Bali is an island and province of Indonesia. It forms part of the Coral Triangle, an area with the highest bio-diversity of marine species. The island has a varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and long sandy beaches, and lush rice terraces alongside barren volcanic hillsides. Overall, the island of Bali is colourful, deeply spiritual and completely unique.
There is plenty to see and do in Bali. The climate is pleasant, varying from 20 to 33 degrees year round. To explore the ancient culture, there are many temples and palaces to visit such as Besakih Temple, or Uluwatu Temple. The Puri Saren Royal Palace in Ubud is well preserved with charming gardens. There are many beautiful beaches, some well known such as Kuta Beach in the West of Bali, and some quieter more discreet beaches. Thomas Beach is nearby, offering a laid back Balinese beach vibe. Also close are Nyang Nyang Beach, Suluban Beach and Green Bowl Beach. Bali is a surfers dream, a fisherman’s paradise and the thriving coral reef make it a world class scuba diving destination. In Bali you have a choice of championship golf courses, tennis clubs, and as well as plenty of shopping, there is a thriving nightlife when the sun goes down.
Within 10 minutes drive of Chalet Spa Bali is a range of local and international restaurants and cafes. Set back from the road 150m above Thomas beach, La Baracca serves authentic Italian food. Also close by at the Bulgari are 2 fine restaurants; Sangkat is located above the cliff and has an international & Balinese menu, whilst Luca Fantin – Ristorante of the Bulgari Resort provides one of the finest Italian restaurants in the area and one which uses organic local ingredients under the guidance of renowned resident chef Fabrizio Crocetta. One of the coolest clifftop locations nearby is the ULU Cliff House, a very cool place to sit and take in the view, dine in the intimate restaurant or enjoy a few drinks and dance, with world famous D.J’s playing and a great lounge bar. For modern Japanese cuisine, Sake no Hana (next to the OMNIA Day Club) provides an authentic experience overlooking the pool and cliffs. Bali has plenty of health food cafes including Peloton, solely vegan and The Shady Shack. Bambu Indah is an organic healthy Indonesian café, and Sage offers raw vegan comfort food. For Indonesian fusion, try Dugong along with Merah Putih and Sarong, both upmarket Indonesian restaurants.
Bali festivals and events are important features in the social landscape of the island. The most important annual festival is Galungan, commemorating the triumph of good over evil. This festival lasts 10 days and ends with Kuningan, when special offerings of yellow turmeric rice are made to the Hindu God. Nyepi celebrates the new year of the Saka calendar, and is marked as a day of no activity on the island and also known as the Bali Day of Silence. The Bali Arts Festival from June to July allows you to witness Bali’s wealth of performing arts and cultural achievements, and the Bali Kite Festival held in June sees hundreds of competing kite troupes gather to pilot their gigantic traditional kites.
The most helpful website for fact finding and general information about Bali is provided by Bali Indonesia.com.