Bali Travel Guide
Yay you guys I finally finished my Bali guide! It's loosely based on my birthday trip in September/October but I've included my all time favourites from my previous visits too. I rented two villas in two different parts of Bali and invited my closest friends to come along - it was such a magical week and I wish I was back there already, especially as I'm writing this as it's snowing in Seoul, but we have to face reality, right? *sad face* In true nnyley style, this post covers everything from where to stay, what to do, and where to eat in different areas of Bali, including Seminyak, Canggu, Uluwatu, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, and Ubud. I hope this guide inspires you to travel to Bali or if you're already planning to go (lucky you!), helps you with your planning.
Apart from the above mentioned places (the Layar, AYANA Spa & Resort, and Kayumanis), some of my favourite places to stay are the Bulgari Resort for the ultimate luxury, W Seminyak for beaches and "young" vibes, One Eleven for a modern take on a private villa, the Hanging Gardens Ubud, known for its AMAZING pool as well as the Mulia for the same reason, and finally, the Viceroy.
I think one of the main reasons why I love Bali so much is because of the food there. As well as the typical Bali cuisine, it's the perfect destination for really good healthy options too. There's always so many options and practically every restaurant/cafe that does breakfast or brunch has amazing acai bowls (which are my favourite if you didn't know already!) I guarantee you'll never be out of options for food when you're in Bali so I'll quickly run down the list for some of my favourites according to different areas.
In Seminyak, Mama San, Bambu, Sarong, La Lucciola, Barbacoa, Urchin, Shanghai Baby, Metis, and Merah Putih are really good places for dinner and for drinks, definitely Motel Mexicola. The vibe there is amazing and really fun (waiters-go-around-with-a-bottle-of-tequila-and-pour-it-in-your-mouth-fun!) I also really love La Favela for some after dinner fun. For cafes/restaurants for breakfast and lunch, I'd recommend Sisterfields, Biku, The Fat Turtle, Alchemy, Revolver (and Baby Revolver too!), Sea Circus, Grain, Cafe Organic, Watercress, Corner House, Gardin Bistro, Livingstone Bakery, Spicy Coconut and Petitenget.
That's a lot of restaurants so I'll quickly run through a couple of other options in different locations. Nalu Bowls have my favourite EVER acai bowls as well as other smoothie bowls and they have locations all over Bali.
In Canggu, I LOVE Peloton Supershop and La Laguna too for the ultimate bohemian vibes. Lacalita, Little Flinders, Betelnut Cafe, Sprout, Old Man's, the Lawn, Milk and Madu, and Crate Cafe are great too.
I can't not mention my favourite beaches if I'm doing a guide on Bali so here they are: Padang Padang Beach, Bingin Beach, Suluban Beach, Uluwatu Beach and Karma Beach. Moving on from beaches to beach clubs... Ku De Ta, La Plancha, and Potato Head in Seminyak are great. One of my absolute favourites is Sundays Beach Club in Uluwatu. Finn's Beach Club in its new location is also amazing as well as El Kabron in Uluwatu. Although not technically a beach club, Jungle Fish is like heaven in the middle of (the jungle in) Ubud.
Bali has so much to offer in terms of activities: Rafting is always fun, and check out some artisanal villages like the Silver Village, and Bone Carving Village. For my birthday trip in September/October we went on jet skis and chased each other around for ages and did other water sports too. I'd also recommend scuba diving and snorkelling around the coast. Temples in Bali are worth visiting, as well as the Monkey Temple. Rice field Tegalalang in Ubud is also an iconic sight. If you get your inspiration from Eat, Pray, Love, then you'd probably want to check out a few yoga places too: Yoga Barn, Intuitive Flow, Soulshine, and Como Shambhala.
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