The famed “Isle of the Gods”, Bali’s richly varied landscape of lushly forested hills and barren volcanic mountains, rugged coastline and long sandy beaches, ancient temples and amazing rice terraces are already reason enough for this small tropical island to stake its claim as paradise on Earth. But, the magic of Bali doesn’t end there. The traditional culture of the island is truly unique. The Balinese are relaxed and friendly, and welcome visitors with genuine warmth that can take newcomers quite by surprise.
The Balinese are a very spiritual people, with almost the entire population of the island following Balinese Hinduism. A belief system that embraces theology, philosophy, mythology, ancestor worship, animism and magic, Balinese Hinduism has its roots in Indian Hinduism and Buddhism, combined with ancient local beliefs. Gods and demigods are worshipped together with Buddhist heroes, the spirits of ancestors, agricultural deities and sacred places.
Every aspect of daily life in Bali is influenced by the island’s ancient culture and religion. Every house has a shrine, as does every rice field. There are also more than 2,000 temples (pura) and shrines dotted about the island. Tiny offerings are placed everywhere - in homes, in work places, in restaurants, even in the streets. These offerings, known as canang sari, are leaf trays that are made daily and can contain a wide variety of offerings including, flowers, salt, sticky rice, cookies, and even coffee and cigarettes! The offerings are carefully arranged and set out with burning incense sticks, and are sprinkled with holy water three times during the day, before every meal.
The Balinese are renowned for their diverse and sophisticated art forms, such as painting, sculpture, woodcarving, handicrafts and performing arts. In fact, the Balinese have developed one of the most diverse and innovative performing arts cultures in the world. Balinese performing arts often portray stories derived from the great Hindu epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata, and are always accompanied by the mystical sounds of a Balinese gamelan orchestra.
Beside its unique culture and magnificent scenery, there is still much more to Bali - glorious tropical sunshine, long stretches of beautiful sandy beaches, great surfing, superb restaurants and exciting nightlife. These are just some of the delights that make a visit to “Isle of the Gods” a truly memorable experience. With so much to offer, it can come as no surprise that Bali received the Best Island Award 2010 from Travel and Leisure for its scenic beauty, diverse tourist attractions, excellent international and local restaurants, and the friendliness of the local people
Bali Collection with its array of leisure, dining and shopping options is 3 km from the Resort with a FREE shuttle service. Further along the coast water sports abound in Tanjung Benoa. The white sand beaches of Nusa Dua are 3 km away, whilst the surfing beaches of Kuta/Legian are 20 km.