Beautiful Bali

Stay-Put Holiday

Tour Highlights

Known as the ‘Land of the Gods’, Bali is the jewel at the heart of Indonesia’s Island Nation.   
This tropical paradise has varied landscape with sandy beaches and rugged coastline, lush rice terraces, volcanic peaks and mountains, that all provide a picturesque backdrop to a deeply spiritual and unique culture. Enduring traditions and age-old customs come alive in fascinating temple ceremonies, impressive cultural performances, exquisite flower-petal offerings and processions of joyfully garbed locals celebrating.  While Bali no doubt has all the natural beauty to make for a perfect tropical holiday, it is the smiling inhabitants of this small island that make you feel genuinely welcome.  

Our explorations on the island will showcase the country’s wondrous landscape, fascinating village temples and artisan towns specializing in silver jewelry, traditional ceramics and tile making.  Sightseeing will include the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary that reflects Bali’s tireless conservation efforts, a visit to the Holy Spring at the Gunung Kawi temple in Sebatu and the most sacred temple Batukaru with its tiered roofs and fragrant gardens.  We will visit the teeming fruit and flower markets in Bedugal, take a magical walk through vast rice fields and attend a vibrant dance performance. We also visit the largest and most important temple Besakih (Mother Temple) and the original Balinese village of Bali Aga where they still practice traditional weaving. During your leisure time you can enjoy a massage on the beach, take a refreshing swim, indulge in the fresh local cuisine and explore the open air markets and browse for world renowned handicrafts.

Our hotel is the deluxe Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa with the elegance of a Balinese palace nestled in expansive tropical gardens on the beautiful white sands of the Nusa Dua peninsula.  Guest rooms are traditionally furnished in Balinese style with a balcony or terrace, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, safety deposit box and complimentary WiFi.  There are four restaurants offering local and international cuisine, a lobby and pool bar, full-service spa and fitness centre, hair and beauty salon, shopping arcade, large main pool and smaller lagoon pool.  The resort offers a myriad of activities including fruit carving, Balinese dancing, coconut leaf weaving, beauty treatments using local herbs and golf available nearby.

*** Those joining any of our tours to Asia must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.

Tentative Itinerary

 1.  A full day tour of the island’s fascinating culture and traditions. We begin in the artisan village of Celuk, the center of Balinese gold and silver jewellery production, followed by Mas with their intricate wood carvings and Ubud, famous for their remarkable paintings depicting life in Bali. We then visit Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, home to a band of grey-haired, long-tailed Balinese macaques. This cool and dense swathe of the jungle is the site of three uniquely beautiful and holy temples. Following lunch, we wind our way up into the lush green rainforest, past tiny rural towns and around a vast area of beautifully terraced rice fields in Tegal Lalang. We pass hundreds of village temples before making a stop at the 17th-century holy-spring Gunung Kawi temple at Sebatu. Dinner is at a local restaurant en route back to Nusa Dua.
2.  We take the back roads for spectacular panoramic views of the seemingly impossible rice terraces that cling precariously to green mountain slopes. We will stop in Pejaten, known for their impressive ceramic tiles, before visiting Tegal Linggah village to visit the highly venerated temple of Batukaru. Situated amidst the serenity of the tropical rainforest, this ancient temple is regarded as one of the Island’s most sacred. Afterward, we see the colorful fruit and flower market at Candi Kuning – Bedugul and the 17th-century Ulun Danu Water Temple, resting on the shore of picturesque Lake Beratan.
3.  A tour of Bali’s picturesque southern peninsula where the breathtaking landscapes and topography are unlike anything else on the island. This lush tropical location owes its fertile soil to the volcanoes which dot the central highlands and an arid terrain formed by thousands of years of coral deposits. Perched on a sheer cliff is the highly venerated Uluwatu temple. We will enjoy a delightful performance of The Ramayana epic-based Kecak Dance as the sun sets with the temple in the background, followed by dinner with a view of the beach.
4.  A full day tour focusing on Bali’s link to the ancient Javanese Hindus Kingdom. We visit Besakih Temple (Mother Temple), the largest in Bali and the most important place of worship on the island. We will enjoy views of the Agung Mountain and the villages of Selat and Sidemen with spectacular scenery of rice terraces before visiting Bali Aga, an original Balinese village whose inhabitants are believed to have come long before the Hindu-Javanese. It is the only village that until today is still weaving traditional “Geringsing” cloths. We finish our day with a visit of Goa Lawah Temple, built in the form of a cave in honour of the sea and home to thousands of bats.

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