Bali has always been at the top of my bucket list. I’d read on other travel blogs that it was the perfect place to do absolutely everything. Gordi and I took our trip to Bali for my 30th Birthday a few years ago. It has become one of our top favorite trips we’ve taken thus far, and cannot wait to go back.
We spent 4 days in Ubud. Ubud is the more tranquil and zen area in Bali. Lush greenery, waterfalls, infinity pools and monkeys! We stayed at Kamandalu Ubud. We enjoyed a floating breakfast, explored the small town and ate amazing breakfast and the best Chinese food we have tried to date. The resort offers a shuttle that drives you down to the small town (about 15min drive). We also enjoyed a massage at the edge of the jungle. We could hear all the wildlife during the massage, which made the experience the most memorable. The Ubud Monkey Sanctuary is a must! We discovered a cool pool bar a few minutes away from the monkey sanctuary. It’s called Folk Pool & Garden. They offer day beds that sit right next to the pool, as well as refreshing slushy drinks.
I have to say, the person that made the trip most accommodating and informative was our driver. Our friend recommended our driver Made Dana(Instagram @madesuardana.dana). He was exceptional and informative about every question or request we had. He would pick us up early in the morning and helped make our day the most productive by taking us to different tours and activities.
During our trip to Bali, we also stayed at the famous Ayana Resort in Jimbaran. At Ayana we had the opportunity to visit Rock Bar and also swam in the coolest pools ever! Their property is filled with so many pools, each having a different style, theme and mood.
What we loved most about Bali was the tranquility as well as the positivity of its people. Everyone always greeted us with a smile and not one person we came across was rude. The Bali hospitality shines bright like no other place!
We also experienced Nusa Dua, where we dove down to feed fish and explore a local coral reef.
I don’t know if it’s the location, the jungle, the people or the tranquility, but Bali’s connection to your spirituality is definitely felt and present. I’m all about the vibes, and Bali gave me the most positive vibes I’ve ever felt before.
Here are some cool facts about Bali:
*Has some of the most expensive coffee Kopi Luwak
*Bali is in the Coral Triangle
*Bali Has one of the World’s Highest Densities of Spas
*Malevolent Spirits are not Welcome.
In Bali, spirits are everywhere, they sustain the balance of zen. And there are myriad practices to keep evil ones at bay.
There’s a screen behind compound gateways called an aling aling, intended to keep them out. Every morning, Balinese people leave offerings of food and incense wrapped in banana leaves outside their homes and businesses, to appease the spirits.
There are also noisy processions and fearsome stone carvings on walls to frighten them off.