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Four Reasons to Visit Bali (As If You Needed One!)

Bali, a small island in the Indonesian archipelago, is literally a tropical paradise, and as such, is popular with visitors. Most people don’t need an excuse to lounge on a white sand beach, but if the thought of visiting a true tropical paradise is not enough of a reason to visit Bali, here are four more reasons to check out this amazing island.

UNESCO Heritage. The traditional villages of Bali are so special that UNESCO has named three of them to its prestigious list of World Heritage Sites: Jatiluwih Rice Field Terraces; Taman Ayun, which is the island’s most well-known temple complex; and a series of eight temples that sit along the Pakersian River.

Jungle adventures. In Bali, you can literally swing from the trees and explore dense jungle, just like Indiana Jones! Though it is small, the island has a unique concoction of thick forests and white sand beaches, so adventurous travellers can pull their boots on and go trekking like Tarzan.

Superb spas. Bali’s spas are some of the most renowned in the world, for Balinese massage is both luxurious and relaxing. So, Bali has a plethora of spas to choose from, many of which are located inside luxury resorts, and some of which are attached to the island’s natural hot springs.

Tons of temples. Many of Bali’s temples are, surprisingly, Hindu. They are also listed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites and most can be explored easily as tourist attractions. These temples are generally ruins of ancient sites of worship and offer a serene sense of spirituality and peace among their crumbling rock structures painted over by natural green grass.

Kid Friendly Holidays – Bali

Finding Accommodation in Bali

There are some fantastic places to stay around the various towns, villages and cities in Bali. Many resorts and hotels have developed kid’s programmes, family friendly activities and babysitting to really cater to both parents and children. Many will often include those value added extras such as:

• Daily breakfasts for the whole family

• Kiddie pools

• Roll out beds

• Kid-friendly meals

• Education and information concierge

• Bali Hotspots

Bali is made up of many islands and the differences in each area will be sure to suit a range of needs from family to family.

• Kuta – There is a huge range of shopping options in Kuta, including markets, shopping centres, boutiques and specialty stores. While this location is one of the most well known in Bali, it is often avoided by families as it is best for shopping and partying and quality accommodation is limited!

• Tuban – With the best range of family accommodation available and a protected reef for super safe swimming, this spot in Bali is one of the most popular with families visiting this beautiful country. In addition to that, there are some fantastic water theme parks, shopping and family restaurants all in close proximity to most resorts. Tuban is located next to Kuta, but is far less “party” and much more “family” in atmosphere and also activities.

• Legian – This area offers a great, quality level of family accommodation, restaurants, shopping and activities. Generally the beach is far quieter than Kuta and doesn’t have as many hawkers.

• Sanur – When thinking of this area, think rest and relaxation! There is a great variety of quality, family friendly accommodation, along with sandy white beaches, lots of local shopping and loads of yummy places to eat!

Find a Deal on Bali Vacations

More often than not, the deals on holidays in Bali are impressive to say the least. Many packages will often include flights, accommodation, transfers and even some meals. Be sure to look around and compare prices, not only with your local travel agent, but on the web too! You’ll often find there are some great deals that are only available online and there are websites that are dedicated to providing family friendly holidays at great rates!

Travel Tips For Bali – Sanur Beach

As Bali’s oldest developed tourist destination, Sanur is recognized for the role it played in the islands renaissance. Despite heavy development and a large number of restaurants and hotels it maintains a peaceful and relaxed ambience. Sanur is the ideal family destination, offering a quiet, calm beach during the day and a casual friendly appeal at night.

One of the more pleasing aspects of Sanur is its large expanse of beachfront. A boardwalk like footpath that covers about five kilometres allows visitors to casually stroll and explore, stopping when desired for refreshment or snack at one of the many beach side restaurants & cafe’s.

A large reef shelters Sanur’s beautiful white sand beach, resulting in low-key surf that is ideal for beginner board riders and families with young children. Well-stocked bars and decently priced food and drinks have transformed this area into a popular evening destination for all variety of tourists.

Located a short 20-minute drive from the international airport Sanur beach offers plenty of activities and interest for travellers. In July the International Kite Festival brings colour to the skies as thousands of giant kites are launched to ask the Hindu gods for assistance with crops and harvests.

Visitors can discover what it must have been like to be an early expat on Bali at the Le Mayeur Museum. The Mangrove Information Centre is located in the massive 600-hectare mangrove forest to the south of Sanur. Two boardwalks guide visitors through an educational look at the mangroves and the important role they play in the ecological balance of the area.

A five-kilometre path along the Sanur beachfront provides some wonderful photo opportunities with plenty of food and refreshment stops along the way. The local evening markets are a food lover’s delight that will engage your senses and increase your appetite.

Sanur is one of the best places on the island to launch your daily diving expeditions. Countless operators provide tours to various dive sites around Bali including shipwrecks and coral reefs. Accredited PADI courses are available for beginners through to instructors.

Most of the major hotels offer in-house spa facilities and there is a number of independent spa & wellness centres in the region offering indulgent packages at a fraction of the price you would pay back home. Before you indulge you may like to take part in any one of a number of water-sport options available along the beachfront including kite-surfing, windsurfing, paragliding or wakeboarding.

Where To Stay In Sanur Beach:

Natah Bale Villas: Traditional Balinese style 1 & 2 bedroom villas, each with its own private entrance, open living and dining area with full service kitchen. This property is small by Bali standards with only 4 villas in the compound offering a calm and relaxed ambience. Enjoy the peace and quiet from around US$95/night.

Pondok Ayu Hotel: Another small boutique property with exceptional service and comfortable amenities. This award-winning budget hotel is set in beautiful tropical gardens and offers guest’s air-conditioned rooms, a large swimming pool and fabulous dining in Benno’s restaurant. Prices start at US$70/night.

Puri Santrian: This beachfront hotel at the quieter southern end of Sanur beach offers guest’s two pools, a beach club and excellent dining facilities in-house. A choice of garden view rooms or beachside bungalows are available as well as a few well-appointed suites. Excellent value for money as tariffs start at US$95 night.

Sanur Residence: A beautifully designed property offering 3 bedroom villas located directly on the beachfront about 5 minutes north of Sanur. With three villas forming a 9 bedroom complex the residence is regularly let for small groups providing intimate, exclusive accommodation. A private swimming pool and wonderful amenities are provided with a full compliment of staff including chef, maids and gardener. Villas are available from US$180/night.

Villa Mahapala: A collection of twenty luxuriously appointed private villas, each with their own plunge pool, outdoor shower, day bed and massage bale. The resort offers a full service spa, bar and European style restaurant. Attention to detail and first class amenities from US$325/night.

Although the oldest of Bali’s tourist districts, Sanur still offers everything to even the most discerning traveller. Particularly recommended for families this picturesque beachside community is the perfect fit for a relaxing and enjoyable stay in Bali.