Bali, is a small Indonesian island with a lot to offer. Ancient Hindu temples are an assured nod to the religious Balinese culture, their magnificent architecture adorning the landscape along with colourful Canang Sari offerings. Bali’s beaches are more than just pristine sands, presenting many incredible surf spots and beautiful marine life.
The central mountains house acres of unspoiled jungle, four impressive lakes and more than sixty animal species. The town of Ubud in the uplands is a centre of tradition and home to one of Bali’s many spectacular rice paddies. As the sun sets, serene days turn to lively evenings with busy bars and a vibrant clubbing scene.
Topography & Climate
Bali’s close proximity to the equator means a year-round tropical climate. Warm temperatures and humidity are constant, with two distinctive seasons; a dry season from April to September and a rainy season from October to March. Mountains run West to East through the centre of Bali, with the southern slopes forming habitable plains. Some of the volcanic peaks – including the highest, Mount Agung, at 3,031m – are still active, while many stand barren. Four lakes reside in the highlands, including the impressive Lake Batur covering 1,605 hectares.
Livingstone’s Travel World – Unique destination tours and travel experiences:
Bali is an island of culture, of which Hinduism plays an important part. The stunning landscape is scattered with numerous temples, shrines and palaces. Many of the temples are centuries old and each is unique in its architecture. Perhaps one of the most fascinating is Goa Gajah or ‘Elephant Cave’ near Ubud; carved into a rock-face, the open mouth of a demon marks the entrance of this spiritual temple, inside you will find bathing pools, a meditation cave, fountains and rock-wall carvings. Canang Sari is a daily offering made by Balinese hindus to the gods, and forms another important part of the religious culture here. Canang Sari are baskets made from palm leaves, filled with flowers and gifts and topped with incense – you will see these beautiful offerings dotted around temples, beaches, homes and shops. While this culture unites the entire island, there are many destinations to visit all with unique offerings. From ancient architecture and natural wonders, surfing and diving to yoga retreats, and designer shops to Balinese traditions, this is a small island with a big heart.
The choice of accommodation in Bali particularly around the beach resorts is vast; in consequence, those we have chosen and recommending in the list below have been very carefully selected in addition to those that we use and are featured in our holiday tour itinerary, but its’s not a definitive list.In keeping with the nature of our business they can all be considered as luxury hotels and resorts, many are in spectacular locations and most embrace the ambience of Bali. Although they are consistently reviewed by us, we are always happy discuss the individual merits of each during the booking process and to receive comment from those who have recently stayed at a particular property. Please be aware that we do not make “hotel” bookings on a stand-alone basis, we only book them as part of a travel package, or as an addition to a booking which enables us to use the best rates available at the time.
Amandari, Ubud | Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Ubud | COMO Shambhala Estate, Ubud | The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Ubud | Alaya Resort Ubud | Mandapa Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Ubud | Hoshinoya Bali, Ubud | Alila Villas, Uluwatu | Soori Bali, Kerambitan | Samabe Bali Suites & Villas, Nusa Dua | Sanak Retreat, Bulelen | Kinaara Resort & Spa, Pemuteran | Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa | Puri Santrian Hotel, Sanur
WEDDINGS & HONEYMOONS
Nothing can compare with getting married in romantic surroundings and Bali provides a wonderful choice for those wanting a wedding with a difference or having a really special honeymoon. The hotels and resorts listed below are just a sample of those we consider as being ideal for a Destination Wedding and or Honeymoon. Should either be on the horizon and you would like to more information regarding those properties listed below, or considering something similar at another location, please call us on 020 7118 2110, we have a wealth of worldwide experience in this sector.
THE LEGIAN BALI, SEMINYA The Legian Bail is set against a backdrop of enduring modern architecture, swaying coconut palms and stunning sunsets along Seminyak Beach. This all-suite beachfront resort hotel incorporates elegant understated Balinese design is adjacent to the island’s chicest shops and Asia’s most stylish nightlife, every corner of the resort exudes tropical elegance, class and style.
The 67-Suites and the luxurious 3-Bedroomed Beach House were designed by Jaya Ibrahim a ground-breaking Indonesian designer is spread along Seminyak’s iconic beachfront. The largerOne Bedroom Deluxe Suites, Two Bedroom Suitesand the luxurious Specialty Suites have generous multiple balconies with unobstructed sunset views. The Beach House, Bali’s ultimate beachfront address combines as a unique Wedding venue and the resort offers honeymooners perfect seclusion.
The Legian Bali’s exceptional location lends itself to almost any kind of wedding from intimate affairs to large family groups. Beach House can host a private wedding party for 60-80, whereas Eden with its sea-view Sunset Garden is suitable for up to 100 guests. Wedding ceremony can start on the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ to the entrancing chords of our three-piece Balinese Gamelan orchestra.
Across the street from the resort is The Club at The Legian Bali. Designed in a sleek modern style yet embodying all the architectural detail for which Bali is so famous it has a private Club lounge and 28-metre lap pool. This Seminyak private hideaway with every amenity imaginable has 11 one-bedroom villas and 3 two-bedroom villas all set generously apart amidst lush tropical gardens with private pools and a personal butler service.
Bali – Island of the Gods, this 15-Day holiday through and around this small island with stunning beaches, crater lakes, volcanos and awe-inspiringtemplesoffers a wonderful insight into Balinese culture. There are stays at luxury hotels in spectacular locations and visits to amazing places that will live in the memory for ever.
VILLA & HOLIDAY RENTALS
ONE ELEVEN, SEMINYAK is a luxury adult only Villa Resort located on Bali’s stylish and bustling Seminyak. This private unpretentious resort boasts an amazing 3-Bedroom rooftop apartment, known as the Penthouse with private pool and a butler service. This oasis of peace includes a luxurious Spa which offers extensive treatments and spa experiences some in the privacy of your own spa gazebo. Its Japanese style Shiro Sushi and Sake Bar, open from 6-11 pm Monday to Saturday, which offers an outstanding epicurean experience just adds to the ambience of this stand out villa-only resort. The resort also has nine 1-Bedroom villas all with private pools and a butler service, these with a maximum occupancy of 2 Adults can also bookable through Livingstone’s Travel World.
The Penthouse, is an exclusive contemporary designed 3-Bedroom rooftop apartment set above the One Eleven’s private sanctuary, with its own private outdoor swimming pool. It has a chic lounge area, a generous dining space and a kitchen with full cooking facilities. The 3 beautiful bedrooms and stunning bathrooms with the comforts of a “Resort Experience” make this perfect for families and friends, with a maximum Occupancy of 6 Adults and 3 Children.
Penthouse Amenities include: 50 sqm. Living Area | Nespresso Coffee & TWG Tea Selection |42 Inch Sony LCD TV| Yamaha Restio Audio System | DVD Player | Free Wi-Fi. Resort Facilities & Included Services: One time airport pick up & drop off | Cold towel and water upon arrival | Shuttle services to Seminyak area upon request |One Eleven signature mocktail upon arrival | Free Wi-Fi throughout resort | Daily in-villa breakfast for 2 persons | Daily mineral water | Bed Turn-down service | Daily newspapers & magazines | Extensive Male & Female amenities exclusively developed for One Eleven | Daily fresh fruits & flowers | Butler on call 24 hours |Access to the reservation only Japanese Shiro Sushi / Sake Bar.
There are many things that make Bali a major tourist destination, its warm climate, spectacular scenery, pristine beaches, luxury hotels, private villas, rich culture and friendly people. Therefore it’s no surprise to find that it has established some wonderful golf courses to be enjoyed by golf loving holidaymakers. Those we have referred to below can combined with more or less any type of Bali holiday or organised specifically as a golfing holiday.
Handara Golf & Resort, situated in Bali’s lush highlands and nestled in the crater of a volcano in the Bedugul Mountains is around a 2 hr. drive from Bali’s international airport, is described as “the one-stop mountain golf and nature experience like no other”. The 18 Hole, 6.983 yds. long, Par 73 course founded in 1974 and designed by Peter Thompson and Michael Wolveridge was totally refurbished in 2015 it will simply astonish you. Rated in the Top 50 of the World’s Golf Courses it has has all the amenities one would expect of a championship golf course with deluxe hotel rooms and suites.
Bali National Golf Club, located at Nusa Dua on the southern tip of Bali is a short drive from the beach resorts of Kuta and Seminyak was founded in 1991. The 18 Hole, 7166 yds. long, Par 72 golf course designed by Nelson, Haworth golf course architects reopened in 2013, after undergoing a major refurbishment. The golf club with bar and restaurant and first class amenities also has 7 luxurious villas overlooking the 17th 18th holes which can accommodate up to 6 persons make this award winning Best of Golf resort Indonesia 2017 one of the very best in Bali.
New Kuta Golf, situated in the Pecatu Indah Resort on the Bukit Peninsula perched on a limestone cliff overlooking the Dreamland and Balangan beaches in Southern of Bali it’s one of the finest golf courses in the region. The 18 Hole, 7515 yds. long, Par 72 championship standard golf course was founded in 2007 was the first links style course in Indonesia. Designed by Ronald Fream of Golf plan it has a spacious Clubhouse adjacent to the 9th& 18th greens, a restaurant, a Spa and a driving range; make this challenging course a memorable place to play golf.
Bali Beach Golf Course, is located within the Grand Inna Bali Beach Hotel Resort in the wonderful seaside resort of Sanur. The 9 Hole, 3560 yds. Long, Par 36 golf course made up of seven Par 4s, one Par 5, and one Par 3 with its lake hazards is surrounded by tall mature trees, flowering hibiscus plants and shady pines was designed by Rajakulasingham. The golf course with amenities that include a driving range, stylish clubhouse, bar and fine restaurants offers a variety of golfing challenges, and is particularly ideal for those golfers who need a break from the beach.
Bukit Pandawa Golf & Country Club, which opened in October 2016, is the newest on Bali Island. Located on a limestone cliff-top overlooking the surf breaks of the Bukit Peninsula, the 18 Hole, Par 3 championship course is the first of its type in Indonesia, designed by Bob Moore of IMP golf Design Group and managed by Accor Hotels. The golf course with spectacular views of the Indai Ocean has a clubhouse inspired by the grand temples for which Bali is renowned and is the centrepiece of an expansive development that will eventually include several 5-Star hotels.
Nirwana Bali Golf Club, with dramatic ocean views and lush Balinese landscapes was designed by the legendary golfer Greg Norman. This challenging 18 Hole golf course is currently closed and it would appear now to be part of the Pan Pacific Hotels group and we await events!