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As we approach the middle of 2020, countries are slowly opening up their borders as they gain the upper hand with COVID-19. This means it’s time to think and plan about your post-pandemic escape. Imagine yourself lounging by the poolside, soaking up the tropical sun in a private villa in Umalas, Bali. A light breeze brings your attention to the scent of Balinese incense used in the shrines. Your mind is at ease, and all is well.
Now let’s take one step closer to make that a reality and plan your perfect tropical escape. Here are some tips to help you fill your itinerary on your visit to Bali.
Beaches to Visit
Picture in your mind the marble sand beaches with limestone cliffs in the background and your favorite drink in hand. Your visit to Bali wouldn’t be official without spending the day on its beautiful beaches. Here are some notable beaches to visit during your post-pandemic escape:
Batu Belig Beach
This beach is located right on the border between Seminyak and Canggu. It is a favorite of surfers both local and foreign due to the predictable swells and smaller crowds compared to other surfing hotspots like Kuta Beach. Batu Belig Beach is perfect for those evening strolls along the coastline to watch the sunset with that special someone.
Located on the southernmost tip of Bali is Melasti Beach. Regarded as one of the prettiest beaches in the southern peninsula, Melasti Beach features tall limestone cliffs, turquoise blue waters, pristine sand, and a spectacular sunset to catch.
Culture to experience
With a culture so well-preserved in Indonesia, and prominently depicted around the world, it’s something you should list in your itinerary during your visit to Bali. Consider adding these to your list:
Kecak Dance in Uluwatu Temple
The Kecak Dance in Uluwatu is a legendary performance that depicts the Balinese folktale of Ramayana. What makes this one special is that it’s performed on the cliff tops of Uluwatu, and backdropped by the incredible sunset over the Indian Ocean.
Pura, meaning temple, of Petitenget is a sacred and magnificent Hindu temple located just off the coast of Petitenget Beach. This temple is believed to protect the inhabitants of Seminyak from negative spirits that come from the ocean. Just like any temple in Bali, it is an active place of worship. That means you’ll have to wear a special sarong cloth if you wish to enter the temple and marvel at its beauty.
There are a few precautions to keep in mind when traveling to Bali post-pandemic. The Indonesian central government, as well as the Governor of Bali, has enacted a “new normal” set of protocols to keep everyone safe. This includes mandatory use of masks whenever visiting public spaces, maintaining active social distancing from those around you, and hand-washing before entering buildings, market places, and shops. We recommend you follow these guidelines to keep you, and those around you, safe and to prevent the active transmission of the coronavirus.
About The Santai
The Santai is a luxury villa nestled in the quiet neighborhood of Umalas, just outside of Seminyak. We work hard to create in our guest a sense of belonging, and a home away from home during your visit to the island.
Book your exclusive retreat in a private villa at The Santai in Umalas. We look forward to welcoming you.