Indonesia now offers quarantine-free travel to all vaccinated residents of Singapore, so now’s the perfect time to plan a quick escape.
Not sure where to base yourself for your upcoming spontaneous vacation? Bali is home to many neighbourhoods, each with a distinct personality, so it really depends on the type of vacation you’re looking for. Have a read and be inspired by this list – you’ll find some familiar spots that everyone loves, as well as other options that give you a glimpse into authentic Bali.
The neighbourhood of Munduk, which is located in the north, is no doubt one of Bali’s best kept secrets. Ready to go off-the-beaten-track? Explore the area, trek through the lush greenery, and go on a waterfall chase, for there are many cascading waterfalls in this area. If you’ve found them, reward yourself with a dip in the natural pools below. Alternatively, take a stroll through the many hectares of coffee plantations that are located in these highlands. Once you spend a few days here breathing in the cool mountain air, you’ll experience a side of Bali that few other tourists have.
If you’re looking for peace and serenity, then Ubud is the place to be. Here, you can enjoy a day of wellness experiences in one of its many spas, or you could feast on Balinese delights at various fine dining restaurants. For something a little more adventurous, cycle through the paths between the vast network of paddy fields and stop for an exhilarating ride on the famous Bali Swing that takes you over the rice terraces. Make time to visit the art galleries as well as Ubud Market for some iconic handicrafts and stay at one of the many amazing resorts set in dense foliage for a zen experience like no other.
Keen to lounge on soft white sandy beaches, or frolic in crystal clear shallow waters? Nusa Dua might be the neighbourhood of your choice. This enclave is home to many sprawling five-star resorts, which boast award-winning fine dining, luxurious spas, world-class golf courses, and more. There’s lots to do in each resort, but if you’re one to prefer stepping out to explore the neighbourhood, you’ll find great boutiques, galleries, dive spots, as well as Water Blow – a massive natural blow hole where the seawater shoots up 30 metres in the air!
Amed might not be a place that most tourists gravitate to, but this idyllic nook that sits in the shadow of the iconic Mount Agung is somewhere where you’ll find spectacular views – both of Bali’s largest active volcano, as well as of volcanic black sand beaches. This is also where you’ll get to enter the world of the locals and embrace the laidback vibes of this island. Visit the string of sleepy fishing villages, hike through the lush forests, and be awed by all the breath-taking vistas that await you around every corner.
The coolest kid on the block (or island) is none other than Canggu. This former surfers’ hideaway is now one of the hippest neighbourhoods in Bali, where visitors can catch waves as well as spend many happy hours at one of the many lively beach clubs that line the coast. There’s no lack of infinity pools, restaurants, and poolside bars that offer magnificent views of the shimmering Indian Ocean. Just pick a beach club, find a day bed, cabana, or pool booth, and enjoy the best of Bali – sea, surf, sand and good vibes only.
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