Amazing Bali by R&R (A.K.A. Ribal & Roxy)
When you consider taking a vacation in the Far East, you cannot but think about this beautiful and exotic country called Indonesia and its most popular holiday destination island, Bali.
It is a place where you can find everything you want, from exotic Temples crafted by the locals’ magical hands to stunning natural scenery, endless restaurant choices of local and international cuisines and exciting clubs and pubs, countless accommodation choices ranging from small tropical bungalows to lavish suites in luxurious resorts.
Bali is surrounded by many beautiful small islands where the nature is at its best in a way that makes you completely forget about civilization, places where cars are not allowed and where you can see locals’ simple ways of living far from the worlds modern polluted cluster.
After doing some research about the island we have decided to stay in Seminyak, which is one of the best areas to stay if you want to enjoy the beach and be close by the main areas attractions.
We stayed in Anantara beach hotel Seminyak, a lovely place on the beach with amazingsuites that has an amazing ocean view, a jet tub equipped balcony and a nice infinity pool. Very friendly staff and good food. Balinese people really know how to treat their guests.
I admit, once we have landed there my first impression was "wow, where am I?" It was weird. Although the island is very clean, compared to other similar Asian countries, it was a bit strange for me seeing the streets so narrow, old and damaged cars as most of the locals have and traffic laws were a bit on the loose end to abide by.
The streets were swamped with motorcycles that I personally haven't seen anywhere else in the world. Apparently renting a motorcycle is one of the best and cheapest ways of transportation here but be careful as the police can stop and ask you for a driving license. We have decided not to take the risk and used Mobile taxi app called Grab which is 10 times cheaper than taxi rates there.
One day we visited the silver and pearls factory, a place where you can see how the jewelleries are made and of course, you can buy anything you want, prices are acceptable, and the variety of models are endless.
After that we stopped to see the Tegenungan Waterfall, (a must-see place), but you must be prepared to sweat a lot as you have to go up and down few hundred stairs which is totally worth it if you don’t mind burning few extra calories. We took many amazing pictures as the place has many picture-perfect spots especially the big wooden swing facing the waterfall and ended the visit with a nice refreshing coconut.
Next stop was The Monkey Forest, I must say, it has really impressed me. The monkeys are not aggressive, though be careful don't keep anything in your pockets because they will steal it. you can feed them bananas and they will climb on your shoulder to take pictures, but do not look in their eyes as they will feel threatened and the baby ones are the cutest yet try not to touch them as their mamas’ might not be friendly.
Traditional market in Ubud which is considered the artistic capital of Bali where you can find beautiful hand-crafted sculptures and some very interestingpaintings by local talents stacked in the market’s long and packed shops. However, be prepared to bargain anything you fancy there. The rice fields close by are just great for taking pictures.
I love coffee so we stopped for a while at Gianyar Tegallang, near Ubud, a place where you can try for free a big selection of herbal teas and brewed coffees including but with an extra charge one of the most famous and expensive coffees in the world, the Luwak coffee. It is a coffee that includes part digested coffee cherries and defecated by the Asian Palm Civet. I liked it as it has unique flavour and a pleasant fragrance.
In this place, you can also take awesome pictures at the human sized bird nests especially with your loved one or go on a swing above the deep rice fields valley to give your adrenaline a boost.
Last stop was Saraswati Temple Ubud, the architecture is dazzling where you can see numerous sculptors merged with the holy spring and enjoy watching the prayer rituals
After such a long day you need some time just to relax, so we have decided to try some poolside experience in Seminyak. Potato Head was really nice with reasonable prices, you can stay by the pool, chill and enjoy the sunset, drink some amazing cocktails and enjoy the great food. But my favourite place to relax was Mrs. Sippy, the biggest seawater pool in Bali. Very good music and nice crowd.
If you are a water sports / activity lover, Bali is the place where you can do fly boarding, parasailing, scuba diving, snorkelling, Rafting and many more. We tried the "sea walking " which was a very interesting experience as you can walk at a 3 to 5 meters under the water watching many kinds of beautiful fish.
I am a person who loves shopping, so I must tell you about their small and coquette boutiques found everywhere in Semyniak, where you can buy anything from souvenirs and swimwear to nice and trendy local brands of clothes and accessories.
Food as always was a major factor in rating our trip to Bali as we have tried many nice restaurants, “El Kabron", a beautiful restaurant, Pool and bar on a cliff 2 hours away from Seminyak. There you can try the traditional Spanish food (their seafood Paella is just perfect), enjoy the beautiful sunset and listen to live music. If you love seafood then you have to try "Sambal Shrimp Restaurant " in Seminyak, beautiful decoration and delicious food.
Ultimo Italian Restaurant is a very good option if you want to have a nice pasta and listen to live music in the heart of Seminyak. Not far from this place you will find the best steakhouse in the town, the place is called "Boy'N'Cow", wide selection of wines and a steak prepared to perfection. We did try one day traditional Balinese food and I must say, although I'm not a big fan of Asian cuisine, I did find it totally delicious.
If you love to dance than you have to try their best clubs on the island, like Jenja club, Sky Garden, La Favela, Mexicola and my favourite Woobar inside the W Hotel. Famous Dj's come here all the time.
After a long night of dancing you really need to relax so best thing to do is to pamper yourself with a Balinese massage and some body treatments in one of the many spas scattered around the town.
Bali never stopped to surprise me during our stay. The weather was beautiful even in April which is the beginning of the season.
The beaches are nice and clean, a paradise for surfers and scuba divers.
What I loved the most about Bali is that no matter what your preference in a vacation is, you can find it here, it is impossible to get bored whether you come here with friends, family or with your loved one, you will definitely enjoy it. And though it is pretty far from Kuwait (around 15 hours flight), it is worth every mile flown and would definitely visit it again.
(AKA Ribal & Roxy)