Australia-Bali flights are still on the radar as Indonesian travel calls
Bali is bracing for a welcome wave of Australian visitors, pending government approval to return quarantine-free travel.
Airlines are certainly ready and eager to go: Bali has for many years been Australia’s second most popular overseas destination after New Zealand.
Jetstar aims to be the first to take off, with the airline’s Boeing 787s set to take off from Melbourne to Denpasar (capital and main hub of Bali province) on February 14, followed by flights from Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide in early March.
Qantas announces the resumption of its daily QF43 flight from Sydney on March 27, with QF45 from Melbourne-Denpasar on Monday March 28.
March 27 also sees a three-city kickoff for Virgin Australia, with Boeing 737 flights to Bali taking off from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Of course, none of this is a certificate, with airlines advising Executive Traveler that their flight schedules obviously depend on government regulations.
Hopes were high for a Christmas in Bali after Indonesian President Joko Widodo offered to establish a ‘vaccinated travel lane’ with Australia in early November 2021, although this appears to hinge on seamless travel in both sense and was later overtaken by the arrival of the fast-spreading omicron variant of Covid-19.
Before the pandemic hit, Australians made up a quarter of all tourists arriving in Bali, drawing the bulk of Australians to Indonesia with an average stay of nine days according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
“We look forward to welcoming Australians to Bali,” enthuses Uday Rao, General Manager of Four Seasons Resorts Bali, saying “Australians have always been the first to return and the last to leave.”
And the roots run so deep that in the past, Rao explains, “some Australian guests have formed such a strong bond with our Balinese staff that they’ve invited them to Australia and sponsored their visas, hosted them at their homes, treated like VIPs – which speaks to the strong bond we have.
New experiences added to the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay include an “ocean-to-table fishing adventure” where guests enjoy lunch with a local fisherman on a jukung-style fishing boat, and the only barbecue feast “four “à smoke” from Indonesia where meats, seafood, sweets and vegetable dishes are cooked in coffee wood for a unique succulence that melts in the mouth.
Rao also highlights Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay’s revamped program for kids, with hands-on activities like crafts and kite flying, Balinese dancing and martial arts, cooking and even making mocktails. , while adults relax at the new Healing Village Spa.
Indeed, “all-vila” resorts like the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay – where each of the 147 private pool villas spread over 14 acres of beachfront gardens is a self-contained retreat – may prove even more appealing to visitors. who favor isolation. .