Bali

Lerease Sweeney
Jan 14
I spent my birthday in Bali in the month of June for 10 glorious days. We had a mix of culture and modern luxury and relaxation, visiting things such as temples and one of the infamous beach clubs
We Checked in at the Nusa Dua Beach hotel

We checked into our hotel. Really friendly staff, who showed us to our room, which was a great sized twin room with a garden view. 5 Star Bali Hotel set in the Nusa Dua area. 

Dinner

We ate at the gorgeous Maguro restaurant situated in the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel overlooking the main pool. 

You must try the Short Rib Beef with steamed veg and rice!

Day 1 

We met our local driver, Sila, who took us to a traditional Balinese Barong and Kris Dance. It shows the physical impersonation of good and evil, and is silent using only music and the odd shout! Prices for this show are 100,000 IDR and the show is roughly an hour

Visit a Luwak Coffee and Tea plantation

We headed to Taman Ayu Luwak Coffee an Tea Plantation. You get to see the different coffee beans etc and see the cats responsible for helping to produce the Luwak Coffee. From here you learn how to grind the beans and then get to try over 15 types of different teas and coffees. I don't drink Coffee, so i stuck to the teas and headed to the shop to buy a couple of the small packs. 

Visit a Temple...

We visited the stunning Batuan Temple. You can grab a sarong to cover up and then sign the attendance book and leave a donation before heading across the road into the temple. 

Visit the Gorgeous Rice Terraces

No visit to Bali is complete without visiting the rice fields. This is one of the best known ones in the heart of Ubud. The greenery alone is mind blowing. Ensure you've got comfortable footwear on as it can be a rough hiking terrain at times, and very humid. 

Grab Something to eat

Although we planned to eat the very best Bali has to offer and we certainly did. We also headed to Michele's JamBali cafe serving the very best Jamaican food but with Balinese local produce and the result was amazing! A must visit!

Head back to the hotel to relax, eat and freshen up! 
Head out for some cocktails at the best DJ Sounds in R&B & Hiphop at ZJ's Lounge.

We got a taxi which took about 5 minutes, as this hotel is in the same complex as ours...  This bar is situated in the gorgeous Mulia Hotel... Friday's is the day for this music type.

Head to a Beach Club and watch the sun set

Sitting on a beach bed, with personalised service, overlooking the ocean with an option to jump in the pool is my idea of bliss! In order to get a bed here, you really need to get here before midday, it is very popular and not very big. The beds come with a minimum spend but it's well worth it if there's at least two of you. Spend is 1,000,000 IDR. Bring a change of clothes if you plan to stay after the sunset. As there's a proper restaurant you can move to after.

If you must do brunch... you must do The W on a Sunday

The Starfish Bloo Restaurant in the W Retreat & Spa in Seminyak hosts possibly one of the best boozy brunches. Not only is the food choice vast, the service is excellent! It either includes unlimited prosecco or if you pay more, Lanson Champagne. It also includes use of the Wet facilities, so move from the brunch into a bed on the beach or a bean bag in the pool! 

Back to the hotel... 

Ordered some room service and sobered up! 

Head to see another stunning Temple

This time head to Uluwatu Temple. It's a gorgeous multi layered site on the cliff edge with a stunning view! Again you'll get sarongs at the entrance. Entry Fee is 30,000 IDR. The only thing you need to beware of, is securing your belongings because of the wild monkeys who aren't scared to approach you! 

Head over to Jimbaran Bay for Dinner

This is a number of restaurants with seating directly on the beach next to the ocean. Your driver will probably have an affiliation to one of them. The seafood is great and there's some set menu deals to be had. If you stay long enough you might catch the fireworks! We picked Kampoeng Seafood. 

Rainy Day

This day the heavens opened up! So we headed to the spa on - site and ate within the hotel. Dinner was at the Tamarind Restaurant on site at Nusa Dua Beach Hotel, which was like a giant treehouse. It was great and a good chill out spot. 

How I spent my birthday in Bali

In order to celebrate my birthday, I headed to Ayana Resort and spa which has some beautiful places within the resort which you really need to visit! This is a stunning place with water as it's main feature. You'll want to take pictures wherever you go and overlooks the ocean. 

Head to Rock Bar first...to catch the sunset

Rock Bar is this multi layered bar on the cliff edge complete with a DJ, you can actually order hot and cold snacks and cocktails. It's a bit of a walk down, so be careful if you've opted for heels! The sunset view is absolutely stunning and the bar can therefore be very busy, so get there before 5pm if you can... We had a few cocktails and took some very necessary photos.

Head to Dava Steak & Seafood for Dinner
Thankfully you don't have to walk all the way back up, but you can get in a lift and then jump on the many shuttle carts which will take you over to Dava. The restaurant is modern with a great bar, food and service, but I could just tell in the day it would look even more stunning. 
A Day of Rest... 
We decided today was a good day to do absolutely NOTHING! ... 
Do a Cooking Class

We spent our final day in Bali doing a Balinese cooking class, in Raja's restaurant which is on - site at Nusa Dua. The food was fab and we made a great 3 course lunch which we devoured before finishing our packing and heading to the hotel.