Bali is only a 6 hour direct flight from Melbourne. Bali is a destination where you can relax and unwind like other destinations close to Australia, however, there are so many diverse things to see and do as well. Beyond stunning beaches and magical temples, Bali has virtually every kind of natural beauty. Glorious, mountainous areas with lush greenery, scenic lakes, gorgeous waterfalls, iconic rice fields, flower gardens, gushing, sacred rivers and secret canyons all make up the island’s landscape.
There’s an activity for every adventurous soul in Bali. Catch the surf breaks at Bali’s most popular surfing spots or rent a board and start learning to ride the waves. Jump from the cliffs and slide down a natural waterslide in Aling-Aling waterfall, or enjoy intricate artificial slides and other activities at the Waterbom. Descend into the sea inside a submarine, dive by yourself or experience walking on the seabed.
Also, there is the amazing food, from the more traditional cuisine to fine dining. Many international chefs are drawn to Bali to learn, create and modify recipes, resulting in neighbourhoods lined with restaurants, each with their own concepts. From sitting on the beach in colourful lit up bean bags in Seminyak, the seafood beach restaurants of Jimbaran Bay, nightclubs in Kuta and trendy beach club bars which host famous DJ’s, Bali truly does have something for everyone at night. Bali is also the home to the friendliest and most welcoming people in the world, they are very spiritual and go out of their way to make visitors feel welcome. Ultimately there is something for everyone is Bali.
Our office loves Bali! We recently had our Christmas Party here to experience villa life along with the amazing restaurants now available. We stayed in a Villa in Seseh to experience a more local stay among the rice paddy fields. It is very quiet and not overly populated like Kuta and Seminyak. You might just stay here for a week and not move – massages, chef, nails – everything can come to you at the villa. Seseh is also 15 minutes away from the up and coming area of Canggu. It is becoming very popular with lots of new resorts and restaurants to try in this surfy town. Chloe and Shannon have recently stayed at Double Six in Seminyak, which they loved. This is more a beach resort and within walking distance to popular beach clubs and restaurants, like Potato Head, Ku De Ta, La Lucciola, La Plancha and Mrs Sippy to name a few.
You can never run out of things to do. A popular place for families is Waterbom Water Park in Kuta and Splash Waterpark in Canggu – you can spend a day here enjoying all the water rides or relaxing in the lazy river. To experience another side of Bali, a stay in Ubud is popular. This is situated in a forest and is more of a cultural stay. You can go to Monkey Forest, learn crafts and dance and lots of temples and shrines.