After exploring Bali for the last couple of weeks I thought it could be pretty useful to give you guys a little breakdown of the different areas of Bali we visited and stayed. My favourite bits and my Bali must dos. Basically taking the research and hassle out of planning your epic Bali trip right :)
Also don’t worry I have a load of posts coming your way on the top healthy spots in Bali, a complete Gilli T guide, some useful Bali tips as well as a load of Youtube videos (channel HERE). So I will hopefully be a hub of all things Bali, I mean as much as I can be with a few weeks under my belt. Feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org with any Bali related questions if you are planning a trip!
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The Different Areas of Bali
Ok so Seminyak is like the main hub of Bali where all the foodie places and beach clubs are. It’s very hectic and busy and be prepared to haggle for everything! I loved the foodie scene in Seminyak but it was a bit touristy for me. So if I returned I might do a night or two in Seminyak but would probably stay in Canggu or Uluwatu for a bit more peace. A must see if you are visiting Bali though! My favourite hotels being the W Hotel which is in a great location and does an epic bottomless brunch on a Sunday. If you decided to Airbnb it, there are some great deals to be had but sure you are in the centre of Seminyak as it makes getting around a lot easier.
Much more chilled and green which I loved, I don’t know what it is but being surrounded by trees is just so calming. You feel like your actually in ‘real Bali’ here as it’s much less built up. The villas here are beautiful and I would definitely get a villa here next time i vista Bali (which is totally happening!). The only thing to bear in mind with Uluwatu is that it’s just slightly harder to get around in taxis here as you can’t actually get blue birds or taxis from many places. I personally didn’t fancy a moped as the roads are crazy!!! But if you stayed in Uluwatu or Canggu a moped is probably the easiest way to get around. Also another great selling point is the beaches here are some of the best I have seen. We went to Sundays Beach Club for the day which I really recommend, the water was crystal clear and you can sit on bean bags all day, paddle board in the afternoon and they even roast marshmallows in the evening for sunset…..bliss.
Again really chilled here, loads of surfers and the food scene is really good. This may be the surfer hub but I personally felt that the beaches aren’t as picturesque. Don’t let that put you off though its still one of my favourite parts. The whole feel is really friendly and relaxed so makes a really lovely place to stay. We visited here once for a day trip when we were staying in Seminyak and then stayed at the Jungle Rooms Bali for a night at the end of our trip. This was a lovely little eco resort which was the perfect escape from any hustle and bustle, with your stay you got a delicious healthy breakfast included (I got avocado on toast and a fresh coconut) and yoga in the mornings.
This is the real Bali jungle, think rice fields, monkey forests, healthy eateries and ALL the yoga. We stayed at the beautiful Komaneka Bisma which had the most epic pool overlooking rice fields and jungles. I would really recommend this beautiful hotel, the hotel was stunning and the service was incredible and waking up to that view in the mornings really made my time in Ubud. A few highlights of my time in Ubud were amazing yoga classes at the Yoga Barn, followed by a delicious dinner. You must try the raw desserts there they will change your life! Also explore the waterfalls and rice paddies, yes its pretty touristy but worth it just make sure you get up early to avoid the crowds and the heat.
My Bali Must Do’s
- So after spending a few weeks around Bali have compiled a list of things I would really recommend for anyone planning a trip.
- Go to Potato Head Beach Club– spend the day there, get a sunbed and watch the sunset!
- Do bottomless brunch at W Hotel then spend the day by their pools.
- Have brunch at Sisterfields and Cafe Organic – my all time favourite brunch spots
- Brace the boat journey and go to Gilli T (also heard Air and Meno are beautiful) get a bike and cycle around and just explore the island
- Snorkel with turtles!!!!
- Stay at the Komaneka Bisma….its beautiful and picturesque I loved my stay here
- Do all the yoga….my highlight being at The Yoga Barn and make sure you eat at The Yoga Barn as well as the food is insane!
- Go to Sundays Beach Club, sit on a bean bag and do paddleboarding – this comes as part of the price. Dream!
- Go to Blue Point for sunset in Uluwatu – all the surfers head here so good for drinks. Also grab dinner at Coco and Poke at Blue Fin – the most delicious poke bowls!
- Explore all areas of Bali, make sure wherever you are staying you do trips to Seminyak, Ubud, Uluwatu and Canggu. Taxis are fairly cheap and each area offers something different so make sure you explore.
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Brunch at Sisterfields