From the myriad of temples, cheerful locals, roaming monkeys and stunning tropical setting, the mere thought of Bali evokes a sense of serenity and paradise. The famed Indonesian island may be small in size, but it packs a larger-than-life punch and is a complete indulgence of the senses – the warm sounds of traditional gamelan, idyllic scenery, lush nature, mouth-watering cuisine, refreshing spa treatments. While Bali is seen as the pinnacle destination among backpackers, it’s also famed for being one of the most luxurious travel destinations in all of Asia. After all, there are few places in the world that offer such wonderful hospitality, luxe dining and extravagant accommodations on an exotic tropical island. Bali simply offers that fleeting “lost in paradise” kind of feeling that stays with you forever.
Marveling at Temples
Scattered throughout the island are various ancient temples and shrines that are some of Bali’s most iconic landmarks. Often set to exotic backdrops and often featuring magnificent architecture, the peaceful and tranquil places of worship that transform into cultural centers during festivals or temple anniversaries. Perched on top of a huge rock and surrounded by crashing waves, the postcard-ready Tanah Lot is one of Bali’s most popular sites, while the Goa Gajah and Besakih Temple are some of the spiritual places for meditation.
Whether or not you actually choose to enter, this Amitie Midi Dress with Jacquard is the perfect option for marveling at the sites of these temples and shrines. Remember, these are a place of worship and you’ll want to be respectful to local customs when visiting any religious site, so something that stretches below the knees (most of the popular temples will give you a sarong to put around your waist anyway) and covers the shoulders will do the trick – and with this dress you can do just that in style and comfort. Complete the look with a pair of leather flats, ideal for exploring the uneven terrain, such as these Saint Laurent Nu Pieds Woven Leather Slides or these Gucci Varadero Horsebit-Detailed Leather Slides.
Fun in the Sun
Bali truly is a rich assortment of beaches, each with a case to be made of its own for why it’s the best on the island. While you’ll find crystal clear waters and plentiful sunshine wherever you find yourself on the island, the diversity in the features of the beach also makes it great. On the southern coast, you’ll find your classic white-sand beaches lined with palm trees such as Kuta Beach and Seminyak Beach, whereas Padang Padang Beach and Uluwatu offer some of the most breathtaking rocky cliffs you’ll ever lay your eyes on.
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An Afternoon in Ubud
From the centrally-located majestic palace that houses one of Bali’s royal families to the scattered art museums and rolling rice fields, Ubud is known as the cultural heartbeat of Bali and a flourishing urban environment. Charming cafés and local craft stalls line the streets, while there you can partake in everything from exploring sacred forest sanctuaries to outdoor yoga for a serene experience that many describe as a spiritual awakening of sorts.
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Creative cocktails, shimmering infinity pools, and superstar DJs – beach clubs in Bali are a hedonistic experience like no other. You haven’t truly experienced Bali until you find yourself with your feet nestled into the white sand beaches with a designer beverage in hand as you overlook the azure Indian Ocean. Located on its own magical strip of beach, Sundays Beach Club offers a heavenly combo of sun, sand and fabulously-fresh dining, whereas Potato Head Beach Club is known as a modern oasis with a menu full of luxe cocktails, three restaurants, and an infinity pool. With dozens of options across the island, it’s more a matter of when not if.
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The island of the gods is also one of the most popular diving spots in the entire world. Those who enjoy scuba diving need not look any further as Bali has everything you could ever ask for, including colorful coral reefs, magnificent exotic fish, and hollow caves. In addition to the wonderful marine life, however, one of the most popular diving sites in the world is USAT Liberty Wreck in Tulamben where 25m from the beach lies an American ship that was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine during WWII.
We always stress the importance of having the diver’s best friend at hand – the trusty watch. The Oris Aquis Big Day Date is the diving-optimized model in stainless steel that embodies the reliability and functionality you want for your next underwater trek, while the Oris Diver’s Heritage Sixty-Five is a vintage-inspired model that’s been a dependable partner of professional divers for decades. Elsewhere, you can never go wrong with the most classic timepieces such as the Rolex Submariner and the Rolex Deepsea which have been worn during some of humankind’s most daring underwater adventures.
A World-Class Dining Experience
While traditional Indonesian cuisine is certainly something you’ll have to check off your list during your stay, one of the aspects that’s made Bali so famous is its seamless fusion of different foods and cultures. Bambu is an example of the classic local cuisine with a fresh twist in a traditional crafted village home setting, while Locavore is a fine dining culinary adventure in the heart of Ubud that places the emphasis on locally-sourced products.
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