10 Health Benefits Of Including Yoga Classes In Your Bali Villa Holiday Itinerary

One of the benefits that Bali villas give holidaymakers who rent them is the flexibility to take part in numerous activities without being tied to the meal times and other restrictions that are part and parcel of staying in a hotel. As such, you can come and go as you please and book time for activities when it suits you.

One of the most popular activities that holidaymakers to Bali participate in is yoga. Given that Bali’s culture is steeped in spirituality and mindfulness, it is little wonder why yoga studios and classes are plentiful throughout the island. As for how yoga can benefit you, you will discover this when you read through the ten health benefits of yoga we have highlighted below.

Health Benefit #1 – Improved Posture: As you stretch and boost your muscles, including any imbalances, yoga can help improve your posture. This is especially important as we grow older given that our posture diminishes with age. Yoga also makes you more aware of your posture so you will automatically correct it.

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5 Ways To Spend Less If You Are Holidaying In A Bali Villa

If you are planning to visit Bali on holiday and your chosen accommodation is one of the many stunning Bali villas, we are sure you and those who travel with you are going to have an exceptional time. What you might plan to do when in Bali is almost limitless given the number of activities and excursions available, and many of these can be done for relatively small fees.

However, what often holds people back from participating in as many activities as they might, is their budget, or rather that they have a limited budget. Others, having paid for their flights and accommodation, want to ensure they do not overspend.

To help those that the above describes, and anyone else who wants to ensure that they get the best value for money when they are in Bali, we thought we would create this article. It will outline some facts about using money in Bali and also gives you some excellent tips on how to spend less in Bali without depriving yourself of its many enjoyable experiences.

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7 Tips To Save Money When Holidaying In Bali

No matter where anyone travels abroad on holiday, they will want to ensure that the available budget they have set aside for their trip, lasts them for as long as possible. This applies no matter where the holiday location is, but given that Bali is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination, we thought it would be useful if we focus our attention there.

In particular we want to explain to you some ways in which you can save money whilst you are holidaying in Bali, and in turn, either allow you to buy more for the same amount or be able to bring as much of your money back home with you as possible. First, let us look at some quick money facts for when you travel to Bali.

  • The currency in Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah which is abbreviated to IDR.
  • The average exchange rate versus the Australian dollar recently has been about 11,000 IDR = 1 AUD.
  • Most businesses in Bali are not allowed to accept Australian dollars.
  • Cash is king in Bali as many market traders and small stores do not have credit card machines.
  • Cash can be withdrawn from local ATMs.
  • Larger hotels, stores and restaurants will accept credit and debit card payments.

Now you have the basics of money in Bali, let us now look at 7 ways in which you can save money when you are in Bali.

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Check-out Umalas When You’re Next in Bali

In Umalas, you will find affordable private villas, lots of gorgeous sights and all the modern amenities you need.

There are beautiful rice fields and traditional buildings that reflect the culture of Indonesia. Umalas is truly a representation of Indonesia and its culture. The beautiful rice fields produce a lot of excellent crops and are a joy to see. The beautiful beaches are a great place to play in the sea or to soak up some sun. There are also a lot of local foods available in the town of Umalas and trying them all can be a lot of fun. These are just some of the things you can do on holiday in Umalas.

Umalas Villas

The best way to enjoy Umalas is to stay in one of the many private Bali villas they have. You will be able to stay in the heart of the country and you can find a villa large enough for two or for an entire family. There are also luxurious hotels that can accommodate couples or groups.

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Bali’s Hidden Secrets

Uncovering Bali’s Hidden Secrets – Getting Off The Beaten Track

Although Bali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Asia when it comes to partying and enjoying the nightlife, it has a lot more than cheap alcohol and a good time to offer. Sure, it can be nice to stay in Bali villas or resorts for a few days and just relax, but I would recommend getting off the beaten track and experiencing a few of Bali’s hidden secrets.

To help you do this, I’ve put together a list of a few of my favorite hidden gems in Bali. Some of these will take a bit of effort to get to, but others don’t need more than a bit of time and a sense of adventure. Consider visiting the following places on your next trip to Bali:


Munduk is a small town in the mountains in the north of Bali. It sits roughly 800 meters above sea level, and boasts relatively few tourist amenities. As a small rural town, Munduk will give you the chance to experience the true Bali.

It’s worth basing yourself here for a few days and exploring the area. You will find things like waterfalls, lakes, and beautiful rainforest where you can hike, swim, and just relax in general. Be sure to speak to the locals when you get there, as they can recommend the best things to see at the time of year you’re visiting.


If you love beaches, but can’t stand the huge crowds that frequent Bali’s more famous destinations, then consider visiting the Amed area. When you hear people talking about Amed, they may mean one of two things. In some cases, they will mean the small fishing village of Amed. In others, they will be referring to the region itself.

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Tattoo In Bali

Is It Safe To Get A Tattoo In Bali?

Getting a new tattoo can be quite an expensive endeavour in a country like Australia. This drives a lot of people overseas, where prices are generally a lot lower, even for work of the same or better quality. Bali is a favourite destination for people heading overseas to get a new tattoo. I mean, who wouldn’t want to stay in a Bali villa for a week, relax on the beach with a few drinks, and get their tattoo done – without spending more than you would on the tattoo alone in your home country.

In theory, this sounds great. However, a lot of people have concerns about the health and safety aspects of getting a tattoo overseas, especially in a place like Bali. Is it really safe to get a tattoo in Bali?

In Most Cases, Yes

If you’re careful, yes, it’s absolutely safe to get a tattoo done in Bali. This means doing your research before you choose an artists, making sure that you have a good design before you get it inked, and above all, looking after your tat after you get it done.

What Could Go Wrong?

If you’re not careful enough, there are a lot of things that could go wrong when you’re getting some new ink while on Bali holiday, leaving you with a living nightmare instead of your dream tattoo. Some of the most common issues that people come across include:

  • Infections caused by poor hygiene and safety standards. These are probably the biggest risk associated with getting a tattoo done somewhere like Bali. Infections like HIV, Hepatitis or even Herpes can be contracted if the tattoo studio isn’t following the right hygiene practices. However, as long as you choose a decent studio with a good reputation, you should be fine in this regard.
  • Poor quality work associated with cheap ink. If cheap inks are used – and they are in some of Bali’s budget studios – you might find that your tattoo fades and loses its ‘shine’ after a relatively short amount of time.

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9 Reasons to Check Out Seminyak

If you are travelling to Bali, Seminyak is one place you should never miss. It has an amazing beach and with the main street just a few steps away, many boutique restaurants and luxury hotels are conveniently situated. In fact, Seminyak Villas may be the best place to stay with their luxurious garden pools almost at the door of each villa. So here are 5 reasons to check out Seminyak.

    • The beach – Known as Bali’s most fashionable beach due to the line-up of elegant and luxurious hotels and restaurants that line its edges, Seminyak Beach is clean and long with plenty of space for kids to play and the most wonderful sunsets. It is best in the dry season because in the wet season the wind causes waves to dump a lot of seaweed and other rubbish on the sand. That’s okay because the best time to visit Bali is in the dry season.
  • Spas – It has one of the best and cheapest spas where you can get your hair done and have a facial, pedicure or almost anything else for $20 or less. Bodyworks employs over 80 staff so you are sure to get in at short notice.
  • Rooftops – With the weather so warm and balmy, making use of the rooftops for alfresco dining makes a lot of sense. You can enjoy the view of the Indian Ocean and nightlights while you dine on your choice of amazing meals.

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Money Handling Tips for a Bali Holiday

Whenever you go overseas you will find the money is different and, you cannot pay using Australian money; Bali is no different. Not everything can be paid for with a credit card, so you need to use Bali currency, the Rupiah or Rp when abbreviated. Larger hotels will take credit cards, while smaller accommodation such as some Bali Villas and guesthouses do not.

Why cash is important

So make sure you have plenty of cash for the small things you will need such as drinks and snacks, transport and other things that don’t cost a lot. Many smaller boutique stores and cafes won’t be able to change a large note so it’s important to have smaller ones. Keep larger notes for purchasing high ticket items.

Don’t take travellers cheques

You may have heard that taking travellers cheques is the safest way to carry money that can be used in an overseas destination; not so in Bali. It will be difficult to cash such a cheque there. Cash and your credit/debit card are the best ways to go. And a credit card is handy for booking tours in advance when you need to pay a deposit.

Money exchange

You can easily change Australian currency to Rupiah at a bank, your hotel or at an official, licensed money changer. However, it is important to take care when dealing with money changers. Most are honest, but some are not, as in any country. Money changers offer the best rate of exchange and hotels usually offer the lowest. Banks are good but the queue is usually long and slow and you don’t want to waste your holiday hours waiting.

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Balinese Culture

The Balinese Culture is Real and Not Just for Tourists

Bali is an interesting, unusual, enchanting, and exotic place to visit. Unlike many tourist destinations where the true culture has been lost and is now only seen when it is presented theatrically for the benefit of tourists, Bali’s culture is real and alive.

For anyone that visited Bali before it became a popular tourist destination, you were probably told “You should have seen it a decade or two ago.” And if you showed up for the first time today, you will likely hear something very similar from one of the locals. But the difference is that while Bali has changed over time, like any other country, it has managed to hang on to the traditions and culture that is so important. It’s also this culture that makes Bali such a desired place to visit.

However, Bali government officials are concerned that the Balinese culture is under attack, that the modern world will devour Bali like it has so many other places that were once fabulous getaways. For example, it used to be tradition to go to the beaches topless in Bali, but the Republic of Indonesia passed laws against these practices. It was because of tourism that these laws were changed, thereby taking away something that was part of Bali culture forever.

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Ecommerce in Bali

The Growth of Ecommerce in Bali

Bali, long a treasured tourist destination and jewel of Indonesia, has seen a surge in tourism in recent years. In step with that, it’s seen a growing and thriving ecommerce industry. If you’re interested in founding an online-based business having to do with Bali, there’s a lot of support in place already. Associations, agencies, and offices are springing up on Facebook, Foursquare, and Linked-In. The best course of action is to join this network, and keep an eye out for the ever-increasing business opportunities revolving around Bali.

Established “brick-and-mortar” businesses, some of them thriving for years before the web came along, are also coming to the web. Not just tourism businesses, but local industries and small businesses are thriving online. One such notable small industry is mopeds – one of the most popular means of transport around the region. Sales and rental moped businesses are finding the web a valuable resource for drawing in customers.

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