The acclaimed Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias and his wife Rose were among the first westerners to immortalize Bali in art. The two first traveled to Bali in 1930 and quickly became fascinated by Balinese life, particularly by rituals, offerings, and festivals. Covarrubias's 1937 book Island of Bali is a remarkable source of information about the art, ritual life, and customs of parts of Bali he had observed during the years he lived there.
In his painting Tanah Bali, which means “Land of Bali”, Covarrubias defines the striking geographical features of the island. A trail of volcanoes divides the land, with the two largest, Gunung Batur and Gunung Agung, dominating the east. Smoke rises from the still-active crater of Batur, while the sacred lake Danau Batur fills the volcano's huge collapsed crater, or caldera. Terraced rice fields descend the fertile slopes to the southern shores. The most sacred temple, Pura Besakih, is on the southern slope of Gunung Agung, the most sacred mountain in Bali. Other famous temples dot the island. You can see a replica of the famed work at Bvlgari Resort Bali.
On 2nd September, Bvlgari Resort Bali temple marked its Odalan birthday with a special ceremony attended by the Resort's staff. Celebrating Odalan is a Balinese tradition, and each temple has its own dedicated day. The Resort itself will be celebrating a birthday later this month, when it turns 14 on 23rd September.
Ubud’s first museum, Museum Puri Lukisan, is a must-see for anyone with an interest in Balinese art and culture. Embracing the past and present and surrounded by stunning gardens, many pieces in the museum’s collection are available for sale.
The Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud are among the most famous in the world, they are known for their bucolic rice paddies and clever irrigation system, which is called the subak. This Bali’s traditional cooperative irrigation system is said to have been passed down by a revered holy man named Rsi Markandeya in the 8th century. Tegallalang forms ...
Locally known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu (with Luhur meaning “something of divine origin”), Uluwatu Temple is one of Bali's nine key directional temples and one of the most spectacular ones in the entire island.
Perched majestically on the edge of a steep cliff about 150 m above the sea level, it offers a breathtaking panoramic view overlooking Indian ...