The famed “Island of the Gods”, Bali stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth.
Its diverse landscape of mountainous terrain, rugged coastlines, and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces, and barren volcanic hillsides provide a picturesque backdrop to its colorful, spiritual, and unique culture.
Five rice terraces and their water temples have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name “Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy”.
With world-class diving and surfing, a range of natural, cultural, and historical attractions, and plentiful accommodation options, it is one of the most popular island destinations in the world.
Bali offers something to almost every visitor, from the backpacking youth to the ultra-wealthy. Its majority-Hindu population also stands in contrast to much of the rest of majority-Muslim Indonesia.
Bali is one of more than 18,000 islands (based on a satellite view) in the Indonesian archipelago and is just over 2 km (almost 1.5 miles) from the eastern tip of the island of Java and west of the island Lombok.
The island, home to a little over 4 million people, is about 144 km (89 mi) long from east to west and 80 km (50 mi) north to south.
The word “paradise” is understandably used a lot in Bali.
Friendly, hospitable people; a magnificently visual and spiritual culture; and spectacular beaches with great surfing and diving have made Bali the top tourist attraction in Indonesia. The vast majority of international visitors to Indonesia go nowhere else but Bali.
This popularity is not without its wrong sides—once paradisical Kuta has degenerated into a congested warren of concrete, scammers, and touts extracting a living by overcharging tourists. The island’s visibility also drew the unwanted attention of terrorists in 2002 and 2005. However, Bali has managed to retain its magic.
Bali is a beautiful destination with something for everyone, and though heavily visited, there are spots where you will find serenity. At peak season, before COVID-19, more than 400,000 foreign tourists flocked to Bali.
A massive surge of domestic tourists arrived during school holidays (middle and end of the year) & around the Ied season, where it is practically quiet elsewhere in Indonesia.
Fortunately, they can all be absorbed by a severe oversupply of hotels, which experts predicted will occur for at least a decade.
Because of this, however, a 4-star hotel room in Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak can be reserved for just above US$20 per day, and last-minute deals can produce rates of less than US$20 per day!
As more travelers visit, especially due to the visa-free regime introduced by the Indonesian government, this small resort island has been striving to provide more modern attractions and facilities to travelers of different interests while retaining the exotic traditional culture & spotless natural beauty that has always been the point of interest for visitors.
Highly frequented areas such as the beaches in central Bali have been gentrifying.
Bali has many narrow streets, and traffic jams are common in Bali throughout the year, especially Kuta, Legian and the Seminyak area, Central Denpasar city, Gatot Subroto Timur, access to Gianyar, and access to the east.
Streets in Kuta and Legian, and Seminyak have been made one way.
For a 500-m journey in the opposite direction of a one-way street, walking can get you there in 15 minutes; if you take your car, it might take up to a half-hour.
Please take care to allow enough time to catch your plane.
🏨 Hotels Near Bali
|Grand Hyatt Bali||📍 Kawasan Wisata Nusa Dua BTDC, Jl. Nusa Dua, Benoa, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80363, Indonesia||Badung Regency||📞 +62 361 771234||hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/indonesia/grand-hyatt-bali/balgh|
|K Club Ubud||📍 Jalan Raya Cebok , Kedisan Tegallalang, Kedisan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia||Gianyar Regency||📞 +62 877-0003-3888||kclububud.com/|
|Four Seasons Resort Bali At Sayan||📍 Jl. Raya Sayan, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia||Gianyar Regency||📞 +62 361 977577||fourseasons.com/sayan/|
|Ti Amo Bali||📍 Jl.Mengesta Banjar Kedampal, Penebel Desa Mangesta, Penebel, Mengesta, Tabanan, Mengesta, Kec. Penebel, Kabupaten Tabanan, Bali 82152, Indonesia||Tabanan Regency||📞 +62 819-9913-1019||tiamobali.net/|
|Padma Resort Ubud||📍 Padma Resort Ubud Banjar Carik, Desa, Puhu, Kec. Payangan, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80572, Indonesia||Gianyar Regency||📞 +62 361 3011111||padmaresortubud.com/|
|Viceroy Bali||📍 Br. Nagi, Jl. Lanyahan, Petulu, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia||Gianyar Regency||📞 +62 361 971777||viceroybali.com/en/|
|Goya Boutique Resort||📍 Jl. Bisma, Ubud, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia||Gianyar Regency||📞 +62 361 9083368||goyaboutiqueresorts.com/|
|Sangeh Uma Dong Loka Villa||📍 Jl. Subali, Sangeh, Kec. Abiansemal, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80352, Indonesia||Badung Regency||📞 +62 812-1235-4443||–|
|Nandini Jungle Resort and Spa Bali||📍 Br, Jl. Susut, Buahan, Kec. Payangan, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80572, Indonesia||Gianyar Regency||📞 +62 812-3687-1170||nandinibali.com/|
|Hanging Gardens Of Bali||📍 Buahan, Payangan, Gianyar Regency, Bali 80571, Indonesia Buahan, Kec. Payangan, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571||Gianyar Regency||📞 +62 811-3800-988||hanginggardensofbali.com/|