May 2009

HotelTravel.com’s Top 10 Reasons to Visit Bali

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Phuket, 30 May 2009 - HotelTravel.com recently completed its customer poll on Asia’s most desirable island destinations and it is not surprising that Bali, Indonesia came out on top in the region.

HotelTravel.com Chief Communications Officer, Tom Racette, said the allure of this Indonesian tropical paradise remained as strong as ever.

According to Mr Racette, Bali's strength as a desirable destination was its diversity. With so much to do and see Bali continues to attract both new and repeat visitors alike.

“Bali defies simple descriptions. Travellers who make the trip are bound to find Bali irresistible. The island’s soaring seaside cliffs, green rice-terraced valleys and mystical temples hidden in traditional villages always mesmerise.

"It also remains an excellent value-for-money holiday destination. There are great hotel deals to be found on HotelTravel.com starting at only 23 US dollars, plus scores of good family holiday resorts available for under 100 US dollars a night," he added.

HotelTravel.com’s Top Ten Reasons to Visit Bali include some of the best internet hotel deals available:

Asia’s Economy Airline Revolution
Bali is one destination that has benefited from Asia’s budget airline revolution. While direct flights from several key aviation hubs remain few and deals tough to come by, Air Asia offers non-stop flights with great fares for on-line bookings. From its Kuala Lumpur hub to Denpasar fares start at RM300 (US$105) return, from Bangkok its 8,615 baht (US$250) and from Singapore S$306 (US$211). In Australia, Jetstar is also offering outstanding value with its Jet Saver fares from Sydney starting from A$559 (US$411) return.*

Like a Rolling Stone
When the Rolling Stone’s legendary singer Mick Jagger tied the knot with American Supermodel Jerry Hall – Bali became the world’s top wedding destination. Today Bali’s wedding industry is much more sophisticated, and romantic hotels in Ubud worthy of consideration include Bali Sprit House & Spa (from US$77), Bagus Jati (from US$157) or the luxury Ubud Hanging Gardens (from US$388). For hotels in Nusa Dua, HotelTravel.com has an exclusive rate at Grand Bali from US$66 until 14 July. One added motivation to getting hitched on Bali is that the honeymoon is included!

Learn to count in $$Millions
There's nothing like the thrill when of being a millionaire in any currency. In Bali, with an exchange rate of around 10,000 Indonesian rupiah for one US dollar, only one hundred dollars reaches the mark! But don’t get too excited, Balinese traders often quote in US dollars for many unique Balinese handicrafts visitors want to take back home.

Pay like a Pauper, Live like a Prince
Many people think only the rich and famous visit Bali to stay in exclusive million-dollar pool villas. Check out the HotelTravel.com website to discover excellent value at hotels in Ubud including Adi Cottage Hotel (from US$26) or Puri Asri Villa and Spa (from US$28).  Hotels in Kuta-Legian offer the real rock bottom rates on the island, especially Sinar Bali Hotel (from US$23), Matahari Bungalows (from US$34) and Melasti Beach Bungalows (from US$36).

Swing like Tarzan
Yes, in Bali anyone can swing from trees like Tarzan for a day.  At Flying Fox, customers are propelled through the jungle for up to 160 metres at a time attached to wires strung between high points in the forest. There are five different routes to choose from at the Bali Treetop in the Bedugul Botanical Gardens.

A Day Bali Stands Still
Most people are too busy to wondered what it would be like to stop rushing around for one day. But nothing moves on Bali’s Nyepi Day, the Balinese New Year. For 24 hours, there is no loud talking, music, noisy motorbikes, cars or even turning on electrical appliances. There are no taxis, the international airport closes down and tourists are told to stay indoors. Mark your calendar: the next Nyepi Day is 16 March 2010.

Enjoy a cuppa of strange brew
Garden Cafe in Sanur sells the world's rarest coffee, ‘Kopi Luwak’, and it’s best to drink the coffee before finding out how this delicacy is created. The truth, believe it or not, is that the coffee beans all pass through the digestive system of the Asian Palm civet, a tree climbing cat. On Bali it costs US$55 for a small pack, well worth the shock value alone.

Chill Out at Ku De Ta
There’s nothing quite like Ku De Ta anywhere else in the world. Perched on the edge of the sea along popular Seminyak beach, this beach club is a magnet for the rich, famous and their entourages. There are heaps of popular hotels in Seminyak], including Villa Coco Bali (from US$104), Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa Hotel (from US$155) and the Oberoi Bali (from US$311).

Surf the ‘Endless Summer’
Bali has been surf Mecca since the 1960s, and aspiring surfers can sign up at one of many surfing schools on the island. Within a few days student surfers can be riding the waves like a professional.  A five-day package starts from around US$120, and there are plenty of boards for hire.

Check in, Spa out
Everyone has heard about the legendary health spas in Bali, where the staff have perfected the art of pampering and relaxation. Whether covered in mud, bathed in local herbs or massaged with tropical oils, the spas are bound to provide guests with a fresh new outlook on life.

*All airfares are from 29 May 2009, based on exchange rates of the day, and are subject to confirmation from each individual airline.
**All hotel rates are as of 29 May, 2009, priced in US dollars and subject to change. -----ends-----

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