Bali – Ubud
1 September 2019 – 31 October 2019
Spend 4 nights at the Mercure Resort Sanur before unwinding at the Plataran Ubud for 3 nights
The perfect place to immerse in the cultural heart of Bali, for those seeking a romantic couples retreat or a relaxing escape, this contemporary designed hotel with its 52 stylish rooms and Balinese-style Villas is located in the heart of Ubud, surrounded by stunning paddy fields and beautifully manicured gardens.
Superior Room (Size: 18.92 m2)
Located on the ground floor with garden views, bathrooms and equipped with a bathtub and overhead shower.
Deluxe Room (Size: 20.38 m2)
Overlooking lush paddies and pool, rooms are equipped with bathtub and overhead shower.
Garden Villa (Size: 38 m2)
Individual Balinese-style villas with a private terrace, rooms are equipped with a bathtub and separate shower.
Plunge Pool Villa (Size: 38 m2)
Individual Balinese-style villas with a private terrace, garden and plunge pool, each villa is equipped with a bathtub and separate shower.
A signature restaurant offering International and traditional Balinese cuisine, overlooking the pool and rice paddies. Hours: 07h00 – 23h00
Teras Ubud Restaurant & Bar
A casual open setting in view of Ubud’s lively Hanoman Street, along with live band performances, serving traditional Indonesian and Pan-Asian cuisine. Hours: 11h00 – 23h00
Padma Spa offers massage and beauty treatments that harness the benefit of natural ingredients, infused with Bali’s earthly essence and calm tranquillity.
Open daily: 09h00 – 23h00
Available for Free throughout the resort
WATERSPORTS & ACTIVITIES
WELCOME TO BALI
Bali is so picturesque that you could be fooled into thinking it was an artistic masterpiece: rice paddies roll down hillsides, volcanoes soar through the clouds, the forests are lush and tropical, the beaches are lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and in the villages you’ll notice the quietness and wisdom in old people’s faces. Over 20,000 temples and palaces, coupled together with colorful festivals, music and dance is testimony to the island’s rich heritage.
Kuta Beach – first discovered in the 60’s, and once a sleepy fishing village – has now transformed into the centre of Bali’s nightlife and action. Legian is where the locals, tourists, and expats all mingle. Bargaining, beach activities, indulging in massages, meditating or simply reading – you name it, it’s available! For a holiday where the emphasis is on relaxation, visit Jimbaran or Sanur Beaches; whilst Nusa Dua caters for the more upmarket taste and is ideal for families and water sports enthusiasts. If beaches aren’t your ideal, then visit Ubud, where the culture and lifestyle of the Balinese wait to be discovered.
You will find a range of chauffeur driven limousines, self-drive cars, taxis, and hotel shuttles. Many taxis are not metered so it’s wise to negotiate the fare beforehand. Bemos, or communal buses, are available in smaller villages – simply hail the driver and negotiate the fare that suits you both. Motorcycles can also be hired but road and traffic conditions can be busy and somewhat hazardous in certain locations.
Bali has a tropical climate with temperatures averaging 30°C year round. October to April can bring heavy showers and high humidity, but usually, the days are sunny. From May to September the humidity is low, and it can be quite cool in the evenings.
Indonesian is the official language known as Bahasa Indonesian but all the Balinese people also speak Bahasa Bali (Balinese). English is spoken in tourist areas and is the common “third” language of Bali.
WHAT TO WEAR
Light, airy, casual clothes are the most practical and you’ll find cottons or linens are the most comfortable in Bali’s often humid conditions. Pashminas or shawls and waist sashes should be worn when visiting temples. A warm sweater or light jacket can be a good idea in the mountain interiors.
Most hotels use 220 volts, 50 cycles and around, two-pronged slim plug.
Shorts or revealing clothing are not allowed in religious places. The head is considered sacred and should never be touched. Handshaking is common practice but avoid using your left hand for handshakes or giving/receiving anything. Public displays of affections between men and women are deemed inappropriate. Like anywhere in South East Asia, calmness is admired so ‘keep your cool’ when bargaining or if things are not running according to plan.
Visitors do not require vaccinations unless coming from or passing through a designated contaminated area. Drink only bottled water and avoid ice unless you know it is made from bottled or boiled water. Be cautious when eating from the food vendors on the street and proper care must be taken against sunburn.
The currency is the Rupiah which is better for bargaining and shopping in markets but US Dollars, Pounds and Euros are accepted at hotels.
A service charge is already included in all prices. Tips, in general, are not mandatory, and you should only give them if you are really content with the service offered.
Bali is 6 hours ahead of South Africa.
WHAT TO DO IN BALI
Climbing a volcano, canyoning, downhill cycling, or a hike through traditional villages will you get you closer to nature and Balinese Culture. Ubud should be on your itinerary – it is indeed special. Bali is a shopping paradise; art work, handicrafts, oils and essence, clothes, shoes, furniture, accessories – you name it. There is surfing for beginners at Kuta, Legian and Seminyak Beaches. Water sport activities can be found at Benoa (jet skiing, paragliding and water skiing). Whatever your age or interest, you will be sure to find plenty to keep you busy.
WHAT TO PACK
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