There’s so much to love about Bali, from nature to culture, indulgence to adventure, and the laidback vibe of the island will soon have you seduced and ready for wanderlust. Here, four great destinations to discover – plus three exciting next-stop Indonesian destinations to carry on the adventure.
The heavenly hideaway of Nusa Dua is sprinkled with serene five-star resorts for luxury-lovers, rolling green golf courses for execs needing a destress, and white-sand beaches that are perfect for defrazzling families or re-romancing couples alike.
The perfect sunrise-watching spot, east-facing Sanur Beach marries traditional seaside Balinese village life with all the essentials for an utterly relaxing holiday. The protected beach is perfect for little ones, an array of restaurants caters to every taste, and the vibrant cultural centre of Ubud is under an hour away.
The unassuming vibe of this coastal village belies the many fascinating nearby sights (including Bali’s highest mountain, Mt Agung) to explore. A perfect day might involve a journey to the lush tranquillity of Tirta Gangga Water Temple, a lazy afternoon at secretive White Sand Beach, and dinner with spectacular verdant views at Bali Asli Restaurant.
This ecotourism hotspot boasts the West Bali National Park, encompassing lush rainforests, mangroves and pristine beaches. Diving enthusiasts will love Pemuteran Beach and its incredible underwater temple garden, and nearby Menjangan Island’s wild beauty.
Further afield: Within a 1.5-hour flight of Bali, you’ll find:-
As you cycle through rice paddies, surf, marvel at dramatic waterfalls, or immerse yourself in local arts and antiquities, this lush island will captivate you.
Home to Komodo dragons, majestic coastlines, caves and waterfalls just begging to be explored, and waters teeming with manta rays, dugongs and dolphins, Flores is paradise found. florestourism.com
Ancient spirituality meets modern culture here. Explore Borobudur Temple – the world’s largest Buddhist monument – then admire vibrant street art or contemporary galleries, taste excellent street food and enjoy the lively local music scene.
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