Island Idyll

Island Idyll

Known as the ‘Island of the Gods’, it’s time to book a Bali break

Home to golden beaches, emerald rice paddies, colourful coral reefs and jungle-draped volcanic hillsides, there’s so much to see when you visit Bali. Perfect for both families and couples alike, this beautiful island should be at the top of your bucket list.

If you’re looking for exclusive resorts, world class spas and beautiful beaches, then a holiday to Nusa Dua on the south of the island is ideal. The beaches in this area are perfect for those travelling with little ones as the waters are calm and safe for swimming, unlike some of the other coastal areas of Bali.

The Oasis Pool

Ubud’s calm and peaceful rice paddies are the perfect backdrop to a relaxing holiday. Famous for its local artists and craftsmen you’ll get to experience the best of Bali’s bohemian culture combined with its ancient traditions. Here you can shop for beautiful souvenirs, hike through the rice paddies or get up close and personal with nature in the Monkey Forest.

Pool

For a more vibrant atmosphere, stay in the surfers’ paradise of Seminyak and Legian. With stylish bars, fashionable boutiques and laid back beaches this is an ideal escape for couples and honeymooners. Situated on the south of the islands, it’s the perfect place to watch incredible sunsets whilst sipping a cocktail on the beach.

Some areas in Bali will simply take your breath away, and Jimbaran Bay is no exception. Originally a sleepy fishing village, this area is now home to a number of outstanding resorts. For dinner, sit back, relax and watch a beautiful sunset whilst eating delicious seafood on the white sand beach. Once the sun has gone down the beach comes alive with live music, Balinese dancers and fireworks.

Starlight Pool & Swimup Bar

If you’re looking to get back to basics and experience true Balinese style and culture then a stay at beachfront Sanur is for you. Despite the abundance of restaurants, the area has a quiet and relaxed feel about it, making it the perfect spot for those looking to get away from it all.

No guide to this beautiful area would be complete without mentioning Lombok. A short plane ride away from Bali brings you to this lush, mountainous island which is home to unspoilt beaches and glorious rice and tobacco fields. Quieter and less developed than Bali, Lombok offers some of the region’s best snorkelling and diving due to its calm sea.

Our favourite excursions:

1. Kecak dance in Uluwatu
Enjoy a breathtaking sunset at one of the most scenic spots in Bali. The magnificent Uluwatu temple is perched on a cliff edge and offers guests mesmerising views over the ocean and a chance to interact with the local monkey population. Here you can watch a spectacular kecak and fire dance from the on-site amphitheatre, which is a true delight.

2. Try the rarest coffee in the world
In Bali you can taste one of the rarest coffees in the world, Kopi Luwak. Coffee beans are digested by Asian palm civet (a cat-like mammal) and the droppings are taken, cleaned and roasted to create a unique and potent cup of coffee. This is a must try for those in need of a unique caffeine pick me up.

3. Visit a temple
With over 6,000 temples on the island, you won’t be able to see them all but you should definitely try and see a few. Pura Goa Lawah, also known as the Bat Cave Temple – it is built in front of a cave opening in the coastal cliffs and is home to thousands of fruit bats.

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