TEGALLALANG RICE TERRACES – NATURE’S BOUNTY TO MAN

The lush, tropical Paradise of Bali is a tourist haven and Mother Nature has been incredibly bountiful to the island giving it beauty and all that is needed to grow a rich variety of food. A major crop is rice and rice paddies green and golden can be seen in many places, especially in the center of the island and the famed Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud should be a must see in any itinerary. Ubud bali accommodation will suit many a budget and COMO Uma Ubud will suit those seeking luxury and relaxation in a contemporary Asian setting.

The Rice Terraces of Tegallalang are a 15 – 20 minutes ride north from Ubud city center and is a beautiful sight as they lie basking in the sunlight.Visiting them is a good way to spend a morning or afternoon. Farmed in the Subak system (traditional Balinese Cooperative Irrigation System which according to history was passed down by Rsi Markandeya, a revered holy man of the 8 century) these rice terraces along with those in Pejeng and Camphene provide food and beauty to Ubud and Bali. The Tegallalang Rice Terraces in many shapes and sizes spread across the valley and at 600 meters above sea level the area is cool and breezy. There is a sense of timelessness as you survey the vista of rice paddies stretching to the slopes across the valley and the place provides super photography and painting opportunities. No fee is charged for walking around the rice paddies but there is a bridge and the villagers who maintain it will ask for a donation to maintain it and the trails. Many craft shops and cafes are there and villagers will pose for photographs for a small fee.

Pakudi is a small village of traditional Balinese craftsmen who showcase Balinese talent at its best doing intricate wood work and carving in both traditional and more contemporary designs. The mythical Balinese bird, the Garuda takes pride of place in these beautiful works of art.

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Hidden Beaches In Bali -Discover The Undiscovered

It’s a fact that most people go to Bali for its collection of breathtaking beaches. Even though Bali beaches are a popular affair the island still offers coastal gems waiting to be discovered.

Padang Padang Beach is a truly spectacular beach located a few minutes away from Uluwatu Temple in Ubud. Even though it is considered one of the best surf spots on the island, it’s still not a very crowded one. To enjoy challenging and impressive waves, Pedang Pedang is the place to be. The Dreamland Beach is also located close to Ubud where you find some impressive accommodation in Bali including the COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali. Dreamland beach is a great place for surfing as well as for families and couples looking to enjoy some quiet time.

4.5km east of Candidasa you find the Perasi Beach also referred to as Pasir Putih, Virgin beach or simply the hidden beach. This is a secluded stretch of coast lying between the two villages of Bugbug and Perasi. Visitors can enjoy various water activities, such as swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing, or simply indulge in various dishes served with excellent views.

When you travel to the west coast of Bali you find the Balian beach, which has dark volcanic sand and ideal surf waves. This stretch of beach is fringed with paddy fields so the scenery is beyond breathtaking. It’s an ideal spot for water activities however if your preference is to lay on a sun lounger all day long then Balian is ideal for that too.

The Green Bowl beach is a hidden gem favoured by lovers looking for a quiet escape. To access the beach one must descend hundreds of concrete steps down the cliff face and at the base you find several bat caves. The descent is a piece of cake compared to the climb back, however, the surrounding scenery makes climbing up a pleasing journey.

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Bali Nature Tours – Bali Culture and Nature

Thousands of tourists pack their bags to head to this exotic island all year round. Bali is popular for its beaches, food, parties and heritage as well as its natural trails. The tropical island is blessed abundantly with natural beauty that is often admired by its visitors. One area that’s ideal to explore the natural beauty of Bali is Seminyak. Various private parties as well as many a Seminyak hotel in Bali such as the renowned Anantara Seminyak Bali; offer tour packages to tourists by combining luxury together with Nature to create a unique experience.

Most Bali nature tours are designed for those who love to explore nature. These packages are a great way to explore the protected jungles, old villages, waterfalls and temples of Bali. One of the interesting places to see would be the Ulun Danu temple which looks like it is floating on a lake. The garden area surrounding it is also unique and breathtaking.

The jungle adventure takes the tourists through some of the lesser known trails to enjoy unspoilt views. The Tamblingan Lake that’s in the middle of the jungle is worth a walk. In the centre of the jungle are three legendary temples. The only sound that can be heard across the jungle is the sound of the birds. These packages often allow participants to get a true feel of Bali by serving some of the freshest fruits and vegetables found in Bali as refreshments. Some parts of the journey require canoe crossing and the operators try to be eco-friendly as possible and use non-motorized canoes – Thus, arm work out on holiday can be ticked off! Most of these tours start pretty early on in the day and end just before or after sunlight.

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The Reiki Treatment: Healing through Spiritual Energy

The Eastern World has many mystical concepts and techniques the West is unfamiliar and is continued to be intrigued by, and one such concept is the one known as Reiki. Reiki is a Japanese stress-reduction technique that promotes healing and relaxation through techniques involving the administering of hands in a specific manner. The fundamental belief behind Reiki is that life-force energy is constantly flowing through us and certain illnesses are a result of issues relating to this energy. A person can be more likely to become sick or feel stress if their life-force energy becomes too low, but if the opposite were to be the case then that person can enjoy happiness and good health.

The concept of Reiki, although considered a pseudoscience, is openly practiced by various institutions ranging from hospitals as well as places like the Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort & Spa, which incorporates Reiki into their balance wellness treatments.

The concept of Reiki was invented by a Japanese Buddhist by the name Mikao Usui, who named his technique by using the words Rei, meaning God’s Wisdom, and Ki, which means life-force energy. Since its inception, Reiki has proven to be an effective and exceptionally safe method of treating a variety of afflictions and is generally known at the very least to bestow a strong and long-lasting sense of spiritual healing and well-being. Reiki has also been used alongside other medical procedures to enhance recovery and reduce side-effects.

A commonly held belief in the practice of Reiki is that it is not determined by personal beliefs or any sort of religious dogma, and that it will simply work whether the recipient believes in it or not. It is also believed to be an incredibly easy technique to learn, and a Reiki master can bestow the skill upon a recipient by a few sessions.

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Hydrotherapy Treatments – Used to rejuvenate and restore health

The island of Bali, which is better known for its explosive party scene and energetic water sports, also has a more serene side that focuses on holistic wellness. Sweeping views of lush paddy fields and mountainous vistas provide the ideal locale for Yoga retreats, meditation and hands on healing. The epitome of tranquility is probably a spa resort in a close to nature setting that overlooks the Ayung River’s sacred spring, which is revered among the locals for its healing properties. This is the COMO Shambhala.

Hydrotherapy treatments have been created using the ability of water to provide buoyancy to heavy objects, store and carry heat and energy, dissolve minerals and salts and other substances, be manipulated to take different forms: ice, liquid and steam. It also takes into account the beliefs that water aids blood flow and has a soothing, calming and relaxing effect. The practise of ‘taking the waters’ has been popular in Europe and Asia at hot springs and mineral springs for centuries. It has been turned into a form of treatment and techniques used today are based on those developed by Father Sebastian Kneipp, a Bavarian monk, in the nineteenth century. It is being widely accepted as a form of alternative medicine with little to no side effects. The types of treatment include saunas, steam baths, foot baths, sitz baths, and the application of cold and hot water compresses.

According to the theories on which the treatment is based, cold water is used for stimulating blood circulation. Cold wet flannel sheets are used to alleviate colds, bronchitis, skin disorders, infections, and muscle pain by wrapping the entire body of the patient. Hot water is thought to remove waste from body tissues. Hot steam inhalation is also used to relieve congestion of the sinuses. Alternating hot and cold water is done to improve certain conditions such as inflammation. Hydrotherapy treatments are often offered at health spas and can even be done at home as a self-care remedy.

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All you need to know about Bali – a healthy knowledge of a much loved island

Reams and reams are written about Bali’s glorious beaches and its hospitable people, but do you know the basics about the province? Primarily it is an island of Indonesia. The landscape of the region is varied. Marvel at the island’s forested volcanic mountains, rice paddies and glistening beaches. The south of the province is well-known for the city of Kuta, where food is aplenty and methods of preparation are meditated upon. Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort adds much colour to this beach city. The Northern part of Bali is popular for its resort towns. Luxury resorts have come up on almost every inch of its sandy shores. We are yet to begin understanding the island indepth; here are some essential Travel Tips to Bali.

Effective communication can go a long way when travelling in a foreign land. Balinese, Indonesian, English and other indigenous Balinese languages are spoken in the province. Thankfully, most locals are bilingual, but there is no harm in being familiar with their language.Smile graciously and try some of these phrases, selamatpagi (good morning), tolong (please) and terimakasih (thank you).

A hearty meal is also always on the agenda, but be cautious about eating street food. It is not to say that the people of Bali are unconcerned about hygiene, yet it is best to hear your tummy say that it is ready to take it all. Additionally, you must ‘think green’ when travelling in Bali, try not to purchase too many plastic bottles of water. Instead use the water filters available in most locations and purchase a stainless steel bottle instead.

Be respectful towards the customs of the land. If you happen to travel to Bali on Nyepi, which is a day of silence, note that everything in Bali (including the airport) does not function. Merely a day allocated to ponder, would make your trip a blissful one.

Make sure you don’t have to stay indoors on your visit to Bali. The rainy seasons are from January to April and October to November, it is best to look into all aspects of your trip before booking your ticket.

While rules must be followed, it is more important to explore, frolic and be daring when on vacation in Bali.

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Vihara Dharmayana Kuta – a majestic cultural landmark in Indonesia

A majestic cultural landmark hidden amongst the bustling city of Kuta, Vihara Dharmayana Kuta temple is an old Chinese temple. Located in the main coastal strip, it is also known as “Kongco Leeng Gwan Kuta” and dates back to year 1876. Devotees residing in the area ensure that the temple is well maintained; prayers & communal activities are taken place regularly especially during the Lunar New Year. When in search of accommodation in the area tourists could consider a stay at a Seminyak beach resort such as Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort & Spa.

Designed with eastern-styled architecture, the temple is a striking sight to see and a warm welcome from the ongoing traffic in the area. Step in to the courtyard of the temple and immediately feel a sense of peace. The smell of the lit incense sticks in the atmosphere adds to the spiritual ambience of the Vihara Dharmayana. The temple consists of a Main structure which is known as Baktisala. This is supported by huge red pillars wrapped by dragons and large round lanterns hanging from the roof. A smaller structure, known as Dharmasala is situated next to the bigger structure featuring Chinese figurines and is worshipped by families offering prayers. Prayers are also made to the Four Faced Buddha under the Banyan tree which is located opposite to the Baktisala. Tourists visiting the Vihara Dharmayana Kuta are requested to adhere to certain rules when visiting the temple. Keep in mind to be properly attired and avoid taking flash photographs inside prayer rooms.

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Bali Spas and Massage – Experience blissful pampering with a signature Balinese massage in Bali

Bali is one of the most preferred and popular tourist destinations in Asia with stunning locations and tourist attractions that are breathtakingly beautiful. Ideally placed with the most beautiful beaches known around the world, Bali is excellent for unwinding and relaxing. Among the many excellent luxury Bali beach resorts that provide super accommodation, Anantara Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa is well renowned for its superiority in first class hospitality service and spa treatments.

One of the main features to help you get totally pampered and rejuvenated is the spa therapies found in all forms across Bali. They offer absolute balance for the mind, body and spirit with much needed serenity and peace. Travellers to Bali end up indulging in hours of blissful treatment in spas being massaged, scrubbed, perfumed, bathed and pampered. The spa therapies can be experienced outdoors on the beach, in a garden or inside stylish and beautifully designed surroundings. You can expect total attention on your well-being during these heavenly happy hours spent in the spa. Bali is famous for its Balinese massage originated from Bali itself which is a very popular therapy around the world. The Balinese massage techniques of stretching, long strokes, skin rolling and palm and thumb pressure provide a result of an all-over feeling of calmness which can be considered the perfect holiday treat. Bali is full of excellent spas providing absolute pampering experiences to have you totally relaxed, revitalised and rejuvenated. Most of them are genuine in the services they offer than others.

Bali is known for its spas that offer a wide range of treatments and therapies with a diverse range of standard and customised treatment packages to address all your needs. They can vary from a one hour relaxation body treatment to a weeklong holistic rejuvenation package that would transform you to a brand new entity with new vigour and vitality at the end of it.

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Bali Collection – Retail Therapy in the Island of Gods

Heading to Bali and thinking this is one holiday where you may not be able to get in some shopping satisfaction? Think again! The island may be famous for its idyllic beaches, ancient temples and fun water sports, but it also offers some truly wonderful retail therapy too be it traditional handicrafts to brand name fashion. One of the best places to shop would be the Bali Collection, a shopping centre found in Nusa Dua. You can easily find Bali five star hotels within easy reach of this retail haven such as Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran which means you can easily spend the day indulging in a shopping spree.

You will find Bali Collection set amidst an expansive 8 hectare area and one of its fascinating aspects is the way it blends luxury shopping with traditional Balinese design elements. Within you will find an ideal mix of both local products and international brands as well as a whole range of other options for you to enjoy be it dining or even live entertainment.

If you are a fashionista you have much to choose from and well known brand names such as Billabong, Giordano, Levi’s, Polo and Quiksilver all have a home here, while other stores of the likes of Uluwatu, Sogo Departement Store, Bali Surf, Puri Sari and Lemon Chic also provide plenty of options for the fashion conscious shopper. Art lovers can head to stores such as Wikowi Art & Craft, Padi Art Market and Bali Art Collection, and you will also find speciality stores here including a money changer, jewellery shops and a bookstore.

All that shopping of course can work up at appetite and the many dining and fast food outlets at Bali Collection give you plenty of options to choose from when it comes to satisfying those hunger pangs. Frangipani Bali International Restaurant, Prada Exclusive Lounge & Grill, Tropical Bali Restaurant, Loco Café and Baskin Robbins are some of the spots you can head to when hunger strikes. Of course if you are looking for the ultimate in relaxation after a long day of shopping then there are the various spa & reflexology centres where you can get in some restful rejuvenation or just give tired feet some much deserved personal pampering!

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Famous Beach Activities in Bali: fun aplenty.

The smell of the sea is pungent and welcoming; it awakens the senses and creates the most suitable ambiance for adventure. Bali, Indonesia is heavily embroidered with the sparkle lent by its innumerable beaches. They possess distinct qualities that are embraced by all those who visit. Looking for the ideal Beach Resort, Nusa Dua to take refuge? The Laguna Resort & Spa Bali recreates all the elements of a tropical resort. It brings luxury and class into the equation and creates a hunger for all that Bali’s beaches have to offer. You are merely a walk away from engaging in a multitude of soul-awakening beach activities.

A giant flying fish! Quite unlikely, because it hardly looks like one, yet it serves the function of leaping over the waves. Ride a Fly Fish at one of the beaches in Bali. You will be plastered to a gigantic inflatable board that is at the same time attached to a motor boat. Once the boat travels in full speed, you might feel what it is to be a flying fish, minus the little wings of course. It certainly will create thrills and chills.

If you want to explore life beneath the waves, snorkelling in shallow and deep waters would be the best option. Brush past colourful fish and feel them nibble at your skin as the sea bed comes alive in a cinematic fashion. Attired akin to an astronaut, you can walk on the sea bed as unobtrusively as possible. Sign up to be a sea walker and explore the sea without having to resurface for air multiple times. What an interesting way to tour the sea!

Announce your ride on the waves by choosing a jet ski of your choice. Noisy and daring this mode of appreciating the sea is also a popular sport. You will certainly feel the urge to race your friends and family. Demanding a certain level of skill, wake boarding is also enjoyed by those who visit Bali.

Beaches in Bali undoubtedly hold promise for those who want to relish the beach in unconventional ways.

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