Bali is one of thousands of beautiful islands in Indonesia and lies to the east of Java and the west of Lombok. Bali is well known as “The Goddess Island” or “The Island of The Thousand Puras/Temples.” Bali is also associated with “Paradise”, and not without reason. The combination of friendly, hospitable people, the physical beauty of the island, a magnificently visual culture infused with spirituality and (not least) spectacular beaches with great surfing and diving, and the year-round pleasant climate have made Bali Indonesia’s unparalleled number one tourist attraction.
The island of Bali is year after year voted by the readers of all major travel magazines as the best and most enchanting travel and holiday destination in the world.
SmartTravelAsia.com voted Bali its favorite Asian holiday destination, saying, “It is an island that has retained its disarmingly honest and simple charm, a peaceful ritual-minded Hindu enclave in a bustling Muslim country.” Bali garnered 18.7% of total votes in the category followed by Phuket in a distant second receiving 11.3% of the votes cast. The South Indian destination of Kerala captured third place (7%) followed by Bangkok in fourth.
In reviewing Bali’s win SmartTravelAsia.com said: “Bali held top spot – and by a wide margin – demonstrating that integrity and authenticity can attract visitor votes, and dollars. This is a reassuring message in an age of instantly bottled and serially manufactured destinations where neon and crocodile shows push everything else off the stage.”