As a premier beach destination, Bali attracts millions of tourists each year. Undoubtedly, the beach and the attendant lifestyle makes up the main attraction for many of these visitors. Bali, however, also has much more to often in terms of places to see and things to do. So if you and your loved ones are in the hunt for something more than just a beach vacation, rest assured that Bali has everything to make your trip genuinely memorable.
Whether you seek a culturally immersive experience, crave for high adrenaline adventure activities, or simply want to pamper yourself in the lap of luxury, Bali will always exceed your expectations.
Stay in a luxury villa
For many people, staying in a villas is an essential part of their Bali holiday, and with very good reason. Enjoy your own private swimming pool, ad plenty of space to relax and socialize with friends and family. There’s a seemingly endless options when it comes to choosing a villa so where to start? If you want to stay in the heart of the action in Seminyak, then Hu’u villas could be a great choice for you. These modern villas bring a contemporary edge, combining loft-living style with island life. Available as one, two or three bedroom villas, each one has a private pool and sundeck, air conditioned living areas, equipped kitchenette and spacious bedrooms features en suite bathrooms. Also benefit from a range of extras including complimentary air port transfers and access to Finns Recreation Club in Canggu.
An early morning trek up Mount Batur
Watching the sunrise from Mount Batur is nothing short of a privilege. Throw in the spectacular views to the mix, and then this trek becomes one that every visitor to Bali should undertake. The best option is to book a tour with a guide that includes transport from your hotel or villa. The trek takes about couple of hours so you it means an earlystart if you’re going to be there for sunrise. Once you reach the top, you’ll be face to face with an active volcano and the most sweeping views of the island. Many tour guides also arrange for breakfast on the summit so you can enjoy savory treats while admiring a stunning sunrise. For this, and a whole range of other tours, log onto www.balitoursandmore.com
Learn yoga from a master
Yoga is an ancient art to exercise not just your body but also attain a higher spiritual plane. The tropical island, for several reasons, is a truly inspiring place to learn this ancient craft. There is a flourishing yoga scene across the island, with Ubud the undoubted yogi capital of Bali. Here you’ll find a wide range of yoga studios offering classes and courses suitable for all levels. Well known as a yoga destination, you’ll also find world class teachers to guide you through your morning downward dog. If you’re looking for a few classes whilst your oh holiday, or if yoga is the reason for visiting and you’re looking to book yourself into a yoga retreat, you can be sure of first class studios, fantastic teachers and an experience that’s good for body and soul. www.yoga-retreats-bali.comIs a great place to start your search if you’re looking for a fully immersive yoga retreat during your stay in Bali.
Enjoy a Meal Out
Whatever your favourite type of food, there’s a very high chance that notonly will you find in in Bali, but you’ll find it done extremely well. Bali is a foodie’s paradise from the local flavoursto fine dining restaurants, you’ll never be short of somewhere for a great meal out. Like to have dine in a fun environment? Then head on down to Sea Vu Play in Petitenget, here the crew will welcome you aboard and as you pass boat shaped bar, why not order one of the delicious signature cocktails. You’ll find a menu with something for everyone, and Sea Vu Play is home to some of the island’s best DJs so why not stay on after dinner for another drink and a dance? They also have brilliant Sunday Markets where you can combine shopping with eating and drinking, all in the one place.
Go for a Quad Bike Adventure
One of the best ways to soak in the Balinese countryside is through riding an all terrain vehicle. A quad biking tour is a great way to have fun and see more of Bali at the same time. Bali Island ATV are an excellent company; Australian owned and operated, you can be sure of fun, unique and safe experience. Based in YehGangga, you’ll be picked up from your hotel and in under and hour’s drive from Kuta or Seminyak, you’ll be in a whole different world. Race along the deserted black sands of YehGangga beach, explore the tranquil ever green world of one of the biggest areas of rice paddies in Bali, and see traditional Balinese villageswhere life has been little changed for generations.
Enjoy a Spa treatment
As a globally acknowledged spa destination, you can look forward to be pampered like never before at a Bali spa. The tropical island has scores of world class spas manned by some of the most acclaimed and leading practitioners in this field, none more so than AMO Spa. AMO have a Seminyak spa, one in Petitenget and soon to open anther location in Cangu; you’ll never be far from a relaxing and indulgent AMO Experience. A great place for a massage – choose from their menu of specially designed 30, 60 or 90 minute massages that may be for the whole body or concentrated on a specific area, they also have a full range of hair, nail ad beauty treatments on offer. They started out with the aim of offering perfect manicures and pedicures, and they are still a leading treatment at AMO. What ever the occasion, what ever treatment you’re looking for, AMO Spa will leave you looking great and feeling even better.
Enjoy a Trip to the Bali Monkey Forest and a Temple
One of Bali’s chief attraction stems from the fact that it is such a culturally rich island with a character truly distinctive from the rest of Indonesia. One of the best ways to come face to face with this magnificent culture is through visiting at least one of the many temples on the island. Tannah Lot and Uluwatu temples are both found on the coast, protecting the island from and bad spirits which may try to come to land from the sea, whist the PuraBesakih, or Mother Temple sitting high on the slopes of Mount Agung is the island’s most holy temple. Another popular attraction on Bali is the Monkey Forest which is found in Ubud. Here a troupe of grey monkeys roam the forest, happy to take as many bananas as visitors offer them. Talk a walk around the forest and admire these playful monkeys, the natural beauty of your surroundings, and the sculptures standing amongst the trees.
Explore Somewhere New
Many people come to Bali time and time again, repeatedly drawn back by the magic of the island. Friendships are formed, and places to stay become firm favorites. But if you’ve been a few times, why not mix it up a bit and try staying somewhere else? Staying for a few days in different places on the island is a great way to see more of Bali without having to travel for hours every day. Bali Villas and More have a range of hotels and villas all over the island, so there’s no need to staying in more than one place to be difficult. They’ll take care of everything for you, designing bespoke holiday packages that let you get out and see more of the wonderful island of Bali.
Visit the Gili Islands
Bali, as part of Indonesia is part of an archipelago of 17,000 islands – so it would be a shame not to visit at least one or two more while you’re here. The Gili Islands, lying off the coast of Lombok, are three perfect tropical islands, where golden sand beaches are backed by palm trees and lazy days can be spent soaking up the sun, or diving below the waters to explore an amazing sub aquatic world. There are no cars on the islands, so the only way to get around is by foot, horse and cart or bicycle, which really adds to the laid back charms of the islands A Gilicat fast boat is the best way to get there and the brand new Patagonia Xpress offers safe and comfortable passages with daily departures from Bali, the journey will be as enjoyable as your time on the islands.
Enjoy Family Time at a Beach Resort
If you’re travelling with your family, then spending some time in one of the many Bali family resorts is going to be a winner with all members of the family. The children will be able to enjoy organized activities in the kids’ clubs and make friends with others, while parents will be able to spend some time relaxing by the pool, as well as of course, enjoying activities together. Why not choose a beach front resort, where you can walk straight from your hotel to the beach and spend time splashing in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean together?