The latest insider information on Bali, Indonesia from our recent discussion with Sue Butler.
Q: How would you describe Bali for visitors who haven’t been there?
Bali, Indonesia has one of the most developed tourism infrastructures in the region, with a wide selection of beautiful resorts that range from ultra-modern to traditional luxury. Bali has inspired and attracted many to its beautiful island paradise and peaceful way of life, colorful rituals and genuine hospitality, which continue to draw tourists, artists and escapists.
Q: What are the top sights in Bali?
Bali’s Hindu culture is unique in Indonesia, and visitors will be amazed by the sheer number of temples, from tiny garden shrines to the stunning cliff top temple at Uluwatu. The islands coastline is dotted with gorgeous beaches, from the surfers’ paradise of Kuta to the exclusive resorts of Nusa Dua, whilst inland Bali offers the spectacular rice terraces of Sayan, the volcanic landscape of Bedugul, and the traditional craft villages of Ubud. The peaceful city of Ubud is the center of art and culture of Bali with its numerous museums, palaces and local markets. The rice fields near Ubud offer spectacular scenery and tranquil surroundings with a serene atmosphere typical of central Bali.
Q: How would you describe the people and the culture?
Bali, the Island of the Gods, is a tropical paradise inhabited by people who like to share their culture with visitors through music and dance performances and are renowned for their loveable and courteous personalities.
Q: What makes this destination so exotic for luxury travel or a unique experience?
Bali is the largest tourist destination in Indonesia and is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, the area with the highest biodiversity of marine species. In this area alone over 500 reef building coral species can be found. There is a wide range of dive sites with high quality reefs, all with their own specific attractions.
Q: Can you describe your most unique luxury tour in Bali?
"A Day Experience with Balinese Artist" would fit the bill.
You’ll explore a series of villages between Sanur and Ubud where the inhabitants specialize in the production of particular arts and crafts. Stops on the tour may include, Celuk, rightly famous for its silver jewelry, away from the tourist circuit and a visit to the home and workshop of Made Sandiago; Mas, home to the wood carvers where we take you to the workshop of Nyoman Sumerta.
Our last stop of the morning will be to the private residence of Ida Bagus Ketut Dharma who is not only an inspired artist but also a Hindu Priest. Dharma is especially well respected in his village of Keliki since he dedicates his life to the preservation of Balinese culture and the Keliki style which he teaches to the children in the community.
Q: What food and drink would you recommend people try in Indonesia?
Q: In your opinion, what is the most outstanding scenic view?
Tegalalang Rice Terrace, north of Ubud, which features amazing rice terraces set by the cliff. (Tegalalang Village is situated nearly 2,000 ft. above sea level.
Q: What cultural etiquette should visitors be aware of?
The etiquette of Bali is strongly related to their religion and customs.
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