Bali

The mere mention of Bali evokes thoughts of a paradise. It’s more than a place; it’s a mood, an aspiration, a tropical state of mind. Bali is an island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. The island is home to religious sites such as cliffside Uluwatu Temple. To the south, the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars, while Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are popular resort towns.

Bali is located at the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. Its capital of Denpasar is located at the southern part of the island.

Denpasar – Denpasar is the capital of Bali and located on the south of the island. This town might not be a tropical paradise, but it’s as much a part of ‘the real Bali’ as the rice paddies and clifftop temples. This is the hub of the island and here visitors will find shopping malls and parks. Most enticing, however, is the growing range of authentic and tasty restaurants. You may also want to sample Denpasar’s markets, its important museum and its purely modern Balinese vibe.

Sanur – Sanur is becoming a popular choice for visitors – it is not as frantic as Kuta yet more lively than Nusa Dua. There is a good mix of restaurants and bars that aren’t all owned by resorts.The beach is protected by a reef and breakwaters, so families appreciate the limpid waves. Sanur stretches for about 5km along an east-facing coastline, with the lush and green landscaped grounds of resorts fronting right onto the sandy beach.

Seminyak – Seminyak is a beach resort area on the southern end of Bali, Indonesia, with abundant luxury hotels, villas and spas, as well as high-end shopping and restaurants. Sleek bars and clubs with busy sunset scenes line Seminyak and Petitenget beaches, which are wide, west-facing stretches of Indian Ocean shoreline with gray sand and good surfing conditions.

Kuta – Kuta is a beach and resort area in the south of the island. One of Bali’s first tourist developments, it’s best known for its Indian Ocean surfing and party-centric atmosphere. Kuta’s long, consistent waves make it a popular surf spot, particularly for beginners, and plenty of outfitters offer board rentals and surf lessons.

Nusa Dua – Nusa Dua is in the southern part of Bali and known as an enclave of large 5-star resorts. It is located 22 kilometres from Denpasar.

Ubud – The town of Ubud, in the uplands of Bali, is known as a center for traditional crafts and dance. The surrounding Ubud District’s rainforest and terraced rice paddies, dotted with Hindu temples and shrines, are among Bali’s most iconic landscapes. Ancient holy sites include the Tirta Empul temple complex, intricately carved Goa Gajah (“Elephant Cave”) and Gunung Kawi with its rock-cut shrines.

Saba Nakula

Saba Nakula

Saba Nakula, Bali

Saba Nakula Villa Bali is part of the ...

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Maximum Guests: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Location: Canggu
From £236per night
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Saba Sadewa

Saba Sadewa

Saba Sadewa, Bali

Saba Sadewa is a two bedroom Villa and part of the Bali  ...

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Maximum Guests: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Location: Canggu
From £236per night
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Saba Yudhistira

Saba Yudhistira

Saba Yudhistira, Bali

Saba Yudhistira is a two bedroom  Villa and is part of the Saba Estate...

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Maximum Guests: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Location: Canggu
From £280per night
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Taman Ahimsa

Taman Ahimsa

Taman Ahimsa, Bali

Taman Ahimsa translates to mean ‘Garden of Peace’ and as soon as you arrive at the villa, you will know why. Taman Ahimsa is an oceanfront villa featuring seven bedrooms and i...

  • Bedrooms: 7
  • Maximum Guests: 14
  • Bathrooms: 7
  • Location: Seseh-Tanah Lot
From £952per night
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The Elysian Bali

The Elysian Bali

The Elysian Bali, Bali

The Elysian Bali is located in the bustling resort of Seminyak and features one and two bedroom pool villas. The resort is only minutes away from the beach and the restaurants and ...

  • Bedrooms: 1-2
  • Maximum Guests: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1-2
  • Location: Seminyak
Villa Abakoi

Villa Abakoi

Villa Abakoi, Bali

Villa Abakoi is a wonderful six bedroom villa offering 700 square metres of living space and located close to the shops and restaurants of bustling Seminyak. The master bedroom ...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 16
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Location: Seminyak
From £600per night
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Villa Alamanda

Villa Alamanda

Villa Alamanda, Bali

Villa Alamanda is an ideal retreat for those seeking ultimate relaxation and peace in the beauty of Ubud,  ...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: Ubud
From £380per night
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Villa Anam

Villa Anam

Villa Anam, Bali

Villa Anam comprises two uniquely designed villas - Villa Anam-Ba and Anam-Bo to combine a magnificent ten bedroom holiday retreat in the heart of Seminyak. Villa Anam is a great v...

  • Bedrooms: 10
  • Maximum Guests: 20
  • Bathrooms: 10
  • Location: Seminyak
From £1,294per night
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Villa Arte

Villa Arte

Villa Arte, Bali

Villa Arte is an artistic there bedroom villa nestled within a large tropical garden in the heart of Seminyak. The property is tucked away in a peaceful residential neighbourhood j...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Location: Seminyak
From £264per night
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Villa Hana

Villa Hana

Villa Hana, Bali

Located close to Echo Beach in  Canggu on Bali’s south-western coast, Villa Hana  is a lovely four bedroom home with tropical interiors and lovely interlinking courtyards and p...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: Canggu
From £336per night
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Getting There

There are many ways clients can travel to Bali but there are no direct flights from the UK. Options include flying Qatar via Doho, Emirates via Dubai, Air Singapore via Singapore and Cathay via Hong Kong.

Capital: Denpasar
Flying time: 19 hours
Language: Balinese
Country Size: 2232 square miles
Time Difference from UK: +8 hours Winter / + 7 hours Summer
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah
Voltage: 220 volts
Driving: Left hand side of the road
Airport: Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar Airport
Entry Requirements: British citizens travelling to Indonesia for tourism can enter the country without a visa for up to 30 days
Drink the water: It is advisable to only drink bottled water
Beaches: Bali is renowned for its beaches and surfing
Health and Safety: No inoculations are needed to travel to Bali but it is always advisable to speak to your doctor and pack insect repellent.

November to March is considered the wet season with higher temperatures and high humidity, particularly in coast areas. The dry season, which falls between June and October is considered the best time to visit Bali as temperatures are warm yet mild and the skies are clear and sunny.

May is the hottest month in Bali with an average temperature of 28°C and the coldest is January at 26°C with the most daily sunshine hours in August. The wettest month is January with an average of 90mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in January when the average sea temperature is 29°C.