Blowout sale to Bali

Image: A tourist sunbathes in Bali
Want to check out Bali this spring, once the rains have gone and the weather turns more pleasant? Escapes Unlimited has a five-nighter priced at just $799 for travel through early June.Paula Bronstein / Getty Images file
/ Source: Sherman's Travel

Book by: ASAP
Travel by: Various through March 2008

The deal
We suggest a visit to one of the world’s most stunning beach destinations — the Indonesian resort island of Bali. The rainy season is about to finish and that means — nicer weather and prices that still haven’t reached their peak! We found a foursome of stellar specials to let you explore this tropical land of rugged volcanoes, lush jungles, and magnificent beaches while saving some serious dollars. Packages now start at just $799, with air, hotels and a wealth of freebies.

Bali winter bargain for $1,298
Want to discover the many wonders of this Asian gem before this winter’s out? The Asian Affair Holidays special we found lets you do so for just $1,298! This low cost covers a five-night deluxe hotel stay, air, and guided tours. It’s valid for departures from San Francisco or L.A. through March 31 (just $60 extra from NY). Lodging provided is at either one of four upscale properties, such as the clifftop Nikko Bali Resort. Daily buffet breakfast is thrown in as are airport transfers and a full-day Barong Dance and Kintamani tour, with lunch.

Bali all-inclusive for $1,599
How about a balmy all-inclusive bargain in Bali? Virgin Vacations offers a seven-night package good for travel through May for a mere $1,599! Not only does this price include round-trip air from L.A. or San Francisco but also a bevy of freebies during your stay. Those are: a seven-night sojourn at a beachfront resort; three meals a day and all domestic alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks; all non-motorized water sports; airport transfers; and three guided tours (two half-day trips and a day-long excursion around northern Bali).

Bali spring escape from $799
Want to check out Bali this spring, once the rains have gone and the weather turns more pleasant? Escapes Unlimited has a five-nighter priced at just $799 for travel through early June. This price covers the flight from L.A. or San Fransisco, with airport transfers; three nights in a midrange hotel at either Sanur Beach or Legian/Kuta Beach plus two nights in Ubud (or five nights at the same hotel); daily breakfast; and a half-day tour of Bali’s villages and temples. Departing from New York? Quoted prices go up by just $250.

Cultural Bali tour from $3,340
If you like travel with a cultural twist, here’s the ideal deal. Asian Pacific Adventures offers a 14-day adventure called “Bali: Through an Artist’s Eye”, available for three 2008 departures from $3,340 (the first on June 12). The price doesn’t include air (estimated at $1,390 from LA) but covers activities and tours as well as boutique lodging in Ubud. You’ll visit weaving villages and seaside communities; enjoy theater & music performances; attend lectures on shadow puppetry and Indonesian textiles; walk through rainforests; and relax on secluded beaches.

The dollars
The rates above are listed per person, based on double occupancy. What makes the first three deals such good value is the inclusion of the long-haul and normally wallet-busting airfare to Bali. We chose the last land-only package because of the wealth of unique tours and excursions that it features, which add substantial value to the package.

The catch
Get ready for a long flight.

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