Where to stay in Bali
The archetypal island paradise
A word like ‘paradise’ is often over-used, but it's never more apt than when it’s being used to describe Bali. This stunning island, part of the Indonesian archipelago, is renowned for its amazing beaches, complete with surfing and diving, ancient rice fields and Buddhist monuments that are as stunning as they are reverential. In eastern Bali you can wander the rice terraces down to volcanic beaches and historic villages, and explore the old royal city of Semarapura. South Bali and the islands are jam-packed with luxury resorts, vibrant markets and hidden coves, which you can escape to for some secluded surfing.
Bali has a reputation for being a friendly island, and that reputation is well deserved. Perfect for relaxed getaways, the locals are always pleased to welcome tourists and the vibe of the island is chilled out and friendly.
The coolest tourist hot spots
Bali is certainly one of the hottest luxury holiday destinations right now, and its reputation for being up and coming means that if you’re looking for a hip bar or fashionable café to hang out in, you won’t be disappointed. Seminyak beach, just north of Kuta and Legian, is very popular with on-trend 30-somethings, and the relaxed beach vibes get even more laid back the further north you go.
Explore Balinese culture
If the fashionable, modern side of Bali feels a bit too frenetic after a night at one of the beach bars, a visit to beautiful Pura Petitenget, which is close to the beaches of Seminyak, is perfect for any tourist who wants to get a real feel for Balinese culture. The temple at Pura Petitenget is ancient, and the setting for many of Bali’s most spiritual ceremonies. For the best experience, visit the temple at sunset.
Don’t forget to spa
It’s impossible to talk about Bali without mentioning some of the amazing spas and luxury spa resorts. As synonymous with spas and yoga as it is with clubbing and sunsets, Bali is home to some stunning chill out destinations, and many of the upmarket hotels have beautiful spas and wellbeing centres that offer everything from a simple massage to a traditional Balinese treatment that can transport you to spa heaven with aromatic rubs, scrubs and even flower petals. Experience the very best in luxury pampering in a Balinese spa and you’ll be hooked.
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