The Island of the Gods is home to diverse pockets of island flavor which together epitomize the holy grail of equatorial temptations. Yoga sanctuaries, gnarly surf breaks and smoldering volcanoes capture the adventurous imaginations of visitors to Bali, while fashionable seaside strips, modish beach clubs and designer lounges seduce tropical hedonists. Ancient temples, riveting cultural festivals and a dash of warm hospitality complete a unique recipe of attractions that combine to make Bali an iconic island getaway.
The top 20 luxury hotels in Bali offer some of the most striking luxury escapes in Asia, so when — if — you succeed in tearing away from seductive confines of comfort, Bali does have a system of public transportation (though it's not the most straightforward to navigate). Private transport, either self-drive or chauffeured, remains is the best way to discover the island's delights, with bicycles a great option to explore the winding back roads, tracks and trails that meander through miles of terraced rice paddies.
Direct flights from over 40 cities touchdown at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, including Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo. The Indonesian capital Jakarta is less than a two-hour flight hop away. Once you've had a taste of what Bali has to offer, it's not hard to imagine how it beat out over 18,000 Indonesian islands to claim the honor of leading island destination in the country.