What to Do On a Luxury Trip to Bali

Bali has been dubbed the “island of the gods” and many who have been there say that there is something truly magical about the island. There are so many things to see in Bali, from ancient temples to majestic mountains to long sandy beaches and lurid green rice fields. Whether it is a honeymoon or a family vacation that brings you to Bali, one thing is certain; the island will leave a mark on you.

Bali is a popular tourist destination and it receives a constant stream of travellers from all walks of life. While there is an abundance of cheap accommodation and food in Bali, the well-to-do traveller need not feel left out. Bali offers several luxurious and exotic accommodation and activities as well.

Indulgence is Key

If you are willing to splurge in Bali and are interested in only see the best that this beautiful place has to offer, then this checklist should be of some help.

Live Like a King

Here’s the good news. You can stay in a luxury hotel in Bali for the same price as a mid-range hotel in Australia! Some luxury hotels worth looking at are Amandari, located five minutes from Ubud, Intercontinental Resort Bali and Ayana Resort and Spa. Bali luxury villas are another alternative. Villas are popular amongst wealthy travellers as they offer space, privacy and the comforts of a home. A luxury villa invariably features a swimming pool, sundeck, semi-open living environment and a fully equipped kitchen. It is also a fantastic holiday option for families or for a couple seeking a romantic getaway. Villas have become increasingly popular and trendy and they can be found all over Bali. You may want to check out these villas before deciding where to stay – Novus Gawana, Villa Mahayani and Atas Ombak.

A�Double H – Health and Holiday

Combining health and tourism has become an attractive formula for tourists and why shouldn’t it be? A luxury Bali holiday simply isn’t complete without a spa treatment. Bali is well known for its tropical spas, traditional massages and holistic healing techniques. There are many spa spots on the island and most Bali resorts and hotels have spas in their compounds. Choose between the intimate luxuries of an internationally renowned resort of the modest, but no less enjoyable delights of a traditional Balinese day spa. Or do both!

Shop Till You Drop

Here’s a useful tip, head to Bali with an empty luggage. Large western-style shopping malls can be found all over Bali and the country is a great place to stock up on summer wear. If you’re a new homeowner, it might be a good idea to buy and ship furniture from Bali. If large shopping centres are not your things, head to Ubud where you’ll find many lovely and quirky boutiques. Some up market shops include Bong’s, PitheCan Thropus, Pusaka, Pura Vida and Biasa.

Sail Away

Why have dinner in Bali if you can afford to go on a dinner cruise? There are many travel agencies that offer these intimate, fine dining experiences so be sure to do some research before picking the one that best suits your needs… or wants. These cruises usually take three hours and offer a good spread of food and entertainment. They are truly a feast for your eyes and taste buds!

Making Memories and Blowing Bubbles in Lombok

Lebaran was over and the crowds had returned home so it was an ideal time to get out of Jakarta for a few days of chilling out and to celebrate my better half’s birthday.

As my wife and I are not so fond of Bali and we wanted to find an alternative. Both of us are avid divers and prefer to spend less on lodging and nightlife so we could spend more on our SCUBA habits.

We searched for a place that is reasonably priced, relatively easy to get to, clean/comfortable facilities, nice beaches, good snorkeling and of course good diving. We got lucky on our search and found an ideal spot for a long weekend. South Lombok.

South West Sekotong’s Gili Asahan to be exact. The dive sites exceeded our expectations but it was the resort where we stayed that made the trip exceptional.

We flew Lion Air to Mataram and met up with the driver for a comfortable hour car ride to the southwest coast of Lombok, and them we took a short 45 minute boat ride through the beautiful island filled coast line to Gili Asahan.

Gili Asahan is a tiny island that has one small local village and a small operational pearl farm. The only other facility on the island is the Resort. There are only 4 bungalows and is managed by a wonderful Belgium lady named Martine, and her husband, George, manages the diving operations.

The bungalows were finished earlier this summer and still had that “new” smell to them. They offer spacious accommodations that include an in-suite garden bathroom for great hot showers after a day of diving. At night, one can open the windows on each side of the room and enjoy a relaxing sleep on the soft queen size bed. There is no air conditioning but the ceiling fan and the ocean breeze usually keep it cool enough to enjoy a good night’s rest.

Rising early, one can catch a spectacular sunrise over the neighboring islands and then in the evening, take a short hike to the top of a small hill and catch an equally spectacular sunset.

The diving exceeded our expectations. Prior to going, I had heard some horror stories about Lombok diving but I am pleased to say there were no indications of coral bleaching and happily no signs of damages caused by dynamiting or cyanide fishing. All the reefs we visited were healthy and thriving.

We did 9 dives over 4 days and it seemed each dive was better than the previous one. We were fortunate to have two British PADI Dive Instructors as our “dive masters” that knew the sites well. The marine life was good as we saw a variety of colorful nudibranchs, turtles on almost every dive and the typical array of coral reef fish. However it was the size and abundance of corals that will draw us back. There were huge fan corals 4-5 meters long and 2-3 meters high sitting along with some astounding barrel corals over 2 meters wide. The soft corals were brilliant and brimming with the typical colorful marine life that one expects of healthy reefs.

We spent five nights and thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed, quiet ambiance of the place. However there was one surprise left. Knowing it was my wife’s birthday but lacking a baking oven, our hostess Martine, struggled with how to have a birthday cake. She came up with a perfect solution of delicious Belgium pancakes stacked to resemble a cake. It was topped with fresh fruit and a candle. To end the evening and the trip, there was a roaring bonfire on the beach with plenty of cold brews and native fruit juices. Our laughter bounced across the gentle waves as we reminisced of the previous days.

I recommend this experience to anyone looking for a relaxing, tranquil holiday. Perhaps those with kids or those that prefer a lively nightlife, this is not a good fit. However, it is ideal for couples, honeymooners and those that just like to get away from it all for a few days and chill.

Accommodations in Bali

Bali offers a various range of different places to stay in from simple hotels to sumptuous villas, the bulk of which are set in a tropical environment. The overall standard of service in Bali is high, even if you ‘re staying in a budget hotel. The interiors of the villas and hotels could be a bit meager if staying in budget accommodation, but even these hotels have terraces and pools that offer you the possibility to spend most of your time enjoying the outdoors and views. Then there is the top end places to stay that may offer you everything you might imagine and more. The hospitality of the Balinese people makes staying in any type of accommodation a more fulfilling experience ; it is widely known that the Balinese people are referred to as the best hosts of any traveler destination around the globe.

Bali is a comparatively small island, but has some impressive natural marvels that will keep you enthralled. Discovering the island is exiting as long as you plan your holiday well in advance and swap your accommodation venues between staying at the beach and also taking some time to remain in one of the villages. This way you will be able to experience the breathtaking views from the mountains and rice terraces, enjoy relaxing on the beach and mingle with the friendly Balinese folk.

Bali is a just off the Indonesian coast not far from East Java, with a tiny population of about 3 million people. While staying at one of the hotels, take a while to experience the local culture by visiting one of the islands that is home to one of the 20,000 temples that are situated all around Bali or attend one of the colorful lively festivals that often include some traditional dance performances. Whatever your position and taste is there is certain to be some Bali accommodation available to make sure that your experience of this tropical island paradise is unique and full of exciting adventures.

Bali accommodation varies from budget to luxury and each offers a different standard of amenities and services, but you will always be greeted with a grin and a willingness to make your stay a happy one no matter which type you select. Budget accommodations offer simple accommodation that is still clean and snug. The facilities are limited but are perfect for the traveler looking to stretch their budget.

Moderate accommodations offer more facilities that are great value. The rooms may still be fairly simple, but you are likely to have a coffee bar, restaurant, bar and round the clock room service. These sorts of places are great for families on a{ little budget as the rooms will be fairly big and you should be able to have up to five people staying in one room.

Superior accommodations are well maintained with glorious facilities and services. The majority of these hotels range between 3-4 stars and are located on the beach front or other prime locations. Additional services that you would find here are spas, fitness centers and tons of activities to keep the kids occupied. This is where the quality and standard of service starts to become excellent when staying in superior types of Bali accommodation.

Deluxe accommodations are mostly 4-5 star hotels that offer top of the range and high standards of service. These properties will be offering private villas or apartments that are surrounded by gardens and luxurious pool areas. The service and quality that is available in these resorts is what anyone would expect from a five star resort or hotel, these places offer almost anything that you would want when on a vacation on a tropical island like Bali. Leisure activities will certainly be offered in house, with other tours available that the hotel or resort will organize for you.

Luxury accommodations offer the best that is available in Bali. The hotels decor is always stunningly beautiful with quality facilities. These hotels have everything that you need, coffee bar, top class eateries, and leisure facilities with a lot of them offering shops in the hotel that you can browse around. Whatever you are looking to do or whatever you believe should be supplied by the top accommodations when on vacation, you’ll find it at these kinds of resorts. The restaurants will be top class offering not only local cuisine, but a huge variety of international dishes to satisfy even the most discerning palate.