Saturday, November 10, 2012

Bummin' @ Bali

What's the best place in the world to experience the finest massages and eat the most delicious spice-infused cuisine? That would be Bali. I spent a good one week there. It was really one of the most exotic places I've been to and I'm hoping to go back.

The Bali adventure started in Nusa Dua, an area filled with 5 star  beach front resorts. We stayed in a very homey hotel which had a good location. We did several activities while at Nusa Dua. This included:

  • Brunch at Boneka, St. Regis Hotel (newest resort at the area)
  • Perfume making at Ayana resort
  • Cocktails and hor d'oeuvres at Rock Bar, Ayana
  • Balinese cooking class
  • Aquatonic spa at Ayana resort
The next destination was Ubud, and I really loved it in Ubud! There you would experience the authentic culture of Bali from the art markets to the monkey villages. It's such a quaint city filled with little wonders. We stayed at the Komaneka Rasa Sayang, one of the best resorts in Bali. We did many activities here as well which included:

  • Bebek betutu (roasted duck with spices) at the Cafe Lotus
  • happy hour at Cafe Wayan
  • Ubud art market -- one of the best markets I've been to! So many quirky yet affordable things
  • Monkey village
  • Massages, floral baths, facials, and cream baths at Komaneka Spa
  • Kecak and Fire dance
  • Safari and Elephant ride (the elephant ride was one of the nicest experiences)
  • Babi Guling (roast pork  with spicesor lechon) at the famous Ibu Oka
  • Luwak coffee (coffee made from mongoose poop)
  • Mas Village (woodcarving)
  • Batubalan Village (stone carving)
  • Celuk Village (silver)
The final place we explored was Seminyak, which was said to be where the nightlife and social scene of Bali is. I was really excited to go here because we stayed in one of the best chain hotels in the world, W Hotel. We had our own little villa complete with a balinese pool and a bale. I really had a pleasant stay at the W. They had the best accommodations which included one of the most popular spas in Bali. This part of the trip was the most relaxing where I was able to go to the fitness center then have a trip to the steam room then relax at the hot stone jacuzzi.


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