TRAVEL GUIDE: BALI

BALI, INDONESIA / AUGUST, 2016
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I will definitely start by saying that Bali was one of the most majestic cities I’ve visited in a while. Bali, was absolutely amazing. When we first booked to go on holiday in Bali, I could only expect to be in Peace, especially after watching the movie Eat, Pray, Love. Believe me when I say that Bali was everything you saw in that movie and more. All of it was a mind blowing experience. A place so pure, beautiful and authentic. I would have never thought that it was a place I would leave my heart there. 

We spent 14 nights in Bali in a luxury villa in Sanur. Our villa was so comfortable, luxurious and the service was the BEST and most impeccable service I’ve ever had. There is so much we did that reflecting back right now brings a smile to my face. I am excited to share with you my experience, my opinions, my tips and advice for travelling to Bali. So Let’s get to it!

STAY 

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image source: hotels.com

We stayed at the most beautiful resort in Bali, The Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali As mentioned before, the service was impeccable! I would definitely recommend staying here in a villa. It has a private pool, en-suite bathrooms, kitchen, walk-in closets and more. However, if you're on a tight budget then Hotel is just as good. Our villa was amazing. We had 24 hour butler service (whom both butler's became like family during our stay!). If you have the opportunity to stay in a villa, definitely try the in-villa barbecue. There are different options to choose from such as seafood, meat or vegetarian barbecue menu. The great thing about the in-villa barbecue is that you can spend the day relaxing indoors and enjoying the villa, while the catering staff organise a mini barbecue for you. Sounds like perfection, right? It was! The food was good at the hotel too and there was so much to do in the hotel such as, the spa, traditional suckling pig roast nights, the gym to yoga classes and loads of external activities outside the hotel. The area we stayed in had loads of shops, restaurants and hotels around so that was great. The hotel staff were also great, such genuinely kind people. 

MUST DO  

You must definitely visit the rice fields in Ubud. It was honestly the most beautiful landscape I have ever seen. The rice fields I visited were the Tegallalang Rice Fields which are one of the most popular ones to visit in Bali. There are loads of are markets around but you can also walk to the bottom on the walking trail. There is so much to learn by visiting the fields, that I don't want to spoil for you. Ubud's City Centre Market was also a very big market were you could get some lovely souvenirs for friends, family and yourself. My only tip is to negotiate, don't settle on the first price you get. It was lots of fun, playing negotiating games. Another beautiful and peaceful thing to do is a 'purification tour' - it was absolutely amazing! The whole tour is about looking at the temples, learning about the procedure of meditating and praying. Purification involves going inside the water and praying. Balinese Hindu people believe that water represents flow of energy (known as prana or chi) which is connected to emotion and intuition. The flow of water guides daily life on Bali. Water plays an important rule and believed by Balinese to be one of the forces of life. They believe that purification it cleanses and purifies the body and soul. I really enjoyed it because it was very spiritual. However, you're more adventurous then the ATV / quadbiking rides were also really cool. The scenery and the environment was magnificent and breathtaking. But my ultimate favourite was horse riding on a black volcanic beach, sooooo stunning. I have never seen a black beach before so this absolutely beautiful, adventurous and fun. And if you like shopping, then try the Kuta city centre and visit Beach Wall shopping mall, for brands like MANGO, ZARA, Pull and Bear or Versace etc. There also loads of contemporary independent fashion brands in the streets of Kuta, so take a walk and explore!

EAT FOOD

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I love asian food so I didn't have a problem with Indonesian food because it is slightly like asian food. However, the best restaurant I ate at was a restaurant that was not far from our hotel. Soya cafe (Jl. Danau Tamblingan, Sanur, Bali) in Sanur Bali was sooo good. We discovered it just by driving around the area and it was probably the most upmarket restaurant around where we stay. I would also recommend doing coffee tasting with Cantik Agriculutre (Jl Rya Kintamani Br. Temen, Tampak Siring, Bali) especially if you want to try the most expensive coffee in the world, Luwak coffee. My advice, do not let them tell you how they make it until you've tried it! Other than that, Cantik has some of the best coffee I have EVER tasted with an incredible landscape view. Especially for people who are not coffee drinkers the coffee is extremely enjoyable. And you can also buy coffee and take it home! You will miss out if you don't. Seriously the best coffee and tea, I've tasted. A friend of mine, recommended this restaurant to me, I wasn't able to visit it but apparently this is a really upmarket top restaurant to visit in Bali. I truly trust her advice when it comes to food, so give MÉTIS in Kuta ( Jl. Petitenget No.6, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361) a try and it also has a club lounge, so you can party it up after a french cuisine dinner.