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EDITORIAL Team

Welcome to the magnificent island of Bali!Bali has now become a major tourist destination for world travellers. Its exotic natural beauty and the uniqueness of the Balinese people create a strong magnetic pull drawing tourists to this magical Island Of The Gods. Bali offers great opportunities for visitors, as well as much growth for tourism-related industries.

The Bali Hotel Association proudly publishes the Bali Hotel Association Guide to Bali 2014 aiming to give beneficial information on the wide varieties of lifestyle, dining, adventure, and entertainment options Bali offers, as well as regional maps. Designed with a stylish elegance in an easy to read format, this guide is packed with articles and informative content ranging from the must-visit places to must-do activities. All information is categorized by geographical area to help readers easily find what they want for example, just open the Kuta area section, and everything that Kuta offers will be found. In brief - this guide will certainly be very useful for prospective tourists coming to Bali, giving invaluable insight into what Bali has to offer for an exceptional holiday experience.

We hope you will find the Bali Hotel Association Guide to Bali 2014 helpful as you enjoy the beautiful island of Bali. Happy reading and discovery! We wish you a wonderful holiday.

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Kompleks PertokoanKuta Indah Permai B9

Tuban, Kuta BaliTel ; +62 361 758671, 763981

Fax : +62 361 758194

Publisher :

BALI TOURISM BOARD BuildingJalan Raya Puputan 41 - Renon.

Denpasar 80235, BaliIndonesia.

+62-361-227600 | +62-361-239200+62-361-7810600

[email protected]

EDITORS NOTE

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Alessandro MiglioreChairman of Bali Hotels Association

The Bali Hotels Association has been at the forefront of promoting Bali to Australia. We strive to ensure that every single one of our visitors from Australia has the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of this very special relationship.

As such, we are proud to present this special book, which is designed to help you plan your vacation to Bali and highlight all the many aspects of the island - some of which you may not have experienced before.

The information displayed in this guide has been carefully prepared to show that there is much more in Bali than what your eyes can see, and hopefully our recommendations will advise to help you generate even more special memories during you holidays

We are all looking forward to welcoming you to Bali, whether youre a first-timer or a lifetime-devoted fan.

MESSAGEFROM THE CHAIRMAN

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About bAli 10art/ceremoinies and temple/shopping on bali/bali night life

KutA 18map-kuta/dining/tuban/legian

seminyAK 28map-seminyak/seminyak spa/petitenget-kerobokan

nusA duA 36map-nusa dua/tanjung benoa/surfing & golf

jimbArAn 42weddings

CONTENTS

Photo courtessy of Bali Plus

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sAnur 44map-sanur/sanur~insider tip

denPAsAr 47the capital of bali

ubud 48map-ubud

CentrAl & West bAli 50places of interest

north & eAst bAli 51places of interest

bAli hotels AssoCiAtion members 55

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Photo courtessy of Bali DynastyPhoto courtessy of Semaya

Photo courtessy of Discovery Kartika PlazaPhoto courtessy of All Seasons

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ABOUT Bali

The major destinations in southern Bali are Kuta, Tuban, Legian, Seminyak, Sanur, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, and Tanjung-Benoa - and their charm awaits you

Bali lies between the islands of Java to the west, and Lom-bok to the east. It is fairly small, stretching 80 km from north to south and roughly 145 km from west to east - with a total area of 5,653 square kilometers and population of 3.5 million. It is a province in the Republic of Indonesia with an elected Governor and a local parliamentary assembly. The pro-vincial capital is Denpasar, where most of the government of-fices are located in the Renon area. There are eight regencies found in Bali: Bangli, Buleleng, Bandung, Gianyar, Jembrana, Karangasam, Klungkung and Tabanan.There are a string of stunning volcanoes running from the east to the west of the island - with the still active Mount Agung,

having last erupted in 1963, being the largest. Balis Mother Temple, Besakih, sits on the slopes of this sacred volcano and is a sprawling complex of shrines and pavilions.

The Balinese have strong spiritual roots and are predominantly Agama Hindu Dharma - a unique blend of Indian Shivaite and Buddhist traditions - with older beliefs and practices originat-ing from the archipelagic world of Indonesia. Each Balinese Hindu must make a pilgrimage to Besakih Temple at least once during their lifetime. There are thousands of temples all over the island, which represent the meeting point of humans and gods. At temple anniversaries, the gods descend from the mountains to take their seats in the shrines where they will be welcomed with various offerings. Nobody misses an opportu-nity to worship God in an unending series of ceremonies that extend from birth to death and far beyond.

The climate on the island falls into two categories: the rainy and dry seasons. Dry season is generally from April to Octo-ber and is marked by southeasterly winds from the Australian interior. The rainy season lasts approximately from November until March, bringing northeasterly winds and sultry condi-tions. Rainfall varies across the island, from 120 inches on the slopes of sacred Mount Agung to less than 60 inches along the northern coast. Balis average annual temperature is 28 de-grees Celsius.

The southern coast of Bali is now home to the many expa-triates and numerous hotels and boutique hotels. The tourism boom that hit in the 70s in a small fishing town called Kuta, has now spread, reaching from Nusa Dua up to and including Seminyak, which now has many world-class restaurants, spas, bars and boutiques.

Photo courtessy of Tiarreza Sjam

The golden shores of southern Bali stretch to welcome the majority of visitors to the Bali of today, largely due to the Ngurah Rai International Airport being situated in this area. The infrastructure includes a main bypass connecting all the major tourist areas running from Nusa Dua through to Seminyak, and Sanur.

Quick Fact

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Bali oozes with artistic talent, as it is an island steeped in history and tradition. One of the most exported crafts is Balinese painting - a delightful fusion of traditions of the Hindu-Javanese who came to Bali from east Java in the 14th - 15th centuries, and several western artists living in Bali during the fashionable 1920s & 30s. During those decades, a group of artists known as the Pita Maha Group was formed in Campuan, Ubud to encourage the arts of the local community, led by Walter Spies and Rudolf Bonnet. Walter Spies home still exists today at the Tjampuan Hotel and is open to visitors. There are many different art forms found across the island. Here follows a brief description of each:

ArtABOUT Bali

Photo courtessy of Museum RudanaPainting by Nyoman Ridi

MusicBalinese instrumental ensembles - better known as gamelan - are well known throughout the world for their mystical, almost hypnotic sounds. Western Balinese practice music dominated by bamboo sounds, known as jegog - whereas bronze gamelan (often seen), known as pande gong, are only made by those from a particular Pande family.

Wayang KulitThese shadow puppets play an important role in traditional entertainment. Having originated from Java, this theatrical form has been evolving on Bali over the past four hundred years, with its own unique puppets, music and rituals. The Indian epics of the Ramayana and Mahabharata provide most of the entertainment, and special ceremonies are held to bless these puppets within the Balinese lunar calendar

DanceDance holds the utmost importance within the history of Balinese society - Gambuh being the oldest known dance drama on Bali - through to the more modern and popular version of this show, the kecak.

SculptureSculpture has changed little over time with regards to themes and iconography. Originally used to decorate temples and palaces, you can find almost no difference in the design from a sacred cave from centuries ago to what is carved above temple entrances of today. Once again however, the audience has demanded a growing trend for sculpture without religious themes - which the Balinese are aptly able to supply.

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mAPABOUT Bali

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Photo courtessy of Tiarreza Sjam

Most villages have at least three main temples with one facing the mountains, one aligning with the sea, and one found in the village center. Aside from the communal village temples, almost each home has its own shr

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