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Relax and unwind in stunning Bali
Bali is the top vacation destination in Indonesia. With a unique culture and wonderful tropical climate, Bali deserves its almost legendary status as a haven of beauty and gentle living, astonishing beaches and unique style and cuisine.
Bali is the place if you want a quiet, relaxing holiday. Imagine lazing on a beach chair watching the sunny day or warm night pass by. Immerse yourself in the wide panorama and soundscape of the vast sea – the Bali Sea to the north, the Indian Ocean to the south, and walk barefoot on white sandy beaches. All manner of trade goes on at the beach, in just a single day, it is possible to take breakfast under shade overlooking the warm waters, shop for great surf fashion, bargain hard for a manicure, and watch the sun go down as you sip tea before chilling-out at a buzzing nightspot.
One key to the relaxed style, warm welcome and special culture is the fact that Bali, alone in Indonesia, is predominantly Hindu, a special Balinese blend of Hindu and local custom, gods and music, art, dance and music. The gamelan bands vie for attention, and even the performances of religious rites can be improvised and so keep a freshness and unpredictability that delight inhabitants and tourists alike. Oddly, the springtime Hindu New Year – Nyepi – is celebrated in silence, and tourists are encouraged to keep to their hotels while the locals stay at home.
Climate and topography
The climate and terrain, with active volcanoes feeding the island’s fertility, produces abundant crops, including coffee and the rice staple to the cuisine. Coral reefs protect and create the white beaches of the south, while those of the north and west are black volcanic sand. The topography means that tourists do not have to stay on the beach. Instead, trips to the mountains and inland heights can take you clambering to the top of Mount Batur to see the sunrise or to Lake Bratan with its picture-book Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple.
With a relatively long tourist history, Bali boasts a full range of places to stay to suit every budget and lifestyle. From back-packer hotels for less than $30 a night in Kuta, the centre of nightlife and shopping, to quiet beach hotels in places like Sanur and Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, Ubud, and Seminyak, where the luxury 5-star hotels and resorts are found. Other places, like Uluwatu and Legian boast beachfront hotels, but if you want something different, regions like Amed and Canggu offer accommodation by fishing villages or among the rural tranquility of the rice fields.
Not that hotels are the only choice; Bali Villas are also available, giving even more freedom of action and peace and quiet – choose one with a pool and air conditioning.
Car hire is easy on Bali, and taxis are a cheap way to explore this most delightful, rewarding island.
Whatever you do in Bali, do not overlook the truly beautiful and unique art and fabrics, which, like the food, reflect the friendly, welcoming, restorative properties of this serene, surfing gem.
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