Bali, Indonesia

Sống ở Bali

Iyna Bort Caruso

On the streets of Bali, the fragrance of jasmine mixes with incense, lending a sweet scent to a backdrop of scenic beauty. Bougainvillea and hibiscus add splashes of wild color.

This province of Indonesia, one of 33, is called the “Island of the Gods” for its spirituality-infused culture.  The population of four million practices a form of Hinduism in a country that is predominately Muslim.

Bali is the jewel of Indonesia’s tourism industry, a tropical destination of beaches, rice terraces, mountains and volcanoes, surrounded by coral reefs. The opening of the Ngurah Rai International Airport just south of the capital of Denpasar in 1970 was the catalyst that brought in travelers from across the globe.

Seminyak is the hub of nightlife, shopping and dining, while surfing crowds take on the big waves of the Indian Ocean at Uluwatu. Singaraja, the former provincial capital and Bali’s second largest city, borders a national park and is home to some of the island’s best-preserved colonial buildings. Thirty minutes from the coast is the town of Ubud, the spiritual heart of Bali and epicenter for the arts.  Despite rapid development, Balinese culture thrives with its dynamic traditions and mystical energy. 

Bali is one of Indonesia’s wealthiest regions. Affluent Indonesians account for a large percentage of real estate ownership. Buyers from Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and China make up much of the international community, attracted to resort-style developments.

Technically, freehold titles are reserved exclusively for Indonesians. International buyers can obtain homes on a long-term leasehold basis.

Balinese architecture incorporates organic materials like bamboo and teak wood and employs traditional design elements such as shaded terraces to protect against the strong sun and large windows for ventilation. The style is popular throughout Asia. Gardens are another important component of residential architecture; homes built to harmonize with nature.