Welcome to the magnificent island of Bali. This March have an enjoyable, safe holiday as we celebrate several different festivities. Firstly, the completely individual Balinese holiday of Nyepi will take place at the end of the month on the 31st. The whole island will be veiled in a hushed silence, even the airport will be closed, when residents and tourists alike will not be permitted to leave their properties, use anything with sound or show lights in the evening. Many people choose to stay at hotels & resorts where all comforts are just a phone call away. The 7th Annual BaliSpirit Festival in Ubud happens from the 19th until 23rd – do be sure to catch the early bird rates as mentioned in the Don’t Miss chapter. There is also the first annual Bali Jazz International Festival happening at the beginning of the month, with some world class performers topping the headlines. More on these and other vacation ideas, on the following pages.
This edition is packed with articles and good information, with the increasingly full map on our centre pages being seen as a reference around southern Bali to the major tourist areas, often noticed being pulled from bags and pockets. Also inside we have featured the following; Poppies Restaurant is celebrating a remarkable 41 years as is its lovely sister restaurant Kopi Pot an astonishing 24 years, HARRIS Hotel Raya Kuta has now opened, BIMC Hospital has an amazing Dental Centre to comfortably look after our smiles, Metis is a culinary leader in the fashionable Seminyak area now with a new Lounge, Siloam Hospital has a fabulous Aesthetique Centre to look after all your beauty needs, The Breezes is offering ‘Authentic Balinese Cookery Classes’ at lunch and dinner times, Sababay Winery has five delicious labels to be enjoyed, Bali Deli is know locally as a ‘boutique’ supermarket with a great array of imported produce, LIPPO Mall in Kuta is a great place to get your shop fix on and lastly but not least, SOGO high end department stores now celebrates 24 years with discounts and gifts galore. Happy reading and discovery!
We hope that you will find Bali’s Biggest Little Guide Book helpful as you enjoy this beautiful island this March.
From all of us at Bali Plus, we wish you a wonderful holiday.
To all visitors,
(Balinese for ‘Welcome’)
The Bali Plus Team