Known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs, Bali is also home to wellness retreats, glorious hikes and fascinating traditions
Climate: Bali has a tropical climate with an average temperature of around 33C all year. The dry season from April to September is generally sunnier and less humid, and August is the perfect time to visit the island.
Geography: Lush green rice terraces, magnificent volcanoes and beaches lapped by the Indian Ocean have long attracted tourists to Bali’s shores.
Ubud: The cultural centre of Bali, this town is famous for its arts and craft shops, plus performances of traditional dance and music. Dine in any of the many wonderful restaurants and enjoy scenic walks past rice paddies nearby.
Jimbaran Beach: Kuta beach may be the most famous, but Jimbaran, only 10 minutes away, is far superior with a sweeping white sandy bay, a fabulous fish market and an array of mouth-watering, affordable fish restaurants.
Gunung Batur Volcano: The hike to the top may not be easy, but the views are spectacular, especially at sunset.
Spas: Good day spas are abundant and many hotels have fabulous facilities, too. The Balinese are renowned for their massage techniques that involve stretching, skin rolling and palm and thumb pressure to release tension and induce calmness.
Food: Balinese cooking revolves around spices (such as turmeric, nutmeg, garlic, ginger, saffron, basil, cardamon and lemongrass), often accompanied by coconut milk, which adds a rich flavour and creamy texture to vegetables, poultry, meat and fish. The result is very tasty but not unbearably hot, as long as you avoid the small green chillies.
Accommodation: Major hotel groups have invested in new property recently and Bali offers everything from budget to luxurious accommodation.