Book hotels in Bali for a luxurious break in this scintillating part of Southeast Asia...
So why should you consider Bali for your next holiday? Well, there are the beaches for a start. Sands of white and gold stretch along the coastline; they're fringed by palm trees and, while some beaches offer rolling waves and surf spots, many feature shallow waters that are ideal for splashing and swimming.
Then there's the sublime scenery: in Bali you can see rainforests, rivers, volcanoes and beautifully terraced rice fields. Stunning places of worship dot this landscape and make for worthy diversions. The multi-cultural and somewhat bohemian nature of Bali is a clue to the exciting patchwork of cuisine, attitudes, arts, music and traditions of the island's friendly population.
Do you need another reason to visit Bali? How about the various resorts which dish up whatever floats your holiday boat? From the clubs and bars of beach resort Kuta to the chilled-out pace of Ubud, there is a resort and a hotel that will feel like it's been created just for you.
In Bali, hotels are as varied as the island's visitors so you are certain to find what you're dreaming of...
Sandwiched between the islands of Java and Lombok in Indonesia, Bali has been a popular long-haul destination for many years. Honeymooners and couples jet in for relaxing holidays in five-star hotels and luxury spas, families visit for the excellent beaches, and backpackers make their way here from Malaysia and Thailand, en route to Australia. The huge variety of holidaymakers means there's a huge variety of hotels in Bali that cater for all tastes and budgets. And the great news is that your money will stretch a little further when it comes to Bali hotels.
But where will you stay? One of the most popular resorts is the lively southern town of Kuta. Australians love this surfing paradise and the resort has earned a reputation for beach days and party nights. Hotels in Kuta range from cheap backpacker digs to luxury hotels.
The bustling city of Denpasar is home to a range of cultural attractions as well as many hotels. Seminyak, also in the south of Bali, is both quieter and more upmarket than Kuta, though there's still nightlife if you want it. Nusa Dua is also peppered with luxury hotels and is a little quieter still. The resorts of Legian and Sanur are also low-key and offer a good range of accommodation, though both are at the upper end of the market. The black volcanic sands of Lovina Beach, on the northern coast, see far fewer visitors than the beaches in the south, so you can be guaranteed a quiet and relaxing stay in hotels here.
Centrally-located Ubud is where you'll find most of the top hotels in Bali. Popular with loved-up couples straight from their wedding, this laidback town is dotted with wonderful spa hotels and four- and five-star hotels and private villas with swimming pools that offer supreme levels of comfort and service. It's the beating cultural heart of Bali and it's the perfect place to stay if you want to see the best of Bali but don't mind not being close to a beach.
Top up your tan and then check out some of Bali's top attractions...
This tropical paradise has no shortage of ways to keep visitors occupied. From the treasures under the water to the temples that climb into the skies, you are certain to make magical memories in Bali.
Top five attractions
Bali has a deserved reputation as one of the best diving spots in the world and when you head under the waves, you'll quickly discover why. With sites to suit all levels of diver and a marine world teeming with life, rolling on a wet suit has never been so exciting.
Even if you don't stay in the excellent hotels in Ubud, be sure to visit this charming enclave of culture, religion and art and soak up the relaxed spirit. There's plenty to see and do so plan a full day here, though be prepared to want more.
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Visit this sanctuary while in Ubud to see long-tailed macaques roaming freely around the sacred forest, its trees and its temples.
Tanah Lot Temple
Also known as Pura Tanah Lot, this rocky outcrop houses a wonderful and ancient temple. It's easy to organise day trips here from your resort.
Air Panas Banjar
Soothe away any aches and pains at this outdoor complex of hot springs. Surrounded by jungle and with the odd monkey visitor, the serene setting is the ideal place for a dip.
Bali crams its annual calendar with a great range of events...
From slow considered moves in Ubud to fast races in Negara, there's never a dull moment in Bali.
BaliSpirit Festival; March: Ubud is the obvious choice to host this celebration of music, yoga and dance. There's a strong peace and love vibe going on here. Hotels in Ubud are likely to fill during this popular event.
Bali Kite Festival; July: Sharks, dragons, bulls, chariots, giant butterflies - you're not likely to see any traditional kite quadrilaterals at Sanur Beach when this festival comes to town and takes over the skies.
Mekepung (water buffalo/bull races); throughout the year: Though the original event takes place only once a year to celebrate the end of the rice harvest, tourists are invited to visit the track at Perancak, near Negara, to see a fortnightly recreation of the bull race and enjoy other local traditions.