Holiday R&R: Bali, Indonesia

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The holiday season shouldn’t equate to frantic Christmas shopping, traffic-caused road raging and more frequent cases of heartburn. Isn’t it this time of the year when people are supposed to be the happiest, most generous and filled with love?

Let your tired feet, blood shot eyes and frazzled brain pick the destination, and they’ll probably take you to beautiful Bali. Let this Indonesian island renew your spirit, and you’ll come out of your trip more than ready to take on 2016’s challenges.

Stay in a water villa.

You wake up feeling so rested then you step out of your room and immediately jump into refreshing water. How does that sound? If you’re going to say impossible, then scroll down to see Bali’s majestic water villas. These havens are surrounded by lagoons or pools not only for aesthetic purposes, but for guests’ ultimate recreation.

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Villa Laksamana II | Jalan Kayu Aya Gang Inti Kulit 117, Seminyak, Bali | Book it here.

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Amarterra Villas Nusa Dua | Komplek BTDC Lot 2B, Nusa Dua, Kuta Selatan, Kabupaten Badung | Book it here.

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St. Regis Bali | Kawasan Pariwisata, Nusa Dua Lot S6, PO Box 44, Nusa Dua | Book it here.

Take a dip in healing hot springs.

In the middle of Hindu temples, incredible beaches and vast rice paddies is one of Bali’s remedy secrets. Melt your worries away with Bali’s many hot springs.

These thermal waters are naturally therapeutic. If you’re dealing with body aches or tired bones, then you definitely have to dedicate at least one morning for relaxing at a hot spring. Some springs are believed to have effects not only for the body, but also for the spirit. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious setting or a rural back-to-basics feel, Bali will not disappoint.

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Banjar Hot Springs | Jalan Banjar, Banjar, Lovina Beach Area | Contact them here.

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Yeh Panes Hot Springs Resort | Mount Batukaru, Penatahan Village, Penebel District, Tabanan | Contact them here.

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Batur Natural Hot Spring | Desa Pekraman Batur, Toya Bungkah, Kintamani, Bangli, Bali | Contact them here.

Indulge in a spa-aaah.

Remember your utter satisfaction after a home-service massage or a special occasion spent at the spa? With Bali’s seemingly infinite spa options that are mostly extraordinary, you can look forward to having your expectations exceeded. By visiting one (or five) of Bali’s spas, you’ll get to know Balinese culture and hospitality in the most relaxing way.

The Balinese’ attention to detail and know-how in de-stressing are impressive, which are traits that you definitely have to experience for yourself. By the end of your spa day, you’ll be glowing, beaming and thanking your Balinese masseuse for a renewing experience like no other.

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Prana Spa | Jl. Kunti I No.118 x, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung | Book an appointment here.

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Jari Menari | Jalan Basangkasa No: 47 Seminyak, Bali | Book an appointment here.

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Cantika Spa | Jl. Penestanan Kelod, Sayan, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar | Book an appointment here.

Marvel at incredible sunsets.

Cap off a winner day or start off a fun night in the best way possible — catching the breathtaking sunset! With foregrounds of distinct temples or beautiful beaches, the sight of the setting sun in Bali is truly spectacular. You’ll be at awe when you see surreal wallpapers and screensavers come to life.

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Melasti Beach | Jalan Padma Utara, Legian Beach, Kuta

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Rock Bar | Jl Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran

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Uluwatu Temple | Pecatu Village, Kuta sub-district, Bandung regency

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Tanah Lot Temple | Bali 82171

Watching the sunset also gives you the chance to pause for a moment, let out a big sigh of relief and remember how beautiful the world is. You don’t get that opportunity often, especially when you’re running around meeting deadlines and accomplishing errands. Take it all in, relax and pat yourself on the back for getting through 2015.

How else do you plan on making your holidays your best one yet? Sound off below!

About the Author

Shen Mascariñas

Shen Mascariñas

Shen Mascariñas travels mainly for the unique food each destination offers and for the "I'm on vacation" free pass to pig out.