Despite being surrounded by more than 18,300 other islands in the Indonesian archipelago, Bali is striking in its uniqueness. As home to a majority of Indonesia’s Hindu minority, its cultural heritage stands out from the rest of Islamic Indonesia.
The rich and diverse culture of Bali permeates the daily lives of the residents at all levels. It is not uncommon to see individuals praying for a blessing, market vendors selling flower petals for daily offerings, or processions of women wearing colorful clothing and carrying vessels of presents for the Hindu temples. The distinctive culture also influences the island’s indigenous art, music, and dance, which truly inhabit a class of their own.
Bali is also one of the most visited destinations in the world, attracting over 4 million tourists in 2015. Nevertheless, the Balinese have managed to preserve not just their culture, but also the natural beauty of their island paradise. Embraced by the warm waters of the tropics and part of the Coral Triangle, Bali’s waters offer a diversity of world-class snorkeling and diving spots where you can find beautiful marine flora and fauna.
The volcanic nature of Bali has created some of the world’s most unique and exquisite black sand beaches. However, the southern part of the island features several pristine white-sand beaches and luxury beach resorts. Kuta is a popular beach destination, but travelers looking for less crowded spots can try the beaches of Mengiat and Nusa Dua.
Inland, Bali is very lush and fertile. Make sure not to miss the village cluster of Ubud, which is located in the Giyanyar regency. Set amidst a backdrop of verdant terraced farms, forests, and mountain foothills, it is one of the world’s most legendary spa destinations. Aside from this, Ubud is also a hub of Bali’s thriving arts and culture scene, providing visitors with a number of galleries and museums to explore. While you’re there, make sure to drop by the monkey forest and sanctuary, which is home to the crab-eating macaque and to more than a hundred species of trees.
Hindu temples can be found throughout all of Bali. The most prominent of these are known as the nine directional temples, which are located strategically around the island. Of these, the Besakih Temple in Mount Agung is the largest and is considered by the Balinese Hindu as their mother temple.
Take a luxury vacation to Bali and enjoy the best of both the ancient and the modern world. Villaway offers a number of sumptuous luxury villas on the island which can serve as your home away from home while you’re staying in this paradise destination. Book a property today.