The bustling quarters, buzzing street corners and the shindig of the tourist town of Bali are replaced by a wave of calm surrender to nature as the rainy season sets in. The island dons a halo of quietude and laziness. Bali experiences rainfall from November to March. A season that witnesses its fair share of stormy weather as well as mild afternoon spells followed by sunny clear skies. The balmy summer weather gives way to cool breezes with a drop in the temperature in the Wet Season. From best prices on hotels to fewer tourists on the island, you get to experience Bali a whole different way. Here is a vacation check-list we recommend when you visit Bali in the rains. Be ready to be pleasantly surprised.
Vacation check-list for Bali in the rains :
Balinese spa treatments are a huge attraction with spa-goers. Known to offer a luxurious and relaxing spa experience complete with aromatic tropical ingredients, you can pamper yourself with an exotic range of massages, scrubs, facials, and other traditional techniques. Balinese spa treatments make use of local herbs, scented and healing oils that rejuvenate the body and calm the mind.
Popular: The Mango Tree Spa by L’Occitane in Kupu Barong Villas, Ubud and Prana Spa in Seminyak are hugely popular in Bali.
Bali has evolved to a destination that offers a premium healthy holiday experience. Availability of fresh and organic meals, yoga retreat centers and classes proving different branches and forms of Yoga are found all over the island of Bali. If wellness and detox is your idea of a relaxed holiday then Yoga in the midst of greenery will leave your heart beaming with joy. While the rain pitter-patters outside, meditate breathing in the petrichor relaxing your body and mind.
Popular: The Yoga Barn in central Ubud is the biggest and most popular Yoga House in Bali. Radiantly Alive also in central Ubud is famous for its vibrancy and Sky Yoga Flow.
Learning about the Balinese cuisine is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the local lifestyle and traditional food culture. Use of variety of spices in the exquisite, flavorful and spicy Balinese dishes is an art and there are cooking schools that help you master popular Balinese dishes in a day. The day begins with shopping at the morning markets with the Chef for fresh ingredients and spices to make dishes like Gado Gado (mixed vegetable in peanut sauce), Ayam Bumbu Bali (Balinese fried chicken) and many more and after a morning of fun cooking culminates with a feast of delicious Bali cuisine for lunch.
Popular: Bumbu Bali Cooking School in Ubud and The Bale in Nusa Dua are much talked about for their authentic Balinese touch.
Shop up a storm
Bali is a shopper’s haven and if you are looking out for bespoke clothes, exquisite accessories, trinkets, artifacts and a taste of glamorous international fashion at independent boutiques, Seminyak Village is the place to go. For a wholesome entertainment, dining experience and shopping for luxury brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria Secret, and Armani Jeans visit the Kuta Beachwalk or the Bali Collection in Nusa Dua. Spend an entire rainy day at these shopping malls if you like and you will still not tire of the spectacular window displays and the fine clothing.
Popular: A trip to the fashion quarter of Seminyak is incomplete without visiting the high fashion boutiques like Souq, Magali Pascal, Natasha Gan, Bali Boat Shed amongst others.