I was lucky enough to spend a week in Bali, prior to Christmas.Â I’d been feeling sorry for myself for spending my second Christmas away from home, so when inexpensive tickets and a weeks accommodation in aÂ vacationers dream spotÂ came to my attention, I immediately addressed the issue by sitting my roommates down and using peer pressure, ‘but its BALI’ and ‘for CHRISTMAS!’ tactics to book our tickets, without leaving time for objections. The short week went by very quickly and consisted primarily of relaxation, (apart from the migrane-causing-cornrows,) fresh food and exploration.
So…what did I learn? The Balinese people are beautiful, gracious and kind, which is truly what contributed to my experience so much. Bali is quite possibly the most spiritual place that I’ve ever visited, which became apparent almost immediately after landing. From the moment we stepped into our Villa, everyone was welcoming to us in everything that we did; constantly ensuring our safety and offering help and suggestions, despite language barrier. Its a beautiful thing to meet someone that reminds you how many good people are on this earth as well as how many lessons we have to learn from them and each other, which is truly how I felt throughout the entire duration of our stay.Â We have a lotâ€¦and its easy to get lost in all of our materials, thinking about what we donâ€™t have to forget what we do. I donâ€™t make a significant amount of money compared to my peers and often, after viewing my bank statement, feel sorry for myselfâ€¦even referring to my balance as â€˜poorâ€™. On our last day, I fully grasped that what I had been spending in a day, was similar to that of the pay that the majority of the people that had been serving us throughout the week. The Balinese people are beautiful, gracious and kindâ€¦despite the constant flow of obnoxious and often rude tourists. They are patient and humbleâ€¦and its something that I learned a lot from and that the world should take note on.
I’m very far from considering myself to be a travel or Bali expert, but confidently stress my favorite aspects of the trip that I highly recommend to travellers passing through, in no particular order.
We ended up staying at a last minute Airbnb, whichÂ was the perfect way for use to filter out a villa that suited our pricing needs. Our villa was in the centre of Seminyak so it was very easy to get around the town by foot and also encouraged us to always be on the look out for the next exploration.
Experience the beauty of Finns Beach Club, which was the most spectacular and extraordinary beach that I’ve ever laid my eyes on. It only took us about an hour journeys South from Seminyak, ($10 Uber ride) to find ourselves in anÂ area of the world that has coined the term, paradise. Finns Beach Club is the perfect way to spend the day swimming, relaxing and exploring the beach. An added perk, (as if it needed one) is that you can watch the sunset among staggered bean bags along the beach, drinking fruity cocktails and roasting s’mores on a bonfire.
Dance at Mirror Night Club, which is an old church, turned night club, warranting its name from the mosaic, mirrored walls. The combination of fog, neon laser lighting reflecting off the walls and pristine dance floor makes for an ideal eveningÂ for a boogie.
Take a day trip to Ubud. Hire a driver for the day so that you can learn as much as possible and ask as many questionsÂ as possible about the Balinese culture, among each village and community you pass. Â We ended up making the venture on a rainy day and were only able to see a few of the many sights that Ubud has to offer, but could not recommend the day trip more. Favorites of the day included looking over Teggalalang Rice Terrace, swimming underneath the Tegenungan Waterfall and drinking Kopi luwak or civet coffee, which is the most expensive coffee in the worldâ€¦brewed by/in the belly of the Asian Palm Civet, (poo-coffee) at Luwak coffee farm.
Lounge at Potato Head Beach Club. Everyone that has been to Bali has more than likely been to Potato Head and everyone that intends to travel to Bali will more than likely spend a day here as they should. We spent our first day here, which felt like the most proper welcoming to Bali with anÂ afternoon filled with drinking and relaxing, hopping between the pool bar and our beach bed. We ended up at the beach club in the middle of a thunderstorm, which didn’t stop us from swimming in the pool and topping off our negroni’s.
Watch the sunset at Ku De Ta, which is also where I bought most of my souvenirs, right off the beach. Its a small area andÂ Â beaded bracelets and necklaces that capture the essence of island life, off the beachâ€¦also the spot off the beach that Carlos and I decided on getting corn rowsâ€¦which I recommend whole heartedly. (Worth the migraine).
Sunsets in Bali cannot be matched, so wherever you are and whatever your plan is… make sure that your day revolves around sitting stationary at a beach or bar with a view of the ocean and neon-lit skies.