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Customs and Cultures in Bali

Customs and Cultures in Bali

If you have booked a stay for you and your loved ones in a luxury Bali villa, then you can now look forward to a well-deserved holiday. You’ll be able to relax poolside, lounge at the beach, and enjoy traditional cuisine and Balinese culture. However, while you might be researching where the best places to stay in Bali are, or what the best tourist attractions are, don’t forget to look into and understand the etiquettes and customs. The more you know, the better your holiday experience will be.

Put a Smile on Your Dial

How often would you walk past someone in the street and grin at them? In most places, it’s not common. However, in Bali, you will look out of place if you don’t smile. One of the best forms of communication in Bali is a smile. Balinese locals think nothing of smiling at each other as they pass in the street, so make sure you return the favour.

Keep Calm

Balinese locals do not think highly of public displays of emotion or confrontation. They avoid it wherever possible. If you argue, get emotional, or become loud and aggressive, you will not earn the respect of the locals – nor will any complaints be taken seriously.

Make Time for Conversation

One thing you will notice as you stay in Bali villas is that most people are very social. The further out of the tourist areas you get, the more locals want to stop and chat. It’s not uncommon to become involved in lengthy discussions with locals that end in invitations to their homes for meals.

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How to Travel with Children

How to Travel with Children

When you decide to travel with your children, finally checking into your luxury Bali villa can feel like the best thing in the world. After all, trying to organise not only yourself but your children on a long-haul flight can feel like achieving the impossible. However, when you master it and make it to your destination and settle into your Bali villas for a relaxing holiday, you now feel like you can tackle anything.

Travelling with children is not the most straightforward task, but when you follow these tips below, you can make it a far less stressful experience. You can then start your holiday on the right foot.

Do as Much in Advance as Possible

Trying to keep excited children contained when you’re waiting in an airport queue can feel like herding chickens. If you want to skip the fuss, take care of as many airport tasks at home as possible. Rather than wait in queues to get your boarding passes and check in, print them at home then check in using your provider’s app. You can then sit down, chill out, and wait for your plane to arrive.

Know the Rules

Every airline has a different list of rules when it comes to travelling with children. It is not the same across the board. Therefore, when you’re preparing your itinerary and flights and booking your Bali villas accommodation, it’s worthwhile to read the fine print on your flight information. Find out whether any young children need their own seat and at what age they can sit on your lap. Most airlines allow young children under two to sit on your lap, but it’s not the case for all.

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7 of the Best Surfing Beaches in Bali

7 of the Best Surfing Beaches in Bali

Bali is known for its surfing and swimming and its many beaches are popular spots for tourists who are into the beach or surfing scene. Anyone who loves surfing needs to book accommodation at one of the luxury Bali villas that are close to the beach. Then they can step out at daybreak and ride the waves even before breakfast.

Not all beaches in Bali have good surfing waves. Some are more suitable for families, with young children being perfectly safe splashing in the shallow, calm waters. Others are good for confident, strong swimmers who prefer to be in the water rather than on a surfboard. Here are 7 of the best surfing beaches in Bali.

  • Uluwatu on the southern tip of Bali is a paradise for pro surfers; due to the world class waves many international surfing competitions are held there. Competitors come from many countries to participate. In the surrounding area, Padang-Padang is known for its long, barrel waves and 8-metre high breaks that all pros dream of. Blue Point, Sulaban, Bingin and many more in this area offer fine waves for surfers who know what they are doing.
  • Keramas Beach is another great surfing spot. It is located 2 hours from Kuta on the east coast of Bali. This beach too, is used to host international surfing competitions.
  • Kuta Beach is famed for many things, not least being its waves. Many surfers are taught the art of surfing on Kuta and nearby beaches and areas including Padma, Kuta Reef and Halfway. Due to the variety of waves, the area is good for beginners while still offering pro surfers breaks that satisfy.

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7 Tips for Driving in Bali

7 Tips for Driving in Bali

If you are going to Bali for a holiday, it is important to choose good accommodation so you can really enjoy your stay. Instead of the usual hotel room, why not choose one of the many luxury Bali villas to stay in. You will get a place that is not right in the middle of the city, but this can be a good thing when you are trying to sleep.

Once you get settled it is time to look around and see the amazing sights that Bali has to offer. You can catch a taxi or hire a car with a driver for the first few days. Then you will get used to the traffic and decide to hire a motor scooter or even a car if you have a family. In this way you can get around independently for an affordable amount. So what do you need to know before driving in Bali?

  • Driving in Bali is not like any other country. Bali is unique and you have to learn to accept this. One of the main things to know is that you are responsible for whatever vehicle is in front of you, even if it cut in illegally, which is quite likely. You have to slow down and make room for it.
  • If you want to overtake – not recommended – you need to blow your horn loudly to let those ahead of you know you are coming. Otherwise they may decide to move across the road with no signal – this is normal practice in Bali and it is up to you to notice them.

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Night at the Zoo in Bali

Night at the Zoo in Bali

If you’ve watched Night at the Museum, a night at the Bali Zoo is not anything like that. However, it does give you the opportunity to see nocturnal animals moving around, which doesn’t happen on a day tour. If you see those animal at all, they will be sound asleep, which is a bit disappointing. However, if you can manage to leave your comfy luxury Bali villa accommodation, one night at the zoo is an experience that you will never forget.

Night zoo visit

In fact, you don’t spend the whole night there. The ticket you book is for 4-5 hours which is plenty of time to experience the zoo once the sun has set and everything seems to change in the darkness. You can have fun feeding the elephants and encountering animals that are suddenly very energetic when in their natural night time zone.

The ticket price also includes insurance, pick up and drop off at certain hotel areas, dinner and watching the Fire Dance Show, so it is well worth going. How many people have been to the zoo at night? Very few in Australia at least, since most zoos here close at the end of the day. However, many animals are naturally nocturnal and are seen at their best during the night hours.

Day zoo visit

If going at night is not your thing you can still visit the zoo during the day. Going to the zoo is something that all children will love, but even adults can have a lot of fun because feeding and petting many animals is encouraged. You might never get another chance to feed deer or hold a snake or baby crocodile. Of course, if that thought makes you shudder, you don’t have to hold them. But the kids are sure to want to do it while you pet the rabbits.

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