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Bali Holiday Villa Rentals and Services

The diamond-shaped island of Bali, nestled within the Indonesian archipelago, is one of those rare, perfect, holiday destinations that offers something for everyone. Few places on earth celebrate life with such vitality. An ever-prevailing sense of harmony is combined with history, myth, hospitality, active spiritual practice and natural splendour. From the moment you arrive, an intense concentration of colour, sights, smells, sounds and tastes will assail you with the same force as the humid tropical air. Known as the ‘Island of the Gods’ and the ‘Enchanted Isle’, the beauty of the Balinese landscape is legendary. Six Herculean volcanoes stand sentry across the island’s central belt of thick tropical jungle; sacred springs, volcanic lakes, elongated river gorges and plummeting falls shed life-giving water onto fertile plains.

Hand-carved rice terraces stair-step through sharp edges of emerald plantings and mirror-like watery surfaces. A diverse flora and fauna flourishes within the primeval rainforests; endless sand beaches fringe the serrated coastline, and the encompassing ocean spawns a magnificent ecosystem flourishing with the greatest marine biodiversity on the globe. Bali blends its beautiful nature, exotic ancient history, palaces, temples, and sweet-scented Hindu festivals with world-class architecture, internationally-acclaimed restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. Where else on this planet could you find sapphire-tinged flower offerings to the gods placed within the nooks and crannies of five-star resorts?

The island is alight with traditions and famous for its gorgeous arts, which are inseparable from the cultural and religious life of the communities; whether dance, music, drama, paintings or carvings, art in every form is the masterpiece of the highly-valued Balinese culture. You will not fail to notice the intricately carved doorways, stone statues and wood sculptures, the time-honoured architecture of the temples and houses, the fabulous paintings, masks, textiles and ornate silver jewellery. Balinese cultural performances are visual, entertaining and exciting. Borne out of sacred rituals, they are accompanied by the shimmering, jangling, clashing, syncopated sounds of ethnic gamelan music.

Renowned for being home to some of the most stylish and sophisticated hotels, villas, and private residences in the world, Bali can rival anywhere in terms of unique and sumptuous accommodation, and has gained prestigious international awards for the top-class architecture of its splendid resorts and exclusive hideaways. The elegant interiors of these properties showcase classic Indonesian antiques, together with the contemporary furnishings and funky accessories that represent the creative collaboration of prima donna designers and skilled Balinese craftsmen. Chic clubs, swanky restaurants, delectable delicatessens, graceful galleries, cool spas, bohemian boutiques, glam homeware stores and a carefree sense of luxury abound within the trendy tourist areas.

The compact size of the island means that all of its scenery is easily accessible through day trips. Activities abound from surfing, golfing and diving, to adventure tours, theme parks, shopping and fine dining.

Come and let one of the most tranquil and transforming places on this earth work its magic on you.

Huts: How to Ensure You Hire the Best Builder

Are you looking to hire a builder of Balinese huts? Before you pick a tradesperson to hire, get some referrals from relatives and friends or better yet from your area’s council.

Since Balinese inspired huts are continuously gaining popularity, you can go online where you can easily find a website that can put you in touch with local contractors and trades people that can perform the job. To ensure that you get to hire the best contractor to build your hut, you should ask to see their ratings as well as online reviews, if there’s any. The internet is overflowing with information and resources hence you will find it fairly fast and easy to checkout as many hut builders as you want. This is an excellent way for you to pick, choose and sieve. You can interview them one by one over the phone or send them emails to get an idea of how much the hut you want to build would cost. Compare at least three to four quotes.

Professional building contractors are usually covered with public liability insurance, so it is best to check on that, too. This will give you peace of mind knowing that your hut builder is covered. It pays to anticipate things that may likely occur if anything goes wrong. Aside from checking them for insurance, it is highly suggested that clients should ask to be provided with proof of professional qualifications, affiliations and membership in professional trade association. It would also help if they can provide references and names of recent clients that you can talk to before you decide.

Once you’ve chosen a tradesperson, don’t forget to draw up a written contract where you lay out everything that you want done. Detailed description of the scope of work, the time frame and expected date of completion, the total cost including materials and labour as well as the mode of payment that’s acceptable to both parties. Don’t forget to have your chosen builder sign the contract. If you chose to hire a contractor that’s employed by a big construction company, chances are, you will have to sign a contract with their terms and conditions. Ensure that you check the written terms and conditions by reading carefully before you affix your signature.

Normally, clients are asked to make a down payment of at least 50% of the total cost, so you do not need to make a complete payment to cover the entire cost of the work up-front, but most likely both you and the contractor will have to agree on a payment schedule. Whenever there is a need for you to sign a contract, always ask for the company’s policy and what you need to do should you decide to cancel the contract.

Builders of Balinese huts understand well that by law, a client is always afforded a seven day cooling off period for purchases and contracts made regardless if they’re done over the phone, online or during face to face meeting. This applies if the agreed service didn’t commence on the date specified.

Three Miraculous Things in Bali

Many foreigners who visit Bali usually said that Bali is a magical place-a palace or kingdom for goddesses and gods-which has never bored anyone who comes to visit the island. It is even stated as one of the most popular tourist destinations and, not only stopped to those statements; they also remarked Bali is more well-known than Indonesia itself-the country where Bali becomes the part of its region. The island is even awarded as the world best island by The International Travel Magazine!

Bali is divided into nine regencies (eight regencies and one municipality) with its own capital, i.e. Buleleng, Jembrana, Karangasem, Badung, Denpasar, Gianyar, Klungkung, and Bangli. These districts have several places which you would enjoy to visit-and, actually, they have different kind of places to be offered. Some are for traditional thingies and customs (with its Bali Aga-original people in Bali-practice) ‘though they are also some ordinary customs which you can see everywhere in Bali, some others could be done for natural recreation (beaches, mountains, lakes, etc), the modern lifestyles mixture with the conventional living (foreigners love this part), its history (with the temples, statues, and some kingdoms), and so on.

There are actually three miraculous places to visit which always make people feel fascinated of this island-because they are very wonderful! They are the beaches, the temples, and the traditional villages.

I. BEACHES

If you want to visit beaches in Bali, there are some beaches spread at all parts of the island, as follows:

1. In Badung, you could go to Kuta Beach, Suluban Beach, and Nusa Dua Beach.

2. In Denpasar, there are Sanur Beach and Benoa Harbor.

3. For Karangasem District, we have Padang Bai Beach and Jemeluk Beach.

4. For Tabanan District, there is only one beach, Soka Beach.

5. In Jembrana, there are Medewi Beach, Delod Brawah Beach, and Perancak Beach.

6. In Buleleng, there is one beautiful beach, Lovina Beach.

From these beaches, the most favorite based on the votes by the visitors is Lovina Beach in Buleleng, Many people love to see dolphins there, especially when they jump out of the water and spin at the air, usually in the morning. After that, many foreigner people said that they love Kuta Beach-because along the pedestrian road, there are several antique shops which offered some cute stuff with a cheap price (unfortunately, it only happens for Balinese people, because we can bid price to the sellers).

II. TEMPLES

There are some temples which become the favorite places for foreigner, such as:

1. Uluwatu Temple, Taman Ayun Temple, and Pucak Mangu Temple in the District of Badung.

2. Jagatnatha Temple, Maospahit Temple, Petilan Pangerebongan Temple, and Sakenan Temple in Denpasar.

3. Penataran Sasih Temple, Kebo Edan Temple, Pusering Jagat Temple, Mangening Temple, Pengulingan Temple, and Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) Temple in the District of Gianyar.

4. Kehen Temple and Puncak Penulisan Temple in the District of Bangli.

5. Taman Sari Temple, Watu Klotok Temple, Panti Timbrah Temple, and Goa Lawah Temple in the district of Klungkung.

6. Besakih Temple in the district of Karangasem.

7. Alas Kedaton Temple, Rambut Siwi Temple, and Ulun Danu Beratan Temple in the District of Tabanan.

8. Brahma Vihara-Arama Temple, Meduwe Karang Temple, Beji Temple, Dalem Jagaraga Temple, Pulaki Temple, Ponjok Batu Temple, and Dalem Sangsit Temple in Singaraja.

Those temples have their own myths behind the construction. Yet, most of the people love the myths of Kebo Edan Temple and Rambut Siwi Temple. The myths usually come along with a very deep meaning.

III. TRADITIONAL VILLAGES

There are several amazing villages with its traditional way of life in Bali, such as Mengwi, Batubulan, Mas, Belega and Bona, Sebatu and Pujung, Peliatan, Celuk, Batu Kaang, Thingan, and Kamasan. But my most favorite consisted of only two places id est Trunyan Village and Tenganan Village. At these two villages, the most original people in Bali still live and do their traditions/practices-at these two places, you can find dead body is arranged under trees for the process of decomposing. Unlike people in other places in Bali who do cremation for the dead body, Trunyanese and Tengananese still maintain this tradition adopted from India.

There are some other interesting things in Bali. I know I could not mention all of those things here in my article. Actually, there are also many other websites over the internet which are very useful and could bring you directly into the real atmosphere of Bali. The last but not the least, I wish you will enjoy your days in Bali-at the time you visit it after reading this article.