Whether you are looking for luxury, tropical charm, romance, or ravishing natural beauty, Bali is the place for you. Rich and diverse in its culture and history as it is unique in its exquisite nature. It is not exactly a surprise that it is one of the most sought-after destinations in the world.
Among the many islands that form the country of Indonesia, Bali is a province of Indonesia along with a few smaller neighboring islands. As a part of the Coral Triangle which is the area with the highest biodiversity of marine species, especially fish and turtles, this magnificent city offers an unmatched experience for all sea lovers and water-sports enthusiasts.
Natural and historic beauty aside, the city’s world-class beach villas, luxurious resorts, exquisite spas, and overall romantic atmosphere make it the perfect and most popular choice for honeymooners.
So basically, no matter where you are in life, Bali can always deliver you the spiritual, and some might say magical, experience you seek in your travels. And with our complete Bali travel guide, you’ll get to enjoy every aspect of the Indonesian paradise.
When is the best time to visit?
Bali has only two seasons: the rainy season and the dry season. The best time to visit is during the island’s dry season which falls between April and October which is also the best time to enjoy the famous Balinese waves as you can try surfing, snorkeling, or just a warm dip in the water.
Where to stay while in Bali?
The Balinese accommodation scene is known worldwide for its luxury and beauty. Out of all of the island’s exquisite places to stay, here are the best and most recommended hotels and resorts on the Indonesian island:
Do you feel like sleeping among the trees, quite literally? Then Capella Ubud is the place for you to spend your Balinese adventure. Hidden in the Ubud-adjacent town of Keliki, Capella Ubud’s 22 one-bedroom tented and batik-draped retreats, restaurant, and saltwater pool all float over the jungle floor.
An architectural masterpiece as well as a splendid riverside sanctuary, the outstanding villas of this 5-star resort have housed several celebrities and prestigious names from around the world. Through the hotel, you can enjoy various activities, such as river-rafting, cycling, and other adventurous cultural tours around the city.
Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
This Ritz Carlton reserve gives you a piece of everything; river, jungle, rice terraces, temples, several fine-dining experiences, a plush spa, yoga classes, and 5-star housing options with Mandapa’s luxurious suites and private pool villas.
A modern beachfront resort in a superb location in Canggu, a short distance from most of the town’s hot spots. If you are feeling extra luxurious, you can opt for a residence in any of the resort’s three-bedroom Penthouses where you would have your own private butler and rooftop pool with a dramatic arching cutaway view of the ocean. Adventure-seekers can book surfing lessons through the hotel, while wellness-minded individuals can opt for practicing Pilates or Yoga in the resort’s spa.
Bambu Indah Resort
If you are looking for a more environmentally conscious accommodation option, then this eco-friendly resort is your go-to. From its unique bamboo architecture to its organic farm-to-table food, the eco-luxury Bambu Indah Resort is a wonderland of creativity where there are natural swimming pools, bamboo elevators, and trash walks organized for residents to walk through the surrounding rice fields and spear trash while learning about the island’s community and culture.
Where to eat?
Just like every other aspect, Bali is rich in its culinary culture and restaurant scenes. From seafood to vegan, you will encounter every type of restaurant on this whimsical island. Here are some of the best ones:
A vegan heaven is an understatement when it comes to this chic, plant-powered restaurant. Located in Ubud, this tree-hugging restaurant offers colorful and diverse organic plates from jackfruit steaks to pizzas and cassava fettuccine in a lively creative atmosphere.
Chef’s Table at Sokasi
Above the Ayung River at the Four Seasons in Sayan, this whimsical curvaceous bamboo pavilion is perfect for intimate outdoor dinners. Perfect for indulging yourself in some of the traditional culinary delights of Bali, Chef’s Table at Sokasi offers rich forgotten recipes such as roasted pig over a coconut wood fire and roasted duck in an underground clay oven.
Beach-side dining, rich regional dishes made of locally sourced special ingredients, Kaum, meaning tribe, is the perfect place to enjoy a traditional delicious meal in Bali, family-style.
This elegant quiet hub is the perfect unwinding spot amid Ubud’s busy streets. With its large open windows overlooking a classic Balinese neighborhood, Hujan Locale is the perfect blend between a fine dining restaurant and a small traditional Indonesian cafe.
Where to go & what to do in Bali?
A city that is as rich and diverse in its cultural background and history as Bali naturally offers its visitors countless experiences and attractions. Here are the some of the best attractions on this gorgeous island:
Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali
Comprising several buildings and pavilions, this museum reflects the diverse Balinese architecture and features prehistoric pieces, traditional artifacts, Barong (mythical lion-dog creatures), ceremonial objects, and rich displays of textiles. You can also enjoy some live music as the museum’s staff members often play music on the bamboo gamelan. Try to aim at visiting in the afternoon as it is usually the least crowded time of the day.
One of the most beautiful, if not the most, waterfall attractions in all of Bali, Sekumpul Waterfall is a must-see during your Bali trip. However, like most North Balinese waterfalls, Sekumpul is not easy to get to, you will have to walk the trail for about an hour through the Sekumpul village where you will pass by trees of clove, cacao, jackfruit, mangosteen, and more. Fortunately, when you get to the top, you will be rewarded with an astonishing view of tropical landscapes, and grand-scale falls.
Nyang Nyang Beach
Bali’s main beaches are usually extremely crowded, which is exactly what makes Nyang Nyang Beach all the more special as it is probably the only beach in Bali that is, in fact, secluded and free of crowds. With its pale white sand and greenery-lined cliffs, Nyang Nyang beach is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a holistic quiet day by the ocean.
Gunung Batur (Mount Batur)
Among all of Bali’s one-of-a-kind natural marvels, Mount Batur (or Gunung Batur) and its holistic surroundings is probably the grandest and most dramatic destination of all. This 5,600-foot volcanic landmark contains Bali’s largest crater lake, as well as an awesome cycling site and hiking slopes along with some gorgeous Balinese villages. Although tiring, the climb to the top is rewarded with what is easily one of the most breathtaking and majestic scenes you may ever see in your lifetime, especially if you catch the sunrise from there.
Ubud Monkey Forest
If you are feeling risky and exotic, then you must pay a visit to Ubud Monkey Forest which is one of Bali’s most popular attractions among tourists despite the risk factor involved. Although the monkeys look doe-eyed and innocent on the forest’s brochures, they can be quite aggressive and greedy. However, being in the presence of over 1000 long-tailed Balinese macaques in their natural habitat is quite worth it.
Pura Lempuyang Luhur
Known as the Gateway to Heaven, the significant Hindu temple, Lempuyang Luhur is one of the most majestic sights in Bali, as well as one of the most famous landmarks attracting tourists from all over the world to take the iconic Bali picture between the gates.
Perfectly framing the island’s tallest peak, Mount Agung, Pura Lempuyang Luhur offers a sunrise scene unlike any other.
Whether you decide to spend your vacation soaking up all the natural beauty of Bali right from your hotel or resort or choose to keep bouncing from one iconic landmark to the next, your time in Bali is guaranteed to be as unforgettable as the majestic Indonesian island.