The Name Bali (Balidwipa) – Bali Island’s History

Bali Island History: Many foreign people talk about Bali because its wonderful beach and scenery. And also they said that Bali is a right place to spend the holiday, because there are so many destination tours with unique traditions inside of it in Bali.

But unfortunately, some of the foreign people or tourist who have been to Bali haven’t realized that Bali is a part of Indonesia. They thought that Bali is a country, not a province in Indonesia. So, to prevent the nescience about it, the article in this time is about the history of Bali island.

Bali Island History

Bali Island History

The first man that came to Bali was a person who migrated from Asia in 3000-2500 BC. But the first European men who successfully found Bali was Cornelis de Houtman from Holland in 1957. Bali culture had strong influences from India, it can be seen from the most religion in there which is Hindu and also the form of temples in there.

The name Bali (Balidwipa) found in various inscriptions, one of the inscription is Blanjong Inscription in 913 C. Around 1343 Century, almost all of the people in this archipelago is Hindu. But when Moslem people came to spread Islamic teachings, Islamic kingdoms in this archipelago ‘causing the downfall of Hindu Kingdom, Majapahit. Because of it, there are so many nobleman, pastor, and the rest of other Hindu people moved from Java island to Bali.

As I said in the first paragraph that Cornelis de Houtman was the first men from Europe who found Bali. After that, Holland through VOC (Veerenidge Ost Indische Company) started its plan to colonize Bali. Started from North Bali, since 1840, the Dutch attacked Bali through sea and land in Sanur then Denpasar. Bali lost in amount of weapons, but Bali people never gave up, they fought back until the Puputan War begun. About 4000 people died in that war include woman.

In World War 2, Japan took Bali, at that time the military officer named I Gusti Ngurah Rai made a force called Fighter of Freedom. Following by Japan’s surrender in Pacific in 1945, the Dutch came back to Bali to maintain their colonialism authority again.

In November 20th 1945, came the battle called Puputan Margarana in Central Bali. Colonel I Gusti Ngurah Rai lead his army from east Bali to attack Dutch army. But sadly, all the member of Bali’s army were dead, and made this attack as last resistance of Bali’s army. To be noted, the name of I Gusti Ngurah Rai now immortalized as the name of airport in Bali.

In 1946, Bali became one of the 13 regions of East Indonesia country by the Dutch. But then, Bali putted in one of the region in Republic of Indonesia Union when Netherland admit the independency of Indonesia in 1949.

In 1950, Bali officially left its alliance with Netherland, then legally became one of the province in Indonesia Republic. So it’s totally clear ‘till now Bali still one of the province in Indonesia.

I hope there will be more foreign people realize that Bali is a part of Indonesia. Do not forget to read 5 Destinations: Most Favorite Tour Places in Bali

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The Interesting Kecak Dance In Bali

There’s a special traditional dance from Bali which is very famous and intriguing, it’s Kecak Dance. Kecak dance is Bali original show which only played by men, created in 1930 by Wayan Limbak cooperate with German painter, Walter Spies.

Dozens of men dancer sit in a circle then with a rhythm they will shout and say ‘cak’ while put their both arms up. The duration of the dance performance is about 40-60 minutes. The dancer who shouts ‘cak’ wears plaid fabric like a chessboard in their waist and topless.

Another dancer will play Ramayana figures, because kecak dance is about describing Ramayana story.

Byway, What’s Ramayana story? What The Kecak Dance is ?

Ramayana is an old story from India composed by Walmiki. The story was about Rama who fought for saved his lovely wife Shinta, because Shinta was kidnapped by her admirer, Rahwana.

Kecak Dance in Bali

So, kecak dance describes about how Rama with his line of apes fight Rahwana to save Shinta in a traditional dance way.

Kecak dance song came from Sanghyang ritual dance, in that ritual the dancer will be in unconscious condition communicate with God or ancestral spirits, then deliver its expectations to the society.

Beside took a song from Sanghyang ritual, kecak dance doesn’t use any music except the sound from the anklet which used by the dancer who play as Ramayana figures.

As a show, kecak dance supported by some important factors like music from the voice of 50-70 men who shout ‘cak’ and all the men makes music by acapella. That makes kecak dance very different with another performing arts because it doesn’t need any musical instrument but the voice of the man who shout ‘cak’ with the ryhthm, so it still sounds so harmonious interspersed with some other accent.

Beside the music, the narrator who lead the story is also very important in kecak dance because the main focus in kecak dance is the story and the blending of the ‘cak’ voice.

In this dance, after the show of Ramayana story, the show will be continued with Sanghyang Dedari and Sanghyang Jaran dance which its dancer could dance above the live coals because it’s pretty sure that the dancer possessed by spirits.

This dance is a ritual dance to cast out the demons, the dancer of Sanghyang Dedari are two virgins. In Sanghyang Jaran dance, the dancer is a men who possessed by spirit so he could dance like a horse on live coals.

As it said in a first paragraph that kecak dance was created by the famous dancer in Bali, I Wayan Limbak and a painter from Germany, Walter Spies in 1930. At the beginning, they were mesmerized by the Sanghyang ritual dance where the dancer was dancing controlled by the spirits.

Kecak Dance

Sanghyang ritual itself is a ritual from pra-Hindu tradition in order to refuse the cursed. Then the ritual was adopted by I Wayan Limbak and Walter Spies became a performing art to be showed in European countries, the dance called Tari Kecak.

According to the tourist, the sound of ‘cak, cak, cak..’ is similar with monkey’s sound, so they sometimes called the dance as Monkey Dance.

Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali

Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali located at Kawasan Pariwisata, Nusa Dua Lot N2, PO Box 77, Bali 80363, Indonesia. It is about 25 minutes drive from Bali’s International Airport or 30 minutes from Kuta. The hotel is set in the peaceful area of Nusa Dua with the golden sandy beach apposite it.

Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali

Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali

The Laguna Resort and Spa is a luxury hotel with personalized services of the highest international standard that make it the world’s first class hotel for your accommodations during vacation in Bali. It is also featured by complete hotel facilities to keep the guest conveniently stay in the resort and offers very competitive room rates that are assigned for every traveler who love to stay in the luxury resort on the white sandy beach of Nusa Dua Bali.

If you are going to visit Bali, Indonesia you may need to know the benefits of this Laguna resort and the benefits are as below:

  • A sumptuous buffet breakfast in one of our two restaurants: Banyubiru Restaurant and Arwana, our beach front restaurant.
  • Complimentary Internet Access in the room and Wi-Fi within the entire resort
  • 24-hours on call Butler Service
  • Complimentary 3 pieces of light pressing service (per person upon arrival)
  • Refreshing chilled welcome drink upon arrival
  • Tropical fruit selection upon arrival
  • Complimentary 2 bottles of still mineral water in the accommodation during your stay
  • Packing and unpacking service (on request) by the butler
  • Free access to sauna, Jacuzzi and fitness center

Additional benefits for premium suites (Ocean View Suite / Deluxe Ocean View Suite / Grande Lagoon Suite) & villas.

  • Comfortable transfer from and to the airport
  • Warm welcome with arrival assistance (exclusive of Visa fee) and luggage handling at the airport

I think my short explanation about Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua Bali Indonesia is enough 🙂 , If you want to booked this hotel you could compare the price with other Hotels in Bali especially in Nusa Dua Location, Here are the hotel lists in Nusa Dua for reference.

  • The St. Regis Bali Resort address at Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa dua Lot 6 PO Box 44, Nusa Dua, Nusa Dua / Benoa, Bali.
  • Melia Bali – All inclusive Hotel address at  Kawasan Wisata BTDC Lot 1, Nusa Dua / Benoa, Bali
  • The Wangsa Benoa address at Jl. Pratama 61 Nusa Dua, Nusa Dua / Benoa, Bali
  • Mulia Resort Nusa Dua address at Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan Kawasan Sawangan, Nusa Dua / Benoa, Bali

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali [Five Star Hotel]

You could find The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali at Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua • BTDC Lot N-3, Nusa Dua 80363, Bali, Indonesia. The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali is a five star hotel and a member of International Westin Group Hotel that is set on the beautiful beach with the calm wave seawater. It is combining the soft touches of Bali with warm Balinese hospitality.

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali

The resort is the newest upper upscale five-star hotel in the Nusa Dua enclave catering to both leisure and conference guests. It has huge the meeting room and complete facilities that become an ideal resort for leisure and business travelers.

It resort offers an unparalleled vacation experience, just 25 minutes drive from Bali ‘s International Airport. It also offers very competitive rates that are assigned for every traveler who wish to stay in the beautiful luxury resort area of Bali.

Features 355 guest rooms blend Balinese charm with sheer holiday enjoyment. All feature the Westin Heavenly Bed, a flat screen television, three phones including a speakerphone with dedicated line, Broadband Internet Access, and a laptop size electronic safe. All rooms are designed luxuriously and comfortable with the elegant room amenities.

The average size of guest rooms are 38 square meters. A personal balcony overlooking to the ocean, pool or garden has spaciously appointed and incorporated for all rooms including suites and royal club.

It is a good choice when you are going to take vacation in Bali Indonesia. That would be good experience once you book this hotel. You could tell us your experience after visiting there 🙂

I think a simple review about The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali Indonesia is enough,

If you want to booked this hotel you could compare the price with other Hotels in Bali especially in Nusa Dua Location, Here are the hotel lists in Nusa Dua for reference.

  • The St. Regis Bali Resort address at Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa dua Lot 6 PO Box 44, Nusa Dua, Nusa Dua / Benoa, Bali.
  • Melia Bali – All inclusive Hotel address at  Kawasan Wisata BTDC Lot 1, Nusa Dua / Benoa, Bali
  • The Wangsa Benoa address at Jl. Pratama 61 Nusa Dua, Nusa Dua / Benoa, Bali
  • Mulia Resort Nusa Dua address at Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan Kawasan Sawangan, Nusa Dua / Benoa, Bali

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel, Bali Indonesia

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel is a five diamond star,Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa is located on the southern peninsula of Bali, only 25-minute away from Ngurah Rai International Airport and within easy travelling distance of the island’s major tourist attractions.

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel, Bali

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel, Bali-min

Hotel facilities: Nusa Dua Beach Hotel Bali offers a wide range of facilities & services.

Just for your information, most of Bali Hotels which located at Nusa Dua Beach has great service and facilities. It is to support every visitors who want to get the best services in Bali.

Why we have to go to Nusa Dua Area ?

You Know Nusa Dua, was designed to be an all-inclusive type of tourist destination. The pristine Bali Tourism Development Centre’s (BTDC’s) complex of world-class hotels, an up-market shopping complex with well-maintained facilities, a luxurious 18-hole golf course, white-golden sandy beaches and much more.

That’s why Nusa Dua area is one of popular tourist destination in Bali. If you are going to Bali I suggest you to visit Nusa Dua.

Read also: Grand Hyatt Bali in Nusa Dua

  • Nusa Dua Spa
  • 24-hour Room Service
  • Five restaurants & four bars
  • Banquet facilities & a cultural theater
  • Arrival & departure lounge
  • Laundry & dry cleaning
  • Gym & fitness center
  • Players Games Room
  • 150-meter white sandy beach
  • Baby-sitting service
  • Gecko Kid’s Club
  • Medical clinic with 24-hour doctor on call
  • Lobby Shop – for basic essentials & last minute gifts
  • Shopping arcade
  • Business center with broadband internet connections
  • Tour & Travel counter
  • Bank & ATM machine
  • Swimming Pools [main pool, lagoon pool, children’s pool, spa lap pool]
  • Expansive gardens
  • Water sports counter
  • International TV channels
  • Voicemail telephone system
  • In-room electronic safety box
  • Pillow Menu
  • Hairdryer
  • 18-hole international championship golf course close by
  • Religious services

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa Address: Kawasan Pariwisata | Lot North 4, Nusa Dua, Bali 80363, Indonesia

If you want to booked this hotel you could compare the price with other Hotels in Bali especially in Nusa Dua Location, Here are the hotel lists in Nusa Dua for reference.

  • The St. Regis Bali Resort address at Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa dua Lot 6 PO Box 44, Nusa Dua, Nusa Dua / Benoa, Bali.
  • Melia Bali – All inclusive Hotel address at  Kawasan Wisata BTDC Lot 1, Nusa Dua / Benoa, Bali
  • The Wangsa Benoa address at Jl. Pratama 61 Nusa Dua, Nusa Dua / Benoa, Bali
  • Mulia Resort Nusa Dua address at Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan Kawasan Sawangan, Nusa Dua / Benoa, Bali

Grand Hyatt Bali a Great Resort + Great View

Grand Hyatt Bali a Hyatt Resort in Nusa Dua Bali, Grand Hyatt Bali is a modern dressy resort blanketed by the tropical atmosphere and located in on the white sandy beach with the coconut tree decorates along the seashore. It is one of five star resort in Bali with high quality services making the memorable vacation.

I would like to say that this hotel is one of great resort with beautiful view.

Grand Hyatt Bali is a Great Resort with Beautiful View

Grand Hyatt Bali

The Grand Hyatt Bali is located in Kawasan Wisata Nusa Dua BTDC, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia 80363, Bali ‘s luxury resort development. The resort is conceived as a ‘water palace’ with lake, landscaped gardens and six swimming pools surrounding low-rise Balinese style buildings.

Its resort provides complete hotel facilities with the high-level guest services and competitive rates to ensure your holiday are more comfortable and conveniently.

Grand Hyatt Bali has 648 rooms in four villages, including 17 Grand Executive suites, 16 Grand suites, three Ambassador suites, one Belibis suite, two Presidential suites and two Deluxe villas. Some facilities you will get from this Hotel such as :

  • Cable television and International direct dial phone
  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • Balcony with table and chairs
  • Bathroom with separate bathtub; hair dryer
  • In-room safety-deposit box
  • Grand Club™: The self-contained Grand Club Village has an open-air

lounge and offers complimentary continental breakfast, all-day tea and coffee, evening cocktails, magazines, daily newspaper and
a private swimming pool. If you want to get more information about the Hotels benefits you could try to visit their official website.

Why we have to stay here

This hotel is close to popular place tourist destination in bali, some tourists site such as:

  • Kintamani and Penelokan, Mount Batur
  • Besakih, Bali’s mother temple
  • Tanah Lot, a sea temple
  • Ubud, the center for Balinese painting and place of fine arts
  • Celuk, a village known for goldand silver work
  • Batuan, a center for the arts
  • Goa Gajah, an elephant cave
  • Sanur and Kuta beaches
  • Denpasar city and the Bali museum

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I think my short explanation about Grand Hyatt Bali enough already. Do you want to go to Bali?

If you want to booked this hotel you could compare the price with other Hotels in Bali especially in Nusa Dua Location, Here are the hotel lists in Nusa Dua for reference.

  • The St. Regis Bali Resort address at Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa dua Lot 6 PO Box 44, Nusa Dua, Nusa Dua / Benoa, Bali.
  • Melia Bali – All inclusive Hotel address at  Kawasan Wisata BTDC Lot 1, Nusa Dua / Benoa, Bali
  • The Wangsa Benoa address at Jl. Pratama 61 Nusa Dua, Nusa Dua / Benoa, Bali
  • Mulia Resort Nusa Dua address at Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan Kawasan Sawangan, Nusa Dua / Benoa, Bali