The first stop on our big adventure was Bali. Bali is somewhere I have wanted to visit for a few years and I must admit, I had built up a rather romanticised vision of it. I’m not saying that it didn’t live up to this vision in any way, but I would certainly do some things differently if I were to return.
We had booked a hotel in Sanur for our ten day jaunt. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Bali, Sanur is a typical ‘honeymoon’ spot (something we were regularly asked about by the locals).
Our hotel was fine – cheap and cheerful which was all we needed. It had a nice pool, decent-sized room, great shower, plus it was only a fifteen minute walk from the beach.
We arrived in the evening, severely jet lagged having travelled from London and completely starving – so we just ordered room service (boring) and prepped ourselves for the following day.
The next morning, refreshed and ready to go, we eagerly headed for the hotel breakfast buffet. We experienced a very grey coffee curt-esy of some random local goat and as a result, this was both the first and last time we had breakfast in Bali.
So…After a questionable start, we ambled over to the beach. P.S. when I say amble, I mean dodged all of the crazy scooter drivers.
Sanur beach is not the best I have ever seen, but it is nice enough.
On our first full day, we didn’t venture too far but we did stumble across a lovely little place called the Bamboo Beach Bar. It was a sort of large Tiki hut with a menu that compensated for our breakfast, so we nibbled on some small plates for lunch before making ourselves comfortable on a couple of sunbeds and basking up the glorious Indonesian heat.
After exerting SO much energy throughout that first day 😉 we gallantly moved ourselves back to the Beach Bar in the evening, where we enjoyed the stunning sunset alongside a couple of pizzas and couple of vinos.
As this happened to be our nearest beach, we found ourselves revisiting it a few times throughout the week and naturally had to explore a little further. Further down, but still along the beachfront, we found multiple luxury resorts and private villas, the kind that we had envisaged for our own trip – but we were seriously surprised by the cost. Before visiting, I heard many rumours that Bali was cheap, but I’m afraid that this is not true across the board – and I don’t really know where these people were getting their intell from!
We did our best to find a nice restaurant in Sanur for dinner, but this proved to be another challenge! Initially we sought to avoid Western-Style eateries as it didn’t seem very adventurous, but this left us with few options in Sanur. We did try a restaurant in one of the nicer looking hotels as we were willing to pay a bit extra for a meal that didn’t disagree with our stomachs, but alas, it was not meant to be :’). In fact, the best meal we had was when we spent the day exploring Ubud – plus it was the cheapest!
As well as exploring Ubud, we also took a trip to the zoo, but aside from that we struggled to keep ourselves busy for the whole 10 day duration, given that we weren’t able to visit any of the surrounding islands.
So, in summary: We did enjoy our time in Bali, but we definitely didn’t LOVE it. It’s a tricky place to experience on a budget, though there are some truly beautiful landmarks which are worth seeing for yourself.