Tanah Lot temple
One of the most dramatic and venerated temples in Bali, Pura Tanah Lot is dedicated to the sea spirits and is perched upon a craggy wave-lashed rock just at the edge of the frothing white surf and glittering black shoreline. The best time to visit is in the late afternoon when you can see the splendid profile of the temple silhouetted against the setting sun.
Tenganan Bali Aga village
One of Bali’s original pre-Hindu settlements and a stronghold of native traditions, the residents practise a time-honoured lifestyle based around ritual and ceremony. Many of the houses also function as shops and workshops where expert craftsmen and women perform their centuries’ old skills.
Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud
Home to a band of about 125 long-tailed grey Balinese macaques that can be very mischievous, but are interesting to observe, especially with their young. Vendors will sell you bananas and bags of peanuts if you want to feed them.
Botanic Garden Ubud
The pathways and steps of this beautiful new attraction meander through five hectares of natural ravine, comprising an orchid garden, a vast collection of ferns, palms, bamboos and tropical trees, an Islamic garden, and a maze together with lily and lotus ponds.
Elephant Safari Park
A wonderful outing for families; all of the elephants at this internationally acclaimed sanctuary were rescued from deforestation in Central and Southern Sumatra. You can have your photos taken with the elephants, watch them immersing themselves in the lake, and take a safari ride tour, sitting high atop an elephant in a teakwood chair, through the cool jungle of Taro.
Bali Bird Park
a great outing for families and bird lovers alike, the park flourishes with tropical plants and trees, and is home to more than a thousand exotic and beautiful birds including birds of paradise, kingfishers, hornbills, parrots, flamingos and pheasants. Fun at feeding times, it provides a superb educational outing for the whole family.
Known as the ‘Mother Temple’, Pura Besakih is the island’s largest and most important temple, and is situated on its slopes of Mt Agung. Here, hundreds of devout Hindus in colourful ceremonial dress – the women carrying huge pyramids of fruit and flower offerings on their heads – can be seen solemnly climbing a giant stairway to pay homage to the gods, in an atmosphere thick with the scent of burning incense.
Tourists flock to the area collectively known as Kintamani to see one of Bali’s most photographed and active volcanoes. Here, you can enjoy an Indonesian buffet lunch in one of the many panoramic restaurants offering spectacular views of Mt Batur and the crescent-shaped Lake Batur, set within the gigantic caldera of an extinct volcano. At 1717 metres high, Gunung Batur is Bali’s second most sacred mountain and has erupted more than twenty times during the last two centuries.
This remarkable inland town, just one hour’s drive from The Seri Villas - Seminyak, is Bali’s centre for fine arts and cultural performances, and the surrounding villages are home to the Island’s most accomplished painters, dancers, musicians and carvers. The town is a magnet for people who are actively involved in art, anthropology, music, dance, architecture, environmentalism and alternative healing. It is surrounded by gorgeous terraced rice fields, traditional villages, art and craft communities, ancient temples, palaces, and dramatic river gorges.