5 Reasons Why You Should Choose Bali as a New Year Destination

Rice terraces of Bali

Are you planning your New Year travels? Wondering where to head off too? You have had a busy year and you have a wish list. The destination has to be exotic, tropical and offer some relaxation time, cultural experiences, gastronomic delights and some beach or pool time. We have the right destination for you.

Bali Land of 1000 Temples

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Bali in Indonesia,  the land of 1000 temples, is a favourite for all travellers and we believe it is perfect for your New Year travels. Bali will tick all your boxes and more.

There are so many things to do in Bali you probably don’t know where to start.  Traveloka, is your South East Asia Travel Expert, that will assist you in flights, transfers, accommodation and now offers the largest number of attractions and activities through their Traveloka Xperience.  In fact, in Bali, they have over 750 experiences on offer. The hardest decision you will need to make is how to choose your experiences in the available time you have on your Bali vacation.

Traveloka is your ‘one-stop shop’ that makes your travel planning as seamless as possible. Even locals use it for their bookings throughout South East Asia. We share with you the top 5 reasons why you should choose Bali as a New Year destination with our top 5 recommended experiences according to your wish list.

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But first, a little about Bali to whet your appetite.

Where is Bali Located

Bali is an island in the country of Indonesia in the Lesser Sunda Island group.  It lies between Java and Lombok.  The capital is Denpasar.  Bali is also Indonesia’s top travel destination.  Bali is also our favourite destination, we have been travelling there since 1976.

Bali conjures up images of swaying palm trees, long silvery sand beaches, gentle rolling waves, lush green terraced rice fields and some of the best cuisine in South East Asia. Once you travel to Bali you will want to return time after time, there is just something magical about this island that makes everyone fall in love with it.

Map of Bali

Bali in Indonesia

What To Do in Bali

#1 Relaxation: A Spa Experience at The One Legian Spa

Relaxation and massage at a Spa

Relax at The Spa at One Legian – photo courtesy of Nico H from Pixabay

Pamper yourself with a choice of relaxing spa treatments from their traditional Balinese massage to a sweet-smelling and relaxing chocolate fondue massage in ‘zen’ surroundings.

Location: The Spa at The ONE Legian, Jl. Raya Legian No.117, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

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#2 Cultural: Classical Legong & Barong at Balerung Tirta Sari Peliatan

Indonesian Bali Dancer

Enjoy the local Balinese cultural dances – photo by Jo Vanel from Pixabay

Watching Bali’s traditional dances is a magical experience and a must-do on your Bali trip.  There is nothing like this anywhere in the world. For 90 minutes be enthralled by their vibrant costumes, their dance and the legends with the magical music of the gamelan.

Location: Balerung Stage Peliatan Ubud. Peliatan, Ubud, Peliatan, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

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#3 Gastronomic: Forest Dining at the Tree Deck in Ubud

Dining amongst the jungle tree tops

Dining at the Tree Deck – photo courtesy of Kamandalu Resort

Enjoy a romantic dinner in Ubud at the Tree Deck by candlelight.

The Tree Deck states: “When the evening dawns upon this jungle, there is a table for two waiting just for you. Savour a mouthwatering six-course dinner at the edge of a tropical forest, accompanied by the twinkling stars and serenaded by the gentle sound of the river. It will be an evening to remember, a cherised moment.”

Your experience includes:

  • 6-course dinner with views over the terraced rice fields
  • a bottle of Bali sparkling wine

Location: Jl. Raya Andong, Banjar Nagi, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

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#4 Gastronomic: Cooking Class at Adiwana Arya Villas Ubud

Market shopping for cooking class

Market shopping for the cooking class

Bali is well known for its local cuisine and now you can learn how to make their unique dishes and impress everyone at home.  Your day starts with a visit to a local market to purchase your ingredients for the day before returning back to the kitchen and cooking up a storm.

Location: Adiwana Arya Villas Ubud, Gg. Cendana, Singakerta, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

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#5 Beach or Pool: Sunset at Mano Beach House

Bali sunset

Sunset in Bali

Located at Petitenget Beach at Seminyak you can enjoy the beach or the pool at sunset or both!  Chill out on their beachfront exclusive desk whilst enjoying a ‘sundowner’ and dinner with stunning sunsets that Bali is famous for whilst enjoying their ‘laid-back tunes’.

Location: Seminyak, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

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Where To Stay in Bali

Traveloka has over 13,000 accommodation options in Bali in the most popular locations where you can book in advance and pay on arrival.  You can choose to stay in Bali in:

Over the years we have stayed in many locations in Bali at Nusa Dua, Kuta, Legian, Sanur, Seminyak and Canggu.  Our recommendation is to spend half of your time in a beach location such as Sanur, Nusa Dua, Legian, Seminyak or Canggu and the rest of the time in Ubud.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Travelling to Bali

Do I need a visa to enter Bali?

Bali has a free 30-day visa on arrival.

What is the currency in Bali?

Bali’s currency is Rupiah.

Are there ATM’s available?

Yes, there are ATM’s available.  We would recommend using the ones that are located inside banks in view of a camera for security purposes.

Can I use my credit card in Bali?

Most places that we have visited have accepted credit cards.

Can you exchange money in Bali?

There are currency exchange shops all over the island.  Some offer better rates than others but they may have higher fees. We recommend shopping around for the best deal.

How do I get around Bali?

You can travel around Bali by local bus, shuttle buses or taxis. If you hire a motorbike you do have to take precautions.  Check that your travel insurance covers motorbike hire in Bali. Make sure you wear a helmet.  When you hire a motorbike we recommend that you take photos of any dents or scratches before you leave the hirer’s shop.

Do I tip in Bali?

There is a 10% government tax so you may find that upmarket restaurants add a tax of anywhere between 10 – 20% to cover the government tax.  For smaller establishments, if the service and food is good you could add a 10% tip.

Can I buy a SIM card at the airport?

If you have an unlocked phone you can buy a SIM card at the airport or most places on the island.

What is the voltage in Bali?

The voltage in Bali is 230V and the frequency is 50Hz.

Visitor Essential Information for Visiting Bali

Getting In

Bali’s International Airport (Ngurah Rai Airport) is located 13 km south of Denpasar. Bali is serviced by many domestic and international carriers.

Transfers from the Airport

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Getting Around

There are taxis and local buses for travel over the island. Traveloka also has many options for shuttles to and from the major centres.

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18 Comments

  • Anda says:

    I’m yet to visit Bali, but it’s been on my list for a long time now. Your post provides a lot of useful information about Bali and reading how much there is to do there I feel it would make a perfect New Year’s Eve destination. I can’t think of a better way to spend the first day of the year than relaxing in one of those spas.

    • Hi Anda
      Thanks for your comments.Bali is perfect for a New Year destination and to spend some time in a Spa is a perfect activity to do after such a busy holiday period.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Laura Axtman says:

    You have convinced me~ Bali is added to my New Year travel list! From your description, I think I would love the beauty of Bali, the Balinese massage, and a chocolate fondue massage. I love great food, but eating in a forest seems like a great idea! With so much to offer, I cannot wait to add Bali to my 2020 travel plans.

    • Hi Laura
      Thanks for your comments. I am glad to hear that you may visit Bali in 2020 – you will have an amazing time. The people are so warm and friendly and of course the food and masssages will make you return time and time again.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • Danik says:

    Bali has been on my list for a very long time and nearly went there this year, however can Bali be visited all year round. Would you say it’s better around the New Year period..is that because its hotter then or its not the raining season. Not sure when the best time of year to go is as I never been to that region.

    • Hi Danik
      Thanks for your comments. June July and August are popular times to visit Bali but it is very busy with tourists and it is the dry season. We have visited New Year and it was perfect weather for us, we have also visited in April and June. New Year is still preferable.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • sherianne says:

    I love one stop shops and Traveloka sounds like it would be a great resource! 750 experiences is lot of choices. Having an app makes it so convenient and they service all the areas I would visit in South East Asia. Thanks for introducing me to Traveloka

  • Paula says:

    This is a great guide to Bali! I haven’t been there yet, but I always such an amazing photos from Bali. It looks like a paradise. I love it that you answered all these important questions of the place that a newbie Bali visitor could have. It is always important to get some insight from someone who has been there.

  • Jackie says:

    You’ve convinced me…Bali is for me! But I can’t believe there are over 13,000 accommodation options. (Say what?!) Thank you for sharing your recommendations because I don’t know how I’d narrow down the choices. I’d be happy to relax poolside at Mano Beach House and also experience a romantic dinner at Kamandalu’s Tree Deck. Both look superb! I also appreciate the quick reference Q&A at the end. Very helpful information!

  • I am just back from a week-long trip to Bali and can’t recommend it enough. I was literally nodding my head in affirmation as I read your post. I love Bali 😀 I found Kuta a great neighbourhood to stay, shop and eat.

  • Yukti Agrawal says:

    Bali in Indonesia which is the land of 1000 temples, would be everyone’s favourite and perfect for New Year travels. The romantic dinner in Ubud at the Tree Deck by candlelight had won me over for this place. The view of rice terrace fields from the tree deck must be the most beautiful one. Enrolling for authentic local cuisine cooking class would be my choice too to know the gastronomic culture of this place.

    • Hi Yukti
      Thanks for your comments. There are so many great things to do and see in Bali, it is a perfect destination for travellers.
      Cheers Jane and Duncan

  • I love Bali it is such a beautiful island. I have travelled all over it and would love to go back. It is a great place for relaxation, though if you want to party perfect for that too!! Am sure that everyone would love Bali who visited, the countryside is beautiful, the people so nice and with so much to see and do. Hopefully I can get to visit it again soon.

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