Bali Holidays: An Overview

Bali, just off the eastern tip of Java, is easily the best known of the 17,000-odd islands that make up Indonesia - the world's largest archipelago. This tropical, volcanic island offers beautiful beaches and scenic landscapes of terraced hills, together with cultural attractions, all kinds of water and land-based activities and a number of top-quality hotels to choose from.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • If you climb Batur volcano in Bali, you will experience one of the absolute must see views in South East Asia. It may mean an early start, take a couple of hours and be busy on route, but all will be revealed when the sun rises…
  • The Balinese Hindu New Year - Nyepi - is a fascinating ritual, celebrated by a day of silence. By day, all entry points to the island are closed, by night the island is plunged into darkness as all electricity is banned. Where else in the world could a religious celebration close a major international airport?

Luxury Holidays to Bali: The Detail

Bali is a predominantly Hindu island in the middle of the world's largest Muslim nation. The Balinese coast is home to excellent beach hotels offering a wide range of watersports, with the south coast particularly good for surfing and windsurfing.

Whilst the south is quite developed, there are still pockets of peace and serenity to be found, or you can simply enjoy the wealth of fantastic restaurants and bars, and independent boutiques springing up almost daily, in the trendy enclaves of Seminyak and Jimbaran.

Cultural and religious traditions are still at the heart of everyday life in Bali, from the floral offerings found at the door of every dwelling, to the myriad of ceremonies and celebrations occurring almost daily. Those who take the time to travel inland can explore ancient temples and local villages, great lakes and dormant volcanoes.

The north coast offers some of the islands best accessible snorkelling and diving, from the SS Liberty wreck at Tulamben, to the aquarium like coral gardens of Menjangan Island.

After some time exploring Bali, beach lovers may like to hop over to the neighbouring island of Lombok, with its laid back sandy beaches, and great snorkelling and diving. Alternatively, explore the world class temples and active volcanoes of Java. Bali is easily accessible, and is therefore easily combined with other destinations within Indonesia, and further afield in South-East Asia.


Top picks for Bali

Amankila

Amankila

East Bali

Choose from ocean suites, garden suites or pool suites with private pools; all are elevated to take advantage of the spectacular views of the sea and surrounding hills.

Where to stay

Amandari

Amandari

Ubud & Central Bali

Set high above the Ayung River Gorge, Amandari overlooks working rice paddy fields, and designed to look like a Balinese village, it is clear to see how the hotel embraces local traditions.

Where to stay

Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay

Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay

Seminyak & Southern Bali

The villa only accommodation on Bali’s Jimbaran Bay makes the Four Seasons an ideal choice for families, or simply for those looking for total privacy.

Where to stay

The Legian

The Legian

Seminyak & Southern Bali

The Legian, Bali, is a tropical hideaway set on the shores of Seminyak Beach where sunsets are unrivaled, palm trees are aplenty and Zen fills the air.

Where to stay

Nihiwatu

Nihiwatu

Bali

In 2016 luxury hotel Nihiwatu (on Sumba Island) was declared the number one hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure Magazine. With a mile long beach exclusive to hotel guests, a private surf break, and a sustainable tourism project that sees a portion of the resorts profits repatriated into the local community we can easily see why.

Where to stay

North Bali

North Bali

Bali

Many travellers head to Bali for its beaches, and when presented with images of a narrow, sometimes rock strewn stretch of volcanic sand, often write-off the north coast straight away. More fool them.

Where to go

Ubud & Central Bali

Ubud & Central Bali

Bali

Central Bali provides those quintessential landscapes of steeped rice terraces, serene lakes and lush river valleys by the bucket load. It’s also home to the town of Ubud, which is often hailed as the spiritual heart of the island.

Where to go

Alila Villas Uluwatu

Alila Villas Uluwatu

Seminyak & Southern Bali

The eco-friendly design of the luxury Alila Villas Uluwatu certainly does not compromise on style

Where to stay

Uma by COMO, Ubud

Uma by COMO, Ubud

Ubud & Central Bali

From its hillside position, the hotel overlooks the terraced rice paddies of the Tjampuhan Valley, with the Oos River below.

Where to stay

Como Shambhala Estate

Como Shambhala Estate

Ubud & Central Bali

Guests can join various ‘wellness’ programmes that typically last between three and seven days, or simply enjoy a bespoke health retreat at their own pace.

Where to stay

Seminyak & Southern Bali

Seminyak & Southern Bali

Bali

Southern Bali has a beach for everyone, from the seemingly endless stretch of biscuit coloured sand stretching from backpacker hub Kuta, through trendy Seminyak, to the golden crescent and calm sea of Jimbaran Bay, the surf enclaves and stunning beaches of the Bukit Peninsula, and the low-key, laid back Sanur.

Where to go

Alila Manggis

Alila Manggis

Bali

Alila Manggis is a beachfront resort on the unspoilt east coast of Bali that basks in the shadow of the sacred Mount Agung – a pretty good position if you ask us.

Where to stay

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