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Bali is a province of Indonesia and is located in the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands. It is a global tourist hotspot with more than 1.8 million people visiting the island in the first quarter of 2019. The island is popular for its fascinating culture, iconic rice paddies, luxurious villas, lively nightlife, beautiful blue sea, diverse marine life, and enchanting beaches. Tourism-related business makes up 80% of the island’s economy although agriculture is the island’s biggest employer. It is also renowned for its highly developed arts including traditional and modern dance.
Bali enjoys an even climate which means it is warm and comfortable throughout the year. The dry season is between April and September, with June to August as the driest months. It is also the high season for tourism. The wet season starts from November until March and December to February is the wettest and hottest months. The island is always bustling with tourists all year round. The main gateway to Bali is I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport.
A wide range of villa types is available on the island, from mega villas with ocean views to budget villas with small pools; the Island is ready to cater to all types of visitor. The villas in Bali are designed specially to enhance your tropical living experience. You can opt for traditional Balinese Villas or traditional Javanese villas to feel closer to the local culture. These traditional villas are usually made from natural materials such as bamboo poles, coconut wood, teak wood, and stone. There are also numerous modern villas scattered around the island.
In terms of location, there are various option to choose from. Oceanfront villas offer a clear view of the ocean, usually located on a shoreline or a cliff. Beachfront villas are directly in front of the beach, so you can simply walk out the door and relax on the beach. Mountaintop villas are also available. These villas offer the view of jungles, river, paddy fields, or other mountains. They are a great choice for anyone looking for a luxury hideaway in nature. Take note that there are two kinds of villas in Bali; standalone and within a hotel.
The most popular villa destination is Seminyak. The villa for rent in this area can get very expensive since it is a more upscale neighborhood and the area is very popular because of its fancy restaurants and exclusive beach clubs. Canggu, Kerobokan, and Umalas are the alternatives to Seminyak, they offer numerous restaurants, small shops, and dark sand beaches. If you wish to do unique watersports and relax on the white sand beach, opt for Uluwatu. Mountaintop villas are usually situated in Ubud and the area is perfect to indulge in nature and culture. The most affordable villas are usually located in Kuta.
Bali has something for everyone. Known as the Island of the Gods, it is overflowing with culture, natural beauty, and exhilarating activities to enjoy. Relax in the enchanting beaches of Nusa Dua, Seminyak, and Kuta or have an adventure in its forest-covered mountains. Here are some of the most popular attractions in Bali.
While it is famous for luxurious villas, there are also numerous affordable villas to choose from. Different areas have a different cost of living. One of the most expensive areas is Seminyak, basic villas start from $200 while upmarket villas can cost around $600 to $1,500 per night. The restaurants, bars, and nightclub in this area are also expensive. Sanur and Canggu are slightly cheaper than Seminyak and Sanur is a family-friendly area. Staying in Kuta is very affordable, the villas here are among the cheapest and you can have delicious local food for around $2 to $3 and western food for $5 to $7 in the area.
Traveling around the Island is also reasonably affordable. If you want to travel between towns, you can ride a public Bemo, private Bemo, rent a car, or a taxi. Bali Taxi, known as Blue Bird Taxis, is the most convenient choice. It's base rate is about fifty cents in USD, then around a quarter for every kilometer. The fastest and most affordable way to get around Bali is by renting a motorcycle. Daily rates range about $4 to $10.