Indonesia's crown jewel, Bali is an enchanting island of historic temples, idyllic rice fields, and steaming jungles.
Bali is renowned for its luxury resorts and villas set within breathtaking scenery, from the beautiful golden sands of Seminyak, Nusa Dua, and Uluwatu to the lush uplands of Ubud, making it a favourite destination for honeymooners, couples, and families alike. A luxury holiday to Bali is ideal for those looking to reconnect with nature and experience the island's spiritual culture, with a selection of luxury resorts offering personalised wellness programmes, from yoga to nutrition.
Venture inland and discover the island's lush jungles, verdant rice paddies, and crumbling ruins. Ubud is the cultural and historical heart of Bali, with spectacular royal palaces, Hindu temples, and small villages showcasing the traditional Balinese way of life. Take in the awe-inspiring natural landscapes on a guided tour, ascending scenic rice paddies dotted with swaying palm trees and jungles that are home to an array of wildlife - Ubud Monkey Forest amongst the most famous - before unwinding in an infinity pool overlooking the forest canopy.
Head to the southern coastline of Bali and stay in an exclusive beach resort in Seminyak or Nusa Dua, where you can enjoy gourmet restaurants, tranquil spas, and luxurious accommodation. Situated within the Coral Triangle, Bali's waters are some of the richest in the world, making this an unrivalled destination for snorkelling and scuba diving. Bali also boasts ideal conditions for surfing, with Uluwatu considered to be one of the most famous surf beaches on the island.
Bali enjoys a warm climate throughout the year, however, the best time to visit is between February and June, when the weather is hot yet at its mildest.
May, June and July are considered the best times to travel to Bali due to the consistently hot weather. While the rainy season falls within October through to April, travel during this time should not be disregarded, as it is often still sunny for a good portion of the day.
Ubud is an absolutely breathtaking destination. Think emerald hillsides, cascading waterfalls, winding rivers, tiny villages and most notably; picture-perfect terraces.
A visit to Bali is incomplete without visiting one of Ubud's many legendary tea terraces or paddy fields that characterise this fabled destination. Watch as the tea pickers pluck the leaves from the layered terraces, and marvel as the colourfully-clothed local women pull the rice plants from the watery ground below. After capturing some incredible photos of this beautiful region, spend the rest of afternoon exploring the vast jungles and provincial villages of Ubud.
Coveted for its shimmering sands and electric ambience, Seminyak is easily the most stylish and upscale beach area in Bali.
Stay in Seminyak you’ll never be disappointed, this beautiful beach boasts gorgeous golden sands covered in brightly coloured beanbag chairs, and topaz waters perfect for surfing. Seminyak is also a great destination for shopping with plenty of boutiques and designer stores lining the promenade, as well as many restaurants to ensure foodies never go hungry. Those just looking to relax and soak up the sun can also do so peacefully away away from the main crowds.
It’s easy to get lost in all of the beautiful palaces and temples that Bali has to offer, but if you’re looking for a truly unique experience, be sure to put Ubud Royal Palace near the top of your list.
After a blissful and serene walk through a path surrounded by lakes covered in delicately strewn lily pads, you’ll come across an absolutely breathtaking palace of grand and ornate design. The royal family still resides within the palace but most the grounds are open to visitors and the brightly coloured and heavily detailed halls are really worthy of the hype.
Uluwatu’s dramatic coastline of rugged cliff faces and untouched beaches provide the perfect backdrop for a romantic hideaway, but Uluwatu is also home to two incredible must-see worthy sights.
Perched along the edge of a cliff soaring 70 meters above the endless topaz waters sits Uluwatu Temple, a picture-perfect Bali temple that is surprisingly home to a family of cheeky macaques. Head to the bottom of the cliff and you’ll find a network of astounding caves full of shallow waters and pristine sands that will make you feel as if you’ve just entered a film set.
Head to Lovina’s quieter more rustic shoreline for the rare chance to see dolphins swimming along the beautiful ocean waters of Bali.
The best time to go is at sunset, when the dolphins come to the surface and the sky has turned from blue into warm shades or pink and orange. Hop into one of the colourful wooden boats that lined the golden coastline and take to the waters to catch a glimpse of these incredible creatures. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a much quieter and more secluded beach, definitely consider visiting Lovina.
Easily considered one of the most sacred temples in all of Bali, Lempuyang resides on the east of the island and although it's not for everyone, this slightly more physically demanding hike rewards you with the most incredible views.
Climb the 1,700 steps and you'll pass many tiny shrines, temples and curious monkeys as you make your way to the top. If you don’t have two hours available to make the hike, you'll still be able to enjoy absolutely breathtaking views of Mt. Agung from the first gate.
Nestled within the coral gardens of Nusa Lembongan island sits an incredible underwater garden that looks like something you'd find on a movie set.
Just off the coastline of Bali sits the underwater 'complex' of Pemuteran Temple Garden, an incredible diving site full of corals, marine fishes and absolutely mesmerising statues of Buddha and many Hindu gods too. Snorkelling through this enchanting site is a must-do, whether you’re a beginner or a pro diver.
Best Time To Travel:
May - July