Bali is more than a place; it’s a mood, an aspiration, a tropical state of mind. Ubud is the heart of Bali, a place where the culture of the island is most accessible. North and west Bali are thinly populated but have the kind of diving and surfing that make any journey worthwhile. At the end of the day, Bali’s rich culture, many amazing sights and truly lovely people are what takes it to another level. Because Bali is fun, no matter what you want or who you are.
Bali was once a magnet for backpackers and surfers drawn to the island’s tropical climate, friendly locals, and laid-back vibe. In recent years, a wave of stylish hotels and hip eateries have sprung up to cater to an increasingly sophisticated crowd. From flashy Seminyak to bohemian Canggu, peaceful yoga hub Ubud and surfer’s paradise Uluwatu, there’s much to uncover.
Canggu is a five-mile stretch of killer surf break and fishing villages. Cycling through rice fields and wandering around markets are the two main activities here. For fine-dining, seek out a modern take on traditional Indonesian cuisine. Hotels in Canggu have custom furniture made from locally-sourced materials and carefully selected art. Find a sprawling stretch of grass overlooking the ocean where you can enjoy food and drinks.