For as long as I can remember, Bali has been on my bucket list. From the sunsets at the beach to the spiritual, zen lifestyle of Ubud, Bali has been in my dreams forever. Here is how I spent 8 days here.
Arrive at Denpasar Bali airport (9:55) and go straight to hotel to check in.
We stayed in Jimbaran Bay Resort & Spa and discovered that we’d been given a free room upgrade which is always a bonus. We took a well deserved rest day at the beautiful pool after all the walking on our trips to Dubai and Singapore.
Before tea we took a stroll down Jimbaran Beach and we could see the planes taking off. There was a lot of plastic on the beach and it was not at all like I imagined. I’m just hoping it was just the specific beach location but time will tell.
In our hotel, there is a rooftop terrace which turns into a bar of an evening, music was playing & a thunder storm began. When it rains in Bali, it pours! It was really something to behold.
We travelled from Jimbaran to Ubud (90 minute taxi costing 300k rupiah). Our taxi driver got a little lost in navigating our hotel as there are so many side streets full of hotels that are really narrow. We stayed in Umala At Bisma, Ubud.
When taken to our room, the man on reception told us to make sure we keep our balcony doors shut if we’re not on it as monkeys sometimes come out from the forest and will go into the rooms if they can!
We decided to have a little explore of the local area so went on a walk. You will never be short of places to eat or shop in Ubud, there were plenty of things to do. We crossed a bridge and I saw a sign saying ‘Little Talks library and cafe.’ I couldn’t resist looking in a library (of course) and I’m glad that I did.
They were even trying to reduce their contribution to overusing plastic by serving your drinks with bamboo straws and reminding patrons to play their part too.
On Day 3, we walked to the Monkey Forest. It was only a 5 minute walk from our hotel and even on our walk we saw some monkeys.
The monkey forest is different to many animal attractions in SE Asia as they are not tied up, drugged or performers. You can walk around and see them in the natural habitat without the upset that is animal shows! It cost 50k Rupiah to enter which works out to less than £3.
|| Related: Sacred Monkey Sanctuary, Ubud. ||
There are so many cafes & restaurants in Ubud that you are spoilt for choice. I wasn’t too hungry at lunchtime so just ordered chocolate cake and ice cream (couldn’t resist that).
After tea I went to the Lily Spa on Jalan Bisma and got a Balinese Massage. She used coconut oil and my skin felt so smooth even once I’d washed it off. It only cost 80k IDR which works out to less than £5.
We stayed in Umala At Bisma, Ubud.
Our last full day in Ubud. We decided to go to the Ubud markets which sell all sorts of things from clothes to artwork to souvenirs. They love haggling giving you a price & then asking you to give your price – often you’ll find that if you start to walk away then they’ll come after you accepting your last price!
I have always loved yoga so I couldn’t resist going to a yoga class in the famous Yoga Barn whilst in Ubud. I took a Restorative Yoga class which focuses on the hips, spine & shoulders.
We stayed in Umala At Bisma, Ubud.
We travelled from Ubud to Kuta (75 minute taxi costing 300k rupiah). On our journey, our driver (who is also a tour guide) offered us the choice of visiting a coffee plantation on our way (for free) which we did!
We saw how they create Luwak coffee, known as the most expensive coffee in the world.
Once at our hotel, we decided to have a lazy afternoon at the pool.
We stayed at The Kana, Kuta.
Today was scorching. By 11am it was 37 degrees with 75% humidity so I was definitely grateful for the swimming pool. We had access to fruit kebabs & drank plenty of water so overall it was a great day for relaxation & self-care! I also managed to sunburn my hand in the strangest way!
After another day lazing around the pool, we headed out to Kuta’s town again and managed to see our first Bali sunset! As it is the rainy season and the rain has been starting around tea time and often lasting through the night, we were lucky to catch a break. We also found a restaurant called the KutaBex Bar which was great as it had live music on from 8pm.
We took a rare taxi back to the hotel & our driver warned us that near the SkyLounge club etc you need to be really careful of pick-pockets so be wary of this and take measures to keep your phone/wallet safe if you go clubbing around this area.
The laziest of all days, Kuta has been great for us to recharge after our adventures so far as well as resting in preparation for what is to come – our working holiday visa year in Australia.
We bought a couple of t-shirts from the markets for beach days and went to a BBQ restaurant before heading back to the hotel. We checked out on day 9, ready for our flight to Sydney.
Have you ever visited Bali? I loved Ubud. What was your favourite part?