Many years ago I visited Bali with my (now) husband. My sister who was a travel agent at the time warned me that she didn’t think I would like it; I don’t like humidity, I’m not very adventurous, I’m a suspicious traveller (I’m suspicious of EVERYONE in a foreign country! No generalising here) and I hate to feel like I’ve been ripped off. She was right! It was far too hot for my liking, there were ants in our food, I kept over-paying for everything I bought and we had a bit of an ‘incident’ when we were paraflying. Needless to say I’m glad it was the guy before me that went crashing into the beach and not me.
I am constantly hearing friends talk of their fabulous holidays to Bali and their continued return to Indonesia proves that they are obvious fans. I keep getting assured that it’s not the place it used to be! My husband and children are so eager to go that I felt it was time to do some research.
I’ve spoken to a lot of people and read my way through the Bali guides and thought I’d share some of the places to go and the resorts and villas to stay in. Times have radically changed since I was there last and Bali has clearly become a dream location for many.
PLACES TO STAY
Often Villas are a chosen accommodation style when there’s a couple of families holidaying together. They can split the bill and share the villa making it very affordable. Many villas even come with a private chef and driver making them more convenient than the resort choice.
PEPPERS SENTOSA, SEMINYAK
This property boasts the best of both worlds. Peppers Sentosa offers the privacy of a villa with the convenience of a resort. Only a short drive from Denpasar Airport, this tropical oasis has fully self-contained villas with gourmet kitchen and open-air dining and living spaces, yet offers 24 hour services and facilities of the Pepper Hotel including the onsite Spa and restaurant, The Laneway. If it’s the life of Seminyak you wish to experience it’s only a short walk to the restaurants, bars, cafes and shops it’s famous for.
PLACES TO SEE –
If travelling to Bali needs to be more than sitting by a pool or heading to the shops a wonderful place to start is hiking through the jungle of Tegenungan to the dramatic waterfall. These falls are located at Tegenungan Village approximately 5 kilometres from Ubud and promises to be worth the visit. Don’t forget to throw in your bathers as you won’t be able to resist a dip once you get there.
BLUE POINT & PADANG PADANG
Blue Point is a luxury swimming pool positioned on the cliff top overlooking the glorious Indian Ocean. The adjoining children’s pool enjoys its own cascading water feature and also enjoys the beautiful sunset views. After enjoying the pool head down to Padang Padang beach located at Jalan Labuhan Sait, Pecatu Village. To enter the beach you must pass through an amazing limestone cave and there is no cost to visit the beach.
THE HEALING VILLAGE SPA AT FOUR SEASONS, JIMBARAN BAY
If relaxation is your brief for a fantastic holiday then travel no further. This full-service spa offers 8 treatment rooms and 3 suites. Each suite includes massage beds, a Swiss shower, wet and dry body treatment areas and a garden courtyard featuring a soaking tub and shower. Treatments that are available include –
- Couples treatment rooms
- Manicures and pedicures
- Body wraps
- Body scrubs
- Aromatherapy treatments
- Hydrotherapy treatments
- Spa tub in spa
- Body treatments
- Facial treatments
Should you decide to escape the convenience of your accommodation there are so many wonderful places to eat in Bali. Here’s just a couple to temp your tastebuds –
French Mediterranean cuisine is presented by the legendary Chef Nicolas Tourneville, formerly of Kafe Warisan.
A large restaurant, seating 350 includes a bar, a lounge, private dining and offers immaculate service. Do not miss this opportunity for a truly unique dining experience.
If it’s a more casual atmosphere you would prefer Biku is a great choice. It is a combination of a Tea Lounge and a Restaurant with a touch of an antique store – not what you would expect from Bali.
Biku offers a variety of High Tea selections from the Traditional Afternoon Tea, Asian High Tea and Breakfast High Tea as well as Children’s Tea Time and Tea & Tarot. Their menu comprises a mix of Indonesian & western dishes as well as food from all over the world.
Biku’s menu is described as ‘tropical comfort food’. Only the best ingredients are used to provide fresh and sumptuous meals featuring Balinese specialities and International favourites.
So if Bali is a destination you are considering, don’t look any further. It has transformed itself in the last 20 years and there is so much to offer couples, friends and families.