Travellers searching for green mountains, valleys of rice patties, dead volcanoes and pristine beaches should consider a holiday in Bali. With world-class surfing and diving, a large number of cultural, historical and archaeological attractions, and an enormous range of accommodations, this is one of the world's most popular island destinations.
Some of the most beautiful parts include Bedugul, Tababanan or Ubud, renown for its stunning mountain ranges. In Ubud, the cultural arts thrive; Buddhist temples crop up in every direction, as do galleries, museums and palaces like the Puri Saren Agung.
But many travellers visit Bali exclusively for its beaches, and over the decades huge resorts have developed on the island to cater to the growing demand for luxury hotels.
For a quiet coastal village, venture over to East Bali where you’ll find the active volcano, Mount Agung, and gaggle of quaint fishing villages like Candidasa, Bai and Gangga.
If you have time, catch a ferry from Batam to Java to hike around Mount Merbabu and the West Bali National Park. For exotic and nearly deserted black sand beaches, move on to Northern Bali to Lovina. There are beautiful cottages here like Angsoka, with gardens, swimming areas and plenty of activities for kids and adults alike.