Bali Provides A Perfect Blend Of Cultures For World-Weary Travelers
Without a doubt, Bali is one of the most beautiful locations for an experienced world traveler to explore, appealing to those of all ages, races, and nationalities. Located in beautiful Indonesia, Bali has repeatedly been named the world's best island, and this simple tropical locale has been heavily influenced by an influx of tourism. As a result, Bali is home to many of the world's finest restaurants and accommodations, and is a destination perfect for newlyweds, adventurous families, and singles seeking out a posh vacation experience. From beautiful Bali villas to five-star cuisine served oceanside, your Bali holiday is certain to be one you'll never forget.
The Dutch have had a huge influence on both the history and culture of Bali, colonizing the island in the late 1800's and early 1900's, lasting until 1950. Bali was the site of numerous wars against the Dutch occupation from 1846-1908, creating an era of chaos and unrest, followed by one of rebuilding. The Dutch influence is seen in the educational system in Bali, as they were responsible for creation of the first elementary school, in 1875. Later, other schools were opened, providing educational opportunities for children of wealthy and aristocratic Europeans.
The influence of the European aristocracy became a major force in propelling Bali into the world-reputed paradise into which it has since developed. Much of the island's tourism dollars come from wealthy European aristocrats who choose Bali as their home away from home while on holiday. Though Indonesia has long been free of any European rule or sovereignty, European culture can be seen in various aspects of the architecture, food, fashion, music, and culture of the Balinese people. Part of what makes the island so irresistible is the unique blend of European, Asian, and Pacific Island influences, all united in an atmosphere that promotes luxury, relaxation, and enjoyment of the finer things in life.
Bali currently has a population of over 3 million people makes it one of the largest and the most economically prosperous of the 33 provinces comprising the Republic Of Indonesia. With tourism bringing in steady growth from year to year, it remains one of the world's most beautiful places to live, work, and vacation.