Hey sweet friends! So excited to finally be sharing our time in Bali with you! Peter and I traveled to Asia for 3 weeks for our honeymoon and it was amazing. I wanted to do a full travel guide but we honestly didn’t plan this trip very well lol. I was so busy with the wedding that we pretty much just winged it our entire trip (which actually worked out great)! So – here’s a recap with a majjjor photo overload, must see spots, where we stayed, our favorite places to eat, what I packed, etc!
Our very favorite hotel was the W Bali Seminyak. The resort was stunning with the nicest staff! We especially loved the location of this hotel – right in the heart of Seminyak!
Sea Circus Bali cafe was the cutest and so delicious! There are literally restaurants everywhere. Make sure you pop into all the little cafes, you’ll find the yummiest (and mostly organic) foods + drinks!
More Restaurants We Loved // Cafe Organic, Nalu Bowls, Mexicola (we went here twice!), La Laguna, Single Fin, Rock Bar, La Plancha, Paletas Wey, Revolver Espresso, Saigon Street. I chat about a few of these in more detail below.
How gorgeous is this view? This pool was stunning at the Ayana Resort.
The view from Rock Bar is gorgeous! It’s a super popular place so definitely go early, it gets way crowded but we somehow got lucky and got a seat in the villa guest area so it was extra dreamy!
Our view from our room at Ayana Resort! We looooved this hotel. It was definitely the most authentic and beautiful hotel we stayed at.
Chances are you’ve probably seen a similar photo to this one. I couldn’t help myself with this stunning pool! It’s called the River Pool and it’s located at The Villas at Ayana Resort. If you stay at any of the hotels within Ayana, you have access to all the other properties/pools.
Single Fin was another favorite spot! We actually enjoyed this place more than Rock Bar. Super chill, great food and a rad place to watch the surfers below and the sunset, of course! Single Fin in close to Uluwatu Temple, so saw the temple then headed here!
Peter is crazy and held this massive snake!!! The picture doesn’t do its size justice. I stayed far away haha.
We hiked to the verrrrry top of Mt. Batur. Not gonna lie, the hike was harddddd! You basically wake up at 1AM to hike to the top to watch the sunrise. You are literally in the clouds watching the sunrise, it was absolutely breathtaking! If you’re not into hiking (mostly in the dark) then you can watch the sunrise from Pinggan Village. Although it was rough, I am so happy we did it. Definitely an once in a lifetime experience!
We absolutely loved the Balinese people. Peter is good at languages so he mastered a few words + phrases in their language and the people were stoked he was trying which made him a lot of friends and extra helpful people! It was really sweet.
We loved this little (almost) private pool we had at Kajane Mud, located in Ubud. I wish we had traveled up to Ubud sooner and stayed longer, it was such a cute town!
We LOVED the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary! It was def a highlight of the trip. We bought a ton of bananas and made friends with one of the workers who hung out with us for a while helping us play with the monkeys. The monkeys literally just jump on top of you if you have food it sounds a little scary but after a couple times it you got use to what they want and they will hang out on you for a while! MUST DO.
The Ubud Market was awesome. They have great shopping and just a really neat atmosphere!
Beach Clubs // We relaxed at a couple beach clubs. We went to Mrs. Sippy Bali and Potato Head (view on the ocean), which were super chill! I heard good things about Finn’s and Sundays too.
Transportation // The best way to get around Bali is definitely a scooter! They are super cheap, $5-$10/day. We also took taxis, we just made sure to ask the price before we got in and if the driver gave us a price too high we just waited for the next taxi. You can even take an Uber in Bali!
I had a few questions about what airlines we flew. If you’re flying out of LAX it’s a full 20-24 hours of traveling, well worth it though! We found all our flights on Skyscanner. We flew to Bali on China Airlines and Asiana Airlines on the way home, both were great. I would give them a 7 or 8 out of 10. We flew China Airlines from Bali to Thailand and it compares to Spirit Airlines. I personally wouldn’t fly with them for a flight that is longer than 4-5 hours.
Spas // We went to Spring Spa and Prada Spa. Loved both! Spring Spa is more modern. Prada was more cultured.
Bali Belly // If you’ve reached Bali you’ve probably read about the “Bali Belly”. We stayed away from the local water and drinks with ice and we felt totally fine the entire trip. Once we got home Peter and I both felt a little off. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the bali belly, just a mix of eating different foods/more food than normal, traveling, not working out, etc.
Waterfalls // Sadly, we didn’t get a chance to check out any waterfalls but I wish we would’ve went to Git Git, Nungnung or Sekumpul. All look gorgeous!
What I Packed // Dresses, rompers, lots of bathing suits, hair ties, flat sandals. Bali is SUPER humid so the less clothes you wear, the better!
I will admit, Bali was very different than expected but we still loved it and are so happy we got a chance to visit Asia! There is definitely something to see/do for everyone. I will be posting my Thailand travel diary soon!
Let me know if you babes are planning a trip and have any questions! Thanks for stopping by xoxo