As we all know in Australia, one of the most popular holiday spots for some rest and relaxation is a quick trip to Bali, so we thought we’d share some of our top Bali spots on this island paradise.
Seminyak, Bali caters to a sophisticated traveller with a selection of great hotels, staffed villas, bars and restaurants to rival those at home, as well as a fantastic retail strip filled with boutiques and bargains – it’s best explored by foot. And you can always stop for a reflexology massage!
Seminyak is quiet enough to be relaxing, cosmopolitan enough for the coffee crowd and the perfect place to work on a holiday tan next to the pool. It’s also central enough to be a great launch pad for the sights of Bali.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu
Pura Luhur Uluwatu is a temple perched on the most southwestern part of the island and is said to protect the Balinese from the evil spirit of the ocean. The view is spectacular. And you’ll understand what has attracted countless surfers to this paradise for scores of years when you peer over the cliff at the reef break below. As the sun sets, everyone gathers to watch the famous traditional Balinese Kecak dance here.
This is the go-to place for a seafood dinner where you can feel the sand between your toes as you sit at your table on the beach and watch the light show of the setting sun. Restaurants line the beach providing an excess of choice and a difficult decision for a relaxed brain! However once you’ve ordered you will not be disappointed by the freshly cooked fare that is the perfect ending to another day in Bali.
One of our favourite places is Tanah Lot, built in 1489 by a Hindu monk, and roughly translates as ‘land in the sea’. The temple is perched atop a craggy outcrop and can only be accessed during low tide, adding to its mystical appearance of hovering in the ocean. With panoramic views, it’s another great spot to catch a magical Bali sunset.
Non-worshippers can’t venture inside the temple walls but that doesn’t seem to bother anyone, as there are photo opportunities at every turn. Market stalls line the path to the temple complex and it’s a great place to rummage for a treasure, grab a snack or partake in chilled baby coconut water.
Have you been to Bali? What are your favourite things to do there? Leave us a comment below.