As I get ready for my return trip to Bali this October, I find myself reminiscing on my last trip in May and thought I would compile a list of highlights and my favourite places.
Usually when I travel I have a list of Must Do’s to see in that country. Bali was no different. Luckily, I still had plenty of downtime to enjoy cocktails and relax poolside.
Bali is an island paradise and only five hours flight from where I live in Brisbane, making it a quick and affordable getaway. Every area in Bali offers a completely different vibe and experience, so here is a quick guide to help you plan your trip:
Potato Head Beach Club
Potato Head would have to be my favourite swim up bar. I had booked a lounge for us and enjoyed switching between tanning and swimming (always with cocktail in hand). Luckily, I had booked (online) as the place was crowded, so it is best to arrive early if you want a good spot.
Cocoon Beach Club
Quieter than Potato Head, I had booked a lounge bed for us on the first day of our trip. Couldn’t have had a better start. The wait staff at Cocoon Beach Club were all so friendly and attentive, and the pool only steps away! I will definitely be heading back here multiple times this trip!
We stayed in a gorgeous Airbnb Villa in Canggu called Puro Blanco. I have honestly never seen anything so beautiful in my life. I cannot recommend it enough! Canggu is located north of Seminyak but our villa was only a $4AUD cab drive from the centre of Seminyak making it a cheaper and more peaceful accommodation option overall. There are plenty of other private villas nearby too.
Had dinner and drinks here a couple times because of its close proximity to our villa. It has such a fun, quirky feel and the tapas and cocktails are faultless. Perfect to watch the sunset go down, but if you miss it, the fairy lights and little bungalows are also lovely!
Ubud Monkey Forest
You can’t go to Bali without going to the Ubud Monkey Forest! The monkey’s are just too cute but be careful once you buy bananas. These cheeky little monkeys will do almost anything to get the whole bunch!
A couple extra tips:
- Visas can be purchased on arrival, but if you’re lucky enough to be from a handful of countries such as Australia, it is now not required at all!
- Taxi’s are ridiculously cheap and perfect for short trips. If you wish to travel further afield, definitely hire a private driver for a full or half day. It is very reasonable!
A few extra highlights: