Finally I get around writing a post about my adventure in Bali! - Definitely my top 1 destination of all the places I have been to so far.
Since Mike and I spent so much time planning this trip I thought I would create a guide and share some tips and findings we came across along the way.
After doing some research we decided we wanted to see as much as possible with the time we had. We moved around quite a lot and changed accommodation almost every night - which I don't recommend if you are not planning on taking a backpack as your luggage. We ended up with sore shoulders -my backpack was not light!- but it was definitely worth the experience! After deliberating for a few days we had the itinerary; we would land in Denpasar and go to Kutah straight from there, followed by Seminyak - Canggu - Ubud - The Gilli Islands and Uluwatu as the end of our journey.
The first night we stayed in a random hotel in Kuta, which we had booked spontaneously the night before, because we figured out it would be better to secure accommodation for the first night rather than walking around trying to find a hotel late at night. The place was called Alam KulKul and it wasn't the beeest place we stayed in, yet it was perfect for what we needed!
Later in the afternoon we decided to make our way up to Canggu and get some lunch - I probably would have liked to spend more time there but our next hotel was booked in Ubud, so we needed to make our way up to the mountains quickly - we purposely ended up in Cafe Organic again! - this time in Canggu- We had tried their amazing breakfast before, so now we were up for some lunch! After treating ourselves to a delicious burger and sweet potato fries we were ready to carry on exploring. We ended up in the perfect oasis to have a drink: The Lawn. We sat down, had a drink, listened to the waves and some live music by the ocean. Honestly, that place has some serious Bali vibes! If someone asked me where I would spend my ideal evening it would definitely be there, lying under the late afternoon sun. Watching the sun set from that spot was magical!
Long after the sunset we realised we still had to make our way to Ubud so we got a taxi there. That night we stayed in an Airb&b in the rice fields. We were so excited yet scared since the room was inside a bamboo nest quite a few feet high up the ground. The hosts came to get us on the main road and escorted us through the middle of the rice fields with torches since it was so dark. We made it to the place and they kindly provided us with some tasty Nasi Goreng for dinner. That night it was raining and we technically slept outside! I think the sound of the rain made it an unforgettable experience. We couldn’t see anything but we could hear ubud’s wildlife at night and smell the wet leaves from the palm trees; it’s something I had never experienced before. I definitely recommend staying there if you are not afraid of heights, mosquito bites and sleeping outside.
The next morning we walked from the Airb&b in the rice fields to the centre of Ubud and we wandered until we finally arrived to our next accommodation; a place that is absolutely the opposite from where we had stayed the night before: The Viceroy Bali. Describing it as paradise is even an understatement. The place, the staff, the atmosphere, everyrhing was dreamy - our room even had its own pool! - I couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful location to get engaged! Yes, Mike popped the question and now he is stuck with me! I think we will think fondly of the Viceroy for the rest of our lives.
We spent our last night in Ubud at Bambu Indah - a beautiful luxury boutique hotel perfect for people who are looking to stay in a natural Balinese environment and want to try their delicious local cuisine. The place has different houses, which means you actually have a whole place to yourself and don’t feel you are in a hotel. Unfortunately, it rained a lot during our stay and didn’t leave the villa much, that’s why we couldn’t enjoy all that beautiful place has to offer. However, I do can recommend their restaurant and food - If there is one thing I do on rainy days, that is to eat!
Bambu Indah is fairly close to the Famous Monkey Temple, so we took the opportunity to visit all the cheeky monkeys that live there. You step in and you feel like you are in the Jungle Book movie, there is monkeys everywhere, looking all cute. I made the mistake of approaching a few... after one tried to steal the lid of my camera lens and bit me on my finger, I can say I have learned my lesson and I won’t try to pet any monkeys next time I see one.
As you can see, Bali is so amazing it is hard to squeeze it all into one post. That’s why there will be two more posts coming in the next few days! :) stay tuned!
As always, thanks for reading (this was a long one!) and please feel free to drop a comment or message me if you have any questions or need any tips when going to Bali!
Lots of love,