The best places to visit in Bali
Bali has been stealing the show from the rest of Indonesia for years, and it’s easy to see why. Incredible beaches, lush landscapes, looming mountains and a fascinating culture mean this small volcanic island has no shortage of diversions. Both the perfect honeymoon destination and ripe for adventure, Nusa Dua boasts some of the island’s most luxurious resorts, while chic Seminyak offers boutique shopping and world-class spas. The cultural heart of Bali is located in Ubud, where local artisans can be found sculpting. And if you want to learn to surf, head to Kuta.
Below we've outlined just some of the best places to stay and visit in Bali. For more ideas or to add all of these into one tailor-made holiday, chat to our Asia Experts today on on 0800 707 6010.
Set high in the hills of Bali, north of the beaches, Ubud is the island’s cultural heart. The area is a collection of tiny villages set amid lush terraced rice paddies overlooking verdant river valleys. Ubud is a mecca for artists, and features workshops and galleries showcasing everything from silver jewellery to intricate wood carvings and colourful paintings. Explore ancient temples and see the island’s greatest dancers, musicians and painters perform their work.
Stylish Seminyak is among the most upmarket and trendy of the west coast’s beaches, with stunning luxury resorts, fashionable boutiques and beautiful bars and restaurants offering unparalleled service and quality. Beach clubs and cocktail bars line the golden sands, art galleries and cafes are in abundance and ocean-fresh seafood and gourmet dishes are served up at exquisite eateries.
Affectionately known as the ‘Beverly Hills of Bali’, Jimbaran Bay is famous for its white sands, safe swimming and spectacular sunsets. Luxuriate at one of the many day spas or while away an afternoon under the Balinese sun. Explore the local markets for fresh produce and unique Indonesian treasures and be sure to dine – literally on the sand – at one of the seafood restaurants for which Jimbaran Bay is renowned.
It’s very easy to while away the days doing little more than sitting under a palm tree in Lovina, watching the fishing boats come and go, or perhaps dragging yourself off the black sand beaches for a dolphin watching trip. For the more active, there are plenty of options on offer including temple touring, trekking to nearby waterfalls, soaking in hot springs, diving and snorkelling or even canyoning in the local area.