Bali

Bali, Island of the gods

"Blessed by the gods with gentle and hospitable inhabitants"

Bali has something to offer everyone — the island’s people, culture, rhythmic dances, forested volcanoes, sculptural rice paddies, spectacular beaches, and beautiful scenery are unlike anywhere else in the world. Whether travellers are interested in meditation retreats, cultural immersion, world-class surfing, or relaxing beachside with a cocktail, Bali has it all. Combined with a stunning array of accommodations, world-class food, attractions, and shopping, Bali is a respite from everyday stresses.

Scores of sacred holidays and festivals are celebrated each year with ritual and pageantry. Ubiquitous palm-leaf offertory plates are replenished daily with flowers and fruit to honour deities and placate evil spirits. Thousands of temples and altars dot the fertile landscape, rising from rice terraces and family compounds in rural hamlets that have remained mostly unchanged for a thousand years or more.

Bali is one of the most popular island destinations in the world. Discover what the Island of the Gods has to offer.

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FAMILIES, FRIENDS & SIGNIFICANT OCCASIONS

Bali is a destination where adults and children can enjoy a broad range of activities and entertainment. Holidays can be specially designed for entire families, groups or special occasions. Beach excursions, temple visits, jungle safaris, art and language classes – these are just a hint of vast repertoire of cultural rewards that a carefully planned, activity-based holiday can deliver. You might prefer travelling with like-minded friends or want to celebrate a significant occasion.

Our portfolio of villas and resorts are perfect for sharing time with loved ones. Our role is to help you make the right choice for a relaxed, enjoyable, and successful journey.

ROMANTIC WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS

When love and romance are the inspiration for a journey, the gentle and dignified people of Bali and the seductive natural beauty of these islands are an intoxicating magnet. Stunning properties in amazing locations create the perfect stage for a special celebration. Walk down the aisle in a tropical garden, on a sandy beach, on the top of a forested mountain. Enjoy the native flowers, music, and food.  Stay for the honeymoon and extend the magic.

HEALTH, WELL BEING & SANITY REGAINED

Burnt out, solace seeking or looking for a healthy escape from the real world for a while? Bali offers an extraordinary selection of spa retreats and programs designed to restore wellbeing. These islands are some of the most magical and inspiring places on Earth. The art of massage has a long history in Indonesia. From aerobics to Zen, heavenly sanctuaries take the care and nourishment of body and soul into a blissful, tropical zone. Even though Java and Bali are some of the most densely populated and productive islands on earth, walking in a field or experiencing a yoga class to a backdrop of birdsong and awakening villages can be one of the most restorative experiences imaginable.

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Bali is close to the equator and therefore offers an even climate year round, which has made it a popular tourist destination. The average temperate hovers at 31 degree Celsius and decreases steadily as Bali sees two seasons: dry and wet. The dry season officially runs from May to October and has the lowest humidity. Occasionally rainfall can be expected during the dry season, usually at night or early morning. From June to August there is usually a refreshing cool breeze all day long. The central mountain areas are typically cooler than the lower coastal areas, especially at night.

The wet season spans from October to April. It brings significant rainfall and high humidity. Weather from December to February is very unpredictable and sees the fewest number of tourists in response.

Nyepi: The Balinese Day of Silence

Nyepi is a “Day of Silence” that falls on the Balinese New Year, according to the Saka calendar. This important holiday welcomes the dry season and is reserved for silence, fasting, and meditation. It generally falls between late March and early April. Observance is from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning. Restrictions apply for tourists as well as locals and include low lighting, no working, entertainment or pleasure, no traveling, and for some, no talking or eating at all. Usually bustling streets and roads fall silent. While you are free to do as you wish inside resorts, no one is allowed onto the beaches or streets and Bali airport is closed for the day.

NUSA DUA

Nusa Dua is a manicured, self-contained, high-end tourist enclave replete with acres of palms, white sand beaches sheltered by coral reefs, pristine waters, and security gates at all entry and exit points. The abundant coconut trees remind visitors that the area was once a coconut plantation. The southern peninsula is, without doubt, resort headquarters. Visitors to the Nusa Dua are looking for all-inclusive luxury relaxation. With a short 20-minute drive to the airport, a major convention centre, a splendid art museum, and an 18-hole golf course, this is a wonderful choice for anyone searching for leisurely relaxation.

JIMBARAN

This fishing village is located on the western side of the narrow isthmus connecting Bali’s mainland and Bukit Peninsula. Jimbaran is famous for its long, wide beach, beautiful bay, seafood restaurants and a cluster of up-market hotels. A fleet of fishing boats anchored at the northern end of the beach provides a scenic backdrop to stunning sunsets.

SEMINYAK

These days it is difficult to distinguish where Legian ends and Seminyak begins because the original villages have been merging for decades. What does distinguish Seminyak, however, are the divine sunsets. Called Bali’s Notting Hill or SoHo, Seminyak is Bali’s most stylish, upscale beach resort area with many luxury hotels and spas and world-class shopping. Visitors include royalty, the Jakarta glitterati, and the simply trendy.

CANGGU

Best known for sunbathing, surfing and sunsets, this quiet coastal village takes relaxing to the max. Traditional fishermen still come to the beach to eke out a livelihood in the sea. A prestigious country club and a handful of trendy dining venues have made a relatively unheralded arrival but there is an absence of the commercial hum of the restaurants and boutiques that characterize cosmopolitan Seminyak. Peace still reigns over Canggu’s beach and coastal rice fields.

TABANAN

Tabanan is a versatile region encompassing a wide range of landscapes from lofty peaks and dense tropical jungle in the north to fertile rice plains in the south. On its coastline, a string of beautiful, black sand beaches are home to chic establishments. Apart from the well-frequented seaside temple of Tanah Lot this is a still largely an agricultural area, renowned for its dancers and gamelan musicians. Home to one of Bali’s last royal families, visitors can view the palace where they live.

CANDI DASA

Like Lovina, Candi Dasa has been a drawcard for travellers since the 1970’s. The area is renowned for its spectacular beauty where lush, steep mountains rise from the coast creating unforgettable scenery. Fortunately tourism has had a relatively low impact on local life. A kilometre or two up any side road reveals ancient village life continuing on essentially unchanged. The cluster of old regencies in this district offer easy access to untouched rural countryside, local traditions and the region’s royal past.

UBUD

An hour’s drive north of the airport, Ubud is nestled in the cool mountains and comes wrapped in clouds. Ubud is in many ways Bali’s cultural centre with quirky art galleries, good restaurants, a long history of traditional woodcarving, and the home to one of Bali’s royal families. Whilst the main streets are bustling with energy, the locals are laid-back and friendly. Turn down any side street and you can find yourself in the byways of Balinese village life.

LOVINA

Lovina is the name of a string of villages on Bali’s northern coast, a three and a half hour scenic journey from Denpasar. Here you can still find the beautiful soul of Bali that has attracted backpackers for decades: bold, black sand beaches, good offshore snorkelling, an abundance of dolphines, a variety of restaurants, and attractive places to stay. It offers a welcome contrast to the island’s cultural centre and the busier, tropical south.

BOROBUDUR

The massive Mahayana Buddhist temple of Borobudur, the most famous attraction in central Java, lies about 40 kilometres east of Yogyakarta. Built in the 9th century, Borobudur ranks along with Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and Myanmar’s Bagan for spectacular, sprawling religious sites in Southeast Asia that top lists of world wonders and must-sees. The template complex is in the shape of a mandala with elaborate carvings that portray Javanese court life of the time. Once a year, in the spring, on the Buddhist new year of Wasiak, the small Indonesian Buddhist population descends on Borobudur in a huge, colourful procession.

Nearby its neighbour is the 10th century Hindu temple, Prambanan, is not to be missed.

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