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The lush interiors of the island boast volcanoes and mountains in the north through the calm and peaceful rice paddies around Ubud all fringed with some beautiful beaches and warm, still seas. The popular beaches along the southern tip of the island all have their own charm and there is a perfect resort for everyone. From laid-back, tropical ambience trendy beach bars and busy nightlife – Bali has it all. This is a great time to visit Bali, the hotels are of an excellent standard, the people ... Read more
The lush interiors of the island boast volcanoes and mountains in the north through the calm and peaceful rice paddies around Ubud all fringed with some beautiful beaches and warm, still seas. The popular beaches along the southern tip of the island all have their own charm and there is a perfect resort for everyone. From laid-back, tropical ambience trendy beach bars and busy nightlife – Bali has it all. This is a great time to visit Bali, the hotels are of an excellent standard, the people are friendly and eating out, drinking and shopping locally are still very cheap.
With so many options how do you know where to stay? The airport is central and with some new roads getting out to any of the resorts is simple and quick. There is something for everyone but we hope to help you choose the right destination for you with our quick guide.
One of Bali’s famous resorts. The beaches are beautiful with white sand in a calm bay so perfect for swimming in the sea and for families. The hotels are generally international brands with a great choice of facilities, immaculate gardens and relaxed ambiance. This is a great resort for those looking for luxury or for families.
A well established resort that has been a favourite of European visitors for many years. Lovely beach and a calm sea with a beach front walk and selection of Balinese style hotels close to local restaurants. Those looking for smaller hotels in a nice and relatively quiet local area would enjoy Sanur.
This is a long stretch of coast on the west coast with beautiful sunsets. The beaches along this coast are excellent for walking and sunbathing also swimming at some times of the year but this coast is less calm and tranquil that the others. This is a coast renowned for its amazing nightlife and as you begin in Kuta all the way through to Seminyak the bars, restaurants, local and shopping seem to go on forever. Seminyak is the place to be seen with hip hotels and funky bars including Ku De Ta and Potato Head among others. This is great for honeymooners and couples who would like to relax all day and can then party all night.
The cultural centre of Bali and just an hour or two from the beach resorts. We definitely recommend this twin centre to everyone, the hotels are amongst the rice paddies and unbelievably relaxing. Take a few nights out and chill out in a pool villa somewhere amongst the palm trees, rice paddies and cheeky monkeys.
A beautiful stretch of beach in a quiet part of the island with calm seas. The hotels are well established and a great choice for those looking for an all inclusive hotel option.
Most of our guests spend a majority of their time on the beach and why not?! But we also recommend getting out and about in Bali to see some of the other aspects of the island. As well as day tours around the island that we can offer many guests spend at least a few nights in Ubud to explore the rice paddies and spend time at the spa. This is the cultural home of Bali and as also great for picking up your Balinese shopping, exploring temples, waterfalls and taking in the amazing views and slow pace of life in the gorgeous resorts..
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.
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.
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..
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.
Bali is a fantastic year round destination but the busy seasons are the summer months and Christmas holidays. The temperature is consistent year round but slightly higher during the dry season which is April to September, January to March is the rainy season but in true tropical style this is usually a few showers here and there. As with everywhere this is the norm but not the rule.
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.Back to top