Don’t talk about heaven if you’ve never been to Bali

Story by: Abir Ghenaiet     Date: 15 May 2021    Image by: Pixabay | Emily Schoeme

5 minutes reading time Bali

Fasten your seat belts, and I am taking you to Asia! Went to Bali in early 2019 with my family … I stayed there for 2 weeks.

I liked the circuit! No time to get bored between treks in the rice fields, at the top of a volcano, the beach days (Lovina and Amed), the discovery of Balinese culture, the delicious buffets … And then a little aperitif to start well the evening … Do you know the Bintang and the Arak Attack? Then with the group, I remember good parts of “Loup Garou” … Nothing very Balinese but very good atmosphere !!

As soon as we arrived in Balinese lands, we put our suitcases in a brand new hotel, the Wasabi, located a few hundred meters from the public beach Pantai Pererenan in Canggu.

To get there, it took us almost an hour to drive from the airport to the hotel. Indeed, we will quickly realize that in Bali, the traffic is dense and that it sometimes takes hours to cover only a few tens of kilometres.

 The Lawn in Canggu, Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

Our favourites in Canggu

The Wasabi hotel was friendly with a pleasant, willing and highly motivated team. Their breakfasts were to die for. On the hotel side, the rooms are very comfortable. Good to know: do not go for their pool because it is still small.

  • Near the hotel, there are several restaurants which offer very good Indonesian dishes for not very expensive.
  • Pantai Pererenan beach is the meeting place for many locals who also take the time to go there at the end of the day to watch the sunset.
  • Have a fresh juice in “ the DEUS Machine coffee shop ”: a trendy place for travellers who love this brand of clothing and customization of motorcycles.

South of Bali

The south of the island

Due to lack of time (and also of desire), we did not go to Seminyak, Kuta, and the Bukit peninsula. Because we did not particularly appreciate the very trendy, festive, very surfing, very young atmosphere of Canggu and its surroundings. For this trip to Bali, we were rather looking for places a little more “remote”.

We made a stop in the fishing village of Jimbaran then we visited the Uluwatu temple, located at the top of a cliff, by the sea.

Jimbaran, Bali

Our favourites in the south of the island

Go to the fish market in Jimbaran: you can either buy your fish directly and have it prepared on the barbecue behind the market or settle into one of the restaurants by the beach. We opted for the New Langsam Café restaurant, which serves generous dishes of fresh fish. Suddenly, pay attention to the final score, because specify what you want in terms of weight: the bigger the fish you choose, the more “high” the bill will be.

Stroll along the beach: we saw a few painters painting the colourful boats on the beach, in front of them, on paper that looked like tissue paper.

Discover the temple of Uluwatu: a first for us to wear the famous “sarong” (so as not to let our legs be seen inside the site). The site visit was fast for us because there were still quite a few tourists, it was very hot, and the fatigue of our arrival and the jet lag was felt.

Ubud, Bali

Central Bali

Before arriving in Ubud
After our first two nights in Canggu, we met Gustu, a Balinese driver who will take us to discover these two following temples (not to be missed!) Before arriving in Ubud:

  • The well known Tanah Lot temple: Such a treat!!
  • The Pura Taman Ayun temple: we loved this temple, which in addition, was one of the temples that I had discovered.

Coffee in Bali

Everyday coffee berries, then they collect their excrement where they find the undigested coffee beans to then make some. Coffee! Luwak are now locked in small cages and forced to eat all kinds of coffee berries. So, I will not give you any farm addresses to discover because this unmissable visit that it is possible to do in Bali is well to be avoided! The only positive thing about this tour was tasting several coffees and teas offered in Bali: vanilla tea, ginger tea, coconut coffee etc.

Our favourite along the way:

Before arriving in Ubud, we have lunch in one of the small houses on stilts, facing the rice fields, of the restaurant called Puri Lumbung. A nice quiet place to taste Indonesian dishes.

Beautiful Ubud, Bali

We stayed 4 nights in Ubud, in two different places

The first two nights at Swasti Eco Cottages, a “kids-friendly” address that houses a farm (with rabbits and goats) and an organic garden, located near the famous monkey forest. This place is ideal for families and also for people who practice yoga (since there are additional classes and even internships are organized there). The Swasti Eco Cottage is said to be run by French people but we didn’t see them the whole time. The place is pleasant with all the lush vegetation that surrounds each bungalow, the hotel swimming pool (which is the favourite place for children!), Its restaurant (where only vegetarian and homemade dishes are served) and its restaurants. 14 bungalows built with only local materials (wood, bamboo, stone).

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