Bali, a lush island in Indonesia, is uniquely and breathtakingly beautiful with its enchanting temples, shimmering sandy beaches and the warm disposition of the local people. One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Bali is voted the world's best island by influential travel magazines year upon year. Bali's two most luxurious resorts, Alila Villa Soori and Alila Villa Uluwatu offer two magnificent vantage points for you to gaze at the beauty of this stunningly picturesque and mystical island.
Bali is adorned with virescent rice terraces, magnificent mountains and barren volcanic hillsides and other sites of stunning natural beauty. Renowned for its vibrant and mesmerising traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting and music, there are many reasons Bali is famed the ‘Island of the Gods’. This deeply spiritual holiday destination has a unique culture, with numerous historical and archaeological attractions such as the Museum of Puri Lukisan, and exciting Jungles to explore.
Whilst staying at one of the most luxurious holiday resorts in Indonesia, you can bear witness to one of the most vibrant culture shows in Bali. Located in South Bali, an extremely popular district of the island, you can see the Kecak, or ‘monkey dance’, which is staged daily at Uluwatu Temple. Other dances that are often performed are the Barong, or ‘lion dance’, which is a ritual dance depicting a battle between good and evil or the Legong Keraton which is often performed for tourists.
Bali is a mystical land of authentic timeless culture and colour, with two fantastic Bali 5 star resorts, making for a memorable holiday destination with plenty to discover.
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Sumba is an unspoilt and tranquil island in eastern Indonesia. This Indonesian island is turning heads away from Bali’s flashing neon lights, happy hour cocktails and tightly packed boutiques and resorts. Although Sumba is approximately twice the size of Bali it has less than half of its infrastructure and population. Sumba attracts a few adventurous backpackers but is still well off the tourist path. The islands most popular resort is Nihi Sumba, which was awarded the world’s best hotel of 2016 and 2017 and has been ranked one of the world’s five best eco-hotels.
The 2.5km stretch of long beach separates the sea and land softened by ocean spray. Buffalo are led down to this beach to be washed and villagers emerge when the tide draws back over the reef. Sumba today offers glimpses of long-held traditions such as animal worship, stimulating historical knowledge. Protestant and Marapu religions are practised here resulting in a blend of indigenous and colonial theism, dissimilar from Hindu depictions of deities found in Bali. Bareback horseracing can pull in larger crowds presenting the tropical equivalent of the Grand National. This lesser-known island has been more popular among the anthropologist crowd due to its unique culture and breath-taking natural landscape.
The force of the Indian Ocean culminates here conveniently crafting a surfer’s paradise. In the late 1980s a small group of surfers first got wind of Sumba’s legendary breaks. Surfers and sunbathers can enjoy an impressive curl of pale turquoise slowly crashing into white froth. Sumba is a hidden gem with plenty to offer for the adventurous surfer looking to truly get off the beaten track.
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