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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Travel | Bali, Indonesia

I've never been on an exotic holiday. So when me and my family were deciding on where else to visit other than Hong Kong, I jumped at the chance to suggest Bali and boy did I not make the wrong suggestion.

Bali from Hong Kong was only 4 and a half hour flight away. We stayed in Bali for 6 nights in a private villa called Dura Villas Bali in Kerobokan. The villa was simply beautiful! We were all in awe when we walked through the front door and saw our own private pool, a traditional Balinese gazebo and a big open outdoor lounge and kitchen. Every evening, the villa staff would come and take our breakfast requests and the time we would like it to be prepared for in the morning. It was such an amazing experience living there as well as receiving those kind of services.

Day 1.

The villa staff arranged a personal driver to pick us up from Ngurah Rai International Airport when we landed in the early evening. As we were all hungry and hadn't had dinner yet, Putu (our driver) took us to Jimbaran Beach for a beach front evening dinner where we could enjoy the sunset view, live music and traditional Balinese dance performances whilst eating the most delicious and fresh seafood I've ever tasted. Then we were dropped off at our villa to check in.

Day 2.

We hired Putu to be our personal driver for around £30 each day for up to 9 hours. He was great, he created an itinerary for us that suited our preferences and on our second day he took us to the Monkey Forest in Ubud where monkeys were allowed to roam around freely. This was also the place that was on my bucket list, so I was really excited to go there to meet the monkeys. Next, we visited Tegalalang Rice Terrace and hiked up to the top for the the utmost amazing view of the vivid green rice terraces. After that, we were driven to see Mount Batur and had a buffet lunch in the mountains overlooking the active volcano. The view was simply spectacular. Once we were full up, we left to visit a Luwak coffee plantation where we got to sample the local blends and taste the most expensive coffee in the world, which was the Kopi Luwak. I didn't really like the taste nor was I fond of the concept, so my dad drank it all. Next, we went to visit Tirta Empul - a Hindu water temple. It is famous for its holy spring water that gushes out to a bathing pool where many Balinese Hindus visit and bathe for ritual purification. Finally to end our day with Putu, we visited a local market in Denpasar to buy fresh fruit and babi guling (Bali's most famous dish, a whole roasted suckling pig). We wanted to buy traditional Balinese food to take away to our villa for dinner, as we were really tired from the whole day of visiting Bali's attractions. The babi guling tasted really good! I definitely recommend anyone that's planning to visit Bali to try it!

Day 3.

Putu took us to the famous Tanah Lot first thing in the morning and because it was low tide, we were able to walk to the cave below the main temple and be blessed by the priests there after giving a small donation. Next, we were driven to GitGit Waterfall. I'm not going to lie, visiting the waterfall was so tiring due to the treacherous walk down the many flights of stairs. Walking back up was even worse because whilst you were battling the stairs and steep hills, there were so many adorable little girls running after you trying to sell handmade jewellery even if you said no numerous times. However, it was all totally worth it because I've never seen or been so close to a waterfall in my life, so when I was at the base of GitGit waterfall, I was really in awe because it was really beautiful and peaceful.
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan was our last tourist attraction of the day. It is a water temple based on the shores of Lake Bratan. With the calm lake and high mountains in sight from the temple, this is one of the most tranquil places I've ever visited.

Day 4.

We decided to spend the whole of our fourth day at the villa because we wanted to wind down and relax - being tourists really did take a lot of energy out of us!

Day 5. 

Turtle Island was one of the main attractions that I wanted to visit when it was confirmed that we were going to visit Bali. We arrived at Tanjung Benoa Beach where we boarded a glass bottom boat which took us to Turtle Island. Even that journey was really enjoyable, as you could feed the fishes and see them all swimming under the boat through the glass bottom. When we arrived at the island, we were all in awe of how many turtles there were and we were allowed to hold and take pictures with them. Not only were there turtles, there were bats, pelicans, snakes (ew) and other animals that we were able to meet. Next, we were driven to the famous Pandawa Beach. Under the scorching 35 degree heat, the beach looked absolutely beautiful. We relaxed for a while and then visited Uluwatu Temple before heading to the fruit market to buy exotic fruits like durians, watermelons, dragon fruits and mangosteens. Yummy!!

Day 6. 

Due to how much fun we had in the villa on day 4, we wanted to spend another full day there. It's not often where we can stay in such a beautiful and luxurious villa, so of course we had to take full advantage of it!

Day 7.

On our last day we visited the Bajra Sandhi Monument to see and learn about the history of Balinese people. It was really interesting and the architecture of the building was simply amazing! To end the whole trip, we headed to quite a few markets and visited the Beachwalk Shopping Centre in Kuta before being dropped off at the airport.

Overall, I had such an amazing time and have created a full load of memories. Sorry for the massive delay in getting this post up, I had such a disastrous time with my memory card as it suddenly got corrupted - it resulted in me losing 95% of my Bali footage (I know, sad times). After numerous attempts of trying to retrieve them all back and failing, I had to come to terms that the footages were officially gone. On a more positive note, the 5% footage that I managed to retrieve is of me completing one of my bucket list in the Monkey Forest! I hope you enjoy the short clip below and enjoyed reading my unforgettable vacation in Bali!

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  1. Loving all these photos with the animals! Especially the bat. Great post girlie.

    XO, Jessi

    1. Aww thanks babe <3 Oh god, that picture with the bat took so much courage haha! xx


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