Steeped in ancient culture, surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty and home to some of the most welcoming people you’ll ever meet, Bali is a true definition of a tropical paradise. Once you step foot on this island wonder, it will be difficult to leave as you find yourself falling in love with its character and undeniable charm. With attractions and activities to entice all preferences and ages, Bali is not only an exotic getaway but also an excellent option for family holidays.
Breathe it in and soak it up – this is the Island of Gods.
Blissful in Bali – Sights, Sounds and Spirits on the Island of Gods
Temples & Offerings
Evoking an air of age-old belief, spirituality and mysticism, Balinese temples are unlike any temples you’ve seen before. They’re also everywhere. Bali is known to have thousands of temples, each facing the sunrise, sea or mountains.
While the island has a number of especially significant temples, such as Pura Besakih, the holiest temple in Bali, or Uluwatu precariously perched on a cliff 70 metres above the sea, each village has its own temple that serves as the centre of the community. Here, locals gather for holidays and ceremonies. When you enter a temple, make sure you have your shoulders and knees covered and wear a sarong – it’s a good idea to keep one in your daypack as you go out exploring!
At the temples and shrines, as well as in front of shops and houses, you can’t miss the daily offerings of small bananas and palm leaf boxes filled with flower petals and joss sticks known as canang sari. These colourful offerings are made everyday as a symbol of gratitude to the Hindu god, Ida Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa.
Culture tip: Often you’ll find canang sari on the ground. Take care not to step on or over the offerings as this is seen as a sign of disrespect.
Culture & Ceremonies
From dramatic dances to daily ceremonies, Balinese culture is all around infusing each day with a distinct sense of importance and connection to the divine. Unlike the rest of Indonesia which is primarily Muslim, Bali worships its own unique brand of Hinduism called Agama Hindu Dharma that combines elements of Hinduism, animism and ancestor worship.
Between island-wide celebrations and ceremonies and special life cycle rites, such as births and weddings, you won’t go long without seeing a parade of well-dressed villagers balancing offerings of fruit piled high on their heads as they make their way to a temple or shrine.
The iconic Balinese dance tradition is also another cultural pillar and can be a unique experience for travellers. While certain dances will be performed during special holidays or ceremonies, you’ll also be able to find nightly performances retelling popular myths.
Culture tip: Similar to Thailand, it’s taboo to touch anyone, even children, on the head as it’s believed that this is where the soul resides.
Rest & Relaxation
Naturally, Bali’s warm temperatures, whispering waves and welcoming attitude lend itself to a relaxing and revitalising atmosphere. While there’s plenty to do and see throughout the island – one trip won’t be enough! – make sure you take time to unwind and get swept away on island time. Lounge by the resort pool with a good book, take in the sunset by walking along Seminyak’s beach, try a Balinese massage, and linger over a satisfying meal with your loved ones.
Culture tip: Club Owners staying at Anantara Vacation Club Seminyak Bali Resort can indulge in a luxurious massage and more treatments at the Anantara Spa at the nearby Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort. Along with a number of special massages and treatments to choose from, the spa’s selection of exotic elixirs and oils use only the finest indigenous ingredients from Indonesia.
Excitement & Adventure
As a leading holiday destination, Bali is also home to a number of adventure sports and activities for those seeking an adrenaline rush. Bali’s waves are a major draw for surfers around the world while nature lovers and avid trekkers can appreciate its active volcanoes and dense jungles, just waiting to be explored.
The island is also part of the “Coral Triangle” known for its marine species’ diversity, so snorkelling and diving are must-dos for those looking to revel in the underwater world.
Culture tip: Test your surfing skills by taking lessons conveniently organised through the Club Resort. Whether you’re a first-time surfer or have spent years on a board, you’ll find the perfect wave and expert teacher to help take your skills to the next level.
Itching to discover the Island of Gods for yourself? Hide away in one of Anantara Vacation Club Seminyak Bali’s boutique pool villa retreats. With 18 one-, two- and three-bedroom pool villas at the Club Resort, you’ll feel like you’re in your own personal paradise with accommodations that blend captivating Balinese style and Anantara’s signature approach to an enticing home away from home.