It’s no secret that I love Bali, so I often muse what it would be like to retire in Bali one day.
Of course it’s one of Australia’s most popular and inexpensive tropical holiday destinations; from Perth we can be at Denpassar airport in less time than it takes to fly to any other major city in Australia, while from Darwin it’s only a two-hour flight.
Not withstanding that, I’ve heard that people of many other nationalities choose to live and retire in Bali and there’s a big expat community.
Now the rumble in the jungle is that with a record number of Aussies reaching the age of retirement, Bali is becoming an alternative for people wanting quality of life on their pension without the expense of Australia. Yes, retirement villages are also being built.
Bring on the Lotus Eating I say.
7 reasons to Retire in Bali
So why would you want to retire to this tropical isle?
1. The scenery is gorgeous at every turn.2. There are lots of Things to do in Bali.3. It’s not an expensive place to live.4. You could live ‘beautifully’.5. Fresh food is abundant6. You can fly to Australia reasonably quickly if (as Aussie citizens) you need specialised medical treatment not available in Bali.7. Lots of other destinations in Asia are on your doorstep for interesting getaways.
Things to do in Bali
If you’d like to find out more about things to do in Bali, here’s one of the most popular posts on my travel blog ZigaZag: 29 Awesome things to see and do in Bali
The Weather in Bali
- OK so you have to like humid, because in the wet season it can be a right pea-souper.
- The rainy monsoon season is from December to March and the dry season is form May to September.
- The temperature is around 20 to 33 degress Celsius (68 to 93 Fahrenheit) all year-round.
- From June to September the humidity is lower, and the evenings can be cool.
Bali fast facts
- The population is around 4.2 million
- Bali is an island and part of the Republic of Indonesia
- Flying time to Jakarta (Indonesia) is about 1.5 hours, to Singapore 2.5 hours and Perth (Australia) 3.5 hours, to Hong Kong about 4.5 hours, and to Sydney/Melbourne about 5.5 to 6 hours.
- Expect lush tropical forests, rice terraces, crater lakes, fertile vegetable and fruit gardens, fast flowing rivers and deep ravines.
- Beaches on the south of the island have white sand, while those in the north and east have gray or black volcanic sand.
- The majority of Balinese are Hindus.
Arguably one of the most beautiful islands in the world Bali is steeped in a complex culture, and although it might in comparison be poor when judged by Western terms, it’s rich in art, spirituality and mythology.
Why is Bali so alluring?
Everything in Bali feels voluptuous; bigger and brighter.
I think that Bali induces superlatives – it’s been called the split gate to heaven, paradise, and garden of Eden.
People are friendly.
Be pampered in a Balinese Spa
When I retire I’d like to have lots of spa treatments please!
Spa treatments in Bali are less expensive than in Australia and you get the right Royal treatment. The Maya Ubud resort for example has thatched treatment pavilions dramatically cantilevered over the rapids of the Petanu River which carves its way through the secluded valley below. A canopied bathtub filled with bucketfuls of frangipani, the sweet smell of rose, orange or lime bath crystals, a healthy snack, fresh lemon juice, and the rushing sound of the river make for an experience which can best be described as heavenly.
Take a walk or bike ride through rice paddies
Rice is a symbol of Balinese life. It’s been cultivated in Bali for over a millennium. Ancient terraces are bordered by irrigation channels and flanked by swaying palms. On a hot dry winter’s day, along the roadside you may see rice being dried and de-husked.
Have a cocktail or two
There are so many places to enjoy a cocktail as the sun sets. The young and fashionistas are likely to head to Potato Head in Seminyak, while the oldies amongst us may just wander to a quiet bar with a splendid sunset view.
Tiptoe amongst the Temples
On every corner in Bali there seems to be a temple or a shrine. Always the design is ornate. If there is a celebration or a ceremony there will be sunflower yellow or ivory white parasols, and colourful bunting.
Try different food and tropical fruits
Mmm, we like to eat Nasi Goreng and Mie Goreng (special, spicey fried rice or noodles) or Gado Gado (steamed vegetables with peanut sauce) but here you can see Tuti Satay Chicken with an array of tasty accoutrements.
If you’d like more information about Bali, perhaps you’d like to read :
but if you’re thinking of retiring in Bali, please do your homework because Bali, like anywhere else has negative aspects which you need to consider.