Find out all you need to know about golden Bali beaches from our expert
Remember the tropical beach from the Bounty bar ad on TV, with its bowing palm trees gently swaying in the breeze and the pristine white sand being lapped by the turquoise sea? Well, Bali beaches are exactly like that – some are even more beautiful. Travelmood’s tropics expert Amanda went in search of paradise and found it . . . in Bali.
Bali’s best beaches
When Travelmood clients ask me about Bali, they have only one thing in mind – the beaches. The questions are always the same. Do they stretch as far as the eye can see? Are they close to my hotel? Are there palm trees? Do they have coconuts on them? And my favourite – can I hold a big conch shell to my ear and hear the sea? The answer is always the same too – a resounding yes. And that’s when they sigh and fall into a daydream!
From my experience, the best beaches are in the south of the island. Head to Kuta for its lively nightlife or Seminyak for world-class restaurants and shops. Both boast white sandy beaches which are perfect for a spot of sunbathing or watersports. Just remember your sun cream!
When to go
You know that momentary shock when you wade waist-deep into the sea and then duck beneath the water? That doesn’t happen in Bali because the waters are lovely and warm. It’s like immersing yourself in a bath that never gets cold. As Bali is close to the Equator, it doesn’t have spring, summer, autumn and winter as such, meaning the daily year-round high is 31°C. The best time to go is during the dry season (April through October) when six to eight hours of glorious sunshine is guaranteed every day. The rainy season (November to March) is in no way a washout. The warm rain comes in short monsoon bursts of an hour at most and, before you know it, it’s dry again and you can return to your hammock or sunbed on the beach.
Spa treatments on the beach
Bali is a surprisingly cheap chill-out destination where it’s very hard to spend money, especially if you opt for an all-inclusive holiday. There are, of course, plenty of daytime activities if you’re feeling adventurous, and lively outdoor bars and pool parties galore where you can dance the night away beneath the stars. But for most people a typical stay in this tropical paradise revolves around relaxing. There’s no better way to de-stress and recharge the batteries than with a daily spa treatment, in the shade of a palm tree, of course. A full-body, deep-tissue Balinese massage is absolutely heavenly and will leave you fragrantly oiled and thoroughly spoiled.
Other top tips
Bali is a favourite destination for couples and honeymooners, but I wouldn’t recommend it for children. They’d absolutely adore the place, but a 16-hour flight from London is just too much for little ones and would leave them –and fellow passengers – decidedly crabby. Also, when you’re packing to go, take plenty of sun screen and, importantly, insect repellent. Don’t let those pesky mosquitoes make your dream holiday a misery.
If you’re in need of some relaxing this summer why not consider Bali? With some of the world’s best beaches, this is a dream destination for sun worshippers. Plus, there’s plenty of activities and excursions when you’re feeling a little more adventurous too. You’ll return home feeling refreshed and revitalised after a truly amazing getaway.