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Live the High Life in Bali: 5 Must-Dos While Visiting

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Home to a tropical mix of culture, natural beauty, fine dining and black sand beaches - Bali is known as the catch-all holiday island with something to delight to even the most discerning of travellers. With a reputation as a surfing mecca that sports the animated nightlife to match, you could be forgiven being blissfully unaware of Bali’s more glamorous side - here are just a handful of ways to live the high when in town.

Retreat for Some Wellness

The Balinese people are an incredibly spiritual bunch, and the island has fast become an epicentre for yogis from all over the world, offering a haven of serenity and seclusion in which to relax the body and mind amid spectacular natural surroundings. Escaping the rush of southern Bali’s streets and immersing yourself in an environment of mindfulness with like-minded yogis is a real opportunity for the enthusiast. The yoga schools of Bali are keen to allow guests to experience luxury with minimal environmental impact and aim to preserve the Balinese culture for maximum authenticity. You can enjoy tutelage from some of the yogi-sphere’s most revered names and wellness consultants, making for an ultra-exclusive experience.

Bespoke Cooking Class
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Bespoke Cooking Class

What better way to unearth Bali’s well-kept culinary secrets than to take to the kitchen and embark on a gastronomic journey, led by chef Penny Williams? A local Balinese cookery class goes beyond the norm of the usual taste testing or food tours you’ve experienced before. Instead, it’s an authentic experience that allows you to get skin deep. You can start the day down at the market with your host soaking up the sights and aromas, or begin your journey upon a local fisherman’s boat as he casts his net into the Bali Sea. Taking these ingredients and learning how to transform them into the island’s most famous dishes is an experience not to be missed. The flavours of Bali are both exotic and unique, and a cookery class affords you the opportunity to take them home with you.

Take a Photography Tour
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Take to the Skies

Take to the soaring heights of Bali’s active volcanos, or glide above the temple strewn coastline to soak up Bali’s sweeping and diverse landscape from an entirely new perspective. A helicopter ride away from the crowds is the ultimate indulgence when visiting this magical island, offering a private take on the beauty below. Check out Bali Adventure Sky Tours

Take a Photography Tour
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Take a Photography Tour

David Metcalf is a resident of Bali and a seasoned photographer with a host of photography publications to his name. Back in 2015 he opened the Taksu Photo Gallery, and having been a resident of the island for years, decided to offer his knowledge to those looking to capture their travels. He is well-versed in catching the island’s good side and his knowledge will no doubt ensure you capture the island’s most iconic landscapes and sights in all their glory at the perfect time of day – making you look like a pro on the go. The tour is centred on giving you a new perspective on Balinese life, and not just through the lens, as you are invited to join special ceremonies in local villages along the way. A must for the photography enthusiast or the amateur with an eye for a view!

The Ocean Champagne Bar
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The Ocean Champagne Bar

As the sun falls beyond the Island of the Gods, the sky dances hues of vibrant oranges and yellows, before finally melding behind the sea to leave nothing but the twinkle of the starry night’s sky. There’s no doubt about it, Bali’s sunsets are glorious. Catching the sunset in Bali is a high on the bucket lists of those of visit, with many heading to the myriad of temples and rocky cliffs to catch the far-reaching coastal views. To do it in style, visit The Ocean Champagne Bar at The Legian Bali. Set overlooking the calm of ocean and a private stretch of Legian Beach, this is an indulgent experience that not only provides front row seats to the sunset, but it all takes place amid private and truly sumptuous surroundings. Undoubtedly the best sunset bar in Seminyak, guest can choose between a myriad of well-known Champagne labels such as Veuve Clicquot and Louis Roederer, enjoyed to the smooth sounds of live jazz.

Ian Garstang

Ian Garstang is a travel writer and marketing specialist working in the luxury travel market. Ian is the editor at Luxury-Travels.net and has worked with such brands as GHM Hotels, Four Seasons and Aman. Ian was named Hotel Club's 'Bali Expert' and nominated in the top 20 luxury travel bloggers on USA Today. Ian has written for various websites including A Luxury Travel Blog, Luxury Asia News and ...(Read More)

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