dear friends 💗 We are so happy to see you back here! 😃
Today we would like to provide you with some tips for visiting Bali (Indonesia), based on Indre´s experiences during her 14 days trip to Bali. She stayed in different places, and changed location and hotel almost every second day. She visited Kuta, Bingin, Uluwatu, Nusa Lembongan, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, Gili Air and Ubud.
If you have the time, resources and interest for it; we would highly recommend to visit different places while you are in Bali. However, if the length of your vacation is limited and you prefer a more relaxed trip at just one or two places during your stay; Ubud and Gili Trawangan is the Must-See places to visit 😍
Kuta: is in the south side of Bali, and is one of the main touristattractions in Bali. Indre first landed in Kuta (Denpasar Airport). She did not spend much time here, beside eating dinner and sleep one night before taking a taxi to Bingin Beach. In her opinion, Kuta is a great place to start and end your Bali trip (because of the airport). But there is a lot more beautiful and exciting places to visit in Bali. Kuta is more of a “crazy party place”, and simply not really her taste.😏
Binging Beach: is a stunning beach with an amazing view over the Indian Ocean. It is a very popular place to surf because of the powerful and demanding waves (therefore perhaps more for experienced surfers?). 🏄♂️ It is located in the South of Bali, in the Pecatu Village – around 30 min from Denpasar Airport and less than 10 min to the Uluwato temple. In Binging Indre was mostly relaxing in a “jungle ish” hotel and eating a lot of fresh sea food on the beach. The hotel was located near the beach, and a fun fact is that the sea level change ALOT here (sometimes up to 3 times per day), and if the sea level near the hotel was too high it would be impossible to get from/to the hotel (beside swimming 😂). Under you see a picture taken in Bingin. From Binging Beach she took a taxi to Uluwato.
Uluwato: is a place on the south-western tip of the Bukit Peninsula of Bali. Indre stayed here only one night before moving on to the next place. Sure there is a lot to see in Uluwato (nice landscapes, beaches and temples), but in her opinion the beautiful beach and vast coastline of Bingin was the best thing with Uluwato area. From here she took a boat to Nusa Lembongan.
Nusa Lembongan: is a small island off the southeast coast of Bali. This is a true paradise island and an amazing place to relax. It is very popular to do some surfing, diving and snorkeling here. The sea is amazing with its clear and blue colors, as well as the flawless sandy beaches will provide you with the most alluring and delightful view. Indre stayed in Mahagiri Resort, which she consider to be the hotel with the best location and beach in all of the island.
From here she took a boat to the amazing and utopian Gili Islands.
The Gili Islands: or “Tiga Gili” (when translated from Indonesian it means Three Gilis) are a cluster of three small islands just off the northwest coast of Lombok in Indonesia and east of Bali. This is a perfect area for island-jumping, and it is a nice place to do some diving, snorkeling or surfing. It is very close to Bali, and just a boat trip away you have this paradise and break from the city noises and busy people. There are no motor vehicles in the Gili Islands, and the electricity are sometimes coming and going along with the internet connection – the perfect escape from the “busy-ness” and routine-dependancy of our everyday life.
Nevertheless, the beaches are just amaazing (
and insta-friendly 📸😁 ).
💗 Gili Trawangan: is the largest and most developed island of the Gili islands, and it is basically for “everyone” (youngsters, couples, families, party people et cetera). Everything is just amazing – the people, vibes, soul, social atmostphere, beaches, night life (!) and restaurants. This was definitely one of the highlights of the entire Bali trip!🤩😍
Indre was staying at Hotel Ombak Sunset, which was super nice with a lot of Bali-vibes. You live in your own small villa, and the bathroom is with an open-roof and you get the feeling of showering outside in the “wildlife”. The swimming pool has a bar inside where you can have drinks while enjoying life in the pool. The breakfast is good as well🍛☕ The only minus with the hotel was that it is located in the “back side” of the island (not in the “front” where all the nightlife is going on).
💗Gili Air: is closest to Lombok of all the islands and a quiet island that in principle is suppose to be for “everyone” – but in Indre´s opinion it is mostly family-oriented. If she would not have time to travel to all of the Gili Islands, then she would not stop by Gili Air. Indre stayed at Sunrise Resort, which was nice and cozy with good breakfast. However, she would not travel back here.
💗Gili Meno: is the smallest and quietest of the three Gilis, and the fact that it is very primitive and untouched makes it to the perfect romantic escape or get-away. If you are searching for an island with the romantic honeymoon-atmosphere and possibility to get a beach for yourself and your lover to admire the sunset together – then this is the place to be😍
Ubud: is the cultural capital of Bali, and therefore – not surprisingly – the most popular island destination in the Indonesian archipelago. It has a beautiful atmosphere and a lot of Balinese soul, as well as breathtaking rice terraces, nature and landscapes, jungles and volcanos. The above with the tranquility and peacefulness of Ubud makes it to an ideal place for yoga practice and mindfulness.🧘♀️
Indre stayed in Aria Villas, which has a more Scandinavian style to it. Here you have small private villas with private swimming pools, and not to mention; amazing breakfast (which you can consume with pure happiness in the pool). Overall — she had a super nice experience here.
Indre was staying in Ubud during the Balinese new year, which normally is in march every year with variating dates. However — she did not know this prior to her travel. The day before their New Year celebration, there is a huuuge parade in each streets with these special “dragons” (Or Draculas as Indre gracefully calls them 😀😆) . The cities invest soo much resources in building those “dragons” and they work all year with preparing to this day. Yet — when the show is over at midnight they put them all on fire and burn them to ashes. It is believed that any evil spirits that have brought disease and misery to the island during the past year will be burned down as well with the dragons.
The New Year is called “Nyepi”, and is a day of complete silence. No bars, restaurants, shops, traffic or even airports are open. Everything is shut down — all lights and sounds. You are not even allowed to walk on the street or step out from the hotel area.
Would we recommend that you visit Bali during their New Year? Well, it depends on you! Considering the fact that every day on vacation cost money and “every day counts” — and if the stay is a bit short as well — then you would probably not like to “loose” one day. But Indre was lucky that she had plenty of time and that she was staying in an amazing villa, and for her it was just a cool and exciting experience. During the silenced New Year day she just pampered herself with massage and room service with amazing dinner and vine (
kind of overpriced tho), and despite the “lock-down” she had a fun day.😍🥂
Have you been in Bali (or Indonesia)? 😀 We would love to hear your experiences or tips in the comment field ⬇😍
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