Tegalalang Rice Fields
From endless rice terraces and magical waterfalls, to tropical forests and volcanic mountains, Bali is simply a dream. Not only is it lush and beautiful, but it is also inexpensive to travel within. We had been planning to go to Bali for a while and are so happy we made the trip this Summer. Bali is exactly how you see it on Instagram. The surroundings are beautiful and the people are some of the kindest we have ever met.
In this post we have listed the best places to go to with recommendations on where to stay, what to do and of course where to eat…
Ubud is super zen and chill. This is the first place we went to which we would definitely recommend to do after a long-haul flight. Here, you can recoup your energy and relax before you get on the move again.
We stayed in COMO Uma Ubud which was absolutely amazing. The hotel service was excellent, probably the best we’ve ever had. This is on the pricey side but definitely worth it if you are looking for a bit of luxury. This hotel has it’s own spa and depending on how many nights you stay, they will offer you a complimentary spa treatment. They also offer 2 complimentary yoga classes every day – one is early in the morning and the other one is in late afternoon. The breakfast was incredible and their hot ginger tea was delicious. Calma Ubud is also a gorgeous spot to stay, we went to their spa to get some treatments done. It’s like a boutique hotel, the rooms look really nice and the food is amazing. The pool is surrounded by palm trees which over looks onto paddy fields. This is a really nice spot!
Como Uma Ubud
is great for regular yoga classes if your hotel doesn’t offer them. It’s a really nice spot with lots to offer. The Kafe
in the back is really tasty, everything they sell is organic. They also offer massages and lots of other treatments. Go to the Tegalalang Rice Terraces and do the Campuhan Ridge Walk. Check out some of the nice boutiques and go to Ubud market for gorgeous basket bags, beach dresses and homewares. Watch a Balinese Dance
show, you can find these anywhere along the streets of Ubud. You could also go to the Monkey Forest for something different to do. If your looking to unwind and relax some more go to Calma Ubud
fora Balinese flower bath.
We also would recommend to do the Mount Batur Sunrise Trek. Unfortunately we couldn’t do it because we were both too sick the first week but it is meant to be incredible. For more information, click here.
We would recommend to go to Lazy Cats Café
. It looks like a tree house on the inside, the interiors are very cool and the food was lovely. Another great organic restaurant which is owned by the YogaBarn people is Kebun.
There is also a really nice juice bar called Juice Ja. Sari Organik
is a cool spot. You have to walk through the rice paddy fields to get to get to it. Try Clear Cafe
for some yummy, raw, vegan desserts. Down to Earth
is another super healthy restaurant which also has a shop which sells lots of great healthy, detox and natural prouducts.
If you need a driver around Ubud, contact Wayan +62 812-3980-175. He is lovely and will bring you to all of the hidden spots.
Lazy Cats Café
We went to Semniyak for a long weekend after Ubud. Semniyak is the main party area of Bali. It is a bit more touristy but has great restaurants, bars and beach clubs.
Look at Air BnB’s for Villas – they are amazing and cheap. Jalan Raya is the main street so look for accomadation around here as most places will be in walking distance. Taxis are incredibly cheap – make sure you always ask for the meter and get the Bluebird taxis. We stayed in a gorgeous apartment
in a great location. It also has a shared pool.
When here, you should check out Potato Head Beach Club
for the day (go early – like 9am if you want to get beds). We found Potato Head particularly spectacular for sunset so If you can’t make ig Mrs. Sippy
is great to go to during day/night. Just before sunset (like 6pm) you should check out La Plancha
on the beach – so chill and lovely sunsets. You also HAVE to go to La Favella
and Motel Mexicola
for a night out – such fun! The shopping around Semniyak is also gorgeous and worth checking out.
Potato Head Beach Club at Sunset
Uluwatu is very spread out so if you roll up to your accomadation and think it’s in the middle of nowhere, don’t worry it’s normal! One of our favourite hotels to stay in during our trip was the Gravity hotel
in Uluwatu. It is definitely an experience! It’s like a boutique hotel so there isn’t too many people there. You may have seen the tour we gave on this hotel in our Instagram stories @styleignite.
Check our “Bali” highlight to see it. We also stayed in the Uluwatu Lumbung Cottages
which was very cute.Pink CoCo
either as we saw it was next to the beach.
The Gravity Hotel
Take a surf lesson, the beaches here are amazing. There is a nice atmosphere around, lots of cool surfer dudes. Go to Single Fin
for drinks to watch the sunset. This place is great for a party on both Wednesday and Sunday nights..brilliant music! Go to Padang Padang beach during the day and Tegal Wangi beach for sunset. Steer clear of Dreamland – apparently a load of crazy tourists go here. Go to Uluwatu Temple for sunset and traditional dance. This is at 6pm however you have to buy additional tickets for the dance so go early as they sell out. One of the days we went to Omnia Beach Club
, it was a bit quiet the day we went but you could check it out.
Go to Bukit Café
for brunch, Cashew Tree
for dinner. We had the most amazing poké bowls from Coco & Poké
which is right next to the entrance of Single Fin. You might be lucky enough to see some monkeys hanging about.
If you need a driver around Uluwatu, contact Eka +62 818-0546-9966.
NUSA PENIDA/NUSA LEMBONGAN
So we chose to stay on Nusa Lembongan because it is more developed than Nusa Penida. The accomadation and restaurants are nicer but Nusa Penida is more beautiful. It’s very easy to get a boat from one island to the next so that’s what we did. We stayed in the Laguna Reef Huts
which we booked very last minute so I’m sure you could find somewhere nicer but this place did the job.
We spent most of our time on Nusa Penida. We booked a driver for the day to give us a tour of the whole island. Some people rent scooters there but I do not know how they survive because the roads are in such bad condition. We saw a few accidents so we would definitely recommend to get a driver to bring you around. We went to Kelingking Beach
which was our favourite part of the island. It’s a steep climb down to the beach so make sure to wear trainers. Go to Angel Billabong to watch the waves and Crystal Bay for sunset.
If you’re staying in Nusa Lembongan, go to Sandy Bay Beach Club
for dinner. The food is unreal and the sunset here is beautiful.
We only got to stay in Canggu for one night and we wished we had more time. It feels like you are out in the country side because you are surrounded by lush, green rice fields. You could definitely spend 3-4 days here. There are sooo many amazing and cool places to eat here.
We would recommend to stay around Echo beach. We stayed in the Puri Beji Bed & Breakfast
which was so nice and is very close to Finn’s Beach Club
. There are about 5 villas there, all beautifully decorated. The service and food here was amazing. It’s a quiet place but still in a nice area. This would be ideal if you were travelling with friends or another couple so they could stay in the villa next to you.
Puri Beji Bed & Breakfast
Go to Finn’s Beach Club this was by far our favourite beach club that we went to. We didn’t have food here ourselves but we heard that its’s very good. The sunset is amazing here! Go to Old Man’s for a night out.
Have an amazing Bali trip!! If you guys need any further recommendations, feel free to contact us @styleignite.