In a country, known as the Island of the Gods, made up of thousands of volcanic islands, this vibrant city in Indonesia is to perfectly describe – Bewitching. Being unaware of the beauty that this world’s largest island country holds, I decided to embark on this journey to experience and take in it all.
Habituated to travelling since young and fulfilling travel dreams in India and the world, I usually travel prepared. Weeks of pursuing of what will interest me and finding the right sanctuary to dwell during my habitat period in Bali, I found myself planning a perfect little vacation. Only tip I can give to someone who enjoy being a traveler is to take in all you can from Bali. Bali is not just a place to visit, it’s an experience you preserve for a lifetime.
As days and weeks passed, and it was time to emplane. The flight descended towards Bali halting for few hours in Kuala Lumpur. The wait was exciting and full of turbulence.
Hours later, maneuvering atop volcanic mountains, the greenery, the island, the ocean, your pilot makes sure you find yourself caught up in a europhoria. Being breathless for a while and came back to our senses once we started to descend. My exhilaration couldn’t be explained to finally have step foot on this island.
Deplaned and stamped we quickly grab our baggage, changed our currencies’ and rode towards our habitat.
Picturesque city with architectural landmarks, locals adorning balineese traditional garments, tourists on scooters, you get to experience the age old culture and ancient beliefs with a modern hip twist on the way.
Every crossroads and traffic intersection in the city, footpaths, outside shops, women folk will pray and place offering known as the Canangs Sari. Made of leaves and filled with flowers, fruits, coins, and incense, it’s a daily offering given to the spirits of the earth below.
Balineese culture is combined and formed beautifully with balineese-hindu – Buddhist religion. It is known for its creativity depicted in dance, drama and sculptures. Hinduism has a major influence over Bali from the very first century.
Local people are the sweetest and donot hesitate to give respect and a smile wherever you go. Greetings like Good morning Selamat pagi (S’LAH-maht PAH-ghee) Good afternoon Selamat siang (S’LAH-maht PAH-ghee SEE-yang) Good evening Selamat sore (S’LAH-maht PAH-ghee) follows you all day. You can always give back a Thank You Terima kasih (Tuh-REE-mah KAH-see) with a smile to these lovely folks.
Le Grande, Pecatu -
Nestled in the heart of Kuta, the western coast of Bali, is a grand sanctuary. Often a top spot for golf lovers and wedding events, 4 star hotel with all amenities, lush green walking paths with vibrant fishes swimming across the paths, hours can be spent in this habitat doing exactly what I do best – Nothing.
Book yourself a Pecatu suite or deluxe balcony, each rooms styled in a contemporary Balinese style with a view. Book a spa and laze around while sipping your favorite cocktails and gorging on fresh fruits.
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