i love bali. it is home to beautiful beaches and has a huge range of resorts and villas at a fraction of the price you pay in australia. i’ve put together a guide to help you plan your trip. hopefully sharing with you my knowledge of the beautiful place will make you fall in love with it also.
it doesn’t really matter what day you arrive in bali but for my weekly guide i have started it on a thursday. i would recommend staying 10 days as it is enough time to appreciate what bali has on offer and relax withouty getting bored. my favourite areas are seminyak and uluwatu so the guide is predominantly about those areas. yes, bali can be dangerous as the news reports say but so can anywhere in the world. be vigilant as you would in any foreign country and think twice before you jump on a moped!
spend the day at finns beach club swimming, tanning and snorkelling. entrance fee is rp. 250, 000 which includes a towel, day bed, rp. 150, 000 food and drinks credit and use of the sports equipment. after sunset they make fires and the atmosphere changes once again so make the most out of finns and experience it by day and night.
start early and hit the streets of seminyak to do some shopping. seminyak is filled with lovely boutiques at a range of prices. then take a lunch break at the iconic representation of cafes in australia, sisterfields. continue shopping in kuta if you want rip offs, dvds, cheap massages and fake watches. i recommend bagus watches, they have a good quality range at reasonable prices. if you’re in the kuta/legian area, i recommend dinner on the beach at mozzarella for a lovely pasta.
my absolute favourite view in bali is the 180 degree view from el kabron cliff club. a spanish inspired tapas restaurant on the edge of a cliff with breathtaking views of the indian ocean… 50 metres above sea level, it doesn’t get much better than that. there is a minimum spend of rp. 300, 000 each so come hungry (and thirsty). after having an afternoon nap, party at ku de ta in the evening.
wake up early and visit the uluwatu temple. great experience with insane views. tip: wear sunscreen and don’t let the workers follow you and offer to take photos… they expect money! spend the afternoon and night at single fin. make sure you get there around 4pm so you can grab a seat or a table. it’s the place to be in bali for a sunday sesh so don’t underestimate how busy it will be. nothing but cold drinks and good vibes.
take a trip to ubud to do some shopping at the markets and visit the rice fields at tegallalang. ubud also has a great monkey forest, elephant safari, rafting and local village tours. finish of the night in seminyak for great food and a nice sunset at potato head. great food, great drinks and great views. they serve the best cocktails in bali and possibly anywhere i’ve ever been.
take a trip to padang padang beach and then make a stop at blue heaven. they’re close by each other. a lot of tourists visit blue point but personally i think blue heaven takes the cake and apparently it’s also cheaper. an absolute must is a visit to rock bar for sunset dinner and drinks. they took the concept of “on the rocks” to a whole new level. don’t make the mistake of getting there really late as you simply won’t get a table for sunset- it is always busy! it’s pretty expensive also but worth the stunning view so bring your camera.
spend the morning shopping then tanning and swimming. if you don’t want to stay at your resort, i have some options below of where to go and eat. spend your last afternoon relaxing and winding down at la plancha. start the evening watching the sunset on the comfy bean bags then head to motel mexicola. a bright and vibrant mexican restaurant. one of my favourite restaurants in seminyak!
WHERE TO STAY
i’ve stayed in legian and i’ve stayed in seminyak and my next trip to bali i am staying in uluwatu. i love uluwatu so much because of their insane cliff views and beach clubs so if you want to relax and drink with a view there’s your choice. if you want to experience the hustle and bustle of bali and shop at the cheap markets- legian. seminyak is along these lines but it is more quiet and home to lovely villas. the shopping is more upmarket while still having some shops to get rip offs.
legian and kuta:
-chandra luxury villas
uluwatu & jimbaran:
-anatara bali uluwatu resort
-le meridien bali jimbaran hotel
-ayana resort and spa
-banyan tree ungasan
CAFES + RESTAURANTS
-motel mexicola, seminyak
-jamies italian, kuta
-the beach house, canggu
-jimbaran seafood cafes
-revolver cafe, seminyak
-la lucciola, seminyak
-rock bar, jimbaran
-ku de ta, seminyak
-el kabron, uluwatu
-gusto gelato, seminyak
-potato head, seminyak
-get a massage each day! throw in a pedicure and finish the holiday off with an aloe vera rub for the sunburn. it’s fine to go somewhere cheap but just make sure it’s clean
-take photos! you’re allowed to be a tourist so capture some amazing kodak moments
-try an authentic nasi goreng and nasi campur! they are so delicious
-get a driver when you go long distances! it will be about rp. 500, 000 for a full day ($50)
-if you’re not going too far use blue bird taxis as they are safe and use the meter
-acrylic nails or a great mani pedi? visit the new york style, think pink salon
-explore. just because your resort has a nice pool doesn’t mean you can’t venture out and explore others. lv8 beach club is awesome!
-use reliable atms… you don’t want to be scammed so check with your hotel for their legitimacy
-i haven’t been but i hear the gili islands are beautiful. within the next 6 months i will be visiting bali again and spending half my trip in uluwatu and half at the gili islands. keep your eye out for my gili blog…
1- El Kabron, 2- Finns Beach Club, 3- Ubud Elephant Safari, 4- Blue Heaven, 5- Padang Padang Beach, 6- LV8 Beach Club, 7- El Kabron, 8- Niksoma, 9- Rock Bar, 10- Uluwatu Temple, 11- Nasi Goreng and Pizza, 12- Ayana Resort, 13- El Kabron Spanish Tapas