Discover Bali 2018: 8 Best Places to Go in Bali during 2018

Discover Bali 2018: 8 Best Places to Go in Bali during 2018

With endless natural beauty, from the most idyllic beaches surrounding the island to lush jungle and mountains occupying its heart and exotic cultural heritage, Bali has never ceased to impress travelers from around the world with the island’s tropical wonders. Here are 8 best places to go in Bali in 2018 curated by our Luxury Collection Concierge at The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua.

  1. Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple

Pura Luhur Uluwatu, one of six most important temples in Balinese culture, is famed for its magnificent location, standing tall at the edge of a cliff with majestic views of the Indian Ocean. The name ‘Uluwatu’ itself refers to the temple’s location, which is “at the head of a rock.”

At the temple, you can witness the exceptional Kecak Fire Dance set against the sunset. The dance, performed by a band of male performers circling around and chanting, is a truly rare cultural event where performance arts blend perfectly with nature’s best scenery.

 

  1. Ubud

Monkey Forest in Ubud

The capital of Bali’s art and culture, Ubud, has endless charm to attract visitors over and over again. You can visit some of Bali’s most noteworthy art galleries, jewelry workshops and Balinese woodcarvers. As you witness the local artisans at work, you can also bring home some souvenirs or, even, inspiration to dabble in arts.

Ubud is also known for those looking for spiritual peace, either with yoga or in organic cafés. Visit Tegallalang Rice Terraces or Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary if you are up for natural wonders.

 

  1. Holy Spring at Tirta Empul Temple

Purification at Tirta Empul Temple

Built around the holy spring at Tampaksiring Village, Tirta Empul Temple (whose name means ‘holy water spring’) is an ancient holy temple known for purification rituals. Myths and legends surround the existence of the temple. One of the most famous beliefs is that holy water pouring through the purification baths is believed to bring health and peace of mind.

Immerse yourself in this sacred ritual as you dress in traditional outfits and bath under 15 fountains of holy water at the site. Around the temple, visitors can also explore the complex of pools and fish ponds.

 

  1. Jatiluwih Rice Terrace

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace

Located in Tabanan regency, approximately two hours drive from the Nusa Dua resort, Jatiluwih Rice Terraces are renowned for the enchanting view of rice terraces irrigated by a traditional method, Subak. The rice terraces, named as one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites, breathtakingly stretch out from the foot of Batukaru Mountain to the coastal side to the west part of Bali.

Behold the magnificently green area from afar or go for a hike through the ocean of paddies. Visiting this site along with nearby attractions, such as Batukaru Temple and Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest, might serve as a soothing retreat.

 

  1. Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

Head to one of the best places to go in Bali, the Ulun Danu Beratan temple. Located on the shores of Beratan Lake around two hours drive from The Laguna, the water temple is considered one of the most iconic sanctuaries along with Uluwatu temple and Tanah Lot. The picturesque temple is dedicated to the goddess of water, river and lakes in Balinese mythology, Dewi Ulun Danu.

You can indulge in the serene lake views and ambiance from the temple. For more scenic views of the surroundings of the temple from different points of view, hire a traditional ‘jukung’ boat or motorized boat to navigate around the lake.

 

  1. Tirta Gangga Royal Water Garden

Tirta Gangga Royal Water Palace

Built for royal retreats in 1948 during the reign of Raja of Karangasem, Anak Agung Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem, the royal water garden has seen a series of restorations, and is still firmly and beautifully standing until today. The name of the authentic royal retreat refers to ‘the water from the Ganges’, which plays important roles in Hindu Balinese culture.

Tirta Gangga, which is located in Karangasem Regency, two hours drive from The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, comprises of a maze of pools, tropical gardens, fish ponds and fountains. Around the complex, tour the ponds by passing through ornamented stepping stones, and visit the clear public wading pool and spring water swimming pool.

 

  1. Tegenungan Waterfall

Tegenungan Waterfall

In the vicinity of Ubud, around 30 minutes drive from the city center, Tegenungan Waterfall is hidden by lush vegetation and pristine tropical jungle. With its non-mountainous location and its abundant pools of water, this waterfall makes a perfect spot for natural bathing.

To access this waterfall, you will need to walk down a trail through the woods along Tukad Petanu River. When you arrive at the spot, you can gaze at the astonishing force of nature and swim beneath the water. Among other best places to go in Bali, this serene waterfall reflects the natural wonder of the island.

 

  1. Sunset at Tanah Lot

Sunset at Tanah Lot Temple
The famous Tanah Lot sea temple is often hailed as one of the most beautiful and most renowned Bali tourism spots due to its unique offshore setting—perched on top of an enormous rock. This famed Hindu temple is located in Tabanan regency, around one and a half hours drive from Nusa Dua.

As you visit the temple, you can learn about ancient myths and legends regarding this place. For a more dramatic experience, you can end your day at the temple as you witness the sun setting against crimson skies behind the silhouette of the temple shrines that will provide a lasting memory of your journey.

 

Plan your visit to best places to go in Bali during 2018. Let the Luxury Collection Concierge unlock an unparalleled travel experience while discovering the enchanting treasures of Bali, the Island of Gods.

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