Paradise on Earth? Welcome to Bali

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Paradise on Earth? Welcome to Bali

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When you picture paradise, what is it that springs into your mind?

Is it a blinding white sand beach? Is it a range of historic and iconic temples and architecturally beautiful buildings? Is it night-life and shopping? Or is it simply a chance to kick back and relax in beautiful surroundings?

There aren’t many places which encompass all of the above, but Bali is certainly one of them.

This varied and diverse Indonesian island is a magnet for backpackers and the seriously wealthy alike, proving that Bali is one of those destinations which totally fits in with that very over-used phrase of ‘something for everyone’. From popular budget destinations in the south, such as Nusa Dua, Seminyak, Sanur, and beautiful Kuta Beach, to the more culturally iconic central part of the island, with Tabanan nestled amongst towering mountains. The islands off the south-east coast are a haven for diving enthusiasts, with all manner of colourful and interesting marine-life to visit, and the north of the island offering history, with the old capital city, and laid-back, black sand beaches.

Known as the ‘Island of the Gods’, this description should tell you something about its beauty, as well as the deeply spiritual element that runs through the entire being of the island. Many people head to Bali for yoga and meditation retreats, with a relaxed and slow pace of life which suits such a holiday down to the ground. When you take into account the number of sacred temples which are dotted around the island, such as Uluwatu Temple, you can understand the religious and spiritual thread which runs through the centre of the island, branching out into every direction.

Of course, I’m sure you’ve seen the bungalows over the almost translucent sea in travel brochures, and these are second nature in Bali. Imagine waking up to colourful fish swimming beneath your feet as you head off for a coffee on your balcony – there is no great paradise than this. Read up on the best areas to stay in Bali before you pick your hotel as they’re all quite different.

No matter how much emphasis you place on somewhere being the epitome of paradise, of course you need to insure your holiday against any mishaps or problems, and it’s worthwhile shopping around before you decide on your cover, remembering to declare any pre-existing medical conditions, of course. You will find countless providers to choose from, including Cover-More Travel Insurance, perfect for your Bali holiday.

Whatever your description and image of paradise, Bali is certainly up there in most people’s plans. Maybe it’s time you tried it out for yourself; I dare you not to fall in love with this beautiful and cultural land.

Photo Credit: Bart Speelman

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