A luxury holiday to the Balinese region of Indonesia will wow you in every sense of the word. The people will welcome you with open arms, keen to share their love of the island with all who visit her shores. A haven of natural beauty and the addition of truly luxurious properties has ensured Bali remains a ‘must see’ destination for the discerning traveller, as well as a favourite for newly-weds looking for a very special honeymoon escape.
Famed for its rice paddy fields, the countryside is well worth exploring during your stay, however relaxation can be found too on the warm tropical beaches lapped by the Indian Ocean. This mythical land is sure to create a holiday of a lifetime with its colourful heritage, dramatic landscapes and vibrant culture.
The Balinese are a very friendly and deeply religious people who take much meaning from the land around them and its spirits. Ancient temples and royal residences permeate the island's interior and a must see is Mount Batur for a dramatic view of the dormant volcanic areas.
The island of Bali, and her neighbours, possesses a unique character along with many religions and traditions, which are typically expressed through her inhabitants’ love of song and dance. If you get the chance, watch the celebrated Ketak, traditionally an all-male Balinese dance which is upbeat and full of rhythmic chanting and captivating movements; it is a very special experience, showcasing the very best of Bali’s customs.
Bali has a tropical climate with year round temperatures averaging 31°C and two distinct seasons, the dry season being April to October. Humidity levels are higher during the opposite season, while the dry season has hotter temperatures but cool breezes. However, due to its position on the equator the climate in Indonesia doesn’t dramatically change throughout the year.
Time difference: GMT +8 hours
Flying time: 17 hours 10 minutes to Bali (via Singapore)
Singapore Airlines flies direct from London Heathrow to Singapore with onward connections to Bali. Emirates, Qatar Airways, Malaysia Airlines and Etihad also operate indirect flights from regional UK airports with onward connections to Bali.
Couples who enjoy letting their hair down with a cocktail or two and dancing into the night will love the W Retreat & Spa Bali, Seminyak, with its al fresco club and chic bars. Newly-weds looking for post-big day relaxation will find perfection at the tranquil beachfront setting and privacy of The St. Regis Bali Resort, while you’ll experience utter serenity on a health and wellbeing holiday to the COMO Shambhala Estate with its bespoke programmes tailor-made to your exacting requirements. Adventurers need look no further than the Aman Resorts: Amandari, Amankila and Amanusa.
Twin with: combine your Indonesian journey with a visit to Australia for a very special multi-stop experience. Alternatively, the contrast between the natural beauty of Bali and the contemporary style of Singapore also makes for a superb twin holiday