Bali Tips - Seminyak, Ubud,

Below are my tips for Bali that I send to friends who are lovers of great food, amazing environments, and even more. Bali is just so good to create your own relaxing adventure...

Food baby Food - Seminyak

A scrumptious, relaxing & extraordinary lunch or dinner overlooking the sea, is Gado Gado and also La Lucciola is beautiful (if you like chocolate - you may love the chocolate desert they have - YUM) and I love their coffee frappe / icey drink. yum yum.

(Don't leave without going to La Lucciola for breakfast, lunch or dinner ... and plan to stay for at least 2 hours - it's just so relaxing!)

I also loved Sardine - dinners there are so memorable. Others to try are Metis, Sarong (expensive - special night out!) and Mamasan. More here: http://www.travelfish.org/eatandmeet/indonesia/bali/bali/seminyak/eat 

Pool Bars - Seminyak

Book for all day and/or sunset, take your swimmers, hang out and relax. Divine! Try W, Potato Head, Ku De Ta and the relaxed "cocoon beach restaurant". Great for all ages too.

Ubud

Around Ubud, I loved going to (and working at!!) Green School and I'm yet to get to John Hardy's jewellery place - also a treat by the sounds of things - you can email them and book in for lunch under the banyan tree which sounds lovely as food comes from their organic farm / compound.

There's also a restaurant at the Como Shambhala Estate where we ate lunch and it's soooo beautiful nested amongst the big gorge / greenery of Ubud. 

Clear Cafe is also highlight in Ubud and many other cafes / restaurants to find!

Surfing

I highly enjoyed surfing lessons with Odyssey Surf School and they are great fun, pick you up from your villa / hotel and ...if you wish, teach you Indonesian on the way. I had 2-person-private lessons - slightly better than group for me.

Preparation

Wayan is great for a massage - every day! $10 per massage and will come to you. His mobile is +6281558359941 and you could SMS him before you arrive. Like many in Bali he doesn't earn much so it's nice to contribute to him & his family. 

Kadek is a great driver +62 852 37117562 - very clean car with air con - no seat belts in the back seat - I can recommend another driver if you need this!

 

Entry visa for Bali is US$25 - have this in your passport or equivalent currency that can be converted. Another great alternative is organising a VIP service - US$30 - a person meets you and saves you about 30 mins - 1 hour of time. http://www.balinicetour.com/en/airport/1/0/baliPvipPairportPservice.html

Leaving Bali - hold onto 150,000 Rp for departure tax.

 

I enjoyed "Eat Pray Love" - i thought they did well to depict Ubud so if you haven't yet seen it - could be worth a watch as a lovely lead in... Plus tripadvisor.com is a great check to see if hotels, restaurants etc are good. Here's the places I've reviewed:  http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/members-reviews/sambe11

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When you arrive

If you are going to be around Seminyak, get a copy of the Yak magazine - great info and the map (see below) is really good as it shows all the great places.

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The Bintang (supermarket) in Seminyak is fabulous for the little shop that organises your local SIM card within minutes, to stock up on water and supplies. Homewares (!!) upstairs!

Go!

That's possibly enough!! You don't need too many tips - go, enjoy, relax, get some sun on your bones. YAY!! It's a very special place.

Sam from my tips, Sophy's, LJ's, Libby's, Brenda's, and loads of others who contributed to my amazing times in Bali.

 

More of Sophy's Seminyak tips in addition to the above here:

• LA SAL

A MUST, WE LOVE THIS PLACE – so romantic at night! Delicious tapas 

and Argentinean BBQ grills!

• THE JUNCTION

Stylish and well-priced lunch and dining spot. Recently renovated 

with a great new menu.

• HU U BAR

Tel: 736433

SUPER romantic spot at nighttime. Gardens are just so pretty, with 

huge bean bags to chill out on.  Yummy cocktails and a great 

nibbles menu. Perfect for pre dinner drinks.  Food quite pricey

• MADES WARUNG

CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP!! – This is the place to go for Indo food. The 

Mee Goreng is to die for!

• TRATORRIA 

Great Italian!

• SEA CIRCUS

Drinks and food are great (steak get the thumbs up!).

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1 comment:

tate said...

well Bali is really a great place very relaxing and not to mention very cheap