Bali is famous across the world for its stunning sandy beaches and azure seas, which have led to the island becoming one of the world’s most desirable resort destinations. But there is much more to Bali than just sun, sea and sand. Curious guests who want a break from the beach have a wealth of rewarding activities and attractions to explore, many of which showcase the exquisite, exotic culture of the “Island of the Gods”. Here are just some of the things we recommend…
Release Your Spiritual Side at Bali’s Sea Temples
The Balinese believe strongly in the spiritual qualities water. This belief has given rise to some of the island’s most enchanting and recognizable landmarks: the stunning sea temples. One of the most impressive of these is Pura Luhur Uluwatu, a picture postcard temple set on a cliff-top on Bali's southern peninsula, 70 meters above the crashing waves. Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu is a great base from which to explore this impressive temple and meet its resident monkeys. Elsewhere, Tanah Lot juts out into the ocean on Bali's west coast, making it a spectacular setting to watch the island’s colorful sunsets.
Visit the Dramatic UNESCO-listed Rice Terraces
Heading away from the beaches of the south and up into Bali’s volcanic interior, visitors will discover incredible, undulating landscapes of terraced rice fields, carved impossibly into the hillsides. These breath-taking paddies, connected by a network of hand-dug waterways, date back thousands of years, and UNESCO has inscribed the terraces and onto its World Heritage list. They are especially impressive when the fields are flooded and the terraces take on an exquisite mirror-like quality, reflecting the gleaming sunlight and blue skies. Far from the tourist crowds and often blissfully quiet, Bali’s rice terraces are ideal for visitors wanting to discover the traditional side of the island.
Shop in the Stylish Boutiques of Seminyak
Not far from the bustling streets of Kuta, Seminyak is stylish seafront enclave where fashionistas can spend hours browsing in high-end boutiques. The main streets of Jalan Raya Seminyak and Jalan Petitenget are lined with stylish clothing outlets featuring local and international brand labels, along with other shops showcasing authentic handicrafts, artworks and designer goods that reflect Bali’s unique culture and distinctive style. If you need a break from the retail therapy, Seminyak is also home to an extensive array of bright bars, cool cafés and upscale restaurants, and the sandy beach is just a short stroll away.
Discover the Cultural Charms of Ubud
Nestled in the jungle-clad hills of northern Bali, surrounded by lush rainforests and fast-flowing rivers, Ubud is an exquisite little town and the perfect destination for guests who want a day trip with a difference. As the cultural capital of Bali, Ubud is home to a charming collection of art galleries, handicraft shops and museums which perfectly showcase the authentic ancient culture of the island. Guests can spend their day strolling through the streets, soaking up the exotic ambiance. Alternatively, just outside Ubud guests can head to the Sacred Monkey Forest - a vast Hindu complex and nature reserve which is home to approximately 700 monkeys and macaques.
Help Protect Bali's Sea Turtles
Bali is home to several species of sea turtle, but sadly many of these are under threat. Guests wanting to support the effort to protect and preserve these majestic creatures can visit the Bali Sea Turtle Society, which is playing a key role in raising awareness about sea turtle conservation. Based in Kuta, the society protects turtle eggs and conducts regular release programmes, which allow hatchlings to safely make their way back to the sea, ensuring the survival of future generations. These releases are held from April to October and guests simply need to pay a small donation to help this worthwhile cause.
All of these activities and more can be enjoyed in a day trip from Radisson Blu Bali Uluwatu, which is nestled between Padang Padang Beach and Bingin Beach on the island's southern peninsula. And the resort's concierge is always available to help guide you!