During a recent trip to Bali, we stayed at the Courtyard Bali by Marriott. Set in the bustling Seminyak area, this luxury hotel is a short stroll from Seminyak Beach and a short taxi ride - a few dollars at most - from central Seminyak.

The resort is only a few years old and all rooms are equipped with modern luxuries such as flat-screen TVs, independent temperature control, iPod docks and balconies/terraces. Furthermore, there is free, reliable wifi and a very cool food truck at the entrance to the hotel. I also highly recommend the buffet breakfast, which was fresh, extensive and delicious. The resort also has additional amenities such as 24-hour security, currency exchange, a spa and a really great 24-hour gym.

After our stay in Seminyak, we headed south to stay at Mantra Sakala in Nusa Dua.