Bali may look like just another dot in the Indonesian archipelago, but as far as tourism is concerned, it's the central point of this beautiful, far-flung country.
Towering volcanoes revered as domains of Hindu deities give way to forested foothills and emerald-green rice paddies as Bali spreads out towards the warm inviting waters of the Indian Ocean. The sea answers back with powerful swells that barrel over reefs to the delight of local surfers.
Culturally too, bite-size Bali stands out, with a Hindu majority that sets it apart from the rest of Indonesia.
The Balinese blend of Hinduism perforates daily life in ways that require complete and absolute devotion. Every street corner and every doorway is marked with religious symbols, every village is home to a temple brimming with offerings of fruit and flowers, and every community observes the Hindu festivals - giving genuine meaning to Bali's sobriquet, the Island of the Gods.
Top itineraries in Bali
Java is a land of enchanting beauty, dotted with mysterious ancient temples, fascinating cultures and sprawling megacities. To the east, the beautiful island of Bali is blessed with idyllic beaches, terraced rice fields and forested foothills.
Top places to stay in Bali
This boutique spa retreat is close a short walk from Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali, and offers a full range of yoga, massage and health-and-beauty treatments set among gently rolling hills and rice fields.
Replicating the Spa Village ethos on the unspolit northern coast of Bali, this luxury spa retreat is a perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate with a programme of personalised treatments and therapies.
Idle away your days in superb beachfront villa accommodation in easy reach of a world-class golf course, art village, holy Hindu temple, dolphin watching and a full range of water sports.
Where to go in Bali
Set among the gentle slopes that lead up towards the central mountains, Ubud is the heartland of Balinese culture.
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