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.

Villa Issi

Villa Issi

Villa Issi, Bali

In a fantastic location in a quiet cul-de-sace in Seminyak, Villa Issi offers a quiet haven yet close to all the best restaurants, bars, shopping and beaches of Seminyak. This full...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: Seminyak
From £636per night
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Villa Istana

Villa Istana

Villa Istana, Bali

Villa Istana is a magnificent five-suite estate and rests upon cliff top land, 100 metres above the rolling surf of the Indian Ocean on the southwestern tip of the Island of Bali....

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 17
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Location: Uluwatu
From £2,025per night
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Villa Jajaliluna

Villa Jajaliluna

Villa Jajaliluna, Bali

Villa Jajaliluna is a hidden paradise within the vibrant and upmarket neighbourhood of Seminyak, on Bali’s south-west coast. The villa is located just a stone’s throw from the ...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: Seminyak
From £790per night
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Villa Jamalu

Villa Jamalu

Villa Jamalu, Bali

Set within the secure and exclusive Temple Hill estate, overlooking Jimbaran Bay, Villa Jamalu is equipped with everything required for a truly memorable family holiday. Even its n...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: Jimbaran
From £470per night
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Villa LataLiana 1

Villa LataLiana 1

Villa LataLiana 1, Bali

Lataliana means ‘Place of Tall Trees’ and on arrival at the villa it’s easy to understand why. From the towering 30-year-old baobab ‘upside down tree’ in the garden of on...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Location: Seminyak
From £648per night
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Villa LeGa

Villa LeGa

Villa LeGa, Bali

Villa LeGa is a contemporary-styled, beachfront Bali rental villa, blessed with magnificent unobstructe...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Location: Greater Seminyak
From £883per night
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Villa M Seminyak

Villa M Seminyak

Villa M Seminyak, Bali

Villa M Seminyak is located in the upcoming area of Petitenget which is known for its high-end restaurants and chic shopping boutiques. Villa M is nestled in an expansive tropical...

  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 5
  • Location: North Seminyak
From £356per night
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Villa Melati

Villa Melati

Villa Melati, Bali

Villa Melati is an enchanting villa perched upon the Sayan Ridge in the traditional Balinese village of Kedewatan, just a five minute drive from the cultural town of Ubud. The vill...

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Location: Ubud
From £302per night
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Villa Pandora

Villa Pandora

Villa Pandora, Bali

Villa Pandora is a four bedroom villa located in a peaceful oasis hidden away in bustling Seminyak. The villa is rustic and colonial in style yet fused with traditional Balinese de...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: Seminyak
From £267per night
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Villa Sembira

Villa Sembira

Villa Sembira, Bali

Villa Sembira is a beautiful six bedroom holiday retreat that combines Balinese charm and modern luxuries. The villa is located in a peaceful area of Batubelig, near to the centre...

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Location: North Seminyak
From £518per 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.