Some Bali tips for travellers
Bali general information
Bali is a beautiful island and a great tourist destination that is als known as the Saint-Tropez of Asia. Bali is a small island and is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Asia. It is the most wealthy, and mostly predominantly tourist island, and is one of 17.000 island of the Indonesian archipelago, located between neighbouring islands Java and Lombok.
Where Ricefields meet the Ocean
This award winning tourist destination is famous for its stunning Sawa’s (ricefields), beaches, diverse culture and world-class surf. All over Bali you will find several spots where you can overlook the Sawa’s, some of these sawa’s will even flow into the ocean. Bali is surrounded by water and has stunning beaches that host world-class surf spots. Bali has a diverse culture but is predominately hindoe, that is why you will find beautiful and colourful offerings all over the island. Because Hinduism is seen everywhere along the road, each house features a temple where many times a day an offering are placed. These offerings are made from natural materials and filled with food, flowers and burning incense. The offerings are used to praise the gods and to keep the evil spirits away.
Bali is mesmerising holiday destination that offers world-class entertainment for the whole family. It hosts great international- and national restaurants that will serve you great dishes, beautiful beach clubs to spend the day, fun days out to waterparks or entertainment parks and a great shopping experience with local souvenir shop or international brands. Discover the island the island and local culture by hiring a local tour guide who will show you all the great spots on the island, who will introduce you to the great and often spicy Indonesian cuisine. Tour guides and drivers can be arranged while staying at one of our beautiful villas.
- Fine Dining
- Beach life
Bali is an award winning destination that hosts several hotspots with their character. The island has something to offer for everyone, a trendy nightlife, quiets beach town or just stay in an area among the locals. We made you an overview with the places to be on Bali.
This is THE hotspot of Bali and hosts a selection of the best restaurants, bars, shops and beach clubs on Bali! Seminyak has more than transcended the popularity of the neighboring places like Kuta and Legian and is currently the place where it all happens. In Seminyak you can stay in your own private luxury villa surrounded by all the major international names in the tourism and fashion world who have all settled down here. Visit stylish restaurants, trendy cocktail and lounge bars on the beach, nightclubs with world famous DJs and attractive shops, Seminyak has it all, and more. Hundreds of tourists gather on the soft white sandy beach to enjoy the world famous, beautiful sunset. Great beach bars that have comfortable beanbags, cold drinks and often have live music or DJ’s. Seminyak has many private villas from standard to the most luxurious villas and we made sure we have selected the best ones for you!
A trendy coastal village located between Seminyak and Tanah Lot, this is an up-and-coming resort area that also hosts the largest expat community on the island. Canggu can best be described as great surf, yoga, cool beach bars and great & healthy restaurants. Canggu is one of those place you will feel at home right away. It hosts famous beaches like Berawa, Batu Bolong and Echo Beach. This area is developing very fast but still maintains its beach town vibe where you can drive between the rice fields and feel at home between the local community. A must stay area for those who are looking for a cool and trendy vibe!
Famous from the movie “Eat, Pray and Love”, Ubud is the Cultural epicentre of Bali. Ubud is located in the cool mountains at about one hour’s drive north of the airport. This traditional area is the home of the Balinese Royal family and a flourishing arts centre. Most of Bali’s museums, art galleries and craftsmen are centered in Ubud. It is also hosts good restaurants, (organic) cafes and street & art shops. In this area you will also find beautiful sawa’s (rice fields- and terraces) and is a great area to discover by hiking or taking a cycling tour. Balinese Hinduism remains stronger in Ubud than elsewhere in Bali, cremation ceremony or celebration of some kind can be found everywhere. It is also a great place to see Bali’s traditional dance performances.
Palm-lined beaches facing the Indian Ocean towards the east, while strolling alongside the white sandy beach you can watch the stunning sunrise. Sanur is one of Bali’s biggest traditional villages but it’s also one of the most established tourist areas but unlike Kuta, it is a more quiet tourist destination. Sanur was Bali’s first beach resort but still retains its Balinese character and old style village ambiance. On the southeastern side of Bali, Sanur beach is easily reachable from Denpasar Airport. Being one of the first resorts developed in Bali, Sanur maintains its traditions and only a stone thrown away from the beach you can find ancient temples. This quiet beach town is also hosts some of Bali’s chic fashion shops, hot hotels and well-known restaurants. It is also a good location to explore the rest of Bali.
Uluwatu is a small village that started life as a surfer’s haven. This area is now famous because of its word-class surf spots, cliff villas and the beautiful Pura Uluwatu temple. Located next to Jimbaran, it is the most popular area on Bali’s Bukit peninsula. This hilly limestone region is home to Bali’s most scenic luxury villas and resorts, with facilities on towering cliffs, overlooking the Indian Ocean and magnificent sunsets. It hosts famous beaches like Padang – Padang, Bingin beach and Blue point. Staying in Uluwatu will be a great choice if you want to stay away from the bustling crowds of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak.
This is the famous fishing village where the beach, during a beautiful sunset, is turned into a beach terrace where hundreds of guests enjoy a wonderful dinner of delicious fresh fish and shellfish. However, in recent years, Jimbaran has more emerged as destination for the luxury traveler. Many big hotel names, The Rock Bar, Jimbaran Corner and the newly built shopping center with trendy shops, restaurants and the famous Spa by L’Occitane attract many tourists, many of which stay in the surrounding luxurious private villas. Jimbaran is very strategically located and has one of the finest long and wide white sandy beaches with the largest local fish market in Bali.
Useful Travel Tips
Visiting a new country can always be exciting and also a little frightening. That is why would like to give some useful tips for first time visitors to make sure you understand the beautiful Balinese culture and way of life.
Organise some currency – before arrival
The main currency in Indonesia and on Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah. It is wise to exchange some money in your home country before arriving in Bali, however if you forget? No worries, that are ATM’s at the airport to get your first Rupiah’s! All international airports have currency exchanges but we recommend withdrawing some Rupiah before departing your home country. We recommend arriving with at least 500,000 rupiah, which sounds like alot but it’s roughly 50 US dollar.
Passports and Visa
All travelers to Indonesia must be in possession of a Passport that is valid for at least six (6) months from the date of arrival, and have proof (tickets) of onward or return passage. Free Tourist Visa, Indonesia now provides special Short Stay Visa Free facilities for tourists who are nationals of a total 169 countries who wish to travel to Indonesia. Tourist Visa Free Facilities are valid for 30 days, are non-extendable and cannot be transferred into any other type of of stay permit.
The visa exemption facility can be used for tourism, family visit, social visit, art and cultural, government duty, to deliver a speech or attend a seminar, international exhibition,meetings with head office or representative office in Indonesia, or transit.
There are many taxis and drivers available at the Ngurah Rai International Airport but we advise guest to request an airport transfer provided by the villa to make sure your transport is arranged. Famous applications like Uber are available to use on Bali but are not allowed to be used for trips to and from the airport. These applications are very useful but not always loved by the local community, a good alternative is to use Blue Bird Taxi. Blue Bird is the best taxi company on Bali and are always a safe bet, you can also download their application for your smartphone. Most of the villas have a driver available who can take you on a day tour around the island.
ATMs are located all over Bali and inside some convenience stores, always have a good look around you and check the ATM machine you are using. When exchange money, only use the big money changers such as BMC, Money Exchange (EYEX) and kodak Shops. Avoid using whole in the wall places with high rates and a small whiteboard signs.
Most of our villas feature high speed internet availability, there are also plenty of cafe’s and restaurants that offer free WIFI. When arriving on Bali you have the opportunity to buy a Indonesian Simcard with Telkom, this could come in handy for those who want use internet when they are out exploring
Communication with the Locals
Learn the language, the local community will love it when you speak a few words. The official language in Bali is “Bahasa Indonesia”, however you will not have a problem finding English speaking locals in the tourist areas.
Get started and practice your first Indonesian words:
- Selamat Pagi – Good morning
- Selamat Siang – Good afternoon
- Selamat sore – Good evening
- Selamat malam – Good night
- Apa kabab? – How are you?
- Kabar baik – I’m good
- Terima kasha – Thank you
- Sama Sama – You are welcome
- Yes – Iya
- No – Tidak
- Ada – Is there or Do you have
- Bisa – Is it possible or Can i?
- Tolong – Help
- Boleh – Allowed to
- Makan – Eat
- Minum – Drink
- Sudah- Already, Finished, Have you yet
- Berapa – How much?
- Itu & ini – That & This
- Di mana – Where is?
- SIM Card
- WIFI Spots
- Blue Bird Taxi
- Exchange Money
- Speak like a local
Explore our large selection of Villas
We are the best place to rent a villa on Bali, we offer a large selection of affordable luxury villas in hotspots like Seminyak, Sanur, Uluwatu, Canggu and Ubud.