5 Reasons Bali should be on your travel to-do list this year




With the rest of the newly begun 2018 ahead of us, now's the time to start thinking of your next weekend getaway -- the perfect chance to refresh and recharge for the months to come.

If you haven't already considered a relaxing weekend trip to Bali -- Indonesia's idyllic tropical paradise, aptly referred to as 'Island of the Gods' -- here are five more reasons why you should pack your bags and escape the routine with a getaway to this spectacular destination:



A captivating café culture
Coffee lovers, take note: What sets Bali's burgeoning coffee scene apart is the perfect blend of charming artfully designed settings, high quality brews and unbelievably affordable prices. With plenty of options to choose from, fuel up with a freshly brewed cup of locally grown and roasted beans. Stay at Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach to enjoy a breezy stroll to one of Bali's best cafes, less than 15 minutes away -- The Koop Roaster & Café, a quaint coffee shop that serves delicious homemade pastries and micro-lot coffee sourced from different farms across Bali.






An abundance of local treats to please your taste buds
Bali is a melting pot of cultures of which its culinary scene is a perfect reflection, boasting an assortment of authentic Indonesian cuisine, award-winning international fare and fusion creations in between. For an authentically local treat, Nasi Campur Bali is a beloved dish craved for its rich flavours; think a plate of bold ingredients, including shredded grilled chicken, fried tofu, beef, cucumber, tempeh, Sate Lilit (minced fish satay), vegetable curry, corn and chili sauce, served atop a bed of fragrant rice. Try the famous rendition by Made's Warung, a Seminyak local favourite since 1969. Those craving a sweet treat with a local twist will enjoy the freshly baked Cobana by the chefs at Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach, a creative take on the traditional croissant. Filled with a light coconut cream and melted chocolate, the flaky pastry is topped with honey-glazed banana and snow sugar, the true embodiment of laidback enjoyment.



Sweeping vistas that await you
The Island of the Gods lives up to its name with landscapes that are truly divine. For some of the best ocean views the legendary island has to offer, visit the exclusive Jimbaran Bay on the southern coast -- known as the 'Celebrity Hideaway' and famed for its tranquil setting. Treat yourself to a luxurious stay at the newly refurbished InterContinental Bali Resort, which blends modern comfort with traditional Balinese architecture, while offering sublime views of the turquoise bay. Visitors can appreciate the beautiful greenery of the rolling rice terraces in Ubud, central Bali, with a trek through unspoiled nature, or head up high to see spectacular sunset views at the majestic Uluwatu Temple, which is perched on a steep cliff 70 metres above the Indian Ocean -- the perfect spot for some envy-invoking holiday snapshots.





Outdoor adventures to soak up the rays
Bali is a haven of exciting activities for thrill-seekers and outdoor lovers alike, from paragliding and cliff-jumping, to white water rafting and wakeboarding. Thanks to the island's famous coastline and abundant waves, surfing tops the list as an all-time favourite activity here. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a first-time surfer, soak up the sun and waves with a hidden gem: Surf School Bali, led by seasoned and friendly local surfer, Dedik. Look forward to an exhilarating day with a course specially tailored to fit your skill level and personal goals, before unwinding with a relaxing evening at Tree Bar, located at Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach, just under 15 minutes from the surf school. The speakeasy venue features a distinctive cocktail concept, BALIXOLOGY, which infuses Bali's traditional arak liquor with locally sourced herbs and ingredients. Another great spot for surfing is the Kuta area south of Bali, known for its long, consistent waves that make it ideal for beginners. To maximise your time there, stay at a conveniently located hotel, such as Holiday Inn Express Bali Raya Kuta, to keep you right in the heart of all the action.



Great options for a family getaway
In addition to world-class luxury amenities, Bali is home to a plentitude of wallet-friendly options that help you maximize your travel budget while creating lasting memories with the family. Bring your loved ones to the sparkling waterfront of Tanjung Benoa Beach, where you'll find activities suited for everyone -- from recreational water sports and golf courses to cultural excursions and local cooking classes. For a fuss-free stay, Holiday Inn Resort® Bali Benoa offers comfortable, contemporary accommodation with family-friendly offerings, including the Kids Eat and Stay Free programme and a host of kids' activities to keep the little ones engaged -- promising an unforgettable holiday for everyone. Another great option for the family is the famous Segara beach, which stretches all along the front of Holiday Inn Resort® Baruna Bali, offering a safe haven for the kids while staying close to the action of South Kuta. Those seeking fuss-free value and convenience can check into the Holiday Inn Express Baruni Bali, which features an excellent location just a stroll away from the Waterbom Bali, the colorful Kuta Art Market, as well as local restaurants and malls.


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68 LOVES AND COMMENTS:

  1. You had me at captivating café culture!! Great post :)

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    1. Thank you Kaelyn!

      Sometimes I am wondering is there's a coffee blogger here and focuses in all topics on coffee, 360 degrees. I wish to do that as well.

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  2. Yes, Bali is very much in my wishlist, but not for this year, but for 2019. Hoping to see Eastern countries in 2019. Being a coffee lover, I'll love Bali all the more. Those resorts are just inviting..

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    1. You'll definitely enjoy Bali, dear :)
      And your baby will love it as well.

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  3. I haven't been to Bali yet, but it has long been sleeping on my bucket list. Reading your post about Bali, made me realized that I should really push my dream trip to Indonesia's idyllic tropical paradise. I love how you showed us the glimpse of what Bali has to offer. Your blog post really have enticed me to traipse my feet in Bali. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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    1. I truly appreciate your thoughts Reniel, melts my heart.

      Bali will always wait for you!

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  4. Bali has been on my list of places to visit for some time now. I didn't actually need any more reasons, but you literally had me at your first one. In case you can't tell by my handle (wellcaffeinatedtraveller) I'm a total coffee lover! Throw in food, views and outdoor adventures and I'm pretty much ready to pack my bags tonight!

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    1. That is great! You will definitely enjoy their unique coffee culture, and the local people as well.

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  5. I love Indonesia, but I haven't had the opportunity to go to Bali yet, just Sumatra. Thanks for all the tips and recommendations! The Nasi Campur Bali and Cobana look amazing by the way, Indonesian food is always so good!

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  6. Bali indeed should be a place to make a stop. I always viewed is as a regular beach resort, not different from most of a kind. But travel bloggers make me change my mind.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Alexander! Have a stop in Bali soon :D

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  7. You've definitely convinced me to go to Bali! I knew that the beaches would be beautiful but I didn't know there was great food and a cafe culture. The resort looks amazing too! I wish I was there now!

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  8. I have heard so many amazing things about Bali! It's not difficult to understand why so many fall in love with it. I would love to try that Balixology cocktail :) Is the arak liquor similar to roce wine? Oh, and and it's cool there are many surf schools. I want to take some lessons pretty soon :)

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    1. arak liquor is much strong babe! Hope you can travel to Bali soon and enjoy surfing :D

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  9. I've been to Indonesia twice, but not yet been to Bali. Your description of Nasi Campur Bali is enough reason for me to plan a trip to Bali whenever I visit next. Everything else is an added bonus!

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    1. That will be exciting Denny. Tag us on your Bali photos and stories :D

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  10. I've been twice to Bali, and so agree with everything on your list. I love the cafe culture, and the food is good too - when it's not too spicy. Who knows, a third time may come again soon!

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    1. That is awesome Lisa. Try to go surfing as well, or enjoy their luxurious wellness spa.

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  11. I have a target of cafe hopping in Bali. I am just looking for the right time and flight tickets so that I can make a solo trip to this gorgeous land .

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  12. I totally agree with these 5 reasons. Bali is amazing and I wish I could return to do more fun stuff, especially outdoor adventure stuff. I wen during one of the worst stormy weeks. The beaches look amazing.

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    1. I guess the God is the sea (is it Poseidon??) blessed Bali!

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  13. I do enjoy the coffee and the food culture in Bali - I have to say that they do offer such a great range of cafes and restaurants...and totally agree with you about the food being such a melting pot. Balixology cocktail sounds amazingggg! I would love to explore the speakeasy culture in Bali - this was something that wasn't really there when I was last there.

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    1. Thank you Soraya, and hope to see you in Bali soon!

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  14. Thank you for sharing your article ideas! I visited Bali just a few months ago, and I couldn't agree more! Indonesia really has a vast array of activities for families, as you mentioned. And of course the fresh fruit was to die for! Thank you.

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    1. Oh that is a good news! Which part of Bali is your favorite?

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  15. I've been to Indonesia twice, but have had to return without visiting Bali. Nasi Campur Bali seems reason enough to visit. However, the vistas and outdoor sports look like great experiences as well. Will make sure to get to Bali next time I'm in Indonesia.

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    1. That will be awesome Denny, and don't forget to tag us on your stories :D

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  16. Bali does look and sound amazing. Hubby would certainly enjoying trying all the coffee, for me - it's tea. And we would love getting out and seeing all the nature and soaking up some rays on those beaches.

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    1. Time to book your tickets now to Bali for this summer :D

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  17. Bali is a beautiful island and I cannot wait to visit it this year. All the points you listed are perfect readons to visit Bali. Relishing on the delicious Balinese cuisine would be the must do for me.

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    1. 2018 is for Bali! Time to celebrate it with your family!

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  18. Bali has been on my travel bucket list for two years now. I plan on going in the near future when I visit the surrounding countries like Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, etc. I plan on traveling for a good 2 months minimum and making the best out of it.

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  19. I have always wanted to visit Bali, and this post makes me want to go ever more. Awesome job!

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    1. Thanks Taylor! Don't forget to experience their unique coffee culture.

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  20. I have heard from friends and read travelogue from many bloggers about Bali. It's a fascinating place. Picturesque location and the photos here bring out the best of the place, I believe .:)

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  21. So many of my friends have gone to Bali! I am patiently waiting for my time. Lols beautiful

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  22. My friend just got back from Bali. So incredible! Your pictures are further convincing me that I need to add this to my list.

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    1. You better visit Bali soon with your family, and add this island to your memories :)

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  23. I can’t wait to visit Bali! The food looks amazing. The scenery is simply breathtaking.

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  24. Bali is definitely a captivative and exclusive place to visit. I adore the serene out views.

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  25. Cultural melting pots are the BEST culinary destinations like you mentioned! I wish I could go right now with juts a carry-on and dive into the gastronomical scene of Bali!

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    1. You will definitely adore Bali, Chelf. Hope you will visit soon!

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  26. Have wanted to go to Bali for quite some time now, just haven't had the fund but guess it's time to start saving - I need a sun holiday!

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    1. Don't worry Aine. Bali will always welcome you, dear :D

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  27. I love everything I see and hear about Bali. It looks so luxurious. Perhaps one day I'll get there.

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    1. Soon you will! Bali will always wait for you :D

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  28. Bali sounds amazing. I would love to visit one day with the family. It is on my travel list for sure.

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  29. I didn't realize that Bali was a food mecca as well as everything else it does. I knew about the vistas and all of the amazing places to see but this is just one more reason to go. Love all your pictures.

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  30. A few colleagues have had holidays in Bali that they have raved about but I keep seeing articles online about all the trash on the beaches. I guess one has to do proper research to find the places that are relatively rubbish freee.

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    1. Yeah I saw that rubbish-like island and hope the locals will do something about it.

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  31. What an interesting article! I've book flights to Bali next summer but I really don't know much about the activities and culture there. I cannot wait to explore more - I wish I'll found some beautiful views, good snorkeling spots and delicious food! :)

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    1. Now you do. Hope you will enjoy your Bali escapade.

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  32. Bali is definitely on my travel bucket list for this year, can't wait to spend a week or two !!

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  33. Bali is indeed the ultimate go-to for lovers of travel and adventure. I'd really love to try on the outdoor adventures along the beach. Oh my!I love beach vibes!

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  34. Theses are all excellent reasons Bali should be on my travel list, not just this year, but every year! Although for me, considering how much distance it would take to get there, I'd travel for much longer than just a weekend :)

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    1. Even when you stay for months, you can't still explore the whole Bali.

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