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Bali, Indonesia Hotels and City Guide

Bali Hotels and Bali Guide with Bali maps, top attractions, room reservations and hotel deals at a wide range of the best Bali hotels

Bali - Going Out

Arts and Culture in Bali
Traditional Festivals and Celebrations
Annual Events
Bali After Dark


Arts and Culture in Bali

Bali has a rich culture of traditional arts, from drama and mask dances to age-old hand crafts which are still in practise today. There are many cultural centres on the island where tourists can watch these arts being performed, however visitng during on the the islands festivals is a great way to learn more about these local traditions in a more organic environment.


Traditional Festivals and Celebrations in Bali

There are a number of festivals on Bali, most involving music, dance, religion and art, and all of which are very close to the hearts of the people. Two of the major festivals are Galungan and Nyepi. Galungan is the major feast of the wuku calendar. For ten days the gods are said to visit the island and mythical lion dogs prance between temples and villages in celebration.

The eve of Nyepi involves the noisy banishment of lingering evil by using gongs, drums and flame torches. On Nyepi, the whole of Bali is quiet. People stay at home and do not cook, pretending they are not there in order to fool evil spirits into believing the island is uninhabited.


Annual Events in Bali

March/April

Bali Spirit Festival (Ubud) - Although only in its infancy, the BaliSpirit Festival has already been able to give a significant amount of aide to the local communities. The aim of the festival is to grow each person’s portential for positive change, thus leading to change in the community as well as their homes. It does this by combining yoga, dance, meditation and music workshops, and also offers a special programme for children. Tickets for the 5-day long event start at $450.

June/July

Bali Arts Festival (Denpasar) – This month-long festival of parades, music, art and dance is the Denpasar cultural event of the year, and draws together cultural offerings from every part of the island.

July/August

Tanah Lot Festival (Tabanan regency) – A week-long celebration of Balinese art and culture, this festival includes several art forms from painting and sculpture to dance and drums. It acts as a platform from the artists can express themselves, and from which to introduce Balinese arts to the international community.

August

Makepung Festival (Negara,, Jembara) - Makepung Festival is a years-old buffalo race, held three times a year (August, September and October). Drivers perched on brightly decorated wagons frantically drive their two even more brightly decorated buffalos through dust tracks lined with lush green jungle, in a bid to be crowned the winner.
Sanur Village Festival (Segara Ayu Beach and Inna Grand Bali Beach Sanur) - Each year, this beach resort becomes a hive of activity for the Sanur Village Festival. A host of activities are on the go, including yoga workshops, fishing competitions, sailing days, cycling excursions and music and cultural shows. A great communal festival, aimed at tourists and locals alike.

September

Makepung Festival (Negara, Jembara) – see August above.

October

Makepung Festival (Negara, Jembara) – see August above.
Ubud Writers Festival (Ubud) – The Ubus Writer’s Festival was initiated in 2004 as a ‘healing project’ in the wake of the first Bali bombing. It draws writers from around the globe, with the central aim being to “debate the issues that divide and unite us, in a celebration of stories and voices”.


Bali After Dark: Nightlife in Bali

If you are looking for lively nightlife, you will find the busiest clubs and bars in Kuta, Legian or Seminyak. In either of these resorts you'll be kept entertained by a mixture of venues, including some international club names such as Hard Rock Cafe, smaller local bars, and packed nightclubs. Kuta is the main resort town for backpackers and single travellers, and hence boasts the largest number of nighlife venues. Be warned though that nightlife in Bali doesn't start up until midnight.

While other resort areas such as Ubud, Nusa Dua and Candidasa do have a local bars and hotel bars, they are quite tame in comparison to the rowdy nightlife in the Kuta area. However this is usually preferable for those who a quieter environment in which to enjoy a cocktail and take in the surroundings.





Hotels in Bali, Indonesia

Belmond Jimbaran Puri

Belmond Jimbaran Puri

Jalan Uluwatu, Jimbaran, Bali, 80361, Indonesia

Be massaged at the al fresco spa or dine at the waters edge as fishing boats unload their catch and a fiery orange sun slips down into the sea




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InterContinental Bali Resort

InterContinental Bali Resort

Jalan Uluwatu 45, Jimbaran, Bali, 80361, Indonesia

The InterContinental Bali Hotel and Resort offers the best in Bali hotel accommodations for visitors to this stunning Indonesian resort. The InterContinental Bali Hotel and Resort's range of amenities will suit the needs of both the business traveller...




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Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay

Four Seasons Bali at Jimbaran Bay

Jimbardan Denpassar 80361, Bali, Indonesia

Hotel Description: Overlooking Jimbaran Bay, the hotel offers panoramic views. An elegant private Balinese Villa with separate sleeping, bathing and living pavilions and ocean views from your plunge pool. An Indonesian spa. Dramatic hilltop...




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Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

Sayan Ubud Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

A tropical wonderland set against soaring treetops and a sparkling river, this resort offers magnificent accommodations and amenities




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Grand Hyatt

Grand Hyatt

PO Box 53, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

Experience a taste of paradise at the Grand Hyatt Bali Hotel in Indonesia. This world-class Hyatt resort hotel offers business and leisure travelers a unique and unforgettable stay in the finest luxury accommodation. Just 20 minutes from Bali's Ngurah Rai International... more
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Matahari Beach Resort & Spa

Matahari Beach Resort & Spa

Permuteran Singaraja, Bali, 81155, Indonesia

Hotel Description: Matahari Beach Resort and Spa is built in traditional Balinese style. The 16 bungalows consist of two units with marble terrace in a tropical garden. The resort in the north western of Bali has a fine black sandy lava beach. General... more
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Melia Bali - The Garden Villas

Melia Bali - The Garden Villas

Nusa Dua Beach, P.O. Box 88 Nusa Dua (Bali)80363 Indonesia

Hotel Description The luxurious hotel is located in a tropical garden, right on Nusa Dua beach. Close to a magnificent golf course and the Nusa Dua shopping & leisure district. Nearby point of interest are the capital, Denpasar, 35 km distance... more
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Melia Benoa Hotel

Melia Benoa Hotel

Jalan Pratama Nusa Dua - Tanjug Benoa 80363 Indonesia

Hotel Description Located just past Nusa Dua's north gate in Tanjung Benoa, Bali's newest resort area. Already famous for its clean beaches and wide variety of water sports, Tanjung Benoa's strategic location makes it the perfect choice for... more
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Pita Maha Resort & Spa

Pita Maha Resort & Spa

Jalan Sanggingan Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia

The essence of Balinese culture is found in the exquisite mountain village of Ubud. Overlooking the confluence of two rivers stands luxurious Pita Maha Resort and Spa. It's attached to an ancient temple and is owned by the Royal family of Ubud. In the cool of the hills,... more
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The Legian

The Legian

Jalan Laksmana, Seminyak Beach, Bali

A five-star, luxury resort hotel in Bali, The Legian Bali overlooks the golden sands of Seminyak Beach, on Bali's southern coast and set amidst lush tropical gardens. An all-suite hotel, The Legian Bali luxury suites provide stunning views of the Indian Ocean and blend... more
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Bali Hyatt

Bali Hyatt

P.O. Box 392, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

A luxury resort in traditional classic Balinese style with 36 acres of tropical botanical gardens setting which also features a Balinese Village Style Spa offering total rejuvenation for body, soul and mind. Located on prime Sanur Beach, strategically positioned between... more
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The Oberoi Bali

The Oberoi Bali

J1 Laksmana, Seminyak Beach Denpasar, Bali 80033 Indonesia

Bali is legendary for its exotic culture. On Seminyak Beach, the most beautiful on the island, is The Oberoi Bali, a harmonious blend of time-honoured tradition and hospitality.This secluded resort has a 500-metre golden beach frontage and is surrounded by a 15-acre... more
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Best Western Resort Kuta

Best Western Resort Kuta

Kubu Anyar Street, No 118, Banjar Anyar Kuta, Bali, 80361, Indonesia

The Best Western Resort Kuta is located 10 minutes driving from Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport. We highlight typical Balinese interior design, combined with the modern minimalist concept. The Best Western Resort Kuta offers our guests comfortable 75 unique rooms.... more
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Novotel Coralia Benoa Bali

Novotel Coralia Benoa Bali

Jalan Pratama, Tanjung Benoa, Po Box 39, 80361 Nusa Dua, Indonesia

Hotel IntroductionOn the fringe of Nusa Dua, beside the golden sands of Tanjung Benoa Beach. 20 min. to airport. 24h room service, 3 restaurants, bars, 3 swimming pools, health centre. Daily sports activities & culturalshows, Kid s club. Free shuttle to... more
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