Hello World. Its time to Break Out my last post for 2017. Eeeek!
I visited Bali in October/ November this year and instead of booking an apartment and living local like we usually do we decided to book hotels/resorts/ villas and even a “homestay” admittedly by mistake but still I live for any travel adventure.
Our first stop was Ubud, famous for lush green rice paddies & its arts & crafts. We arrived late at night and checked into a Homestay. A Homestay allows you to stay with a local & offers a truly authentic experience. This homestay was unlike any other, we had an in-house temple, gorgeous eating area where you sit on the floor & nooks & crannies filled with all types of gems. The only downside: no aircon in our room. In Bali you need aircon.
Our first check in was at a “Homestay”
We ate our way through Ubud, egg fried rice & egg fried noodles soon became our staple food. We stumbled upon the very Instagrammable Gelato Secrets one night, and had thee best honey comb & pistachio gelato I have ever tasted. Freshly squeezed watermelon juice found everywhere is the only drink that quenched the thirst and offered some respite from the heat. Fresh coconuts cut while you wait, enjoyed as you walk the streets late at night. Heaven is that you!Our time here was very “Eat , pray , love”.
The very instagrammable Gelato Secrets.
After exploring Ubud our next stop was Seminyak. Seminyak I read is known as the spa and boutique shopping capital of Bali. This was my favorite part of the trip, I fell in love with the streets, the people & a little Mexican restaurant where I found the most delicious churros ever tasted, I know I say this a lot but its true. This trip was more like an eating tour than anything else. I’m not complaining!
Mexican Restuarant found in Seminyak.
On our second day in Seminyak we tried to order a Uber to go beaching at the Double Six beach for the day. After an hour or two we gave up and went for a swim in the beautiful pool at Grand La Villas & Spa. We later found out that Ubers weren’t allowed in the area. The blue taxis that stop every time you make eye contact is what should be used, luckily we hired a driver who carted us around for the rest of the trip for as little as 2USD.
Spent 90% of my time poolside!
Bali is called the land of the Gods and I can see why. Every morning the locals start the day by offering Canang Sari, an offering of thanks to the Gods which line the streets, businesses, temples and beaches. I loved watching this ritual every day.
Canang Sari ritual
On the final leg of the trip we visited the dreaded Kuta. I say dreaded because we heard so many stories telling us we wouldn’t enjoy our time in Kuta as it was too “touristy” & warning us that all that was in store for us were dirty beaches & tourist traps.Begrudgingly we left our beautiful villa and on we went. This time we checked into a resort.
We journeyed to the beach which was less than a five-minute walk to my delight. Picture banana boats lining the shore, gazebos as you enjoy dinner on the beach, dragons lining the sky (kites) and the soft whisper of waves crashing.
Some parts of the beach were filled with trash but it wasnt as bad I expected, in fact I have probably seen this every time I visit Strand beach back home. It’s the price you pay for inconsiderate humans;tourists & locals alike:,the world over.
Sunset on Kuta Beach.
A few days later we headed to our last hotel, a boutique hotel, my favorite kind. I love the personalised attention a boutique hotel brings.Here we had a temple next door to our hotel and could hear the soft mantra’s over the daily buzz of daily life.
Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Stir fried rice) & Es Campur( shaved ice+dragonfruit+grass jelly+condensed milk) were some of our staples.
This by far has been my most”holiday holiday “and by that I mean, this is the first time we have traveled with no itinerary or plans and all I did was eat my weight in watermelon every morning for breakfast, take a nap, after napping we would go swimming until we either got tired or hungry. Terima Kasih Bali, this has been my best holiday ever!