Drinks in the sand while the waves crash against the shore? Yes, please!
Bali is high on the list of dream vacation locations for many people. Beautiful sandy beaches paired with lush green forests sounds like the perfect way to get away from the real world and spend time in tranquility.
And not only does Bali have beaches to relax on, but there is also plenty more to do on this island. Those that want to go on an adventure can explore temples in the rainforest, trek up a volcano, explore an underworld paradise, hike through a rice paddy field, and more. If adventuring isn’t your thing, however, there’s nothing wrong with lounging by the pool while enjoying that warm, tropical weather.
If you’re thinking of taking a luxurious, relaxing vacation to Bali, here are some tips that can help you through the planning process.
Go when the weather is right
Bali’s temperatures remain warm throughout the year, but visitors should also take into consideration that Bali’s rainy season goes from November to March. The rainy season is hot, humid, full of mosquitos and very wet. While it might be sunny outside, precipitation can make it hard to go to the beach or even sit by the pool during these months. The ideal time to go to Bali is during the dry season, which is from April to October. Lack of rain makes these months perfect for those that want to spend time on the beach.
Relax, sunbathe, and eat
Plan to spend plenty of time relaxing, sunbathing, and eating! Many beach resort locations in Bali give you access to both the beach and a pool. Once visitors are done lounging in the sand, they can swim in a refreshing pool to get all that sand off. And after a day out in the sun, it’ll be time to enjoy some traditional Balinese cuisine. Fresh produce from the island is combined with spices. A traditional dish that is found throughout Bali is satay, which is sliced meat with spices that are spicy, savory, and sweet.
Choose a location near the beach
If your primary reason to visit Bali is to spend time at the beach, make sure you choose a location that is near the beach! Some of the most luxurious hotels can be found in Seminyak, which is known for being an upscale beach resort area. There are plenty of other beaches to choose from as well. Kuta has shuttles that will take tourists to Kuta Beach and Balagan Beach. Visitors that stay in Uluwatu can have access to Karma Kandara Beach, a private beach that isn’t as crowded as some of the beaches in Seminyak.
Cleanse your mind at Pura Tirta Empul
While visiting Bali, don’t miss out on experiencing some traditional Balinese Hindu culture. The majority of Bali’s population practices Balinese Hinduism and tourists are welcomed to visit temples throughout the island. Pura Tirta Empul is a sacred spring where visitors can bathe in blessed water. Springs bubble into a large pool and then travel through 30 waterspouts that lead into two large purification pools. Worshippers and visitors cleanse themselves under the waterspouts before entering the Hindu shrines. You don’t have to practice the Hindu faith to take part in this ritual, but you do need to be respectful of their beliefs.
Go on an underwater adventure
For those that want to go adventuring, snorkeling and diving are great ways to beat the heat while also exploring the underwater world of Bali. Bali’s waters are full of colorful coral reefs and beautiful fish. Check out these spots where you can dive. Some visitors are even lucky enough to spot a sea turtle or go swimming with the Mola Mola fish. Those who have never snorkeled or scuba dived before should work with an instructor for their first trip. Most of the time, instructors will recommend a location with shallow waters for beginners.
Party and shop in Seminyak
Bali isn’t just about beaches and underwater adventures—you can also grab some drinks or go on a shopping spree (or both!) in Seminyak. Seminyak offers high-end clubs, posh restaurants, and boutique shopping locations. Many enjoy visiting Ku De Ta, which is a beachfront bar. You can relax in a lounge chair, enjoy a specialty cocktail, and watch the waves coming in. Not to mention, many of the clubs in the area provide live-music several nights a week. And once tourists are done shopping and clubbing, many enjoy de-stressing at one of the many spas.
Relaxing and refreshing vacations are essential when it comes to your health and wellbeing. If you’re looking to escape the stresses of your everyday life, traveling to Bali not only allows you to spend time relaxing on the beach, but experience a new culture, go on adventures, and even get some shopping in.