Dubbed the Island of the Gods, Bali does offer heaven-like natural sceneries that will take any traveller’s breath away. First and foremost, Bali is known for its beautiful beaches and sought-after surf – the very reason adventurous people from around the world first flocked to the island decades ago and put Bali on the international map.

That being said, Bali is so much more than beaches. On the natural vista front, the island has magnificent waterfalls, like Sekumpul where nature enthusiasts can view multiple waterfalls at one spot; mesmerising rice paddies, including the UNESCO World Heritage-certified Jatiluwih; and majestic mountains, with Agung Volcano being the highest. And let’s not forget the crowd pleaser, Ubud’s Monkey Forest.

As a favourite holiday destination, Bali offers endless modes of accommodations – from charming hostels and unique Airbnbs, to five-starred international hotels like The St. Regis Bali Resort and unbelievably luxurious villas like Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.

Two of the popular areas in Bali are Seminyak and Canggu, where one can find the hottest dining destinations, the most pumping party spots, the most stylish shops and the most decadent spas. Have a drink at Woobar at W Bali – Seminyak and party at Potato Head Beach Club and you’re all set.

For travellers who prefer zen surroundings and tranquil getaways, Ubud is a perfect choice. One can find numerous quaint cafes that serve health-conscious dishes and retreats offering elaborate yoga and wellness programmes.

The latest attraction in Bali is actually also the most iconic landmark on the island, the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Statue. The statue portrays the Hindu God Wisnu and mythical creature Garuda and stands 120.9 metres tall. The statue is located within GWK Cultural Park, where you can find a museum, shows and programmes elaborating the folklore behind the statue.

Asia Dreams November 2019 – January 2020