Usually, I plan my trips months in advance; Save up – Do the research – Work out the itinerary- Book hotel and flight tickets. When me and Prateek got back from UK last September, we had no plans of travelling abroad for a while as we’d done that a bit too much already. But then, we aren’t called Moontrotters for no reason. Within 2 months, the travel bug in us creeped up and we narrowed down on Bali to satiate our wanderlust. Once the destination was finalised, we made hotel reservations and booked the flights. All of this happened in just one month i.e. December and the tickets were booked for Jan 2nd. There was absolutely no plan as to what we’ll do in Bali for 5 days (apart from chilling of course), no itinerary, nothing.
So after a three hour halt in Bangkok, we arrived at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on 3rd January 2018 from where we drove straight to The W hotel in Seminyak. Our breathtakingly beautiful pool villa with some complementary cocktails was exactly what we needed in this hot and humid weather after such a long journey. We spent the rest of the evening eating, planning the next day and unwinding ourselves.
Day 1– Technically day 2, started with a lavish breakfast at Starfish Bloo, one of W’s glamorous yet casual beachside restaurants. Its amazing how some hotels can increase one’s appetite. With that stunning view of the cabanas and the sea, it becomes easier i guess. We’d decided to visit Bali’s cultural heart, Ubud today so we called for a cab and left from the hotel. It was an hour drive to Tegenungan waterfall, a treat for nature lovers. While you’re welcomed by art and souvenir shops and small local restaurants, the walk to the falls feels pretty long specially on a hot summer afternoon! The sound of water crashing against the rocks and the bright sunshine is a perfect way to spend your day in this amazing location. After the waterfall, we continued our adventure to the Bali swing. A MUST VISIT! This was probably the only thing I knew I had to do once I reached Bali! The bali swing is home to more than 6 swings in different sizes with each offering an eye opening view of the valley below. I decided to go in for the largest one and boy, it was an experience of a lifetime. They even have these big cute nests for you to click a few pictures in. 😀
(Outfit: Top-F21, Neckpiece- H&M, Pants & Flats- Zara, Sunglasses-Versace)
Lunch being a part of the package at the Bali Swing, we then decided to move back to the hotel, and went straight to Woo Bar, W’s popular beach-view bar and lounge, to witness the magical sunset and sip some refreshing signature cocktails. Since it was our first night out, it was evident we were going to one of the most popular beach clubs in Bali–Potato Head which was just a 10 minute walk away from our hotel. To be honest, I didn’t quite like it as much except for the food maybe. Hence, we came back to Woo bar after dinner and enjoyed a few drinks until the wee hours of the night. ❤
(Dress: Zara, Shoes: Steve Madden, Bag- Accessorize)
Day 2– Was reserved for Monkey Forest, Goa Gajah and Rice Terraces, all in and around Ubud. We started the day early with our first destination being Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Ubud. This is one spot you shouldn’t miss at all on your visit to Bali. Home to hundreds of grey long-tailed macaques, this nature reserve and hindu temple complex is one of Bali’s most beautiful and popular tourist attractions.
(Dress & Shoes- H&M, Sunglasses- Rayban, Bag- Local Buy from Bali)
After having some fun with the monkeys, we left for Goa Gajah, also known as the Elephant Cave. Located on the cool western edge of Bedulu Village, six kilometres out of central Ubud, this archaeological site is of significant historical value, which makes it a special place to visit for tourists from around the world. Goa Gajah dates back to the 11th century, and was built as a spiritual place for meditation. The main grounds are down a flight of steps from the roadside and parking area, which is lined with various art and souvenir shops and refreshment kiosks. Upon reaching the base, you’ll find a large meeting hall and an assortment of old stone carvings, an excavated pool with seven statues of Hindu angels and various other structures and relics feature elements of Buddhism.
Wearing a knee-covering outfit is essential here. If not, they provide you with sarongs at the entrance to wrap around your waist before you enter the main area.
Unfortunately, it started to pour around the same time so we had to finish the tour quick and leave from there. We couldn’t even visit the Rice Fields due to the non-stop rains and had no option but to return to the hotel. 😦
At night, we dressed up and left for La Favela, one of the coolest clubs in Bali. The quirky decor and vintage charm with tropical forest courtyard and stencil art definitely makes you stop and notice this place. The food here is even better with some great music, fabulous service and the perfect romantic ambience. ❤
(Outfit and hairband- Zara, Shoes & Earrings- H&M)
After 11 pm, this place becomes even more happening as it turns into a discotheque with crowd queueing up outside to get in and groove to the catchy music.
We had a blast dancing to our favourite tunes and spending the night the Bali way! 😀
Some pointers to keep in mind when in Bali:
- Be prepared for the humid weather. Lightweight fabrics like cotton and linen are the best during the day.
- Make sure you carry enough Bali currency as at some local shops, they don’t accept dollars.
- Choose your hotel wisely depending on the location and the spots you want to visit.
- Carry an umbrella with you as the weather is quite unpredictable and susceptible to untimely rains.
Hope you enjoyed reading this one. Stay tuned for the next leg of the trip! 🙂