It’s official. The golden beaches, culinary delights and captivating culture of Bali have made this exotic destination the number one holiday spot for outbound Aussie travellers. According to our customer insights at Escape Travel, Bali consistently ranks in the top five international destinations for Australian travellers and is a perennial favourite with our core customers. We’re certainly not surprised that you love Bali and so do we, so here are ten reasons why we believe Bali has hit the top spot.
World class restaurants line the streets to tempt foodies with everything from fresh seafood and French influenced cuisine to complex Balinese dishes featuring fusion flavours. Celebrated international chefs have been lured by the promise of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, while many flock to Bali as much for the local cooking as the Michelin-starred establishments.
It’s a tropical playground where the clocks are decidedly set to island time. Aussie visitors feel a kindred spirit to the laid-back lifestyle enjoyed by those in Bali which keeps them coming back time after time.
At no more than six hours for East coast travellers and under four hours for those on the West coast, it is a manageable international flight that can be taken overnight to maximise time on the ground. Plus, a slick new international airport and cheap transfer options makes for a pleasant transition into holiday mode.
Easy on the hip pocket
Bali is great value for money where affordable flights and accommodation packages are available in abundance and the cost of living while on the ground is staggeringly cheap. Meals are inexpensive, even at upscale resorts and restaurants, with shopping and entertainment reasonably priced. Even better, spa treatments are cheap enough to indulge in a guilt-free pampering.
Bali is home to some of the friendliest and most welcoming people in the world, where no tourist demand is too demanding and service with a smile is standard. The friendly locals have a strong sense of spirituality, are proud patriots and go out of their way to make visitors feel comfortable.
Rest and relaxation
Bali is a destination for self-discovery with age-old healing traditions that allows you to relax and reset. The benefits of acupuncture have been hailed by locals for centuries and yoga meditation is practiced daily by many, making Bali the perfect base for travellers looking for a restorative escape at one of the many meditation and wellbeing retreats scattered on the island.
Live like royalty in a private villa staffed by a personal cook, driver and butler, for far less than you think. Your money goes further in Bali where you can splash out on a stay at a five-star resort with all the bells and whistles, opt for a plethora of all-inclusive resorts or snag a private villa in the likes of Seminyak or Ubud that feels far more glamorous than it costs.
Whatever you fancy
Bali has a diverse range of experiences available. Kuta is a haven for surfers looking for great waves, while Seminyak boast eclectic bars, cool cafes and chic international boutiques. Kids love Waterbom theme park, the Monkey Forest and the Bali Safari and Marine Park. Couples looking for romance can take a sunset cruise or enjoy spa treatments, while those after adventure can enjoy some of the best snorkelling in the world, trek through the jungle, or go white water rafting.
Incredible natural beauty
Bali has show-stopping natural beauty. Picturesque rice terraces, soaring volcanos, pristine crater lakes, green hillsides, sacred caves, lush tropical forests and a dramatic coastline inspire awe, while the tropical beaches are a visitor favourite.
Bali’s rich culture and heritage is visible everywhere. You don’t need to go looking for a dose of traditional way of life during a visit to Bali. There are over 20,000 temples on the island and spirituality and community is integral to Balinese people. Colourful festival and ceremonies are calendar fixtures and traditional Balinese dance, music, drama and local cooking classes allow visitors to immerse themselves in the culture.