Bali lies 600 miles south of the equator, between Java and Lombok, in the middle of the 3,400 mile long Indonesian archipelago. Bali has a consistently warm year-round temperature, with an average temperature of 27.2º Celsius (81º Farenheit). The ‘rainy season’ runs from November to March (approximately) and often provides heavy rainfall typical of the tropics.
The Indonesian Rupiah is the currency of Indonesia. The currency code for rupiahs is idr, and the currency symbol is RP. While exchange rates are obviously flexible, a rule of thumb is that AUS $1 = 10,000 RP; US $1 = 13,300 RP; €1 = 14,700 RP; and £1 STG = 20,500 RP. *
Indonesia is a trading country and the Balinese are renowned for welcoming all currencies. However, it is recommended to use local currency wherever possible. Exchange facilities are available at the airport and ATMs are readily available in Bali.
A visa on arrival is necessary for most nations and valid for a 30-day single entry. Day of arrival counts as day one. You can obtain your visa at the airport before immigration by joining the queue and paying the fee of US $35 per person. Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months and that there is space for the visa sticker! Visit your local travel agents to stay up to date with any Visa changes.
In the famous words of Coco Chanel, ‘less is more’! Bali has a relaxed lifestyle, and an active night life. Shopping range from markets to exclusive Balinese-designed clothing and jewellery stores. Many people prefer to just pack a small amount and buy new clothes and other items once they arrive in Bali.
In keeping with the Indonesian law, all guests of Villa Kouru need to be registered with the local police. The staff will do this for you and will require a copy of each guest’s passport (front inside pages with photo and passport details) and RP 25,000 (approx AUS $2.50 / US $1.90)* per person. Failing to do this will result in a penalty for the owner. Your passport will be returned safely within 24 hours.
Lunch and dinner can be prepared by our chef at an additional cost. We have chosen a selection of Indonesian and western dishes for our in-house menu, which we hope you will enjoy. As time is required to purchase fresh ingredients and prepare the meal, we request advising our in-house chef of your lunch and dinner requirements as early in the day as possible (or even one day prior to meals required).
The staff are secured 5% service charge on top of your accommodation rental. We do hope you enjoy the service provided by our committed staff and leave staff gratuities to your discretion. The normal level of ‘tipping’ is RP 50,000 per staff member, per day.