Words & photos: Ruth Ninajanty
Originally was published in The Jakarta Post on Nov. 19, 2015.
With the year-end celebration less than two months away, it’s time to plan where to close the year and spend the last moments of 2015.
Bali is only a little more than an hour away by plane from Jakarta, but it offers various activities — be it for those traveling with family, couples on a romantic holiday or a group of singles looking for unforgettable fun.
December brings more tourists, both domestic and international, to Bali, arguably Indonesia’s most popular holiday destination. The Bali Tourism Office recorded a 40 percent increase in the number of domestic tourists visiting the island in December last year, compared to the previous month. Everyone wants to close the year with the best possible experience, while making sure there is nothing left unchecked on their list of resolutions.
Celebrating the New Year with the little ones means starting as early as sunrise; so heading north to the center of the island may be a good idea. With less traffic and fresher air, Central Bali offers beautiful mountain views paired with scenic lakes.
Up and away from the beach parties, families with young children can celebrate the year-end with an outdoor adventure. The Bali Botanic Gardens in Bedugul are home to over 2,000 plant species from eastern Indonesia, as well as tree houses and an outbound adventure area designed for all ages.