Garuda Wisnu Kencana | Cultural Park

Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK), less than 15 minutes from Prasana, is a 240-hectare cultural park devoted to the Hindu God Vishnu, and his mount, Garuda, the mythical bird. Dominating the park is a 22-meter bust of Lord Wisnu, constructed from giant slabs of copper and brass, which represents the divine forces responsible to protect the Universe. Its companion, Garuda, representing the giant bird which transports Wisnu, is a symbol of both freedom and selfless devotion.

The two 25-meter natural limestone pillars comprising the ‘Gapura Batu’, the entrance gate, are carved with images taken from Ramayana, the mythical cycle of stories forming the dramatic basis of most Balinese art forms.

Uluwatu Kecak Dance | the famous Balinese fire dance

Uluwatu temple’s Kecak Fire Dance is a sight to behold : As the sun sets over Uluwatu Temple, the dance begins and the men chant “chark-a, chark-a, chark-a, chark-a” – and the chant goes on. Almost hypnotic, trance-like, the thirty-or-so bare-chested Balinese sway with the rhythm. They sit on the ground in a circle and, in the middle, the drama unfolds : Two young princes, a demon king, a damsel in distress, and a mischievous monkey. They all play their parts in the ring of unceasing cantillation.

The dance is based on a traditional Balinese ritual, but was actually created by Bali’s famed German painter, Walter Spies, in the 1930s, and is derived from the famous Hindu epic, the Ramayana. It is a complicated plot, with enough twists and turns to be worthy of a television series. But in essence it is the story of a woman who is stolen from her princely husband by an evil demon. The narrative follows the challenges and tasks the young prince and his brother must overcome to rescue her.

Surfer on the Bukit | adventurous experience

Bali’s Bukit peninsula has long been the top destination for the world’s surfers, and the local and visiting surfers are blessed by the “island of a thousand temples”. The Bukit is an essential surfing experience. The quality and quantity of its surf, when south-west swells wrap consistent lines, creating a list of world-class lefts.

New Kuta Golf

Situated within 10 minutes from our resort, New Kuta Golf Club is a championship-standard course and the first links style layout in Indonesia. It will challenge both the low handicapper and reward the novice. With five sets of tees, there is enough variety to ensure a satisfying experience for all skill levels. This 18-hole, par 72, course of a total 85-hectare area, was designed by the American trio of Ronald Fream, David Dale and Kevin Ramsey. It is played on Seashore Paspalum turf grass, with a landscape of natural dessert-like vegetation with native trees, a semi Scottish rough of existing shrubs, long grass and creepers. New Kuta Golf Club recently hosted the Indonesia Open, and is awarded the accolade of “Indonesia’s Leading Golf Course 2013/14”.

Bali National Golf Club | Nusa Dua Area

Located 15 to 20 minutes away in Nusa Dua, this Robin Nelson and Rodney Wright designed Hawaiian-style golf course, reopened in 2013 after undergoing extensive renovations. The course now also features new Seashore Paspalum turf, with scalloped bunkering lining most fairways and elevated greens. Many of the newly routed holes have been lengthened to championship distances as the course now plays to over 7100 yards from the tips. Two distinct terrains have been used to create Bali National Golf Club. The outward nine plays up through the hills with lush tropical and jungle fauna.  Spectacular views of Indian Ocean are afforded on practically every hole. Hand-built local stone walls have been incorporated into the design to terrace the fairways and tee boxes. This gives the impression of being in the rice field terraces, hence characterising the Bali countryside. The longest hole is the 618 yard, par-5, 7th – watch out for some unusual terraced landscaping hazards that might just inspire a kind of longing for a good old-fashioned bunker.