Writing this feels so strange because it felt like yesterday we were researching where we should travel to and what we should for our holiday. I hardly ever go to the same destination twice but both places we visited hold a special place in my heart.
Our trip started in Kuala lumpur, Malaysia, we then took a flight to bali and back to Kuala Lumpur. I will be splitting them into two blog posts to avoid it being too long to follow and this one is dedicated to Beautiful Bali.
There are many areas in Bali, some close to each other and some further apart. We stayed at Seminyak and had a day trip to Ubud. After our trip to Ubud, I wish we would have booked a couple nights there too - oh well, theres always next time.
We didn't need to apply for a visa, we received it on arrival and we weren’t charged for it. The visa was valid for 30 days.
The national language of Indonesia is Bahasa Bali & Bahasa Indonesia however English is widely spoken at all shops, restaurants, hotels…etc
The local currency used is Indonesian Rupiah. USD 100 (RO 38.5) is equivalent to 1,442,555.00 Indonesian Rupiah. Be very careful when you exchange money in Bali, make sure its an authorised money exchange. Also don’t panic if your ATM card doesn't work we had several issues with our cards - just be patient and continue trying different banks.
Since our first destination was Kuala lumpur, we took a direct flight from Muscat to KL on Oman Air. From KL to Bali ( a 3 hours flight) we flew on Air Asia (A budget airline). A couple years ago we flew on Malaysian Airlines which was more comfortable in terms of the plane and the luggage allowance.
We ended up buying extras on Air Asia which made the ticket more expensive than the Malaysian Airlines fare.
How long should you stay
If you ask me, my answer would be 4 weeks - which sounds crazy but I can never have enough. So realistically 7 -10 days would give you enough to chill and explore around the island.
The W Hotel - On our first trip to Bali we stayed at The W Hotel. It was beautiful, the service was exceptional and the location was perfect. Its located on the beach and is a short walk to the shops, cafes and beach clubs. It also has an incredible spa.
Alila Seminyak - We spent part of our trip at Alila this time. It has beautiful beach views, three incredible pools and is conveniently located at a walking distance from the boutiques and cafes that we adored.
Villa Fellini - I need to dedicate a blog post to share my Airbnb experience since it was our first time. However, the villa we stayed at has a beautiful open space, gorgeous interiors, daily cleaning service and a beautiful pool. It looked exactly how it did in the pictures however we underestimated how much the open space and island insects would bother us.
In terms of location, it was perfectly located very close to all the shops and restaurants.
We used an app called ‘grab’ which was incredibly affordable. At different occasions we took normal metered taxis and didn't have any issues with that.
One of the drivers that spent a day with us and took us to the mountain was called xxx and he was very helpful, if you ever end up in Bali you can reach hime on this number xxxx.
I would recommend you ask your hotel or Airbnb to arrange for transportation from the airport though because it could get overwhelming at arrivals.
There is lots you can do in Bali, you can relax by the beach, hike, enjoy water sports, shop, eat, visit temples or the butterflies or the monkeys. You can literally do anything you feel like.
We didn't make it to all the places below but I had to share them because they are on our wishlist.
I’ll list down the different places/activities below in categories and I’ll link them for you to find their pages too and hopefully make it easier.
You can easily spend the day at any of the locations. There is a minimum charge usually but the amount is a credit for food and drinks which justifies it. You can enjoy the pool or beach or just chill on a subbed and take it all in.
Jungle Fish Bali - This was in Ubud and the location is breathtaking!
All in Seminyak
Spring Spa - nothing exceptional but for the price it was ok.
Re Day Spa - I got my nails done and it was ok - not incredibly special but not bad either.
Rob Peetoom Bali - Unbelievable! you have to have to have to visit, I got a Kerestace hair treatment done and Yousuf got a foot scrub. The views are incredible and so relaxing.
Away Spa at The W - Incredible experience
Bali Swing - You need to pay a fee to enter the swings area and you can pay an additional fee if you want them to take your pictures on the swing (which I did of course! It was worth it)
Pura Luhur Lempuyang
Royal Water Palace
And all the cafes mentioned below
Thai and Co Bali
La Plancha Bali - beach and food
Mad pops- for ice creams
Dough Darlings for doughnuts
Batik Restaurants - the beed rendang is incredible
Revolver Espresso for burgers
Souq Bali for coffee
Out of Seminyak
Home furniture and accessories
Useful instagram accounts to follow when planning your Bali trip
I did get really sick towards the end of the trip (and continued being ill in Malaysia) Yousuf managed to get a Doctor to the villa and for 3 injections, an IV drip and basic medication we were charged about RO 130 (USD 340). We did purchase insurance for this trip and will try and claim some of it back.
I truly hope my Instagram Stories and this blog post were enjoyable and helpful for those planning to go to Bali. If you have any questions please let me know below or email me and I would love to help in any way.
And the picture below explains exactly how Bali makes me feel :)