.

The Minister for Tourism and Creative Economies has been in Bali this week, visiting the shortlisted destinations and shining a light on why international visitors will be blown away by what each has to offer. 

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The three destinations featured on the shortlist are Serangan Tourism Village in Denpasar City, Manistutu Tourism Village in Jembrana Regency, and Kenderan Tourism Village in Gianyar Regency.

Bali is divided into nine administrative regions known as regencies. Badung Regency receives the most amount of tourism interest and is home to leading resort destinations like Canggu, Uluwatu, Nusa Dua, Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak. 

The three tourism villages up for the national award each offer something memorable, unique, and (to use Minister Uno’s words) Instragrammable about them.

Each is easily accessible from Bali’s bigger and more well-known destinations and makes for fantastic day trips for holidaymakers of every travel style. Ku menunggumu diujung dermaga ini … #serangan #seranganbali #balikami #balikamicom ♬ original sound – Deny Dewan 🇮🇩

Speaking from Serangan Village, Indonesia’s Minster for Tourism and Creative Economies, Sandiaga Uno shared his affection for the coastal retreat. He described the tourism experiences on offer at Serangan as ‘world-class.’ 

He added, “What is very, very memorable and Instagramable as well as being fantastic is the procession of releasing the [turtle] hatchlings. And this is a symbol of sustainable development.” 

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For beach lovers, Serangan Village offers everything tourists could wish for; a pristine stretch of coastline, quaint resorts, and plenty of coves and shallow shorelines to explore. That’s before we mention the truly break-taking sunsets.

Serangan Village is just a quick 20-minute drive from I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport and an equally quick drive from central Kuta and chilled-out Sanur.

Whether you’re a returning traveler to Bali looking for somewhere new to explore or a first-time visitor seeking a beach getaway close to all the action (but free from the hustle), Seragan Village is a great shout. 

The next unique destination to be shortlisted for the Indonesian Tourism Village Awards is Manistutu Tourism Village in Jembrana Regency.

West Bali is about to undergo a huge tourism redevelopment, and Manistutu is setting the standard high for where the region is heading in terms of tourism experience. 

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Speaking to reporters, the Regent of Jembrana shared his love of Manistutu Village and his hopes for how the attention the awards brings will help introduce the area to more tourists.

He said, “Tourist villages in Jembrana definitely have selling points for tourists. Tourist visits also mean an increase in the community’s economy.”

He continued, “With all of our hard work, I hope Manistutu can win the Indonesian Tourism Village Award.”

Local tour guide Ketut Master told reporters that nature lovers will adore what Manistutu has to offer.


Master said, “We invite visits to plant trees and other nature-loving activities.”

Tourism Villages is the term used for both small and newly established tourism experiences across Indonesia, but it is not exclusively grassroots efforts.

Tourism villages is a term also used to describe bigger resorts, like Kuta Village and Legian Village, both of which are Bali’s major hotspots. 


Kendra Tourism Village in Gianyar Regency sits just north of central Ubud and is already a popular destination with international and domestic tourists alike.

For many visitors, Kenderan Tourism Village is already considered an extension of Ubud itself.

Home to some of the finest jungle resort hotels in Bali and a stunning jungle landscape that is just waiting to be explored, Kenderan Tourism Village is a serious contender for the Indonesian Village Tourism Awards 2023.


Whatever the result, the huge amount of attention that these three unique destinations will get as the competition rolls on will mean that the crowds are already on their way.

If you want to be amongst the pioneer tourists to discover these hidden gems, get yourself to Bali soon!

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I.C Dawlathram

Saturday 27th of May 2023

Visited Nusa Penida recently. Although monies are collected for using the roads, the roads are in a very poor state. Something needs to be done urgently.


Tuesday 23rd of May 2023

Suksma Bali Sun for giving me more info on places to visit when I return in a few months. Your posts & news are also a source of great information.


Monday 22nd of May 2023

In no way does bali have pristine water or beaches.


Monday 29th of May 2023

@Nova, absolutely agree, with no infrastructure for sewerage recycling and so on rubbish end's up in the sea. Bali also gets a lot of rubbish dead animals etcetera washed down by the currents from Jakarta


Monday 22nd of May 2023

Tourism villages in the article. Sounds great. But . . . Neither Kendra nor Serangan are on Google maps.


Monday 29th of May 2023

@Exp, This and many other articles are advertorial promoting different places and experiences. Serangan's number came up.


Wednesday 24th of May 2023

@Shorty, Yes, Serangan is on the map, but hardly a "world class" tourist destination as suggested in this article. Serangan used to be a small fishing village island. Now located next to the huge suwung landfill, a sewage plant, industry area, benoa harbour, controversial reclaimed land and soon an LNG terminal.

Not on top of my list of "must see" in Bali.


Tuesday 23rd of May 2023

@Patricia, Both are on Google Maps. Enter Serangan Bali, and for Kendra enter Kendran or Kenderan Gianyar.