More than just an exotic destination, Bali is an attitude, a spirit, a sense of place and the ultimate paradise that is a once in a lifetime experience. With its diverse culture, spiritual spaces, endless luxurious beaches, spectacular volcanoes, beautiful rice fields and inimitable Balinese style, there is no better place to ring in 2019 than the Island of the Gods.
Whether making resolutions and reflecting on the past year at one of the many temples or celebrating like a royal family in a unique dining experience, sail from Sydney to Bali aboard Seven Seas Mariner®, and experience everything you are looking for. Enjoy a FREE 3-Night Post-Cruise Land Program, Magical Bali: Land of the Gods, and discover an array of cultural and spiritual experiences beginning with a visit to a Batik factory. Perhaps one of the most identifiable aspects of the Indonesian heritage, the 1500-year-old art form known as batiking was once exclusive to Japanese royalty. Distinguished by intricate decorative designs on cloth, blue, brown and dark red are the traditional identifying colors.
Soak up the local culture with an excursion to a Balinese House compound in Singapadu Village and Penglipuran Village filled with bamboo forest trails made for hiking and mountain biking. Bird watchers can experience up close and personal encounters with over 1,000 birds from 250 species at Bali Bird Park located at the tropical gardens of the Gianyar Regency. Rare majestic peacocks roam the property waiting for a selfie while little-known Golden-Necked Cassowary, Chattering Iory and the Cinnamon Ground Dove can be observed in their natural habitat. The adjacent Reptile Park features the famed Komodo dragon along with pythons, crocodiles, lizards, frogs, turtles and tortoises.
No trip to Bali is complete without a visit to one of the country’s many majestic hillside temples. The 1,000-year-old Bali Batuan Hindu temple is an architectural wonder with a rooftop made of fibers from black palm trees. Known for its high spiritual vibration, the temple boasts prime relics, ornaments and statues. Located in East Bali, the ancient Kehen Temple houses mythical sandstone carved animals, Chinese porcelain plates and Balinese statues in its 11th-century old rooms where monkeys roam free (note: beware as they also double as purses snatching thieves). The Uluwatu Temple (also known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu) is one of six temples believed to be Bali’s spiritual pillars. Nestled on the top of a cliff, magnificent views of the Indian Ocean await.
Last but not least, toast in the New Year with a dinner in the traditional Rajalaya concept where courses are served in a parade “Rijsstafel” (a Dutch word meaning “to rice table”) style. Dishes served in small portions accompanied with rice such as egg rolls, sambals, stay, fish, fruit, pickles, nuts and vegetables comprise the meal. Traditionally reserved for the royal families of Bali, the creative ceremonial food presentation and colorful entertainment will no doubt be the most memorable dinner of the year.
There is no time like the present, be sure to make your holiday plans soon and Selamat tahun boru! (Happy New Year’s).