Bali Is ALWAYS A Good Idea

The hubby and I were off on our first overseas holiday together… to a place that many Aussies call their second home – Bali. We had never ventured to Bali before so I was excited to see what all the fuss was about and to finally tick it off the bucket list. After spending almost two weeks in Bali, between Seminyak and Ubud, it’s safe to say I’m completely hooked and are already planning to go back in February next year!
Here’s an insight into our little trip:

FOOD AND DRANKS

SEA CIRCUS
The most delicious breakfast you’ll ever eat. I had the:
Corn Fritters served with feta, chilli jam, rocket & sour cream and to drink:
Coco Cup Coffee served in a coco cup, a shot of espresso brewed with freshly made coconut milk.
Sea Circus is a must-try for breakfast, especially if you’re a little dusty from the night before. Their Hangover Happy Meals will definitely help with your headache… AND you can order a 15min neck and shoulder massage as a ‘side’ with your breakfast for as next to nothing. The decor is wonderfully done also with super friendly staff to match.
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DOUGH DARLINGS
These doughnuts are seriously the BEST doughnuts I’ve EVER had. I could’ve easily eaten the shop empty. They had just opened (their grand opening was the day before) and we were lucky enough to have been passing by.
Their doughnuts are made fresh every day and each flavour definitely delivers that ‘upmost pleasure’. When I took my first bite into what I thought was an original cinnamon doughnut, oozed out with cheese from the centre… even better! It tasted so fresh and filled my mouth with new flavours I hadn’t experienced before and definitely didn’t disappoint. Their buns are so soft and are of a brioche style… not to mention their almond milk lattes don’t go astray either.
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MÉTIS 
It was our last night in Seminyak so we wanted to wine and dine somewhere fancy and Métis is just that. Great service and food to match. As soon as we walked in, we were in awe of the interior and the view we had from our table.
If you tend on enjoying a lovely dinner here, I suggest to book a table in advance.

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REVOLVER ESPRESSO
It was here that I had the most delicious coffee I came across in Bali. It was the best coconut milk latte I’ve ever had. The fit out of this place is really awesome too. Definitely one to pop on your list of things to check out if you’re in the area. It gets super busy too, so get in early.
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GROCER AND GRIND
The hubby and I came here for lunch and if you happen to do the same, you MUST order the chicken caesar salad. Might not sound too enticing but holy hell they’ve got that thing down pat.
W
We came here for afternoon drinks and I highly suggest you do the same. It’s a great atmosphere to spend the afternoon sipping back cocktails whilst watching the sunset. It was the perfect way to get the afternoon rolling. I can only imagine that staying at W would be an even better experience.
MOTEL MEXICOLA
This place is huge and the interior is nothing short of amazing. If I didn’t know any better, I would think I was in Mexico. The tacos here are simply a must. My favourites were the Camarón – (tempura prawn, chilli mayo, pineapple, onion and coriander salsa), Baja – (tempura fish, white cabbage, pico de gallo, salsa gobernador) and the Cachete – (slow cooked beef cheek in guajillo adobo, taqueria salsa and onion). Once dinner has wrapped up, be ready to party. The atmosphere is incredible. They sure know how to get their guests grooving on the dance floor… and on the furniture too!
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DOVETAIL
This place definitely gets the good times rolling. Hospitality is on point and the music is at your request.
BRIDGES
This place was a total 10 out of 10 experience. Our table faced the gorgeous scenery of the Wos River which completely set the scene. There were complimentary orderves and I liked the way each meal to accompany each meal. The food was incredible and the staff were so lovely and professional. Bridges was my pick of the lot.
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THE TOURIST THANG
ULUWATU
We had Buffalo Tours pick us up in the afternoon and take us to Uluwatu Temple (Pura Luhur Uluwatu). I was absolutely blown away by the views here. We were up on top of the steep cliffs, (approximately 70m above sea level) looking over the ocean. Here we walked through the temple which is ‘one of six key temples believed to be Bali’s spiritual pillars’ and spotted a few cheeky monkeys along the way.
Afterwards we made our way to the grand stand to watch the legendary Kecak (Monkey) dance which takes you through the mythological tale of ‘Ramayana’. The music is created by 50-70 people doing akapela to which the dance moves to. From the magnificent costumes to the beautiful sunset setting in the background, it is definitely a must-see experience.
Then, once the performance had come to an end, we were taken to Jimbaran Bay for a delicious BBQ seafood dinner on the beach. It was such a lovely way to end our day tour.
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MONKEY FOREST
Coming here was one of my highlights. It’s probably not the best idea to take a whole bunch of bananas there with you (I learnt the hard way) but there are locals inside the forest that sell bananas (this is the better option) and they’ll help you get the monkeys interacting with you which helps you capture fun and memorable photos. The monkeys are so cheeky… and will have their crazy moments  so be careful! Be sure to keep your valuables secure too.
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RICE TERRACES & BIKE RIDE
The rice terraces in Ubud are breathtaking. We did a 30km route on mountain bikes and saw the beauty of the rice terraces and the ‘heart’ of Bali as we made our way through the back streets of Ubud, passing villages on the way. It was heartwarming seeing how happy all the little children were to see us ride by, yelling out “hello” and reaching their arms our to high-five us. We also went to the look out at the volcano that had last erupted in 2007 (which you can still see from the black coloured ash).
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COFFEE PLANTATION
Here we got to taste the famous Kopi luwak which is also known as the ‘poo coffee’. I can’t believe I actually tried it and to say the least, it’s actually not that bad… just a little weak to my liking. We got to see the process of how the coffee is produced which was really interesting to see. There was also all these other different types of other coffees and teas we got to try, served with a traditional Balinese breakfast. It was all so delicious.
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ACCOMODATION
HOTEL TJAMPUHAN
Out of all the places we stayed, Hotel Tjampuhan in Ubud, would have to be my favourite. As soon as we walked in, I immediately felt relaxed. It’s seriously a piece of paradise. The whole hotel is built amongst a forrest. Our room was high amongst the tree tops were we could hear the birds sing and the river gently flowing. We also spotted a few squirrels jumping from tree to tree. It’s so scenic and I was constantly in awe. They also have a Day Spa on site which that in itself is a must-see and do!
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One more thing. If you’re heading to Bali and are in need of a driver for tours and/or transfers, we came across the lovely Widi. He’s so lovely, professional and not pushy at all. You can contact him at dewawidi83@yahoo.com
So there you have it guys. My short version of my trip. I seriously could’ve gone on and on about our trip. There is so much I love about Bali and I can easily see why people keep going back for more.
Please feel free to leave what your fave hot spots or must-try and sees are! Would love to hear them.
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