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The religion of Bali, practiced by approximately ninety percent of the island’s inhabitants, is called Hindu Dharma and is a blend of elements from Hinduism and Buddhism. Balinese Hindus believe in reincarnation – that when the person dies, the soul passes into another body. To cleanse the impurity of the soul, rituals are continually performed throughout the person’s life.
Balinese people believe that the mountains are the home of the gods. As the tools for maintaining balance of the world, there are rituals for everything imaginable, from cleansing machines to marriage and birth ceremonies. That is why on any given day you might come upon a procession or ceremony in its entire colour.
or visitors to Bali the most likely ceremonies to witness are the tooth filing, marriage or the most spectacular cremation. Tooth filing which takes place during adololescence and is to control desire. The marriage ceremony is often preceded by an engagement during which the couple falsely elopes! Balinese death is seen as a return to one’s origins. At a cremation you will most likely see a tower which is a duplicate of the cosmos; the corpse is placed in the middle. The sarcophagus, in which the body is burned, is a vehicle to take the soul away. The ashes are collected and taken to the sea.
There are few societies in the world where religion plays a role such as it does in Bali. Over your stay in Bali you will surely come across the incredible beauty and colour that accompany the rituals and offerings connected to their religion
South Kuta is an exotic escape on Bali's southern peninsula, home to the alluring beaches of Pantai Segara, known locally as Pantai Jerman. The beaches, Indian Ocean and swaying coconut palms surrounding Holiday Inn Resort Bali Baruna provide the perfect setting for surfing and sunbathing.
Our Bali Indonesia resort is a peaceful haven, ideal for a rejuvenating break in gorgeous tropical surroundings. It's conveniently located just a short drive from the international airport., therefor active visitors will find plenty to do just by strolling along the beachfront boardwalk and exploring lively central Kuta Beach.
Downtown Kuta is a tourist hotspot with a buzzing beach scene, food stalls and souvenir hawkers. It has vibrant streets lined with shops, restaurants, markets, cafes and bars. In the evenings, the area transforms into a colourful nightlife hub. Some of the most popular attractions in and around Kuta include Waterbom Bali (a huge children's water park), the Ground Zero memorial, Kuta Theatre with its magical cultural show, and Discovery Mall with all its designer stores, electronic outlets, restaurants and more. The whole area buzzes with locals and tourists.
The big hill on the peninsular in southern Bali – the ‘feet’ on the chicken-shaped map of Bali – is called the Bukit, and it’s fast becoming one of the island’s most popular destinations. Some say it should be one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Rising above the surrounding countryside and ocean, the views from the Bukit are sensational.
On the edges of this land mass are towering cliffs and beneath them beaches with soft, powdery sand and names like Dreamland. These beaches are not to be missed! There’s also Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple where you can view spectacular sunsets and traditional Kecak dance.
The Bukit also houses Jimbaran Bay. Jimbaran beach is a great family beach – quiet with gentle tide and charming seafood restaurants. Located just 15 minutes from the Holiday Inn Resort Bali Baruna, it’s a good choice for a casual, authentic dinner. Located above Jimbaran on the craggy Bukit is the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park. Here you can see a gigantic statue of Lord Wisnu being built and the mythical Garuda bird of Buddhist and Hindu legend. South of Kuta on the east side of the Bukit is Nusa Dua, an upscale resort complex with Bali Golf and Country Club.
Benoa is Bali’s vibrant harbor area. Bobbing yachts, shimmering seas, fishing trawlers and ocean liners make up the backdrop, with local and expat communities adding extra colour. On one side you have the marina with all its beautiful boats and on the other, the sea. Between is a thin peninsular running north from Nusa Dua.
Tanjung’s community is a rich mix of seafaring folk from all over Indonesia who have brought with them distinct aspects from their own cultures. As such, the area has a mosque, a Hindu temple and a brightly coloured Buddhist temple. While the waterfront here looks great from passing boats, it’s just as rewarding to experience it first-hand by walking along the narrow, bustling streets.
On the ocean side there’s a tourist wonderland with a multitude of beach activities. Parasailing, diving, jet skiing, underwater walking and much more. This is one of Bali’s premier water playgrounds. For a real thrill, sail out through the heads at sunset and look back at the coastline of Sanur and Nusa Dua as the setting sun turns everything red.
Only 30 minutes from Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali is Sanur. As Bali’s first tourist enclave it was once a small, quaint village of expats and locals, but has since transformed into beach of five-star resorts, though it still retains some of its village charm. It’s considered an important religious centre on the island and hosts a wealth of colourful ceremonies and traditional dances around the year.
Sanur’s six kilometer stretch of beautiful white sandy beach is as alluring as ever. A series of breakwaters have been built with temples at the pier of each break, making for a scenic view and a pleasant stroll in the early mornings and late afternoons. The lack of nightclubs here keeps things quiet and family-friendly in the evenings. Sanur also has a nine-hole golf course and a wide range of beach activities: snorkelling, fishing, sailing, surfing and more.
If there is one place you can’t miss it’s the famous Tanah Lot temple, one of the most photographed landmarks on the island – and when you visit it, you’ll see why! No temple on the island can compare to its beautiful setting ...
If there is one place you can’t miss it’s the famous Tanah Lot temple, one of the most photographed landmarks on the island – and when you visit it, you’ll see why! No temple on the island can compare to its beautiful setting off the coastline, in the sea. It belongs to a group of six temples dotted around the island that locals believe magically protect Bali. At Pura Tanah Lot, locals offer prayers to the sea deities and there are vibrant temple celebrations every six months
Ubud is the cultural capital of Bali. Long before entering popular fiction as a place of spiritual reflection, it was the home of artists and healers. Ubud literally means ‘medicine’ in Balinese, as location is believed to have healing energies. Today, it’s a melting pot of creativity, with artists, artisans, musicians and other creative souls coexisting in harmony.
Ubud also boasts stunning fauna and flora. Outside the main streets there are valleys and rivers, lush forests and thick jungle. It’s little wonder Ubud has creatively and spiritually inspired so many. If you’re after a one-off piece, stroll the arts, crafts and jewellery boutiques here.
North of Denpasar you’ll find Bedugul and Kintamani. Bedugul, about 90 minutes’ drive from Kuta, is a refreshingly cool mountain region that offers a nice break from the heat of the lowlands. With its three lakes surrounded by forested peaks, Bedugul has that fresh mountain air. The lakes: Lake Tamblingan, Buyan and Bratan are the main attraction, the latter home to the famous Pura Bratan temple.
Then there’s nearby volcanic Mt Batur which last erupted in 1994. Mt Batur itself is just a small volcano, but its setting is in the heart of a huge crater more than 14km in diameter. Close to the lake is the large crescent-shaped Batur lake, all surrounded by the huge walls of the crater. It’s a great place for hikes and stunning photography.
Another great destination in the north is Singaraja, the original capital of Bali. With its Muslim kampong Chinese shops and tree-lined avenues of colonial houses it shows a whole other side of Bali. Wander around town or head to the resort area of Lovina with its hotels, restaurants and laidback nightlife. If you’re a nature lover, Pemuteran is an ideal place from which to launch excursions into West Bali National Park and the nature reserve of Menjangan Island and all its beautiful coral reefs in Bali.
Karangasem provides a fun day trip from the resort, with beautiful scenery, historical sites, lovely beaches and the chance to dive or snorkel. On the way you can visit Tenganan – a walled village that adheres to their pre-Hindu custom of keeping themselves separate from outside groups. Reputed to be the original inhabitants of the island, their traditional masks, baskets and beautifully woven fabrics make great souvenirs.
The bays of Tulamben and Amed are along this coastline, sporting a stunning backdrop of Mt Agung. With striking back, volcanic sand, clear waters and virgin coral, this area a scenic treat. The road here is spectacular, hugging the cliffs and winding along the coastline above black sand – a great opportunity for photographers.
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The heavenly Holiday Inn Resort® Baruna Bali is a family friendly beachfront resort situated in the secluded area of Tuban. Located only 10 minutes away from Ngurah Rai International Airport and Kuta shopping arcade, our 193 guest rooms and suites are the perfect choice for your family vacation in Bali.