Bali has been an Aussie favourite for decades, and it’s not hard to see why. From volcanoes and black-sand beaches to luxury villas and cocktails on the sand, or street food and fusion feasts, this tropical holiday destination’s delights are matched only by the friendliness of its people.
We talk to Travel Expert Sandra Innis, of Flight Centre Garden City in Western Australia, to find out her top tips for exploring Bali.
Why I Love It
It’s perfect for swanking around the hot spots and drinking cocktails, or having a relaxing family holiday. It is ever-changing and exciting.
Go to La Favela, one of the hippest cantinas in Seminyak. It’s great for food and cocktails. It’s where all the good-looking people go on a Saturday night.
If you head to Bali mid-August, make sure you snag tickets to the annual White Party at Ku De Ta. Dress code is white (surprise!) and the music is sublime.
Get hands-on experience with local cuisine by trying a cooking class in Ubud. Casa Luna Cooking School offers half-day courses covering ingredients, cooking techniques and the cultural background.
Ubud and Seminyak boast some of the best yoga studios. Jiwa, in the Kuta Utara district, is a favourite among Bikram (hot yoga) devotees, and it even offers express 60-minute sessions.
Best Day Trip
Head out to Mount Batur on a sunrise trekking trip. A moderate level of fitness is required but the views from the top are absolutely worth it.
Travellers are starting to explore the less-beaten tracks of Candidasa and Pemuteran.
*This article first appeared in Travel ideas – WOW List 2017