Jamie and I went to Bali a few weeks ago, and then this past weekend as Jamie left for a week in the US, I went to Bali again by myself! Other than it is, of course, a beautiful place, I can’t really tell you much this go around. We only went for the weekends, so didn’t really get to explore too much. We just need some time away, so we hung out by the pool, on the beach and got massages! 🙂 My mom has declared this is where she wants to go when she comes here in November, so stay tuned for another post as I am sure we will do all of the Bali things – shopping, check out the restaurants and maybe even white water raft! (I’ll need to check with her about that first).
When Jamie and I went we stayed at Ayana Beach Resort, which we found in a Conde Nast article. It really was lovely. It had a beautiful spa where we got massages, great pool area and loads of restaurants on property. They also had a bar called “Rock Bar” that they are apparently famous for. It really was cool – it’s on a cliff that overlooks the ocean and the waves hit the side of the cliff and spray up. Makes for great pictures and a good spot to see the sunset.
Their designated beach area was a bit odd, I will say. Bali is filled with cliffs so a lot of the hotels are built on the cliffs and migrate their properties down to the beach. In this hotel, most of the area in which you would stay and congregate was on the cliff. If you wanted to go to the beach it was 197 steps down! We were going to go, but when we got there, one of the attendants said the beach chairs were already full so we didn’t feel like making the trek down then back up. So we just lounged at their very nice infinity pool and saw the ocean that way.
Although this hotel was very nice, and I would recommend it to families who would be staying for several days, it wasn’t for us. We prefer smaller hotel/resort properties. We still had a nice relaxing weekend – Jamie needed it. He had been traveling for work a lot up till then and really needed to get away and read a book! So that’s what we did!
When I went to Bali, just this last weekend, I went to another property, the Ritz-Carlton (Marriott points!). This hotel had their lobby and one of their restaurants on the clifftop, but everything else was at sea level. When I walked into the lobby and looked out onto the property it seemed big, but when I got down below it wasn’t at all. It had a few restaurants and this time had lots of beach loungers on the beach! The pool was right next to the beach which was really convenient. I liked it because it was a small little area with not a lot of people. The waitstaff was great – they had citrus ice water stations around the pool, you could order food and drinks easily. It was just pleasant. I sat at that beach from the morning till like 4:30 pm! Haha! And yes, I got too much sun. Way too much. But now that a few days have passed and I don’t hurt as bad, I am now telling myself it was worth it. I got in the ocean in the morning, maybe around 10 am because the tide was in. The sand was odd, nothing like I have ever experienced. It seemed packed like you could walk on it, but when I stepped I sunk into it like quicksand, right up to my mid-calf. I walked out about knee deep in the warm water and the current was so strong, even though my feet were buried up to my calf, it still nearly pulled me straight down. I decided that wasn’t for me so I went and got in the pool to cool off. A few hours later the tide started to go back out and the water was like glass, so I went and sat in the ocean for a while then before it went all the way out. I managed to read 2 books that weekend and get a tan! Mission accomplished!
I seem to not be able to get away from monkeys when I travel (see my updated monkey tips here). I was sitting on the balcony of my room and, like a dummy, left the sliding door open to the inside. Next thing I know I was in a foot race with a Macaque to see who could get to the door first! He wanted the fresh fruit on the table inside. I should have given it to him. He stayed around for a while staring at me to see if I would make a wrong move. It was a little unnerving, but I just continued to read my book while every so often telling him “I have nothing for you, might as well go away!”…like he knew what I was saying.
Well that was literally Bali in a nutshell! I promise to give you a lot more info when we go again and actually do things! Enjoy the pics!