Sorry for being absent guys! It’s almost been a month since my last post. I was so busy the week leading up to this holiday that I wasn’t able to pre-post anything.
Anyway, I’m back with some holiday photos (more to come!) and some helpful tips if you’re planning to holiday in Bali anytime soon. This is my second time to visit Bali and I guess you could say that I’m not one of those people who tend to go back to the same holiday spot every year. I want to be able to see as much as I can so I usually try and go to a different place every year. Bali is different. I could go back 10 more times! You just won’t run out of things to do.
The first three photos are of this place called Potato Head Beach Club. Amazing. Great views, great food, great cocktails and just an overall great experience. If you are heading to Bali, I recommend this place. Pop in for a nice dinner, be sure to make reservations as they can be booked out. I also recommend that you make a reservation at their Indonesian restaurant and not the western for a bit of cultural eating. They have chilli crab, lobsters, really good entrees (try the golden prawn balls!) and the beautifully presented cocktails (the far left cocktail in the photo is my favourite, make sure you try it if you love lychees) so don’t hold back!
When you’re done with dinner, ask your waiter if he can book you one of the day beds that overlook the ocean/infinity pool, there is nothing more relaxing than watching the waves crash in while sipping on your cocktail. Also a great place to watch the sun set. 🙂
We also went to the Bali Safari and Marine Park. The girls and I wanted to ride an elephant but at the same time we wanted our money to be used on the animals (food, improved enclosures etc). We were happy with our decision as the zoo looked even better than our zoo back home.
We purchased a ‘Rhino Pass’ which is like a VIP pass which was about $100+ USD, I’m not sure if it’s called something else on their website. That included lunch at the Tsavo restaurant (where you get to see the lions), fast pass to the safari bus so you don’t have to queue up, front row seats to all the shows (there were 3 shows) and you get to print out 3 professional photos of yourself with the animals (orangutan, baby lion, elephant riding and the Balinese Bear Cat). What an experience that was!
I will list a few good restaurants, bars and clubs that you can check out down below. 🙂
We also did a day tour to see the monkeys at the monkey forest and the temples at Uluwatu.
On the way home, our driver suggested for us to stop at Jimbaran Bay to watch the sunset while having a seafood dinner on the beach. I did this back in 2012 with my mum when we decided to go to Bali for a relaxing holiday filled with massages, pedicures, manicures and cocktails. It’s quite the experience so if you have time to squeeze it in, do so.
However, if you are not a fan of picking out the live seafood you want to have for dinner, then I suggest you give this a miss.
My List of Bars/Restaurants I Recommend:
La Favella – Bar, restaurant with a DJ spinning some tracks on a Monday night, Thursday night and the weekend. Great atmosphere, decor and ambience. They have vines growing on the walls with waterfalls and rustic furniture to set the mood. Do yourselves a favour and check it out (on google images or better yet pay the place a visit when you decide to visit Bali)!
Red Carpet Champagne Bar – Bar across the road from La Favella where they give you refresher towels when you walk in and constantly bring amazing finger food out – free of charge. If you are in for a big night and decide to skip dinner, this place is perfect. A couple glasses of their Singapore Sling cocktails and I was set for the night. They also do music trivia nights with shots to be won.
Rumours Restaurant/Bar – Great food for affordable prices. If you like curry, I recommend the ‘Kambing Curry’ from the menu. They also do happy hour half price drinks from 10pm-close, which I think is about 3am. Good place if you want to do pre-drinks as spirits were about $3 AUD during happy hour.
Ultimo Restaurant – Sister restaurant of Rumours. A little dressier and fancier than Rumours but hey, you’re on a holiday in Bali, you can still rock up in shorts and a singlet. Candlelit tables to set the mood.
Mykonos Greek Restaurant – I’ve been to a few Greek restaurants here in Melbourne because I love Greek food and there isn’t quite anything like this. They say they have the best lamb chops in Bali but personally, I suggest you order everything else but the lamb chops. The dolmathes were second best (best ones I’ve had was made by my friend’s yiayia and pappou). Red sangria was pretty good too. Make sure you book!
Motel Mexicola – Again, amazing atmosphere and decor. The mexican food was good. They have this really good mocktail that has jalapeño peppers in it. It’s spicy and refreshing at the same time.
Potato Head Beach Club – Refer to the photos above. 🙂
I’ve also heard of other great places to go in Bali but unfortunately we didn’t have the time to go. A few of these are the Rock Bar, Single Fin and Blue Point. Double Six Luxury Hotel also has a pretty good restaurant called Coocoon. Jenja is also a good club, however they are only open from Wednesday-Sunday.
Also, taxi’s from airport to your hotel, if you’re staying in Legian should cost no more than 150k-200k if you are haggling, otherwise tell the taxi driver to turn his meter on (to which they will say no because of the ‘traffic jam’). Easy way to convert their money to Australian dollar is 100k Rupiah is to $10 Australian dollar. Bali is tiny, it shouldn’t cost you any more than $20 to get from the airport to your hotel.
If you are trying to get to a restaurant for dinner, it cost about 50k to 100k. Even then you’re getting ripped off but we paid it because it’s cheap. I have a friend who’s Balinese and she called a taxi for us and he charged us 35 thousand instead of 50 thousand. Some guy tried to charge us 250k for a 5 minute drive. That’s $25 AUD. Just say that you’ve caught the taxi before and it cost you 50k max. Bali is good but you have to be tough or the locals will keep trying to rip you off.
Hope that gave you an insight on Bali and hope that helped you out if you are planning a holiday to Bali soon! 🙂