Bali is everything you imagine it to be. From its natural waterfalls, exotic sunsets, terraced rice fields, cute little cafes, hip bars & restaurants, you are guaranteed to find an unforgettable experience in this paradise!
In Bali, you can live like royalty in most towns. For us, we rented a luxury private villa in Denpasar via Airbnb and guess what, it came with a butler. Never had I thought I would get a butler to ourselves making us fancy breakfast every morning with fresh fruits prepared. Since we took our family there, I would highly recommend hiring a driver to take you around.
Ubud is the cultural, artistic, and holistic heart of Bali and has definitely grown into one of the busiest and most popular destinations in Bali. A few highlights for first-timers – Luwak coffee tasting, Tegenungan Waterfall, Ubud Monkey Forest, and the photogenic Tegalalang Rice Terrace.
Kopi Luwak is one of the most expensive cups of poop coffee that you can have in the entire world, typically selling for between US$35-80 per cup! You heard me right…it’s the world’s most expensive coffee, and it’s made from poop.
Monkey Forest is a Hindu temple complex in Ubud and also one of its main attractions. The entire area is a nature reserve and you can walk around and take in the scenery as well as take photographs of the monkeys. While it is fun wandering around the monkey forest, the monkeys can get aggressive towards tourists if they see you bringing food in.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace is famous for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies with a dramatic view within easy reach. It’s a very popular view, but this ancient valley has a timeless quality whether there are tourists there or not. You can also hop on the IG perfect swing, which hangs between two palm trees in the village of Tegalalang. There are many other Bali swings with incredible views!
Tanah Lot Temple is another famous attraction in Bali and is a Hindu temple that sits atop a large and scenic rock formation. Over the years the sea has separated the rock from the mainland, and at high tide the rock is completely surrounded making this one of the most amazing sights in Indonesia. Many people come here for the sunsets around the temple so make sure you go early to get the best spot to watch the magnificent sunset. Sunset at Tanah Lot is what made it such an iconic place for Bali. The sea turns to gold and the light shining on Tanah Lot is incredibly picturesque.
Seminyak is Bali’s most stylish and upscale beach resort area with great nightlife scene. It’s home to some of the island’s most luxurious resorts and the streets are lined with fine-dining restaurants and fashion boutiques. I spent my birthday at the Potato Head Beach Club sipping on cocktails, enjoying local fine dining while enjoying the legendary sunset.
Bali cafes are every foodie’s dream! You literally can spend time exploring the most hyped and Instagrammable cafés in Bali and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
In conclusion, Bali is more than an island with beautiful beaches and sunsets; it’s a mood, an aspiration, a tropical state of mind. The rich and diverse culture of Bali plays out at all levels and I can see why people from around the world move to Bali. Bali is like the melting pot of the world; a cultural, spiritual and culinary hub. People from literally everywhere come to this island hoping to start a new life, explore nature, learn about themselves and of course, party! But trust us, I can tell once you are settled in to island life, there will be so many perks and cost-savings that you will find it hard to leave.
Seattle-based world traveler living my best life!! I am passionate about seeing the world and experiencing different cultures. Strongly believe the best adventures come from traveling outside of your comfort zone. Follow along this humbling journey of mine that I am very proud of.