If there is a perfect destination to admire sublime Hindu temples adorned with flowers and stone statues, to witness breath taking landscapes and to observe the most beautiful sunsets, that place is Bali. A paradise, disputed throughout history, that enchants with its magnificent green hills of rice paddies, wonderful beaches, volcanoes, forests and waterfalls.
It is a small island in Indonesia, very popular among those who like to meet unique cultures, nature lovers and surfers, who find their mecca here. The local people's sympathy is a business card and the Ubud region is the cultural and artistic hub where you can watch Balinese dance shows that recount their long and troubled history and witness cultural festivals in honour of the Hindu gods that take place almost every day. Visit the small shops and art and craft displays, enjoy a relaxing massage, taste a delicious meal at a local restaurant and visit the Sacred Monkey Forest, a preserved forest area where over 500 monkeys live freely!
Do not miss the fascinating beaches of Sanur, Seminyak, Masuka and Uluwatu and some of the more than 20,000 sanctuaries that reflect Bali's great religious culture. The incredible Pura Besaki is the largest and most sacred of all but Budugul, Tanah Lot, Bratan and Uluwatu also offer idyllic landscapes on cliffs, lakes or by the sea. Impress yourself with the traces of the Gegel dynasty in Klungkung, the Tirtagangga Water Palace or the Elephant Cave. The more adventurous can climb to the top of the Batur volcano and dive in Tulamben or Amed. Go on boat to Lovina Beach to see dolphins and on your way there pass through the Cascade of Gitgit, the largest of the island, and through the Buyan Pancasari, Tambligari and Bratan lakes. And if you are a fan of Elizabeth Gilbert's book "Eat, Pray and Love", know that you can visit the charming guru Ketut Liyer, a well-known healer!