- Bali Luxury holidays
Bali, which officially incorporates several neighbouring islets, sits between Java and Lombok at the westerly end of the Lesser Sunda Islands in Indonesia. Its own population of around four million inhabitants is boosted all year round by tourism, including many visitors from Australia. The US, UK and Europe are all also important tourism markets for the island, and while the south receives the most visitors, the island as a whole is worth exploring in order to take in its geography, its spectacular temples, and the culture of the people who make their homes there.
On the beach in Bali
Kuta was one of the first major tourism centres on Bali, and its beach resort status continues to keep it at the top of the list for many overseas visitors. Little to no tourism-focused development is allowed north of the peninsula on which Kuta is found, in order to protect Bali's natural environment and culture, and this is likely to keep the resort - and the south of the island - somewhat unique for future generations.
Celebrate Bali's artistic heritage
Bali has perhaps the world's most widely recognised culture of artistry and creativity, with its wooden carvings exported globally as souvenirs, gifts and works of art in their own right. These range from the decorative - wooden figurines and animal sculptures - to the practical, from hollowed-out wooden bowls to intricately carved boxes and games. Unusually, within Bali itself, you are likely to find each village focuses on a particular object or item, producing this one piece en masse, so by travelling around the region you can discover new crafts on display in each new location, a true heritage trail of local artisans.
When should I visit Bali?
In terms of temperature, it doesn't matter too much what time of year you visit Bali, as its overall temperature range is quite small. On any given day, expect temperatures from the low to mid-20°C, up to the low 30°C. More important is the rainy season, as from October to April, you are in monsoon season, with peak rainfall between December and March. If you don't want to get wet, avoid this period - although the monsoon itself can be a tourist attraction as it brings new life to the parched landscape. If you are visiting the highland areas, you should also be prepared for a slight drop in temperature as the air cools at altitude.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays in Bali are all about treating yourself to whatever you feel like. If you’re in the mood for a cocktail by the pool, your luxury hotel will make it happen, and if you want a room with a spectacular sea view, they’ll arrange that too. Parting with a bit of extra cash for a luxurious package is well worth it, and remember that the level of service you receive is entirely up to you. Bali offers the sophistication and attentive service which you expect from luxury holidays, and while you may not have access all the conveniences of city life, you will have some of the world’s most spectacular scenery to explore, and that legendary Bali hospitality and warm welcome.