Destination guide

Life's a beach in blissful Bali

Long-established as one of South-East Asia's best-loved destinations, Bali is a multi-faceted island paradise. Many visitors barely make it beyond the seemingly endless golden-sand beaches of Kuta and Seminyak, but to stay put in these admittedly fun-packed resort towns is to miss out on an intoxicating landscape of vibrant rice terraces, dense jungle and awe-inspiring volcanos. Wherever you choose to base yourself, you can be assured of the warmest of welcomes from friendly, fun-loving locals, as well as mouthwatering cuisine, heavy on aromatics like ginger and galangal. Bali holiday rentals range from simple studios to lavish family-size villas with private pools.

Things to do

Monkeying around in Bali

For a thrill-packed family day out, head to Waterbom Bali. Here you can race down nerve-shredding big-drop slides and twisting flumes, float along a relaxing lazy river or sip cocktails at a swim-up bar. For a spot of animal magic, delve into the Ubud Monkey Forest. Here, you can marvel at 100s of cheeky monkeys freely roaming around a jaw-dropping Hindu temple complex, which lies concealed within a swathe of lush jungle. A short drive from here is the Tegalalang Rice Terrace, a simply astonishing expanse of vivid green tiered rice paddies, lovingly tended by local farmers, and shaded by swaying palm trees.


Surf in style or cook up a storm in Bali

Bali's gently crashing waves and perpetually warm waters make it an ideal place to learn to surf. You'll find willing instructors as soon as you set foot on Kuta beach, or you can join a surf school for more intensive training. If that sounds like too much of a commitment, you might prefer the instant gratification of white water rafting. The Ayung river is dotted with thrilling rapids to navigate, and its lush green banks provide a spectacular setting. For skills you can take back home, enrol on a cooking course and learn how to make heavenly local dishes like Balinese yellow curry and zingy gado gado salad.


Sizzling sunshine in Bali

Bali holiday rentals are in high demand at most times, as the island's tropical climate ensures consistent heat, with plenty of sunshine. However, May to September are particularly popular, as this constitutes the dry season, when humidity is low and skies are generally clear. For much of the wet season, rain tends to fall in swift, refreshing bursts, so shouldn't interfere too much with your beach time. However, rainfall can be significant between December and March, making this a prime time for great deals on accommodation.

Natural features

Feel on top of the world in Bali

For an unforgettable Balinese adventure, embark on a trek to the summit of Mount Agung, an active volcano and the island's highest peak. The ascent can be challenging, but the views from the top are breathtaking, particularly if you're dedicated enough to get there in time for sunrise. If you're intent on finding the ultimate off-the-beaten-track beach, head to the nearby island of Nusa Penida. Its jaw-dropping Kelingking beach is an unspoilt cove of white sand, concealed by surreal rock formations that look rather like a dinosaur.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Bali?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Bali. From Vrbo UK travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Ubud: 1,461 holiday homes
  • Seminyak: 6,993 holiday homes
  • Sanur: 6,663 holiday homes
  • Kuta Selatan: 6,859 holiday homes
  • Canggu: 6,482 holiday homes

Vrbo UK offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Bali! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Bali?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Bali with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Ubud: 1,461 holiday lettings
  • Seminyak: 6,993 holiday lettings
  • Canggu: 6,482 holiday lettings
  • Kuta: 7,737 holiday lettings
  • Denpasar: 8,398 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Bali?

Vrbo UK offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Bali. From Vrbo UK travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ubud Monkey Forest: 5,266 holiday rentals
  • Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre: 7,842 holiday rentals
  • Tanah Lot: 8,572 holiday rentals
  • Benoa Harbour: 8,627 holiday rentals
  • Kintamani: 1,048 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bali listed on Vrbo UK where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

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