Discover a vast array of things to do at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali, from sailing excursions to visit a seaweed farm overlooking the Indian Ocean. Our beachfront hotel’s location on the softest, whitest beach on the island makes our resort the perfect place to soak in the sun from a comfortable chaise lounge, refreshing drink in hand.
The Blanco Renaissance Museum in Ubud offers an evocative celebration of the most flamboyant international artist ever to set foot on the island.
Charming and vivacious, the dashing young Spanish artist Antonio Blanco arrived in Bali in 1952. He enchanted everyone he met, including the King of Ubud, who gave him land near the sacred Campuhan River where the museum now sits. Blanco’s heart was captured by mystical Bali and a beautiful young temple dancer named Rondji, who became his muse and the love of his life. The artist died in 1999 but is wonderfully commemorated in the museum which perches on a small hillside overlooking Ubud.
Flourishing gardens are home to gorgeous tropical birds, including brightly hued macaws and an elegant black hornbill from Borneo. Stairs flanked by mythical dragons lead into a majestic space – a colorful blend of Spanish baroque, Italian aesthetics and Hindu philosophy, with three floors reflecting the upper, middle and lower worlds. Scattered amidst grand stair cases and elaborate gilded Balinese door ways, hang his evocative works of art, including paintings, collages and lithographs – many of which are erotic portrayals of beautiful Balinese women. While the museum is dedicated to Antonio Blanco, his son Marco is also an artist and has his own gallery within the main building. An enchanting cafe serves up tasty western and Indonesian cuisine in atmospheric surrounds.
Entrance is RP 50,000 which includes a welcome drink, access to the galleries, studios and grounds, as well as the gift shop where several books about Blanco are on sale. Guide tours are available.
Complex Bali Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) Area Block P, Nusa Dua.
Home to a fascinating array of artwork and artifacts, Museum Pasifica was founded by a group of Indonesian and French art lovers and antique collectors. It is one of the few museums in Asia solely dedicated to art created in and collected from the Pacific region. 200 artists from 25 countries are featured amidst the 600 works on permanent display.
Opened in 2006, Museum Pasifica celebrates the artistic and cultural diversity of the Asian Pacific Region, with its myriad ethnic groups, languages and art forms. It also features many of the 20th century European artists who were lured to the archipelago by exotic visions of paradise and went on to flourish in their adopted home of Bali, such as Theo Meier, Emilio Ambron and Auke Sonnegar. Keep an eye out for some stunning pieces from Henri Matisse and Paul Gauguin as well. Spacious and well-designed, the museum is comprised of 11 interconnected pavilions each dedicated to a different subject or region, including Indonesian artists, Italian artists in Indonesia, and Dutch artists in Indonesia. A good collection of Polynesian art is also on display, plus textiles such as Tapa cloth from Oceania, as well as sculptures, primitive carvings and a fine collection of tikis. Set in beautifully landscaped gardens the museum has an open-air cafe serving up light refreshments.
The proud winner of the prestigious ‘Wonderful Indonesia Appreciation Award 2016’, this is much more than a museum, but also a cultural, social and educational center that stages regular cultural events and also houses interesting temporary exhibitions alongside the permanent displays.
Entrance fee Adults RP 70,000 children under 12 free. Guided tours are available in various languages.
Popularly known as the Bali Museum, Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali is the oldest and largest museum on the island. Situated right in the heart of Denpasar and spread over a series of pavilions, it is home to more than 10,000 exhibits – some dating from the megalithic period.
Opened to the public in 1934, the museum honors Balinese heritage in both design and displays. Built in traditional Bali style known as puri-pura or palace-temple, it is a delightful maze of courtyards, pavilions, ornate temple gates, stone carvings, relief work and verdant tropical gardens. A stroll thought the buildings and grounds will give you a great introduction to the island’s unique history, vibrant culture and flourishing art scene. The four main buildings each has a different theme; sculptures and painting; theatrical masks and musical instruments; textiles; and archaeological finds – including prehistoric artifacts, historic tools and ceremonial objects. You will also find an interesting display of wayang kulit – shadow puppets. Child-friendly, it’s an easy place to spend a couple of hours, and best visited in the afternoon when it tends to be more quiet.
The museum flanks the Pura Jagatnatha Temple and Puputan Badung square – a vibrant park-like area popular with locals on the weekend and a great place to explore once you have finished with the museum. Entrance RP 50,000, tour guides can be hired for an additional charge.
This magnificent monument is a highlight on many tour itineraries and can be found in Denpasar, right next to the Governor’s office in the center of Renon Square. Renon is the affluent suburb of the island’s capital city, site of palatial homes, important government buildings and wide shady streets.
The grand structure resembles a giant Balinese Hindu priest’s prayer bell or bajra and is said to symbolize the spirit and the soul of the Balinese people, and their struggle throughout the ages. It is also a reminder to preserve their culture and traditions in fast-changing times. While the monument looks ancient, it’s actually a relatively new structure, built in 1987 and officially opened in 2003 by Indonesia’s president at the time, Megawati Sukarno Putri.
Set within a walled courtyard and surrounded by lawns and palm trees, Bajra Sandhi soars 45 meters towards the sky and is made up of three floors, eight pillars and 17 gates. The ground floor has a library, exhibition room and information center. The second floor features 33 dioramas tracing the history of Bali, from the beginnings of the ancient kingdom to the present. The third floor, reached by a spiral stair case in the central tower has a viewing platform with an amazing 360-degree panorama of Denpasar.
The park that surrounds the monument is lovely for a walk and you will find traditional food and drinks at little food carts. It is quite animated on Sundays when the streets are closed to cars, and locals come to jog or relax in the sun. June and July see the month-long Bali Arts Festival fill the park with lots of visitors who come to enjoy daily performances, food stalls and arts and crafts.
The I AM Bali 3D Museum is a new addition to the ground floor of the monument and houses dozens of different three-dimensional trick-art murals with themes ranging from rural Bali and agricultural life to popular culture, Disney cartoons and Pokémon.
Admission to the monument is RP 10,000.
Admission to I AM Bali 3D Museum is RP 120,000 (RP 62,000 for kids.)
Sprawling over eight hectares of lush tropical gardens in the village of Singapadu, Bali Zoo is just a few kilometers from Ubud and makes a handy stop on the way to or from the atmospheric hill town. Yet with so many activities on offer and fun experiences to be had, Bali Zoo also makes an action-packed full day out for all the family.
The zoo is home to 500 animals including African lions, salt water crocodiles, otters and gibbons, Bengal tigers and Bornean orangutans – just to name a few, and has many options for interactive animal experiences. You can have Breakfast with Orangutans, hand-feed the Sumatran elephants, or join the signature Mahout for a Day experience, where you will learn how to bathe, scrub and train an elephant and then head into the forest for a 30 minute elephant expedition. There is also a petting zoo and pony ride for the little ones.
The zoo has two great dining choices, the large and atmospheric open-air Elephant View Restaurant situated right in the middle of the park which offers an extensive Asian buffet lunch along with bird’s eye views of the elephant trail and gardens. While smaller Wana (which means jungle in Balinese) has a unique and rustic design and serves up tasty Indonesian food overlooking the lions den. Make sure to pick up some Zooveniers, including local handicrafts, a cuddly toy or a family photos of one of your ‘animal encounters.’ Those in the mood for a bit of excitement will enjoy Night at the Zoo, an adventure-packed evening tour where you will discover nocturnal animals, feed the tigers and meet the elephants before dining under the stars and watching a dramatic fire dance performance.
General Admission is RP 378,000 (kids 245,000) while elephant rides, animal feeding and specific packages are charged separately.
Home to 1000 birds, this well-designed park has the biggest collection of Indonesian birds in the world, as well as a wonderful assortment of African, Australian and South American birds. The park is set in flourishing gardens that include over 50 types of palms and 2000 species of tropical fauna.
Look out for the rhinoceros hornbill with a head shaped like a rhino, and the white crested hornbill with its impressive white crest and long fluttering dark eyelashes. Many of the birds ramble freely, including some cheeky macaws who love to pose for photos, and a stunning albino peacock who struts around the park in a dazzling display of white feathers. Down by the pond you can see flamingos flitting along the waters edge alongside huge pelicans with squat bodies, oversized beaks and elongated necks.
Highlights include the cool, dense ‘Papuan Rainforest’ – a giant aviary shrouded in jungle foliage; and Basic Instinct – the Bird of Prey Show watch, where you will watch spellbound as falcons, eagles, owls and kites put on an impressive air show and four brightly plumed macaws fly in tight formation.
As well as being a highly interactive tourist attraction, Bali Bird Park operates a conservation and breeding program – and is now home to 50 Bali Starlings – a critically endangered native Balinese bird. There is also an interesting shop and great cafée serving up healthy juices and homemade ice cream, and an open-air restaurant offering local and international food.
With its abundance of beautiful birds, a 4D cinema, plenty of chances to get ‘up close and personal,’ commendable conservation efforts and great food, Bali Bird Park provides a fascinating, informative and highly enjoyable day trip for all the family.
Entrance fee Adult Rp 385,000, Child Rp 192,500 (toddlers under two free.)
Jalan Elephant Safari Park Banjar Desa Taro Tegallalang, Taro, Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar.
The multi-award winning Elephant Safari Park and Lodge in Taro provides a peaceful sanctuary for Sumatran elephants, as well as a highly enjoyable interactive experience for visitors to the island. From Nusa Dua,the scenic drive to Taro leads you through Bali’s heartland, a maze of steeply terraced rice fields, traditional villages and groves of ancient forests. Here you will find the Elephant Safari Park & Lodge, home to the largest herd of rescued Sumatran elephants in the world. Set amidst 3.5 hectares of picturesque botanical gardens the park incorporates a safari lodge, restaurant and 30 elephants (plus three babies) who carry visitors on treks through the surrounding forests.
“The elephants are our star attraction, so we treat them like stars,” says Nigel Mason, who along with his wife Yanie, created the park and provided a home for elephants that faced a sad future in government camps in Sumatra. You can watch the dramatic elephant rescue and their subsequent journey to Bali on the fascinating documentary Operation Jumbo which is on sale at the park. The landscape has been created to replicate the elephant’s natural habitat – the low lying rainforests of Sumatra and as you wander around the park you will find a flurry of elephant activity; some carry guests on forest treks, others kick soccer balls or wallow happily in the bathing pool. You can even hand feed the elephants and pose for photos alongside these gentle giants. The museum is very informative and includes original Dr Seuss and Jumbo prints and a 15,000 year-old giant wooly mammoth skeleton.
General admission includes park entrance and a buffet lunch, you can also book specific tours, from Bathe and Breakfast – where you can go for an elephant ride and then bathe your elephant in the lake, to Safari Under the Stars, with an evening elephant trek and gourmet dinner.
Besakih Village, Rendang Sub-district, Karangasem District, Bali. The Pura Besakih, the largest Hindu temple complex in Bali, is located on Mount Agung, Bali’s holiest mountain. The Besakih Temple has been known as Mother Temple for more than a thousand years and is surrounded by scenic views of rice paddies, hills, mountains, streams and ore. Each year, there are at least seventy festivals celebrated at this complex.
To the Balinese, visiting the temple sanctuaries is a special pilgrimage. Mount Agung’s high location gives it an almost mystical quality. Many stairs lead up to the sacred mountain, leading to the many temples that vary according to types, status, and functions.
Pura Besakih features three temples dedicated to the Hindu trinity. Pura Penataran Agung in the centre has white banners for Shiva, the destroyer; Pura Kiduling Kreteg on the right side is with red banners for Brahma, the creator; and Pura Batu Madeg represents Vishnu, the preserver, with its black banners. You can visit other temples in Pura Besakih, but many of their inner courtyards are closed to the public as they’re reserved for pilgrims.
Jl. Raya Candi Kuning, Desa Candikuning, Kec. Baturiti, Tabanan, Bali 80345, Indonesia. Pura Ulun Danu Beratan is an important water temple in Bali. This temple was built in 1663 on the shores of Lake Bratan and is used for offerings to the Balinese water, lake and river goddess. Our concierge recommends visiting in the early morning hours to best enjoy this picturesque temple that seems to float on a peaceful lake in the middle of mountains.
Desa Pecatu, Kecamatan Kuta Selatan, Badung, Bali. This temple is one of the Sad Kahyangan, the six temples of the world. The other five are Pura Besakih, Pura Lempuyang Luhur, Pura Gua Lawah, Pura Batukaru, and Pura Pusering Jagat in Pejeng. Pura Luhur Uluwatu is dedicated to that aspect of Sang Hyang Widhi known as Siwa Mahakala, or Rudra, the dissolver of life.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu comes from the verb luhur, which literally means “above”, ulu means “end”, and watu means “stone”. Hence Pura Luhur Uluwatu also means a temple at the edge on the stone. Indeed you will find a beautiful scenery surrounding the temple, that perched on a steep heel. Every day a traditional Kecak Dance Performance takes place with a beautiful sun settings at 6 p.m. on the backdrop.
Desa Pecatu, Kecamatan Kuta Selatan, Badung, Bali. Tanah Lot, a rock formation off the coast of Bali, is home to one of the seven sea temples built along the Balinese coastline.
Tanah Lot Temple is one of Bali’s most important landmarks, famed for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops. An ancient Hindu shrine perched on top of an outcrop amidst constantly crashing waves; Tanah Lot Temple is simply among Bali’s not-to-be-missed icons.
At high tide, waves flood the causeways making it impossible to cross. At low tide, you may cross to view the rock base where the legendary ‘guardian’ sea snakes dwell in crevices. Our concierge recommends visiting the Tirta Pabersihan Fountain to receive a special blessing.
Attracting visitors with its beauty and unique landscape, Taman Ujung Water Palace has become a great inspiration for modern architecture.
Drive along the east coast of Bali to visit a beautiful water palace that is known as Taman Ujung. This gorgeous building set in a rather unique landscape surrounded by water was built in 1909 at the request of the King of Karangasem I, I Gusti Bagus Jelantik.
Located in Karangasem regency, on a plot that is set against the backdrop of the glorious Mount Agung and eastern shoreline, Taman Ujung Water Palace possesses an architectural feature that perhaps is quite rare to find.
This stunning palace owes its beauty to surrounding picturesque pools and an elegant combination of West meets East style as the result of a collaboration between Dutch architect van Den Hentz and Chinese architect Loto Ang, who also involved several undagi, or Balinese architects.
Inspired by its beautiful pillars, statues, lush scenery, and scenic features, our architects decided to emulate the water palace in designing The Ritz-Carlton, Bali. Each of our buildings represents the grandeur of Taman Ujung, combining contemporary style with the intricate flair of Balinese and Asian motifs. The surrounding ambience of our resort is also owed to the beauty of Taman Ujung’s scenic water garden. We offer its stunning royal expanse to you in our lush pond and garden landscape, as water plays important role for Balinese.
The Tegallalang Rice Terraces are famous for its beautiful rice terraces that use the traditional Balinese irrigation system, which tradition says was passed down by a revered holy man in the eighth century. Tegallalang forms the three most splendid terraced landscapes in Ubud's shared region, with the others being in the villages of Pejeng and Campuhan.
Tegallalang is half an hour's drive north of Ubud or takes around 2 hours’ drive to get there from Nusa Dua. From the main Ubud art market, head east to the large statue intersection and head further up north. Our concierge recommends wearing a pair of sensible shoes if you plan on heading into the rice paddies. Tegallalang Ubud, Gianyar, Bali.
Ubud Monkey Forest is a place of spiritual and cultural aspects with temples sanctified by the local villagers deep within its grounds.
Ubud Monkey Forest on the other hand, serves as a natural attraction and a silent witness to the advent of tourism in the town. It remains a natural landmark and one of the 'must sees' while visiting the area.
While the Balinese long-tailed monkeys are the primary attraction at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, our concierge recommends setting time aside to enjoy the natural beauty of the park grounds as well as the three temples that were constructed around 1350.
A stylish shopping precinct set over eight hectares within the exclusive enclave of Nusa Dua, The Nusa Dua Collection has a great range of local and international retail outlets, restaurants and spas, all conveniently located just a short distance from The Ritz-Calton Bali Resort.
Whether looking for a new bikini or board shorts, casual resort wear or something a bit dressier for the evenings, you are bound to find something in one of the many fashion outlets which include Ralf Lauren, Hurley, Billabong and Rip Curl, as well as Levis, New Look and Uluwatu. The precinct even hosts its own Bali Collection fashion festival in September each year, with a fashion bazaar, fashion design competition and theatrical fashion show.
There is also plenty of scope for souvenir shopping, with some interesting handicraft stores selling arts and crafts, artifacts and carvings from around the archipelago, including Padi Art Market, Bali Art Collection and Wikowi Art & Craft. Several jewellery stores will also please those looking for silver and gemstone jewellery. If your feet are sore after all that shopping, you can pop into one of the spas for some reflexology or a massage.
When it comes to dining options, there are plenty of choices from Japanese to Indonesian to international cuisine. Some of the restaurants and bars also feature live music in the evenings.
BEACHWALK SHOPPING MALL
Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia. As the only shopping center which offers a different experience in Kuta – Bali, Beachwalk Shopping Center has a unique architecture design with a green and open concept, creating relaxing and open atmosphere as Bali’s island lifestyle. The perfect combination of water, lush garden and the sea breeze makes Beachwalk Shopping Center as the oasis in the heart of Kuta.
Besides offering a vast variety of international brands in Bali Beachwalk also offers cultural experiences that have become strong points of interest for the tourists. Museum Kain or Cloth Museum by BIN House exhibits over 600 antique cloths that are sourced from all parts of Indonesia and SATU boutique accommodates Bali’s finest designers such as Oka Diputra and Ni Luh Djelantik.
More than that, Beachwalk Shopping Center also provides special area for kids and family on level 3. To complete the holiday experience in Bali, Beachwalk Shopping Center presents various cultural performances and activities for free such as Kecak dance, batik painting from Museum Kain, live portrait sketch from a Bali-based artist and many more.
With its various unique selling points, complete facilities and well-suited tenant mix, Beachwalk Shopping Center is successful in meeting the needs of the Balinese – international tourists and the local Balinese – with its tagline “Bali starts here”.
When a make-over is needed, meet our beauty experts from Japan. If you’re going to celebrate your nuptials in Bali, or will be the keynote speaker in an international conference in front of hundreds of attendees, and when a help from a professional hair and make up expert is needed, Hair Make MUSE Salon will step forward to offer their years of world- classexperience. With salon branches in Kyoto, Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, Nara, Yokohama, Mie, and Chiba, Hair Design Muse knows what it takes to elevate one’s beauty and give a personalized modern look to every individual.
Lead by Masahiko Ishimura, the company has their flagship salon in Kyoto, Japan, and has been offering their professional hair and beauty services since April 1994, while participating in several world-class events including becoming the first Japanese team in the Paris Collection in years 2005, 2007, and 2008.
With their world-class service and quality, Hair Make MUSE Salon will be available soon at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, welcoming all women and men in Bali who want to look fabulous for every occasion, whether you need a glowing look for your wedding day or just a natural touch on your hair and make up for a date.
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Jalan Batubelig, Kerobokan, Bali. Kevala comes from a Sanskrit name means perfect, whole, and complete. This simple idea dictates the design philosophy behind all the ceramics.
Entirely handmade by local artisans in Bali, each piece is a thoughtful statement of contemporary design realized through the heart and hands of the finest skilled craftsmen in the world.
From Bali, Kevala creates handmade stoneware ceramics products for hotels, restaurants, spas, product and interior designers, artists, and your home tableware and decorative.
Kevala shops are available throughout the island in Nusa Dua, Batu Belig Seminyak, and Sanur.
One of Bali’s top adventure attractions, this multi-award winning water park has something for everyone and is a great way to beat the heat on a warm summers day.
The founders were very conscious of complimenting the natural environment and the park is beautifully set out amidst 3.8 hectares of tropical landscaped gardens. They were also conscious of adhering to international safety standards and Waterbom now boasts 17 world class water slides, ranging from gentle to adrenalin-inducing rides with names like Smash Down, Race Track and Fast and Fierce. The futuristic CLIMAX, will see you immersed in a chamber 19 meters above the pool, then released into a tube where a 2.5 g-force thunders you down, then up and around a bend before shooting you out. Of course not everyone is a thrill- seeker, and those who prefer more mellow options can float around the lazy river on a tyre, relax in the pleasure pool, or swim up to the pool bar for a Daiquiri. The Funtastic Zone is tailor-made for the little-ones with water cannons, slides, wheels, ropes and giant dump buckets that will keep them entertained for hours. Gazebos are available for hire – and are a great idea for a family, and there are also lockers and towels for rent, so no need to worry about your belongings.
All that fun in the water is bound to make you hungry and a number of dining options are available, from the Wantilan Food Court, to the Caribbean Beach Shack, to a café serving up barista style coffee and cakes baked onsite. Food vendors throughout the park include churros, creamy gelato and vegan ice cream.
Admission starts at RP 315,000 for a child single day pass. There are also great family day packages that represent good value.
No visit to Bali is complete without at least one live cultural performance and luckily, as a guest at Ritz-Carlton Bali, you are in close proximity to the Bali Nusa Dua Theatre where you can catch Devdan – Treasure of the Archipelago Show four nights a week.
Fusing traditional Indonesian dance with contemporary dance, dazzling aerial acrobatics, elaborate costumes and high-tech effects, Devdan is an exhilarating 90 minute performance that will leave you on the edge of your seat. The high energy show uses dance and movement to lead you on a tour of the archipelago, highlighting the culture of diverse regions in the archipelago, from Sumatra to Java, Borneo, Papua and Bali. While showcasing traditional dance, music and costumes, the addition of modern music like hip hop adds a unique edge to the performance.
The Devdan story starts with two young children who break away from their Bali tour group and climb a nearby cliff. Here they find a chest containing various treasures that will bring them and the audience on an unforgettable journey across the magical islands of Indonesia. Expect to see a Balinese harvest dance and thrilling Kecak trance fire dance, an evocative rain dance from Sumatra, a traditional puppet show from Java, a Dayak water dance from the jungles of Kalimantan and a tribal Papuan festival of manhood.
Tickets start from RP 520,000 (half price for kids), up to RP 1,500,000 in the VIP seats (including a photo with the dancers.) Performances start at 7.30pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
The secluded Balangan Beach is located just a little to the north of nearby Dreamland Beach, about 15 kilometers or 35 minutes’ drive from the resort.
Flanked between two rock cliffs, the coastline of Balangan Beach stretches for about 1 kilometer. The amazing mixture of white and black sands on some spots of the beach, the unique green and dark brown musty stone texture on the shore, and the pond-like hollow spaces with clear water where sometimes little fishes are trapped, are among some of the features one will find in this secluded paradise. Aside from sheltering beach combers from the scorching sun, the swaying palm trees on the shore are a spectacle of their own.
A perfect place to stroll down and enjoy the tranquility of nature at its finest. Similar to most beaches in Bali , Balangan beach also presents the spectacular sight of sunsets over its afternoon horizon. With the best waves size averaging from 4 to 8ft, Balangan features very classy waves, meaning, surfers will be challenged by the fast waves on some good days with smaller swell during dead low tide days. From April to November constant south-west swells and off-shore winds ensure perfect waves, and loads of point breaks and tubes.
Bali Kite Festival is an annual festival on the island that features numerous colorful and disctint Balinese traditional kites that will usually takes place at the start of a windy season nearly from July until October each year when the wind is adequate enough to fly huge size kites, usually up to 4 meters wide and 10 meters long.
The festival will be participated by representing villages in Denpasar, capital city of Bali Province. The best moves and longest will emerge as champion. The festival also holds religious and spiritual values and the Balinese believe that the kites flown up to the sky is to deliver prayers to the gods in the hope of an abundant harvest. As the kites dance in the sky, they will be accompanied by the soothing sounds of a gamelan orchestra.
Bali Safari & Marine Park is Bali’s largest animal theme park. The park is home to over 60 species, all roaming freely within their enclosures built to closely mimic their natural habitats.
At Bali Safari & Marine Park, you can choose to enjoy your safari journey on a safari bus or from the elephant back at the Elephant Back Safari, interact with your favorite animal up close at the Animal Encounter space, experience the wildest fine dining moment surrounded by lions, meerkats, and porcupines, and unwind with the spectacular show of Bali Agung at Bali Theater. Jl. Bypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra Km. 19,8, Kec. Gianyar, Bali 80551, Indonesia.
Witness the glorious celebration on the day when the evil is defeated and kindness is celebrated. We welcome you as special guests to join the feast.
For Balinese, Galungan marks the time when their ancestor deities come back to earth to join in celebrating the victory of Dharma over Adharma, or good versus evil. This special day commemorates Indra, the Hindu’s god of thunder, rain and lighting, who won a battle against the Balinese King Mayadenawa, who refused to worship Hindu Gods. In the legend, the battle took place in Tampaksiring where God Indra finally found the King hiding in the jungle after several attempts to escape and fooled the troops of Majapahit by using his supernatural power.
The day that Indra defeated the king is now celebrated as Galungan, which falls on 10 February 2016, and the celebration of victory continues until Kuningan, which is 10 days after Galungan. Within this week, Balinese return to their home villages to celebrate with families, putting on their best attire to visit temples and bring offerings. Myriad decorations made from bamboo poles with young coconut leaves line every street, which feels like a unique welcoming to everyone that has just arrived on the island, making Galungan and Kuningan the most
colorful celebration in Bali.
Kuta is the zero kilometer of the paradise island with its well-known beach and is considered as the most famous beach resort destination. Kuta Beach is also minutes away from the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Tuban. The nearby resorts of Tuban, Legian and Seminyak are all within close walking distance.
Kuta Beach has witnessed a transformation over the past years due to the rise of various accommodations, dining and shopping options. It takes around 35 minutes’ drive from the resort to Kuta Beach through the Bali Mandara Toll Road.
Kuta Beach continues to attract both local and foreign tourists with its unique charm of sunsets and the waves are strong making it a perfect haven for surfers.
Founded by Nora Gasparini, L’Atelier is a perfumery studio that specializes in perfumes made from locally-sourced raw ingredients, resulting in essential oils.
Indonesia is one of the world’s biggest producers of raw ingredients used by the perfume industry. As such, a visit to L’Atelier takes guests on an extraordinary journey of discovering Indonesia and Bali through scent.
Guests at The Ritz-Carlton, Bali can now experience this journey and even create their own fragrances. L’Atelier holds Perfume Making Workshops for guests to understand the different scents and discover a scent of their own.
Guests will also be able to take home a 30ml bottle of their own customized and personal perfume.
L’Atelier is open daily from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the lobby level area.
Hike up Bali’s majestic mountain and capture the surrounding beauty for an unforgettable holiday memory. There are many ways to enjoy the beauty of Bali and one of them is to hike up Mount Batur. An active volcano with two caldera lakes, Mount Batur rises 1,727m above sea level and has become Bali’s most favorite tourist attraction.
Hiking up the volcano is a rewarding trip in itself, and the best way to do it is to organize a trip with Hotel Extras. The trip will start with an early morning drive to a starting point at either Pura Jati or Pura Tampuryang in Toya Bungkah village, then continues with a 2 hour trek up to the peak. Breakfast awaits as you reach the top, while a jaunt through the crater will follow next. Continue the trip by cycling to Ubud, passing lush forests and traditional villages, with a lot of orange, coffee and cacao trees along the way.
When you reach Ubud, rest for a lunch break before being taken back to the resort. With an excellent standard of quality and safety, Hotel Extras will craft the right personalized excursion that suits your interests, whether it’s a day/half-day trip around the island, or even a day cruise over to Bali’s Lembongan Island. You can also opt to explore the island further with white water rafting, cycling or elephant riding adventures.
Nusa Dua, is dedicated as an upscale tourist destination. The pristine Bali Tourism Development Centre’s (BTDC’s) complex of world-class resorts, an up-market shopping destination with well-maintained facilities and green surrounding, a luxurious 18-hole golf course, white-golden sandy beaches and much more.
The name Nusa Dua is derived from the two small islands to the east. Though it’s the most developed area in Bali, it still houses many temples, a museum, and lots of other attractions. The enclave is an idyllic place for honeymooners and for those who bring the entire family for a getaway.
Swimming at Nusa Dua Beach is great as the wave is mild and the water is crystal clear for snorkeling. For surfers, head on to the south or north ends for higher waves. It is only 10 minutes’ drive away from the resort.
Nusa Lembongan offers a vibrant tropical haven, humble tranquility, and a vast array of exciting activities to liven up your holiday.
Stretches of golden sand outline the coast, while the swaying coconut trees decorate the shore along with the lush greenery that blankets the surrounding cliffs and limestone hills.
Surfers may want to challenge themselves on some the island’s best waves like Lacerations, Shipwrecks and Playgrounds. While the floating excursions offer something exciting that will entertain the whole family, be it the banana boat, jet skis, or parasailing, or take a slow paddle with a kayak or an SUP. End the day by having a humble young coconut as a sunset drink while listening to the waves and feeling the breeze before taking your return journey back to the resort.
Stay one or two nights in Nusa Lembongan and fully explore the island. To reach the island you must drive to Sanur to catch a fast boat, which will take you to this beautiful and tranquil island
Distance: 24,5 kilometers to Sanur and take a 30 minutes fast boat to the island/1 hour and 30 minutes | Website
Located on the eastern side of the island, Sanur is sort of the opposite of Kuta, both in characteristics and nuance. The former fishing village maintains most of its charm and keeps becoming paradise to the repeat visitor, mostly from Europe.
Witness one of the dramatic sunrise moments early in the morning with the traditional fishing boats that can be seen around the beach. Sanur Beach is also well known with its crystal clear water and is also appropriate for swimming. It takes 45 minutes’ drive to Sanur Beach through Bali Mandara Toll Road.
An annual event that features an array cultural performance and heritage exhibitions of Denpasar, the Bali's province capital. The event takes place in an outdoor area that attracts large numbers of international visitors. Every year, the festival is slated to feature different new highlights such as Sanur Run, Agro Tourism Expo, culinary festival, and more on the last weekend of August every year.
Sit back, relax and immerse yourself in the beauty that surrounds you. You can enjoy an art of meditation by the beach and feel at one with yourself as you explore the rhythm of your breathing. It is a perfect place to remove the unnecessary clutter from your life.
Discover the splendor of a drift breeze while sipping a signature cool drink at Breezes Tapas Lounge by the beach.