I can’t believe how long it’s taken me to publish this post – I’m sorry but it’s finally here!!
Dreams really do come true and after some time in Singapore, Chris flew out to meet me and we set off to begin our Bali adventure – YAY!
So our first stop was Seminyak
Seminyak is renowned for it’s boutiques, I could have spent hours in and out of all the shops looking at clothes, shoes, bags, beachwear – yes I was in my element! We weren’t here for long which we were gutted about but we will be back. We stayed at The Seminyak Beach Spa & Resort, which is around 30 minutes from the airport + all the crazy traffic. I was in love with our room, we overlooked the sea and had an amazing bath tub!
We started our morning off with breakfast by the beach, endless amounts of fruit, smoothies and a full English with a hint of Asia if you like! We spent the rest of the day by the pool and of course wanting to top up our tans. The W Hotel in Bali is a hot spot for brunch, sunset drinks at The Rock Bar and dinner and MORE COCKTAILS at Potato Head Beach Club.
Things to do: Spend the day on Seminyak Beach, Spa day, Indulge in good food, Shop & enjoy the night life.
Now off to laze in Lombok
We stayed at the dreamy Qunci Villas which was beautiful and right on Senggigi beach but by the end of it, perhaps a little too quiet for Chris and I but we couldn’t complain as it was the relaxing break we needed and we were blown away by our sea view bungalow. Surfers hot spot I’d say..
Lombok is an island next to Bali and untouched compared to other places so it was really special. If you are looking for isolated beaches, friendly & local people, tasty food and still only 20 mins from the famous Gili Islands. The Gili Islands are made up of 3 beautiful islands – Gili Trawangan (the party island), Gili Air (the backpacker island) and Gili Meno (the honeymoon island). If you have time, then see them all – it’s worth the experience but if I had to pick, I’d personally go with Gili T for it’s nightlife, daytime chilled vibes with lots of quirky cafes and places to eat, boutiques and amazing waters for snorkeling etc!
Things to do: Night markets, Sea turtle hatchery, Visit the Gili Islands, Visit the waterfalls, Watch the sunrise from Peak of Mount Rinjani.
Last stop, Ubud
Ubud had this laid back, hippie vibe with lots of art and stunning greenery surrounding the city. We used Air bnb and stayed in a jungle villa . The design of the villa was beautiful and you really did feel like you were in the heart of the jungle. Bugs life & all.
Central Ubud is quite relaxed, lots of art and people but had a peaceful vibe about it. Filled with shops, one way street markets, restaurants and cafes. I think the best way to see as much as possible, is to walk!
The Monkey Forest is surprisingly in the middle of Ubud whereas I felt like it would of been on the outskirts. This was so much fun and although a little scary as they literally are the cheekiest little creatures, I loved it! Monkeys are amazing, so quick, smart & well – very human like!
As you enter the forest, there’s a board full of ‘rules’ and one in particular which I read out to the guys was, ‘do not look the monkey in the eye as this is seen as a sign of aggression’. Well a little while later, we saw this in action.
Casey has one of these little guys on her shoulder, just chilling & eating his banana so she’s having a chat with him and seconds before he is finished with his banana, she accidentally looks him in the eye – SLAP!
He full on slaps her around the face. I have never laughed so much..
We hiked Batur Volcano at sunrise, this was quite possibly the most amazing end to our trip! The view was incredible and I definitely recommend it! As the sun comes up, it’s just the most beautiful sight and peaceful feeling ❤
Places to visit & stay: Jungle Fish, Monkey Forest, Alila Ubud, Como Uma Ubud, Bisma Eight, Kamandalu Ubud, Uma Cucina, Gelato Secrets, Mount Batur Sunrise Trek, Copper Kitchen @ Bisma Eight, The Sayan House
Things to do: Rice fields & bike rides, get a massage or catch a yoga class. Pool days at Jungle Fish.
Bali stole my heart… so until next time. Xo