Fun in Bali

Bali MeditationIf you want a complete list of the things you can do in Bali, well, the possibilities are just endless. Bali is a hotpot of various offerings: nightclubs, watersports, shopping centers, beaches, and rice fields, among several others. But if you want to experience the true Bali, then you have to narrow your options down to just the most important things you simply must do while in Bali.

Meditate

Nowadays, this is what you go to Bali to. Everyone needs some time to be quiet and get away from the hustle and the bustle, and Bali is fast becoming known as the best place for doing so. The quaint hill-side town has the perfect atmosphere for hiding away and quieting your mind.

Shop

Bali has the most exquisitely patterned bohemian-themed outfits and souvenirs, so don’t go home without buying brightly colored scarves and without donning authentic Balinese clothing.

Party

Although pop culture has made Bali seem like this serene little getaway destination (which it is), the town has a few surprising tricks up its sleeve. Head over to Kuta and be amazed at how Bali transforms at night. There are lots of discotheques and bars full of locals and tourists alike, all dancing and enjoying the best drinks in town. Although this is not for everyone, if you’re into the nightlife, then Bali’s is one experience you should not miss.

Dine

Dining is part of any vacation, but in Bali, dining becomes more memorable, thanks to the uniqueness of Bali cuisine. There are a lot of bustling restaurants in Bali; you can choose from high-end gourmet meals, island treats, or authentic Balinese or Asian cuisine. Try them all, if you can, so you will experience the true gastronomic side of the quaint little town.

Climb

mount agung climbing BaliIf you’re looking for adventure, you’ll find plenty of it in Bali if you know where to look. In fact, just look up, and you will see Mount Agung, the highest mountain on the island. The mountain is the site of the Temple of Besakih, which is why it is spiritually significant to the locals. Aside from that, the mountain itself is worth a climb thanks to the wonderful view that it offers. Just don’t forget to hire a guide to ensure your safety.

Dance

Bali is known for its unique traditional dances, so don’t let your trip go by without doing a little Kecak Dance of your own.

Pamper

Bali is also most popularly known as the luxury spa destination in South East Asia, thanks to its large array of luxury spas that offer the most exhilarating spa treatments and the most rejuvenating traditional Balinese massage. So go ahead and pamper yourself in Bali; it’s the perfect way to cap off your getaway.

Bali Resorts and Spas

The Ubud Hanging Gardens is a resort found in Bali, Indonesia. The world-class resort has become renowned for its ‘hanging’ gardens and infinity pools. It is called as such because the resort itself is located in steep rice terraces, creating the illusion that the pools and gardens are actually floating on air.

Ubud Hanging Gardens in BaliInfinity Pools and Gardens. The most striking feature in the resort is a large multi-level infinity pool that are shaped and curved to match the look of the nearby hills. Due to the location, anyone who swims in the pool will be rewarded with great views of the mountains of Bali and the nearby temples such as the ancient Pura Penataran Dalem Segara. In other words, it is tropical paradise at its finest.

Hotel Accommodation. The hotel itself is very lavish. Adorned in iconic Balinese architecture, the rooms are spacious, airy, and welcoming. There are also lots of secluded spots and private decks where you can lounge around and enjoy the atmosphere. It’s the perfect place for those who want to hide away, meditate, and just indulge in the serenity of the Bali hills.

Boutique and Spa. Despite being quite secluded, the Ubud Hanging Gardens resort comes with all the modern facilities found in luxury hotels. Aside from the pool and the gardens, the resort has its own boutique and spa, called the Ayung Spa.

Hanging Garden UbudDining. Once in the resort, you don’t have to leave, as there are in-house dining options to meet your every mood. The Beduur Restaurant serves Asian, western, and Mediterranean cuisine in a five-star menu, while the Diatas Pohon Café is perfect for a laid-back lunch or a quick snack. The Bukit Becik Bar, on the other hand, offers Balinese cocktails and an open terrace where you can unwind under the Bali sky.

Due to everything it offers, the Ubud Hanging Gardens is perfect for honeymooners or couples on a getaway, but they’re also great for families looking for a quiet retreat.

Bali Resorts and Spas

If you’re in Bali for a getaway, it’s perfectly normal to spend every single day pampering yourself in a spa. Thankfully, there’s no need to be redundant, as the spas in Bali almost cannot be numbered. This does pose a problem, though: how do you choose which spas to visit? Well, here’s a shortlist of the best spas in every area of Bali.

Spas in Kuta and Legian

Mandara Spa in BaliMandara Spa: With impressive water features and natural stone sculptures, the Mandara Spa in the Hotel Padma Bali is a divine place to embrace nature and free yourself from your worries.
Jamu Spa: Don’t leave Bali without trying out the unique fruit-inspired massage at Jamu Spa. The special message uses tropical nuts, papayas, and coconuts; it’s rather unusual, which will make your trip even more unforgettable.
Ambiente Spa and Wellness: A popular spa chain in Bali, Ambiente offers all kinds of spa treatments, including reflexology and aromatherapy.
Anika Spa: The best place for stone massages, chocolate treatment, and Ayurveda packages designed to refresh your soul and body, the Anika Spa combines the usual massage techniques with more unique and authentic Balinese techniques.

Spas in Seminyak

Jari Menari: The name Jari Menari means ‘dancing fingers’ and sure enough, the all-male massage staff of this well-known Seminyak-based spa uses massage techniques that focus on rhythm. This is an award-winning spa and is often dubbed as the best place for a massage when you’re in Bali. But due to its popularity, there is usually a waiting list, so booking early is necessary if you wish to get a spot during your vacation.
Lagoon Spa: This is a must-visit, if only for the Great Seminyak Estate signature massage, which is a unique combination of Shiatsu, Balinese massage, palm and thumb pressure, and arm and long strokes. This massage technique is designed to ease muscular tightness and tension.
Raga Spa: This spa offers another must-try signature massage, the Raga massage, which they compliment with a soothing cup of ginger tea.

Spas in Ubud

Ubud Sari Health Resort: This spa resort offers a unique spa treatment called ‘total tissue cleaning’, which uses purely organic and natural ingredients. It’s a great place for detoxing and its location in the secluded Ubud is just perfect.
Zen: For chic spa treatments such as luscious body scrubs, spice baths, and many others, go to this widely known, tourist-friendly spa.
Mango Tree Spa: With 5 treatment villas, Mango Tree Spa offers luxurious pampering at its finest. They also have the highly demanded Mango Tree Spa experience, a unique treatment conducted in a traditional bamboo tree house that offers a majestic view of the Ayung River Valley. The sound of the flowing river caps off the experience perfectly.

Spas in Sanur

Aroma Spa Treatment in BaliAroma Spa Treatment: This is a relatively new spa that opened in mid-2011. The spa offers day packages featuring 7 hours of integrated treatments. The unique concept is welcomed warmly by tourists and locals alike who are tempted by the idea of a full day of pampering. The massage therapists of this young but popular spa are all trained extensively in the Aroma Technique and also undergo continuous training every month.

Bali Spas Conclusion

To say that Bali is the Asian center of the spa industry is an understatement; it is more apt to say that Bali is the source, as it is where you will find the most unique spa experience that you won’t find anywhere else. It’s not just about the treatment; Bali’s ambiance as a whole is just perfect for a pampering getaway.

Bali Resorts and Spas

If you want to experience the best of Bali, don’t just stay at a hotel. Go to Bali’s best beach resorts. There is quite a selection to choose from, but narrowing them down to the very best, here are the beach resorts that offer the best Bali experience.

Jimbaran Puri resort in BaliJimbaran Puri Bali: The Jimbaran Puri Bali is a romantic and luxurious resort offering individual villas and cottages perfect for the ultimate getaway. Combining privacy and sweeping views of the sea, this is an excellent choice for honeymooners. The accommodation is simple and unpretentious, and with just 41 cottages, the resort has a highly prestigious feel and can create the illusion of being totally alone on the beautiful island of Bali.

Viceroy Bali: The Viceroy villas offer the best authentic Balinese environment with its traditional architecture accentuated by European fittings. The villas are complimented by private pools, and guests can use the private helipad in the property. Located in the highlands of Ubud, the Viceroy is beautifully hidden away yet is fully equipped with all the modern amenities you’ll need during your trip.

Amandari: For a true feel of the island’s natural environment, Amandari is the resort next to Bali’s own heart. It is as luxurious as the Viceroy, but it is homier and more welcoming, thanks to the natural materials used in its construction. The Amandari has 30 suites, each one adorned with private gardens. Many artists traveling in Bali can’t help being hopelessly attracted to the Amandari.

Amankila: With 34 freestanding beach houses sitting on a cliff, the Amankila offers a unique living experience. Out the windows, you will see grand views of the Lombok Straits. There is also a breathtaking 3-tiered pool that is truly one of its kind in Bali. This is great for the adventurous tourists as the private beach on which it is located also offers great snorkeling and scuba diving activities as well as windsurfing, boogie boards, kayaks, open-air buggies, and hobie cats. There is also a dedicated yoga area, a spa, and two restaurants.

Four Seasons Resort in BaliFour Seasons Bali: For family friendly fun, the best resort is the Four Seasons Bali, which has some of the best facilities for kids. The Four Seasons is located on the white sand beaches near the central highlands of Bali, so it offers quite a view of the Ayung River and is surrounded by 17 acres of lush green rice slopes. Aside from the pools, spas, and bars for adults, the resort also offers Balinese dance performances, garden tours, museum visits, and even children-sized robes that are all designed with kids’ enjoyment in mind.

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa: Do you want to stay where the kings and queens and the presidents stay when they are in Bali? Then choose the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel, a five-star diamond hotel spanning 23 acres of Bali land, surrounded with tropical gardens and the serene shore of the Nusa Dua beaches. The hotel has 382 rooms and suites in all, making it one of the largest on the island.

If you don’t want to feel far from home, there’s always the international hotel chains, such as InterContinental Resort, Grand Hyatt Bali, and the Westin Resort in Nusa Dua.