Few places on earth can be described as ‘the ultimate holiday destination’, but Bali really does have it all. In a place where white-sand beaches provide the backdrop for some of the world’s most luxurious five-star resorts, lush rainforest cascades down the sides of sweeping rice fields, and grandiose temples sit dramatically on the edge of towering cliffs, this diverse island is so much more than just a flop-and-drop destination.
While relaxation is always on the agenda in Bali, many travel to this Indonesian gem to immerse themselves in the island’s culture, taste the exotic local delicacies sold by street hawkers, or catch some waves on one of the many surf beaches. The beach towns of Seminyak and Legian attract visitors for their beautiful golden beaches, stylish bars like Potato Head and Cocoon Beach Club, chic boutique shopping, and vibrant restaurants that serve cuisine from around the world. For those looking for a slower pace, Nusa Dua is known for its five-star resorts and stunning beaches, while the rainforest town of Ubud is dotted with waterfalls, rice fields, Hindu temples and a monkey forest. Whatever, you’re looking for in a holiday, Bali is the place to be.
The Best of Bali
Holiday like movie star Julia Roberts and add a dash of Eat, Pray, Love to your Bali escape with a visit to Tanah Lot Temple. As one of the most iconic attractions in Bali, Tanah Lot Temple is popular with tourists due to its unique appearance and the tales of legend that shroud this religious monument in mystery. Built atop a small rocky island situated slightly off shore, the best time to visit this Hindu shrine is at sunset when the black rock of the island and the dramatic crashing waves of the Indian ocean at high tide, create a spectacular floating-island effect.
Ubud Monkey Forest
Located inland in the rainforest town of Ubud, the Monkey Forest is a tropical wonderland for animal lovers. The locals view the Monkey Forest as an important spiritual and conservation centre for their village, but welcome visitors who want to meet the furry residents. Home to approximately 700 monkeys, visitors can get up close and personal with these amazing creatures and even feed them bananas.
You may have already heard the whispers about Potato Head before you even arrive in Bali. One of the most popular beach clubs on the island, Potato Head is the place to see and to be seen in Seminyak. With three restaurants, two bars, an infinity pool overlooking the ocean, and the best sunset views in Bali, this ultra-stylish venue is the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail and music from some great DJs after dark.
Tegalalang Rice Terraces
Picture yourself cycling through lush green rainforest, sloping hillsides and spectacular landscape, and you may conjure up an image that is nearly as perfect as the famous rice terraces of Tegalalang. About half an hour north of Ubud, Tegalalang is home to the most famous rice paddies on the island and visitors can cycle, trek or walk along the edges of the sloping valley while taking in the breathtaking scenery that provides an idyllic photo opportunity.
For a unique cultural experience that you can share with the kids, the Devdan Show is a theatrical tribute to Indonesia created by the stage and artistic directors of Cirque du Soleil. Featuring colourful kites, lively dancing and jaw-dropping acrobatics, the Devdan Show is an entertaining spectacle that shouldn’t be missed.
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