As shopping malls go, we're usually not the biggest of fans (although we do enjoy the air-conditioned interiors). That was until Beachwalk opened opposite Bali's famous Kuta Beach in mid-2012.
This leisure and entertainment complex sprawls over 3.7 hectares of prime beachfront land, towards the end of busy Jl. Pantai Kuta. It's unique open-air design is what we love the most, and they've definitely taken advantage of the location by offering various areas where you can enjoy the gorgeous ocean views.
Large ponds and trickling water features make Beachwalk feel more like a botanical garden than a shopping mall, we only wish more shopping centers looked like this! In addition, the sustainable design includes eco-friendly measures like a rainwater collection system.
Beachwalk's tenants include some of Europe's best loved brands including Mango, Zara, Gap and Topshop - great during the spring/summer fashion season, but not ideal for Bali's climate when the winter stuff hits the stores.
Luxury stores like Versace Jeans, Guess and Tommy Hilfiger sit snugly alongside more affordable names such as Pull & Bear, Bershka and New Look. Then there's the surf shops, shoe outlets, cosmetic brands (The Body Shop, Yves Rocher, Makeup Forever, Victoria's Secret) and sportswear stores.
For the ladies, Beachwalk has it's very own OPI nail polish outlet (real not fake, just check the price if in doubt) and there's a L'oreal Hair Creator salon if you're looking for a holiday cut or color. We've also heard that a new Rob Peetoom salon will be opening on the second level in September 2015 which is sure to be a success.
So that's the shopping covered, and now you've worked up a healthy appetite. Luckily Beachwalk offers a good selection of restaurants, cafes, fast food outlets and ice cream shops.
Try Johnny Rockets for an entertaining American diner experience, Fish & Co for delicious seafood or Sushi Tei for, you guessed it, tasty fresh sushi.
If it's something with a little more local flavor you're after, head up to Eat & Eat on the third floor. This is essentially a food court styled around a village plaza theme, where you can taste a variety of popular Asian cuisines from Vietnam, India, Indonesia and more.
The food court operates on a cashless system, you simply load money onto a pre-paid card and then use that to pay for your meal and drinks.
Entertainment-wise, Beachwalk is in the perfect location to enjoy a sunset drink from the rooftop bar/lounge Velvet, after which you can head over to the adjacent Hypnotized club and dance the night away (it's open until 3am) with the island's young and fashionable crowd.
Our favorite though has to be the lovely air-conditioned cinema complex on the second floor. Now you don't have to go all the way in to Denpasar to watch a latest release, just head to Kuta!
The Premium Lounge is Rp. 100,000 per ticket and that gets you a super comfy armchair-style seat that folds back into a flat bed, a nice cozy blanket and the luxury of snacks being delivered right to your seat.
If you don't need all of that, a regular ticket is Rp. 50,000 from Monday to Thursday, Rp.60,000 on Fridays and Rp. 75,000 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Beachwalk was always envisioned as a family-friendly destination and as such, children will find plenty of things to see and do. Miniapolis Bali is a dedicated kid's zone located on the third floor which includes a handy day-care facility (Cheeky Monkey), Play Zone and Amazing Walk.
The newly opened Lego store on the second floor is also sure to please little boys and girls. Don't forget to have your photo taken with the Lego Man outside the store!
Underground parking space for up to a thousand vehicles is provided in the center's two-storey underground parking area, and there's also a convenient multi-level parking area for motorbikes near the Harris Hotel if street parking opposite the mall is full.
Various accommodation options are available along the beach road, Jl. Pantai Kuta. These include Hard Rock Hotel, The Stones and Hotel Pullman.
Closer to Beachwalk is the four-star Harris Resort Kuta Beach which is literally right next door, and the five-star Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort where you can enjoy sunset views from the rooftop swimming pool.
Poppies 2 is one of the bustling lanes that run up from Jl. Pantai Kuta, away from the beach. The area is popular with budget travelers and backpackers who come to stay in the many small guest houses and losmen, and it's also within walking distance from the pumping nightlife on Jl. Legian.
You can also get to Beachwalk easily with Kura-Kura Bus. The public shuttle bus service has a bus stop located at the mall itself, opposite the Main Gate, and buses on both the Kuta Line (from Tuban area) and the Seminyak Line stop here.
The fare is Rp. 20,000 per person and all buses are equipped with air-conditioning, free onboard WiFi and even electric points to charge your devices while on the go!
Beachwalk is definitely a must-see, if not for the shopping then for the range of restaurants and open-air viewing decks where you can soak up the world-famous Kuta sunsets.
|Address||Jl. Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Bali 80361|
|Tel||+62 361 8464 888|
|Opening hours||Sunday - Thursday : 10 am - 11pm
Friday & Saturday : 10 am - 12pm