Bali, filled with verdant forests, desolate mountains and unspoilt beaches, is the perfect getaway spot for those who have had enough of the city. Compared to the hustle and bustle of more metropolitan areas, Bali is a tranquil oasis with an infectious laidback atmosphere. Although it is first and foremost a beach destination, there is actually a lot more to do in Bali. From visiting the island’s many temples to exploring the local art scene, one will never run out of activities in this little Indonesian island.
Travellers with a love for art and even those with just a passing interest are sure to enjoy visiting some of Bali’s art galleries. The local art is rooted in ancient symbols found adorning temples and palaces. Historically, Balinese art has had a strong focus on spirituality, although the advent of the twentieth century has seen more artists tackling a variety of more modern topics. A Balinese painting would make the perfect souvenir to remember one’s trip by. Those looking to buy a good painting can head over to one of the many galleries such as the Komaneka Gallery, the Low Art Gallery or the Blue Moon Gallery.
The Bamboo Gallery is one of the more interesting art galleries on the island. Located in Ubud, the gallery is open on all weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm. The gallery contains work by prominent contemporary artists from Bali and abroad. Works to watch out for include the paintings of Jean-Philippe Haure, the popular French artist. Many works displayed at the gallery can be purchased. Even if one is not interested in buying any paintings, the Bamboo Gallery is still an interesting place to visit.
As a leading vacation spot, it is easy to find good Bali resorts that come with a host of facilities. Tourists who want to stay in a Bali resort that not only provides great rooms but also have spa and water sports facilities can try the Anantara Seminyak Bali. Situated right by the beach, guests at the resort will be treated to stunning ocean vistas and will be able to enjoy the more charming aspects of Indonesian culture.
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