Last fact-checked: 21 November 2020
Traveling to the popular beach destination of Kuta in Bali can save you a substantial amount of money on a range of plastic surgery procedures. This is an ideal opportunity to enjoy an exotic island vacation while receiving world-class care at one of our verified partner clinics.
Learn more about medical tourism in Kuta and discover how much you can save on popular cosmetic procedures like breast augmentation, rhinoplasty (nose job), liposuction, and a variety of non-invasive beauty treatments.
Originally a sleepy fishing village, Kuta was one of the first towns on the island of Bali to undergo massive tourist development. Today, Kuta is Bali's most popular beach resort, boasting a long sandy beach (great for surfing) as well as hundreds of hotels, restaurants, bars, shops and tour agencies for day trips around the island.
Kuta is ideally located just 15 minutes from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, and the extensive five-kilometer beach is safe, clean and well-maintained. During the day, the beach gets relatively busy with sunbathers and surfers, while at night, the town transforms into the party centre of Bali with a handful of clubs and bars attracting party-goers from all over the world.
If you’re looking to combine some essential beauty treatments with a no-holds-barred party vacation, then Kuta may be the ideal choice for you.
To escape the crowds, particularly during Bali's peak season (June - August), you can always book treatment at one of our Kuta clinics but stay in one of the nearby areas of Seminyak or Legian, which have plenty of superb accommodation options and are only a few minutes' taxi ride away.
Kuta is a district located in southern Bali, an island province of Indonesia that is part of the Lesser Sunda Islands.
Cosmetic surgery in Kuta is distinctively cheaper than you would pay at home. Savings of more than 70% can be made on most procedures, one of the primary reasons for the rapid growth of medical tourism throughout Southeast Asia. For example:
Quality Medical Facilities:
With the growth of the medical tourism industry in Southeast Asia, many facilities have invested heavily in the latest equipment and technology to ensure that they can offer the very best treatments to international patients.
As a result, the best medical facilities in Kuta are reliable and well-established, with clinics and hospitals delivering first-class treatments in modern, high-tech facilities.
Doctor Training and Qualifications:
Training and qualifications are becoming more and more standardized across the globe as travel, IT and communications continue to blur barriers and open up opportunities to an increasing number of surgeons. Many Asian doctors are benefitting from completing their training abroad, gaining internationally recognized qualifications and professional accreditations that enable them to offer a level of service that is at least equal to, if not better than, the quality of treatment that you would expect to receive back home.
Tourist Locations for Pre and Post-op Recovery:
With a 5km stretch of sand, Kuta is generally considered to have the best beachfront on the island of Bali. It is a popular destination for surfers and is also part of the traditional backpacking route through Southeast Asia.
It is the ideal location for relaxing in the sun whilst you recuperate from surgery. Luxury and budget resorts, restaurants and clubs are abundant down the length of the beach and, after dark, Kuta is renowned for its frenetic nightlife and party atmosphere.
Check out some of the activities in Kuta, Bali here.
Kuta has a massive variety of accommodation available, most of which fall into the budget and mid-range categories.
You are under no greater risk in Kuta than you would be in any city that you visit back home. As long as you apply the same common-sense approach, such as sticking to main roads rather than unfamiliar backstreets, and not openly displaying valuables or cash, your visit to Kuta will likely be safe and uneventful.
At Medical Departures, we perform extensive background checks on all the clinics and doctors listed on our site. These include:
All this information is available for you free of charge on our site, allowing you to make an informed decision as to which facility can offer you the best treatment to suit your condition and desires.
You can get started now by checking out three of our top-rated clinics in Kuta below:
You shouldn’t encounter any language barriers during your time in Kuta as most Balinese service personnel are well versed in English, as well as Chinese and other Indonesian dialects. This is especially true in the medical services sector as many doctors have trained abroad in English-speaking countries and are, therefore, fluent or close-to-fluent English speakers.
The Indonesian Rupiah is the official currency in Kuta and you will need at least some local currency to carry out certain transactions during your visit. It is not essential to buy currency before you travel as there are many money changers based in the airport, most of which will give preferential exchange rates if you have new, unfolded bills.
Once clear of immigration, you will discover numerous ATM’s in the airport for making cash withdrawals, although it is recommended that you verify with your bank before you travel whether or not there will be charges involved for foreign withdrawals. It is also recommended to shop around for better prices (outside the airport) when exchanging money.
Many stores and hotels in Kuta accept card payments, although these transactions will likely incur a handling fee of 3-4%. Check with your card issuer before you travel to avoid any unexpected charges.
You can book your cosmetic surgery in Kuta all year round but may want to arrange your treatment at a time when the local climate is more conducive to your own personal taste. Temperatures in Kuta are fairly consistent throughout the whole year, generally averaging around 28 degrees Celsius, although the wet and dry tropical climate in evidence throughout Bali may mean that you will experience a combination of excessive precipitation levels, heat and oppressive humidity.
Despite the growth of the tourism industry in Kuta, unfortunately, many tourist establishments are not wheelchair-friendly. To enter a lot of establishments, steps must be navigated, and these are quite often slanted, high or broken. There are some places that have access ramps, but these tend to be very steep, and there are very few establishments equipped with elevators.
The good news is that our partner clinics in Bali do provide services to make life easier for wheelchair users. Feel free to talk to our Customer Care Team if you have any questions regarding accessibility in Kuta.
Possibly the worst threats to your trip to Kuta are mosquitos and the sun. As with anywhere else in tropical Southeast Asia, the heat contributes to a proliferation of bugs and insects. By packing a strong insect repellent, and wearing long sleeves and trousers in the evenings, you should be able to minimize the risk and discomfort posed by the local bugs.
Using a strong sunscreen and wearing a hat can obviously help to avoid those strong UV rays, which may be particularly important when undergoing certain facial or skin treatments, such as chemical peels. Your doctor or specialist can advise you further on this.
You also need to be aware of zero-tolerance drug policies throughout Bali. There are severe consequences for anyone found to be in possession of illegal substances.
You will discover much to see and plenty of activities during your stay in Kuta. The town is a base for scuba divers, with courses and day trips ready available. Famous diving sites around Bali include the manta rays & mola (giant sunfish) of Nusa Penida, the USAT Liberty WW2 shipwreck and The Jetty or Blue Lagoon at Padang Bai.
Kuta is also ideal for surfing enthusiasts and is particularly popular with beginners who can enjoy the long sandy beach and the absence of coral and dangerous rocks.
Not surprisingly, Kuta has dozens of spas/massage establishments competing for your business. Many hotels have their own in-house service or have partnerships with local operators. For those seeking a more spiritual experience, the Secret Garden of The Divine Mother offers its visitors a “cleansing and beautifying experience for the Soul.”
International visitors will arrive by air at the Ngurah Rai International Airport (Denpasar), a short 15-minute taxi journey from Kuta. The third busiest international airport in Indonesia, Ngurah Rai offers excellent links to the rest of Indonesia, as well as Southeast Asia and some Australian cities.
As a foreign tourist, you will be able to get a visa on arrival (VOA) at the airport before you pass through customs and immigration. This visa is free for more than 150 nationalities and lasts for 30 days. It is possible to obtain a one-off visa extension from the local immigration office if you need to stay longer but, again, this will be for a maximum of an additional 30 days and cost a nominal fee.
Learn more about free visas on arrivals for Bali here.
For starts, you can browse through our full list of MD-verified clinics in Kuta here.
Book online through the Medical Departures website or, alternatively, you can contact our Customer Care Team on the toll-free number provided. They will be happy to discuss any questions you have about plastic surgery or other cosmetic and medical treatments in Kuta.
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