Introduction to Bali
Bali is one of Indonesia’s 17,508 island’s. It is located in the western end of the Lesser Sunda Islands lying in between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. Bali’s provincial capital is known as Denpasar and it is located towards the south of the island.
In 2010, the population was recorded as 3,891,000 people. The island is home to Indonesia’s Hindu minority. In the 2000 census, 92.29% of Bali’s population were Balinese Hindus while the rest were Muslims. Bali is also Indonesia’s largest tourist destination and is known for its various art forms which include traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworks and music.
With its varied landscapes of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches to its rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides, Bali always has something to offer for various types of tourists. Its picturesque sceneries together with its deep spiritual and unique culture stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth.
With its world class surfing and diving, historical and archeological attractions and a wide variety of accommodations, Bali is easily one of the most popular island destinations in the world. Bali has consistently won various tourism awards. This is echoed in the quote below:-
“The main asset of Bali tourism is the culture of Bali itself. Because of this, let us all work together to protect and preserve that which draws tourists to Bali.”
Minister of Culture and Tourism – I Gede Ardhika
A procession for a religious ceremony
A procession for a religious ceremony | Source
Regions in Bali
Bali has six regions which are:-
South Bali – This region consists of the Kuta, Bukit Peninsula, Canggu, Denpasar, Jimbaran, Legian, Nusa Dua, Sanur, Seminyak and Tanah Lot. This region is the most visited part of the island due to the fact that Denpasar International Airport is located in the region as well as Kuta Beach and Seminyak which are main tourist destinations.
Central Bali – This region consists of Ubud, Bedugul and Tabanan. This region is also known as the cultural hub of Bali. The central mountain range is also located in this region. The highest mountain in this region is Mount Batukaru.
West Bali – This region consists of Negara, Gilimanuk, Medewi Beach, Pemuteran and the West Bali National Park. It is in this location which have ferry trips to Java. For the eco-tourist, the West Bali National Park is located in this region as well.
North Bali – This region consists or Lovina and Singaraja. This region has quiet black beaches. The old capital city of Singaraja or “Lion King” is also located in this region. Singaraja was formerly the Dutch colonial administrative centre for Bali and the Lesser Sunda Islands until 1953. Gedong Kirtya which is located south of the town centre of Singaraja is the only library of lontar manuscripts which are ancient and sacred texts written on the leaves of the rontal palm. This the only library of such kind in the world.
East Bali – This region consists of Amed, Besakih, Candidasa, Kintamani, Klungkung, Mount Agung, Padang Bai & Tirta Gangga. This region is a laid back coastal village flanked by an active volcano as well as the mighty Mount Agung.
Southeastern Islands – This region consists of Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan. This region is popular for its diving activities.
Mount Agung dominates the landscape of East Bali
Mount Agung dominates the landscape of East Bali | Source
Popular Cities in Bali
Some of the popular cities in Bali are:-
Denpasar – This city is the administratice centre as well as the transport hub for the island.
Candidasa – This is a quiet coastal town which is the gateway to the east coast.
Kuta – This is a surfer’s city and it the most heavily developed area in Bali. There are a lot of shopping centres to cater for the large number of tourist arrivals to this city. This is also the centre of Bali’s nightlife and party culture.
Jimbaran – This is a seaside resort which has nice sheltered beaches as well as seafood restaurants. Jimbaran is located to the south of Kuta.
Legian – This city is located between Kuta and Seminyak. It is also the name of Kuta’s main street.
Lovina – This city is where there are beautiful black volcanic sand beaches and coral reefs.
Sanur – This area has seaside resorts and beaches which are popular with older families.
Seminyak – This is the quieter city which has more upscale beach resorts and villas just north to Legian. It also has a fashionable upscale restaurants and trendy designer bars and dance clubs.
Ubud – This is the centre of art and dance in the foothills. This area has several museums, the monkey forest and lots of arts and craft shops for the tourist.
Sunset at Jimbaran
Sunset at Jimbaran | Source
Villas in Jimbaran
Jimbaran is a thriving fishing village which has white sandy beaches overlooking the bay on Bali’s southern coastline. This city maintains its cultural values and is the place to be to enjoy the simple pleasures that life has to offer. Jimbaran Bay is known for its mesmerizing sunsets as well as seafood which are served in cafes along the beach. The villas in this area are reasonably priced as well.
Prices starting from US $ 300.00
Ocean View Frangipani Villa and Spa
This villa has established secluded villas in which privacy is the topmost importance. The villa is filled with flowers and greenery outside the villa balcony. You will also be waking up the chirping of the birds in the morning. In the evenings, it is the candlelight which lights up the sunset. The villas are surrounded by forest which arouses a feeling of ease as time passes slowly to make you liberated from daily chores and at once, your mind, body and soul are relaxed.
Villa Puri Balangan
This villa is located on the top of Balangan Hill. This villas are located about 25 minutes away from the International airport. The villa was originally constructed by an employee from the World Bank. However, the current owners acquired the project the 2007 and completed an extensive renovation project. This villa is exclusive in that this hideaway of three (3) exclusive bedroom villas offer all the lavish accoutrements of a luxury managed villa. The villa boast its own infinity pool, manicured gardens and absolute ocean view.
Prices starting from US $ 400.00
Villa Sur La Colline
Villa Sur La Colline is a tastefully appointed 4-bedroom property designed to embrace the contours of an elevated piece of landscape that captures sweeping views of Jimbaran Bay and Tanjung Benoa. This villa is located in the rugged tropical terrain known as Bukit Ungasan. This villa is also about 20 minutes from the airport and is close the surfing beaches of Padang-Padang, Balangan and Dreamland.
Prices starting from US $ 500.00
Villa Kalyana is a three bedroom retreat with a sprawling natural landscape by a boundary of bamboo trees in the village of Jimbaran. The villas main living room is based on the traditional Javanese joglo with an elevated ceiling of intricate wooden beams. The airport is just 10 minutes drive away. The master bedroom is another Javanese joglo which is designed as an adult sanctuary. Bathed in natural sunlight, this room has its own terrace with direct garden access.
Prices starting from US $ 800.00
Villa Uma Nina
This villa is a newly built private home which is perfectly positioned on top of a hill in Jimbaran. This villa offers spectacular panoramic views of Bali. This villa is about 20 minutes away from the airport and 15 minutes away from Jimbaran Bay. This villa is surrounded by manicured lawns. Upon entering the villa, there is a circular driveway with a large water feature in the centre. The spacious living room has large windows which overlook the gardens and swimming pool.
Prices starting from US $ 900.00
The Jewel Villa
The Jewel Villa is a four bedroom, cliff top villa which sits on “Tiara Nusa” which is a private estate located in the south of Bali. “Tiara Nusa”, when translated, means the “crown of the island”. This villa has stunning panoramas that Bali has to offer. Set on the edge of a cliff within a beautiful tropical garden, every bedroom suite at the villa is named after a precious jewel, ie, Ruby, Amethyst, Sapphire and Emerald. The Sapphire and Emerald suite open to the garden. The Sapphire suite is decorated in deep blue to match the stone to its open air sky bathroom. Emerald is adorned in green and opens out to the green gardens. The Ruby suite is decorated is red and takes on the colours of the flowers in the garden outside. The Amethyst suite is done in lush and regal purple, just like the evening sky that can be seen from the balcony.