Bali is one of those places that I knew if I didn’t go for my honeymoon, I probably wouldn’t ever make it to that part of the world. Because of that, we thought that destination would be perfect for our honeymoon and boy were we right. One of my good friends Emily had gone to Bali February 2014 and two years later, we were making our way to that region to take on a trip of a lifetime and relied heavily on her recommendations. Though we didn’t find any great restaurants that we recommend (Bali isn’t quite a food mecca), I do have a great list to share should you find yourself taking a trip to Indonesia anytime soon!
Our first stop was Ubud. This city is on the island of Bali and is considered the jungly-area. You can find lots of rice fields, volcanoes, forests, and the infamous monkey forest. For some reason, leading up to our visit to the monkey forest, I had this idea that I would be seeing this beautiful sweet adorable monkeys just walking around the area. Come to find out I was wrong, very very wrong. Though people tried to warn me about how aggressive the monkeys were, I couldn’t quite comprehend it until I experienced it first hand. These monkeys were CRAZY! If you were holding or wearing anything that they could grab, they did. Sunglasses on your head, forget about it, DUNZO. Water bottle in your backpack to stay hydrated, consider it gone. They really had no shame. Tom and I saw a few monkeys get in quite a fight and I literally ran, ran away fast. I’m happy that I was able to experience such a place, but I most certainly will not be going back. We definitely got a few laughs out of it and overall enjoyed the city of Ubud. Though we didn’t stay at the Four Seasons Hotel there, we did go to the bar to get a few drinks and apps on night. I can honestly say it was one of the most incredible hotels I’ve ever laid eyes on. It seemed like it was pretty much built in a mountain, an experience hard to describe. The drinks were delicious (I did my standard lychee martini) and the food was on point, especially compared to some of the other food we were eating. It was definitely pretty Americanized and very high-end but it’s what you expect at that type of hotel. Tom and I decided that had we to do it over again, we probably would’ve stayed at that hotel during our time in Ubud. Although it’s super expensive for that part of the world, in retrospect, I think it would’ve been worth it, especially for our honeymoon. If you do end up going to Ubud and don’t stay there, at least make it to the bar! We stayed in Ubud for 4 nights however I think 2-3 nights would’ve been sufficient.
Our next stop was Lombok which is another island close by. You have to take a speedboat to get there and it takes about two hours or so. The resort we stayed at, Quinci Villas, was superb. This was a direct recommendation from Emily and I’m so happy we listened to her! Though you can rent a little mo-ped to check out the area, we decided to stay put at our resort, it was that spectacular. We ended up getting a room with our own pool which was pretty awesome. We actually used it less than we expected mainly because we wanted to be around more people and on the beach, but still cool to have it there. Each room is it’s own little villa which we loved. Our shower was in the back of our room but outside which was awesome, I’ve always wanted to check out one of those out-door showers and it was even cooler when it was raining during parts of the day.
On the main property, there were three pools alongside one another and we just hung out there the majority of the days. The grounds were beautiful, the food was delicious, and the service was above and beyond. In addition, their cocktails were some of the best we’ve ever had and I’m not sure I’ve ever had such such a good bloody marry (I think we each had about 4 in the course of an hour or two). Also, their spa was INSANE. Though definitely a little pricier, it was well worth it and I may or may not have gotten a massage all 5 days that we were there! I 100% recommend to anyone to check out this island and to stay at this resort. We didn’t feel the need to ever leave property and we have no regrets about that!
Our last stop of the trip was in Seminyak which is back on the island of Bali. From all of the different people that we talked to about who had visited this city, half of them said to check it out and the other half told us not too as it is too Americanized. Basically, it’s their metropolitan city in Bali. We decided that we wanted to go and we are so happy we did. Emily again gave us a great recommendation for our hotel, The Elysian, and it was perfect. Like our previous resort, all the rooms here were their own villas and they upgraded us so we had our own pool again. This was by far the swankiest of all the hotels we stayed at and we loved that it had such a different vibe, just super modern. The location worked out great as well so we were able to walk to the main strip where different restaurants and shops were. It was fun to check them all out, though it was insanely hot & humid there. We ended up walking over to the Potato Head Beach Club which apparently is a huge attraction in that city. Think Vegas pool party on a beach… just one big party though it’s for all ages. Unless you are eating at the restaurant there inside, you have to buy a day bed in order to get in. While we were anticipating a pretty high cost for a day bed since this place is such a tourist hot spot, it was actually only a $70 minimum for a premium day bed which meant that we just needed to spend at least $70 throughout our entire day there on food and drinks… umm no problemo! Between the two of us, we each had 5 craft cocktails and quite a few different food orders and it ended up coming out to $140 total, pretty killer considering that same experience at a vegas pool party would probably cost you $1400 at least! If you aren’t into a city vibe, Seminyak isn’t for you, however if you like to be in the scene and be around lots of people, I highly recommend checking this area out.