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Luxury Bali Holidays 2024/2025

  • Not a one-stop shop, travelling around is a must, and the more ground covered, the more you fall under Bali's unique spell
  • Bali is beach-blessed with a mixture of volcanic and golden sand
  • Chic hotels, serious spas, beachside restaurants, seafood and cocktails

Bali is an island filled with exotic flowers, ancient temples, towering volcanoes and welcoming smiles, it is a truly magical destination. Bali holidays are definitely not a one-stop-shop, traveling around is a must, perhaps staying on one of its fashionable southern beaches with the mist-clad jungles of Ubud or even a few days in remote north Bali. We love to help with Bali multi centre holidays.

South Bali

Southern Bali is home to the world renowned beaches of Seminyak, Sanur, Nusa Dua and Jimbaran as well as smaller beaches such as Uluwatu and Canggu. Seminyak is at the very heart of chic and cool Bali. Its lively bars and restaurants, fashionable boutiques and inimitable style make it key to Bali's emergence as a lifestyle destination. Whether you choose a luxury pool villa resort such as Samaya Seminyak or a small pool villa property such as The Elysian, you are sure to be delighted by the innate beauty and excellent service.

Jimbaran is another great option for travellers - with plenty of restaurants, resorts and golden sand beaches to choose from, this is surely one of Bali's best beaches. Nusa Dua is home to the larger resorts of Bali and Uluwatu is at the southernmost point of the island and the towering cliffs here offer wonderful views.

The charming beach area of Sanur is far less developed for those seeking a relaxed pace of life but still have access to a variety of restaurants and small shops.

For a more remote experience head to the Tabanan Regency in the south-west. Your journey from the airport takes you through a montage of village life, rice paddies and rural living to a stunning volcanic sand beach with terraced rice paddies and soaring volcanic mountains behind you. This is the real face of Bali and the luxurious Soori Bali perfectly compliments the charm of this region. Bali's West coast is also home to the picturesque temple complex of Tanah Lot. The famous rock formation has been shaped by the tide over centuries and is also home to a famous pilgrimage temple.


Just an hour’s drive from the airport or the resorts in southern Bali, Ubud, a somewhat bohemian town, is the hub of Bali’s vibrant arts and craft trade. A colourful village with a beautiful jungle backdrop which spreads itself along the Ayung River gorge, this is an unmissable destination. Walk along Monkey Forest Road and you’ll find shops and galleries selling local art, stone statues, wooden carvings and fantastic furniture that you’ll want to ship home immediately. The Ayung River Valley close by is our favourite place for stunning walks, cycling, and white-water rafting.

Ubud is also excellent for relaxation and pampering with many of its hotels offering a fabulous range of treatments and therapies. Some resorts even offer yoga with scenic views and it is an ideal place to come for a few days to recover after your longhaul flights. This peaceful and spiritual destination really encapsulates the magical side of Bali and is well worth a few days before you head to the beaches.

East Bali

For the more solitary sand-seeker, eastern Bali is a great alternative. The beaches are volcanic and often deserted, the snorkeling and diving is top-notch and the local food some of the best we’ve come across. Silver sand, turquoise water and the dense emerald green jungle rising in the distance, you are only an hour from the airport yet transported effortlessly into the rural heart of Bali, remote and untouched.

An incredible fusion of religion, spiritual belief and culture can be enjoyed within this region. Visit rural villages, such as Sideman, tucked into lush rice paddies, where life hasn’t changed for centuries, explore royal palaces and ancient temples or closer to hand take a cooking class which begins at dawn with a market visit. Diving, trekking, mountain biking and arts and craft experiences are all easily accessible.

Go out on a fishing boat or head inland to the 8th-century temple of Pura Besakih, the must-visit on ‘the island of a thousand temples’. Nestled into the slopes of Gunung Agung (Bali’s highest mountain), the super-fit can carry on hiking – a midnight start gets you to the top for sunrise!

North and West Bali

Bali's beautiful North and West coasts are two of the most rewarding areas of the island in which to travel. Unspoiled and remote, they show the true Bali along with its stunning coastline, small fishing villages and friendly inhabitants. There are definitely fewer hotels and resorts along this stretch of coastline than in bustling South Bali. Travellers will be rewarded with breath-taking views, volcanic sand beaches and true tranquillity.

Islands such as Menjangan Island on the North West tip of the island are particularly renowned for some of Bali’s best snorkeling and diving and this area is also home to Bali Barat National Park, where you can stay in an atmospheric luxury eco-retreat and snorkel right from the deserted beach. The National Park boasts a high level of bio-diversity with no fewer than 175 plant species and a wide variety of animals such as wild boar, deer, monkeys and macaques, the Flying Fox and the amazing Water Monitor. Magnificent coral gardens and dramatic reef walls are home to a vast range of marine life. Further along the coast Lovina, a cluster of fishing villages, famous for snorkelling, legendary sunsets and dolphin watching, is home to the charming Villa Damai, a charming boutique retreat.

Slightly further east the remote location of Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali, a two and a half hour road transfer from the airport transports you to tranquil, local life in the blink of an eye. With soaring volcanic peaks and black sand beaches washed by the deep blue Bali Sea this is the perfect place to unwind and gain an authentic insight into the local life.


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Bali FAQ'S

Which part of Bali is best to stay?

Bali is one of those destinations that we recommend staying in a few different areas of the island to experience the lively beaches, stunning scenery and ancient culture. For a first visit we’d suggest combining a stay in the bohemian town of Ubud with somewhere like Seminyak, on the beach in the south. You could also consider exploring the highland around Munduk or less developed Sideman in the east.

Do I need a visa for Bali?

If you have a British passport, you don’t need a visa for visits of up to 30 days.

What is a good length of time to spend in Bali?

We’d recommend anything from 10 – 14 days in Bali, however if you are considering adding on time in Lombok, Sumba or Java you could easily spend more time.

What are the entry requirements for Bali?

The entry requirements for UK citizens travelling to Bali are:

  • A visa - visa on arrival is valid for 30 days (if you purchase on arrival it will cost 500,000 IDR.
  • A tourist tax payment which is approximately £8.
  • Proof of a return ticket.
  • A customer declaration form, which can be filled out online.
What vaccinations will I need to visit Bali from the UK?

Vaccinations are optional in Bali but if you do wish to get some, the recommended vaccinations are:

  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella.
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis.
  • Polio.
  • Influenza.
What to pack, wear & how to dress in Bali

During the summer season, temperatures are high and it is very humid so we recommend packing light clothing as well as a hat and some comfortable shoes.

During the rainy season, we recommend bringing a light rain jacket. For activities like hiking, quad biking and cycling bring activewear and some comfortable trainers.

How long should I stay in Bali?

We recommend at least 10-14 days to be able to see Bali properly!

Do UK travellers need a visa for Bali, is there visa on arrival?

Yes, you can get this online before to skip the queues in the airport or you can also get this on arrival!

Best sim card / e-sim card for Bali & where to get one?

Many places in Bali's airport sell e-sims, we recommend purchasing one from there as they are cheaper than online, 18GB will cost approximately £12.

How to get around Bali?

Bali is known for its busy roads and traffic, the locals mainly get around on scooters to make things quicker.

You can hire a scooter or get on the back of a Grab Scooter which is one of Bali's well-known taxi companies.

Driving around in a car is perfectly fine too, you will just need to allow extra time to get to and from places.

Does Bali have Uber? Are there any Bali taxi apps?

The taxi service in Bali is Blue Bird Taxi. You can also use Grab or Gojek to get around which are scooters.

Where is Bali airport?

Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar Airport is located in the south of the island, 13km from Downtown Denpasar.

What is the climate like in Bali?

The weather in Bali varies depending on the time of year you visit. The summer months are April-October with temperatures averaging a maximum of 29°C. Other times of the year are still hot but you can experience more chance of rain.

Any tips for Bali first timers?

Move around! The best way to see Bali for all of its beauty is to hop around different areas. Spend time exploring the nature of Bali in Ubud and visit the different rice terraces, local temples, and markets.

Then enjoy the nightlife and beaches in the southern parts of Bali like Seminyak and Canggu and if you want to see what Bali was like 20 years ago, take a 2-hour ferry over to the Gili Islands or Lombok for its beautiful beaches, sunsets and welcoming faces.

What is the food like in Bali?

The food varies, enjoy traditional Indonesian curries, and Balinese dishes like Nasi Campur & Nasi Ayam, or you can taste fresh seafood and international meals…the world is your oyster when it comes to food in Bali!

What are some popular food and dishes in Bali?

Nasi Campur & Nasi Ayam, which is Bali's famous chicken and rice or chicken and noodles!

Most meals in Bali are served with rice (hence all of the rice terraces). Bali cuisine also features plenty of spices and Sambal, a fiery paste made of crushed chillies, is very popular.

How much does food cost in Bali?

Bali’s food is very cheap! Prices for a meal can vary from as little as 50,000 IDR – 300,000 IDR. The average price our holiday experts paid for a meal while in Bali was £7.

Best places to eat in Bali?

The hotels in Bali have amazing restaurants so you won't have to stray too far for some delicious meals!

However, outside of the hotels we'd also recommend Nusa Ubud, Mrs Sippy in Seminyak and Locavore in Ubud.

What time is sunset in Bali?

Sunset starts from 5pm and finishes around 6pm in May but occurrs slightly later through the peak season!


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