The brilliance of Bali

If you’re looking for a winter or spring escape that includes sunshine, beaches and a hearty dose of inspiration, then Bali is your dream destination. Bali is the central and most popular island within the archipelago nation of Indonesia. The Balinese people are welcoming, kind and creative, seemingly to mirror the gentle and graceful natural landscapes.  

Located just south of the equator, you can expect tropical heat and humidity all-year round. Bali only has two seasons: dry and rainy! Even during the rainy season – from November to March – it’s typical to get a warm downpour for a couple of hours before the sun’s right back out. To make the most of all Bali has to offer, we recommend you stay at least ten days or a fortnight, and take time to explore two key areas. Even though Bali is large, it literally only takes a few hours to drive between Central Bali and the south of the island. 

Central Bali

In the heart of Bali lies a natural paradise of waterfalls, rice terraces, meditation and Balinese spa centres, which was best demonstrated in the 2010 film, Eat Pray Love. You’ll find crumbling ancient Hindu temples, such as the Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) here, and there’s always plenty of opportunity to learn a local craft, such as batik making or silversmithing.  


Ubud is the main destination, and most resorts here come with a rainforest or paddy field view. You can take walks to waterfalls or the famed Tegalalang Rice Terrace, which feels like strolling through a painting! Or, why not meet some friendly and cheeky grey long-tailed macaques at the nature reserve of Ubud Monkey Forest? We also recommend you take a half day tour of Green Village, where you’ll find bamboo houses in a tranquil setting. 

South Bali

South Bali is all about the beaches! If you're travelling with your family, then you’ll particularly appreciate the safe waters for swimming and plenty of water activities for your teenagers.


On the far southeast of the island, Nusa Dua has the reputation for holding the most luxurious and chic beach resorts, which is just as well as it also has some of the most beautiful beaches too. Spend sun-kissed days on the beach, play a round of golf on one of the professional courses, or visit an artist’s studio.  


On the southeast coast lies Sanur, home to a pristine stretch of beach and a large coral reef. A smattering of authentic resorts caress the golden sands, and it’s another ideal spot for watersports. If you fancy a day out, head to Big Garden Corner, an intriguing statue park.  

Sanur is also home to the renowned Sindhu Market. By day, it’s a typical fresh market with stalls selling fresh vegetables and household goods, but by night it’s teeming with street food, spices and souvenirs.  


On the southwest of Bali, Seminyak is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a beach holiday with plenty of nightlife, as you’ll find some really cool beach clubs nestled in among the palms. There are also many family-friendly resorts here boasting swimming pools and kids’ clubs. Also near to Seminyak lies Waterbom Bali, one of Asia’s best water parks for a splash-filled day! If you fancy going shopping, this is also the place to be, as there are plenty of boutiques, malls and markets. 

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