With an energy that acts as a siren song to woo-woo wellness practitioners and design buffs, carousing Gen Z-ers and stoked surfers alike, Bali’s appeal reaches far beyond its tropical beaches. The island draws yogis and spiritual pilgrims in equal measure, along with celebrities and influencers looking for a dose of paradise.
The island’s enigmatic landscape is punctuated by dramatic volcanic cliffs and lush rice terraces. You can also visit a host of wildlife parks, temples, markets, and restaurants serving up both local and Western dishes.
The best time to go to Bali is during the dry season from April to October. This is when the weather is most stable and you can enjoy the scenery at its most pristine, as well as score a better deal on hotels and flights.
Bali is home to a host of awe-inspiring temples that reflect the Hindu religion’s belief in a supreme god, Ida Sang Hyang Widi Wasa. One of the most important is Pura Besakih, perched on the highest point on the island and believed to be the abode of the gods.
Wander through Ubud’s always-colourful art market to shop for boho souvenirs and cute keepsakes, from rattan bags and handmade dreamcatchers to floaty beachwear. Then head to the 14th-century Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal and the bathing temple of Pura Besakih to discover a deeper side to this sacred island.