If you love taking the road less travelled and are numbed by vacations spent among the cacophony and din of touristy places, we would love to help. Here are seven underrated destinations in Bali where you can escape tourist traps and enjoy the authentic flavour of Bali.
If it is your first time to Bali and you are looking for a destination that is relaxed yet accessible to the island’s most famous attractions, base yourself in Sanur. Less polluted and relaxed than the more popular Kuta or Seminyak, Sanur has retained an authentic Balinese charm while giving you a cosmopolitan vibe. Sanur gives you a glimpse of the island’s natural beauty, art, culture and people. While the western side of Sanur has a lot of resorts and can be crowded, you can find gorgeous villas that offer tranquility, privacy and a host of conveniences to help you enjoy and relax.
Have a relaxing time in this beautiful private pool villa style one bedroom apartment located just a 5 minute walk away from Sanur beach. Rent a bicycle and explore nearby villages and get a glimpse into the local life. The host and staff are approachable for any questions and can give you insights on local hangouts.
2. Lovina, North Bali
Getaway from the hustle and bustle of South Bali and find a great hideaway in Lovina in the North. You will love the laid-back vibe, beginning your day watching playful dolphins at dawn, enjoying the rhythm of life in Bali’s villages or going diving or snorkelling. Shop for local ingredients at the traditional market “Pasar Banjar” and cook up a Balinese meal in your home away from home.
Enjoy Bali’s great outdoors perched on this gorgeous 2 bedroom villa near Lovina. Your family can create special memories and enjoy a great time together at the pool or in the spacious living areas. An 8 minute drive and you have access to Lovina’s restaurants and shopping areas. In the mood for a morning hike? The hiking trail to the SingSing waterfalls is just 10 minutes away!
3. Umalas, Bali
Umalas is a great base for your Bali vacation as its location gives you great access to all the action in Seminyak, Canggu and other hot spots without the mind-numbing crowds and traffic. Hire a scooter to navigate easily to all the cool locations. Enjoy your breakfast at a cafe set in the verdant green paddy fields, indulge in a spa treatment, shop for home decor items or one of a kind souvenirs. In short, live the good life!
Located in picturesque Umalas, this 4 bedroom villa is the stuff of dreams. Enjoy the tropics by swimming in the large private pool. Once you have worked up an appetite, sit down with your family for a sumptuous meal prepared by your private chef. If indulgence is on your mind, you will not be disappointed.
4. Tabanan, West Bali
Enjoy time off the beaten track at pristinely beautiful Tabanan. Experience authentic Bali here. The beautiful Jatiluwih paddy fields, stunning Tanah Lot temple, coffee plantations and unspoilt beaches; all make the Tabanan area a true paradise.
A superb appointed 4-bedroom villa that overlooks the Balinese jungle located right in front of a majestic river. Everyone is going to love the infinity edge pool, the verandah and the jungle views. This idyllic location is both peaceful and serene whilst only a short drive to the favourite surfing Echo Beach and even closer to the world renowned Nirwana Golf Resort at Tanah Lot.
5. Karangasem, East Bali
Karangasem transports you to a time in the past with beautiful remnants of a bygone era. This former centre of royalty is now a tranquil region that houses the majestic Besakih Temple, the Mount Agung Volcano, the Tenganan Aga Village that houses Bali’s original inhabitants and beaches unexploited by tourism or commerce.
Relax by the pool, swim, read, watch the ships go by, listen to the ocean waves crash upon the shore, watch the locals work in the rice fields and experience contentment like never before in this gorgeous Balinese villa. Have the hosts show you how the locals enjoy and experience life by giving you insights on places to visit, where to eat and have a great time.
6. Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan is an enchanting island off the coast of Bali that will charm you with its mellow vibe, mesmerising sunsets and mindboggling variety of reef breaks. Though Nusa Lembongan is a tiny island it is big on experiences that are truly memorable. Scuba diving, snorkelling and surfing are a delight in the thriving coral reefs. Swim with huge manta rays or run into a tuna wall or have another exotic experience in the divinely deep blue waters. Secret coves, mangroves, sea weed farms, lime stone cliffs and more enthralling sights await you in this blessed island.
Three bedroom luxury private villa in Nusa Lembongan that has marvellous views of Bali’s volcanoes as well as stunning sunsets. This private haven has ocean views from all bedrooms. Family vacations, friends getaway or a special occasion; all get a new dimension when you celebrate in a place like this.
7. Nusa Penida
Nusa Penida, the largest and most exotic of the three Nusa Island mesmerises with its unspoiled natural beauty and rare cultural highlights. Though Lembongan and Ceningan are more popular with tourists because of infrastructure, Penida’s glorious nature is more spellbinding than you can imagine. The best dive sites with pristine reefs, abundant marine life and crystal clear waters for snorkelling make this a paradise for water babies. This island also has some Bali’s most revered temples like Goa Giri Putri, Pura Penataran Ped and the Pura Paluang temple. These are oases of calm set against the most stunning landscapes. The Atuh Beach, the Broken Beach and Angel’s Billabong make perfect backdrops for holiday photos that will induce envy.
This tree house is the stuff of dreams; dreams you’ve had since childhood. Imagine waking up from sleep breathing clean air, listening to a birdsong and to the smell of fresh trees. Step out and get
a panoramic view of the blue, blue sea. Make this dream come true!