Hey travel bugs! I recently visited the beautiful island of Bali and wanted to share my tips and tricks to having an amazing time there. Kevin and I had been planning this trip for months and I think it really exceeded our expectations. We were afraid we would have to cancel our plans due to the Level 4 volcano warning – but luckily we decided to go through with the trip it was reduced to Level 3 the day we got there! I highly recommend visiting Bali, it’s a beautiful island with lots of secret spots to be discovered and many well known places to relax.
One of the busiest areas in Bali is the Seminyak/ Kuta area and I stayed at a gorgeous villa in Seminyak called The Amala. The hotel is a beautiful and quiet oasis located just off of the main central area. Perks include free shuttle service to Seminyak Square and you can also book a Spa room rate that comes with free 1 hr. massage every day! See below for some shots of our villa to tempt you.
In addition to amazing accommodations- Seminyak/ Kuta is also where you can find lots of cute boutique stores, coffee shops and restaurants to wander in and out of. Trust me, it’ll take you all day.
Some highlights that we enjoyed:
Revolver Coffee House: Strong coffee with some cool chill vibes. It’s a bit hard to find the entrance though so pay attention to the signs.
Mad Pops Bali: Coconut based ice cream so they’re mostly vegan friendly!
Nalu Bowls: Fresh acai bowls served in a coconut shell. They have a joint location with a cafe called the Shelter upstairs which has some pretty sweet views.
Merah Putih: Somewhere nice to take your date out to a fancy meal without breaking the bank!
Bali Boat Shed: Super cute beach attire, a bit on the pricier side for Bali (aka comparable to US prices)
Potato Head Beach Club: Amazing views for sunset but go early because cabanas and tables are first come first serve.
W Hotel Woobar: Another place for some sunset viewing and delicious drinks and they also have hookah here.
In addition to these, some other places we wish we had time to visit:
- Maria Curau – cute vegan nail salon with minimalistic designs. (fine this one was more on my wishlist and not Kevins)
- Kynd Cafe – super cute acai bowls.
- Coffee Cartel Bali – Another cute coffee shop to get your caffeine fix.
I think with all there is to do in Seminyak and Kuta I recommend at least a 2 night/ 3 day stay in this area. You can also organize a lot of tours from this area to minimize hotel hopping! Anyways, I hope this guide is helpful for you guys – keep an eye out for my next Bali guide (Ubud version). And if you have any tips for my next trip to Bali please leave them in the comments below!