With its pure shores, green landscapes and serene spirituality, just being in Bali will melt away all of your troubles. The island's fascinating culture comes to life with traditional dancers in vivid costumers, while intricate woodcarvings and batik paintings in bohemian Ubud portray the rich heritage of these hospitable people. We love blissing out with a Balinese massage on the beach or a milk bath in one of the many stylish spas. Trust us; holidays in Bali are a one-way ticket to your wellbeing.
Bali's beaches blend from the pure white sands of the south to the dramatic black shores of the northwest, from sleepy coves to lively beach resorts. Kuta beach is the place for great nightlife and even better surfing, the golden sands of Nusa Dua are edged by luxury hotels, and Sanur's pale, reef-sheltered shore is lapped by calm waters.
Art is a religion in Bali, where skills are passed from generation to generation and expressed through intricate wood carving and batik weaving in a unique blend of spirituality and tradition. Make sure you catch a performance of Balinese dance, which uses every body part, from eyes to hands, and hypnotises with its graceful, meticulous choreography and colourful gilded costumes.
Tranquil Bali has its fun side too. After the breathtaking sunsets, discover trendy, atmospheric bars and restaurants lit by flickering candles, moonlight and twinkling stars. Seminyak has the chicest nightspots, Kuta attracts a varied crowd with everything from laidback bars to busy clubs, and in Nusa Dua the chilled nightlife revolves around swanky hotel lounges.
Imagine swimming through Bali's underwater world as manta rays glide overhead or a two-metre-long sunfish watches you from close by. Bali is ringed by mesmerising scuba diving and snorkelling sites like Manta Point off Nusa Penida, the mangroves of Nusa Lembongan, and the 30-metre reef wall of Pulau Menjangan, all teeming with marine life.
Indulge your artistic side in bohemian Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali. Surrounded by scenic rice fields and filled with thriving arts and crafts communities, this spiritual town is the place to discover Balinese culture and shop for beautiful souvenirs like silks, wood carvings and batik paintings.
There are a number of airlines flying from the UK to Bali. The fastest flight time (dependent on connections) is approximately 16 hrs 30 minutes.
Direct Carriers: There are no direct flights from the UK to Bali.
Indirect Carriers: Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Malaysian Airlines, Thai Airways and Cathay Pacific all operate via points in the Middle East or Far East.
Departure Taxes: There is a tax of 150,000 Indonesian Rupiah (approximately £10) payable for International departures.
Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid immunisation and malaria tablets are recommended.
IDR - Indonesian Rupiah
October - Mid December and January - April