Providing breath taking accommodation in stunning locations along with hidden treasures which no travel book knows, Bali is pure self-indulgence at an extremely affordable price tag.
An ancient civilisation thriving in modern times, it is an experience no traveller should miss.
From dolphin watching at Lovina to snorkelling at Menjangan Island to soaking in the pulsating nightlife at Seminyak, Bali offers much more than just sand and surf.
Once you have indulged in the famous Balinese massage, grab a village tour from a local operator or your hotel to discover temples and hidden sights.
Visit Mount Batur for an up-close and personal look at a volcano. A temple not to be missed is the Besakih temple which is the biggest and holiest temple in Bali. Rivalling its grandiosity is the Uluwatu temple nestled on the edge of a cliff with a sharp drop straight to the deep-sea.
Grab a seat at the Ubud Palace or any one of the artistic centres to catch the shadow puppet show or the elaborate fire dance Kecak. They also have a lovely dance based on the Ramayana accompanied with colourful costumes and local musical instruments, for Bali’s Hindu inhabitants. But go early as the seats get filled fast!
When looking for Balinese food fix, check out Bumbu Bali which comes highly recommended. From the simple Nasi Goreng fried rice to Bebek Betutu, a specialty of smoked duck, the Balinese cuisine captures your taste buds from the first bite.
Casa Luna is another restaurant which also provides cooking classes (many restaurants offer such classes). Since various nationalities visit Bali, you can find almost all types of food. Breeze at Samaya located at Seminyak offers some delicious continental meals with the roar of the ocean behind you.
If planning to visit Mount Batur, check out the buffet restaurant Puri Batur which is a hill top restaurant with the best view of the volcano.
Another must try restaurant in Bali is Dirty Duck famous for the crispy duck and Ibu Oka known for its suckling pig.
Vegetarians fear not! Balinese cuisine always provides an alternative option to the meat meal selection.
With practical items like handmade baskets to stunning showpieces like carved statues, Bali is an excellent place to pick stuff for your home as well as friends.
Though the entire island is covered in tiny shops, markets and malls Ubud and Kuta present some of the best places to shop in Bali. The Sukawati Market is the spot to pick great bargains along with the Ubud Main Market.
Some villages to keep in mind while shopping are Mas for its furniture and Celuk for the jewellery. If looking for masks, wooden artefacts and small presents check out the Geneva Handicraft store at Kerobokan.
If you do run out of packing space, fret not. Many options ranging from simple couriering to shipping exist. The details are usually available with your hotel.
If you prefer starred service, check out the hotel group called Komaneka at Ubud which has some of the most gorgeous rooms and fabulous service in Bali.
For the budget traveller, Tegal Sari is an option. Damai in North Bali also presents some breathtaking views of the ocean from its rooms, and serves an excellent breakfast.
The Menjangan Resort tucked in Bali Barat National Park is probably one of the best kept secrets on the island. The rooms are big and gorgeous with a very reasonable price tag. Hotels at Kuta, Jimbaran Bay, Nusa Dua as well as Seminyak almost always have space effortlessly available
Unadvertised villas as well as guest houses also exist, with friendly locals always happy to offer a clean bed and a warm meal.
The cultural extravaganza, fantastic landscape, and delicious meals of Bali fill you only with happy memories. So give yourself the well-deserved break and book your tickets to history, shopping and spoil yourself silly!
Courtesy: The Travelling Sisterhood