Bali, the island of the gods, pulses with a profound spiritual energy. Steeped in ancient traditions and a rich cultural heritage, it’s a place where artistic expression is woven into the routines of everyday village life. From the beautifully synchronised movements of Balinese ceremonial dance to the intricate penjors that festoon the streets during holidays, every hand-crafted detail whispers stories from a past that stretches back centuries. And Bali festivals are a great occasion to witness the wonder of the island in all its glory.

If you’re lucky enough to visit Bali in May or June, these ancient traditions come to life during three, unmissable festivals. During these months, visitors are immersed in the magic of these many celebrations, while surrounded by the ever-present warmth of Balinese hospitality. Experience the extraordinary alongside so many others who seek to be inspired. After each festival, exhilarated and with a full heart from connecting with so many passionate people, you can retreat once more to a luxurious haven – either in the mystical hills of Ubud or the serene beaches to the south. Sitting with loved ones around the table, you’ll share stories and laughter while recounting every extraordinary moment, savouring the afterglow of these vibrant events.

Bali Spirit Festival

When: May 1-5, 2024
Where: Ubud, Bali

The month of May ushers in the Bali Spirit Festival, held in the island’s cultural epicentre, Ubud. This renowned festival draws yoga practitioners and wellness enthusiasts from all corners of the globe. Connect to the extraordinary feeling of delving into the multifaceted world of holistic wellbeing. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a curious beginner, there’s something for everyone. Unwind with a rejuvenating yoga or meditation workshop. Luxuriate in the calming melodies of a sound healing session or learn to focus your energy on a specific outcome in one of the breathwork classes.

Festival food stalls are the perfect place to sample delicious, organic food to nourish the body throughout the festival, or attendees can shop the alluring display of local handicrafts at the artisan market. The Dharma Expo offers a treasure trove of health products to ensure attendees can continue newfound wellness practices at home. And because this festival is designed for all ages, the whole family is welcome to experience the extraordinary moments of mind-body connection that happen during this sought-after event.

This year, the Bali Spirit Festival boasts an impressive line-up of international yoga and meditation teachers, esteemed wellness experts, inspiring authors, and captivating performers. What unites them all? A shared mission to foster positive social change and promote world peace. Imagine learning from these luminaries and returning home with a renewed sense of purpose – a true example of experiencing a life of luxury from the inside, out.

While in Bali, a villa stay will certainly make your vacation worthwhile. Escape to paradise at Villa Dhanika, nestled amidst Canggu’s lush rice paddies. This luxurious haven offers serenity and indulgence for discerning travelers.

Ubud Food Festival

When: May 31-June 2, 2024
Where: Ubud, Bali

As May draws to a close, June kicks off with a tantalising treat for the taste buds – the Ubud Food Festival. Festival passes go on sale in March and are usually snapped up quickly by culinary connoisseurs from across the globe. Each year, the Ubud Food Festival promises three days of delicious exploration. The theme for Ubud Food Festival 2024, Take it to the Streets, invites attendees on a flavorful journey across Indonesia and beyond. Imagine the aroma of spices filling the air as you witness the preparation of Babi Guling, a mouth-watering roast suckling pig, fire-roasted to crispy perfection. From beloved classics like comforting bakso soup and decadent fluffy pancakes to mouthwateringly tender barbecue ribs and an array of exquisite vegan options, the festival caters to every craving.

Alongside the delectable street food, this festival features a curated selection of special events, including exclusive masterclasses where select guests can learn from culinary experts, as well as live cooking demonstrations where attendees witness the creation of iconic dishes. The Food for Thought stage hosts panels and speakers to foster discussions and networking between food lovers and purveyors, ensuring a connected and sustainable future for the culinary industry.

The interactive nature of the festival allows you to engage with chefs and food experts at some point. Mingle with fellow food enthusiasts, swap stories, and learn the secrets behind some of Indonesia’s most celebrated dishes. Don’t miss the special opening night party, an evening brimming with delicious cocktails, delectable snacks, and live entertainment. It’s an intimate opportunity to meet and chat with the chefs and restaurateurs who bring this culinary extravaganza to life.

Whether attending the Spirit Festival or Food Festival, our sprawling Ubud villas ensure the experience is punctuated with luxury. Choose the swanky new estate, The Pala Ubud if you’re travelling in a large group. Here, you can rent multiple villas within the estate to allow you space and give you an opportunity to socialise when required. Smaller families and groups will enjoy the equally impressive Villa San or Villa Alamanda in the lush Ubud hillside. Whichever haven you choose for your stay is sure to elevate your experience at these Bali festivals. 

Bali Arts Festival

When: June 15-July 13, 2024
Where: Denpasar

Later in June, immerse yourself in an exquisite celebration of tradition and culture at the Bali Arts Festival, held at the Taman Werdhi Budaya Arts Centre in Denpasar. This month-long festival is a testament to the enduring spirit of Balinese arts and culture. Dating back to 1979, every day showcases a new, mesmerising feast for the senses – including musical performances, captivating dance competitions featuring elaborate costumes, and artistic exhibitions that provide a detailed look at the island’s indigenous handicrafts like woodcarving, basket weaving and more.

Throughout the month, the Denpasar Arts Centre acts as a focal point for cultural immersion. Picture yourself swaying along to the electrifying beat of gamelan music echoing through the halls. Witness the grace and precision of the island’s iconic dances, where stories unfold through movement, vibrant attire and traditional masks. Wander through art exhibitions showcasing Bali’s artistic heritage, and lose yourself in the intricate details of Balinese craftsmanship.


But this Bali festival isn’t confined to the Arts Centre. The streets of Denpasar come alive with bustling, open-air parades, a festival highlight that never fails to create magical memories for families and groups of friends. Experience the infectious, joyful energy of the crowd as dancers, musicians, and artists weave through the streets in a dazzling display of colour and tradition.

Denpasar is well located close to the airport. You can choose to stay in Sanur on the quieter east coast of Bali at the five-bedroom Villa Cemara provides serious luxury with a laid-back beach location. With Elite Haven’s highly skilled concierge team, door-to-door service can be arranged to ensure your group can arrive and depart from these Bali festivals in comfort and style.

Another option is to stay in Uluwatu. Escape to a clifftop paradise at Villa Sol Y Mar where you can lounge on the edge of infinity, soaking in the panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Alternatively, Villa Bie boasts seven luxurious bedrooms with stunning ocean or pool views. Unwind with attentive staff, including a chef and butlers, for leisurely meals, breathtaking sunsets, and unforgettable family time.

Being a part of these electrifying celebrations is an ideal way to create memories that are certain to last a lifetime. Like every year in May and June, these exciting Bali festivals await you with open arms. Head to Bali and unveil its cultural treasures, connect with a global wellness community, and ignite your culinary curiosity.