Unlike any other island in largely Muslim-majority Indonesia, the island paradise of Bali is a colorful hodgepodge of Hindu religion and culture. Adhering to Bali Hinduism Hindu Dharma, the Balinese population showcases the culture and lifestyle that integrates the mixture of existing local beliefs and Hindu influences that come from mainland Southeast Asia and South Asia.
Balinese Hinduism, Bali's main religion, can find its roots in Indian Hinduism and in Buddhism. It also adopts the animistic traditions of the indigenous people. Its influence greatly strengthens the Balinese belief that the gods and goddesses can be found in all things and, therefore, every element of nature has its own power, which in return reflects the power of the gods.
Bali Hindus religion is deeply interwoven with its arts and ritual. Balinese art is deeply rooted in Hindu-Javanese culture. It grew from the work of artisans of the Majapahit Kingdom, with their expansion to Bali in the late 13th century.
All aspects of Balinese life are immersed with religion where the most visible signs are seen in the tiny offerings (canang sari) found in every Balinese house, work place, restaurant, souvenir stall, and airport check-in desk. Another notable feature of religious expression among the people is the ritualized states of self-control which have become famous for their graceful and decorous behavior.
Balinese Hinduism as practiced in Bali involves a complex belief system that not only integrates theology, philosophy, and mythology, but also ancestor worship and magic. These beliefs pervade nearly every aspect of traditional life.
Balinese Hinduism is a fusion of people worshiping gods and demigods together with Buddhist heroes, the spirits of ancestors, indigenous agricultural deities, and sacred places. Balinese society even showcases the continuous traditional belief system that revolves around each family's ancestral village, to which the cycle of life and religion is closely tied.
The largest tourist destination in the country, Bali is popularly known for its highly developed arts. These include its traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music as well as its countless Hindu temples.
With an estimated 20,000 "puras" or temples and shrines, resulting to Bali being known as the "Island of a Thousand Puras", or "Island of the Gods", each village in Bali as required by "adat" or customary law showcases at least three temples: the pura puseh or temple of origin located at the kaja (pure) side of the village the pura desa or village temple found at the centre for everyday community activities and the pura dalem or temple of the dead located at the kelod (unclean) end.
Bali's Hindu culture and history that predominate Balinese lifestyles are both extraordinary and unique. Many Bali travel visitors cannot fail to see temples, come across ceremonies and witness daily offerings as well as see Bali Hinduism-influenced villa designs when they experience their own Bali adventure. In recent years, tourism has become Bali's chief industry.
With its vista of varied landscape of rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, lush rice terraces, world-class surfing and diving, a large number of cultural, historical and archaeological attractions, and a wide selection of hotels and luxurious villa for rent, this famed Island of the Gods has become one of the world's most popular island destinations which has consistently won travel awards.
Famous for its large collection of private villas for rent, complete with staff and top-class levels of service, Bali has, without a doubtm the best range of accommodations in Indonesia, with its villas in Bali having something to offer a very broad market of visitors from young back-packers right through to the super-rich.
Some of Bali's villas for rent are known to adapt Hinduism as their primary inspiration for their villa designs. Private villas are found mostly in the greater Seminyak area (Seminyak, Umalas, Canggu), in the south around Jimbaran and Uluwatu, in Sanur and around the hill town of Ubud as well as Lovina in north Bali.
A Seminyak villa, Villa Melon is a villa complex of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom villa that is uniquely designed and artfully blends both modern and traditional Balinese elements. Equipped with an expansive array of personal services and facilities, Villa Melon offers a complete personal and fulfilling holiday experience.
An Ubud villa, Villa Alamanda is strategically perched high on a ridge above the Petanu River with valley views. The graceful architecture of this thatched hideaway blends contemporary elegance with ethnic charm.
Villa Alamanda is a four-bedroom villa that is designed to harmonize with the environment and utilize local materials. Elegant teak furniture, complemented by clean lines, natural colours, local artwork, sizeable open-air lounge, and dining terrace overhangs the jungle, creating a true feeling of space and interaction with the stunning scenery.
The Villa Alamanda is an ideal choice for those looking for modern luxury in peaceful surroundings; an enchanting retreat where guests can enjoy a relaxing experience with personalized service.