Hope your week is going great. I have finally managed to get some free time and I am very excited to finally write the last post about my Bali adventure. The previous post was about what we got up to around Seminyak, Canggu and Ubud; this post will revolve around my experience in the Gili Islands and Uluwatu. Keep reading. ♡
Our journey to the Gili's started from Padang Bai. We got there super early from Ubud to catch a ferry that turned out to be delayed by an hour, more or less. So if you are planning to go to the Gili's I would recommend to save a day just for the journey, that way you won't feel like you have wasted your time traveling.
We finally got to Gili Trawangan late in the afternoon. I was expecting to get off the boat and place my feet on white sand and crystal clear water. Well... it had rained that day so I placed my feet on muddy ground and very cloudy water instead. Oh well, sometimes it rains in paradise too!
Then Mike and I made our way to The Exile, our accommodation for that night. Once we dropped our bags we decided to go and explore the island. We came across a cute little Jamaican restaurant called Casa Vintage that you could smell from miles away (that was a good sign!) and we stayed there for dinner. All the food was great, but their cassava fries were to die for!
The next day was busy, we had breakfast at the Exile and after sun bathing for a little while we decided to grab our bags and walk to the other side of the island to settle down in Le Pirate Beach Club where we spent two nights. I only have good words for that place; our little home had a very cute outdoor bathroom and there was a pool nearby too. That place offers bike rentals, snorkelling, diving and all sorts of activities. They even have outdoor cinema some evenings while you are having dinner at the restaurant.
We couldn't leave the Island without going snorkelling, so we booked it through our hotel and they told us where we would need to catch the boat to Gili Meno and at what time. The experience was unbelievable; what we could see underwater was spectacular! I even got to pet a cute turtle that was swimming by - I did swim as fast as I could to be able to reach it!!- I would recommend snorkelling around Gili Meno to everyone, it was definitely one of the best things I have done in my life!
Our last evening in the Gili's was relaxed, we rented bikes and did a full loop around the island, took pictures of a stunning sunset and then enjoyed a tasty dinner in a restaurant called The Pearl.
The next day we had to make our way back to Bali, this time the boat was on time and the weather was beautiful so we sat down on the upper deck and toasted our skin under the sun for the whole journey. We got to Padang Bai and took a bus that took forever to get to Uluwatu as it was dropping people off at their hotels along the way.
Finally, we made it to heaven on earth! As soon as we got into Gravity Hotel Bali we knew we would go back there one day! What a gorgeous location! It's owner, Ricky, does an amazing job running that place and he has such an eye for detail that there is no corner in the hotel that doesn't look pretty. The staff there are very friendly and it's a pleasure to talk to them when you order food or drinks at the bar.
When we arrived they greeted us with a welcome drink that was extremely refreshing and they took our bags to our room. It was a wonderful space, very peaceful, luxurious yet simple and still keeping the balinese vibe, all made of bamboo. I wish I could live in a room like that! It felt like the perfect home for me.
We didn't see much of Uluwatu which is probably a good thing so we have the perfect excuse to go back. We only visited Single Fin to have a drink and we ended up having a full pizza each! I have to say eating pizza next to a cliff with an ocean view is definitely a pleasant experience!
Bali, you were amazing. I can't wait to visit again soon. ♡