Things to do in Bali Seminyak

Things to do in Bali Seminyak

Seminyak has become Bali’s most sophisticated resort area over the years. Seminyak is known for its trendy restaurants, fancy bars, chic hotels, and endless rows of designer boutiques. It is widely influenced by Western culture, but there is also a unique touch of Balinese culture.

You can take an inexpensive taxi to go to the spot mentioned here, but you can also casually stroll around this exciting city. Whether you are traveling as a couple or with a group of friends, Seminyak is the place to be. Here is everything you need to know about Seminyak, including places to dine, things to do, and places to stay!

Places to Dine in Seminyak Bali

Exploring cafes is one of my favorite things to do when I visit new country, and Bali is no exception. Food photography is one of the biggest trends in Seminyak and more and more “Insta-Worthy” dishes are being created lately. The atmosphere is stylish and the food is always so fresh in Seminyak, Bali.

Cabina Bali

Cabina Bali is a great place to chill with your family and friends. The atmosphere, music, food, service, and everything was just perfect. There were varieties of food and drinks, so it took us a while to select from the menu. I finally picked avocado toast for my lunch, and it was delicious! The veggies were fresh, and the bread was crunchy. We also loved their colorful and very photogenic atmosphere. If you want to experience floating brunch, it’s available from 9am to 12pm.

Cafe Organic

Cafe Organic is well known for vegetarian food and the cute atmosphere. We ordered smoothie bowls, and they were delicious! The fruit decorations were pretty and they made us smile. The price was reasonable and the quantity was generous. Their breakfast menu also seemed attractive. There were so many things on the menu that we wanted to try. I saw many reviews saying they had horrible service there, but I thought their service was friendly and helpful. One of the servers took lots of photos for us even though we didn’t even ask! It is a lovely place to sit and relax away from the busy Seminyak streets.

Folie Bali

Things to do in Bali Seminyak
Things to do in Bali Seminyak

I believe this is the most Instagram worthy cafes in Bali! Folie serves modern French cuisine in a clean and relaxed, yet tasteful setting. There are both indoor and outdoor seats, and the décor and furniture are beautifully appointed. We sat in the outdoor area, and it was very quiet and relaxing (we visited around 9am). Food and drinks were prepared perfectly, and the staff were both attentive and friendly. Everything was delicious but my favorite was the croissant!! It was the BEST brunch I had in Bali. Plus there are so many cute spots you can’t miss for taking photos!! 

Beach Clubs in Seminyak Bali

The best way to add some excitement to your Balinese vacation? Going to the beach clubs in Seminyak, for sure! Seminyak offers some of the most trendy, classy, and exciting beach clubs around, and you cannot miss it if you are in Seminyak. What I love about Seminyak’s beach club is that it has everything you need. There are stunning ocean views, delicious food, stylish cocktails, trendy music, and glittering infinity pools. Even if you do not plan to party, it is a perfect choice to relax with a cocktail in hand.

Ku De Ta

Things to do in Bali Seminyak

Ku De Ta is probably the most popular beach club in Bali. The classic atmosphere, the vast selection of cocktails along with the delicious food makes this beach club one of the most popular places to visit in Seminyak. Although it is known for its expansive ocean views, infinity pool, and international DJ teams, my favorite part of Ku De Ta is its special events, such as annual Bikini Party and the famed White Party. I joined the White Party, and it was one of the most exciting festivals I’ve ever attended!

Potato Head Beach Club

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Potato Head Beach Club is my favorite beach club in Seminyak! It offers such a unique modern atmosphere with endless delicious food and vast drink choices. If you want to see the beautiful ocean view, I recommend you arrive early in the morning so you can avoid the crowds. Besides the amazing atmosphere, Potato Head Beach also offers great choices of international DJs and you cannot miss their special events!

Cocoon Beach Club

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Cocoon Beach Club is a perfect spot to relax, sipping on a cocktail and eating something delicious.The DJ is playing music all day, and the attentive staff are always at hand. There are beautiful infinity pools, day beds, and cabanas which make your stay special. You can even pamper yourself with a luxurious spa treatment in your private cabana. The atmosphere becomes even better after 8pm since the swimming pool floods with neon colors and candles are lit around the entire area. Note: Happy Hour is between 4pm and 7pm everyday 🙂

Shopping in Seminyak Bali

Things to do in Bali Seminyak

Looking for a tropical outfit or two on your perfect vacation? I don’t blame you, and Bali has everything you need – from sophisticated silk suits to tropical boho dresses, and everything in between. The streets on this beach town are lined with some of Bali’s hottest brands. As far as you walk, you will encounter a variety of shops, such as Balinese furniture, designer boutiques, and perfect souvenirs. My favorite street to shop on in Seminyak is Jalan Oberoi.

Some of the shops I recommend are here!


Spa in Seminyak Bali

Your relaxing Bali vacation wouldn’t be complete without a luxurious spa day in Seminyak, don’t you think? Seminyak offers an abundance of treatments to choose from: full body massages, facial massages, hair salons, holistic healing… you name it! Here are the top 3 spas in Seminyak, Bali.

Prana Spa

Prana Spa is heavily influenced by Indian and Middle Eastern architecture, and the atmosphere makes it one of the best spas in Bali. Just being there makes you feel like a queen. It is a perfect spot for luxurious relaxing. Although their treatment offers a variety of massages, the price is very affordable, and it’s worth every penny to experience one of the most sensual spas in Bali. The best part of the spa is how photogenic it is with regal interiors and rich colors. You will definitely fall in love!

Spa Alila

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If you want to try one of the most luxurious spas, treat yourself to a beautiful session at Spa Alila. The best part of Spa Alila is its quality of the treatment. They use only local ingredients, and Alila’s signature lemongrass and chamomile aroma are something you must try! If you have time, try a half or full day package to experience what Alila can offer!

Sundari Spa

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What makes Sundari Spa special is its super affordable price! Although they offer amazing healing methods with natural products, the price starts at approximately US$24 for an hour traditional Balinese massages. Isn’t it amazing? They also make all of their essential oils in-house, so you know you will get 100% pure products.

Art Gallery in Seminyak Bali

Things to do in Bali Seminyak

What makes traveling meaningful is to learn and experience the new culture of each area. That’s why you don’t want to miss some of the art galleries Seminyak offers! Seminyak is a place where local and international artists put their soul into creating their own vision of Bali through paintings. It is a unique experience to check out the well-run museums and galleries while you are in Seminyak.

Some of the galleries you should not miss are below!


Yoga in Seminyak Bali

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Yoga is widely practiced in Bali. There are many world-class instructors in the country, and Seminyak is no exception. Whether you’re already a yogi or not, Bali is a perfect place to practice yoga and meditation. Just take a deep breath and give in to the serenity! There are many options to do yoga in Seminyak, but here are some of the recommendations.


Resorts in Seminyak Bali

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Last but not least, staying in the peaceful resort is something you cannot miss in Bali Seminyak! Seminyak offers many amazing resorts to stay, and the price tends to be reasonable. Many 5 star hotels are located on the most glamorous shores, and they provide a welcome escape from the outside world. You will be guaranteed to have scenic seaside beauty and laid-back luxury!

5 Star Hotel


4 Star Hotel

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Myanmar Travel Guide: 10 things to know before you visit

Myanmar Travel Guide: 10 things to know before you visit

You want to go to Myanmar, but you don’t know what to expect? For someone like you, this Myanmar Travel Guide should be a big help! Ever since they opened their door to the tourism, I had always wanted to see Myanmar. Since 2012 tourism has continuously increased, and it is expected to hit  7.5 million tourists by 2020.

People always ask questions like, “Is it safe to go to Myanmar?” In my experience, the answer is yes. However, like any any other country there are many rules and cultural norms tourists should follow. If you are planning to explore this mysterious land in the near future, here is the Myanmar Travel Guide for you! I listed 10 things you should know before you visit Myanmar.


Tourist Visa

Myanmar Travel Guide

You will need a tourist visa before going to Myanmar (Some countries are exempt from this requirement). Getting a visa seems time-consuming and lots of paperwork, however it became a lot easier because you can apply for an e-Visa online since 2014. The only things you need to prepare to apply for the visa are ①passport, ②your picture, and ③credit card. You can apply through the website here. The application fee is $50 (USD). Once your application is acknowledged, you will get an authorization via email. Just keep in mind that e-Visa is only valid for a single entry. Re-entry will require a new visa.


Dress modestly

Myanmar Travel Guide

Be mindful that you need to dress appropriately and modestly when you visit any of the Pagodas in Myanmar. Although a pagoda such as Shwedagon Pagoda has become a huge tourist attraction, it is the most important religious site in Myanmar. Men and women are both required to wear clothing that covers the knees. Also shoulders should not be exposed, and you want to avoid tight or revealing clothing as well. Dress modestly is the most important etiquette for visiting pagodas in Myanmar. It is easy to wear shorts for hot climates, but remember to show your respect. 🙂

If you want to learn more about Shwedagon Pagoda, check out the article here.


Bring Wet Wipes

You think why? You are expected to be barefoot when entering pagodas in Myanmar. Many pagodas require you to remove your shoes, socks, and stockings at the entrance. It might be better to bring wet wipes so you can wipe your feet after exploring in bare feet. Some of the pagodas permit footwear though. If you do not know what to do, observe the locals. If they keep their footwear on, you may do so.


Thanaka

Myanmar Travel Guide

Thanaka is a cream colored organic paste, made from ground bark. The Burmese use thanaka to protect the skin from the sun, and they usually apply it to the face.  In addition to protecting the skin, thanaka also cools the skin in hot weather. According to Wikipedia, the Burmese have used thanaka since the 14th century. That’s a long history, isn’t it! Not everyone applies thanaka, but you’ll see most females and many boys do while you stay in Myanmar. Since thanaka is also believed to lighten the skin and works against acne, it is recommended as your souvenir from Myanmar.


Street Food

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One of the best ways to get a taste of a city is through eating street food, don’t you agree? With influences from all its neighbors; India, China, and Thailand, the cuisine of the Burmese truly is diverse. Some of the street food you want to try are Mohinga (rice-noodle dish served in a fish broth), samosa salad, and tea leaf salad. I also found their stool seating so interesting. The table and chair are so tiny, and they are usually colorful. Eating on the side of the road, sitting on a micro plastic stool, is definitely a unique experience.


Best Season to Visit

Myanmar Travel Guide

The dry season and the best time of year to visit Myanmar are between November and April. Between November and February, it is cold and dry, with average monthly temperatures between 20°C and 24°C. Between March and April, temperatures get between 30°C and 35°C. The rainy season of Myanmar is between May and October with average temperatures between 25°C and 30°C.  My husband and I visited Myanmar in September. It rained most of the days while we stayed, so I recommend you avoid the rainy season.


Get New US dollar bills

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Burmese are extremely particular about the quality of US dollars. A lot of them will not accept US dollars unless they are clean and crisp. Trust me, this happened to us even at one of the most famous sights, Shwedagon Pagoda. Since most of the places do not take credit cards, I recommend you exchange money at reputable places like the airport and hotels beforehand. When exchanging, the higher the denomination of your US Dollar, the better the exchange rate.


Longyi

Myanmar Travel Guide

A longyi is around 2 meters long, and it’s worn around the waist, running to the feet. It looks like a bit of long skirt, but it is common for both men and women to wear in Myanmar. Myanmar is a conservative country and the locals prefer covering the skin, so longyi is a perfect item to wear. It actually also allows those who wear it to stay cool in the heat of the climate as well. If you want to try them on, I definitely recommend you check out the local market such as Bogyoke market in Yangon. There are plenty of choices. The picture is my husband wearing longyi at Shwedagon Pagoda.


Street Dogs

Myanmar Travel Guide

Street dogs are everywhere in Myanmar. It is common to see street dogs in South East Asia, and I saw many while I traveled countries, such as Vietnam and Thailand. So it was not a surprise to see them everywhere in Myanmar, but… compared to the size of dogs in other SE Asian countries, the street dogs in Myanmar tend to be huge. They are usually sleeping and not aggressive at all, but you need to be mindful as a dog bite can be dangerous. I would suggest not carrying food while walking on the streets, and you want to avoid dark streets at night where you can be surrounded by street dogs. Also, watch your step so as not to stand on the tails of the dogs.


British Architecture

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If you go to a city like Yangon, you will notice that a lot of buildings were heavily influenced by British architecture. There are unique touches of buildings in disrepair with moss and shrubs growing out of every nook and cranny. Colorful and chaotic, the buildings make it a feast for the senses. It is worth visiting their vibrant life that spills out of people’s homes and onto the streets. You will never get bored of the sights you will encounter, especially the crowds of people.


Conclusion

These 10 things are what I learned based on my experience, and I believe some of these make the country so unique and fascinating! I totally fell in love with Myanmar, and I hope to return in the future. I’m sure you will find something new and interesting while you stay in the country as well. If you are debating whether to go to Myanmar, why not!! I am sure you will have an amazing time. I hope this Myanmar Travel Guide will help you for your future travels.

In the meantime, if you want to know where to go and what to see in Yangon, check out the article here.


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Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar

Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar

Yangon is the former capital city of Myanmar, and it is one of Myanmar’s most busy and exciting cities.  But let’s be honest…how many people are actually interested in visiting Yangon? Maybe there are not many world famous things to do in Yangon, however there is no doubt you will fall in love with the city.  It is a perfect city to walk around on foot to see what there is to discover, eat, and love. The things I listed here are not everything you can do in the city, but these are a good start to begin exploring the exciting city!


What to Do

Shwedagon Pagoda

Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar
Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar

If you are in Yangon, you must visit the 2,500 years old Shwedagon Pagoda.  Shwedagon pagoda, also known as the Golden Pagoda, is a stupa in the center of Yangon. The only reason I wanted to visit Yangon was to see this beautiful Pagoda, so I was super excited to be there. The Golden Pagoda was truly mesmerizing, and it was probably the most impressive Pagoda I’ve ever seen.  The opening hours are between 4AM and 10PM. Since the Pagoda gets crowded during the day and sunset, I suggest you visit at sunrise. The entrance fee is 10,000 Kyats per person. Just be mindful that visitors need to dress appropriately and modestly.  Trousers or at least knee length shorts or a skirt is required, and you are also expected to be barefoot when entering Shwedagon Pagoda.


Pansodan Street (Downtown Yangon)

Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar
Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar

The buildings in Yangon were heavily influenced by British architecture, but there were unique touches of building’s in disrepair with moss and shrubs growing out of every nook and cranny. Colorful and chaotic, Yangon is a feast for the senses. It is undeniable that Yangon’s most iconic sight is Shwedagon Pagoda, what makes it worth visiting is their vibrant life that spills out of people’s homes and onto the streets.  The best way to explore downtown Yangon is by foot. You will never get bored of the sights you will encounter, especially the crowds of people 🙂


Bogyoke Market

Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar

The market is to find anything from antique, Burmese handicraft, jewelry shops, art galleries, and clothing stores. Also, it is the best place to find your longyis. Longyis is sheet of cloth widely worn in Burma, and it is an appropriate cloth for visiting Pagoda in Myanmar. It is fun to wander around the central alleys and bargain with vendors. The market is open every day between 9 AM and 5PM.


Where to Eat

999 Shan Noodle Shop

Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar

If you are looking for some local noodles, 999 Shan Noodle Shop is the place to be! This small restaurant is at a calm road just off a congested street in downtown. My husband ordered sticky Shan noodle, and I ordered basic chicken-base Shan noodle. Although both noodles were delicious, my favorite was their dumpling soup. The soup was refreshing, and each dumpling was juicy and flavorful. The people working there were friendly and attentive as well. If I go back to Yangon again, I will definitely visit again.

130b, 34th Street, Yangon, Myanmar


Rangoon Tea House

Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar
Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar

Rangoon tea house is on Pansodan Street, and it is close to Sule Pagoda. If you are looking to experience an authentic tea house, the Rangoon Tea House is a must. The interior was classic yet comfortable. We were pleasantly surprised by their extremely spacious and comfortable atmosphere.  Even though there were many tables, it seemed like almost all tables were filled with customers.  There were many choices for food and drinks, and the menu was in all English. We wanted to try their food, but we decided to order tea and sweets since we were still full from Shan noodles (hehe).  The cake was big enough that we shared together. Although the service was a bit slow, there was free WiFi, which was a big plus!

77-79 Pansodan Rd (Lower Middle Block), Yangon, Myanmar


Where to Stay

The Strand Yangon

Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar
Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar

Since Yangon is a big city, there are too many areas to choose to stay in. We ended up staying in downtown Yangon, and we made the right choice! We stayed at The Strand Yangon.  The Strand Yangon is an iconic and historical hotel. It was founded in 1901 and known as one of the most luxurious hotels in Myanmar.  There were only 32 suites available, and each suite is lavishly decorated with a colonial interior. The hotel staff were also very attentive and friendly everywhere we went in the hotel. It was such an excellent service with superb facilities.

If you want to check out my full review for the Strand Yangon, click here.



Conclusions

Above all, I hope this list gave you some ideas of where to go in Yangon, but one of the best ways to explore Yangon is to just immerse yourself in a thriving culture. I recommend you just walk around without any specific plans and enjoy learning about their beautiful culture. This city has tons of things to offer, and you will not be disappointed.

The breathtaking Pagodas, delicious Burmese food, and the extremely friendly people are some of the reasons why you should visit Yangon! If you have any questions or more suggestions about Yangon, I would love to hear. I hope you enjoyed this article 🙂



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7 Best Cafes in Bali

7 Best Cafes in Bali

There are so many amazing cafes in Bali, but I just picked the best of the best cafes in Bali for YOU!! Exploring cafe is one of my favorite things to do when I visit new country, and Bali is no exception. Food photography is one of the biggest trends in the country and more and more “Insta-Worthy” dishes are being created lately.  The atmosphere is so cute and the food is always so fresh.  Here are the 7 best cafes you can’t miss in Bali!!


 Cabina Bali

Best Cafes Bali

Cabina Bali is a great place to chill with your family and friends. Atmosphere, music, food, service, and everything was just perfect. There were varieties of food and drinks, so it took us a while to decide the menu. I finally chose avocado toast for my lunch, and it was delicious! The veggies were fresh, and the bread was crunchy. We also loved their colorful and very photogenic atmosphere. If you want to experience floating brunch, it’s available from 9AM to 12 PM ONLY!

Cabina Bali

Jalan Gang Daksina No 01, Batu Belig, Kerobokan, Denpasar 8031

Open 9AM ~ 9PM everyday


 La Laguna Bali

Best Cafes Bali
Best Cafes Bali

If you are looking for fairytale atmosphere, you need to visit here. The minute you walk in it feels like you’ve stepped onto a movie set for some mystical magical movie. The restaurant had gypsy inspired decor which looked amazing, and we loved it.  We didn’t eat there so I cannot comment on the food but my coffee was tasty! The restaurant area looked busy and you can watch the chefs cooking.

La Laguna Bali

Jalan Pantai Kayu Putih, Berawa, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara

Open 9AM ~ 12AM everyday


Cafe Organic

Best Cafes Bali

This place is well known for vegetarian food and the cute atmosphere. We ordered smoothie bowls, and they were delish! The fruit decorations were so cute, and they made us smile. The price was reasonable and the quantity was generous. Their breakfast menu also seemed attractive! There were too many things on the menu that we wanted to try. I saw many reviews saying that they had horrible services there, but I thought their service was friendly and helpful. One of the servers took lots of photos for us even though we didn’t even ask!  It is a lovely place to sit and relax away from the busy Seminyak streets.

Cafe Organic

Jl. Petitenget No.99 X, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali

Open 7AM ~ 10PM everyday


Folie Bali

Best Cafes Bali
Best Cafes Bali
Best Cafes Bali

Okay, so I believe this is the most Instagram worthy cafes in Bali! Folie serves modern French cuisine in a clean and relaxed yet tasteful setting.  There are both indoor and outdoor seats, and the décor and furniture are beautifully appointed.  We sat in the outdoor area, and it was very quiet and relaxing (we visited around 9am).  Food and drinks were prepared perfectly and the staff were both attentive and friendly.  Everything was delicious but my favorite was croissant!!  It was the BEST brunch I had in Bali.  Plus there are so many cute spots you can’t miss for taking photos!! 🙂

Folie Bali

Jl. Subak Sari 30A, Canggu, Bali

Open: Monday: 8 AM – 6 PM Tuesday – Saturday: 8 AM – 10 PM Sunday: 8 AM – 9 PM


El Mexicano

Best Cafes Bali
Best Cafes Bali
Best Cafes Bali

After exploring Monkey Forest in Ubud, we came here for dinner. We loved the cute colorful atmosphere, and they serve fresh Mexican dishes.  Our margarita was average in my opinion, but the food was delicious. We ordered tacos, and their portion was generous! The staff were also very friendly and helpful. If you are going to Monkey Forest, give it a try! There are happy hours between 3pm and 7pm, just FYI 🙂

El Mexicano

Jl. Monkey Forest No.15, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali

Open: 11AM ~ 11PM everyday


Folk Pool & Gardens

Best Cafes Bali
Best Cafes Bali

Folk Pool is located in very central location of Ubud, and dining by the pool was just a great experience. You could swim, read a book, listen to the DJ, and just generally chill out.  It was not crowded when we went there so we were seated at the bed, but I recommend you to make a reservation because it gets super crowded there. The smoothie bowl wasn’t my favorite but food overall was tasty! Staff was friendly and helpful too.

Folk Pool & Gardens

Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali

Open 9AM ~ 10PM everyday


Kynd Community

Best Cafes Bali
Best Cafes Bali

Probably one of the hottest photogenic cafes in Bali so our expectation was high, but it didn’t disappoint us!  The place was quite busy when we visited, but we managed to grab a table outside.  I was hungry so I had avocado toast and smoothie bowl, and both were fresh and delish! I don’t say that was the best bowl I had in Bali, but it was probably the cutest bowl 🙂 If you want Instagram-worthy shots, grab outside seats!

Kynd Community

Jl. Petitenget No.12X, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali

Open 6AM ~ 5PM everyday

Thoughts for the best cafes in Bali?

I hope this lists help you to find your kind of best cafes in Bali! In my opinion, there are tons of amazing cafes, especially in Seminyak area. If you have other recommendations, comment below and let me know! And for those who have a plan to go to Bali soon, ENJOY the fresh food and coffee!! 😉


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Nusa Penida Full Day Guide

Nusa Penida Full Day Guide

Most of you may have seen this beautiful place on Social Media, but Nusa Penida really is a paradise and you can’t miss here if you visit Bali!!! Nusa Penida will give you an experience and a chance to feel the purest nature.  There are crystal clear oceans, white sandy beaches, and many other beautiful and romantic places to see.  But first, do you know how to get there?

 

How to Get There

Opt1. Using Tour

If you are staying in Bali, but still want to spend a day experiencing how amazing Nusa Penida is, you can take a day trip on a speedboat to Penida and tour around the sights for the day with a guide before returning back to Bali in the evening. We used Bali Mahesa Tour, and it didn’t disappoint us. They charge around 75 USD per person.

1 Day Tour includes:
– Transportation from your hotel (Kuta, Seminyak, Legian, and Jimbaran) to the Sanur harbor and back
– Fast Boat Roundtrip Tickets
– Tour around Nusa Penida Island (car charter with driver)
– Mineral Water and Lunch

If you want a stress free & productive trip, using a tour is the way to do it!!

Opt2. Public Boat

If you want to visit without taking a tour, the easiest and cheapest way to access from Bali is by getting to the Sanur beach and using a traditional public boat called ‘jukung’. Jukung will cost you a maximum of around IDR. 40,000 and it will take around 90 minutes to reach Nusa Penida. You can also take a Speed Boat which is a lot faster (50 minutes) but more expensive.

There is plenty more information at Nusa Penida Travel Info .

 

Things to Do

  1.  Kelingking Beach

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Thanks to Instagram, Kelingking Beach is becoming one of the most iconic spots in Indonesia. If you are visiting Nusa Penida, this place is a must!!  If you want to avoid lots of tourists, I recommend you to visit in the morning. We went there around 10am, and we didn’t encounter many tourists.  If you want, you can go down to the beach and relax for 1 or 2 hours. The water is crystal clear, and there are abundant manta ray!! It is important to mention that the path is really steep and you should definitely pack some sneakers.

 

  2.  Broken Beach

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It was such a breathtaking view of the ocean and the cliffs…  I mean look at the magical blue color!!  It was quite mesmerizing watching the waves crashing into the rocks.  As you can see the strength of the waves have carved their way through the rocks forming a beautiful arch from a long time ago.  The view from accross the way is the best view.  Just remember, this place is not for swimming, but you can take great photos for sure.  Also, be mindful when you get close to the edge, as there are no safety ropes (Yikes!).

 

  3.  Angel’s Billabong

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Right next to Broken Beach, there’s an infinity pool called Angel’s Billabong.  Due to the terrible roads on the island, coming here could be a little bit tricky.  However, we were definitely fascinated by its natural beauty.  Make sure you have your swimsuit on when you visit this place.  The water is so inviting and practically begs you to take a dip (I mean…who wouldn’t?!).  Going down to this natural pool is a bit of a challenge, but it’s definitely worth it for the pictures.  Just be mindful of the wind and the waves!  Also, this place could get super crowded so come early if possible 🙂

 

  4.  Local Food

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Honestly I didn’t have lots of expectations for food since Nusa Penida is such a remote area, but boy I was wrong!  We had a quick lunch at Warung NG, and the food was fresh and delicious.  I mean look at this succulent mango!  It was absolutely delicious 🙂 Also the people working there were super friendly and welcoming.

You can also check out the restaurants below for alternative options!

 

  5.  Crystal Bay Beach

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This place is not so fancy in comparison to other sites, but I recommend taking some time to enjoy the still moderately remote and peaceful Crystal Bay. Especially since the beach was so clean and the water clear as glass, and it is a perfect place for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling!  We didn’t swim much this time, but it was very relaxing to simply lay on the beach.  Maybe you can enjoy a beer or coconut juice as well. However you plan to spend your time, this is the place to do it! 🙂

 

 

I hope these pictures are helpful when planning a trip to beautiful Nusa Penida. XoXo

 

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Luxury in Bali: Ayana Resort and Spa

Luxury in Bali: Ayana Resort and Spa

 

Everyone loves Bali. One of the great things about Bali is to stay at a beautiful villa and enjoy relaxing. Ayana Resort and Spa is a perfect place for you to relax, refresh, and have unforgettable experiences. We have never felt more welcome in any other inn or hotel we have stayed at and I have to add that this was one of the most comfortable and spoiling experiences in my life!

 

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ROOMS:

There are 3 kinds of rooms; Guest Suites, Guest Rooms, and Villas. This time we stayed at one of the villas with private pool. The room was surrounded by beautiful garden, and it was perfect to enjoy the lazy days with no disturbances.

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POOL & BEACH:

There are 12 magnificent swimming pools. I spent most of my time at River Pool, but I strongly recommend Ocean Beach Pool.

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DINING:

There are over 15 restaurants/bars in Ayana Resort and Spa. Each restaurant offers amazing quality food and service. Our favorite dining was Rock Bar (Tapas and Mediterranean) , Sami Sami (Italian), and Kisik Bar & Grill (Balinese Seafood).

Rock Bar

Ayana Resort is well known for this Rock Bar. The view was breathtaking and their cocktails were delicious.

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Sami Sami

It is a stylish open-air restaurant located directly above Rock Bar, offering brilliant views any time of day. Needless to say, the food was outstanding. Sami Sami has good selection of appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas, pasta, seafood, meat, and desserts. Their cocktails were awesome too.

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Kisik Bar & Grill

I strongly recommend you to go during magical sunset time. The place was surrounded by beautiful Indian Ocean, and the table was set right on the sand. The restaurant also offers delicious seafood, such as lobster, prawn, calamari and deep sea fish, grilled just the way you like it.

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Breakfast

I loved their breakfast. You can choose any style you like from European, American, Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Indonesian.

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If you are looking for a place to stay in Bali, Ayana Resort and Spa is the place for you!

Hope you will visit there soon and please let me know your experiences there.

 

♥♥Yoki♥♥