1. Expect crowds
    In non-pandemic times Bali, as one of the most touristed islands on earth, is hardly an untouched paradise. It can be difficult to escape the throngs in southern Bali and Ubud, but determined solitude seekers will be pleased to find loads of secluded corners beyond these primary tourist centers. Head to the central mountains, or Bali’s more chilled-out north and west coasts.
  2. Choose your base carefully
    It pays to put some thought into your Bali base, as chaotic traffic and hot weather are likely to make you stick close to your hotel or guesthouse rather than wander far on foot or sit in stuffy taxis. If you’re looking for real R&R, Kuta probably isn’t your thing. If you want to shop up a storm and eat more than your body weight in fine food, a week on Nusa Lembongan isn’t likely to leave you fully satiated.
  3. Don’t fret about “Bali belly”
    Strict dietary habits are no longer required to prevent spending your Bali break within two steps of a toilet. Once upon a time, salads, cut fruit, ice cubes and most meats were on the danger list, but hygiene standards have improved markedly across the island, and many kitchens offer good quality organic produce. While dodgy prawns will always be out there, by staying hydrated, avoiding notorious local liquor arak, and consuming street food with a degree of caution, the dreaded Bali belly should be kept at bay.
  4. Dress for the occasion
    Beachwear doesn’t always cut it in Bali – many higher-end bars, restaurants and clubs enforce a dress code. If you’re unsure, call ahead to save the potential embarrassment of being turned away.
  5. Remember that low season often means rainy season
    Be mindful of Bali’s rainy season (January to April and October to November) when planning your trip. Discounts can be great, but if you end up spending your holiday cooped up indoors, you may be left wondering if making the trip was worth it. Fortunately, the rains are often limited to brief afternoon downpours, so your holiday isn’t likely to be a total write-off.
  6. Be mindful of Mother Nature
    Bali’s volcanoes are highly active and can have minor to very serious impacts on flights, hotel stays or movement throughout the country. Keep a close eye on travel advisories.
  7. Respect the ocean
    Even if you’re an avid beach-goer and surf worshipper, Bali’s powerful waves, strong currents and exposed rocks can be treacherous, so take care, and don’t swim alone unless you are completely confident in doing so. Show equal respect for the beach by not leaving any garbage (including cigarette butts) behind – when the tide comes in, it’ll be sucked into the ocean at great cost to the marine ecosystem.
    No trip to Bali is complete without indulging in some self pampering and a true Bali spa experience. The Island is home to some of the best home service spas in the world, offering all kinds of spa experiences and treatments. Whether it be a basic massage or full day of pampering, there is a spa treatment to suit your requests!

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