This past month I was lucky to have been able to travel to the beautiful island of Bali with my friends. Bali is one of those countries that is so different to your usual holiday destinations in Europe or within Asia. I couldn’t help but be mesmerised with everything I saw.
We were a motley crew of foodies, fashion junkies, adventurous, hyperactive, spiritual and chilled out people. Therefore I am about to give you a brief overview of the different destinations within Bali, so you can get a feel for what might interest you.
My Bali adventure, where to begin? The Bali experience is something that can’t be explained, it’s a cultural and spiritual journey that needs to be experienced in order to be understood. Bali is called “The Island of The Gods,” and appropriately so.
I was lucky enough to experience some of the most beautiful locations and resorts the island has to offer, beginning in Seminyak then into the rice paddy fields of Ubud , jimbaran and Uluwatu.
From swimming in crystal blue waters and infinity pools to shopping in the adorable boutiques, relaxing at the cool cafes and dining at world class restaurants. The thing we loved most about Bali is that it offers something for everyone!
S E M I N I Y A K
We started out our trip with Seminyak. Anyone who’s planning a trip to Bali should definitely visit Seminiyak – because if you are someone who likes your holiday UP – BEAT then this is your place to be!
After an early morning flight from Singapore we arrived in seminiyak groggy-eyed hence we made the most of the – in house Balinese massage experience at our hotel – Desamuda Village – A beautiful private villa with an exclusive pool and open kitchen and a beautiful open shower for us experience the scenic beauty and nature.
After our leisure time at the villa we got ready and headed straight out to one of the most popular restaurants called Made’s Warung for dinner – which was literally a hopscotch away from our villa – I have to say we were extremely lucky to stay here, everything from here within Seminiyak was literally 5-10 mins away.
Our agenda in this part of Bali was all about feeling the vibe and letting our hair down by visiting all the beach clubs.
Jive – Le Favela | Ku De Ta | Potato Head | Motel Mexicola
Eat – Made’s Warung | Fat Gajah | Sisterfields | Corner House
Shop – Uluwatu (handmade lace outfits) | Bamboo Blonde | By the sea | Thaikila for swimwear
We’ll be very honest we barely saw Ubud and we “Regret” not having enough time to explore. Anyhow just to give you a bit of an insight; Ubud is in the centre of Bali, seen as the cultural heart of Bali. There are many tour buses with day trippers visiting Ubud every day, filling up the streets, the market, and temples. But Ubud seems able to adapt to it`s growing popularity and the crowds. Only a short stroll away from the main streets of Ubud, you can still find peace and serenity. There`s nothing like a walk through the green and lush rice fields to find your mental balance.
Ideal way to experience Ubud would be; to stay there for at least for 2 nights but since we were barely there for a day we just about managed to do the waterfall, Kopi Luwak, beautiful and cozy cafes along the market stretch and of course the Ubud Art Market.
Despite the tourist crowds, a visit to Ubud and it`s surroundings is still a real must when visiting Bali.
See – Tanah Lot Temple | Tegenungan Waterfall | Tegallalang Rice Terraces | Ubud Monkey Forest
Eat – Tukies Cafe for all things Coconut | Cafe Lotus
Shop – Ubud Art Market | Gianyar
U L U W A T U
Uluwatu is a paradise for surfers with the many world-class surfing spots like Suluban Beach, Padang-padang Beach, Balangan Beach and more. We have to say that Uluwatu certainly took our breath away with its panoramic cliff-top , sunset views and of course the beautiful cultural Kecak dance.
See – Uluwatu Temple | Kecak Fire dance | Padang Padang Beach
Surf & Chill – Sundays Beach Club | Single Fin
I feel as though Bali is also a reminder of how beautiful and simple can life be; the locals are so lovely and cheerful that it would be hard to have a bad day in Bali.