I'm so excited to share my most recent trip with all of you to the magical island of Bali! I've been wanting to travel to Bali for as long as I can remember - funny backstory, when I got my wisdom teeth taken out 4 years ago, the doctor told me to dream of a destination I had been dying to go to...
Well when I woke up from surgery, I proceeded to tell everyone in the office about my "vacation" to Bali, mouth full of gauze and drooling all over myself... the doctor had to tell me to nicely shut up. Lol
Anyways, my post-wisdom teeth surgery dream definitely came true and I'm so excited to share all of my favorite places to eat, shop, relax, and play with you! Hope you enjoy! x
For the majority of our trip we stayed in Seminyak in a beautiful villa among all the touristy shops, restaurants, clubs, and spas. Seminyak is definitely a heavy traffic and touristy area, but is a great place to stay if you want to walk around and explore in a more lively environment. We felt very safe for the most part and were 5-10 minutes walking distance to all of the great cafes, shops, and spas in the area.
When we arrived in Bali we had our first meal at Batik (pictured above) and it did not disappoint! The mango daiquiri and green papaya salad were SO YUMMY! Also everything is very affordable in Bali, Noel and I were shocked at how cheap this meal was.
The majority of our days in Seminyak consisted of walking to breakfast at Coffee Cartel then heading to Potato Head Beach Club for drinks, day bed lounging with an ocean view, and a light lunch. My drink of choice on this trip was the Rosella (hibiscus) Margaritas from Potato Head! They literally tasted like a strawberry sour punch straw.
Arrive at Potato Beach Club early to reserve a day bed. They fill up super quick and open at 10am. There's usually people waiting in the lobby at 9am to reserve the day beds that are right along the pool and have front row seats to the ocean view. (These beds have a higher minimum spend I think 1,000,000rp which is a about $100 dollars) We got there at 10:15am one morning and we were able to get a day bed towards the back. It was still amazing but I definitely recommend getting there early.
Do your swimwear and hat shopping when you get to Bali! Seriously there is an incredible selection of Australian swimwear brands EVERYWHERE in Seminyak and for a lot cheaper than that $90 bikini top from your favorite U.S. brand. I got two full bikini sets for $60 from Wanderlust Swim! Also traveling with my Lack of Color Hat on a 21+ hour flight was not ideal. When I got to Bali there were cute straw hats and visors for a lot cheaper. Save yourself the money and hassle.
The next area we explored was Uluwatu and it was absolutely breathtaking! Situated on the southern most tip of Bali, lies this magical oasis and surf town. To get out of Seminyak traffic it took us about 2 hours to arrive in Uluwatu. Our first stop was Ulu Cliff House and it was one of those moments where your mouth literally dropped when you saw the view. Not to mention the food and drinks were so fresh and tasty.
To finish the day we visited Uluwatu Temple for sunset and watched the Kecak fire dance. The temple and the sunset were definitely beautiful to see but Noel and I had a bit of a traumatic experience. Let's just say the monkeys at the temple were NOT nice monkeys. We literally watched one rip the sunglasses off a guys face, break them in half, and then proceed to jump on his back. You've been warned! Lol anyways didn't capture many pictures there so here's more amazingness from Ulu Cliff House :)
If you want to see and play with nice monkeys go to the Monkey Forest in Ubud. The monkey's at the Temple are aggravated and not fed so they are very naughty. Our driver was telling us the monkeys at the temple are smart enough to steal your things (sunglasses, hats, bags, etc) and will wait for someone to bring them food in order to give your things back! Sketch...
Canguu is a beautiful bohemian getaway about a 30 minute taxi ride from Seminyak. Everywhere you walk there's surfers passing you on mopeds and Aussies populating many of the cafés. This area was noticeably slower and definitely had a younger vibe. We did a quick half day trip there so we stopped by Café Organic for breakfast and went to La Brisa Beach Club for some drinks and lounging. Café Organic had to be one of my favorite cafés on our trip! I mean... how IG worthy were these acái bowls? Serious perfection and presentation skills am I right?! They also had a Taro Latté that was divine, it was sweet and light, and was the prettiest purple color.
I would love to stay in Canguu for a little longer next time and definitely recommend this area for young couples and adults!
I saved the best for last because everything about Ubud was pure magic! From the people to the scenery of the famous Tegallalang rice terraces, the two days we were in Ubud felt like a total dream. What made our stay so special was definitely The Udaya Hotel. I had another moment of disbelief when we walked into the lobby and saw the lush walkway to the clear blue infinity pool. We were greeted with the most refreshing green welcome drink and after check-in we went down to the spa for our complimentary head and neck massage. After that I received the most amazing facial where they used all fresh ingredients like yogurt, candlenut, cucumber, carrot, honey, and avocado on my face and neck. My skin felt so moisturized and revitalized!
After my facial I relaxed in their outdoor jacuzzi and had a moment of pure gratitude and peace while I drank my yummy ginger lemon tea. The Udaya also has the most AMAZING rooftop yoga room where they host complimentary classes every Tuesday and Thursday morning.
The next day, Noel and I went to the Mason Elephant Sanctuary and met the elephants that lived there. It was such a special experience just being in the presence of these gigantic animals. They were so kind and gentle and all they wanted to do was play with you. We opted out of the elephant ride but got to get up close to feed and touch them and even got to have a little photo op.
After the elephant sanctuary, we went to visit the famous Tegallalang Rice Terraces. When I think of Bali this was exactly what I envisioned it to look like. I recommend going for sunrise or sunset to see the sun shine over the beautiful greenery of the rice paddies. It was truly magical!
Hire a driver to do these activities in one day if you're on a tight travel schedule! We hired a driver for 300,000 rp (which is about $25) for 4 hours and it was perfect. We drove 30 minutes to the elephant park and were there for about 2 hours. Right after that our driver took us to Tegallalang which was about 20 minutes away, and we spent about an hour there walking around and taking pictures. The driver stayed and waited for us the entire time which was great!
Hope you loved this Travel Guide and if you have any questions about your upcoming trip to Bali feel free to leave a comment for me to answer below!