While the lure to lounge by the Indian Ocean here at Chedi Sakala will be compelling for many, Bali is truly unique, even among the Indonesian archipelago of over 17,500 islands and deserves exploration, depending on your desires. Earthly pursuits like surfing, diving or biking through emerald green paddy fields to sundowners may be followed by the indulgent, say an afternoon of chic shopping then sundowners and a gourmet feast at Seminyak. The otherworldly are omnipresent in Bali too. Hindu festivals and rituals are very much part of everyday Balinese life, and you can expect to see at least one celebration during your visit. Whether you explore the mountainous north, the cultural heartland at its centre in Ubud, its holy temples by the sea at Uluwatu and Tanah Lot, the rich marine life offshore or the challenging golf links on land, Bali truly offers a destination like no other, as abundant in ancient yet thriving cultural traditions as it is lush with resplendent nature.