Rainforests glistening in every shade of green, give way to pine forests, coconut groves, and bamboo thickets that lead to talcum-soft sand beaches. In hillside temples, stone statues of Hindu deities gaze out towards the sea, guarding against misfortune. Known as the “Island of the Gods” Bali is a natural beauty steeped in the customs and rituals of an ancient culture.
The traditional textile craft of batik, meaning “to dot” in Javanese, has been elevated to an art form in Indonesia. Watch batik artists create intricate masterpieces at Batik Popiler, a workshop and gallery dedicated to the art of batik established in 1962.Learn More
Batubulan is a traditional farming village known for intricate stone carvings, and the ornamental works are in display in the shops lining the pebbly streets. Once created solely for temples and palaces, images of Hindu gods and mythological creatures are now used to adorn residences. Each morning, Barong dance troupes perform with gamelan orchestras on stages set throughout this artisan village.
Survey the work of local and international artists inspired by the Asia Pacific region through the 600 works on permanent display. Bali, long a muse for artists, is represented in several 20th-century pieces by European artists.Learn More
Located west of the majestic Mount Batur, and a three-hour drive from Nusa Dua sits “The Lucky Temple”. The area is ripe for exploration with routes leading to Ubud village, and the alluring Hindu temple Pura Bukit Mentik. Keen adventurers also use this craggy trail as a starting point for early morning climbs to Mount Batur's rocky summit.
High above the Indian Ocean on a rugged plateau on Bali's southern tip, a temple complex of black coral rock spread out through the tropical forest. Stone stairways lead through leafy groves to a peaceful inner sanctuary where a protected species of monkey roams. Founded by a Javanese Hindu priest in the 10th century, this sacred site is dedicated to the spirits of the sea and hosts nightly kecak, or monkey, and fire dance ceremonies from the Ramayana, an epic Sanskrit poem.
Yogis, musicians, and dancers have gathered in Ubud for more than a decade now for this week-long festival of workshops, concerts, markets, and natural healing-focused events.Learn More
Watch as hundreds of kites take flight at the start of the windy season in the seaside town of Sanur.
Catch performances from international and local musicians throughout this weekend of wall-to-wall live music.Learn More
Traditional crafts, cuisine, games, and events preserve and showcase the rich Sanur culture.Learn More
Cutting-edge designers, concerts, lavish dinners, and celebrity-studded parties are on the bill for this weekend to celebrate contemporary culture.Learn More
Prominent writers and curious readers gather to address global issues through literature at Southeast Asia’s leading festival of words and ideas.Learn More
Swim through a placid lagoon dotted with waterfalls to your Balinese massage appointment at the Lagoon Spa where treatments are inspired by the seven pillars of well-being.Learn More
Fine tune skills with a tennis clinic, get matched with a partner or reserve the outdoor court for your own game.Learn More
Spend a day out on the Indian Ocean kayaking, bike surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving or any number of wild water activities available through the water activities desk.Learn More