Where to go in Bali?

Bali, otherwise known as the “Island of the Gods”, is without doubt one of our favourite slices of paradise!

Holly and Philippa visited Bali last November and here is what they thought:

  ‘Bali has so much to offer, from jungles to idyllic beaches to majestic volcanic landscapes; it is steeped in history, culture and spirituality; it is the perfect blend of laidback surfer chic with sophisticated barefoot luxury; it has delicious cuisine; and is also home to some of the friendliest people you will ever encounter. Both families and couples will love it here – it really does have something for everyone.”

Whether conquering active peaks, relaxing on the golden sands, learning how to surf, horse riding along the beach at sunset or soaking up the exquisite culture and savouring the regional cuisine, Bali caters to all tastes and preferences.

Let us take you there! We will plan a bespoke itinerary for your Bali adventure so you get to see the best of this Indonesian paradise. Read on to see some of our favourite places to discover in and around Bali.



Nestled amongst the lush greenery, Ubud is the beating heart of the island; its spiritual and cultural nucleus. The captivating town of Ubud is bustling with art galleries and cafés and the Ubud Art Market full of vibrant textiles, intricate wood carvings and handmade crafts. All accompanied with the sound of gamelan music wafting through the air. By contrast, the surrounding area is lush, green and peaceful with rainforests and picture perfect terraced rice paddies, dotted with Hindu temples and shrines: The perfect setting for those seeking inner peace à la Eat Pray, Love. Whether bathing in the Tegenungan Waterfall, cleansing in the holy spring at Pura Tirta Empul, exploring Ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary (home to over 1000 Balinese monkeys), white water rafting in the Ayung River or experiencing the exhilarating Bali Swing – it is a must do on anyone’s itinerary.


An unexpected pop of style and sophistication along an eight-kilometre stretch of beach on Bali’s northernmost coast, which somehow weaves itself effortlessly into the island’s timeless charm. Expect stunning resorts, fashion boutiques worthy of the streets of Paris, a world class restaurant scene, sleek bars and some of the hottest beach clubs on the island. By day this is a place for style conscious surfers to take on Bali’s legendary breaks, a place for rejuvenation at one of the many luxe spas and a place for lounging on pristine beaches, said to be arguably some of the best on Bali.

By night, Seminyak’s vibrant Ibiza-esque nightlight comes alive with an electric energy pulsing through the air. Party shoes on, join stylish crowds at beach clubs and rooftop bars, where expertly crafted cocktails and beats from top DJs set the stage for an unforgettable evening under the stars.


Perched on Bali’s southwestern tip, Uluwatu is a cliffside paradise with dramatic views, ancient temples, and is famed for its big league waves. Uluwatu’s most iconic landmark is its namesake Hindu temple, perched precipitously on towering limestone cliffs which plunge into the azure sea below. Dating back to the 11th century, Pura Luhur Uluwatu is not only a testament to Balinese architecture but a spiritual sanctuary where locals gather to pay homage to the gods and witness mesmerising Kecak fire dances.

This is a place which attracts surfing aficionados from all over the world, whether catching iconic breaks of Padang Padang or exhilarating barrels of Uluwatu itself. Here there are pristine golden sands lined with unpretentious and authentic beach clubs, and for those prepared to go off the beaten track there are plenty of secluded beaches and hidden coves.


In the lush and peaceful highlands of northern Bali, Munduk is a lesser known Ubud. With a cooler climate this is the perfect spot for hill walking, taking in peace and quiet, and breathing fresh mountain air. Cycle through UNESCO World Heritage rice fields, trek to nearby volcanic peaks, bathe in crashing waterfalls, paddle in traditional wooden canoes, and explore the many fascinating lakeside temples. Ulun Danu Bratan one of our favourites and best visited early in the morning when its shrouded in mist (and mystery).

Here it is all about eco-friendly lodges where you can enjoy the laidback rhythm of rural Bali. Nowhere is more serene than the enchanting little hideaway, Munduk Cabins – six secluded cabins in the tree canopy, each connected by suspended walkways.


The “Forgotten Island” of Indonesia, Sumba is just an hour’s flight away from Bali and a brilliant alternative, or addition, for those wanting to venture off the beaten track and wanting to seek wilderness in the purest form. Twice the size of Bali but with fewer inhabitants and fewer tourists, time seems to stand still here. Ancient rituals are kept alive by the locals, and its strong spiritual connection to the land and sea celebrated.

Expect wild horses galloping along pristine beaches, a rich cultural heritage (home to several distinct ethnic groups) and a tapestry of landscapes from rolling savannahs punctuated by towering palm trees to lush jungles teeming with wildlife, large blue lagoons, stunningly beautiful beaches and cascading waterfalls. Immerse yourself, and participate in traditional ceremonies, learn the art of ikat weaving or explore ancient megalithic sites scattered across the island.


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