Unfortunately for many sun-seeking vacationers, December in Bali is notorious for its wet weather. As the rainy season kicks in, the beaches become a little less appealing but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of your time here on the island. Don’t let the rain get you down, as we’ve compiled a varied list of exciting indoor activities that you and the family can enjoy when its raining in Bali !
1. Bounce High
If you’re one of those types of people that feel the need to exert energy, then we suggest trying out the Bounce Trampoline Centre at the Canggu Club.
Picture a whole floor of trampolines, side by side; it’s like an ocean of clouds and you’ve just died and bounced right up to heaven! At Bounce, there are 4 different zones: 2 practice zones complete with pools of sponges great for flipping and diving into; and 2 zones for trampoline basketball and dodgeball, great team games and activities. Of course, Bounce is perfect for those energetic children, but adults are welcome to indulge in this very active and fun sport. It makes for a great exercise alternative when the rain is pouring outside.
2. Make Your Own Music Album
True to their dedication to Rock n Roll, the Hard Rock Hotel in Bali offers patrons the opportunity to become a rock star! If you’re a singer or musician, or perhaps you and some friends just want to test out those vocal chords, Hard Rock’s ‘Boom Box’ Recording Studio could be a seriously fun option for your day indoors.
Complete with instruments, state-of-the-art recording equipment and a professional sound engineer, you can make your very own recordings – either karaoke style with a backing track or á la Abbey Road, full on production! Of course you will have a CD to take home with you, your very first EP, recorded specially in Bali – not a bad souvenir if you ask us. Bookings are required.
Hard Rock Hotel Bali
Jalan Pantai, Kuta
Phone: 0361 761 869
3. Take an Indonesian Cooking Class
The famous Spanish Chef, Ferran Adrià, once said that “You cannot get influenced by the cuisine of a country if you don’t understand it.” Different cuisines around the world have a history attached to them. Just like many countries in the world, Indonesia happens to be blessed with rich history, traditions, arts and cultures, and its food is a big part of the country’s wide scope of wealth.
Hotel Tugu Bali is one of the perfect places to study the country’s cuisine. They have this unique experience where traditional Javanese culinary arts are on display. Each spice has a story, each herb has a fragrance and when combined with meats and vegetables they turn into a medley of culture and history. Each bite becomes a memory of something you created, for every time you create that dish, it is something you will remember forever. Each dish you create is a testament to the oral history of the cook.
Worry not on how your dishes are going to end up. The chef will guide you through the entire process. Have faith on yourself. You are about to create something magical!
4. Room Escape Adventure
If you’re after an indoor adventure when its raining, Totem Room Escape is a great and not to mention unique, experience. Basically, patrons will be brought into a single room and have to use clues, teamwork and logic to find their way out of this room into another.
You will race against the clock to find your way out of the whole series of rooms! It’s incredibly exciting but of course this is no walk in the park. Totem Room Escape is meant to be challenging and thus really brings friends together to team up and make their escape. Totem has 4 ‘series’ of rooms, each with their own theme and difficulty. It’s a great alternative to video games, offering a truly live adventure for children and parents alike.
Totem Room Escape
Jalan Kayu Aya No.27, Seminyak
Phone: 0361 474 0071
5. Ten-Pin Bowling
Get excited for this old time classic activity that brings friends and family closer together. When the rain’s pelting against the roof, you’ll be chasing strikes and spares.
With 6-lanes, kitted with automatic pinsetters, gutter bumpers and computerised scoring, all you need to do is slip on those funny shoes and bowl! Strike Bowling at the Canggu Club has a warm ambience, perfect for a family outing, and a bar and restaurant to complete the experience. You won’t need to go anywhere once you’re there, just enjoy some good old-fashioned fun.
6. Get Crafty
Vincent Van Gogh once said, “If you hear a voice within you that says you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
You do not need to be a professional artist to be able to give your home a new artistic look or to surprise your friends with your artistic work. Having a real life experience of painting Batik at the Bali Culture Center in Ubud will make you realize that you are capable of making something wonderful. You won’t just learn, but will also get to practice making good use of the recovered domestic paint in making colourful boomerang paintings. Easter egg painting is another fun and easy activity offered here. It is advisable however, to use larger and stronger eggs so that they do not get damaged. After that, you can start painting or dyeing the eggs.
7. Make Your Own Fragrance
L’Atelier Parfums et Creations offers you the opportunity to find and make the perfect fragrance just for you. When you enter one of their workshops at either Ayana Resort and Spa Jimbaran or Ritz-Carlton Bali Nusa Dua, you will notice a huge array of bottles lined up on the pearl white tables, and there you will begin your journey into fragrance.
It starts with a personality test to determine your Zen and Tonic cards; then onto sniffing dozens of essential oils and ingredients, choosing the ones you like. The next step is to mix them all together to create a smell that is completely you. Workshops typically take 90 minutes but a 3 hour session is possible if you want to learn more. Either way you will take a completely personalized souvenir home with you.
8. Learn a Balinese Dance
Take the trip to Ubud and make a nice, long stop at the Bali Culture Center for a Balinese Dance class. From the minute you first sit down to watch the dancers, you will be amazed and eager to give it a try yourself!
You may not be able to do the moves at first but thankfully the instructors will guide and motivate you until you can do the dance movements correctly. As you master the moves you will also learn about Indonesian philosophy as each step, each movement represents some deep insight into the nature of life and universal law of the Balinese. Even the garments, the costumes, and the colours, all represent a unique aspect and harmony of life. As once said, “Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life.” In order for one to have a harmonious and balanced life, one needs to create harmony within one’s self and surroundings to build a decent life. The open bamboo building makes for a perfect natural setting, especially when its raining in Bali.
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