We went to bali for a weekend for a friend’s wedding. It’s been on top of my list of places for years (bc of one of my fav krn dramas “what happened in bali”), and I was so excited that I finally was able to visit for the weekend. and it was only two and half hours away! We stayed for three nights and four days, which we def felt it was toooo short. Before I started my research I had assumed that Bali was a small island, but to my surprise it actually turned out to be seven times bigger than Singapore. It has five different regions that are around 10 hours apart by car from one end to another: South Bali, Central Bali, West Bali, North Bali, and East Bali. Because of its size, I recommend spending at least two days per region, and even that may not be enough. Because a friend’s wedding was to be held in Nusa Dua, South Bali, we decided to stick to the southern part of Bali and see what it had to offer. I had really wanted to visit Ubud (central), the cultural, historical, and arts center of Bali, but being around four hours away from us in the opposite direction of the airport, we decided that’ll be our area to visit next time we’re back!
As always in our travels to Southeast Asia (bc they’re cheap), we hired a reputable private tour guide to take us around. But we found that the tour guide concept here is a bit different than other SE cities, it’s more of a “taxi” concept rather than a tour guide. There was no separate guide that came with the driver, our guide was the taxi driver that asked us what we wanted to do and would take us around town. So instead of guiding us around attractions, a lot of the times he said he’d just wait in the car. Though less professional, we didn’t mind as much since we were there mainly for the wedding and to enjoy our stay at the pool villa.
As South Bali is known for its resorts and beaches more so than the cultural sites, we decided to stay in pool villas at Banyan Tree pool villa to relax and recoup. We were excited that it’d be more like a second honeymoon for us; I had assumed Bali’s beaches would be warm and clear like the ones in Maldives, as I had seen beautiful pictures of beaches in Bali and Phuket. Though we fairly enjoyed our stay, it seemed similar to any other ‘nice beach’ you’d see in Los Angeles, and the pool villa didn’t provide the ultimate “private” experience like what we had at Maldives. The complementary breakfast buffet was great, but nothing like the top notch delicacies sent to our own villas every morning at Maldives. I guess it’s an unfair comparison given that Maldives pool villa cost us nearly twice as much (and it’s Maldives! how did I not realize there’s not many beaches that can dare compare to it?), but for $$$$/night we thought it’d be a similar “once-in-a-lifetime” experience as a lot of couples ponder between Bali and Maldives for their honeymoon. Perhaps we needed to visit St. Regis? In any event, we still had a great time releaxing and the pool is amazing. here are some pictures of our time there:
Playing around with our lens to make our legs look extra long:
Skipping down the walkway. My mood was like this the whole time.
Our private pool villa:
hubby trying out the pool, but we rarely got to use it because we were too busy using the bigger one outside and going to the beach.. private pool would be great for families with kids!:
bad quality pic, but this is our spacious bedroom with king-size bed and the bathroom- and this is just HALF of our villa. the other half is the beautiful living room & kitchen (the reviews were right. the villas here are huge!):
We went down to check out Banyan’s private beach. loved the beach- i’ll take what I can get, most beaches in Asia (Korea, Singapore) are pretty bad- but the ones we visited in Bali were just ‘as great’ as the ones I’m used to back home in Los Angeles. Missed Maldives!:
and lastly, my hubby’s pic of me:
to upate our travels around South Bali next.