Everyone has heard of Bali; The Land of the Gods. One of the most renowned holiday destinations in the world, Bali is many people’s encapsulation of paradise. Bali is sandwiched between Java and Lombok, and is the only Hindu-majority province in Indonesia, with over 80% of the population adhering to Balinese Hinduism. This rich culture can be seen, heard and even smelled around every corner due to the lavish, colourful and joyous flower-petal offerings, temple ceremonies and boisterous marches which play a vital part in Balinese life across the island. Watching the intricately garbed ladies in their dazzling sarongs balancing containers of flowers, banana leaves and other goodies for the Gods on their heads, and allowing the scent of jasmine sticks to burn sweetly across your palette, cannot fail to bring a smile to your face. Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, the area with the highest biodiversity of marine species on the planet, so reefs lie all around the island, making it a superb place to dive and snorkel. But Bali has so much diversity you’ll have fun no matter what you enjoy. Seminyak has shops and designers, Kerobokan has world-class beachside resorts, Kuta and Legian have top nightlife, Canggu brings beautiful beaches and waves to humble the best surfers, while Ubud, with its stunning nature backdrops, is the healing and spiritual centre. There’s dramatic, still potent volcanoes, luscious rice terraces, outstanding beaches including rare black sands, and over 10,000 temples dotted all over the show. But what really makes Bali a standout destination, is the warmth, generosity and friendliness of the locals. No matter what you come to this magical island for, you’ll be welcomed like nowhere else.