Life is a journey and if you are privileged enough to visit Bali, which is one of more than 18000 islands that make up the Indonesian Archipelago, you will wonder why you hadn’t come here sooner.
Bali’s population of over 3,000,000 souls spread over the whole island, including those in the smaller islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Lembongan, Serangan and Menjangan Island. The overwhelming majority of Balinese are Hindus, with the increasing number on non-Hindu migrating from the closest neighboring islands of Java and Lombok. The coastal areas in the south are the most populous area with over 370,000 people living in various professions in the capital of Denpasar. Farming has been the primary way of living in Balinese life. Where else fishing, trading and craftsmanship are also in fashion from generation to generation. Yet with the fast growth of tourism since the past few decades, young people are creating a new touch in their living culture. Life in Bali is very communal under the organization of villages. Temple ceremonies, marriage, cremation, farming and even the creative art festivals are decided by the local community institution called “Banjar”. The responsibilities in the day-to-day life are normally administered by both the Banjar and the government. The local government mostly responsible for schools, health clinics, hospitals and roads, and Banjar is responsible for all other aspects of life. There is another association exists in the Banjar named “Subak” that concerns to the production of rice and organizes the complex irrigation system. Every family who owns a rice field must be a member of their local Subak, which then ensures that every member gets his fair distribution of water. A banjar consists of an average of 50 to 150 family members, owning a meeting venue called the Bale Banjar, which is used for regular gatherings and a center for local gamelan orchestras and drama groups.
Bali’s culture is rich and wild. With the majority of the island being populated by a predominantly Hindu culture, you will experience many enlightening and fascinating experiences. The Balinese are welcoming of all cultures, religions and visitors who journey to their land and truly want to share their island life with you.
North Bali, is especially wonderful and enchanting. Now that the South is heavily populated with mass resort and hotel development, you will find the North a peaceful, serene and open place to explore. From rainforests to waterfalls, verdant rice paddies and clove and coffee plantations, there is no shortage of finding unique things to do.
Location / Directions
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Banjar Dinas Menagung
Desa Kayuputih, Buleleng
Bali Indonesia 81152
Sanak is very close to the well –renowned village of Munduk, approximately 45 minutes from the sleepy coastal town of Lovina, approximately 1.5 hours from the land of eat, pray, love Ubud and approximately 85 Kilometers from the Ngurah Rai International airport. We offer transfers to and from the airport or anywhere on the island…the leisurely drive can take up to 3 hrs whilst you travel through colourful villages, monkey laden jungles and pass by three iconic lakes.
Best time to visit Bali is from May to September.
If you can visit during some of the major festivals- Galungan, Nyepi, Saraswati and Arts Festival, you will be in for an extra cultural feast.
Speak to our Explore and Adventure team or our Retreat Manager for recommendations on where to eat and shop locally or for local tips on Ubud and the Seminyak and Canggu areas where there is a buzzing island metropolis of fabulous restaurants, fashion and lifestyle retail stores.
What to Pack
A visit to Sanak in North Bali is not your typical Balinese Beach/Island Holiday.
The unique temperature of 20- 25 degrees Celsius makes it an ideal choice for outdoor activities. We lie approximately 600 meters above sea level in the mountains so the temperature can vary compared to the rest of Bali. A light wind jacket is always advisable, covered and comfy footwear for your rice paddy or mountain walks and comfortable leisure wear in general. Don’t forget your hat and bathers as the sun can be strong during the day and there is always a great opportunity to swim in our patchwork pool or take a dip in the Munduk Waterfall that boasts a 200-meter fall.