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    Seventeen thousand islands comprise Indonesia, each lying on, or a few degrees either side of, the equator. This vast island country is a wonderful blend of culture and natural beauty. Extending east to west from Indian to Pacific oceans, for more than three thousand miles, and a thousand miles north to south, it is home to more than two hundred and sixty million people. This south east Asian nation is renowned for beaches, and jungles sheltering elephants, dragons, orangutans and tigers. On the island of Java lies Indonesia's vibrant, sprawling capital, Jakarta, and the city of Yogyakarta, known for its percussive gamelan music and traditional puppetry.

    Two miles east of Java, Bali is beautifully verdant, easy-going and superbly scenic. Its coastline combines legendary white sand beaches with impressive surf. Southern Bali, in particular, is renowned for excellent beach resorts. Head inland to enjoy the magnificent volcanic peaks, dense forests, vivid green paddy fields, rice terraces, colonial hill towns, and ancient temples which vie for attention. A defining feature of the island is the spiritualism of its vibrant Hindu culture: traditional gamelan music, dance, and elaborate religious ceremonies are a hugely important part of day to day life and offer a wonderfully authentic insight into Balinese life.

    Bali has a fine tradition of, and reputation for, surfing; both Quicksilver and Riptide have surf schools on the island. Whilst experienced surfers are well catered for, the gentle waves and sandy shores around Seminyak are also a beginners’ paradise. The water is warm, the atmosphere chilled, and the lessons great fun. Seminyak also offers some of the island’s best eating and shopping opportunities.

    Away from the coast in the uplands, beautiful Ubud, the island’s cultural capital, has an atmosphere all of its own with frequent music and dance performances, as well as galleries selling woodcarvings, silverware, textiles, paintings and sculpture. Ubud’s surrounding rainforest and terraced rice paddies, dotted with Hindu temples and shrines, are among Bali’s most famous landscapes.

    Uluwatu, on Bali’s southernmost Bukit Peninsula, is known for towering cliffs of limestone, world-class surfing and unforgettable coastal views. The clifftop sea temple of Pura Luhur, believed to protect Bali from evil, seems to hang at the very edge of a plateau high above the crashing surf of the ocean below.

    When to visit

    Equatorial Indonesia has a relatively even year-round climate, which is tropical, warm and humid with two distinctive seasons: dry and rainy. The dry season falls between April and October with the rainy season between November and March. There are no extremes of summer and winter. The best time to visit Bali is April, May, June and September, just before and just after high season. It's dry and slightly less humid. October is good too, and usually has much less rain than November. July and August are the high season and Christmas and New Year are particularly busy. Bali's central mountains and uplands areas include several peaks over three thousand meters in elevation. Temperatures here are considerably cooler, and there is greater rainfall than in the coastal areas.

    Various festivals are held on the island. Bali Spirit, a celebration of music, yoga, meditation and spirituality, is in late March or early April. Nyepi, Balinese New Year, usually falls in March. Galungan, the celebration of the triumph of good spirits over evil, is a ten day celebration, the dates of which change each year in line with the lunar calendar.

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Seventeen thousand islands comprise Indonesia, each lying on, or a few degrees either side of, the equator. This vast island country is a wonderful blend of culture and natural beauty. Extending east to west from Indian to Pacific oceans, for more than three thousand miles, and a thousand miles north to south, it is home to more than two hundred and sixty million people. This south east Asian nation is renowned for beaches, and jungles sheltering elephants, dragons, orangutans and tigers. On the island of Java lies Indonesia's vibrant, sprawling capital, Jakarta, and the city of Yogyakarta, known for its percussive gamelan music and traditional puppetry.

Two miles east of Java, Bali is beautifully verdant, easy-going and superbly scenic. Its coastline combines legendary white sand beaches with impressive surf. Southern Bali, in particular, is renowned for excellent beach resorts. Head inland to enjoy the magnificent volcanic peaks, dense forests, vivid green paddy fields, rice terraces, colonial hill towns, and ancient temples which vie for attention. A defining feature of the island is the spiritualism of its vibrant Hindu culture: traditional gamelan music, dance, and elaborate religious ceremonies are a hugely important part of day to day life and offer a wonderfully authentic insight into Balinese life.

Bali has a fine tradition of, and reputation for, surfing; both Quicksilver and Riptide have surf schools on the island. Whilst experienced surfers are well catered for, the gentle waves and sandy shores around Seminyak are also a beginners’ paradise. The water is warm, the atmosphere chilled, and the lessons great fun. Seminyak also offers some of the island’s best eating and shopping opportunities.

Away from the coast in the uplands, beautiful Ubud, the island’s cultural capital, has an atmosphere all of its own with frequent music and dance performances, as well as galleries selling woodcarvings, silverware, textiles, paintings and sculpture. Ubud’s surrounding rainforest and terraced rice paddies, dotted with Hindu temples and shrines, are among Bali’s most famous landscapes.

Uluwatu, on Bali’s southernmost Bukit Peninsula, is known for towering cliffs of limestone, world-class surfing and unforgettable coastal views. The clifftop sea temple of Pura Luhur, believed to protect Bali from evil, seems to hang at the very edge of a plateau high above the crashing surf of the ocean below.

When to visit

Equatorial Indonesia has a relatively even year-round climate, which is tropical, warm and humid with two distinctive seasons: dry and rainy. The dry season falls between April and October with the rainy season between November and March. There are no extremes of summer and winter. The best time to visit Bali is April, May, June and September, just before and just after high season. It's dry and slightly less humid. October is good too, and usually has much less rain than November. July and August are the high season and Christmas and New Year are particularly busy. Bali's central mountains and uplands areas include several peaks over three thousand meters in elevation. Temperatures here are considerably cooler, and there is greater rainfall than in the coastal areas.

Various festivals are held on the island. Bali Spirit, a celebration of music, yoga, meditation and spirituality, is in late March or early April. Nyepi, Balinese New Year, usually falls in March. Galungan, the celebration of the triumph of good spirits over evil, is a ten day celebration, the dates of which change each year in line with the lunar calendar.

Featured hotels

Maya Ubud

5 star

With enchanting jungle surroundings and proximity to a traditional town, Maya Ubud offers both a sanctuary and authenticity. Located on the outskirts of Ubud an uplands town known for traditional arts and crafts, Maya Ubud has a raft of local culture on the doorstep.

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Maya Sanur

5 star

Sustainability, impeccable beachfront views and modern architecture with a Balinese twist all come together as one at Maya Sanur. A rooftop garden provides a truly secret escape on the property, with peaceful spaces to relax and an incredible outlook over the ocean.

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Alila Ubud

5 Star

A hillside boutique hotel with magnificent views over the jungled valley below, Alila Ubud is a celebration of relaxation amid nature. Sophisticated and secluded, the style of Alila Ubud is contemporary Balinese chic.

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Melia Bali

5 Star

Set amid more than 20 acres of tropical gardens on the beach-front, Melia Bali is an extensive property focused on wellbeing, activity and indulgent new experiences. With a 1,500 square metre lagoon pool, indulgent spa area, diverse dining options and an array of activities, there is something for everyone.

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Featured hotels

Maya Ubud

5 star

With enchanting jungle surroundings and proximity to a traditional town, Maya Ubud offers both a sanctuary and authenticity. Located on the outskirts of Ubud an uplands town known for traditional arts and crafts, Maya Ubud has a raft of local culture on the doorstep.

Maya Sanur

5 star

Sustainability, impeccable beachfront views and modern architecture with a Balinese twist all come together as one at Maya Sanur. A rooftop garden provides a truly secret escape on the property, with peaceful spaces to relax and an incredible outlook over the ocean.

Alila Ubud

5 Star

A hillside boutique hotel with magnificent views over the jungled valley below, Alila Ubud is a celebration of relaxation amid nature. Sophisticated and secluded, the style of Alila Ubud is contemporary Balinese chic.

Melia Bali

5 Star

Set amid more than 20 acres of tropical gardens on the beach-front, Melia Bali is an extensive property focused on wellbeing, activity and indulgent new experiences. With a 1,500 square metre lagoon pool, indulgent spa area, diverse dining options and an array of activities, there is something for everyone.

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