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Bali Island Travel

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Bali Island Travel

Hello,

Me and my wife recently got married and will be attending a wedding in Asia, so we thought we would do our delayed Honeymoon in Bali Island. Does any RFDers have tips or suggestions for Bali?

Anything advice is appreciated.

Thanks.
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I would suggest using the search function in this forum for Bali given that this has been discussed here a lot.

Having said that, I highly recommend Ubud after some of the beaches around Denpasar . My wife and I were there about three or four years ago and loved it so much we're going back in March.
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I lived in Australia for 18 years so Bali was a frequent holiday destination! I recommend staying a few days in Nusa Dua, Benoa, or anywhere really on the Bukit Peninsula. You can live like a king at one of the 5* resorts there- so inexpensive! The Mulia sunday brunch is a must but I recommend booking a few weeks in advance, especially if you're there during peak season. Unfortunately most of these fantastic resorts are kept within a gated area and as a result there aren't many restaurants and stuff to do nearby. The Grand Aston, Conrad, The Laguna, and The Westin are all great resorts close to some nice traditional restaurants. For pure unadulterated luxury I'd look at staying at The Mulia or Alila Villas.

If you're looking for a "resort" town with a more traditional feel, then head to Sanur. There's some lovely boutique hotels there, or larger resorts. The beach is fantastic and a lot quieter than the Bukit Peninsula. The Puri Santrian, Segara Village, and Griya Santrian are all good hotels in the area. If you don't want to spend overnight in Ubud then Sanur is a great spot to base yourself. In good traffic you can be in Ubud in ~30 mins. In traffic it can take upwards of 1 hr.

Another popular tourist area is Seminyak or Legian (next to each other). Over the years it's become quite upscale as the number of luxury hotels, villas, spas, and restaurants have moved in. It's too commercialised in my opinion but can be a little slice of heaven if you have a private villa. I usually stay at the U Paasha which is a hotel smack bang in the middle of Seminyak. I find it convenient to all the great restaurants & beach. Potato Head Beach Club is popular place to hang out (can be $$) and Motel Mexicola is great for lunch! The beach there kind of sucks so it's more of a pool town. Go there for it's fantastic restaurants, shopping and spas.

Kuta Beach is not a place you want to be. It's been taken over by Western influences and is a hotbed for trashy tourists (of all ages!). Big party town. Nothing lost by skipping this place.

Ubud is great for a day trip, or even overnight if you fancy. It's a town centered around the "wellness" trend. Lots of yoga & organic restaurants. It's a place where a lot of people go to zen out and relax for a few days. There's some amazing hotels here. The monkey forest is fun. Outside of one or two things in Ubud, it can get boring pretty quickly if you're not there on a retreat of some kind.

The Gili Islands (Trawangan, Meno, and Air) is where a lot of people go for clear waters & pure relaxation. The islands sit northwest of Lombok and are a good place for a big chill out after zipping around the mainland.

Canggu is a town that sits around 15 mins drive from Seminyak. It's where a lot of expats live and surfers stay. There's some very good villas that can be found in this area for a lot less than Seminyak. There's not a whole lot of restaurants but the ones that are there are great.

Let me know if you have any more questions!
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I would actually suggest staying at a private villa, Not many places in the World you can have a whole villa with a private pool, breakfast and even staff for as low as $60/day. A lot of 4-5 star hotels as cheap as $40.
Ubud is great to stay a night or 2 among the rice fields and explore the local lives. Southern Tip is becoming too commercialized so it's good to see the real Bali and its beauty.
You can also fly to Java to see the volcanoes. Flights are cheap.

All above suggestions by others are great.
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whatthechell wrote:
Nov 1st, 2017 11:16 pm
Kuta Beach is not a place you want to be. It's been taken over by Western influences and is a hotbed for trashy tourists (of all ages!). Big party town. Nothing lost by skipping this place.
I agree that Kuta is a trashy place. However, pretty much all of Bali has been taken over by "Western influences". There really isn't much of the Balinese traditional culture left on the island - it's all pretty Westernized unless you head into the backwater kampungs. And even if you did that, the culture wouldn't be too accessible unless you speak Bahasa.

If you talk to most of the people you encounter working in the tourist trade in Bali, you'll find that they are overwhelmingly Javanese and muslim. They're not there to enjoy the "Balinese lifestyle and culture" - they're there to work (which doesn't make them any less nice of course).
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Just came back from Bali this Sept on our honeymoon. What is your budget and how much time are you planning to be there?

We did a Bali tour for 5 days, then East Java tour with the overnight hiking and then spent the last 5 days in Nusa Dua at Samabe resort (amazing!).
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Thanks for all these great suggestions and tips. We are planning to visit for 4 or 5 days and maybe $1000 - $1500 not including flight max per person (unsure, might be too much).
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Punira wrote:
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Thanks for all these great suggestions and tips. We are planning to visit for 4 or 5 days and maybe $1000 - $1500 not including flight max per person (unsure, might be too much).
Where in Asia is your wedding?

Flight may not make your 4-5 days worth it to be honest.

But if you are staying there with your budget, you are best to choose a nice area in Nusa Dua or Seminyak. You may not be able to live it up but you should be able to afford many of the nice things.

All depends what you want to do: relax, beach, shop, cultural sight seeing etc.
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The wedding we are attending is in Taiwan, then we are planning to fly from Taiwan to Bali. We have never been to a all inclusive resort type of vacation, so not sure what to expect, we have always been doing self-plan rent a car and drive around experience country, culture type of things.
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We stayed in Nusa Dua for the first half of our trip. Nice enough. Why here? Was using points from starwood, so stay at the Westin was free.

My favourite experience was the cooking day my wife organized through http://www.balifoods.com/cooking-classes/. The restaurant is great too. A bit unique in that they are trying to resore true Balinese cuisine...not the Sumantrian cuisine that is more commonly found throughout Bali. Anyway, a great day and I still cook many of the recipes today. Once a year, I make my lot of spice pastes for the year and freeze them!

Our second half of our trip we stayed by Tanah Lot. The hotel was a Le Meridien at the time. Great experience. Most incredible sunsets overlooking the historic oceanside temple.

For travelling around, we just paid for a driver each day. The first day we organized through the hotel. Then the driver offered schedule days for us at a better rate...wasn't to expensive for the day. Maybe 100 including tip. That was for the four of us.. Ubud was ok at best. Monkey forest was fun for the kids. Found an agricultural farm; we learned a lot including all about the civet and coffee! The elephant sanctuary was great.

For travelling around, we just paid for a driver each day. The first day we organized through the hotel. Then the driver offered to schedule days for us at a better rate...wasn't to expensive for the day. Maybe 100 including tip. That was for the four of us..

My wife loved the day spas at the hotel. Yes, should could have gone off site and saved money, but for less than 100 dollars you have what would have been worth thousands here...and believed there was less of a health risk.

In the end. Bali was fun. we enjoyed it. Would not go back....
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Punira wrote:
Nov 1st, 2017 2:54 pm
Hello,

Me and my wife recently got married and will be attending a wedding in Asia, so we thought we would do our delayed Honeymoon in Bali Island. Does any RFDers have tips or suggestions for Bali?

Anything advice is appreciated.

Thanks.
Your are looking at a great place for a honeymoon.

We visited Bali and spent a week in Ubud and one day in Denpasar at the Kartika, to be close to the airport for our departing flight. What we found spectacular in Bali is not the tourist hotels and drinking holes near the airport (this is like the DR or Cuba for Aussies on cheap tour packages) which mostly seem to be operated by foreigners. The beaches in Bali don't seem to be the greatest either, and you will find more of them and better ones in Florida.

But if you are interested in culture, food, crafts, scenery, and spas I recommend Ubud. From there visit spectacular Hindu temples, volcanoes, attend local dance and musical performances and take a 1/2 day course in Balinese cooking - one of our best experiences there. Stay in a private villa with a pool and staff for less than the cost of pricey hotel in Kuta. Go for bargain pricde couples massages. Visit the villages around Ubud, many of which are dedicated to particular crafts e.g. carving, or the famous bird park. Get the villa to transfer you from the airport. Rent a van and river for a very reasonable price to take you around or loaf in your private pool with dinner brought in. The Balinese are very service oriented and we found the prices to be extremely reasonable.

I highly recommend Infinity Villa where we stayed (http://www.infinity-villa-ubud.com), but there are options in Ubud at every price point.
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From Bali there are some really cheap flights to Java (see Google Flights).
https://www.google.ca/flights#flt=DPS.J ... 1;sd:1;t:f

Much of the tourism on alcohol friendly Bali is geared towards Australians. Their Cayo-Coco or Punta Cana so to speak.

Depending on your interests, you might feel to the need to experience something more memorable while in the area.

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Im going to Bali, Dec 26 to Jan 13. Starting off with a few days in Sanur, then to Lembongan for 3 nights, Ubud for 5 and in Sanur for 3 at the end. Accomodation is quite expensive given the high season but even then...my per night average is still about $100.00CDN for a mix of hotels and private villas.

So far we've booked a rafting trip and a NYE dinner at the Fairmont. Everything else...we'll plan when we get there.

I visited Bali for the first time in 2002 and stayed at the Aston Bali in Nusa Dua. Did the typical tourist thing with the monkey forest, Tanah Lot, spa/massage, Kecak dance, temples etc.. This time, it's more a relaxing vacation. Meeting up with my fiance who is flying in from Delhi and it is his first time there so may end up doing some touristy stuff
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Stayed at the W in Seminyak, Fairmont in Sanur and Conrad in Nusa Dua and while they were spectacular, rates were much higher than North America.

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