The Local Area

Travel Information

Travelling to and around Bali is easy, with many international airlines offering direct flights. The local word for ‘tourist’ is tamu, which translates, literally, as ‘guest’ so on arrival you can expect to feel in good hands. You will find the Balinese to be among the friendliest and most hospitable people you will ever meet. Guests staying at The Chedi Sakala Bali will be delighted to know it is around half an hour by car from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport and enjoys an unrivalled tropical beachfront setting, nearly untouched by time.

Nearest Airport

Ngurah Rai International Airport in Kuta (16 kilometres from the hotel, approximately 25-35 minutes by car)

Visa Requirements

Visa-on-arrival is available for many nationalities. Please contact your local Indonesian embassy for the latest information or visit www.balitourismboard.org.

Local Currency

Indonesia Rupiah (IDR)

Time Zone

GMT + 8 hours

Transportation

Private car transfers are easily arranged by the hotel upon request. Guests may also choose to hire a private car or scooter to explore the island. Taxis operate on a meter-system in Bali but late-night hours may need to be pre-negotiated.

Weather

Balinese weather is tropical and reliably hot and sunny. April to November is Bali’s driest season, however June to September is known to be most popular period for tourists visiting Bali. During the dry season the western side of the peninsula creates some of the world’s best waves. The mountain areas tend to be significantly cooler and can get quite chilly in the evenings.

Tipping

Balinese will not expect tips, though at restaurants around the island a 5-10% gesture will be highly appreciated. At major hotels an 11% service charge is automatically included in the bill. At The Chedi Sakala we distribute this service charge evenly among our staff so it’s not necessary to tip directly unless you wish to recognize individual staff members.

Operational Hours

In general shops are open between 10:00 am – 10:00 pm while offices are operational from Monday to Saturday between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Banks and government offices are closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Bali Tourism Website

For more information, please visit: www.balitourismboard.org

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