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Paradise is a term that every resort loves to use, but few live up to. Bali, however, is the real deal. Its pristine golden beaches, beautiful landscapes and locations of cultural importance will entice you with incredible sightseeing opportunities. There’s sun and relaxation across every inch of this amazing island.
Holidays in Bali certainly present you with plenty to do. You'll enjoy immaculate beaches, world-class restaurants and excellent surfing, diving and snorkelling. You’ll be delighted by Bali whether you’re a history buff, an adrenaline junkie or a spa lover.
If you love nature, you can explore the natural springs, volcanoes and picturesque rice paddies. And make sure you keep your eyes peeled for some of Bali’s native wildlife. As well as exotic birds and reptiles, monkeys and elephants roam the island.
On Bali, holidays can be fast-paced too, with everything you’d ever want on an adventurous escape. If you’re looking for thrills, head over to Lombok Island and indulge yourself in some water sports and scuba diving.
On your Bali holiday, you’ll also discover ancient buildings and a serene and spiritual atmosphere everywhere you go, with ancient temples and shrines around every corner. You’ll see small offerings to the Hindu gods outside every shop, home and restaurant. And listen out for the familiar sound of traditional gamelan music wherever you travel.
Whether you’re looking for ancient temples, sun-kissed beaches, exciting water sports or peaceful rice paddies, in Bali you’ll find something for everyone. Then as night falls, grab a seat on the sand for a sunset BBQ, and finish off your memorable holiday in perfect style.
Get to know the real Bali by leaving the beach behind for a couple of days and travelling to Ubud, Bali’s cultural heart and spiritual capital. Surrounded on all sides by lotus ponds, rice paddies and tropical forests, Ubud has a relaxed pace and an authentic atmosphere that’s perfect for a 5-star holiday.
Start with a visit to the temples in the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary before wandering into the craft market, where dozens of talented artisans sell ornate woodwork, jewellery, incense and textiles. You’ll want to buy something to remind you of this holiday. There’s also a fabulous selection of restaurants and cafes selling food from Bali and other cuisines of Asia. Don’t miss tasting babi guling, a delicious local speciality of barbecued suckling pig served with a side of fiery sambals and sauces.
Just off the east coast of Bali is the smaller, but no less beautiful, island of Lombok. Ferries leave regularly, and the journey takes around four hours, so you can make it there and back in a day. Lombok is quieter and less developed than its big sister, so a visit here offers a different perspective to Indonesia. Many say it’s like stepping back in time, with its rural, laid-back way of life. You’ll also find some of the region’s best diving, snorkelling and surfing.
No visit would be complete without a trip to the Gilli Islands, three little gems off Lombok’s northern coast. These tiny islands offer peace and quiet and a chance to reconnect with nature, with excellent surfing, snorkelling and swimming. The islands will also appeal if all you want to do is top up your tan in blissful surroundings.
Bali is home to a vibrant variety of wildlife. Monkeys, elephants, reptiles and hundreds of species of birds live on the island, and you can make special trips to see them all.
At the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, you’ll find families of mischievous primates living in harmony with the Buddhist temples and lush green jungle. Bring bananas to attract their attention but remember to keep your bags close, as these inquisitive monkeys love grabbing anything!
But if you’re more into creatures of the avian variety, Bali Bird Park and the Bird Village of Petulu is the best destination. Hundreds of herons, parrots, toucans and more inhabit these areas, both wild and captive. There’s even a nocturnal owl house where you can spot these wisest of birds.
Make sure you include a visit to Jimbaran Bay at least once during your trip. Here’s where you’ll find an atmospheric stretch of small local restaurants or ‘warungs’ and the most authentic Indonesian food. They serve delicious charcoal-grilled seafood including freshly-caught lobster, crab and prawns, which you eat seated at tables right on the beach.
The setting is seductive, and the views of the sunset are nothing short of spectacular. Arrive early to get a table at the front, but it’s still worth a visit even after sunset. It's then that whole bay twinkles by the light of the oil lamps on the tables, and the sound of the ocean provides the perfect soundtrack to a wonderfully romantic and memorable meal.
Nusa Dua is a holiday haven, with a gorgeous stretch of white sand, framed by lush vegetation. Here you’ll find some of the most fabulous hotel resorts in the whole of Bali. Set on a peninsula in the south of the island, the resort area is well-kept, with manicured gardens and excellent beaches.
Sanur is another great starting point, famed for its white sandy beach, opulent hotels and a fine selection of local restaurants. There's also fantastic nightlife and lively bars for those who like to get out, explore and meet the locals.
Kuta is the party capital of Bali. Beaches and cosmopolitan vibes give you the best atmosphere for letting your hair down and having a good time. You will also find excellent facilities for surfing and water sports all over this cool town.
Canggu is a sleepy beach town that’s best for quiet escapes. You can really get away from it all by relaxing on the golden sands, with no worries about the outside world.
But for the ultimate in chic and luxury, look no further than Seminyak. It's Bali’s upmarket resort with its extensive selection of boutiques, trendy bars and 5-star hotels lining the ocean.
Wherever you choose, Bali has a resort and accommodation to suit you.
Bali’s tropical climate means it has a rainy season between October and March, when rainfall can be heavy and humidity is high. The best time to visit Bali is between April and October. At this time, the days are pleasant and sunny with lower humidity and any rainfall is mostly confined to the evenings or early hours of the morning. Throughout this period there are a variety of cultural festivals, religious processions and spiritual celebrations, so you’re sure to get a taste of colourful Balinese life.
Time difference: GMT +8 hours
Language: English and Indonesian.
Flight time from the UK (London): Approximately 16 hours via Singapore.
Arrival Airport: Denpasar Airport Transfers take approximately 15-30 minutes and transfers to Tembok take approximately two hours and 30 minutes.
Entry details (for British passport holders): 30-day visa is required and can be obtained on arrival. Charges apply. Passports need 6 months validity beyond your date of exit. Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk.
A local Signature representative will meet you at your arrival airport and escort you to your pre-booked transfer vehicle. You'll receive a welcome pack containing information on the local area and all contact details. A welcome meeting will be arranged at your hotel where you can find out more about the area you are visiting.
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