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Bali is a tropical Indonesian island located just below the equator. Although the island boasts great weather all year round, it does have its seasons, so here are our suggestions for the best times to be in Bali:
May to October
May through to October is Bali’s dry season. July and August are Bali’s busiest months as they reflect the summer holidays in Europe and USA, so there is a lot of family travel at this period. You can expect much higher prices, less availability on your preferred accommodation and bigger crowds. However, the biggest advantage is that the weather is guaranteed to be great.
October to March
October through to March is considered the wet season in Bali. Yes, rain showers are more frequent than in the dry season, however it should not worry you too much — they always pass quickly. It’s a lot quieter during these months, which means accommodation rates are at their most affordable and the island is more tranquil (with the exceptions of Christmas, New Years and Easter holidays). Book your villas way in advance for these special occasions.
March, April and September
March, April and September are excellent months to come to Bali despite their ‘low season’ label. The weather is still great (expect the occasional shower), prices are low and there’s more accommodation availability.
Looking for a private luxury villa in Bali for your vacation? Here’s our hand-picked selection.
The island of Bali is one of the most beautiful wedding locations in the world, with year-round tropical sunshine and spectacular scenery ranging from cliff tops overlooking crystal-clear waters to secluded pristine beaches and lush jungle backdrops. Whether you opt for an intimate exchange of vows adorned by the peach and blush hues of Balinese sunset or a grand fairy-tale extravaganza, a wedding in Bali will be a magical experience for both you and your guests. And it’s the perfect place for a short mini-moon or a long honeymoon after your big day. These 5 heavenly villas will provide the perfect setting for the most important day of your life.
Seseh Beach Villas, Seseh
Seseh Beach Villas are located in the traditional village of Seseh offering guests the opportunity to witness the daily rural life of the Balinese, enjoy the beauty of the rice fields, take bicycle rides through the country lanes or walks along the beach. Its magnificent tropical gardens make a dream setting for a tropical wedding celebration. Imagine making your way across the soft rolling lawns dotted with fragrant frangipanis and swaying coconut palms, towards the infinity pool with magnificent ocean panorama to say “I do”.
Gorgeous gardens, traditional Balinese living spaces and an absolute beachfront location make Villa Batujimbar a particularly romantic wedding venue. Since Mick Jagger married Jerry Hall here in the ‘70s, Villa Batujimbar has become one of the most popular wedding venues in Bali. Imagine exchanging vows in the Lembu Bale, then sweeping down the wide steps into the enchanting gardens for a candle-lit banquet under the starry sky. A wedding at Villa Batujimbar promises a magical night and plenty of precious memories.
Pandawa Cliff Estate, The Bukit
Pandawa Cliff Estate is one of the Bali’s most sought-after wedding venues. With its dramatic cliff-top setting overlooking the Indian Ocean, its wide lawns, large decked areas and superb guest facilities, Pandawa Cliff Estate is a dream setting for a tropical wedding. The Pala boasts a unique, stone amphitheatre where guests can be entertained with a traditional dance or musical performance, and its garden links through to that of Villa Rose next door, allowing separate areas for cocktails,
Famous artist and lifestyle blogger Valerie Wang stays at our elegant Villa Joss in Batu Belig designed by one of Bali’s premier architects. The quality of the design and craftsmanship is evident throughout this four-bedroom villa, making ample use of leather, recycled teak and other beautiful organic materials, as well as a remarkable collection of fine art and Majapahit period stone carvings, to capture the style and spirit of Bali. See how Valerie captured this beauty through a collection of photos.
All photos are by @Valerie_Wang
If you’re a golfer looking for a lavish base for a golfing holiday, you’ll love this hand-picked list of luxury Bali golf villas conveniently located no more than 10km away from a spectacular world-class golf course. Enjoy sublime views of the beautiful sea temple of Tanah Lot from the award-winning 18-hole course at Nirwana Bali Golf Club designed by legendary golfer Greg Norman.
Sungai Tinggi Beach Villa, Canggu
The traditionally styled Sungai Tinggi rests on the shores of black-sand beach in the peaceful village of Pererenan. It comprises 6 bedrooms, a glorious open-sided living and dining pavilion and an 18-metre infinity edge pool.
Distance to the course: 10km
Villa Maya Retreat, Tabanan
Villa Maya Retreat rests at the base of a gorge on the banks of the Penet River in the pretty village of Cepaka. The tropical architecture and interiors pay tribute to traditional Balinese design, with open-sided alang- alang thatched living pavilions facing the 12-metre green-stone swimming pool, and 6 individual bedroom pavilions.
Distance to the course: 10km
The Arsana Estate, Tabanan
Set in a beautiful rural area of rice fields and jungle-clad river valleys in Tabanan, this splendid 5-bedroom villa occupies an expansive estate flowing down a terraced hillside in the hinterland of southwest Bali. The Arsana Estate offers the perfect setting for weddings, events, or large family and group retreats.
Distance to the course: 10km
Villa Pangi Gita, Canggu
Echoing the lush green rice terraces that surround it, the enchanting 3-bedroom Villa Pangi Gita gently flows down the hillside to the banks of the tranquil Pangi River in the sleepy village of Pererenan. It presents traditional-style living and sleeping spaces and expanses of glass that open out to the lush green surrounds.
Distance to the course: 8.7km
Seseh Beach Villa I, Seseh
This 5-bedroom luxury home overlooks the Indian Ocean. It’s location in the traditional village of Seseh offers guests the opportunity to witness the daily rural life of the Balinese, enjoy the beauty of the rice fields, take bicycle rides through the country lanes or walks along the beach.
Distance to the course: 9km
Kaba Kaba Estate,
The south coast Galle region is one of the most complete tourist destinations in Sri Lanka. The historic UNESCO-certified Galle Fort is the region’s foremost attraction but there are many more activities and attractions in the local area to keep you busy for days. Here are some of our favourites:
Galle Fort Walk
Local author Juliet Coombe hosts a variety of guided walking tours in historic Galle Fort, focusing on architecture, people and food. The walks last for around 90-minutes and include a stop for refreshments. Galle Fort’s historic streets, lined with cafés and boutiques and home to European churches, mosques, old spice warehouses and museums, are also ripe for exploring on your own.
Galle is blessed with a great variety of beaches. Galle Fort itself has a pretty beach just south of the lighthouse that can be lovely for an early morning swim before anyone else is about. Other favourites are Dalawella Beach, beside the popular Wijeya Beach Restaurant, and Unawatuna Beach whose wide horseshoe-shaped bay offers safe swimming throughout the year. From Unawatuna you can also arrange diving, deep-sea fishing and snorkelling.
Idle Bikes & Boats
Explore Galle’s picturesque interior by bicycle on a guided tour of the region’s verdant hills, sleepy villages, paddy fields and jungle. You can pick from a variety of trails; each route takes in the quietest, most scenic back roads and bunds. Idle Tours also offer boat trips on the Gin Ganga River west of Galle, a peaceful waterway home to a Sri Lanka’s aquatic wildlife and birds.
Looking for a perfect spot for lunch or dinner? Have a look at our favourite restaurants in the South of Sri Lanka.
Handunugoda Tea Estate
Tea is grown across Sri Lanka, and The Handunugoda Tea Estate is one of the closest tea plantations to the coast. Here you can take a tour of the estate, have a nosy around the factory and enjoy a tasting and buying session of the many types of tea. The estate is also famous for producing white tea, a delicate variety that retails for around US$1500 a kilo.
Habaraduwa Turtle Hatchery
Sri Lanka’s sandy shores are prime targets for nesting marine turtles who come ashore to lay their eggs in the very same place they were born.