Like so many other world renowned holiday destinations in Southeast Asia, Bali offers the usual de rigueur activities like snorkelling, diving, trekking and cooking classes. However, seasoned travellers may be looking for something a little unconventional…something a bit more extravagant and extraordinary. For an unforgettable day out, check out these exceptional Bali experiences.
Flying High With Air Bali
Imagine flying high above the clouds and taking in bird’s eye views of smoking volcanoes, cascading rice terraces, glittering mountain lakes, ancient temples and rugged coastlines. Air Bali has over 20 years of experience taking visitors on aerial tours in their top-of-the-line helicopters, which offer panoramic views of Bali’s natural and manmade wonders. Guests can opt for scenic day trips, sundowner flights, private tours that cover specific areas, golf charters, super fast transfers to Gili Trawangan, and even personal helicopter tours for weddings or special events.
Luxury at Sea With Dragoon130
It may have been fashioned out of a traditional Indonesian cargo ship, but there’s nothing blue collar about Dragoon130. The Italian architect designers kept the original teak and ironwood panelling of the boat, but added a state-of-the-art cockpit and jacuzzi pool on the upper deck, a swanky bar, restaurant and entertainment lounge on the lower deck, and six luxurious air-conditioned cabins with all the modern amenities you ask for. The result is a sleek 40-metre party boat that can house up to 120 people for day cruises around Bali and Lombok, sunset DJ parties, and onboard adventures to exotic islands around the archipelago.
Panoramic Putting at Nirwana Bali Golf Club
It’s hard to find a more spectacularly scenic golf course than the Nirwana Bali Golf Club nestled between the sea and undulating rice paddies at the Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort. This award-winning course was designed by golf legend Greg Norman, and it features oceanside and rice paddie holes, cliff-to-cliff shots, and the famous 7th hole overlooking Tanah Lot temple. If you can only make it to one golf course during your time in Bali, this should be it.
Brunch Decadence at Boneka
Sundays are simply sumptuous at the Boneka Sunday Brunch at The St. Regis Bali Resort. Your morning starts with a complimentary Bloody Mary at the King Cole Bar, after which you are admitted to the dining room where a lavish feast awaits. Fill your plate with Freshly shucked oysters, foie gras, Wagyu beef, lobster and Belgian waffles, grab a seat by the window, and tuck in while listening to smooth jazz tunes. Don’t forget to leave room for the valrhona chocolate fountain.
Seaside Indulgence at Spa on the Rocks
If it’s pure pampering in a breathtaking setting you’re after, you won’t find a more blissful and beautiful spot than Spa on the Rocks at the Ayana Resort and Spa. Here two wooden spa villas sit atop rocks jutting out into the Indian Ocean, and each treatment is accompanied by the sounds of the waves lapping the rocks below and invigorating ocean breezes. Moreover, the treatments make use of curative products like volcanic lava, jade stones, rose petals and diamond dust.