The Island of the Gods; billowy world-class surf, first-class bohemian vibes, and those spectacular rolling rice fields in every shade of emerald green. There are a million and one reasons to fall in love with Bali.
From the cool shores of Canggu to spiritually-centric Ubud, to the surf bum style of the Bukit Peninsula, and boutique bliss in stylish Seminyak, Bali has a corner to suit every taste.
March is an exceptional month to visit the island; the tourist hordes have mostly dissipated thanks to it falling between the height of summer and the end of the rainy season, the weather is tropical, the waves consistent, and it's the time of year when Bali hosts some of its very best celebrations...
What’s On In March?
First of all, March is the Balinese New Year! Now before you go planning grand scale parties complete with fireworks and all the fizz you can drink; the Balinese do New Year very differently. It’s a two-day process. On the first day of the New Year, there’s a big parade known as Ogoh-Ogoh where bad spirits, impure thoughts, and evil deeds are all chased out of town.
The weeks preceding this festival, the villages make mega statues in the form of terrifying mythological demons. These demons are paraded around the village before being burnt to a pile of smouldering ash.
Balinese New Year
The next day is known as Nyepi and it’s a day of absolute silence to allow for pure self-reflection and the cleansing of one's mind. Make no mistake, silence it is. On this day, even the airport battens down the hatches and life across the island essentially stops in its tracks.
Along with no noise, there is no travel allowed, no electricity and no entertainment. Even as a visitor there is no getting around it. You simply sit in silence and contemplate. While for some this may sound like a vision of hell, it’s a beautifully spiritually led day that truly creates space for inspired shifts in perspective.
Bali Spirit Festival
Another epic March event is the Bali Spirit Festival taking place in Ubud between March 29th and April 5th. A sublime celebration of yoga, dance, music and the pleasures of a joyous global community, this wellness led fest will leave you glowing rather than clutching a hangover.
There’s all kinds of workshops from sound healing to breathwork, magically led meditations, and lots of world music to keep you moving through the five rhythms of space and time.
Where to Stay
Bali is not the place to dream small when it comes to accommodation. The island is scattered with some heavenly hideaways, rare retreats, vivacious villas, and regal resorts. One of our favourites is the biblical in beauty ‘Hanging Gardens of Bali’ in Ubud. Sitting high above the rainforest canopy, one glimpse at the infinity pool and you will be drooling. The Hanging Gardens is forever receiving awards and accolades for its incredible location and few places in the world invite you to swim laps while staring down at the sprawling rice terraces and rainforests.
Away from the pool, and seven-star luxury abounds. Think striking villas dressed to impress with artisan-made dark woods, cool linens, mega terraces, marble bathrooms, and private pools. When not chilling by the pool or opting for a professional photo shoot, there’s all kinds of coconut massages, purification rituals and champagne truffle riverside suppers to keep you entertained.
Where to Play
The Bali Bucket List will have you walking on fire, aligning your chakras, visiting ancient temples, surfing killer waves, and hitting up some of the chicest beach clubs in paradise – in short, there are a million and one things to keep you island-bound.
First up, be sure to head to the stunning Omnia Day Club down on the tip of the Bukit Peninsula. This visionary piece of real estate is a modernist masterpiece, boasting sparkling glass, cool blue and white colour schemes and gorgeous cabanas.
In the day it’s a slick beach club complete with Japanese infused kitchen, smoky cocktails and cool beats. After hours it turns into one of the hottest nightclubs on the whole island.
Surfers will certainly be in their element in Bali; from Padang Padang to Old Man’s in Canggu, you can find a myriad of waves to suit your level. For a different slice of island life, head over to Keramas Beach. The volcanic coastline is studded with secret villas, wonderful wedges of saltwater, and comes without the crowds that can usually be found clogging up the surf elsewhere in Bali.
Escape to Paradise
If you never thought it was possible to escape to paradise from paradise you have never heard of the Gili Islands. A stone’s throw from the shores of Bali, these tiny smudges of sand and sea make for a beautiful locale for a trip within a trip. Gili T offers a chic party scene whereas Gili Air is pure bliss, and Gili Meno is where you go for untapped Indonesian vibes.
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