Published on : Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Bali, also known as the ‘Island of Gods’ is an exotic, picturesque destination that offers you an opportunity to experience life as you could have never imagined. The mysticism that surrounds the island is one of the reasons that it is fast emerging as a popular choice for both inquisitive travellers in search or spirituality as well as MICE planners on the lookout for splendid locations. It is presently one of the most sought after places in Asia to host conventions and events. The growing number of hotels and convention centres here offer world-class facilities at affordable prices and the hospitality of the land and its people is of course a bonus. Its unique cultural appeal and beautiful yet diverse landscapes are what sets it apart. Bali offers a wide range of entertainment options too, from adventure sports to yoga. You can engage in activities like surfing, snorkeling, paragliding, canoeing, elephant safaris to relaxing in its white sandy beaches or pampering yourself in one of its highly acclaimed spas.
Bali, with all its magnetism, mysticism and spirituality is sure to enrapture you and offer you an experience of a lifetime. Not only will you get to know about the ancient traditions, customs, art and culture of ‘the land of temples’, you will also learn to appreciate the simple joys of life once you practice the Balinese way of life . Let your next MICE event be the ideal opportunity for you to rejuvenate yourself from within and expand your horizon in the exquisitely beautiful and mythological paradise of Bali.
• Currency : Indonesian Rupiah
• Time : GMT + 8 hours
• Area: 5620 km2
• Drivers License : If you wish to hire a car you must be over 18 years of age and posses an IDP
• Area Dialling Code: 0361 (Central Mountains, East Bali, South Bali, West Bali & Ubud), 0362 (North Bali) and 0370 (Lombok)
• Country Code: +62
• Languages Spoken: English, Indonesian
• Emergency numbers : Police – 110 Tourist Police – 224111
Fire – 111 Search & Rescue – 51111
Ambulance – 118 Red Cross – 26465
Top Convention Centres and Hotels in Bali
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali
20 Meeting Rooms
2,700 square metres of exhibition space
Exclusive bonded warehouse
Largest ballroom in Bali
Auditorium with 506 seats, built-in stage with cinema size screen and convention centre
Aston Denpasar Hotel and Convention Centre
Grand Ballroom – 1270 square metres with a capacity for 2000 people
Largest Function Room is of 200 square metres that can seat 400 people
Grand Hyatt Bali
Grand Ballroom is of 1202 square metres is for around 1500 people
Largest Function Room is of 150 square metres for up to 130 people
Number of Function Rooms – 25
Nikko Bali Resort and Spa
Grand Ballroom is of 693 square metres for up to 650 people
Largest Meeting Room is of 471 square metres for about 450 people
Grand Ballroom is of 722 square metres for up to 600 people
Largest Function Room is of285 square metres that can accommodate up to 250 people
Le Grande Suites Pecatu Bali
Grand Ballroom is of 226 square metres that can accommodate 150 people
Hotel Sanur Beach Bali
Grand Ballroom is of 603 square metres for 1000 people
Largest Function Room is of 155 square metres
Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel
Grand Ballroom is of 700 square metres that can accommodate 800 people
Largest Function Room can accommodate up to 1000 people
Number of meeting rooms – 10
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Spa
Grand Ballroom of can seat 500 people in Banquet Style
Largest Function Room can accommodate 220 people
Number of Function Rooms -7
Space for Ballroom 5,723 square feet that can seat 252 people
Largest Boardroom of 435 square feet
Number of Boardrooms – 5
Number of Ballrooms -2
Number of Meeting Rooms – 3.
Top Five Places to visit
Kuta has a five-kilometer long arching sandy beach that is one of the best in Bali. This stunning beach is also quite easy to reach being located close to the airport. It is popular among young people and surfing enthusiasts. The absence of big rocks and corals make it a perfect surfing destination especially for beginners. This west-facing beach offers spectacular views of picturesque sunsets especially in the month of December. Once a lonely village it now boasts of busy restaurants, shops, discotheques and beachside cafes. There are performances by Balinese singers and dancers almost every night to entertain the tourists.
This mythical sea temple has a number of tales to tell. Built atop a massive rock by a sixteenth century priest, it is one of Bali’s most well known temples. Surrounded by sea on all sides, paying homage to the guardian spirits of the sea on a regular basis forms an important part of the rituals followed here. It is said that poisonous snakes protect the temple from evil spirits and trespassers.
This one is the biggest and the holiest of all Balinese temples, therefore known as the “mother Temple of Bali.” It is located on the slopes of Mt. Agung. Its courtyard has three shrines called Trinity, which are wrapped in cloth and are decorated with flowers. The three main temples of the Trinity are surrounded by 18 separate sanctuaries belonging to different regencies and caste groups.
The beach, which starts, from Melasti to Werkudara Street, is one that always brims with travellers. It is has a number of interesting shops, rejuvenating spas and is the ideal place to swim or relax. It also has plenty of bars, shacks and lounges with live music and restaurants with a variety of cuisines. Canoeing, surfing, playing beach volleyball are the other viable options.
Nusa Dua is well known for its pristine white beaches and crystal clear waters. The surf here is relatively gentle towards the northern side of the peninsula and bigger along the south. It has some of the most stunning and luxurious hotels and it a hotspot for tourists.
Festivals in Bali
The Galungan festival is the most important festival in Bali. It takes place throughout the island and is an annual event in the wuku year. It lasts for ten days when it is believed that all the gods, including the supreme deity Sanghyang Widi, come down to earth for the festivities. Kuningan is the last and most important day of the festival.
Nyepi is another major festival. It is the last day of the year, the day after the new moon on the ninth month. It is followed by an evening procession of “Ogoh-Ogoh” or enormus monster dolls that symbolize the evil spirits. The festival is observed everywhere and no other activity takes place during this time. Ancestral spirits are worshipped by all. It mainly celebrates the victory of virtue over evil.
The Balinese New Year is a day of total silence when purification and sacrificial rites are held throughout the day and evil spirits are chased off from the land. No traffic can be seen on the roads and no fire is lit in most of the houses during this time.