Where do you go when you have just a long weekend break or about 5 days leave? Some of you dream of a luxury stay-cation, lazing by your private pool and sipping cocktails as the sun goes down. Others may want to rise with the dawn, roaring for an adventure. What if I told you, you can have your cake, and eat it too..and you wouldn’t be breaking the bank to do it..Its possible! Only in Bali. This is also what makes Bali an excellent honeymoon destination! And if you need another reason to choose Bali, their currency is a lower value than the Rupee, so you can shop till you drop at those unbelievable prices.
While I anxiously wait for my Bali vacation next month, here are some ideas to help you plan your own trip.
You can start by heading straight to the beaches at Nusa Dua or Kuta.
Where to stay
There are a lot of great boutique hotels and even big chain hotels where you can stay for some fun in the sun. The Novotel Hotel Benoa is an awesome 4 star hotel on the beach available at a good rate. They have a nice kids club too. If you prefer some luxury on a private beach, the Inaya Putri resort has a fantastic beach front location and enough facilities to keep you happy and pampered with their many pools, spa and award winning restaurants.
Things to do
- Watersports, parasailing, undersea walking and even scuba diving is available close by. The Tulamben Liberty Wreck is spectacular with numerous fish and colorful corals and sponges all over the wreck. Its great for certified and non-certified divers. Details here.
- For the adventure seekers, you may want to check out the awesome volcano vista at Kintamani and Batur. There are full day tours taking people by coach up to the mountains of Kintamani and on a trail through traditional Balinese villages seeing artisans practice their craft.
- One afternoon, you can also go in search of the Royal temple of Mengwi deep in the sacred monkey forest. The heart of Bali’s heritage lies in their mysterious forest temples.
- There’s a great little mall called The Bali Collection in Nusa Dua that houses a lot of brands and is known for awesome shopping.
Plan for at least 2 nights and 3 days for the beach activities and adventure, and 2 nights for relaxation.
Continue your exploration of Bali in Seminyak or Ubud or the trendy Canggu
Where to stay
Get ready for some Ultra Luxury living in your private pool villa! Oh Yeaahh! Bali is known for their cheap private pool villas and what’s better than skinny dipping in your own pool overlooking the calm and serene paddy fields of Ubud? Nothing is better, trust me. Alam Puri Villa on the outskirts of Ubud and Villa Kayu Lama offer these luxuries at a great price. Seminyak and the Monkey forest also have great private pool villas in a rain forest setting. Villa Seminyak Estate & Spa is a large resort perfect for families with kids as there is a supermarket just outside, and the royal pool villa has privacy and romantic dinners for couples too. If you want to spend a little more, check out the Royal Kamuela: Monkey forest villas. The Pandan Tree Villa in the trendy upmarket area of Canngu is romantic and perfect for a honeymoon. Its also close enough to all the cool cafes, bars and surf beaches in the area.
Alam Puri Ubud Private pool villa
Things to do
- Ubud is the art and culture center of Bali so I recommend taking in the quaint streets and markets on a rented scooter. You can
buy some beautiful artwork and handicrafts here.
- On the other day you can pamper yourself silly with a Balinese spa indulgence at your villa.
- One evening you can go see the 16th century temple at Tanah Lot built on a lava rock in the sea! Also known as the sunset temple, its magnificent fiery sunsets are some of the best in the world. Bring your camera’s!
- If you are travelling with kids, they would love Bali Waterbom, a fun water theme park.
- And come sunset, sail across the Benoa harbour on the sunset cruise with dinner on board.
A perfect way to say farewell to a spectacular holiday!
If this is not your first time to Bali, then you are just in luck!! For the ultimate Balinese Hidden Treasure check out Nusa Penida.
- The flights from India to Bali are expensive so book well in advance to get a low rate.
- Many villas in Bali have open bathrooms and toilets (without doors) so it would be good to check with the hotel before booking the room to avoid any awkwardness when you arrive there.
- Many hotels have a ‘kids stay and eat free’ policy, great for big savings.
- If you want more exotic islands to explore, check out the Gili islands off the coast of Bali or the Lembongan island day trips that are easily found.
- You don’t even need to be certified to go on certain scuba expeditions in Bali, so make the most of it.
- Always carry mosquito repellent with you to Bali. It’s humid climate and open planned villas tend to have mosquitoes.
- An average trip with flights, 4 star hotel/ private pool villa would cost about INR 1,40,000/- per couple.