This was the first time Victor visited my hometown, Indonesia and I was trying to beat his surprise on our French Riviera road trip previously (see the post) by bringing him to our paradise, Bali. It was a successful mission, at the end of our trip he said this was the best trip we’ve ever had. I am totally pleased! This burst of excitement also got into me as it was ages ago when I visited Bali- most probably during my school field trip. So pardon me if I acted like a tourist and freaked out every-time I saw the infinity pools.
For preparation, I packed all I need to spend days under the sun. Here are my beach essentials; packs of swimsuits, pairs of sunglasses, beach hat, moisturiser cream, sunscreen lotion, and not to forget a good book to read.
I arranged everything from accommodations, flights, iternery with the best recommendations from Devina. It’s worth to check her travel blog here while you’re planning to visit Bali. She pointed out so many coolest places including some local cheap eats like Warung Cabe-Cabean in Kerobokan.
I managed to get the best deal for our tickets with Citilink which I can say one of the best airlines I’ve ever traveled with. The journey was on time (even a bit earlier), excellent customer service and smooth landing- I definitely rated five star for my experience.
Our accommodation for five days in Bali, Casa Bidadari is equipped with pool and gazebo which we can access directly from our room. Open your terrace door and you can dip straight to the water.
We rented a scooter to travel around- Seminyak, Canggu, Uluwatu, Ubud. If you have more time, go across the small island with boat to Nusa Penida. It was quite a long ride to Ubud from our place to stay but thinking about passing through some little villages, craft galleries, nature with tropical weather can be a nice experience. We made a pitstop in Terracotta Restaurant. A beautiful restaurant overlooking paddy fields and an infinity pool which belongs to Mathis Retreat.
Another nice restaurant surrounded by paddy fields is Nook . The foods are amazing here both western and local menu but if you are in a rush- not so good option as the place always quite packed with people. Alternatively, you can try Xich Lo also in Kerobokan for some Vietnamese delicacies. Have a relaxing lunch or quick coffee time with the view of paddy fields.
There are several best spots to witness beautiful sunset. Beautiful beaches at every turn in Bali. La Joya Biu Biu offers a private access to the Balangan beach, a quiet and hidden beach surrounded by rocky cliff and natural cove. This resort is beyond amazing with two fascinating infinity pools, jacuzzi and poolside restaurant. Their eco cabins with ylang ylang roofs are great for tropical living experience.
Afterwards, we headed to Uluwatu temple. It’s famous for enjoying Kecak Dance with sunset as a background. Here you can see monkey as well. Just very careful with your stuff, they can be quite aggressive. Nearby, there are some popular beaches such as Uluwatu Beach, Suluban Beach and Padang Padang Beach which are great for surfing.