Bali is Open for International Travel

Bali Reopens for International Travel

VIceroy-Bali-Reopens-To-International-Tourism-Header-1Bali Reopens with the airport set to welcome international flights from 14 October 2021

Indonesia’s Government announces Bali Reopens for international travel.

First published on Wednesday 6 October 2021. This post will be updated frequently, as soon as we receive official updates from the Bali Government.
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On 4 October 2021, Bali Government officials announced that Bali Ngurah Rai Airport in Denpasar will reopen to international flights from five selected countries from mid-October 2021. This list was further updated on 13 October 2021 to 19 countries. Scroll down to view the updated list. 

The announcement that Bali reopens comes almost 18 months after the airport closed to international arrivals due to Covid-19 which has all but decimated tourism on the island and globally. All residents of Bali have worked together tirelessly during this time, implementing strict cleanliness, health and safety protocols. Hotels adhering to these new measures – the CHSE certification, granted by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy – will be in a favourable position to welcome tourists again.

These travellers will be able to fly direct to Bali without having to quarantine in Jakarta in advance from the below list of 19 countries:

1. United Arab Emirates
2. New Zealand
3. South Korea
4. China
5. Japan
6. Saudi Arabia
7. Kuwait
8. Bahrain
9. Qatar
10. India
11. Liechtenstein
12. Italy
13. France
14. Portugal
15. Spain
16. Sweden
17. Poland
18. Hungary
19. Norway

They will however be required to go through the now normal processes of entry still: an approved visa application (business, resident or diplomatic), proof of full vaccination and an arrival PCR test in the airport.

They will then begin a minimum 2 x 24 hours mandatory quarantine at an approved quarantine hotel of their choice – Viceroy Bali in Ubud is qualified and the top luxury option for discerning travellers coming to the newly reopened Bali.

Minister for Tourism and Economy Sandiaga Uno stated that Bali’s reopening will focus on travellers and returning expatriates who used to live in Bali. A number of international news outlets including New York Times and Bloomberg also reported on the positive news of Bali reopening, after closing its international borders in April 2020. 

Vaccination Rates in Bali

More than 70% of the Bali population has received at least one vaccine with the expectation to achieve 90% by the end of October. At Viceroy Bali, the entire team has been fully vaccinated since 24 May 2021. As well as being an official quarantine hotel in Bali, Viceroy Bali has remained operational throughout the pandemic, welcoming domestic guests from neighbouring islands. Fine-dining restaurant Apéritif also continued to welcome culinary enthusiasts to a safe dining space.

Quarantine Package at Viceroy Bali 

As international guests will be required to show proof of hotel room reservation upon arrival in Bali for a mandatory five days (four nights), we have created a Quarantine Package. The 4 night package will include daily meals and wellnes activities. To view details of the package, please click here.

5 Must-See Ubud Museums & Art Galleries

5 Must-See Ubud Museums & Art Galleries

Bali is well-regarded for its rich history and unique culture but it is also known for its strong and diverse art scene. Though many visitors come to the island seeking paradise, some make the trip to Bali to discover the culture and history, which includes visiting the numerous art galleries and museums around the island. And those who’ve done their research knows that some of the best galleries and museums are found in the island’s cultural heart of Ubud.

Visiting an Ubud museum is a quintessential experience when in the cultural capital of Bali. With its history steeped in the arts — once a destination for international artists who called the island home — the many galleries and museums in Bali are found here. The Ubud museums are thus the most iconic on the island, featuring a rich array of works from both local and foreign maestros, often displaying the many ‘schools’ of painting that were developed over the decades. They are windows into the island’s creativity, but also windows into Bali’s rich artistic past.

As you can imagine, being the cultural epicentre of Bali, you’ll most likely find an art gallery or workshop at just about every corner of Ubud. It’s important to note that many little galleries, while great for souvenirs and trinkets, don’t always display true Balinese art, whether historical, contemporary and otherwise. So as not to get confused we’ve listed the five must-see Ubud museums and art galleries that will really show you what art in Bali is all about.

Blanco Renaissance Museum

Blanco Renaissance Museum in Ubud

The Blanco Renaissance Museum, sometimes colloquially referred to as Blanco Museum Ubud, is one of the most famous art museums on the island. Perched on a lush hilltop overlooking Campuhan, this art museum is the house and studio of legendary Philippine-born Spanish painter, Don Antonio Blanco.

An embodiment of the life and dreams of the late Blanco, this Ubud museum was opened on 28 December 1998. The flamboyant building, which features a distinct fusion of Balinese architecture steeped with the essence of his native Spain, was built by Blanco to house a collection of his most important works drawn from different periods of his lengthy career.

In addition to the majestic interiors and stunning art collections in the galleries, visitors can also visit the family temple or explore the perfectly manicured gardens on the establishment. Most impressive, however, is Blanco’s studio, which has been left untouched since his passing and displays an incomplete painting still on the sunken easel.

Address: Jl. Raya Campuhan, Sayan, Ubud

Distance from Viceroy Bali: 10 minutes
Opening Hours:
Monday – Sunday (9 am – 5 pm)
Phone: +62 361 975 502
Website: www.blancomuseum.com

ARMA Museum

ARMA Museum in Bali

Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) was established in 1996 by Agung Rai, a Balinese who dedicated his life to the development and preservation of Balinese art and culture. This Ubud museum was built to be more than just a museum, but to become a centre for visual and performing arts. Agung Rai built ARMA Museum Ubud Bali with several goals in mind including collecting and preserving artworks, developing and conserve all cultural art forms, and providing a means and foundation for the local society to study various artistic skills.

The permanent exhibition featured in the museum include paintings by Balinese, Indonesian and foreign artists. The collections vary from traditional to contemporary works of art, including classical Kamasan paintings, the 1930s and 1940s artworks by Batuan artists, and works of Raden Saleh and Syarif Bustaman.

Additionally, the museum houses the outstanding works of Balinese maestros including I Gusti Nyoman Lempad, Ida Bagus Made, Anak Agung Gede Sobrat and I Gusti Made Deblog. Works of foreign artists can also be found in the museum including Willem Gerard Hofker, Rudolf Bonnet, Willem Dooijewaard, and the legendary Walter Spies.

Address: Jl. Raya Pengosekan, Ubud

Distance from Viceroy Bali: 11 minutes
Opening Hours:
Monday – Sunday (10 am – 6 pm)
Phone: +62 361 976 659
Website: www.armabali.com

Neka Art Museum Ubud

Neka Art Museum Bali

Opened in 1976, the Neka Art Museum Ubud was established by Balinese art connoisseur, Pande Wayan Suteja Neka and is one of Ubud’s trailblazing art museums. His close friendship with Dutch artists, Rudolf Bonnet and Arie Smith, sparked his interest in collecting high-quality paintings, which in turn developed into a vision of establishing a fine arts museum in Bali to elevate and preserve the Balinese art culture.

The collections at this Ubud museum are displayed in six Balinese-style pavilions, with the main structures housing the museum’s permanent collections and one structure used as a temporary exhibition space. With over 300 pieces in its collection, you’ll find a variety of artworks that are organised historically, ranging from classic Ubud Style paintings, classical puppet style paintings, Balinese sculptures, traditional Indonesian ‘keris’ daggers, contemporary paintings, and many more.

The museum aims to serve as a source of inspiration, information and education for all visitors and hopes that it will encourage artists and art lovers to discover and learn more about the richness of Balinese art and culture.

Address: Jl. Raya Sanggingan Campuhan, Kedewatan, Ubud

Distance from Viceroy Bali: 13 minutes
Opening Hours:
Monday – Sunday (9 am – 5 pm)
Phone: +62 361 975 074
Website: www.museumneka.com

Museum Puri Lukisan

Museum Puri Lukisan in Ubud

Founded by painter, Rudolph Bonnet, and Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati, Museum Puri Lukisan was established in 1956. As one of the oldest art museums in Bali, this Ubud museum is a fantastic place to discover the vibrant collection of Balinese paintings from the early 1900s. Bonnet designed and curated the museum, donating several of his paintings as the first collection exhibited at the museum, followed by more artists donating their artworks to support the museum.

Featuring four exhibition buildings, the permanent collection housed in the museum covers all artistic styles of Balinese art, specialising in modern traditional Balinese paintings and wood carvings ranging from the pre-Independence war to the post-Independence war era. The museum also provides space for temporary exhibitions by local artists.

Located on a small hill at the centre of Ubud, the museum also features a restaurant and café with views overlooking an expansive garden and a lotus pond.

Address: Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud

Distance from Viceroy Bali: 9 minutes
Opening Hours:
Monday – Sunday (9 am – 6 pm)
Phone: +62 361 971 159
Website: www.museumpurilukisan.com

Museum Rudana

Museum Rudana in Ubud Bali

Established in 1995 by Balinese art collector, Nyoman Rudana, Museum Rudana houses an extensive collection of fine arts. The Ubud museum was built under the concept of the Balinese Tri Hita Karana philosophy, where the art contributes to the wellbeing of people. Located in Peliatan village, Museum Rudana is connected to its adjacent Rudana Fine Art Gallery.

The museum displays over 400 pieces of fine art and sculpture by numerous Indonesian artists, including several of Rudana’s favourite art pieces such as the classical Ubud and Batuan-style paintings. The first and second floor of the museum exhibits works of modern Indonesian artists such as Affandi, Basuki Abdullah, Srihadi Soedarsono, Nyoman Gunarsa and Made Wianta. The third floor displays a collection of traditional works by Balinese maestros including I Gusti Nyoman Lempad and I Gusti Ketut Kobot.

Works of foreign artists are also exhibited in the museum including those of Don Antonio Blanco, Yuri Gorbachev, Jafar Islah, and Iyama Tadayuki.

Address: Jl. Peliatan, Ubud

Distance from Viceroy Bali: 12 minutes
Opening Hours:
Monday – Sunday (9 am – 5 pm)
Phone: +62 361 975 779
Website: www.museumrudana.org

Whether you’re a professional artist looking for inspiration, an amateur painter hoping to learn more about Balinese art history or someone who just appreciates art, a visit to these Ubud museums is a must during your time on the island. You will not only find inspiration but gain knowledge on the history and culture of the island of the Gods, experience newfound appreciation for the visual arts, and discover the importance of preserving all forms of art so that it is not lost on future generations.

Ubud, Bali is home to our very own Viceroy Bali luxury resort. You’ll find history hanging on the walls throughout Viceroy, helping to complete the Balinese atmosphere blended into the resort’s design.

One of the most striking photographs featured is one taken by renowned artist Walter Spies; it depicts the famous Kecak Dance, which was in fact originally choreographed by the artist back in 1930s, along with dancer Wayan Limbak. Other photos around the property, many of which are sepia, were taken of Bali back in the 1920s-1930s during the Dutch occupation of Indonesia. They are a window into Bali’s rich past.

Discover art in Ubud with Viceroy Bali, book your stay and let us help you discover these 5 must-see art galleries and museums, and other cultural wonders of Ubud and beyond.

Additionally, if you have any questions about Viceroy Bali or nearby attractions, the Viceroy team will be more than happy to answer your questions. Contact us for more information.

About Viceroy Bali

Viceroy Bali Bedroom

Ever wonder what it is like to stay at one of the most iconic resorts in Ubud? You should definitely visit us as Viceroy Bali, a family-owned and operated resort, a unique proposition for luxury 5-star hotels in Bali. Situated only a 5-minute drive from Ubud, Bali’s bustling cultural and spiritual capital, the property is a secluded haven for those with refined tastes. Each villa offers a private, heated infinity pool overlooking a spectacular jungle ravine known as Valley of the Kings. Every detail of this tropical sanctuary has been meticulously designed to provide an extraordinary expression of Balinese authenticity whilst also being world-class. Viceroy is the only Bali luxury resort to have won the Condé Nast Traveller accolade of #1 Resort in the World (2018)

Traveling to Bali During Ramadan 2021

Traveling to Bali During Ramadan 2021

Published on 28 April 2021

Welcome to Viceroy Bali

What to expect in Bali during Ramadan 2021

As the world’s largest Muslim population in the world, Ramadan is a particularly special time in Indonesia. A majority of the population adhere to strict fasting during what is considered an important holy time for Muslims around the world. Now, as Bali is in Indonesia and Bali is a majority Hindu island, how then does Ramadan affect tourists in Bali? For those travelling to Bali during Ramadan 2021, whether you are Muslim or not, we help to explain what is Ramadan, and what to expect from Bali during this time.

What is Ramadan?

Celebrated on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan commemorate’s the Prophet Muhammad’s first revelation, which is realised through a month of fasting, restraint and prayers. It is mainly conducted by adults. 

Those asking ‘what is Ramadan?’ May not know the typical day-to-day experience of this holy month: The fasting period each day typically starts before sunrise, with an opening meal of Sahur, after which devotees will not eat or drink throughout the day. Finally, they will break their fast around sundown, when they have their evening meal called iftar. The times of sahur and Iftar are different around the world and those fasting should check the schedule for Ramadan 2021 in their own regions. During this time, usually, Muslims will also refrain from smoking, sexual activity and other ‘sinful’ activities.

When is Ramadan 2021?

This year, Ramadan takes place from 12 April 2021 to 12 May 2021. For a whole month, Muslims will be participating in their daily fasting rituals, but this also includes breaking fast with families and communities.

Bali During Ramadan

In other parts of Indonesia, Ramadan can really change what is available and what is open, usually to respect the majority who are fasting by removing any temptations or sights that make fasting harder for those in the area. This helps people keep to their Ramadan fasting rules.

In Jakarta and other cities, some bars and nightclubs will close down, for example. Massage parlours will close down. Alcohol, in general, is slightly harder to come by; even restaurants may decide not to serve alcohol or will serve alcohol incognito, serving beers and wines in teacups or mugs. Some restaurants may even close during the day to respect those fasting, but this is normally for smaller business (often run by those fasting as well).

People who have experienced this are probably wondering, is there Ramadan fasting in Bali? What is Bali during Ramadan like?

Rest assured that Ramadan, whilst certainly present amongst the Muslim population of the island, does not affect the everyday businesses in Bali. Again, as a Hindu majority island — but also an island with a strong tourist focus – bars, nightclubs, restaurants and spas all continue to run as normal.

With around 15% of Bali’s population Muslim, there are still a considerable amount of people fasting during Ramadan. The Balinese Hindu without a doubt respect their Muslim neighbours and visitors in this fasting period, but there are simply not enough people to warrant changing business operations and availability of services on the island.
When it comes to clothing, especially swimwear, there are no restrictions in Bali during Ramadan period. In short: Bali is not really affected by Ramadan.

Bali During Ramadan Period

Ramadan 2021 in Bali

If you are travelling to Bali and are fasting, you might be wondering what is Ramadan in Bali like for you. Don’t worry, you will surely be accommodated for! Many hotels around the island are known to accommodate Sahur and Iftar meals, but it’s important that you check this before making your booking. Furthermore, you will find that there are many mosques scattered around Bali if you wish to pray; again, some hotels may have a place to pray on site but check before making your booking. Halal food is also available around the island.

For Ramadan 2021 in Bali, the times for Imsak (the cut off time before you must start fasting) is approximately 04:56, the times for prayers and breaking evening fast are as follows:

Imsak: 04:56
Subuh: 05:06
Zuhur: 12:22
Asar: 15:41
Azan / Magrib / Break Fasting: 18:19
Isya : 19:28

So, generally speaking, the fasting period in Bali for Ramadan 2021 is 04:56 to 18:19, subject to small changes throughout the month. 
It’s important to note that because most of the island will not be participating in Ramadan, it is best to expect people to be eating as normal, wearing swimsuits as normal, drinking alcohol as normal, going to the spa as normal, and so on.

After Ramadan, the Eid al-Fitr Holidays

After the Ramadan period, the Eid Al-Fitr holidays are enjoyed. In Indonesia, this is called Idul Fitri or ‘Lebaran’, and many Muslim families will travel home to visit extended families. Many also use this as a time to visit Bali and take a well-earned holiday after a challenging fasting month.

Lebaran or Idul Fitri in Bali can be a busier time for the island as many domestic tourists will fly and even drive over – mainly from Java. But with Ramadan fasting over, this will be for a normal holiday and the Idul Fitri period will not have any regulations or changes placed upon the island. This 2021, Idul Fitri will take place on 13 and 15 May 2021 in Indonesia and are declared public holidays, however, it is likely that people will take extended breaks during this time to celebrate the end of Ramadan 2021.
Note that the Indonesian Government has placed regulations on travel for IdulFitri 2021, meaning no one is allowed to travel after 6 May 202 (https://setkab.go.id/en/govt-bans-this-years-mudik-from-6-to-17-may/)

Viceroy Villa Pool

Stay with the Best Luxury Hotels in Bali This Eid Al-Fitr

For the perfect Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr holiday, we recommend unwinding at one of Viceroy Bali’s luxurious villas and furthering the feeling of getting the best the island has to offer from the best hotel in Bali.

Retreat to the lush greenery of Ubud for an Eid Al-Fitr Staycation like no other. Indulge in Viceroy Bali’s luxury service where you can enjoy an unforgettable experience for you and your family while enjoying a stunning view of the jungle. This offer is available from Saturday 8 May to Saturday 15 May 2021. For further information on Viceroy Bali’s special Eid Al-Fitr Staycation visit their web page at www.viceroybali.com/eid or through their Reservation at res@viceroybali.com

About Viceroy Bali in Ubud

Viceroy Bali is a family-owned and operated luxury resort, a unique proposition for luxury 5-star hotels in Bali. Situated only a 5-minute drive from Ubud, Bali’s bustling cultural and spiritual capital, the property is a secluded haven for those with refined tastes. Each villa offers a private, heated infinity pool overlooking a spectacular jungle ravine known as Valley of the Kings. Every detail of this tropical sanctuary has been meticulously designed to provide an extraordinary expression of Balinese authenticity whilst also being world-class. Viceroy is the only Bali luxury resort to have won the Condé Nast Traveller accolade of #1 Resort in the World (2018).

Easter Activities: What to Do & Where to Stay in Bali

Easter Activities: What to Do & Where to Stay in Bali

Looking forward to being surrounded by eggs and Good Friday festivities? Well, Easter is just around the corner, so if you’re celebrating in Bali and have no idea where to find a family activity or treasure hunt for the children then don’t worry, we are here to help! From-all-you-can-eat family feasts and great easter Bali packages to exciting events, here are our top picks of what you could do in Bali and where to stay this Easter. 

What to Do

1. Enjoy a Nice Dinner 

One of the best ways to enjoy the Easter holidays is to treat your family and friends to a special dining experience. Who knows, you might be delighted by the unique Easter specials menus followed by the most exciting Easter decorations along with a fun treasure hunt. This might be one of the most recommended activities, though it might sound very cliché Easter is about reuniting with the family. You can also make a list with your traveling partner of the different places you want to eat in Bali. We recommend you to have a pleasant stay at Viceroy Bali and enjoy the meticulous food at Cascades Restaurant that produces bold and unique dishes whilst you enjoy striking tropical valley views. You will be surprised by how immaculate the surroundings are and how it is the perfect place for a family gathering. Later, you can make your way to different parts of Bali from there. 

Viceroy Bali restaurants - Cascades Bali interior

2. Easter Beach Picnic

It’s never a complete experience if you haven’t visited a beach in Bali. With so many immaculate beaches with black and white sands encircling this Island of the Gods, you can never skip a beach day out with your family. Although, it would be difficult to go egg hunting there, doing regular activities like a family gathering at the beach is never a bad idea. So, you should time your arrival a few hours before dark to end your day in one of the most beautiful places to watch the sunset. Having a small picnic by the sea and building some sandcastles will be the perfect alternative things to do.

3. Visit the National Forest

Although you won’t find any bunnies in Bali, you can take your family to the National Park instead. There, you and your family can enjoy a more relaxing weekend and observe the animals and the natural landscapes in Bali. Who knew a little adventure along the stairs could bring the family together? 

4. Surround yourself among Wild Animals!

Most people would correlate Easter to the Easter bunnies, but if you think that’s overrated try to plan your family Easter at the Zoo. Like what Bali Safari & Marine Park does to their visitors, they provide safari trips into the zoo which look like a real jungle. People can watch the animal activities inside the zoo-like they are in forest life. Over 60 species of animals live in Bali Safari & Marine Park, the zoo itself creates a real jungle atmosphere. 

Mason adventures elephant Safari ride

5. Create chocolate eggs!

One of the perks of celebrating Easter is definitely a chocolate egg. But if you think it is not quite fascinating to do in Bali, then try to do it yourself! There’s always a way to learn some tricks or two about cooking through YouTube. Not only you would experience something new, it will be a new bonding experience for you and your family. So, get your ingredients and laptop ready, it’s time for some fun cooking! Always remember to supervise the little ones to prevent any unwanted incidents in the kitchen!

Create Chocolate Eggs in Bali

6. Egg-hunting Riddle at your home

Lastly, the most favorite activity that would excite the little one is probably to have an egg-hunting activity at your home. You can do it thoroughly by spreading all over the house, or you can actually add a little spice on it by creating a riddle out of it. That way your family would experience a more exciting discussion as they would have to think and work cooperatively during the hunt, it would be a very exciting activity that you don’t have to miss out on.  

So, these are just a few ideas for you to spend your time in Bali this Easter, we recommend you book your accommodation in advance. 

Where to Stay

For a getaway staycation, get yourself to the most intimate luxury resort located in Ubud. From a complete wellness rejuvenation program to the cultural Balinese vacation package, you’ll be surprised by how many easter Bali packages are designed around your needs along with built-in discounts to let you enjoy your precious time when staying at Viceroy Bali. Starting from a wellness retreat to regenerate the mind the body, to a relaxing romance package for those who are seeking a romantic getaway with their significant other, to a wedding for those who are seeking a beautiful tropical wedding ceremony accompanied by the ferocious jungle, culture, and adventure that takes you through the experience of traditional Bali, and lastly culinary, where you’ll experience an incredible gourmet experience indulging a Balinese cooking class, Indonesian lunch and incredible night to remember with an 8-course degustation at Apéritif restaurant and cocktail bar.

Easter Promotion in Bali

This Easter, Viceroy Bali has arranged a luxurious Easter Staycation 2021 package that includes a daily a la carte breakfast, a daily cocktail or mocktail per person at Cascades Bar, and 1 x 60 minutes Balinese massage per adult. Viceroy Bali has also prepared a fun Easter experience for the little ones, including a treasure hunt activity on Saturday, 3rd of April 2021, and an egg painting session on Sunday, 4th of April 2021. Accompanied by an egg-citing festivity for everyone, Easter lunch can be served on your preferred date of either the 3rd or 4th of April 2021 at Cascades Restaurant. The Easter Bali package is valid only from Thursday 1st of April to Sunday 4th 2021. For further information please book your reservation through res@viceroybali.com or visit their web page at www.viceroybali.com
We guarantee you, this is one of the best easter Bali packages you will find on the Island!

About Viceroy Bali in Ubud

Viceroy Bali is a family-owned and operated luxury resort, a unique proposition for luxury 5-star hotels in Bali. Situated only a 5-minute drive from Ubud, Bali’s bustling cultural and spiritual capital, the property is a secluded haven for those with refined tastes. Each villa offers a private, heated infinity pool overlooking a spectacular jungle ravine known as Valley of the Kings. Every detail of this tropical sanctuary has been meticulously designed to provide an extraordinary expression of Balinese authenticity whilst also being world-class. Viceroy is the only Bali luxury resort to have won the Condé Nast Traveller accolade of #1 Resort in the World (2018).

Nyepi Package 2021 – The best way to spend your Silent Day

Nyepi Package 2021 – The best way to spend your Silent Day

What is Nyepi Day?

Nyepi translates to ‘silence’, where everyone falls in complete silence to reflect upon their life. It’s a day of contemplation and introspection of all the good and bad deeds that they have done in the past year. In other words, Nyepi is a ritual of purification to promote and achieve balance and harmony in life.

Girl at Infinity Pool Edge at Viceroy Bali

Nyepi or hari raya Nyepi is a Balinese New Year tradition that is celebrated quite differently from New Years’ in other cultures. Nyepi follows the Saka Calendar that falls between March and April and has been carried out back as far as 78 AD. On this very unique and sacred day, the entire island is put in sleep mode where electricity, lights, fires, and any kind of traffic are forbidden. 

viceroy nyepi package 2021

The entire island is policed by village watchmen (Pecalang) who patrol every street and corner to ensure that the island is in its desired tranquillity. Even internet access is cut off for the day, and the local airport shuts for 24 hours, making it the only airport in the world that shuts for a religious ceremony – which gives you an idea of just how serious Balinese are about it. 

Nyepi might seem very odd from outside the local culture, but it holds great meaning to the Balinese. The evening before Nyepi Day Ogoh ogoh (huge demonic statues) are paraded through the main streets and cemeteries of Bali’s numerous villages. The Ogoh ogoh statues are intended to be evil spirits, and at the conclusion of the parade they are set alight and the burning of the Ogoh-Ogoh represents leaving your demons behind in the year that passed.

Nyepi Package 2021 – the Silent Day at the Viceroy Bali

Viceroy Bali in Ubud provides you a safe retreat for the blackout day, providing the non-Balinese a place to relax and unwind, but with electricity, airconditioning, television and internet. The Viceroy  Nyepi Package 2021 is a two-night package available only from the 13th to the 15th of March. 

The Nyepi Package for 2021 includes breakfast, lunch and dinner on Nyepi Day (Sunday the 14th of March), snacks and soft drinks from the minibar, and full breakfast on the 15th.

Interior design of Deluxe Terrace Villa at Viceroy Bali

To get you in the spirit of things, Viceroy Bali offers guided meditation on the Silent Day in a wonderfully secluded and relaxed area. The supporting solitude that surrounds the resort will give you the ideal atmosphere to binge read your favorite new book. Or maybe you just want to binge watch your new show and dine on gourmet room service. 

It doesn’t matter that stepping a foot outside your shelter is literally prohibited, because Viceroy Bali offers you the luxury of a private pool villa that you actually won’t want to leave, limitless wifi and internet access and a sun-drenched terrace for you to soak up serenity of the jungle rambling down Ubud’s Valley of the Kings. The Viceroy Bali’s Nyepi Package will have you ensconced in a spacious, open-plan sanctuary with a super-king sized bed and luxurious bathroom, blending refined luxury and Balinese traditional living.

Because of the religious elements that have us refrain from daily routines, the silent day without electricity affords us perfect conditions for stargazing on a clear night, with constellations visible to the naked eye on a clear evening. If you’re an astronomy enthusiast then the silent day is your day. 

You might feel that Nyepi is taking away your fun, but there’s no other place in the world that shuts itself down completely. Beyond being spiritually and religiously valuable to Balinese, it’s a chance for everyone in Bali to refresh and start anew. 

About the Viceroy Bali in Ubud

Viceroy Bali is a family owned and operated luxury resort, a unique proposition for luxury 5-star hotels in Bali. Situated only a 5-minute drive from Ubud, Bali’s bustling cultural and spiritual capital, the property is a secluded haven for those with refined tastes. Each villa offers a private, heated infinity pool overlooking a spectacular jungle ravine known as Valley of the Kings. Every detail of this tropical sanctuary has been meticulously designed to provide an extraordinary expression of Balinese authenticity whilst also being world-class. Viceroy is the only Bali luxury resort to have won the Condé Nast Traveller accolade of #1 Resort in the World (2018).

Chasing waterfalls: Top six waterfalls to add to your Bali bucketlist

Bali Waterfalls

Looking for an adventurous Bali day trip? You should spend a day (or two) discovering some of Bali’s best-hidden gems a little off the beaten track – yes, we are talking about chasing waterfalls. No matter where you’re based, we’ve sourced the best Bali waterfalls worth visiting on your next trip to the island paradise.

No matter where you’re based, we’ve sourced the best Bali waterfalls worth visiting on your next trip to the island paradise.

1. Gitgit waterfall

Great for those based in Northern Bali (though easily accessible from central locations with a wealth of transport options available), Gitgit Waterfall has become one of Bali’s popular waterfall locations for both locals and visitors. Situated amongst lush tropical forest, this clean and cool bali waterfall is the perfect spot to refresh on a hot Balinese day. On the way to Gitgit Waterfall you drive along a beautiful stretch of bountiful native forest.

The waterfall is revealed after a moderate 15-minute step climb. It’s a wonderful trek offering vistas of rice fields, native flora and coffee and clove plantations along the way.

The clean water and daunting cliffs make Gitgit Waterfall one of the best Bali waterfalls and a place to reflect and relax here for hours.

Location: Find your way via Google maps here.
Entrance fee: ~20,000 IDR
Best for: Those located in Northern Bali.

2. Tegenungan Waterfall

One of the best Bali waterfalls and one of the few not located in the mountains, this beauty is a short 20-minute drive from Ubud, making it a perfect place for a quick cooling dip. Tegenungan waterfall is a family-friendly location that doesn’t require much planning to access. Once you are at the entrance you have a 10-minute descent on well-maintained stairs before you see the impressive 12.5 meter-high waterfall. Tegenungan Waterfall offers sufficient facilities such as toilets to change after swimming and local restaurants (or warungs) offering food and drinks.


Looking for the perfect Instagram shot? Head here later in the to capture the stunning waterfalls.

Location: Explore Google maps here.
Entrance fee: ~15,000 IDR
Best for: Those wanting an easy half-day trip from Ubud

3. Banyumala Twin Waterfall

As the name suggests, Banyumala Twin Waterfall is two waterfalls cascading over steep rocks and gorgeous jungle creating a stunning tropical Balinese panorama. Slightly more off the beaten track, this one is a bit harder to find, so we recommend hiring a local guide to help navigate the hike to the base – but don’t worry, the reward is more than worth it. Located in the north area of Bali, the Banyumala Twin Waterfall is absolutely one of the island’s most underrated waterfalls.

The waterfalls are nature at its best, with the crisp water cascading down the rocks into a brilliant blue pool.

Location: Check it out on Google maps here.
Entrance fee: ~15,000 IDR
Best for: Adventurous types based in northern Bali

4. Sekumpul Waterfall

The waterfall is located in the namesake village of Sekumpul, in the upland region of the Buleleng regency, North Bali. It’s only around 3 hours drive from the main tourist hubs of Seminyak and 2.5 hours from Ubud. The falls are fed by 2 streams, and it’s the most accessible in the collection of various falls in the area. Often referenced as the most beautiful waterfall in Bali, Sekumpul waterfall is a truly impressive waterfall. 

Getting there requires a bit more of an adventurous spirit as it is a slightly tricky hike involving river crossings and some slippery steps. A trek leads you to purpose-built gazebos where you can cool down and catch your breath while enjoying the view of the 80-metre tall majestic fall from a distance. Or you can also absorb the thunderous sounds among the rich green plants, trees, and ravine around you while taking a cool dip in its freshwater.

Location: Find Sekumpul on Google maps here.
Entrance fee: ~20,000 IDR
Best for: Those looking to escape the tourist crows (and prepared for a bit of a hike!).

5. Tibumana Bali Waterfall

Need a serene swimming spot just a hop skip and jump away from Ubud, with the added bonus of open caves and two waterfalls)? Then local favourite Tibumana Waterfall is the spot. It is surprisingly one of Bali’s best-kept secrets and only a 45-minute drive from the centre of Ubud in the Bangli region.

Just relax in the tranquillity after admiring the intoxicating scenery of endless rice fields and palm trees along the way. There is a short 10-minute hike down which takes you through lush rainforest and across bamboo bridges

If you’re looking to enjoy a cooling swim and get some photos without hordes of tourists – this is the best spot for you.

Location: Make your way to Tibumana Waterfall here.
Entrance fee: ~10,000 IDR
Best for: A day trip from Ubud

6. Leke Leke Waterfall

Leke Leke Waterfall is a hidden treasure located in Tabanan regency in the north of Bali. It is roughly a 1-hour drive from Ubud and about a 1.5-hour drive from Denpasar. On the road to the Leke Leke Waterfall you will pass through expansive, beautiful green rice fields. When you enter the grounds of the waterfall, you will find a restaurant, a small shop and clean toilets. 

The trails are well maintained, and are a combination of steps and cleared paths that lead you down for 15 minutes until you reach the Leke Leke Waterfall. The waterfall is an incredible sight, nestled in the midst of the true jungle. A gorgeous singular cascade hammers down between two cliff faces covered in moss, ferns and other flora, making it appear as though it’s the entrance to a hidden cave. 

Be sure to capture your moment in this stunning spot for your next Instagram post.

Location: Find the location of Leke – Leke Waterfall here
Entrance fee: ~30,000 IDR
Best for:  those who want a stunning spot for Instagram post

For the perfect end to a day of chasing bali waterfalls, We obviously recommend unwinding at one of our luxurious villas and furthering the feeling of getting the best the island has to offer from the best hotel in Bali. But even if you are staying in the rivers and lakes that you’re used to, these bali waterfalls are a bucket-list worthy journey from any location in Bali.

Viceroy Bali is situated, a 3-minute car ride in one of our dedicated hotel SUVs from the center of Ubud Bali, a little removed from the bustling and vibrant restaurants, cafes, bars, art galleries and wellness centers the town is famed for. The hotel is perched atop the Valley of Kings, with the view from your room’s infinity pool stretching down the jungle valley. Book now and start the holiday of your dreams: Visit us online to learn more.

Unique and Romantic Bali Activities for Couples in Ubud

 Best Bali Couple Activities

Honeymooner at Viceroy Bali pool

If you are traveling to Ubud for a romantic getaway, you’re in for a treat! Ubud has some of the most amazing Bali packages designed just for couples. The best thing is, you may not even need to travel outside of your hotel to do some of these.

When looking for Bali tour packages for couples, you have the freedom to be creative with what you think would be an amazing experience for you and your special partner.

Private Yoga

Yoga at Viceroy Bali in ubud

Private yoga classes are the perfect way for you and your partner to connect and remove any stress you may be experiencing in your daily life. It helps to bring you back into the present moment with mindful intent so that you can let go of all the negative energy in your life and open yourself to experiencing the full enjoyment of your Bali holiday. At the Viceroy Bali, we offer private yoga lessons as part of our Bali wellness retreat package. These private yoga lessons can take place in the hotel gardens or within your own private villa.

Couples Massage and Spa Treatments

If you haven’t experienced a true Bali massage and spa treatment, people may argue that you haven’t even experienced Bali. Massages and spa treatments are experiences that rejuvenate and allow you and your partner to sink into a luxurious and total bliss while experiencing the treatment. Imagine receiving a full body massage, body scrub, body wrap and so much more, before slipping into a romantic petal bath.

Romantic Dining

Couple have a romantic candlelight dinner in cascades restaurant

Imagine a candlelit dinner, overlooking the lush green jungle and feasting on the most meticulously crafted delectable dishes. Ubud, Bali features some of the top Bali restaurants including  Cascades Restaurant, where you can enjoy a range of Bali-inspired and classic modern dishes made from the highest of quality ingredients, sourced from local organic farmers and their very own greenhouse. Cascades is set above the valley of the kings, giving you the feeling of dining at the edge of the world.

Going for a romantic dinner and lunch every day of your holiday will give you the opportunity to relax and reflect on your day’s adventures and add a spark of romance to your evenings.

Cooking Class

Cooking Class a Bali Indonesia tour package for couples

Cooking classes are a fun, memorable activity that you and your partner enjoy. Cooking classes start in the morning where you will visit the local traditional market and be shown how to select fresh veggies, meat, fish, herb and spices, that you will use as ingredients in your dishes. A chef will then take you through handcrafting a tantalizing array of traditional Indonesian dishes. Once you have finished, you will be given two souvenirs, one being a certificate of completion and the second being able to bring your new cooking knowledge home with you. This is one often the most favorite Balinese tour packages for couples.

Cycling Adventure

Couple on Cycling Adventure in Ubud

Ubud is replete with beautiful views and wild landscapes. One fun and romantic way of taking in all of Ubud’s beauty is by booking a guided-cycling tour through the Ubud area. Experience Ubud’s diverse culture while your guide entertains you with stories of the land and mythical legends of Bali’s heartland. When booking, it is best to go during the early morning or later in the afternoon as the heat can be too much during midday hours.

Balinese Dancing Lessons

If you and your partner love to dance and want to have a true Balinese cultural experience, you will love taking part in a Balinese dancing lesson. Your instructor will teach you the movements while you and your partner get to dress in traditional Balinese costumes and listen to gamelan music. Balinese dancing lessons are a unique and fun way of creating memories while on your romantic holiday.

See a Volcano at Sunrise

Sunrise Trekking

Although you will both have to wake up very early, seeing the sunrise over Mount Batur and Mount Aging is an unforgettable experience that is well worth the early rise. It is a tour that combines eco-tourism and culture into one of Bali’s most bewildering experiences.

Rice Paddy Trekking

Experience the everyday life of the local Balinese people in Nagi, the wood carving village. Your English speaking guide will take you down through Bali’s majestic countryside adorned with scenic rice paddy fields and coconut plantations. You will then be led to the tranquil and beautiful Petanu river. Although you will both have to wake up very early, seeing the sunrise over Mount Batur and Mount Aging is an unforgettable experience that is well worth the early rise. It is a Bali Indonesia tour package for couple that combines eco-tourism and culture into one of Bali’s most bewildering experiences.

Pura Saraswati, the Water Palace

Ubud has many beautiful temples to visit during your stay, but one that particularly stands out is the Pura Saraswati. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess of art and learning. The shrine feature elegant, intricate carvings that decorate the buildings along with many gardens and water features that were built in the late 19th century. Twice a week you can watch traditional Balinese dancing accompanied by a gamelan orchestra.

Bali Bird Park

Bali Bird Park

Situated just a half an hour drive south of Ubud, the Bali Bird Park is an excellent place for you and your partner to go to if you love getting up close with huge colourful birds and parrots from all around the globe. It’s 2-hectare property also includes native birds from Indonesia and is a sanctuary to almost 1000 birds of up to 250 species. Their gardens include a vast range of flora which invites a countless amount of butterflies each year.

As soon as you walk in you and your partner will be greeted by freely roaming parrots before being able to go and watch bird shows and even get photos with them. Once you are finished with interacting and watching the parrots, you can go and enjoy dining at their onsite restaurant.

Bali Indonesia tour package for couple

At the Viceroy Bali, we have many romantic Bali Indonesia tour package for couple that you can enjoy. We also have some Bali activities for couples included in our Romance Package and Wellness Retreat Package. For more information on any of the above activities visit our website or get in touch if you have any questions. Please ensure that you book in advance so that you don’t miss out on these experiences.

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The Best Day Trips From Ubud

Bali Day Trips from Ubud

If you are looking for the best Bali day trip from Ubud, we can help you here. Have a look at our summary of the possibilities you have.

Waterfalls

bali sekumpul waterfall

Aling-aling

This 35 metre waterfall can be found in the Sambangan village with an incredible abundance of greenery. Visitors can dip their feet or take a refreshing swim in the 4 metre deep pond below the cliff where Aling Aling falls dividing into two streams.

Sekumpul

Found in north Bali’s Buleleng through the village of Namesake, is one of the best Bali day trips from Ubud. This cluster of seven incredible waterfalls is a sight to see from either a far or right below. Tourists can trek through rice paddies and coffee plantations down to the rock pool at the Sekumpul’s waterfall base where an 80 metre cliff sits above.
ocation: Find Sekumpul on Google maps here.

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Temples

tirtha empul

Goa Gajah

This ancient 9th century temple was built on the western edge of Bedulu village to ward off evil spirits. The temple is now regarded as an archaeological site of historical value, but you can still visit and experience this incredible Goa Gaja which translates to ‘elephant cave’, walk around the courtyard, take in the rock wall carvings, fountains and experience the bathing pools and central meditational cave.

Tirta Empul Water Temple

The Tirta Empul water temple is the busiest and largest water temple in Bali, making the list of the best day trips from Ubud. Founded in 926 A.D., the holy spring water temple is dedicated to Vishnu the Indonesian God of water and is located near Manukaya’s Tampaksiring village and is open to the public seven days a week.

Besakih Mother Temple

The Besakih temple, otherwise known as the mother temple for its more than 80 individual temples surrounded by rich forests and rice paddy fields, sitting 1,000 metres high on the Mount Agung southwestern slopes. It has been considered a holy site since its creation over 1,000 years ago and was nominated as a world heritage site in 1995. The great temple of state, Pura Penataran Agung, is the main of the 80 or so temples.

Hiking / Walking

Sunrise Trekking

Mount Batur

One for the adventure seekers, looking high and low for the best day trips from Ubud. Take a trip to Mount Batur and hike up the 1717 metre active volcano to watch the breathtaking sunrise over the sea, valleys and two neighbouring volcanoes – Mount Agung and Mount Agang. The Kintamani area is the starting point for guided hikes, offering breakfast and very early morning pickups which are well worth the 2 hour scenic summit.

Campuhan Ridge Walk

A retreat from the hustle and bustle of central Ubud, the Campuhan Ridge Walk is a free and easy paved trail, perfect for those new to hiking and seeking the best day trips from Ubud. The 9km hill track that passes over the green valley of the Sungai Wos River is ideal to enjoy at sunrise or sunset, when the temperature is still cool and the golden light makes for the best scenic photos of the tropics and rural Balinese villages. Although no hiking shoes are required for this leisurely 3 hour trek, make sure you pack snacks, water and a hat.

Tegalalang Rice Field Terraces

Ricefield on Bali, Ubud

Bali is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes of lush rice terraces, and it doesn’t get much better than the Tegalalang Rice fields. Located roughly half an hour away to the north of Ubud, nature lovers, painters and photographers love the spot, which sits perched on Tegalalang Village, 600 metres above sea level. Snap photos from above or venture down the stairs and hike through the intricate terraces, which were made and still well-maintained by subak – a traditional Balinese irrigation system from the 8th century. One of the favorite of Bali day trips from Ubud.

The Bali Swing

Go for a swing

If you’re looking for one of the best day trips from Ubud, look no further than the famous Bali Swing. Less than a 30 minute drive from Ubud and overlooking an epic backdrop of rice fields, river and palm tree valley, the Bali Swing is in fact 12 different single swings of varying heights. Ranging from 10 m all the way up to 78 m – for those after a real adrenaline rush. A beautiful photo opportunity and exciting activity all in one.

Beaches

Beach in Bali with white sand

Dreamland Beach Uluwatu

Surfing aficionados, rejoice. This hidden, white sand beach is not only secluded by towering limestone cliffs, but also offers some of the best reef breaks and big waves that Bali has to offer. Located in Southern Bukit, it’s loved by day-trippers and beachgoers too, especially for the panoramic views of the romantic Indian Ocean sunsets.

Virgin Beach Karangasem

Prefer snorkelling over surfing? Karangsame’s Virgin Beach is another gorgeous white(ish) sand strand, stretching over 700 metres around an azure cove and surrounded by lush tropical forest. Boasting plenty of marine life in its clear water and coral reefs, White Sand Beach (as it’s known by the locals) is a hidden gem with minimal crowds, allowing for it to be another one of the best day trips from Ubud. A number of warungs (local restaurants) offer everything you would need to relax for the day, including deck chairs, snorkelling equipment, and the delicious combination of fresh fish and cold beer.

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For more information on any of the above activities or if you would like to arrange Bali day trips from Ubud, please get in touch with us. Please ensure that you book in advance so that you don’t miss out on these experiences.

10 Romantic Things To Do In Bali

10 Romantic Things To Do In Bali

Whether you’ve recently tied the knot or are celebrating an anniversary, Bali is the perfect destination for a romantic holiday for two. The laidback lifestyle, balmy weather and serene rice fields create the perfect relaxing atmosphere, so you can leave your worries at home and simply enjoy each other’s company. From heart-racing adventures to decadent pampering experiences, there’s something for every couple in this island paradise. Read on for top 10 romantic things to do in Bali.

Have a couple’s massage

Feel your worries melt away as you and your partner enjoy side-by-side massages. The 5-star Lembah Bali Spa at Viceroy Bali in Ubud offers luxurious couples massages in one of the island’s most tranquil locations. Together, you can enjoy a rejuvenating massage and other spa treatments like scrubs and body wraps, before slipping into a rose petal bath in your private villa.

Go for a swing

Not only does it make for some excellent photos, but swinging over the Balinese rice terraces is also a great romantic activity for couples. Bali Swing in Ubud offers couple swings with plenty of room for two. As you take flight over the vibrant green patties with your lover by the side, you’ll feel butterflies in your tummy for more reasons than one! This is one of the best top 10 romantic things to do in Bali.

Take a horseback ride

Is there anything more romantic than riding along a beach on horseback? Horse riding is on of the best top 10 romantic things to do in Bali. There are various stables in Bali that run guided beach tours, where you can take in the idyllic coastal views from your four-legged vantage point. Ubud Horse Stables also runs horseback tours through the local rice fields and rainforests.

Have sunset cocktails

No romantic holiday to Bali would be complete without enjoying the sunset with a cocktail in hand. There are plenty of great places to catch the magical pastel hues, but La Laguna in Canggu and La Brisa at Echo Beach are some of the most romantic. Both of these beachside bars boast a laidback bohemian feel you can’t find anywhere else in the world. In Ubud, the CasCade restaurant at Viceroy Bali is one of the most spectacular places to watch the sunset over the rice paddies.

Take a Balinese cooking class

Learning something new together is a wonderful bonding experience for couples — especially when it involves delicious food! At the traditional Balinese cooking class at Viceroy Bali, you’ll be taken to a local market where you’ll learn how to pick the best produce to use in your dishes. You’ll then be taught how to use them to create mouth-watering Indonesian dishes.

Visit a waterfall

Bali is known for its unbeatable scenery, including its spectacular waterfalls. One of the most famous is the Tegenungan Waterfall in Ubud, where the lush rainforest creates the perfect backdrop for the spellbinding stream. Whether you go for a swim in the shallow bathing area below or simply marvel at the natural beauty, it’s sure to be a memorable experience for you and your partner.

Enjoy a candlelit dinner

Fall in love with your partner all over again as you gaze into their eyes over the flickering candlelight. There’s no shortage of unique places to have a romantic dinner in Bali, including Jimbaran Bay for a seafood feast, or dinner inside a cave in Nusa Dua. But for a truly classic evening, you can’t go past CasCades Restaurant at Viceroy Bali. With lush jungle views, you’ll feel like you are sitting on the edge of the world as you enjoy a fine dining feast of Bali-inspired creations and classic modern dishes.

Take a helicopter ride

What better way to see the captivating breathtaking beauty of Bali with your partner than from above? Viceroy Bali offers bus transfers to a range of helicopter tours in Bali, including the Kintami Volcano, Bedugul Lake, Uluwatu Coastline and Nusa Lembongan, Nusu Penida and Gili. Whether you’re gliding over the azure coastline, pristine lakes or magnificent volcanoes, it’s sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Stay at a romantic resort

Where you stay for your romantic getaway is just as important as what you do. Voted Conde Naste’s number 1 hotel in the world in 2018, Viceroy Bali offers luxurious private villas that are perfect for honeymooners and couples. With a range of on-site activities like couple’s massages, candlelit dining, yoga, cycling, Balinese dance lessons and sunrise trekking, you won’t even have to leave the resort to experience some of the most romantic activities Bali has to offer.

You can book the Viceroy Bali here.

Watch a movie on the beach

Why watch a movie in your hotel room, when you could watch it on the beach? Karma Beach Club runs Monday movie nights where you snuggle up under the stars and catch the latest flick. The hidden beach paradise is located at the foot of a limestone cliff in the Uluwatu region.
Whether you’re the adventurous types or prefer to kick back for some downtime, there’s no shortage of romantic things to do in Bali. By incorporating some of the activities on this list into your itinerary, you’re sure to have a memorable trip you’ll be telling your grandchildren about for decades to come.

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7 of the Best Bali Temples to visit on your Holiday

Best Temples in Bali

While Bali is famous for its surf, sand and sunshine, it’s also a culture firmly rooted in spirituality. Daily worship has been a part of local life for thousands of years and this can be seen in the some 20,000 Hindu puras (temples) that dot the island. 

No visit to Bali would be complete without a pilgrimage to these ancient spiritual sites, some dating back more than 1000 years. However, with a vast array of temples spread around the island, it can be difficult to know which temples are worth slotting into your itinerary. 

Ulundanu Temple in Bali
Ulundanu Temple

Read on for 7 of the Best temples in Bali to discover the Best Temples on the island of God.

1. Lempuyang Temple

bali holiday lempuyang temple

Rising 1175 meters above sea level, Lempuyang is the highest temple in Bali — as well as one of the most spectacular. As you arrive at the temple, you’re greeted by the magical sight of Mount Agung framed by the famous ‘Gates Of Heaven.’ From here, you can either enjoy the views of Lempuyang at the foot of the mountain, or climb over 1700 steps to the peak.

If you do decide to make the pilgrimage, you’ll be rewarded with a fascinating walk dotted with other smaller temples, playful long-tailed macaque monkeys and a breathtaking, expansive vista of eastern Bali.

The temple is located in Karangasem regency, only a 3-hour drive away from Ubud. You’ll want to get up very early to explore Lempuyang, especially as the Gates Of Heaven attract large crowds. For the Instagram lover, this is one of the best temples in Bali for photoshoots.

2. Pura Tanah Lot

Tanah lot temple - sunset view

Tanah Lot means “Land in the Sea” in the Balinese language. The temple is located in Tabanan regency, about one and a half hours from Ubud. This Balinese temple is famous for its unique coastal rock formations that have been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. The crashing waves add an extra element of serenity to the ancient Hindu shrine (thought to have been constructed in the 16th century), especially when viewed at sunset. To reach the temple, visitors must walk past a couple of Balinese market shops each side of the path down to the sea. On the mainland cliff tops, restaurants have also been provided for tourists.

Tanah Lot is worth a visit not only for the main sea temple but also the smaller temples and cultural activities like dance performances. It only costs around an IDR 20,000 entrance fee to enjoy this popular tourist spot and take photos of this cultural icon.

3. Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

ulun danu beratan temple

Another iconic water temple and one of best temples in Bali is Ulun Danu Beratan Temple – well deserving of a spot on any Bali itinerary. The temple complex is on the shores of Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul, only around a 1-hour drive from Ubud.

The mountains encircling this location give it somewhat of a mesmerizing and dreamy feel, and make this temple a hot spot for photographers. It’s a truly mystical sight when the fog hugs the water fog, invoking a mystical air.

Rich in both history and beauty, the temple was constructed in the 17th century to honor Hindu trinity Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva and the lake goddess, Dewi Danu. When the Bratan river water rises, the temple almost appears to be floating, which makes for an incredible photo opportunity.

4. Goa Gajah

goa gajah temple

Goa Gajah also is known as the Elephant Cave, is one of the oldest and most unique historical sites in Bali.  Located in the village of Bedulu, approximately a 13-minute drive from the center of Ubud. Goa Gajah temple was built in the 9th century and served as a sanctuary and sacred site for prayer and meditation.

Despite being called the Elephant Cave, you unfortunately won’t see any elephants roaming the shrines. Other sources state that it is named after the stone statue of the Hindu God Ganesh (who has the head of an elephant) located inside of the temple. 
There are also fragmentary remains of a lingam, the phallic statue related to the Hindu god Shiva, and the statue’s female counterpart, the yoni. The complex also contains seven statues of women holding water pitchers that depict the seven holy rivers of India. From Goa Gajah you can clamber down through the rice fields to Sungai Petanu, where there are crumbling rock carvings of stupas (a building that translates from Sanskrit to “heap”) on a cliff face, and a small cave.

5. Pura Tirta Empul

bali guide first time rice purification

Pura Tirta Empul is a Balinese Hindu temple that is located near the town of Tampaksiring, Bali. It’s pretty easy to get to the Tirta Empul Temple and can be reached by many sides besides from the central town of Ubud. Tirta Empul means Holy Spring in Balinese. The temple is dedicated to Vishnu, another Hindu god worshipped as the god of creation – of the universe and all things. 

The temple compound consists of a petirtaan or bathing structure. Tirta Empul is believed to be a source of clean water for ritual bathing, touted as a holy water that possesses curative properties. This tradition still continues almost unchanged, and tourists from all over the world come to this place to marvel at its beauty and bathe in its refreshing and blessed water.

6. Pura Besakih

best temples in bali - Besakih temple

Known as the ‘mother temple,’ Besakih Temple is a rite of passage for anyone visiting the island. Over 1000 years old, it’s the largest, holiest Hindu temple and one of the best temples in Bali. The sprawling complex consists of some 80 temples, but only a few are open to the public. The largest is Pura Penataran Agung, which has different areas representing the seven layers of the universe, each with their own shrines. Located high on the southwestern slopes of Mount Agung, Besakih has quite mystical, awe-inspiring quality. It’s around a 1-hour drive from Ubud.

7. Pura Saraswati

puri saraswati ubud

Despite being the smallest temple on this list, Pura Suraswati is certainly one of the most beautiful. A picturesque lotus pond leads the way into a calming respite from the hustle and bustle of central Ubud. Dedicated to Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, wisdom and arts, the vibrant orange temple is etched with thousands of ornate carvings. It’s free to enter, but if you choose to watch the Balinese dance performances in the evening, there is a small fee.

From sprawling mountainous temples to smaller sea puras, Bali is home to thousands of temples of all different shapes and sizes. It can feel overwhelming to know which ones to visit, but thanks to this list you can prioritise 7 of the best Bali temples to visit on your holiday.

Looking for somewhere to stay?
Located in Ubud, Viceroy Bali is close to Saraswati and Goa Gajah, with easy access by car to the other best temples in Bali on this list.

Featuring a 5-star spa and award-winning villas, the luxurious retreat is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of temple-hopping. 


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