Bali is one of my favourite travel destinations as I invariably discover new restaurants, sights and friends. The ancient Hindu culture, the intriguing dances, their mastery of the arts and wonderful architecture all add up to make Bali so calming and enjoyable.

A typical scene on Sanur Beach

Even after more than a dozen trips to this island paradise I always look forward to arriving and exploring the island. My fondest memories of Bali are nearly all about the friends I have made – they hold a special place in my heart.

My friends', Nyoman Sumertha & Ni Nyoman Sulaseh, hotel - Tepi Sawah at Ubud

I know that Bali beckons and I will return.