For many visitors, Bali defines tropical tourism: idyllic beaches, lush green forests and hillsides covered in rice fields. But Bali is much more: there is an extraordinary richness of Balinese culture which remains authentic with a wealth of out of the way places where tourists rarely venture.
Australians love of Bali has a long history. Its lure lies not only in its sheer geographic beauty but also in the spirit of its locals – a friendly, genuine people who welcome visitors with open affection. Bali is a truly unique cultural experience located virtually on our doorstep which helps make it a one of a kind destination.
Five Star cuisine, world- class health sanctuaries, cutting edge fashion and cosmopolitan cocktail lounges that wouldn’t be out of place in the likes of New York, London or Paris represent the new face of Bali, giving even more dimensions to this already diverse destination. La Lucciola, La Sal, The Living Room (great for dinner) and The Junction (great for breakfast)!
My favourite areas in Bali are Seminyak and Ubud.
- Seminyak – For some time now, Seminyak has been on the Bali bucket list for those in the know. Populated with bars, restaurants and hotels, it’s the place to stay and be seen. Waterfront properties serving cocktails with a view are perfect for pre or post meal drinks. Make sure you don’t miss the Bar-Lounge ‘Ku De-Ta’ and ‘Potato head beach club’. As for dining options, they’re virtually endless with contemporary cuisine from around the world!
- Ubud – Offering a much slower, yet no less sophisticated experience, Ubud is a nature lover’s dream. Follow green rice paddies up to the luscious, vegetation-rich location and feel yourself completely unwind. As Bali’s cultural hub, Ubud is home to the island’s best health retreats, art galleries and authentic cooking schools. Whether a holistic holiday in Ubud, or a stylish sojourn in Seminyak, a trip to these two hotspots will unearth a unique, surprising and entirely different side of Bali that will exceed your expectations.
The words ‘family holiday’ often bring to mind a cringe-worthy image of whining, bawling children or mum and dad spending their well-deserved vacation time running around after the kids and trying to keep them entertained. But if you’d rather spend your family holiday relaxing around the pool while the kids have the time of their lives, then Bali is an excellent choice!
Here are a my top accommodation picks for family holidays.
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali
Westin’s renowned reputation was sure to thrive in a holiday hotspot as beautiful as Nusa Dua, but to make it even sweeter they definitely know how to accommodate families. Young guests get a special gift on arrival, free drink refills all day long at the Veranda Restaurant and food options they’ll love.
For those aged 4-12, there’s the Westin Kids’ Club, and for older kids there is a PlayStation and computer hideaway. And for family time there is a range of activities including traditional story-telling, movie nights or star gazing!
Club Med, Bali
Club Med is a big player in the realm of family holidays and their Bali destination delivers everything you could want – sports and activities, classes and lessons, traditional discovery and specialised children’s packages and entertainment. Their kids’ programs are designed to suit different age groups including teens. And don’t miss their unique Flying Trapeze Academy with circus activities! Located by the beach at Nusa Dua, it’s a perfect all inclusive holiday option.
Holidaying in a villa is an increasingly popular holiday option throughout Bali. The notion is synonymous with seafront luxury and secluded bliss. You’ll find villa options connected to a number of popular resorts as well as other specialised accommodation providers.
It’s a great option for families wanting quality time together amid beautiful scenery. Also, if your budget is tight, you don’t need to spend a lot have the perfect holiday. You can easily purchase one of the offers in Groupon or Spreets for a week in a villa and add cheap flights with Jet Star, Virgin Australia or Garuda Indonesia.
Alternatively, you might like to plan one of the most special days in your life with a honeymoon in Bali or experience one of the world’s most romantic places with that special someone. Girl’s getaway for shopping esprit for furniture, jewellery and clothes, massages, Yoga & Pilates retreats (Don’t miss “Body works” Day Spa in Seminyak). Either way, these stunning Bali resorts are renowned for their intimate atmosphere.