Craving a life reset? Explore the secret beauty of Bali!
I think we all have a beautiful place in mind. One where streets are lined with tropical trees, offering a soft combination of intimate rainfall and warm weather.
A place where locals are polite, wildlife is booming, and there’s an abundance of fresh papaya, mangoes, and pineapple, all consumed as you lay idle and view the unspoiled landscape of the countryside.
This was my beautiful place. I promised myself that one day I’d wake up in Bali.
Bali has quickly grown to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. Known for its abundance of rice fields, strong cultural presence, and spiritual retreats that links the Gods, humans, and the environment into one, many travelers are choosing Bali as their mental escape to re-balance and recharge their mindset.
With many places to choose from, I split my stay between the tranquil town of Ubud and the luxurious beach town of Seminyak.
- Location: Indonesia
- International Airport: Denpasar (DPS)
- Visa: Varies; as of April 2015, 40 nations are not required to obtain a visa for short stays. Check with your local Indonesian embassy for more details.
- Time Zone: Indonesian Central Time Zone – UTC +08:00
- Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
- Transportation: Given the size of the island, taxis and hourly chauffeur-driven cars are the most efficient and convenient modes of transportation.
- Language: Indonesian/Balinese
- Weather: Rainy season starts October to March – heavy showers and high humidity; Dry season is June to September – low humidity and lower temperatures. Overall, temperature ranges from 68 to 93 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 33 Celsius). Tip: My visit was during Nov/Dec and the weather was just fine.
If you love nature, you will be captivated by Ubud’s lush green environment. It’s the perfect place to explore the rainforest and terraced rice paddies, indulge in the famed Balinese massage, and participate in traditional crafts and dance with the locals. I’m convinced that Ubud’s scenery is one of the best in the world!
Villa Arya, located roughly 10 minutes outside of Ubud’s main city center, reflects a great mixture of modern and Balinese influenced villas set in a secluded, tranquil atmosphere. The compound is decorated with antiques, carved stoned walls, and traditional Balinese paintings. Villas are equipped with plush queen-sized beds, natural stones and marbles, and outdoor-themed bathrooms topped with a tropical ambiance. Dek Wan (the manager) and his staff will go above and beyond to make your visit at Villa Arya one to remember.
The Yoga Barn
You cannot visit Bali without experiencing an outdoor session of spiritual yoga. After all, Bali is made for ultimate relaxation. The Yoga Barn is set in a serene environment, essential for the nourishment of the mind, body, and soul. Classes are offered daily and Guests can rent one of nine Yoga guestrooms if they intend on staying at least 3 days.
Putri Bali Spa
Another great way to relax while in Ubud is to spend a few hours at a spa – there are many to choose from. Putri Bali Spa is quite an experience. I opted for the their signature facial treatment and the Balinese Boreh, a traditional massage with spice oil followed by a Boreh Body Mask.
Green Bike Bali Tour
Green Bike Bali Tours offers curated experiences that takes you the most beautiful and cultural driven areas in Bali. The Cycling Tour starts with a drive up to a Balinese plantation for coffee, pancakes, and fresh fruits overlooking the green valley. The journey continues onto Kintamani to bask in the amazing views of Mt. Batur and its crater lakes. The highlight of the tour is the 3 hour bike ride (with plenty of breaks in between) through the historical Taro Village followed by a festive lunch overlooking the rice paddies. It’ll surely be a memorable day.
Ubud’s Monkey Forest
While in Ubud, its worth making a quick stop at the Monkey Forest. Grab a seat and get your cameras ready as tourists provoke the monkeys, despite the warning signs, and get dealt with accordingly. Good times!
Kecak Fire and Trance Dance
Kecak is a dance performed by 50 or more dancers, typically men, while chanting “ke-cak ke-cak ke-cak ke-cak ke-cak,” in rhythm over and over again to traditional beats. To top it off, the dance includes several rounds of fire spectacles! It’s a great way to start the night.
Seminyak is one of many beach towns intertwined into Bali’s congested west coast. Known for its glorious beaches, Seminyak, to most, is the place to be to experience the flashy, glitz and glam of Bali. Legendary sunsets, unspoiled beauty, and smooth sands makes Seminyak ideal for those seeking a leisurely escape with the chance to indulge in the energetic nightlife and traditional feasts on the beach as night falls. In Seminyak, enjoy a day filled with as much or as little as you wish!
The Samaya Seminyak Bali
Nestled in-between the vibrant city center of Seminyak and the Indian Ocean, The Samaya Seminyak Bali boast 23 pool villas, 7 beachside villas, and 22 courtyard villas in a peaceful village a few meters away from the resort grounds. This quintessentially chic hotel offers cultural Balinese influences blended together with a laid back Caribbean beat. Experience quality levels of service, privacy, and security meshed with a warm Balinese welcome.
The Rock Bar
Everyone knows the iconic Ayana Resort… right?! The Ayana, located in Jimbaran and frequented by celebrities such as Tyra Banks, is home to the innovative Rock Bar. The concept, the view, and the beach can definitely become the number one reason to visit Bali – period! This bar is something serious!
Jimbaran Beach Dinner
After leaving the Rock Bar, grab your driver and head on over to Jimbaran Beach for an amazing seafood dinner! Great taste with a spectacular sunset backdrop… all at a low cost!
What are some of your favorite spots in Bali?