Bali is an island full of wonder, from lush mountain jungles to rolling rice fields and timeworn temples, timeworn coral reefs and spectacular coral reefs – make the journey for yourself or with loved ones, be it on a family holiday, romantic escape or luxury escape.
To fully immerse yourself in Balinese culture, plan your trip around an upcoming ceremony or festival. From paper monsters to days of silence – there’s sure to be something fun in store for you.
Bali offers idyllic sands, majestic volcanic mountains, and charming hillside temples; whether you are seeking relaxation or adrenaline-driven excitement, the ‘Island of the Gods’ delivers.
Lovina offers tranquil beaches to lounge on, while Sanur offers wooden fishing boats bobbing across the sea. Or visit Tanah Lot Temple’s north for black sand and whale-watching.
Shopping is a must when visiting Bali, with numerous boutique and designer shops to discover. Indulge in some retail therapy at Canggu’s Berawa Luxe or Mila The Label stores which feature clothing with that signature Bali aesthetic.
Long before Bali became known for its affordable spas, bustling beach clubs and boutique shopping options, it was home to numerous breathtaking temples. Although much of Bali now caters towards tourism, these sacred shrines remain pure and unspoiled.
Balinese people commonly worship Hindu gods, but also have strong beliefs in other spirits and rituals are performed to thank these guardian spirits for protecting them – most famous of these being Tirta Empul’s Purification Ceremony which allows people to cleanse their spirit through bathing rituals.
Some of Bali’s most renowned temples include Pura Besakih, an expansive complex dedicated to Mother Goddess; Ulun Danu Beratan is a spectacular lake-side temple built upon an active volcanic mountain and dedicated to goddess of water and fertility; Tanah Lot is an unforgettable floating temple set against an impressive ocean backdrop; each offers an unforgettable spiritual experience which adds something extra special and indulgent to your holiday experience in Bali. Visiting these incredible sites provides a profoundly enjoyable and spiritually enriching journey while contributing significantly towards an indulgent and resort lifestyle vacation experience that adds something special – come and experience the magic!
Never fully experience a culture without attending its ceremonies and festivals; these provide an ideal way of getting close to locals while witnessing its essence first-hand.
Balinese citizens traditionally observe Saraswati, a festival dedicated to the goddess of knowledge, with a procession including their children and book donations to temples. On Pagerwesi day they strengthen their resistance against evil spirits through prayers and offerings made at shrines.
Galungan, which runs for 10 days and culminates with Kuningan, is an annual festival to welcome and commemorate ancestor spirits and their victory over evil. Balinese prepare for this holiday one week beforehand by cleaning their houses and making penjor (decorated bamboo poles decorated with corn cobs, plaited palm leaves, and flowers). Flights are suspended for 24 hours during Galungan; people spend this day in silence before visiting friends and family members the following day and offering offerings as part of this holiday tradition.
Bali provides travellers with a range of accommodation, from boutique hotels and resorts to serene private villas and budget backpacker options. There is something special for everyone here – beachfront sundowners or shopping for unique Balinese art are both possible here.
At 8 degrees south of the equator, Bali enjoys year-round warmth and tropical weather conditions. To find the best value when visiting, October/November or April are excellent shoulder month options as prices tend to be less than high season.
Bali is home to beautiful beaches, rich ancient culture and delicious food – so everyone will find something they enjoy on this vacation destination. Relax by the beach or discover its sacred temples; no matter your preference there will never be a dull moment here – book your Bali trip now.