GERARD HINDMARSH : “Bali ‘s bohemian rhapsody”

OPINION: Let’s face it! Tourism is what people turn to when everything else fails. And the worst thing about Kuta (Bali) is still the young yobbo Australians who come here in droves on super cheap fares.

Thankfully most don’t make it much past the bars of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. These once separate and impoverished villages along 27km-long Kuta Beach are now all fused into one seething carnival where night and day there’s something going down. Absolutely engaging too!

Tourism here goes back to 1936 when ex-Hollywood workers turned globetrotting Americans Bob Koke and Louise Garrett set up a guesthouse of Balinese thatched bungalows on the near-deserted beach.

Their concept of ‘fun in the sun followed by a few drinks’ tourism concept knocked the socks off Dutch packaged holidays which existed up to that time. Bob taught all Kuta locals to surf too, something they truly excel at today…


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How to live like a king in Bali for a little over $100 a day: Travel guide laps up seafood dishes, massages and stunning views during dirt-cheap 24-hour stopover

A globe-trotting travel aficionado took a stop-over in Bali and completed the whirlwind trip for less than $US100 – $AU130 – a day.

Drew Binsky uploaded the video which he titled ‘How much fun can you have in Bali with $100 in 24hours?’ to his 124,000 YouTube subscribers on Tuesday.

‘Bali is a lot cheaper than you think!’ he explained before clocking the time at 9.54pm on his watch.

How much fun can you have in Bali with $100 in 24hours?

Essential Bali travel tips: what to know before you go

From navigating the crowds to being monkey-savvy, there are a few tricks to getting the best out of a trip to Bali. We’ve rounded up 15 top tips to bank for your next visit to the Island of the Gods.

Expect crowds

One of the most touristed islands on earth, Bali isn’t exactly an untouched paradise. But while it can be difficult to escape the throngs of south Bali and Ubud, determined solitude seekers will be pleased to find loads of secluded corners beyond these primary tourist centres. Tip: head to the central mountains, or Bali’s more chilled-out north and west coasts.

Choose your base carefully

It pays to put some thought into your Bali base, as chaotic traffic and hot weather are likely to make you stick close to your hotel or guesthouse rather than wander far on foot or sit in stuffy taxis. If you’re looking for real R&R, Kuta probably isn’t your thing. If you want to shop up a storm and eat more than your body weight in fine food, a week on Nusa Lembongan isn’t likely to leave you fully satiated. Find your perfect spot with the help of Lonely Planet’s ‘first time Bali’ guide.

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Bali’s top secluded beaches

(CNN) — Bali is an island in flux — especially in the south. It’s a maelstrom of construction: villas, roads, jetties, reclamation. A magnet for tourists for generations, the island welcomed over five million international visitors in 2017.
So you’d expect pretty much every beach along the coast to have been colonized by sunbeds and invaded by travel groups long ago.
Mercifully, that’s not the case. But secluded beaches on this island in Indonesia generally don’t stay hidden for long. It’s not uncommon to turn up at a formerly entirely secluded beach and find a new access road, a ticket desk, several warungs (restaurants), three determined village ladies peddling sarongs and a van load or four of organized tourists.
For the connoisseur of secluded beaches, the place to start is the Bukit peninsula, the egg-shaped bulge that protrudes from the bottom of Bali as though the island has just finished laying it.
Sculpted, towering limestone cliffs create myriad little bays, with sand in hues from gold to creamy white. Challenging descents — sometimes involving hundreds of rock-cut steps — promote seclusion every bit as dramatically as they tone the quadriceps.

Learn the art of perfume making in Bali

The striking fragrance from the ylang ylang makes me feel good. “This flower smells of vacation, holiday and the sun,” smiles perfumer Nora Gasparini. I am at her L’Atelier perfume workshop in Bali, smelling exotic flowers. The champaka, vetiver, and a benzoin… “Jasmine is considered the king, while rose is the queen. Champaka, available in Southeast Asia (the ones available in India are more fragrant) has creamy, green notes and it is used to make some of the perfumes for men,” Gasparini explains.

Inspired by the island

Gasparini, who is from Martinique, a French island, fell in love with Bali when she moved here 10 years ago. She now runs the L’Atelier perfume studio. “I studied perfumery in Paris. Bali is my inspiration. I go to farmers all over Indonesia to discover new raw materials and try and use them in perfumes.” Gasparini says as she enjoys sharing her experiences and listening to the stories of others, she is also an Airbnb host.

The next 30 minutes are spent smelling essential oils, spices, and flowers. Gasparini hands me a white perfume testing strip dabbed in patchouli oil. It is uplifting. “Patchouli grows in Malaysia, and the plant has more than 200 aromatic molecules (normal plants have just about 10 or 15!). About 30% of all perfumes use patchouli,” she says.

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30 incredible hotel pools in Bali

From striking infinity pools that hang over cliff edges, to scintillating private dipping wells, here’s our round-up of some of the best hotel pools in Bali.

Chapung Se Bali, Ubud

Boasting a leafy location high up in the hills just a 10-minute drive from Ubud, a comprehensive spa and a party-led social scene, Chapung Se Bali sounds as good as it’s pool looks. The pool is situated by the Jungle Fish pool bar; head here for tunes, fusion food and a good laze in the water as you gaze over the jungle canopy.

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