VOTING THE BEST ISLAND IN THE WORLD, WHY IS BALI AMONG THEM?
Recently, DestinAsian Readers Choice Awards 2017 awarded Bali as the best island destination for the 12thyear in a row. Before that, New York’s Travel+Leisure Magazine rated it as the second best island in the world after Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, and before even that travel sources from Trip Advisor to Condé Naste have lauded Bali as ‘the best’ as well, or at least one of them. The question is why?
When we read the words ‘Best Island’, our imagination tends to take us towards that cliché image of paradise: an empty beach to call our own, with waters as blue as sapphire. This is no longer the case. Travel has taken on new forms and just an image of the perfect shoreline doesn’t quite cut ‘best’ anymore. Modern travellers need more than just a pretty picture to enjoy an island destination…
The truth is that Bali has changed – yes, for better and for worse – but it is this change that has resulted in its success and popularity around the world. What today’s Bali offers us is variety, one that not many other island destinations can match.
If we look at the criteria of voting forums, the different influencing factors range from staff hospitality and available facilities to culinary attractions and cultural sights. If we look at what Bali offers as a whole, it ticks each and every check box on the criteria, and more…
For the real travel lovers, adventure awaits in the forests, under the sea or on the waves. Culture lovers can witness colourful daily traditions, exotic dances and majestic temples. Those after pure leisure will find solace in the 5-star services, fine dining establishments, beach and night clubs, family activities and places for the kid are numerous too.
Even your preferred landscape and scenery is catered for, as Bali allows you to choose from the beach, to the countryside to way above the mountains – and of course the cosmopolitan buzz in thrown in the mix as well. This variety means that whatever your taste is, you’ll find it on the island.
However, it goes beyond variety; ease and accessibility is what makes Bali particularly unique. Nothing is too far or too difficult to do.
In 24-hours you could be trekking rice fields at sunrise, drop into Ubud to watch a Balinese dance and taste some local cuisine, make it down south for a sunset drink at one of the beach club, then dine at one of the many fine establishments before sinking into a club for a full-on night of partying. That may be a stretch for one day, but the point is it’s possible.
Like walking into any megastore, one destination caters for all your needs. This is what appeals to the modern traveller, whose shrinking attention spans and thirst to find something ‘new’ has them scouring the island’s many sights and experiences. But, again, if your choice of holiday is to do nothing by the pool, well you can do that too. The choice is yours. Tie all of these in with the amazing personal interactions we have with the Balinese, well, it’s an experience hard to forget…
With all this in mind, it’s no wonder Bali makes it to the top of so many lists worldwide. The island caters to so many people’s ideas of the ideal holiday that it wins the popular vote.
However, this smorgasbord of experiences that Bali offers may not last forever. Popularity leads to development, which if uncontrolled will see the cultural and natural attractions of the island slowly diminish, replaced by an encroaching modernisation of land and people.
Whilst Bali certainly isn’t perfect today, it has a place in everyone’s heart. So, to the government officials, do your best to keep the balance in check. And to you, go out and enjoy all of it; the ‘ best island in the world ’ may not be the best forever.
Thursday 28 September 2017
7 NOT SO COMMON THINGS TO DO IN BALI
It is no surprise that Australians fall so hard for Bali. The local cuisine is cheap, healthy and packed with flavour; the sun is a wonderful antidote to our desk-bound lives under a galaxy of strip lighting; and the natural scenery is both exotic and yet right on our doorstep.
It takes five hours and 30 minutes to fly to Bali from Melbourne, but much less if you happen to call Darwin or Brisbane home.
But it can be difficult in one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations to feel like you are getting the local experience.
Seminyak and Kuta are the leading sirens of Bali, luring Australian travellers with their beautiful sunsets, party scene and thronging beaches. It can be tempting to stay put in these hot spots, where everything is done for you and many of the attractions are within walking distance or a short scooter ride away.
But there is a lot more to Bali than the well-trodden paths; here are some out-of-the-way gems that are well worth travelling for.
YOU LOVE THE KUTA BEACHES, BUT HOW ABOUT ...
The Kuta Beach strip has long attracted sun worshippers, but it’s far from the only golden stretch on the island. Tourists in the know and expats have been heading to a handful of equally beautiful, but less crowded, spots for years.
Chief among these is Gunung Payung Beach, also known as Pantai Gunung Payung, which is on Bali’s southern coast, about 30km south of Denpasar. You will need to descend several steps to reach it, but it’s well worth the labour: the waters are calm and perfect for snorkelling, and the steep stairs keep hawkers away.
Also try Balian Beach, near the Balian River on the west coast of Bali, famed for its surf breaks. It’s also a great beach for walking and watching the waves crash, without a fraction of the masses gathering at Kuta. There is not much in the way of tourist tat, but if you’re after a genuine respite and an insight into the Bali of 30 years ago, this is the place.
Or how about the distinctive Yeh Leh beach in Jembrana in Bali’s northwest? Yeh Leh, often referred to as Mystery Boulder Beach, features thousands of boulders on its shore – not ideal for sunbathing, but a stunning beach nevertheless.
YOU LOVE THE LUXURY MASSAGES, BUT HOW ABOUT …
The massages in Bali are famously cheap and plentiful, but spa lovers should also check out the island’s considerable reserves of natural hot springs.
Head to the Toya Devasya natural hot springs, in Kintamani, which offer great views of Mount Batur, in Bali’s northeast, and are perfect after a day of walking or cycling. The waters are also clearer and, according to some tourists, emit less of a sulphur odour than other hot springs.
Tabanan Hot Springs, in the Penatahan Village, in central Bali, are surrounded by hills, rice fields and a mountain river and are simply stunning.
At Air Panas in Banjar, the hot springs are 5km southwest from the popular Lovina coast in north Bali. The springs are in the thick of a tropical jungle, and feature a range of public pools with warm water gushing from a series of stone mythical dragon-like creatures.
Some locals and tourists claim that the hot springs have healing powers, and while there is very little in the way of evidence to support the spring’s magical powers, there is absolutely no disputing their ability to relax and restore weary bodies.
YOU LOVE THE KUTA WATER PARK, BUT HOW ABOUT …
Kuta’s Waterbom Bali features the longest waterside in the world, tube slides, body slides and splash pools – all set within landscaped tropical gardens. It is also the No. 1 activity out of 679 things to do in Bali on TripAdvisor, which is understandable considering both adults and kids love them.
But don’t let the Waterbom park overshadow some of the other amazing parks in Bali.
West Bali National Park has none of the thrill rides of Waterbom, but it possesses a charm all of its own. Nature lovers and birdwatchers will rejoice at the amount of wildlife and wide-open spaces, with the park home to more than 300 different species of animals and birds, including the endangered Bali starling.
There are mangrove swamps; coastal, rain and evergreen forests; coral reefs; lowlands; and savannas to explore containing a large diversity of animals, such as wild boar, Rusa deer, long-tailed macaque, and the ebony leaf monkey.
The park is surrounded by six villages, with a varied ethnic population, including Balinese, Javanese, Madurese and Buginese, and local guides can be hired to take you on remote treks into the accessible areas. The Kuta party strip will seem like a world away.
YOU LOVE THE VARIETY OF BALI HOTELS AND RESORTS, BUT HOW ABOUT ...
Aussie travellers tend to fall within two distinct camps when it comes to Bali accommodation: the cheap-and-cheerful guesthouse or the upmarket romantic getaway with pool and Ketut included.
But there are plenty of ways to stay in Bali that break the cookie cutter mould, while offering tourists a unique experience. The African-themed Mara River Safari Lodge, for example, is in the heart of the Bali Safari and Marine Park, northeast of Denpasar, and guests can feed the animals from their hotel rooms. Or as the lodge website states: “Hear the majestic lion’s fantastic roar while enjoying tropical fruits.”
If you really want to feel like a local – albeit one on holiday, naturally – then head 20 minutes north of Seminyak to the small village of Canggu. Many expats set up base here, and there are a number of overseas-owned villas for rent.
The surfing is legendary at Canggu, and the rice fields are postcard Bali. At the Lebak Bali Residence, for example, you can stay in a renovated Balinese family compound for a little more than $100 a night, while at Villa Shanti Canggu rates for the four-bedroom villa are less than $100 a night. Anyar Estate, meanwhile, offers villas with private pools for reasonable prices. Two-bedders start at $390, while three-bedders start at $520 a night, and each villa comes with a view over the rice terraces, and an on-site chef.
Another out-of-the ordinary option is set amid the rice paddies of Ubud. Sleeping pods made from woven bamboo are set 5m in the air and reached by a ladder ... it’s like your own personal bird’s nest. They cost about $40 a night
YOU LOVE THE YOGA BARN IN UBUD, BUT HOW ABOUT ...
Only recently has the sleepy stretch of Amed opened up to tourists, and it wasn’t until 15 years ago that tarmac was even laid on the roads.
The area is known as Amed, but technically it refers to a long stretch of coastal fishing villages in East Bali, stretching from Amed in the north down to Aas in the southeast.
It’s become a popular dive and snorkelling spot in recent years, but the burgeoning yoga scene is also worth checking out.
The Apneista Freediving and Yoga school offers classes in both freediving, and yep, yoga.
There are three strands of yoga training (asana, pranayama and bhanda), as well as complementary “freediving yoga” to assist with breathing and technique. If you’re in need of some serious detox, you can always check into the Golden Rock Detox Centre, which offers the full-range of healing and wellness therapies. Hikers aren’t left out either, as Amed can also be used as a base to climb the mountain Gunung Agung.
YOU LOVE TO WATCH THE BEACH SUNSETS AT SEMINYAK, BUT HOW ABOUT …
Don’t get me wrong: the beach sunsets in Seminyak, in fact, much of Bali, are wonderful.
While there is nothing better than watching the sun go down on Seminyak’s Petitenget Beach, Bali’s temples are also spectacular places to watch the sun set, with the dimming daylight throwing incredible colours on to the old stone carvings and monuments. Uluwatu Temple, on the southwestern tip of the peninsula, is a popular tourist destination, and it is worth hanging around for the spectacular evening colours.
At dusk, about 6pm, head south towards the left of the temple, for a quieter place to watch the sun go down. There are also daily traditional dance performances in an open-air amphitheatre at the temple grounds at dusk, which are heavily stylised and include elaborate costumes.
Also try the Tanah Lot Temple, just northwest of Kuta, home to a Hindu shrine perched on a rocky cliff top. It can get busy in peak times, but deservedly so.
YOU LOVE THE BIG ISLAND OF BALI, BUT HOW ABOUT …
Nusa Penida is an island just southeast of Bali, and alongside the neighbouring islands of Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan, is a dedicated bird sanctuary.
Bali purists love Nusa Penida because it retains so much of its original culture, in the form of fishing villages, thatched cottages and a distinctly undeveloped vibe.
There are basic warungs where you can grab a bite to eat, and a handful of basic but clean accommodation choices. The interior is hilly, and because it rains less than on the larger island of Bali, there are fewer rice terraces.
Rent a scooter and head off exploring and you will be rewarded with stunning vistas from the rugged coastline. Many tourists (though there aren’t actually that many) make a beeline for Crystal Bay, which offers sandy white beaches and is a perfect spot for snorkelling and diving. Finally, head to the Peguyangan Waterfall on Nusa Penida.
It’s at the tip of the island and travellers have to descend 400-odd steps to reach it, but there is a beautiful temple at the base of the waterfall. However, it’s a hairy trek downwards, and should only be attempted by the fit and certainly not the faint-of-heart.
by JOHANNA LEGGATT, ESCAPE
Source - http://www.escape.com.au/world/7-not-so-common-things-to-do-in-bali/news-story/38400fa25fd7330a6a7f15f7c51ec81c
Thursday 21 September 2017
Why I Love Bali
In 1993 I visited Bali for the first time. When I went through immigration, the officer glanced at my passport and said in the sweetest voice possible: 'Have a wonderful birthday on Bali.' Who wouldn't fall in love? I spent a lot of that trip slack-jawed with wonderment. I remember dancers and musicians materialising from across the rice fields to perform in Ubud, I remember driving little back roads of east Bali and being unable to comprehend all the green. Since then, these places – like me – have changed greatly, but their essence still evokes love.
Yes, Bali has beaches, surfing, diving, and resorts great and small, but it's the essence of Bali – and the Balinese – that makes it so much more than just a fun-in-the-sun retreat. It is possible to take the cliché of the smiling Balinese too far, but in reality, the inhabitants of this small island are indeed a generous, genuinely warm people. There's also a fun, sly sense of humour. Upon seeing a bald tourist, many locals exclaim 'bung ujan', which means today's rain is cancelled – it's their way of saying that the hairless head is like a clear sky.
At the end of the day (which is the start of the day for some visitors), Bali's rich culture, many amazing sights and truly lovely people are what takes Bali's sheer delight to another level. Because Bali is fun, no matter what you want or who you are. Seminyak has shops and designers, Kerobokan has luxe beachside resorts and superb eating, Kuta and Legian have the nightlife, and Canggu wraps it all into one irresistible package. Plunge deep into Bali's spirit while renewing your own in Ubud or catching the perfect wave in Bingin. You name it, it's here.
One Island, Many Destinations
On Bali you can lose yourself in the chaos of Kuta or the sybaritic pleasures of Seminyak and Kerobokan, surf wild beaches in the south or just hang out on Nusa Lembongan. You can go family-friendly in Sanur or savour a lavish getaway on the Bukit Peninsula. Ubud is the heart of Bali, a place where the culture of the island is most accessible, and it shares the island's most beautiful rice fields and ancient monuments with east and west Bali. North and west Bali are thinly populated but have the kind of diving and surfing that make any journey worthwhile.
Island of the Gods
The rich and diverse culture of Bali plays out at all levels of life, from the exquisite flower-petal offerings placed everywhere, to the processions of joyfully garbed locals, shutting down major roads as they march to one of the myriad temple ceremonies, to the otherworldly traditional music and dance performed island-wide. Almost everything has spiritual meaning. The middle of Bali is dominated by the dramatic volcanoes of the central mountains and hillside temples such as Pura Luhur Barukaru (one of the island's estimated 10,000 temples), while the tallest peak, Gunung Agung, is the island's spiritual centre.
By Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Writer
Source : https://www.lonelyplanet.com/indonesia/bali/introduction
Monday 18 September 2017
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Thursday 14 September 2017
Best Villa in Legian by The Legian Guide on The Bali Bible
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Thursday 07 September 2017
13 Affordable Luxury Honeymoon Villas in Bali for a Romantic Getaway
5. Looking for both a private pool, AND Jacuzzi? – Legian Kriyamaha Villa
If you’re that couple who enjoys a good dip in the pool, and soothing soak in the Jacuzzi… Well, Kriyamaha Villa is just what you’re looking for. part from its gorgeous settings, there are romantic services awaiting. From candlelit dinners, to flower baths in your private pool, in-villa lunches – and one of our personal favourites (you can hardly find this at affordable places by the way)… breakfast/lunch on water! A wonderful, and surprisingly romantic way to keep your bellies nicely satiated, as you relax the day away in the pool.
For those who love dressing up, you may even get all dolled up in the traditional Balinese couple costumes, for that winning honeymoon shot you’ll treasure forever. Other than that, requests for romantic surprise set-ups are welcome too!
Lastly, you’ll be happy to note that Legian Kriyamaha is conveniently situated minutes from Legian/Seminyak’s famous shopping street and night market. Other than that, it’s only a 7 to 15 minutes drive away from other areas like Double Six Beach, Kuta Beach, Seminyak Square, and more!
Tuesday 29 August 2017
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Tuesday 22 August 2017
Top 10 Best Tours in Bali
These are the best tours in Bali, with something for pretty much any type of visitor. Exciting excursions and unique sightseeing opportunities are plentiful on Bali, from the cultural to the action-packed. Adrenaline junkies can cruise down challenging rapids and immerse themselves in the scenic rural countryside of Bali’s interiors, while those into history and cultural discovery can admire the collection of majestic temples through full day tours. The most popular tours in Bali cover various highlights across the island’s eight different regencies, from the cool uplands down to the coastal waters. Here, we’ve narrowed them down to help you decide on the best options available so you can plan your stay in Bali ahead with a half or full day out to experience the very best of Bali’s sights and sensations.
1. Tanah Lot, a pilgrimage site and temple set dramatically on a rock in the sea. Watch the surf crash around the base of the temple as the sun sets on this picture-perfect scene.
2. Kedaton Monkey Forest and Sanctuary, where hundreds of gray macaques swing from the treetops and approach visitors.
3. UNESCO-listed cultural site of Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) and wonder at the detailed sculptures of mythological creatures carved into the cave entrance.
4. Batubulan Village, famed for its stone statues and sculptures. While there, watch the lively Barong dance, a piece of Balinese mythology with ornate costumes, traditional dancing, and unique musical instruments.
5. Combine a wonderful cruise on the magnificent Bali coastline with a delicious dinner aboard the Bali Hai Cruise. Absorb the scenery around Bali and see your surroundings set against the backdrop of a spectacular sunset.
6. Splash down the rapids of the Ayung River, paddling along with your expert guide as they lead you between lazy pools perfect for swimming and Class III falls sure to get your heart pumping. Afterward, warm up with a hot shower and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch with stunning valley views.
7. In a dramatic location on the slopes of an active volcano, Mount Agung, sits the one of the most sacred Hindu temples of Bali—Mother Temple of Besakih.
8. Kintamani, where you can admire the lush panoramic sight of Mount Batur and the glistening volcanic crater lake of Danau Batur. At lunchtime, find a local restaurant with magnificent views of the volcano.
9. Lembongan Island, the boat anchors by a private pontoon where you can enjoy a buffet lunch and try any number of unforgettable experiences. Take to the sea in a kayak or banana boat, dive in for some snorkeling, or don a diving helmet to take a walk with the colorful fish.
10. Enjoy a high-speed cruise out to Nusa Dua and Uluwatu's coastline for a magical encounter with native dolphins. See dolphins swim and jump in synchronizing harmony and listen to their unique way of communicating with each other via the boat's high-quality underwater sound transmitter.
Source : http://www.bali-indonesia.com/tours/top-ten.htm
Monday 21 August 2017
Certificate of Excellent by Trip Advisor on 2017
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Monday 21 August 2017