In May me and Hollie went to Bali for our 10 year aniversary. We went for 2 weeks in total but because of the 18 hour flight from London we had a total of 12 nights there.
Here’s a map of all the places we visited, I’ve also added places that we wish we went to (grey pins)👇
Areas we stayed
📍Seminyak (2 nights)
📍Gili Air, Lombok (3 nights)
📍Ubud (6 nights)
📍Jimbaran (1 night)
Money we spent (A LOT!)
£1277: Flights from London to Bali (with a layover in Singapore)
£529: 2 nights at Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa (Seminyak)
£140: 2 nights at Scallywags Smugglers Resort (Gili Air)
£780: 4 nights at Komaneka Bisma (Ubud)
£400: 2 night extension at Komaneka Bisma (Ubud)
£94: 1 night at The Open House (Jimbaran)
£515: Indonesian cash
£600: Monzo card
Our Rough schedule
13 May: Flying to Bali
14–17 May: Seminyak (Seminyak Beach Resort)
17–20 May: Gili Air (Scallywags Smugglers)
20–26 May: Ubud (Komaneka at Bisma)
26–27 May: Jimbaran (The Open House)
27 May: Flying to London
How we got around
We used a private taxi everywhere we went, this was relatively cheap (compared to back home) and meant we didn’t need to worry about driving ourselves. Our friends recommended him from their trip a couple of years back so it was great to have someone that had been a reliable driver for someone before.
Our driver: https://www.facebook.com/ketut.partana
Skippy was super friendly and welcoming and also great price if you’re used to taxi prices in London and don’t want the hassle of renting a moped to get around. (note: the main roads are crazy in Bali: two children, Mum, Dad driving and groceries on either side). Below are all the times we used Skippy and the cost for all the transfers was around £150.
Sunday 14th May: Land at 20:50, airport transfer to Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa.
Wednesday 17th May: Transfer from Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa to Padang Bai to take a boat to Gili Air.
Saturday 20th May: Transfer from Padang Bai to Ubud (Komaneka at Bisma Ubud)
Monday 22nd May: Full day tour around Ubud visiting waterfalls and temples.
Wednesday: Transportation to white water rafting. (half day)
Thursday 25th May: Transfer from Ubud to Jimbaran (The Open House Hotel)
Saturday 27th May: Half day trip to Uluwatu temples and Padang Padang beach + Transfer to Airport For flight.
Where we stayed
Seminyak (2 nights at the Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa)
So Seminyak was our chill time of the trip. Our hotel was like a palace which had numerous swimming pools, amazing decor and the friendliest staff. Every morning Hollie went down for the early morning yoga sessions while I spent the extra half hour in bed or by the pool. Then we’d walk down into the centre of town and find a breakfast spot (see below) that would feed us through to dinner. The beach was lovely too and i tried surfing for the first time here!
Things to do: Chill at hotel, lots of great food, beaches with surfing etc, escape room, bars, white water rafting (day trip)
Gili Air (3 nights at the Scallywags Smugglers)
After an hour and a half crammed boat trip from Padang Bai, we arrived to crystal clear waters, horse and cart and cyclists mooching round Gili Air. We chose Gili Air as we wanted to chill and explore the island by foot. Most days were too hot to do anything at all but we basically had the tiny but beautiful hotel pool to ourselves for the majority of our stay and the beach was very relaxed. The atmposhere on the island was really unique with everyone chilling out, enjoying the beach and then in the evenings drinking cocktails and watching the sunset.
Return boat trip to Gili Air was 1200k (Skippy booked our tickets for us)
Things to do: Swimming, Snorkelling, Surfing, Diving, Stand up paddle-boarding, Island hopping, Cycling, Massages & Spa, Yoga, Cinema on the beach
Places to eat: Mowies (Great cocktails,sunsets and fries), Gili Bliss (Best place for healthy Breakfast see above), Classico Italiano (Amazing pizza), Coffee & Thyme Gili Air (Good coffee), Breadelicious (great deserts)
Ubud (6 nights at the Komaneka at Bisma)
Ubud was the favourite part for both of us from the trip. The temples, the nature, the breathtaking views. We felt right at home in this area of Bali. We went all out for our hotel here and picked the one with the longest infinity pool, a separate spa and incredible views overlooking the rice fields.
We liked the hotel so much that before we even unpacked our bags we extended our stay by an extra 2 nights.
Things to do in the area: White Water Rafting, Coffee plantation, Monkey Temple, Galleries, Temples, Waterfalls, Mountain trekking, yoga, meditation
Jimbaran (1 night at the The Open House)
We wanted to be closer to the airport on our last night so we chose to stay in Jimbaran Bay. Not alot around but sandy beaches and seafood stalls. Although we didn’t explore much here the sunset was something to remember. Family, friends, tourists, gathering on the beach for the early sunset with silhouettes of surfers in the distance.
Things to do: Day trip to Uluwatu Temple, Day trip to Pedang Pedang Beach, Jimbaran Beach, Surf + other water sports
Places to eat: The Open House, AKUA Bali Tapas Bar & Restaurant
First timers guide: 20 things to do in Bali
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Sembangan Waterfalls, Bueleng
Other hotels we looked at: The Oberoi, IZE Seminyak
Other hotels we looked at: Hotel Ombak £67pn, Manusia Dunia Green Lodge £74pn
Other hotels we looked at: Hanging Gardens Ubud Riveride Villa £500 pn, Kamandalu £136 pn, Komaneka at Tanggayuda — £250 pn, Maya Ubud Resort and Spa £177 pn, Ayung Resort £83 pn, Svarga Loka Resort £89 pn
official taxis: Bluebird*
*there are some scam companies that look like bluebirds so you have to look out. But even then they’re not a rip-off because we accidentally got one. It’s still cheaper than Uber,just way more expensive than the official ones.
For this reason we stuck to the driver we knew for everything apart from one taxi trip that our hotel in Ubud arranaged.
Other places we didn’t get to see
Wanagiri Hidden Hill, Sukasada, Buleleng
Handara Golf & Resort, Pancasari village, Bedugul
Git Git Waterfall, Buleleng, Singaraja
Sambangan Secret Garden, Sambangan Village, Sukasada, Buleleng
Banyumala Waterfalls, Wanagiri village, near lake Buyan, Singaraja
Thats about it, got any questions add them below or reach out on Twitter @imscott