If you are looking for a beach vacation, where you won’t only be restricted to beaches, Bali is the ideal spot for you. Bali is a place where you’ll get everything, from beaches to great street-shopping to volcanoes to yoga classes and lush forests. It’s a tropical dream, with paddy-fields, the best sunsets in the world, villas with your private swimming pools and exotic food. For a perfect itinerary for first-time visitors to Bali, read on…
I visited Bali in January for my honeymoon, and though it was supposed to be the rainy season, it turned out to be perfect!
Day 1 & 2: Legian & Seminyak
The first place we stayed at was Padma Legian on Legian beach. We took a cab from the airport to the hotel. The entire hotel was like a themed forest. It also had the largest pool I’ve ever seen. We took all day to explore the hotel, and lounge around in the pools. The next day we visited the beach and checked out some shops. We ate at a warung (these are the local restaurants in Indonesia) and was surprised at how tasty the food was, given the price. We also got a very relaxing foot massageand regretted not staying at this hotel longer.
We visited Seminyak but decided against staying there, as it’s one the extremely crowded and touristy beaches. Legian is close enough to Seminyak but far enough to be much more peaceful.
Our hotel in Legian Beach
Before, we knew it, it was time for our next destination – Obud!
Day 3 & 4: Obud
Obud is supposed to be the cultural destination of Indonesia, and it had an immediate calming effect on us. We stayed at this resort called Sankara Obud, and it was so serene and peaceful that we finally started feeling like we had managed to escape the daily hustle-bustle of our daily lives. In Obud, we found Murni’s Warung, which is supposedly the oldest warung to have been set up. From the Warung, you get a view of the river running over the rocks and it was really mesmerizing to hear the sound of the flowing water. We also checked out Bridges Bali, since it’s supposed to be really exquisite. The setting is beautiful, but we found the place to be a little too stiff and formal for our liking.
Our resort in Obud
And, our private pool villa
Obud has great cafes and street-shopping. You can just keep walking through the streets and you’ll find unique trinkets, scarves, clothes, shoes, show-pieces and what-not. So, make sure to have empty space in your luggage.
During our sojourns through the streets of Obud, we also stumbled upon Saraswati temple which is surrounded by water filled with lotus flowers. It started raining while we were there which added further to the mystical beauty of the temple.
Saraswati Temple in Obud
Day 5, 6 & 7: Uluwatu & Bingin Beach
Our last stop was Bingin beach. Now this was a truly isolated beach with the most stunning scenery by far, with the rocky beaches and cliffs. We visited Uluwatu temple which had fantastic views of the waves crashing against the cliff bases. We regretted not visiting it at sunset! We didn’t end up visiting the Monkey Forest, because I’m terrified of monkeys. We went for a late brunch to a place called Sunday’s Beach Club, which has a marvelous setting with its infinity pool overlooking the sea. The sea was particularly rough the day we went, and hence all water activities were put on hold.
Sunday’s Beach Club
Our hotel in Bingin beach : Bingin Castway
On the last day, I decided that I must see Tanah Lot temple. It was pretty late into the day, and chances were low that we’d be able to see it before sunset, but I was pretty adamant. We got stuck in awful traffic and somehow made it just before nightfall. We couldn’t enter it, but we managed to get glimpses of it. Tanah Lot is literally in the middle of the sea, and if the tide is high, it’s not possible to reach it. But the temple’s setting amidst the waves is really haunting. The foaming waves were crashing on the rocks below the darkening sky, and the picture I took didn’t really do justice to the moment. I just have to make sure I don’t forget that view ever.
Sunset at Tanah Lot
And, thus ended our beautiful trip, on the last day, we took our flight back to India and got back to our normal lives, but couldn’t stop dreaming about Bali.
So, start planning your trip to Bali! I end this post with a beautiful picture of Bali – bon voyage!