BALI: MAGICAL | SPIRITUAL | SENSUAL

SEE & DO: ULUWATU

SEE & DO: ULUWATU

This fantastic surfer's paradise is located on the south-western tip of Bali. Expect dramatic steep cliffs, impressive temples and white sand beaches. Photo By: Gregory Schell

SEE & DO: UBUD MONKEY FOREST

SEE & DO: UBUD MONKEY FOREST

A nature reserve and Hindu temple complex, in Ubud, featuring multiple species of trees and an endless tribe of monkeys.

SEE & DO: ULUN DANU BERATAN TEMPLE

SEE & DO: ULUN DANU BERATAN TEMPLE

Built in 1663, this iconic Hindu temple is used for offerings to water goddess, Dewi Danu. Located on the edge of a picturesque lake, it often looks like it is floating. Photo By: Joan Campderrós-i-Canas | Flickr

SEE & DO: JATILUWIH RICE FIELDS

SEE & DO: JATILUWIH RICE FIELDS

This stunning stretch of rice fields is located in the Tabanan District, about 2 hours away from Denpasar. The Gunungsari Orchard is situated near the coast, at an altitude of 640 meters above sea level. This is where the cool mountain air merges with the warm sea breeze, creating ideal conditions for the cultivation of rice.

STAY: MAYA UBUD RESORT SPA

STAY: MAYA UBUD RESORT SPA

A 5 star luxury resort that sits between the Petanu River valley and the lush rice fields of Ubud. This property is a tranquil haven featuring thatched private pool villas and luxury guestrooms.

STAY: ALILA VILLAS SOORI

STAY: ALILA VILLAS SOORI

This private and luxurious retreat is surrounded by panoramic views of the ocean and verdant rice terraces. The volcanic sand is unique to this area and defines the incredible coastline.

STAY: VICEROY BALI

STAY: VICEROY BALI

A family owned and operated resort in Ubud consisting of 25 luxuriously appointed private pool villas. Majestically situated in Bali's "Valley of the Kings", this resort is known as one of the world's secret tropical hideaways.

SPA: MUNDUK MODING COFFEE PLANTATION

SPA: MUNDUK MODING COFFEE PLANTATION

Located in the hills of North Bali, this coffee plantation is a luxury nature resort, spa and boutique hotel. The focal point is the infinity pool which blends into the clouds.

SPA: FIVELEMENTS

SPA: FIVELEMENTS

Nestled on the banks of the Ayung River, Fivelements, is an award-winning eco-conscious wellness retreat deeply rooted in the ancient traditions of Bali.

DRINKS: ROCK BAR AT AYANA

DRINKS: ROCK BAR AT AYANA

This open-top bar is perched on natural rock above Jimbaran Bay and accessed via an inclinator that traverses the cliff-face.

DRINKS: KU DE TA

DRINKS: KU DE TA

Set on the southern coast, this idyllic location is a lively backdrop for music, dancing, lounging and dining.

EAT: MERAH PUTIH RESTAURANT

EAT: MERAH PUTIH RESTAURANT

Indonesian classics are served alongside creative dishes that experiment with traditional spices & flavors from across the archipelago.

EAT: BARBACOA

EAT: BARBACOA

Barbacoa has established itself as one of the finest eateries in Bali, featuring sumptuous flavors, a warm décor, and world-class service.

EAT: BABI GULING AT IBU OKA

EAT: BABI GULING AT IBU OKA

A Balinese delicacy where a whole roasted suckling pig is stuffed with a combination of spices such as turmeric, coriander seeds, lemon grass and more. A delectable local favorite that should be sampled.

EAT: BEEF RENDANG

EAT: BEEF RENDANG

A mouthwatering Indonesian dish made by simmering beef for hours in coconut milk and spices. Typically served on a bed of rice, alongside other condiments.

EAT: NASI KUNING

EAT: NASI KUNING

An Indonesian rice dish cooked with coconut milk and turmeric to symbolize gold. Served with a variety of side dishes.

SHOP: PAINTINGS IN UBUD

SHOP: PAINTINGS IN UBUD

Feast your eyes on paintings, often depicting Hindu gods, that come in a stunning variety of colors, sizes and prices.

Bali is a paradise, located in the Indonesian archipelago, featuring sweeping panoramas of the ocean and mountains.  Bask in the sunshine on a stretch of fine white sand, mingle with underwater creatures as you dive along coral reefs, or raft down the rugged waters of the Ayung River. Discover stone temples guarded by cheeky little monkeys, or head to the hills to sample locally grown coffee.  Indulge in a Balinese herb infused spa treatment and emerge rejuvenated.  Pick up a painting from Ubud and be sure to savor the wide array of tantalizing local treats.

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BEFORE YOU GO

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GETTING AROUND

Taxis are the best way.  They are easy enough to flag down.  Rent them by the day for the best value.

 
STAY

The options are plentiful ranging from hotel chains to private villas. Here are a few options that cater to the exclusive. 

 

Maya Ubud Resort & Spa

Ayana Resort and Spa

Alila Villas Soori

Viceroy Bali

 
EAT 

Local delights include Beef Rendang, Babi Guling, Prawn Sambal, Nasi Campur, Nasi Kuning and Rijsttafel.  Your best bet is to ask locals where they enjoy these dishes.  There are several “Warungs” all around Bali that cater to both locals and tourists.  

 

Babi Guling @ Ibu Oka

Bambu Restaurant

Barbacoa

Bumbu Bali - Rijsttafel

Café Lotus

Merah Putih

Ginger Moon

Zibiru

 

 

DRINKS

Enjoy your favorite libations at some of the most beautiful locations, some with unparalleled views of the sunset and one precariously perched off a cliff.

 

El Kabron

Ku De Ta

Rock Bar @ Ayana

Woo Bar

 
SEE & DO

Most of the attractions are located in the south of the island, with the exception of Ubud, located about 20 miles north of Kuta, and Lovina, which is located about 2 hours away in the far north.  Here are some picture-worthy locations and activities.

 

Jatiluwih Rice Fields

Lovina Beach

Neka Art Museum

Sunset at Tanah Lot

Surfing in Uluwatu

Ubud Monkey Forest

Ulun Danu Bratan Temple

Uluwatu Temple

Water Rafting in Ayung River

 
SPA

The Ayurvedic inspired Balinese treatments include the use of spices, herbs, fruit enzymes and more.  Not to be missed are the turmeric scrubs, papaya enzyme wraps and decadent hair cream baths.

 

Fivelements

Munduk Moding Coffee Plantation

 

 

SHOP

You can get some pretty amazing pieces of art from galleries in Ubud. The village of Mas is known for its woodcarvings and Celuk, another village, has some spectacular pieces of gold and silver jewelry.  For trendy boutiques, head to Seminyak.  Best way to get to these locations will be by taxi.