Bali Travel Guide
I've had quite a few questions about Bali since travelling there with various questions of what to do and where to eat so I've written up a quick and concise travel guide to help you on your travels to Bali.
How to get there
There are so many ways to travel from the UK to Bali now, mostly quite fairly priced. It will usually take from anywhere between 15-24 hours depending on the stopover. Luckily I travelled for just 16 hours with a stopover in Dubai both there and back, this also splits up the travelling and I think makes it go a little faster. I also recommend flying with Emirates, the journey is the most comfortable and literally flies by. The length of travel can also cover a lot of different budgets with the longer trips coming up much cheaper. Also keep an eye on flights during sale periods as they sometimes have amazing deals.
Check out Skyscanner to start planning your trip and find the cheapest time to fly.
Where to stay
There's so many different places to see and stay in Bali so I definitely recommend planning and doing some research before you travel. I spent my two weeks split between Seminyak, Sanur and Ubud - all quite different from one another but equally intriguing and beautiful to be in.
I REALLY wanted to stay in a pool villa but unfortunately due to a last minute change I had to switch to a hotel, nevertheless, they were some really beautiful places.
This highly rated five-star hotel sits just a 10-15 minute walk to Seminyak's shopping and eating street as well as the beach. The hotel offers a 24-hour rooftop infinity pool, very cool gym and a nightclub (all which I recommend). It's also just 15 minutes drive from the airport and in close proximity to all of the beach clubs and eating places that you need on your trip.
I spent two nights in Sanur, the quieter part of Bali, and was lucky enough to be invited for a staycation at the fabulous five-star resort Maya Sanur. Sitting right on the beachfront, with an AMAZING spa, gym and yoga room, a rooftop garden, a beach-view pool, private beach access, two restaurants, a modern beach bar, even an urban deli with a fantastic freshly baked cake selection (and a cake happy hour) it really is the most relaxing place to stay. You can read my full review here.
This sophisticated hotel nestled in the middle of the idyllic Ubud jungle is truly the best place to stay. Not so upset that the initial pool villa fell through as my stay at Komaneka was more than wonderful. High-end luxury is at it's best here as you really feel at peace in this tropical rainforest. And the best part about it, you can experience the jungle without a single bug in your room! If like me, you want the jungle experience minus the bugs, this is the place for you. Staff are warm and welcoming, breakfasts are out-of-this world, the iconic 33-meter pool is an emerald jewel of beauty (and perfect for those Instagram pics) and all just a 10-minute walk from Ubud's Main Street.
What to do
Pretty much everything on my 10 things you cannot miss in Bali list but also the perfect place for a romantic getaway or just to do nothing, not feel guilty about it and fully relax and get your mind off reality. I indulged in about 3 or 4 massages a week because they're so cheap and so damn good. Play with the monkeys in Ubud or do some surfing in Canggu, or chill like a VIP in a beach club in Seminyak - there's something for everyone. Finding the best traditional food spots, browsing the shops and markets or just taking part in all of the activities that are on offer, visiting the surrounding islands - you will never be bored in Bali.
Where to eat
Located in Seminyak on Eat Street and offers sophisticated indoor and outdoor dining. Beautifully set out and perfect for a romantic date night or celebration dinner. The menu highlight for me was the dim sum platter for starters and the sizzling hot stone sate meat platter, which is a popular choice at Chandi. The staff are also extremely polite and won't even hesitate to get involved in a happy birthday sing-a-long upon request!
An amazing and cheap spot with restaurants in both Ubud and Sanur. A really nice setting, modern decor and tropical gardens, serving traditional Asian cuisine. The food is fresh and there's lots to choose from on the menu from more traditional dishes to Thai curries. The chicken satay was incredible and it is amazing value.
A liquor and dim sum bar in Kuta offering traditional Cantonese dishes and dim sum. The sophisticated bar does dim sum and cocktails REALLY well. they also do buy one get one free from 7-11pm Mon-Thurs which is absolutely epic. Just be careful to not be like me and order everything!
A must for those looking for Instagram-worthy restaurant. With cute and colourful decor on the outside the quirky restaurant, coffee den and cocktail bar has become quite popular in Seminyak. With gourmet coffee as their speciality and a variety of dining options. I went for brunch, it's quite bright in there but can get very busy (and hot) pretty quickly. I absolutely adored their tempura fish tacos and dragon fruit acai bowl.
Probably one of my favourites restaurants I dined at in my time in Bali. Located on the bustling Eat Street in Seminyak you would never expect the beauty of the interiors from the humble exterior. A homage to the ancestral art of BATIK, the restaurant has a stunning luxury white and tropical palm interiors with high ceilings and gorgeous hanging lights serving Indonesian and South Asian delicacies. There's a calming relaxed atmosphere, the food is delicious and the cocktails are amazing; the perfect place for an evening meal as well as being incredible value for money.