Encompassing a spectacular landscape of exquisite beaches, picturesque rice terraces and volcanic mountains, Bali is a magical, tropical paradise, renowned as one of the most spiritual and peaceful locales in the world.
The arts have long prospered in Bali, inspired by enchanting wildlife, people and culture, the depth and quality of art on the island never ceases to mesmerise.
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The Islands of the Gods & Mesmerising Culture
With a history dating back to Palaeolithic times, Bali’s ancient and spiritual heritage weaves a vivid tapestry as colourful as its culture and landscape. Firmly engraved into the almanac of the exotic, Marco Polo, Francis Xavier and Sir Frances Drake are just some of the notable historical figures of the last millennium to have been captivated by Bali’s charm. Great Javanese Hindu empires thrived in Bali following the union of Bali and the nearby island of Java in the eleventh century, and the Majapahit dynasty, which lasted from 1293 to 1520, bequeathed to Bali many of the societal and architectural features it is renowned for today.
As the Majapahit Kingdom collapsed due to the rise of Islam throughout Sumatra and Java during the sixteenth century, many of the Majapahit intelligentsia including artists, musicians and actors fled to Bali causing a wave of culture and spirituality that formed the base of a rich and cultivated Balinese society. Bali’s highest volcano is Gunung Agung and the Balinese revere it as a home of the gods and a replica of the sacred Mount Meru, which they believe to be the central axis of the universe. On the western slope of Gunung Agung, the ancient Besakih temple known as the ‘Mother Temple’ is the largest and most important temple in Bali, which miraculously remained untouched when Gunung Agung erupted in 1963, despite lava flows coming within metres of the temple.
The arts have long prospered in Bali, inspired by enchanting wildlife, people and culture, the depth and quality of art on the island never ceases to mesmerise. Known for its refined artistic spirit surrounded by a backdrop of lush jungles and soaring mountains, the village of Ubud is at the centre of Bali’s art world. Visited in the 1920s and 1930s by a flurry of international artists including German artist Walter Spies and Dutch painter Rudolf Bonnet, Ubud’s wall-to-wall art galleries and craft workshops have become a cultural magnet for literati, glitterati and art connoisseurs.
To further delight serious art collectors and aficionados, the Blanco Renaissance Museum showcases a flamboyant collection of work by successful artist Antonio Blanco, and the Neka Art Museum is famed for housing one of the world’s finest selections of Balinese and Indonesian fine art.
The village of Celuk is eminent for its innovative gold and silver crafting and here you will find an abundance of professional silversmiths and artisan jewellery designers, whose elaborate work has penetrated both local and international markets. If your in search of beautiful antiques, authentic Indonesian fabrics or exquisitely crafted home-wares, Jalan Laksmana is one of the most decadent shopping and dining streets in the jet-set destination of Seminyak.
Bali’s most absorbing attraction is the natural beauty of the varied landscape, from the pristine water and glorious sands of the Mengiat Beach to the Bali Barat National Park, which encompasses a mountainous area of rainforest, mangrove forest, savannah and coral islands. The north and west coasts of Bali are less visited than those on the south of the island, thus enabling you to enjoy enthralling pursuits such as dolphin spotting and snorkelling in complete harmony with nature.
Sunsets and Soirees
As the sun sets, there is no better place to revel in nightlife than one of Bali’s stunning beach-fronted bars. Overlooking the beach in Seminyak, Ku De Ta is one of the most happening night-time lounges in Bali. As an open-air venue with music provided by globally renowned DJs, Ku De Ta hosts regular glamorous events and parties with innovative cocktails enjoyed by the Island’s most stylish crowd.
Heralded as one of the best bars in the world, Rock Bar is located along the coastline of the Ayana Resort and Spa and was created by Japanese glass artist Seiki Torige to project an innovative minimalist design. The bars signature cocktails mix only the highest-quality imported liquors with local ingredients to complement the natural surrounds, and with regular live band performances and stellar guest DJ sets, the entertainment line-up is just as inspiring.
Rich Indonesian Influences
Bali’s gastronomy is shaped by rich Indonesian influences characterised by delicate spices and seasonings, however, a wide range of global cuisines will spoil you for choice. The Mozaic Restaurant specialises in intensely flavoured French and Asian cuisine and the tables set amongst the tropical garden are ideal for a romantic evening of gustatory delights. Renowned as one of the world’s top restaurants, sophisticated presentation and a magical ambience ensure continuing accolades from discerning international gourmands.
Sip is an authentic French bistro brasserie, which was founded on a passion for fine food and excellent wine. With a focus on honest French cuisine accompanied by an extensive wine list, Sip offers visitors a relaxed and fun fine dining experience.
To indulge in the culinary delights of traditional warung-style dining, the Warung Restaurant at the Alila Uluwatu, specialises in wholesome Indonesian and Balinese fare served in a friendly and convivial dining environment. Whether you choose to interact with other guests at the communal tables or decide on an intimate table for two, the welcoming yet sophisticated space creates a laidback atmosphere.
The Highest Calibre
Bali is replete with the highest calibre of luxury accommodation, offering astounding new levels of comfort and sophistication. Alila Villas Uluwatu is a contemporary resort surrounded by panoramic views of the Indian Ocean enabling guests to re-discover the joys of total relaxation in unparalleled comfort and space. Characterised by striking pool villas with serene, minimal interiors and expansive outdoor living spaces. Alila Villas Uluwatu brings you the latest in luxury as one of the world’s best beach retreats.
Majestically situated in Bali’s ‘Valley of the Kings’ just minutes from the vibrant village of Ubud, the villas of Viceroy Bali marry upmost privacy with supreme luxury. Each villa offers stunning valley views and for the most blissful indulgence, guests can choose to unwind in the soothing spa, infinity pool, modern gymnasium or library.