Monday, 19 September 2011 3:58 PM
If you're considering booking Bali luxury holidays, Nusa Dua could be a great place to visit on your trip.
There is much to see and do in the area and if you do decide to book a break here, you certainly won't regret it - particularly if you're keen to soak up some alternative culture while you're away.
Nusa Dua itself occupies part of the south-eastern coast of Bali in the Badung district and consists of some beautiful beaches and resorts offering luxury hotels, sports facilities and plenty of shops.
You will be able to indulge in golf, windsurfing, snorkelling, diving, deep-sea fishing, water-skiing and other pursuits while on holiday in this region.
There's more to the area than its beaches and sports, however - Bali's culture is based on a form of Hinduism known as Hindu Darma, which has given rise to a wide range of ceremonies to celebrate a host of occasions.
This in turn has generated many different artforms, be it dance or handweaving - and you are sure to come across some of these while in the region.
Listen out for the sound of the gamelan - the primary instrument in traditional Bali orchestras and Balinese music. You may also come across the kecak and legong dances, some of the best known traditional dances in Bali.
The Kecak typically features a male choir and is used as an expression of local traditions and mythology, detailing the story of the persecution of King Rama at the hands of the ogre king.
You are sure to want to go exploring while in Bali and you won't be disappointed if you're looking for historical and traditional sites of interest to investigate. For example, you could enjoy visiting Gunung Agung, the island's active volcano, which is thought to be the home of the Balinese gods.
Elsewhere, you could also make your way to the Goa Gajah Temple - which is literally translated as Elephant Cave - and was once used by Buddhist and Hindu monks as a place of meditation.
It is thought that the cavern was built in the 11th century and features an elaborately carved face, with a demon head opening the rock with its bare hand.