Bali, a small Indonesian island is one of the most romantic places on earth you may want to visit. Unlike the rest of Indonesia which follows Islam as its religion, the population of this island follows a mixture of Islam and a form of Balinese Hinduism.
Called a Paradise on Earth by visitors from around the world, the island is surrounded by protective coral reefs that give way to calm waters and sun kissed beaches. The sand at the southern end of the island is powdery white while it turns a shade of black as you move towards North.
Couples and families alike flock to this island destination in search of fun by the beach, artistic workshops, music, dance, sporting activities and natural wildlife. Over 10,000 temples dot the small isle along with numerous cities which include the beach resort Kuta and the Ubud, the cultural center among others.
The weather in and around Bali is hot and sunny, but tends to get chilly by night. So be prepared for the sudden change and pack accordingly.
You can enter Bali through the Denpasar International Airport and catch a chartered vehicle or a taxi which is locally referred to as “Bemo” which means “Transport”.
An alternate way would be to use a bicycle and course through the roads. Maps are available in the local shops to help you find your way about town.
Bikes are available for the more adventurous though you would need to have your driver’s license and purchase insurance premium. If required, you can also walk through the town to the surrounding areas.
Apart from the beaches and the scenery, you can indulge in a number of inland and water activities which include Island cruises, Nature Trips, Cultural Festivities, Golf, Tennis, Horse Back riding, Hiking, Diving, Snorkeling, Rafting etc… Phew! The list is endless and your day seems to go on and on and on.
A special mention goes to the Traditional Ubud Style Dance Performance put up by local children and teenagers. Very charming to watch, the dance takes place on a stage in the garden of the Lotus Pond Restaurant in the city of Jalan Raya and is a must watch.
What is in a resort that does not offer spa facilities? Bali is known for its rejuvenating spa massages and you have the option of choosing from among some of the best spas in the country. The recommended one would be Spa Hati though the cost of treatment may tend to make you reconsider.
A more reasonable area would be Bali Botanic Spa, which is set against the backdrop of a jungle, and provides a holistic approach coupled with a classy environment to its visitors. You can also arrange to be picked up and dropped to your hotels at the end of the treatment.
If you are more into the natural life, then Bali has loads to offer you in the form of Nature Trails, mountain hikes, and wild life reserves.
Abode to nearly 280 species of birds, the Bali Barat National Park is located on the North Western region of the island and is a wild life haven.
It is possible to spot among other creatures, the Indian Muntjac, the Black Giant Squirrel, the Sunda Pangolin, the Mouse Deer, the Leapord Cat, the Leaf Monkey and the endangered Bali Starling.
Take a walk through the Monkey Forest, where you will find monkeys out in the wild. Beware, for they may tend to distract you and escape with your belongings.
It is advised to take care of your kids and keep away bright objects like glasses, watches, and jewelry and even food packets when you visit the forest. After all, you don’t want the holiday to end with a bitter experience of fighting with monkeys!