South Kuta (or Tuban) is the original village between the Airport and Kuta. It’s a lovely beachfront area, somewhat sheltered from the surf by a reef (the south end around the airport is surfable).
The area houses some of the nicest beachfront resorts in the whole Kuta area with acres of tropical gardens, huge pools and luxury rooms.
South Kuta is constantly developing with tourist facilities, classy restaurants, shopping centres, nightlife and western fast food. To walk from the most southern hotel near the airport to Kuta Square should take about half an hour along the beach walkway, otherwise an inexpensive taxi might be a more tempting option.