Travel Diaries – Bali
Bali has always had such a special place in my heart so I was really excited to go back and explore more and go to new places. We spent one night in Kuta and then got the boat to Gili Trawangan where we spent 3 days then onto Gili Air for 2 days then to Nusa Lembongan for 3 days, then to Seminyak for 2 days and finally to Ubud for 4 days before flying to Australia. I absolutely loved Nusa Lembongan to beaches were so beautiful and Gili Trawangan was so much fun. We were really unlucky in Ubud we had really bad rain for nearly the whole 4 days which was such a shame as I purposely came back here to explore more never the less we got out on a scooter in the rain and managed to see some beautiful sights.
Gili Air is very quiet and peaceful especially as we had just come from Gili Trawangan. I think the volcano affected tourists coming as the whole of Bali seemed way quieter than last time I came. Gili Air is tiny but has a good choice of restaurants and a lot of places to stay. I wasn’t actually that impressed by the beaches here but we stayed in the most amazing accommodation with a great pool which was so nice to laze around.
This places is like a little haven tucked away behind wooden gates. The grounds are stunning and green full of flowers and a beautiful pool which is perfect to laze around in the sun. The rooms are very natural, beautifully decorated with a bohemian rustic feel and with a day bed on the balcony which is perfect for reading or chilling. You have breakfast on the veranda which is really beautiful and also a very nice area to chill or catch up on emails. The staff were super friendly and helpful. The whole place is so peaceful and zen and also moments away from the beach. When we came back from dinner one night they had lit candles all around the grounds which was beautiful and such a nice touch. Would definitely recommend staying here if visiting Gili Air it’s the perfect package.
This island has started becoming more popular with tourists over the last few years and I can see why. The most stunning beaches I have seen in Bali and lots of hidden beaches / caves and areas to discover. It’s also connected to Nusa Cennigan by a big yellow bridge which is really fun when driving by scooter. The secret beach and dream beach were my favourites and devils tear was truly spectacular especially at sunset. A very beautiful island.
We stayed at Palm Grove Villas which is really near Mushroom Beach in a great location near lots of restaurants, shops and atms. We really loved our 2 day stay here the spacious rooms are all individual light washed wooden with outside bathrooms and super comfy beds! The pool was divine set amongst beautiful lush grounds, you could stay here and relax all day. We would go out in the day on our scooter then come back to relax by the pool. The staff were super friendly. Breakfast was really good with lots of choice for everyone.
We decided to do 2 nights in Seminyak to explore the area. It’s full of trendy cafes, hangouts and beach clubs. We went to La Laguna which is a bohemian dream, a bar and restaurant which has gypsy wagons and beautiful decor everywhere. We also visited Nook for brunch which is overlooking the rice fields it was really beautiful and do a great English breakfast! Motel Mexicola was definitely worth a visit very instagrammable and also at night they have a DJ so people dance on the tables in the courtyard worth checking out! We also did a Saturday night at Potato Head Beach Club which was great to go in the afternoon as you can go in pool and have a few drinks, then at night they have a dj and dance area.
Kamar Kamar is a beautiful boutique hotel with a very Balinese feel. Gorgeous decor and a stylish edge. The owner also has 2 gorgeous dogs which we had lots of cuddles with! The rooms are spacious and comfy with a living room / kitchen area, bedroom and rain shower bathroom. The pool is beautiful and perfect for a dip when getting hot and sweaty exploring the area. It’s a bit further out so we hired a motorbike to get us around which was the best way to see the area and they have them to hire at the hotel. Really beautiful hotel with lots of nice touches all around would definitely stay again when visiting seminyak.
One place I was looking forward to staying at most was Bali Bohemia which is super bohemian and quirky. All the rooms have paintings and quotes on the walls and the decor is so perfect with colourful cushions, seats and touches. The restaurant is also AMAZING! Super healthy but filling menu and the breakfast which is included with the room was one of the best I have had since being away. The hotel is also situated right by monkey forest so you can see them running around the grounds of the hotel and on the roofs which is pretty amazing!
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