Sunday, July 22, 2012

Top Things to Do in Bali, Indonesia


In the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east, lies the famed “Island of the Gods”, Bali. Known as the largest tourist destination in the Indonesia, Bali is renowned for its panoramic landscape views of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and dreamy sandy beaches, verdant rice terraces and volcanic hillsides sets an astonishing backdrop to the island’s colorful and deeply spiritual culture.

Renowned for its unique culture and history and its artistic way of life, Bali is a peaceful contrast to some of the more frantic destinations in Asia. With world-class beaches, historical and archaeological attractions and an enormous range of accommodations, the island consistently wins travel awards and is considered a tourist haven for decades, welcoming thousands of visitors each year to its relaxing lifestyle, spectacular scenery and exquisite tropical climate perfect for holiday vacations. Bali always has something to offer to its very broad market of visitors from young back-packers right through the super rich.

A Luxurious Bali Villa
Let’s start from the island’s range of accommodation, being one of the world’s most popular island destinations; Bali has, without any doubt, the best range of accommodations in Indonesia ranging from losmens also known as home-stay accommodations to private villas. Bali has become famous for its large collection of private villas for rent, complete with staff and top-class levels of service to meet every visitor’s demands and needs. And if you want to get the most out of your Bali trip then I definitely would recommend checking in a villa, these private villas are the perfect place to stay in if you want to feel pamper and relax. They give you that feeling of having your own personal hideaway, enjoying the whole place alone with your family or friends. Moreover, these private villas are built at the heart of nature and characterized by their own form of art d├ęcor and endearing outdoor decoration as well as a private pool to add to its luxurious air. Private villas are found mostly in the greater Seminyak area, Jimbaran and Uluwatu in the south, and Sanur, Ubud and Lovina in the north.

One of the 9 Directional Temples
After you have chosen a place or a villa to stay in, you can start exploring the island and the thousand of leisure and lifestyle amenities the Island of the Gods has to offer. Aside from the shopping complexes, nightclub and bars, and beach, visiting the Bali temples is something you shouldn’t miss. Start by visiting the best largest and most prominent Hindu temples known as the Nine Directional Temples located at the strategic points across Bali and are said to protect the island from evil spirits.

Balinese Lulur Body Scrub
While for those who want to pamper their selves, there are several hot springs to be discovered in Bali. One of them is Air Banjar located on the north coast of the island near Lovina, where stone mouth carvings allow hot water to flow between the pools, which are set in lush gardens. The island of Bali is also known to be a haven for spa lovers. Try the world-famous Balinese lulur body scrub with herbs and spices, usually done with oil and involves long, Swedish-style strokes. You can also try yoga while you’re in the island. Bali is host to some of the finest yoga centers mostly found in Ubud and Seminyak, offering amazing yoga classes to suit all levels.

Surrounded by coral reefs, the island of Bali is also known as a popular destination for divers. Examples of popular diving spots are the wreck of the USAT Liberty at Tulamben, Padang Bai, Menjangan Island in the northwest and Nusa Penida in the south. Enjoy surfing in the southern coast of Nusa Lembongan, Canggu, the Bukit Peninsula for the expert surfers and Kuta and Legian for those who want to learn surfing. There are also a number of white-water rafting operators in the Ubud area and sport-fishing in Benoa Harbour and nearby Serangan close to Kuta.

With a wide range of activities and leisure the island of Bali has to offer, from its wonderful seascapes for water activities, a large number of cultural and archaeological attractions, wonderful spas and luxurious private villas, Bali no doubt stakes a serious claim on being a heavenly paradise on earth.

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