Bali is the most popular island holiday destination in the Indonesian archipelago, with good reason. Here you’ll experience a fine combination of sandy beaches and rolling surf, an ancient culture known for its warm hospitality, and exotic temples and palaces set against stunning natural backdrops. Travel inland and towering volcanoes and pristine jungles await with plenty to see and do, although most can’t stay away from the beach for long. Meal times on Bali offer endless choice of local or far-flung cuisine and, after sunset, famous hotspots come to life offering exciting clubbing scenes and packed dancefloors.
Choose from amazing beach resorts to unparalleled luxury resorts in any of Bali’s famous resorts such as Kuta, Seminyak, Sanur or Nusa Dua, where great hotels and villas are right on the beach. Explore the scenic central highlands of Ubud with its flowing rice fields, valleys and forested rivers – it’s not only a place for cultural day trippers, but also for adventure seekers and shopaholics. Plus, the many more off-the-beaten-track spots around this magical island. Not convinced yet? See our 10 Must See and Do list!
Choosing the right hotel in the right location in Bali is crucial, and can be one of the most important decisions you make for your upcoming holiday. Kuta, Legian and Seminyak have the largest choice of hotels for those who want to be near the action; Nusa Dua is home to many luxury resorts and Sanur hotels are more classic in style. Ubud is famous for its scenic highland retreats right in the heart of the island.
The list of attractions goes far beyond just beautiful beaches – although beaches are endearingly popular. Unique sights include ancient temples built in remarkable settings, expanses of manmade rice terraces against natural vistas, and sites off the beaten path waiting to be discovered. Galleries and museums also welcome you to vibrant worlds of art and history.
The island has a surprisingly great collection of beaches and inland destinations for you to stay at or explore. Everyone knows the legendary areas of Kuta, Legian and Ubud, followed by the more recently popular beaches of Jimbaran and Nusa Dua. But venture further to the southern peninsula and you will find even more scenic and hidden beaches to discover.