From Camping to Glamping: Our Guide to Luxury Wilderness in Bali
So, you’ve booked your flights to Bali and your bags are already packed through sheer excitement alone. Firstly – congratulations! You’ve taken the first step toward the most stunning and culturally enlightening trip of your life.
Why not further immerse yourself into your Indonesian getaway by ‘glamping’ during your life-changing stay? A portmanteau of ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’, experience Bali in style through combining resort stay luxuries with the adventure of roughing it outdoors amongst some of the finest wildlife this side of the equator.
Sound good? We know it does.
Top 10 Bali Instagram Spots to Make Your Followers Jealous
Bali is world-renowned for its beautiful scenery, stunning views and desirable social media spots. One of the biggest questions upon arrival being, where should you seek out first for that all-important premier post?
We’ve assembled a list of our top Bali Instagram spots, so wherever you’re staying you can discover your special snap.
Daily Life in Bali: You Know You’re in Bali When…
The island of Bali evokes thoughts of bliss. Loved by those who are staying there, adored by those that have unfortunately departed its shores.
Yet there’s more to this slice of Indonesia than temples and beaches. Daily life in Bali an adventure in its own right. We’ve assembled a list of things that remind you on a daily basis that you’re in paradise.
Explaining Nyepi: Bali’s Day of Complete Silence
There are many traditional ceremonies that separate Bali from the rest of the thousands of islands and islets that make-up Indonesia. One of the most distinctively unique is the ‘Nyepi’, or the Balinese Day of Silence.
This celebration is the oldest recorded in human history, as part of the larger, world-renowned 6-day new year celebration – the Isakawarsa.
The island of Bali was first inhabited by Austronesian people who emigrated from Taiwan back in 2000 BCE. They travelled through Sulawesi and South China – making the modern Balinese culturally and linguistically similar to their neighbours in Malaysia, the Philippines and of course their fellow countrymen.
These early inhabitants are believed to have travelled further eastward, making settlements and influencing cultures throughout the Pacific…
Bali History: Colonial Visitors
The island’s initial contact with a colonial power was brief to say the least. The visit came in 1512 while the island was still an array of independent kingdoms. It was the Portuguese expedition that first docked on its shores led by Antonio Abreu and Francisco Serrão.
Not much is known about this meeting, however, following this the island began to appear on Portuguese and Spanish maps, under the names Boly, Bale and Bally.
Although Portugal seemed content to leave Bali to its own devices, these were imperialist nations with an appetite for land and exotic goods…
Can I visit Bali now? Can I get a visa? Are there restrictions?
The current COVID-19 pandemic is a major buzzkill for travellers around the globe. Many planes have flown with empty seats or have remained grounded during these trying times. Many look on at Bali’s empty tourist hotspots and Instagram locations and dream – “can I just visit Bali now?”