Located in the Indonesian archipelago, Bali is definitely an island of two halves. The green, hilly North and the busy, beach-focused South. Any trip should definitely combine the two.
Check In: There are so many great hotel options to choose from in Bali, including some of the more familiar names such as the Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons and the Viceroy.
During our stay we stayed at the Kayon Resort while in Northern Ubud and The Berry Amour Villas in Southern Seminyak. Both are really well positioned for exploring their respective areas and provide shuttle services to and from the centre of town.
For those who have a really short time on the Island it is definitely worth:
1. Exploring The Monkey Forest
2. Visiting Uluwatu Temple at Sunset (and watching the famous Fire Dance)
3. Marvelling at the Tegallalang Rice Terrace
4. Exploring the Beaches of Southern Bali
5. Climbing down to Tegenungan Waterfall
6. Relaxing at Karsa Spa
Travelling around the Island: One of the best ways to travel around the island is with a private driver. Having your own driver allows you to plan your own itinerary and spend as little or as much time at each venue as you like (it also makes travelling through the more busy areas with congested roads and hundreds of motorbikes stress free!).
We found that our driver was also an extremely useful source of insider tips on places to eat and the best time to visit certain sites. We used Lanus Tours during our trip and would definitely recommend them.
Getting to / from Bali: Bali can be accessed in two ways:
1/ By Boat – Regular ferries and fast boats run between Bali and Lombok/Gili Islands. These are really useful if you are planning an multi-stop trip and want to travel between the islands. I would definitely recommend doing a bit of research before you travel as there are multiple fast boat companies with varying safety levels. We are using Blue Water Express, the longest running fast boat company, to travel to Bali from Lombok in our upcoming trip.
2/ By Plane – Bali has a large international airport that accepts flights from many countries around South East Asia and Australia. Regular flights run between Bali. Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpar so it is really easy to find one that fits in with your schedule.
Have you been to Bali? Any other tips?