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Why Bali is a great Travel and Leisure Destination

Bali is an island and a province of Indonesia, often referred as the island of the Gods. It is a popular tourist destination which has seen a significant rise in numbers of visitors’ since1980s. So if you are pondering what’s so special about this Asian island or planning on visiting someday, the answers are not far fetched that’s why tourism-related business makes up to 80% of its economy.

Biodiversity

Why Bali is a great Travel and Leisure Destination

Bali is one the world’s top tourist destination due to her mesmerizing sites and archeological monuments. The island is home to numerous wildlife, lakes, forests, waterfalls, paddy fields, temples, retreats and beautiful ancient villages. Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, i.e. the areas with the highest biodiversity of marine species. In this area alone, over 500 reef building coral species can be found. For comparison, this is about seven times as many as in the entire Caribbean. The island numerous rain forests support the existence of various species of animals. The island biodiversity was better preserved with the establishment of the West Bali National Park a natural conservation with pure ecosystem managed by the zone system for multiple research purpose involving education, tourism and recreation.

Cultural Heritage

Bali has a rich cultural heritage which has been preserved for centuries, with beautiful architectural Hindu temples serving as spiritual, cultural and historical significance center for many. The Indonesian International Film Festival is held every year in Bali. Bali is also renowned for its diverse and sophisticated art forms, such as painting, sculpture, woodcarving, handcrafts, and performing arts. Local and international cuisine is available at resorts, restaurants or local diners, be rest assured you will be delighted.

Beautiful Beaches

Bali is a great travel destination because of its attractive surroundings (both mountain and coastal areas), diverse tourist attractions, excellent international and local hotels, and the friendliness of the local people. According to BBC Travel released in 2011, Bali is one of the World’s Best Islands, ranking second after Santorini in Greece. Kuta Beach, Pandawa Beach is a few of the famous tourist locations in the northern part of Bali, which own beautiful calm sea water, blackish chromatic sand and the sea with its dolphins. One of the favorites is the Lovina Beach, famous for dolphin watching.

Interesting Sites

Bali has several significant holy sites dating back to the 14th century. The Ubud Monkey Forest, iconic Uluwatu Temple, Besakih Temple (Mother Temple), Ubud Art Market, Bali Safari and Marine Park, Kintamani and Mount Batur are few of its enthralling wonders.

Also, the Banjar hot water spring is a natural hot wellspring from the ground and it is believed it heals diseases it is opened to the public. The Bali Safari and Marine Park is the island’s largest animal theme park and home to over 60 species of animals. Bali’s volcanic mountains have contributed to its exceptional fertility and its tall mountain ranges provide the high rainfall that supports the vastly productive agricultural sector. South of the mountains is a broad, steadily descending area where most of Bali’s largest rice crop is grown

Whether is a trip for research, leisure or spiritual divination,Bali is waiting, go explore her wonders and hospitality you will be elated.

Located in Puncak and just around 12km away from the City Centre, Puncak Pass Resort is one of the beautiful resorts to spend a memorable holiday in Indonesia. With lot of amenities and best hospitality, Puncak Pass Resort is popular among most travelers to Indonesia. So, I think this would be a great resort for our next holiday too.

You may wonder why I suddenly share our next holiday plan here. Actually our trips are all sudden. We don’t get enough time to find best hotels most of the time. With last minute decisions, we book a hotel and enjoy a weekend getaway whenever we get a chance. But, these getaways always end up in Malaysia and most of the time we spend in same hotels which we had great experience in previous visits. Actually this habit makes our travelling experiences limited and I really don’t want to happen that in our future holidays.

I already have Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand in my travel bucket list. So, I thought of planning our holidays bit early and keep it as a blog post. So, when we are ready for the next holiday, it is so much easier for me to find best hotels and prepare the final travel plan.

Puncak Pass Resort
Puncak Pass Resort , Image credits: www.traveloka.com

As a beautiful country, Indonesia is one of the best destinations to visit in Southeast Asia. Scenic beauty, irresistible food and friendly people are few of the reasons to spend a holiday in Indonesia. When I check for reviews and things to do in Indonesia, I found this Puncak Pass Resort as one of the most reviewed hotels in Indonesia and it seems like most reviews are with positive experience. So, with my eagerness to find best hotels to stay, I selected Puncak Pass Resort as our accommodation in Indonesia.

Other than that here are some of the features of this resort which we prefer in any holiday.

Features of Puncak Pass Resort Accommodation
  • The photos of this resort I saw are really beautiful and it seems this resort is with beautiful interior and architecture
  • There are many attractions in nearby area, so it is easy to plan the holiday activities while selecting Puncak Pass Resort as our accommodation
  • Reasonable rates are another reason to select this resort.
  • Rooms are with free breakfast. This is one of our considerations when we select any hotel. It is so much easier and it saves time when the room rate comes with breakfast.

Well, these are the basic reasons to select this resort for our Indonesia holiday. Next step is to plan our activities in Indonesia.

Things to do in Puncak ,Indonesia

Well, Puncak is full of attractions. But, I don’t list all the attractions here. Instead this is going to be our travel plan for Indonesia holiday. So, what I list here are the selected activities which we like to enjoy during a 3 days holiday as a family. I also focus on family friendly and kid friendly attractions for our travel plan.

Garden view of Puncak Pass Resort ,Isn’t this spacious and peaceful? Image credits: www.traveloka.com

The resort itself has recreation facilities including children’s playground and pool. I really want to spend some time viewing the beautiful garden of the resort. Our check in day would be ideal to spend the time at the Puncak Pass Resort.

Other than that Puncak Tea Plantation which is 0.99 km away from the resort would be great to visit. It seems visitors can enjoy a horse ride through the tea plantations. This would be a great activity for my kid. He always loves adventures with animals.

Our son loved his time with the horse at the Animal Resort,so he would sure love horse riding through the tea plantation!

Cibodas Botanical Gardens is 4.30 km away from the resort and Taman Safari Indonesia is 4.83 km distance away. It seems both attractions are in similar distance. So, we have to decide between botanical gardens and Taman Safari. I know we cannot enjoy both activities as we plan 3 days, 2 nights holiday. Anyway, I keep that to decide at last minute.

It seems there are shopping centers around the area. Without spending time in a local market or in a shopping mall, any trip is not completed. When we add shopping for this list, it seems our days are packed with activities in Indonesia holiday.

So, now it is time to check how to get Indonesian Visa. We, as Sri Lankans require visa to enter Indonesia. Soon, I will come up with our experience on applying Indonesian Visa from Singapore.

Till that, I hope you like our travel plan. Have you been to Indonesia before? Please share your tips and advices, so I can add those to this post and your tips would be helpful in our next holiday in Puncak Pass Resort, Indonesia!

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