Bali is a spiritual place. In villages all over the island, plaited baskets filled with flowers and herbs are placed on pavements, on the prows of fishing boats and in markets - part of the island's indigenous culture that fills everywhere with beauty. There are over 10,000 temples, and in the tiny village of Ubud, traditional dances are staged nightly in streets thronging with arts and crafts galleries. Wood carvings, silverware and paintings are all popular. Visit the ancient settlement of Kintamani, perched on the rim of a vast crater overlooking Lake Batur, the largest in Bali. The beach resorts of the south have wonderful white sands and a laid-back, tropical ambience. A day trip can have you snorkelling or diving in clear waters over colourful coral, and for the adventurous there are water sports including some great surfing. You can sample some great Balinese food, and the nightlife at Kuta is great fun.
Museum Rudana offers an outstanding collection of paintings in the classical Ubud and Batuan styles as well as Indonesian fine arts. There’s also Museum Puri Lukisan, which translated means ‘Palace of Paintings’. On a hill top in nearby Tampaksiring Village is the Presidential Palace – a stunning complex divided into 5 buildings spanning a fissure in the hills and connected by a 40 kilometre long bridge. Other unmissable sights include the Monkey Forest, home to more than 200 long-tailed Macaque monkeys. There are also 3 holy temples within its boundaries with a well paved walkway to help you navigate and plenty of shade from the trees above! Ubud is perhaps most famous for its beautiful rice fields. Hire a bicycle and explore some of the villages around Ubud such as Pejeng, Tegallalang and Campuhan, stopping en-route to admire iconic scenes of rice paddies overlooking beautiful hills and rivers.
Eats & drinks
You'll find restaurants serving all kinds of international cuisine in Bali, including Thai, Indonesian and East Javanese. The seafood is particularly good: lobster here is so inexpensive, you could probably afford to eat it every day if you wished! A Balinese favourite is suckling pig, and Bali's curries use exotic ingredients such as banana flowers and palm hearts. Glass noodles with vegetables is a tasty classic.
A famously friendly country, Bali has been a Hindu island since the 14th Century and has some beautiful shrines and temples to visit, including Besakih, the country's biggest temple. In Ubud you can watch a traditional Barong dance performance, which narrates a fight between good and evil, and you'll find exquisite gold and silver jewellery in Celuk. Balinese batiks make beautiful souvenirs to take home.
Much of Bali is so beautiful, it looks like a film set. Inland are verdant rice terraces, hidden volcanoes and forested hills. In the tropical forests, wild deer roam among wild orchids and tall pine trees, and there are huge, mysterious caves to visit. Endless sandy beaches line many of the island's shores, including the famous white sands of Kuta and the peaceful lagoon beach at exclusive Nusa Dua.
In Bali, idyllic palm-fringed beaches are the norm. The clear, warm water is great for swimming and snorkelling. Take a day trip to the island of Nusa Penida, where the startlingly clear waters allow you to snorkel or dive, seeing colourful coral and marine life such as giant clams. Water sports are popular, including surfing, particularly on the south and west coasts of the island, at Uluwatu and Padang Padang.
Spas and Well-being
Bali is a spa hotspot, and in between all those beach trips and tours, you can replenish yourself in the wonderfully sumptuous hotel spas. Treatments include relaxing massages, rejuvenating facials, invigorating body scrubs and stimulating wraps. Try a Balinese Boreh (a ground spice exfoliation), a Bali coffee scrub, a traditional Balinese massage using local herbs, and a relaxing flower-filled bath.
The spiritual atmosphere of mist-shrouded temples, the tropical flowers that grow everywhere, the white sand beaches and calmly lapping waves... Bali was made for romance, so where better to spend your honeymoon? Have Balinese musicians serenade you after the ceremony, enjoy special candlelit dinners on the beach, and spend a couple of hours with a spa treatment specially designed for two.
- Stunning Scenery
- Idyllic Beaches
- Weddings and Honeymoons
- Excellent Spas
- Culture, Arts and Crafts
Jan - Galungan
Feb - Chinese New Year
Mar - Hai Nyepi (Day of Silence and Hindu New Year)
May - Hari Raya Waisak
Aug - Indonesia Independence Day and Galungan
Oct - Hari Raya Idul Fitri
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Flight Details - Our prices are based on Malaysia Airlines flights to Bali, via Kuala Lumpur, departing daily from London Heathrow. For even more flexibility, call us for options to fly with Singapore Airlines via Singapore, Thai Airways International via Bangkok or Qatar Airways via Doha.
Flight Supplements - Malaysia Airlines weekend flight supplements Fri/Sat/Sun £25 per person each way at all times.
Flying Time - Approx 12 hours 40 min to Singapore. Approx 2 hours 30 min from Singapore to Bali.
Flight Upgrades - Malaysia Airlines Business Class to Kuala Lumpur available from £855 supplement per person each way.
Time Difference - GMT +8 hours
Currency - Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
Visa Requirements - British citizens will need to obtain a visa on arrival in to Bali - approx cost of US$25 for stays up to 30 days. Passports must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months upon arrival.
Language - The official language is Bahasa Indonesian. English is widely spoken in areas frequented by tourists.