Arriving In Style

Where To Go | Written By, Life on the Island |

It’s no secret that as well as being an exhilarating trip in itself, helicopter rides are the most time-efficient way of traveling around the island, whizzing you to your destination at top speed and giving you perhaps an extra few hours to explore Bali in a day.

Reserving your helicopter transfer in Bali is so easy and convenient that you’ll soon be hopping around the island reaching for that secret romantic location far-off the usual spots flooded by plenty of other visitors – all along feeling the excitement of flying as if you had grown wings of your own and discovering the beauty of the Island of the Gods from a very peculiar perspective usually reserved to the white herons occupying the island.

Viceroy Bali Heliport 2

To experience this amazing island and its diversity, AIR BALI Helicopter Tours & Charters has designed various aerial tours that show the very best of Bali. You can easily take in a bird’s eye view of smoking volcanoes, highland lakes, terraced rice fields, remote beaches, towering cliffs, famous surf breaks and thousand year-old temples.

In addition, birds’ eye views of the Island of the Gods and of your resort, or even restaurant await if you take advantage of the available helicopter transfers in Bali. Airport helicopter transfers are almost common here in Bali, and some people – both residents and visitors – have been known to have arrived for their dinner reservations in style onboard one!

That’s right, many have taken the advantage of this service to get to their dinner and spa appointment on time. In the currently traffic congested Seminyak, the posh W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak has been welcoming guests on the resort’s rooftop helipad. Arriving at W Bali from the air, delighting in the hotel’s aerial view of water features that draws inspiration from the Balinese terraced rice fields, you’ll immediately know that you’re in for some great treats. Here, you should really take your time and enjoy the hotel’s AWAY Spa with rejuvenating, avant-garde treatments, and feast in the many delectable creations of FIRE and STARFISH BLOO restaurants.

Grand aerial view of Grand Nikko Bali upon landing

“Grand aerial view of Grand Nikko Bali upon landing”

In Nusa Dua, a landing hotspot would be at the Grand Nikko Bali, a starred resort overlooking the vast Indian Ocean. Landing and taking-off from the resort’s beachfront helipad is an amusement in itself. Once every two weeks on Friday, the resort hosts “Desa Bali” (Balinese village) from 3-4.30pm, when you can take part in classes such as kite making, canang (Balinese offering) making, and learn how to wear traditional Balinese costumes and play the Balinese gamelan music instruments. Set within a traditional Balinese environment, Desa Bali also allows you to mingle with the resort’s Balinese staff members – it’s a lovely experience that can serve to give foreign visitors a deeper appreciation of just how seriously and totally the Balinese are dedicated to their art.

Further up in the Uluwatu area, Bulgari is a name synonymous to luxury and the Bulgari Resort Bali is where the well-heeled land on their helicopter to have a taste of high living. Standing atop a cliff like a medieval fortress town, walled and secret, Bulgari is an exclusive hideout for those seeking to emerge in the breathtaking beauty of unspoiled nature of the resort with a sophisticated contemporary design born from the encounter between traditional Balinese forms and high Italian style.

Moving on to Ubud is Viceroy Bali, whose award-winning restaurant, CasCades, has attracted and satisfied even the most discerning palates. The resort’s front yard heliport has been proven to be very effective, for numerous helicopter transfers have taken place, transporting the island’s food connoisseurs to the restaurant. Arrive early and indulge in the soothing treatments of Viceroy’s Lembah Spa before dinner. Perched magnificently atop a gorgeous valley with spectacular views overlooking the Petanu River gorge, Lembah Spa is considered one of Bali’s most tranquil settings, the perfect location for the pursuit of health and well being.

Bird's eye view of W Bali terraced rice field inspired water features

“Bird’s eye view of W Bali terraced rice field inspired water features”

In Ubud’sneighbouringKedewatan, the Ubud Adventure Centre is gearing up to launch its own private helicopter charters. The centre’s location with its already existing helipad is a hotspot, especially since Ubud Adventure Centre is home to an authentic Japanese Shinto Spa with lavish treatment rooms tastefully outfitted in Japanese-style decor and accented by Zen gardens and Koi fishponds. The centre’sbluBar area, connected to the lounge, offers stunning views of the rooftop gardens and surrounding scenery and gives a further choice of relaxing while sitting under the stars adjacent to an outdoor dance floor.

Of course, exploring Bali’s neighbouring islands, such as the Lombok’s GiliTrawangan, will take 45 minutes only with a helicopter – departing from the Benoa Heliport and landing at Paradise Sunset Beach in GiliTrawangan in time for lunch. Once landed, you’re horse-drawn cart taxi waits to take you to the famous ‘Scallywags Resort’ beachside restaurant, which is a mere 10-minute ride away, where a seafood lobster lunch and champagne will be waiting for you.

After lunch you can explore the island by foot or hire a bicycle, as no motorized vehicles are allowed on the Gili Islands. You will have the chance to snorkel at some of the best dive sites in Asia or chill out on the white sandy beach with a refreshing cocktail.

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AIR BALI
Phone: 0361 767 466,
0361 846 8955
www.airbali.com

W RETREAT & SPA BALI – SEMINYAK
JalanPetitenget, Seminyak
Phone: 0361 3000 106
www.wretreatbali.com

GRAND NIKKO BALI
Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Nusa Dua
Phone: 0361 77 33 77
www.grandnikkobali.com

BVLGARI RESORT BALI
Jalan Goa Lempeh, BanjarDinasKangin, Uluwatu
Phone: 0361 847 1000
www.bulgarihotels.com

VICEROY BALI
JalanLanyahan, Br. Nagi, Ubud
Phone: 0361 971 777
www.viceroybali.com

UBUD ADVENTURE CENTRE (BALI ADVENTURE TOURS)
Jalan Raya Kedewatan II, Ubud
Phone: 0361 8989 777
www.baliadventuretours.com

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