Bali is fast becoming one of the most visited holiday destinations in Asia. Famous for its distinct culture and diverse natural beauty, the "Island of the Gods" attracts nature lovers as well as party goers, plus those interested in exploring its many beaches and inland attractions.
The area around Kuta has traditionally been one of the most developed parts of Bali and is still the place where most travellers go for shopping and nightlife. The beach at Kuta stretches miles northward past the more upscale area of Legian and Seminyak, which are perhaps the most sophisticated parts on the island.
Home to the world-renowned Ku De Ta beach club, Seminyak has become a favourite place to go for hip hotels and private villas, exquisite restaurants and happening bars. In contrast, Ubud, located inland to the north, is a charming town famous for its art shops, laid back alternative lifestyle, and not least its mention in Elizabeth Gilbert's book: Eat, Pray, Love.
For those looking to completely escape the crowds, however, the north and west of the island still offer secluded beaches, dormant volcanos and vast terraced rice fields as far as the eye can see. Bali has a healthy combination of accommodation choices in all these locations, which means there's something to suit everyone's needs.
Once famous mainly for its many home stay and budget guesthouses, often managed by a local family and offering guests bed and breakfast; Bali is now home to some stunning luxury resorts. Most of the famous hotels and resort chains are present in the south and west of the island, clustered around Jimbaran, Kuta and Seminyak, but smaller independent operators can also be found island wide. Prices go from just a few dollars per night to several thousands.
Much like Koh Samui and Phuket, the island now also a vast number of private villas to rent. Almost all the major hotels will have some sort of villa option, while the island's stand alone properties range from opulent residences with traditional Balinese architecture to more modest bungalows or chic, contemporary apartments and villas with a distinctly western design scheme.
Bali's rich cultural and architectural heritage is evident in the way many of the villas are built, using plenty of stone and tiles. Traditional religious or cultural artworks such as masks and Hindu gods are also commonly used as decorative items for the villas, adding a sense of the location while at the same time providing the very best in comfort and services.
A significant amount of private villas on Bali are located in small compounds and surrounded by beautifully landscaped tropical gardens. It is not uncommon to gaze out from your bedroom onto picturesque rice fields or lush green hills that roll down to the deep blue ocean.
The south of the island also boasts dramatic cliffs, which also offer unforgettable vistas. Depending on the type of villa you choose, private facilities will commonly include a pool, expansive outdoor living and dining spaces, and a large tropical garden.
Some larger villas will also feature gym facilities and home entertainment options such as a private cinema room or villa wide music system, while most also come with a private pool and sometimes even a spa.
For those looking for a more bespoke holiday experience, renting a villa on Bali is exactly the right option and with a number of professional agencies managing, marketing and offering these properties to visitors as holiday rentals, the choices for a memorable stay are nothing short of limitless.
Posted by Max Vee