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With the rainy season almost over in Bali, now’s the perfect time to start thinking about your dream getaway to the stunning Indonesian island. Whether it’s a romantic trip for two, a holiday with friends, or even flying solo, there really is something for everyone. Here are 7 reasons to visit beautiful Bali, plus discover some of the top hotels in Bali for a fantastic stay.
1. Balinese festivities and culture
Bali is steeped in culture and religious tradition. With many bizarre and interesting festivals happening every year, perhaps the most important is the Galungan festival. Held throughout the whole island, it’s an annual event coinciding with the wuku year. It’s believed that Balinese gods will descend to earth during this ten-day period. Credit: Artem BaliThe Kayon Resort offers 5-star accommodation in Ubud and is one of the best hotels in Bali. It provides an outdoor pool and a rooftop terrace. It also features a sun deck with impressive river views. Plus, it’s an easy car ride to Tegalalang.
2. Spectacular natural wonders
Bali isn’t just about the busy Kuta beach. It has a multitude of natural, extraordinary sights. Perfect for those who want to venture off the tourist track. From the secret canyon of Sukawati, to the Melasti beach. You’ll be amazed by the sheer beauty of its spectacular geological wonders.
For a little luxury, the 5-star Ungasan Clifftop Resort has it all. Including sea views, a private beach and tennis courts and is another one of the top hotels in Bali. Enjoy a unique dining experience at the in-house restaurant, or have a drink in the comfortable lounge bar. The helpful staff at the tour desk are also available to organise activities in Ungasan.
3. Watersports for adrenaline junkies
If you’re wanting a break from relaxation, Bali has lots of adrenaline-fuelled adventures to offer. From white water rafting and quad biking in Ubud, to kite surfing in Nusa Dua. You’ll be needing a comfortable bed to rest your head in afterwards. The Tanjung Benoa Beach Resort, Bali is situated in Nusa Dua, which is especially known for its watersports. It provides a spa and wellness centre, as well as a rooftop terrace and a fitness centre. With rooms and services for families of all sizes, plus supervised childcare and a kids club. There are lots of cafés and restaurants close by, and Kuta and Jimbaran are a short car ride away.
4. The most glorious beaches
Bali has many pristine beaches where you can enjoy the sun, sea and sand at a more relaxed pace than at some of the busier stretches. The stunning Blue Lagoon has calm waters, white sands and a palm tree backdrop. [bctt tweet=”Bali has many pristine beaches where you can enjoy the sun, sea and sand at a more relaxed pace than at some of the busier stretches. The stunning Blue Lagoon has calm waters, white sands and a palm tree backdrop.” username=”made4travel1″] Or Gunung Payung, once known as Secret Beach, is the epitome of a picture-perfect postcard. Imagine beautiful white sands and warm tropical waters. Utter paradise!
If a beachside stay is what you’re after, check out the award winning AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI. It’s located on 90 hectares of cliff-top land perched above Jimbaran Bay. The majestic sunsets and ocean views are complemented by a white-sand beach. Furthermore, it shares facilities as Bali’s only integrated resort with RIMBA Jimbaran BALI. Guests can enjoy the most extensive on-site facilities of any resort in Bali. There are 19 restaurants and bars including the iconic Rock Bar. Plus an exclusive private beach and beach club. You’ll also have access to 12 swimming pools and a world-class spa.
5. Out-of-this-world restaurants
If you’re celebrating something special, you’ll surely want somewhere memorable to dine. Romantic restaurants with great food and service are easy to find in Bali. Did you know you can have a unique dining experience on top of the Uluwatu clifftop? The Bulgari Resort Bali is just a short drive to Uluwatu Temple. Known as the sacred sea temple of Bali, this is a must-see. Especially if you’re visiting the island for the first time! The resort has a wide range of facilities, such as a Jacuzzi, an outdoor pool and a private beach. It also features a golf course, a plunge pool, a beauty centre and a Turkish steam bath.
6. Everyone’s an artist
You’re sure to see art in Bali, everywhere you turn. From handmade decorations, to local wood carvings. Balinese people certainly ooze creativity. If art markets are on your list, Sukawati Market in Ubud is worth a visit. Just a short walk away is the Mandala Desa. Set in the scenic countryside of Saba Bai, Mandala Desa offers a full range of facilities. It includes a pool and a fitness centre. Furthermore, this 4-star property also offers a kids pool, massage and babysitting services.
7. The most unique places to stay
Looking for something a little different? You can rest your head in places you’ve only ever seen on Grand Designs. How about a bubble hotel? An eco-friendly jungle retreat? Or an all-bamboo masterpiece? These places are quirky to say the least. As stunning as they may be, they definitely won’t be for everyone.
For a unique stay (without everyone peering through your ‘bubble tent’), check out The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah in Ubud. It offers 5-star accommodation, together with an outdoor pool, a fitness centre with yoga classes and tennis courts. It also offers child-minding, and a free shuttle service to make it super easy to get around.
There’s so much more to explore in beautiful Bali, and too much to squeeze in to just one blog post. Look out for Bali Part 2 (or leave your email in the sign up box below) to ensure you never miss a new post.
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