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5 Reasons to Visit Bali During the Off-Season

by The Luxe Nomad
29.04.2017
Serenity and budget-friendly prices are some of the reasons why you should visit the Island of the Gods during off-peak season

At The Luxe Nomad, one of the most frequent questions asked is “When is the best time to visit Bali?” While there's never really a bad time for the Island of the Gods, you can expect different experiences throughout the year. Most tourists plan their trip for the dry season from June to September; however the months of March, April, early May are actually some of the best times to visit. Here’s why:

1. Budget-Friendly Rates

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Amanusa, Nusa Dua
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Amanusa, Nusa Dua

First things first… the cost. Accommodation in Bali is already relatively cheap, but go during the off-season and you could pay almost half the peak-season rates for your rooms. The dream villa which you could never afford in August might just fit your budget after all. Airfares and activities are also less expensive during these quieter months, leaving you more cash in your pocket for Seminyak shopping sprees.

2. Fewer Crowds

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Fivelements Puri Ahimsa, Ubud
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Fivelements Puri Ahimsa, Ubud
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Fivelements Puri Ahimsa, Ubud

Anyone who has experienced the maddening crowds of Bali’s busy season will understand why this is a huge advantage. Many come to relax, but that’s hard to do when the beaches are packed, temples are bursting at the seams, and restaurants are perpetually full. So why not escape the crowds and experience firsthand Bali’s more serene side? Yet another off-peak advantage: the island's infamous traffic won't be nearly as bad!

3. A Little Rain Never Hurt Anyone

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Java House, Ubud
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Java House, Ubud

Bali during the rainy season is magical. The island bursts forth with life, revealing a peaceful and spiritual aspect of the island largely absent during the dry season. The Tegalalang Rice Terrace is particularly stunning at this time of year, when the rice paddies are at their greenest. We recommend visiting at the tail end of the rainy season: the months of April and March enjoy plenty of sunshine with only the occasional shower.

4. Indoor Fun

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Alila Villas Uluwatu, Uluwatu
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Alila Villas Uluwatu, Uluwatu

Even when it pours, there’s always a backup plan. Pamper yourself with a much-needed spa day, or hit the mat at a yoga class. Create your own fragrance at L’Atelier Parfums at Ayana Resort and Spa Jimbaran, where you’ll mix essential oils and ingredients to create a scent that is completely you. If you’re keen to absorb some local culture, you can whip up a satay at an authentic Indonesian cooking class or practice some new moves at a Balinese dance workshop.

5. Nyepi

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Hanging Gardens of Bali, Ubud
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Hanging Gardens of Bali, Ubud

It’s worth a trip to experience the Balinese New Year, which is marked by the day of silence called Nyepi. On this day, the entire island comes to a standstill; there are no incoming or outgoing flights, shops are closed, and hotels are asked to cover their windows. For the Balinese, it’s a day of introspection, a refreshingly pure way of ushering in the new year. For tourists, it’s an opportunity to relax and unwind in an utterly tranquil environment. Many resorts and villas also offer perks and discounts for Nyepi.

 

Here’s another reason to visit Bali during the off season: key in the promo code LOFFICIEL1 at checkout and receive US$100 off your first booking of US$750 or more on TheLuxeNomad.com. Only 10 redemptions are available on a first come, first served basis. Valid through 31 July 2017.

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