Kuta Beach Bali

The archipelago of Indonesia may consist of many islands, but not all of them are as popular as the island of Bali. Bali is nicknamed the ‘Island of the Gods’ and it is a well-deserved title as visitors will soon realise. The island is known for its exquisite nightlife and divine beaches, two factors which make it a tourist favourite. All towns on the island, except for a few of the landlocked ones, have excellent beaches. This little island is the perfect vacation choice for those looking for a change in scenery.

Kuta is the most developed region in Bali and receives the most tourist traffic. Crowded and constantly abuzz with activity, Kuta may not seem appealing at first, but it is simply impossible to visit Bali and avoid Kuta. Kuta Beach, which is sometimes called Sunset Beach, is undoubtedly the most popular coastal area in Bali and no trip to the Indonesian island can be considered complete without stopping by here. It tends to get crowded during the weekend so the best time to visit is on weekdays. It was originally frequented by surfers although its popularity as a surfing destination has somewhat declined over time. However, one can still find plenty of surfers near Kuta Beach.

The beach is quite safe, remarkably clean, and is lined with vendors selling various items and offering massages. A massage by the beach can go a long way towards reducing stress. As it is a popular tourist spot, most of the goods and services tend to be a bit pricier than in other parts of the island. Those who wish to avoid crowds should try visiting Bali after the peak tourist season. The Legian Beach and the Seminyak Beach are two other popular beaches to try when vacationing here.

Tourists looking for luxury villas in Bali will find few better options than Alila Villas Soori. Providing excellent luxury villas Bali complete with all the best facilities, including a divine spa, it is a terrific place to stay at. It has an excellent beach side location and is the ideal option for those who want to enjoy Bali’s amazing coastal areas amidst the sun, sand and surf.

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Festivals in Bali

Bali is one of the most sought after holiday destinations in Asia. It has a perfect setting of beaches, lovely tropical weather and warm Indonesian hospitality which lures thousands of tourists from all over the world throughout the year.

Bali is also home to most of the minority Hindus of Indonesia and therefore this island is the perfect place to experience the local culture, which is a combination of Hindu and Indonesian traditions.

Throughout the year the island features a range of festivals. Dances and religious rites are part of Balinese day to day life; every religious element, every significant part of their lives, and all what Mother Nature has offered them, are a good enough reason for them to celebrate.

Most of the festivals are about their own lives. From the birth of a child, throughout the life, all the cherished moments such as marriage, until death, each event is a reason for celebration. Then there are the religious festivals. Special prayers, parades, fasting ceremonies and other events at the temple are also celebrated with passion. Some of the religious events also include deity anniversaries, harvest festivals and blood sacrifices.

The most significant religious celebration is the Odalan. This celebrates the founding of the temple and lasts a couple of days, sometimes even up to a week. The temples are beautifully decorates with flags, palm leaves and flowers. Generally this also involves a colourful parade, various ceremonies, all ending with a big feast.

One festival tourists cannot afford to miss is the Nyepi. This celebrates the new lunar year which is usually March or April for the Balinese. Nyepi is the day after the Melasti which involves a lot of festivities. On the day of Nyepi everybody has to remain silent throughout the day. No body works, travels, or does anything else. It is just a day for staying in and relaxing!

For more relaxation in Bali try a wellness retreat. There are many on this island and they offer the perfect way to indulge in a healthy living style. The island being a popular holiday destination offers various types of lodging options and for those keen on luxury living combined with wellness can stay at COMO Shambhala.

Goa Gajah

Travellers staying at Uluwatu hotels such as Anantara Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa are in close proximity to a plethora of places of interest, thus Bali resorts such as this make for ideal bases from which to explore local attractions for a remarkable leisure travel experience. A prominent Hindu archaeological site, Goa Gajah is situated merely 10 minutes outside of Ubud. Known as the Elephant Cave by locals, Goa Gajah can be found close to the Elephant River. Attractions in Goa Gajah include ancient bathing pools, relics, a mysterious cave located amidst green rice paddies, luring in hordes of tourists. In 1995 this attraction was declared a tentative UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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