Mystical Bali Holiday Guide With Jetstar Australia
Bali; The island of extremes – from the party streets of Kuta to the wholesome spirituality of Ubud and surrounding temples, the magic of the place never seems to fade or leave your heart.
Almost as if entering another world, it’s hard to believe that the Indonesian island is only a 6.5 hour trip away from Melbourne. Jetstar Australia’s new direct flight in their new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft can make this a reality. Fly in ease and appreciate the smoothness as you relax in their superior passenger experience that creates an atmosphere you’ve never experienced before with Jetstar. With their spacious cabin design, larger windows, cleaner cabin air, and natural LED lighting – you wouldn’t want to fly to Bali any other way.
They do it over 10 times a week and with demand like that, it’s no wonder they’ve turned the trip itself into a fine art. The best thing about Jetstar’s Dreamliner is the super smooth ride, making it easier to sleep and will put you more at ease while you are up in the air. Step off the plane to Denpasar airport feeling refreshed and ready for your Balinese adventure. There’s something oh so natural about the flight from Melbourne to Denpasar with Jetstar; whether it’s the comfort of knowing the flight is constantly seamless, or the in-cabin service, the anticipation of any trip to Indonesia with the carrier is an effortless dream.
It’s once you get to Bali, though, that you just want everything to work. Thanks to the likes of Accor Hotels‘ Pullman Legian Nirwana Hotel in Legian, this is basically a given. Be sure to have a look at the resort as a serious option. Here’s their website.
Everyone knows that good accommodation is a must, and Accor Hotels is known for being some of the best the industry has to offer. Pullman Legian Nirwana Hotel in Legian offers that comfort and tropical bliss you need while in Bali. Situated between exciting Kuta and laid back Legian Beach, the resort emulates the frangipani theme they are aiming for. Evoking a sense of serenity while incorporating modern design and features, enjoy beautiful beach views and delicious food. The highlight is the infinity pool overlooking Legian Beach – sipping on a coconut while enjoying these views in the water is crucial. Appreciating the sunset on this level is also incredible, and will remind you how incredible the natural beauty of Bali really is.
What to do once you are ready to explore what Bali has to offer is really up to your imagination. But know that there are so many things to do in the tropical bliss of a holiday destination. Jetstar and Accor Hotels worked with us in putting together this Bali holiday guide with a more spiritual outlook on this exquisite place.
Feel at one with the Earth at Tegalaland Rice Terrace in Ubud
Step into the spiritual terraced landscape of Ubud and prepare to be amazed by the rice fields, deemed by many as one of the best landmarks to go to in Bali. Famous for its rolling scenes of rice paddies and water ripples etched across the mountains, it all spreads down along the landscape before you and across the valley into the distance.
According to Balinese tradition, the rice fields incorporate the subak (traditional cooperative irrigation system) which was passed down by a holy man in the eighth century called Rsi Markandeya. The weather is cool and breezy, which is a relief from the stark humidity, so dressing light remains the best move. The dramatic views give a perfect photo opportunity and you feel a sense of deep tranquility as you witness the splendour of local talent at its best. A local farmer invites you to sample a green coconut drink and purchase woven hats that the Balinese farmers wear to protect from the sun while harvesting. Stroll through an exquisite variety of ornamental woodwork, the most common sculpture being the mystical Balinese figure – the Garuda. Only a 30-minute drive north of Ubud, this is a spectacular landmark that will ignite the spiritual side you never knew you had. Not to be missed.
Make some monkey friends at the sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Again in Ubud and perhaps the most popular of tourist attractions, the monkey forest ignites your senses and exposes you to the mystical side of Bali. Situated amongst a Hindu temple complex, be prepared to immerse yourself into another world. People come to worship to this day, which is why the temple and its tiny inhabitants are deemed sacred. Don’t be fooled, though – these grey-haired, long-tailed monkey’s might seem adorable, playful and cute, but they’re still wild and untamed, so can often pinch your belongings and try to cause havoc. Best travel tip: don’t wear anything small hands can remove!
The place feels like something from an Indiana Jones movie, and emulates adventure at every turn. It’s a fun, cute and spiritual experience you must see. It’s best though, if you avoid feeding and smiling at the monkeys, because this is apparently seen as a sign of aggression. Be respectful of their territory and they will become subdued and more often than not, come up to you with a playful curiosity.
Brave the white water Ayung River rapids
Be prepared for amazing views and exhilarating adventure as you raft down previously unchartered waters in Bali’s longest white water rafting trip. The rapids take you down vortices of natural swirls that throw you into a wild, wet and exhilarating 2-hour journey that gets the adrenaline pumping. Excitement aside, the real treat is the dazzling natural waterfalls and rainforest scenery at every turn that you want to pause to take photographs of before you’re whisked away on another twist and turn of the tumultuous white water rapids. It’s a sensory overload with the excitement of the boat, the energy of the rapids and the sights and sounds of the environment around you, made only that much more special by native birds’ and the occasional monkey’s cameos.
Visit the Tanah Lot ancient Hindu Temple
Mysticism is at an all-time high at the ancient Hindu temple of Tanah Lot. The old-time structure is renowned for its majestic sunsets that will take your breath away, making for basically the ideal Instagram photo. The temple is one of the most popular temple landmarks and you can understand why when see the unique sea backdrop against the constantly crashing waves. The shrine is located around 20 kilometres north of Kuta, so it’s a trip that is not to be missed.
The legend of Tanah Lot is quite interesting; a high priest from the Majapahit Kingdom in East Java travelled to Bali in 1489 to spread Hinduism and established the shrine to honour the sea god, Baruna. The rock it is embedded on, originally called ‘Tengah Lod’, means ‘in the sea.’ Although you cannot enter the temple grounds due to it’s spiritual significance to locals (there are pilgrimages daily), the panoramic views truly incredible. Cultural offerings are constant – from Hindu priests sprinkling holy water over the head’s of visitors and ‘piodalan’ anniversaries happen every Wednesday. The best thing about Tanah Lot is the fact you are able to sit on the grass and immerse yourself in the sunset – it is a view and memory that will never leave you.
Relax in the Tjakra-7 Day Spa at Pullman Legian Nirwana
Treat yourself at the end of the day with Pullman Legian’s super relaxing day spa. The Tjakra-7 Spa where technology is blended with high touch holistic and traditional treatments gives you a sensational Balinese experience. From hydrotherapy treatment in their state of the art wellness centre, renew your energy and senses with their nurturing healing. Try the rejuvenation massages and green tea body scrubs for a journey of rejuvenation. Without doubt, the Pullman Legian Tjakra 7 Spa is the ultimate way to experience ultimate Balinese relaxation.
Overall, Bali is the place to go. With Jetstar’s 10 trips to Denpasar every week using its new Jetstar Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the trip is quick – 6.5 hours – and the destination is definitely worth it. See available flights and accommodation at the Jetstar website: jetstar.com
This guide was produced in collaboration with Jetstar and Accor Hotels.
All images in this article shot exclusively for THE F by Zena Chamas. Rights reserved.
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