Bali boasts of sun laden beaches, dirt cheap spas, yoga studios, jaw-dropping islands, warm & friendly locals, fascinating culture, magnificent waterfalls and affordable luxury.
A place where you can visit umpteen times and still can’t be bored with. Best for solo travelers, groups, family, extended families or as a couple. It just caters to everyone.
For backpackers it’s a heaven, for digital nomads it is a second home, and for the luxury enthusiast, it is a love for eternity.
Bali was on our wish list for a long time. In fact, we were supposed to fly in March but there was a last-minute change of plans and we had to postpone our trip.
Our trip to Bali had everything possible that we would fit in a time frame of 10 days – luxury, culture, and adventure. It was one of the best trips ever. From sampling amazing food, numerous dips in infinity pools, breakfast in our deluxe private pool suite, Jacuzzi time, witnessing some epic sunsets, blissful flower baths, spa with a view, whizzing aimlessly on our bike, soaking in the culture and endless shopping. The list just goes on …
We stayed at different places just to savor the experience in a more relaxing pace but you can choose to stay at one or two places and cover most of the places in Bali.
Grab a cup of coffee and read on if you too are planning something similar or planning a quick getaway in the near future.
Places To Visit In Bali
Sanur ( 1-3 Day )
Our first stop was Sanur. An ultra posh beachside destination which is famous for beach front luxury resorts and quirky café. Easy access to nearby islands and tons of water sports activities also makes it an ideal destination for a quick stopover before heading to nearby islands.
Our first plan was to stay a day at Sanur and sneak out to Gilli T but unfortunately, due to bad weather, we had to cancel our trip. So, on our second day, we booked ourselves a day trip to Nusa Penida. It was one of the best decision ever. The island is darn stunning and less crowded than its nearby cousins. The views from the vantage points were breathtaking.
If you have more days on hand, we would highly recommend to visit the three stunning islands off the coast or stay a day or two at one of these islands and visit the other two. There are daily ferries from Sanur and islands are also well-connected with ferries. It takes around 30 minutes to reach the island from the Sanur Pier.
On our third day at Sanur, we went for a sea walking experience, ate our way through quirky café watching the waves crash and did some souvenir shopping.
Things To Do in Sanur:
- Laze on the beach
- Watersports Activities – Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Sea walking to name a few.
- Island Hopping Trips – Sanur is a perfect base if you are planning to hop on a ferry to the picturesque islands of Nusa Lembhogan, Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan or Gilli islands for day trips.
- Dine at quirky cafe
- Go for super long walks
Where To Stay: We stayed at Maya Sanur Resort & Spa, Sanur. It is a stunning beach front property and smack in the center of all the buzz.
( You can read more about our stay: Maya Sanur Resort Review )
Ubud ( 2-3 Days)
Ubud — the cultural capital of Bali. The soul of Bali you can say. Laid back lifestyle, lush greenery, paddy fields, preened terrace fields and the art villages are synonyms for Ubud. The streets are laden with interesting café, trinkets, dresses, knickknacks, home decor items, and paintings to name a few.
We had an amazing time whizzing aimlessly on our bike, chasing waterfalls and chancing upon lesser known stunning temples and sampling street food.
Bike Rent – 30$ for a day ( Indian Driving License works )
Things to Do In Ubud
- Nothing better to rent a bike and wander aimlessly.
- Visit the famous Tegallalang Rice Terraces
- Ubud Palace
- Git Git Waterfall
- Vist Luwak Coffee Plantation – Bali Pulina
- Temples – Saraswati Temple, Goa Gajah Temple, Pura Tirta Empul Temple, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple
- Visit a coffee plantation and learn about the process and making of one of the costliest coffee in the world.
- Hike for a sunrise view to Mount Batur.
- Witness a dance performance at Ubud Palace or at Saraswati Temple as the sun sets.
- Get a spa done. We highly recommend Spa at Maya Ubud Resort
- Eat your way through Ubud. Smoothie bars, vegan treats, farm to plate or just sample street food.
- Shop for home decor items, paintings, souvenirs, cheap dresses, hats and fridge magnets.
Where To Stay:
We stayed at Maya Ubud Resort & Spa, Ubud which is a beautiful property and quite close to the city center. The resort has won many accolades for the Spa and is one of the best luxury resort in Ubud.
( Read: Maya Ubud Resort & Spa )
– Jimbaran – ( 1-2 Days)
Our third stop was Jimbaran which is known for beautiful beaches and fancy restaurants. But one of the most important reasons for opting to stay in Jimbaran was AYANA Resort and Spa. We always wanted to stay at this beautiful property. It is one of the most popular resorts in Bali and is also visited by many on day trips. Rock Bar is also a popular spot to hang out.
Things To do In Jimbaran
- Uluwatu Temple is nearby
- Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park
- Pandawa Beach
- Balangan Beach
- Dreamland Beach
- Watersports Activities like surfing and bodyboarding.
- Sunset at Rock Bar Bali
- Keramas Aero Park
Where To Stay: We stayed at Ayana Resort & Spa Bali and Ayana needs no introduction.
( Read: Ayana Resort – A Destination in Itself )
– Uluwatu – ( 2-3 Days)
Our last stop was Uluwatu. It is more of a surfer’s paradise and one which is home to some of the best luxury resorts in Bali. All thanks to its cliff-side locations and the mind-boggling sunsets.
If you want to stay away from the crowd and touristy stuff, Uluwatu is a nice place to unwind and pamper yourselves.
Things To Do in Uluwatu:
- Uluwatu Temple
- Padang Padang Beach
- Hidden Beach
- Surfing and Diving
- Water Sports Activities – Kayaking, Snorkeling, Parasailing to name a few.
- Explore a Cave at The Suluban Beach
- Laze at Karma Beach at Karma Kandara
- Green Bowl Beach
- Nyang Nyang Beach
- Melasti Beach (Ungasan)
- Explore an abandoned plane in South Kuta
- Experience Kecak Fire Dance
Day Trip to Ubud
Where To Stay: We stayed at Anantara Uluwatu Resort & Spa and the best part of the stay was the access to the Impossible beach and sweeping views of the Indian ocean. Perfect for a honeymoon or for a family vacation.
( Read: Blissful Stay at Anantara Resort Bali )
Other options to consider for stay:
Perfect for shopping, nightlife, and beach –
For adventure/ watersports activities & Beachfront luxurious Resort
- Nusa Dua ( You can check hotels, compare prices and book HERE )
– How To Apply for Indonesia Tourist Visa –
Since Indonesia is part of VOA countries. Getting a visa and entering Bali is super easy. You just have to fly to Denpasar or any other international airport and clear the immigration.
You will be given 30 days free of cost visa. ( no questions asked )
1 INR = 206 IDR
We usually withdraw money from ATM and use our forex card while traveling. But if you are planning to exchange currency then do it only from authorized shops not just from any random shop.
At the airport, the charges are too high so try to get one from the local market. We bought from a local shop at Sanur.
– BALI ON BUDGET –
In Bali, you can survive with minimum or can splurge. There are too many cheap accommodations to luxurious stays to choose from. You can find cafe and restaurants providing cheap eats so it all depends on your spending.
For Hotels: You can check Hotels in Bali, HERE , compare hotels and book one.
Even Airbnb has some amazing villas listed. So, don’t forget to have a look. ( Sign up and get discount on your first booking using our link )
Flights: Check deals on Air Asia website or you can also compare flights on Skyscanner, Via.com or Kayak.com to name a few.
– PACKING FOR BALI –
Packing for Bali is same as packing for any other beach destination but one thing that you cannot miss is Sarong. The sarongs are easily available at all the temples for rent or free but carrying one can save you from using a shared one. Apart from that keep enough space in luggage to shop. 🙂
Shop for your vacation in Bali or just take some inspiration on what to pack below:
– Things to Remember –
Locals are super friendly so don’t forget to strike a conversation.
Be very cautious while exchanging money.
Check and take pictures of bike/ car before renting.
Don’t forget to haggle while you shop, book tour or rent a car/ bike.
Carry a Sarong while visiting temples.
Beware of monkeys.
Install My Blue Bird App/ Uber to book cabs. ( Note: Due to some ongoing issues, you might not find Uber and Blue Bird at some of the places so having your own commute would be a savior )
Respect their culture.
You can book a Uber from airport too. It is way cheaper than pre-paid taxis.
Carry emergency cash as cards are not accepted at all shops.
Indian Driving license works, you don’t have to apply for International license to rent a bike or car.
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