Visiting Bali – A City Guide
Bali rises serenely from the sea with towering volcanoes, lush green hillsides, sugar-white beaches and a bounty of stacked rice terraces such as the picturesque paddies of Tegallalang. Balinese culture digs deep in everyday life, with brilliantly coloured temples, tranquil sanctuaries and holy sites vying with modern luxury hotels and beach clubs ringing the shoreline.
Bali: City Layout and Top Attractions
Bali resorts are famous throughout Indonesia, drawing travellers to the southern end of the island for elegant dining, lively beach bars and shopping. The capital city Denpasar is also home to the island’s international airport, less than an hour’s drive to Bali hotel enclaves such as Jimbaran, Kuta and Seminyak.
Pristine southern beaches create a culture of their own with fun-filled aqua activities and snorkelling in spectacular underwater coral gardens. When deciding where to stay in Bali, the pull from sparkling waterfront hotels is hard to resist. You can redeem IHG®
Rewards Club points for stays at a family-friendly Bali hotel to be just steps from all the fun at Tanjung Benoa Beach.The east coast region harbours famous deep-sea diving spots, including Amed and Tulamben, home to the USAT Liberty shipwreck.
Aqua sports and surfing feature heavily at Bali resorts on the Bukit Peninsula and in Jimbaran Bay. You can find a “YOUR RATE” special on the IHG®
website to book a luxury resort such as InterContinental®
Resort Bali. Lively nightspots and the Waterbom Bali
fun zone are within easy reach of Hotel Indigo®
Bali Raya Kuta.
Eating Out in Bali
You can find flavourful, interesting food everywhere on Bali, whether it’s noodles from a mobile stall, fresh seafood from open-air markets along the coastline or traditional dishes from small warung
Southern Bali offers fine dining in numerous elegant restaurants, especially those in Bali resorts and enclaves such as Kuta and Seminyak. Chefs sizzle up international fare all along the coast, while beanbag beach lounges serve casual dishes and tropical drinks to lively nightlife crowds.
Shopping in Bali
Balinese shopping ranges from street stalls and surf shops to designer outlets specialising in handcrafted batik clothing. Favourite souvenirs include handicrafts from Ubud and hand-sewn Balinese sarongs with local geometric designs or modern, beach-themed patterns.
Kuta offers everything from traditional markets to air-conditioned fashion boutiques and quaint beach shops. It’s easy to find upscale shopping malls in Seminyak and Nusa Dua, as well as in Denpasar.
Culture in Bali
Serene Ubud, surrounded by rice fields and rainforests, cradles the cultural roots of Bali with indigenous dance, artisan crafts, temples and shrines. Traditional Balinese dance performances take place most nights in Ubud Palace
on the town’s main street. You can take in wayang kulit
(shadow puppet) performances in central Ubud as well.
Temple ceremonies are an integral part of daily life in Bali and welcome travellers to sacred sites such as Ulun Danu Beratan
. About 18 kilometres west of Denpasar, the moated temple complex and verdant gardens of Taman Ayun
cradle ancestral Royal Family and Meru shrines.
Visitors flock to Ubud to relax in peaceful leafy surrounds of the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
, with hundreds of monkeys and exotic trees such as the majegan
, used for building temples, and the pule bandak
wood for cultural masks.