A trip to Bali had been on my bucket list for a long time, and last October after scoring a flight ticket sale we didn’t hesitate to go.
Where I stayed?
During my week-long stay, I visited three of the most popular areas in Bali for 3 unique experiences: Nusa Dua, Ubud and Seminyak.
Nusa Dua is where all the posh hotels are, I stayed at the beautiful Inaya Hotel. It’s a 5-star hotel with all the amenities and a very nice beach-front. In Ubud I stayed at Anumana hotel, more of a boutique hotel near the Monkey Forest with great customer service and at Seminyak I stayed at Grania Bali Villas, family-run private villas with more personalized service. All three are great, highly recommended options!
How to get around?
People usually rent scooters to get around in Bali.. and although this sounds like a fun idea in principle, I find it terrifying, especially given the crazy traffic. My recommendation is to contact Putu Adi (Instagram handle @putuadiarsana), we hired his services as a driver during our stay (including airport pickup and drop-off) and he is truly amazing! It is not expensive to hire your own driver and in our case, Putu was full of great activities and restaurant recommendations (plus, he’s an amazing photographer as well!)
What to eat?
I can’t get enough of Indonesian Food!! My favourite meal was the traditional seafood dinner at Jimbaran. Try to go at 5:30 so you can enjoy the sunset at the beach, select your favourite very-fresh dish and enjoy the most delicious grilled seafood ever! If you are having trouble selecting the restaurant, Menega is always a good option.
What to do?
There are many different activities in Bali to appeal all kinds of travelers, our personal favourites included: exploring the monkey forest, shopping for handcrafted wood and silver pieces at Ubud, Uluwuatu temple, Jatiluwih Rice Fields, Mt Batur sunrise trekking, Tanah Lot and the relaxing at the spa just before our very long flight home.
What not to miss?
Take a day or weekend trip to Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Penida, we took a snorkeling trip and the view underwater is as amazing as it is above!