B A L I
Accomodation: Kuta Seaview Boutique Resort & Spa
Flight: AirAsia Economy
Hotel + Flight: SGD 400++ inclusive of taxes + fees for one people (dirt cheap! for a boutique resort)
Expenses: SGD 300 (exchange rate of an approximate IDR 9500 to 9800 – i got mine from one of the counters at Ngurah Rai Airport
Length of stay: 4D3N
Bali has always been one of the most popular islands in Indonesia. A hot spot for surfers and those who love water sports, sun and sea. Also, heaven on earth for party owls! No cover charge. For a few years, I’ve heard many of my friends return to Bali after their first visit, so I had to find out for myself whats good in Bali?
Facilities and Services
Upon arrival, we were welcomed with a garland each and served drinks while they process our check-in and got our room ready.
One of the days, we returned to our room wet and with sands from surfing at Kuta beach. The wooden tiles were badly smudged with our obvious footsteps. The housekeepers saw us and cleaned up after us immediately after we left for our next activity. We only knew about it when we returned to our room at night. Five stars for service. 👍
We didnt use any of the available facilities though. We were busy spending more time exploring Bali than at the resort.
Over in Bali, Mona introduced me to Amri (also our professional photographer), who had stayed in Bali for more than a year and he sure knew his way around. Amri is particular about his food, so I had no trouble getting Halal food. If you’re there, be sure to try their nasi ayam bertutu. My personal favourite! Comfort food for me apart from their soto, bakso and sate. If you’re looking for fast food, plenty of them! Do not miss their flapjaks!
The pancakes and waffles were not just tasty but soft too!
Flapjacks is located on the left from the entrance of our resort. Accessible to the night owls – for late dinners or suppers. Next to Flapjacks is a convenience store, very much like our 7-11. Further down from Flapjaks is the famous Hard Rock Cafe.
Taxi fares in Bali were reasonably cheap! Well, maybe because we only took a turn which didnt’t even take us 10 mins to reach our resort. Hehe. We got a little lost in the dark after club hopping that night and just because! However, you’ll get lots of tour guides cum drivers waiting at hotel lobbies and arrival hall looking for customers. You should really be careful and do your homework on the drivers available before you get one there because I’ve heard of cases where some friends got cheated. Or you may ask for recommendations before you go to Bali. For ourselves, Amri got his trusted contact to drive us around. ✌️
Places of Interests
Kuta beach – Beach location is very near! Resort’s dining area is overlooking the Kuta beach. Hence, why we walked home barefooted from the beach back to our room.
At Kuta beach, you’ll get lots of surfing instructors and you may want to compare their prices as you walk along. You’ll be surprised that the amount they offer you differs each time you ask. Well, we got ours for IDR 60,000 per person, no time limit. Learn to surf till you become an expert. Cheap right? Approximately SGD 6. Also, if you’re interested in getting temporary tattoos or dreadlocks, you can get your henna tattoos and hair fixed while sun-tanning. Cheap cheap good good, if you know how to bargain. Well my hair was too short then for dreadlocks, so I only got my tattoo done! Hehe.
Tanah Lot – every tourists one stop destination to catch the sunset, that is if the weather is good and the sky is clear. Tanah Lot is home to the pilgrimage temple Pura Tanah Lot.
If you haven’t done any shopping, you may check out the stores here for handmade or local souvenirs. I noticed it was cheaper to shop in Tanah Lot than in Kuta. And do not forget to bargain. A little.
Uluwatu Temple – another famous destination for the sunset and its panoramic view. But! becareful of the monkeys! A lot of them cheeky monkeys, my friend who came before me got her glasses snatched by one. Haha!
Temple is a Balinese sea temple in Uluwatu. Before entering, they’ll hand out a piece of cloth to tie around your waist – to cover your legs up to the knees as a sign of respect for the sacred place.
Padang-padang beach – another port for surfers and beach buffs!
Nightlife in Bali – MBargo used to be the rage among friends who had been to Bali but it was too crowded that night so we hopped on to Vi Ai Pi Restaurant, Lounge and Club. The night got a little dull so we moved on to Apache Reggae Bar after a cup of Vodka. All of these along Jalan Legian. At night, you’ll see lots of foreign girls partnering with the Kuta boys. The Kuta boys’ profession at night is hooking up with foreign girls. And I’ve heard if you are not careful, you may be drugged. Just be very cautious. So single ladies, if you’re on a solo trip, this is the chance to make ‘friends’. Hee.
From time to time, we were offered the magic mushroom. If you’re the curious type, you may go ahead try it. Hee.
Last, to Hard Rock Cafe Bali – a must for me to bring some souvenirs home. Hard Rock is five minutes walk from Flapjaks, just in front of Kuta beach so it was really convenient for us to go back to our room from Hard Rock.
Happy Puppy Karaoke – okay this is not a place of interest but it was to us since it was raining on our last day and we had to skip Kintamani (a reason to return to Bali).
Well, mostly I enjoyed my first to Bali and I wouldn’t mind returning because there’s another side of Bali which we haven’t been to. I hope this helps.