By: Susan Spilman
Everyone has heard of Bali but I am often asked, "where exactly is Bali"? The first time I heard of it, I had to go home and look it up on a map! I knew it was in SE Asia and in Indonesia but where? And where exactly is Indonesia? Indonesia is an archipeligo of thousands of islands just south of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Bali is a very small island just to the east of Java, the major island in Indonesia. And although Indonesia is primarily a Muslim country, Bali is a Hindu island with very differernt, gentle energy. And it is safe!
Have you ever wanted to just let go, relax and enjoy massages, spas, swimming and snorkeling in a tropical paradise? This is the trip for you! Centered in Ubud, the cultural center of Bali there are great restaurants, shopping, and traditional dances every night as well as world class spas. The option of visiting traditional healers, two of whom are described in the book Eat, Pray, Love is an incredible opportunity during this visit. Following Ubud, travel to East Bali and take in a beach resort where you can swim, snorkel, dive, relax by the pool, and visit another world class spa.
Sunset in East Bali (above)
Photo (above) from Monkey Sanctuary near Ubud
Bali's natural attractions include miles of sandy beaches picturesque rice terraces, towering active volcanoes over 3,000 meters (10,000 ft.) high, fast flowing rivers, deep ravines, pristine crater lakes, sacred caves, and lush tropical forests full of exotic wildlife.
The island's rich cultural heritage is visible everywhere - in over 20,000 temples and palaces, in many colorful festivals and ceremonies, in drama, music, and dance.
I have lived in Bali off and on for 16 years, have a small house there with a Balinese family, and love the island! Bali has something to offer everyone: spas and relaxation, traditional healing, yoga, a culture in many ways the opposite of western culture where harmony and community spirit are the norms and of course lush tropical flowers, banana, mango, and rambutan trees. The Balinese are a very generous, open people and you will love their care and attention!
Full information on our hosted tours can be found on our website at: www.BaliArtsandTours.com
Call me or email me for more information or just to talk about Bali!