By Candacee White
Bali
Indonesia
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It's likely that you've heard about Bali before. Friends try to describe the incredible experiences they've had and travel guides try to capture the mood through synopses of the landscape, but in truth, no words can accurately describe this destination. Bali is absolutely unique in the world. It will satisfy any vacationer's goals and throw in many unexpected delights along the way. You cannot go wrong on a trip to this tiny island in Indonesia.
   
EscapeWizard.com invites you to spend your next vacation on the legendary island of Bali. Whether you seek adventure, culture, relaxation or great shopping during your vacation, Bali is the perfect place to satisfy your longings. Book your flight into Denpasar, the capital city and site of the large international airport, Denpasar International Airport (DPS), with EscapeWizard.com by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). While you're booking, check out the many hotel options EscapeWizard.com has to offer on our hotel finder by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
   
Start your trip to Bali with a visit to one of many beaches along Bali's south-western coastline. These can be found in the Kuta, Seminyak or Legion areas. Though each of these areas is different, Kuta being a bit more big-brand and upscale, while Legion and Seminyak have smaller shops, they are all very close to each other and easy to move in between. Even if you are not staying in this area (where most young backpackers and travelers will be), it is easily accessible, as are all parts of the island, by taxi or scooter. A popular tourist hangout, you will have no trouble finding all types of restaurants, accommodations and water sport services along the beach. This is the place to surf, Jet Ski and parasail. Moving inland just a few blocks, you will find more shops and coffee shop hangouts than you will know what to do with. Kuta, Legion and Seminyak are great starting points if you're not sure what you want to do during your stay in Bali.
   
These areas of Bali are certainly considered more 'touristy', and while that has it's benefits, EscapeWizard.com invites you to step off the heavily beaten path and onto the more lightly beaten paths toward the cultural treasures of Bali. Just north of the popular beach areas, you will find Tanah Lot, the famous Balinese water temple. Tanah Lot is the most popular of 7 water temples surrounding Bali. Situated just beyond the shore line in the water, it is said to have been built as a holy place to worship the Balinese sea gods.
   
Gods and worship are a major part of every day Balinese life, as a short stroll through any part of the island will reveal. The official religion of Bali is Hinduism, a stark contrast to the Islam in the rest of Indonesia. That Bali is a Hindu society does not mean that it resembles India, or that it follows a standardized tradition. The Balinese, again, are unique in their showing of faith, their traditions, culture and history. Strolling through any part of Bali, you will see large and small temples, you will smell incense being burned as an offering to the gods and you might even step on the small baskets of offerings that line the sidewalks and doorsteps of shops. These are meant to ward off evil spirits and can be found almost everywhere on the island.
   
EscapeWizard.com suggests that you take in a bit of Balinese culture before you leave the island. One of the best places to experience the culture of Bali is in Ubud, a small town in the center of the island, away from the beach. Ubud boasts ancient palaces, monkey forests, thick luscious foliage, and nightly Balinese entertainment. In Ubud you can dine on Balinese cuisine, stroll around the many shops in the market, visit the old king's palace and catch a Balinese dance. You can also go hiking, cycling or take a cooking class during your stay.
   
Bali has manifold entertainment, cultural experience and relaxation opportunities to choose from. EscapeWizard.com invites you take advantage and see and do what you can while visiting this special place. Whatever you have in mind for your perfect vacation can probably be achieved on the island of Bali.
Hotels in Bali
By Martin Smith
Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Bali
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With a reputation as a beach paradise and an unforgettable lookout on the Indian Ocean, Kuta, Bali is an exotic destination where you’ll be sure to meet other visitors from all over the globe. But whether you’re there to socialize, close a deal, or just get away, the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort has everything you need for business and leisure. A mere 10-15 minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), the resort conveniently offers on-site parking. After you’ve taken in the stunning view, the welcoming staff of the Sheraton Bali Kuta will check you in to an exquisitely modern resort emblematic of leading-edge Balinese hospitality.

Every guest gets a balcony view at the Sheraton, where oceanfront and ocean-facing options are offered as suites, deluxe King bed rooms, or two double bed rooms.  In the rooms, guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and a 37-inch LCD TV and media hub. The rooms also come equipped with in-room safes, iron and ironing board, and coffee and tea makers, in case you don’t want to bother with room service, which is 24-hours. 

Despite its convenient proximity to main Balinese attractions like surfing and shopping, one might never need to leave the resort. With a beachfront location and shopping connected to the resort, most of the joys of this destination are right at your fingertips. You can dabble in the cafe menu while poolside on the rooftop, or enjoy snacks and drinks in the lounge. At mealtime you could enjoy fine Italian cuisine at Bene, or peruse the international offerings of Feast, the resort’s two main restaurants. The high-tech lobby and business center keep guests connected, and the Sheraton guest services can assist with concierge services, childcare, laundry, medical and ticketing. A training partnership with Core® Performance allows guests to get in a great workout in a large fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, as well as a jogging route throughout the resort. Guests can also take care of themselves in a more relaxing way, with treatments at Shine Spa for Sheraton.

You might never be ready to leave, but once you must, the resort eases the pain by providing airport check-in, valet and luggage storage. All its comforts and modern amenities make the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort the perfect answer to the growing popularity of the destination. Get started checking out room rates and dates at EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl). 
Hotels in Bali
By Emily Foley
Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran
Jalan Bukit Permai, Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia
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The Le Meridien Bali is a stunning beachfront retreat nestled alongside a tropical lagoon, only 5 miles from Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS). Take a taxi or limousine to the hotel, or, for guests with vehicles, parking and 24-hour valet service are complimentary. Check-in time is 3 p.m., but guests are welcome to check their luggage with the front desk while awaiting their freshly made up rooms. As the hotel is located less than a half mile from beaches, shopping and restaurants, you can begin to relax before you even see your room.

The hotel’s room options include suites, penthouse suites or villas, all of which feature views of the ocean or the lagoon, and include options for private balcony or patio access. Luxurious bathrooms feature hair dryers, bathrobes and separate shower and bath areas, and each tech-friendly room includes complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access, a 3D LED television and an iPod dock. Room service is available 24 hours a day.

As if stunning views and modern comforts weren’t enough, the Le Meridien Bali also boasts a swimming pool (with separate kids’ pool), a fitness center and a spa. For corporate guests, the hotel offers four meeting and event spaces, and for those planning to tie the knot in paradise, a wedding chapel and grand ballroom. With five bars and restaurants, the hotel is more than equipped to serve a major group event, or a simply enjoyable day of vacation. The Le Meridien’s greatest charm is its proximity to the seemingly unlimited activities in Bali- surfing, snorkeling, mountain biking, hiking, exploring ancient and sacred temples, or soaking up the local culture.

When checking out (if they can bring themselves to!), guests are asked to leave their rooms by 12 p.m., but again, are welcome to leave their bags with the front desk while taking that one more swim, shopping trip or meal before heading on. Look no further than (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to plan your trip to Bali and your stay at the Le Meridien!
Hotels in Bali
By D. Gregory Perrin
Hyatt Bali
P.O. Box 392, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
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During your next vacation in Bali, Indonesia, there are few better hotels to take advantage of than Hyatt Bali. This enormous 386 room hotel has plenty of space for a large number of tourists. Hyatt Bali is only a 40 minute drive or bus ride from the Ngurah Rai International Airport. But there are many museums nearby such as Le Mayeur Museum, Sanur, Bali Safari & Marine Park, Gianyar, as well as others.

The amenities of the hotel are to die for. The hotel has 2 different swimming pools as well as a whirlpool. To help relax, the Hyatt Bali offers both a sauna and a steam room. Guests who are into fitness can take advantage of the fitness center to maintain their normal workout. The hotel also offers tennis courts and a variety of other sporting options. The Hyatt Bali has Camp Sanur, which is a camp for children’s activities that is perfect for families who are traveling on the island. Families with children can take advantage of the hotel’s babysitting service for a small fee if they are looking for a night to themselves. Also, there is an in-house doctor and medical clinic as well as a drugstore for other medical needs.

The guest rooms have all the normal features of any modern hotel. Electricity is 220V in the hotel but if you have other electronics, the hotel offers complimentary adaptors. There is a color television with satellite TV for guests to keep in touch with their favorite shows. There is a telephone in each room with international call options. Hyatt Bali has an in-room safe to store valuables. Adults can take advantage of the mini bar in each room to blow off some steam and relax.

Finally, the Hyatt Bali is the perfect hotel for travelers on the island. EscapeWizard.com encourages you to book your hotel experience by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Bali
By Adam J. Mohney
Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali
P.O. Box 36 Nusa Dua, Bali
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The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali is EscapeWizard.com's premier choice for a Bali vacation. Located on the south end of the beautiful Indonesian island, the Westin Resort Nusa Dua offers accessibility to all of Bali's famous activities and offerings. Whether you are looking to golf, enjoy the beach, snorkel or visit a museum, Westin Resort Nusa Dua has it all.

With room or suite options, guests of Westin Resort Nusa Dua will experience premium service and amenities throughout their gorgeous island vacation. All rooms come equipped with satellite television, a workspace and high speed wi-fi access for a daily fee. Luxurious rooms and suites also offer the famous Westin Heavenly Bed, a hair dryer, refrigerator, an in-room safe and individual climate control.

On the premises of Westin Resort Nusa Dua is a gorgeous swimming pool with waterfalls and a poolside bar. The resort is, of course, perfectly situated on the beautiful sands of Bali's southern coast. Guests will enjoy tanning, relaxing and swimming. For the more adventurous types, diving, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and snorkeling are easily accessible from the hotel. Resort patrons can also deviate from the water by taking a land tour of Bali's infamous volcanoes and temples. The Westin Resort Nusa Dua also offers the WestinWORKOUT gym, open 24-hours a day, the Westin spa and the Westin tennis garden on site.

EscapeWizard.com guests at the Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali can enjoy a variety of cuisines during their stay, as well. Hamabe Japanese Restaurant offers dinner in a casual setting, including a menu of sushi and other Japanese cuisines. Also on site is Kite's Bar and Lounge, which offers casual dining in the lobby and a lighter fare of international drinks and dishes. Other resort restaurants include menus of seafood, Mediterranean and cafe style cuisines. 24-hour room service is also available to all guests of the Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali.

Bali is the perfect place to indulge in remote relaxation or the adventures of a lifetime. No matter your preference, the Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali is the perfect place to enjoy a beautiful remote  beach vacation and there is no easier place to book this luxurious resort than EscapeWizard.com. Click now to get started (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Bali
By Shaina Amienyi
St. Regis Bali Resort
Lot S6, PO Box 44, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
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The St. Regis Bali Resort is an excellent option for those interested in an elegant, world=class resort experience. This resort, with its 124 soundproofed suites and villas surrounded by lush gardens and sparkling lagoons, has a residential feel. Its beachfront location and being adjacent to the Bali Golf & Country Club makes it popular with vacationers seeking a private resort with activities in close distance.

The suites and villas fall into nine classes that all have spacious living areas as well as access to swimmable lagoons and the Bale Bengong, a gazebo for dining or lounging on a day bed. The resort’s accommodations range in size from the 990-square foot St. Regis Suite to the 9042- square foot Strand Residence with separate Butler’s quarters. The standard amenities include a 42 inch flat screen LCD television, CD/DVD player, floor to ceiling windows, private balcony, mini bar, and extensive tea selection. Bathrooms are decorated with marble and come with bathrobes, slippers, a flat screen television, a digital weight scale, and a separate standing shower with a rain shower head.

Check-in is at 3pm and checkout is at noon, but the hotel can accommodate early arrival and late checkout by request.

The rooms are so comfortable that guests might not want to leave, but outside of the rooms the resort offers numerous activities for you to indulge in. You can lounge on the beach, sipping a cocktail from the Vista Bar, or visit the Water Sports Centre to participate in adventurous activities such as parasailing, windsurfing, and jet skiing. Head to the Remède Spa complex which includes a fitness center, sauna, spa boutique, pedicure room, and aqua-vitale pool. The resort also offers an athletic club, a library, and a business center.

For a luxurious Indonesian retreat by the beach, choose the St. Regis Bali Resort, with its world-class accommodations, amenities, and dining. To book your stay at this elegant, peaceful resort, click on the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Bali
By Chrystyne Jackson
W Retreat and Spa Bali-Seminyak
Jl. Petitenget, Kerobokan, Seminyak Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
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Ideally located on the shore of the Indian Ocean, the W Retreat and Spa Bali-Sminyak offers a stay in paradise. Lush gardens and decadent ocean views, coupled with contemporary comfort and amenities, make this resort a stand out choice when visiting Bali.

The W is made up of a series of retreats where guests can leave their daily cares behind and relax and unwind. Starting with the 689-square foot Wonderful Garden View Retreat, which offers magnificent views of beautiful garden landscapes. The units increase in size and scope to the 6,717-square foot E Wow Three Bedroom Pool Villa Retreat, which boasts a private pool, barbecue grill, sundeck and garden bathtub. All units provide 40-inch LED televisions, with a DVD/CD library. Internet access is available. All units also have beach access to the Indian Ocean.

Guests can indulge in a dip in the tropical landscape pool that overlooks the beach and ocean. The Sweat Fitness Center is open 24-hours and offers the latest in exercise equipment, including cardio machines, strength machines and free weights. You can enjoy a treatment in the 24-hour Away Spa, which includes separate male and female changing rooms with hot stone baths and cold stream vitality pools. You may also choose to meditate at the outdoor W Oasis with its two traditional reflection pools. You can enjoy Mediterranean fare and cocktails at W Lounge, or have Tapas at Woobar. The Sweetspot offers light snacks and chilled drinks. Starfish Bloo serves Pan-Asian dishes. 1 Below and The Cellar offer international food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Cellar has grill items available. And Ice is a Pan-Asian beachside bar.

Make Bali more special by staying at the W Retreat and Spa Bali-Seminyak. EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking your hotel reservations. Just click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started today.