Just got back from an amazing holiday in Bali. My husband and I were finally able to go on a honeymoon (after 3 years of being married) and we wanted a very relaxed trip to de-stress and unwind. Bali, being a top tourist destination, is actually bigger than you think. People from all over the world go there to immerse themselves in the culture, relax in a tropical paradise, go on adventures, party, practice yoga, surf, and so on. WHY you choose to go to Bali will then dictate which area of Bali you should go to. For us, we were there to sightsee, to relax, and get pampered for cheap (read: getting as many massages as we can!). With this in mind, I chose to divide our 8-day Bali honeymoon and spend it in Seminyak and Ubud (Ubud blog post coming soon).
|Fresh coconut drink at Potato Head Beach Club|
Note: While the majority of this itinerary can be done and dusted in 1-2 days, we were there to RELAX and take it easy. Therefore, a relaxed itinerary it is! My husband was really looking forward to taking a break from working too hard and the last thing I wanted was for him to feel like he needed a vacation from our vacation. Bali, after all, is a tropical paradise and that's exactly what I wanted the whole trip to feel like - a paradise.
We landed and checked into our hotel, Tony's Villas and Resort, the night before and were greeted with lovely welcome drinks. Got up and had breakfast which was our first taste of Balinese cuisine. Yum! We then walked to Potato Head Beach Club. You will know you're there when you spot their Instagrammer's favorite wall where you can shoot your OOTD of course.
|Potato Head Beach Club|
You will find that most online sources will tell you to get there by 11AM as it tends to get quite packed. So we were there by 930am. Apparently, they don't open until 10am. We were, however, able to book our choice of day bed because we were early. To enter the club and swim in the pool is free (for the thrifty folks here, you can opt to do this). However, to book a day bed requires a minimum spend of IDR 500,000. We chose to get a day bed and spent on food and drinks. By far the most expensive meal in Bali for this whole itinerary but well worth it! We jumped into the infinity pool, had some drinks at the pool bar, and lounged in our day bed where we also had lunch. Food was delicious too.
|Day Bed at Potato Head Beach Club|
While we could have saved $70 and just entered for free, choosing to spend some money to take all the time we wanted in the pool and just lay
lazily comfortably on our day bed eating good food, set the tone for our whole trip. This was day 1. And we were in paradise.
After that, we went back to the hotel to shower then walked around Seminyak, looked around Seminyak Village Mall, got our first massage for the week followed by manicure and pedicure ($8.50 for a full body massage? Yaaaassss), then had a delicious but crazy cheap meal at Warung Bu Bagus, then called it a day.
We began Day 2 with a morning swim at the hotel's 2 swimming pools followed by breakfast before checking out and transferring to a different hotel closeby. I chose to spend 2 nights at a cheaper hotel to be able to afford 2 nights in a villa with a private pool all to ourselves.
|Tony's Villas and Resort swimming pool|
We had lunch at Motel Mexicola - again, this is a restaurant that you could probably opt not to spend anything at - or perhaps only opt for drinks - if you were only after those Instagram photos, but - the food was delicious and just taking your time and swaying to the restaurant's in house singers, was just lovely!
|Drinks at Motel Mexicola|
We then walked to Mad Pops for some ice cream to cool ourselves down from the hot day. Mad Pops is a vegan ice cream shop which I found delicious but left my husband asking to buy "real ice cream". Lol. And guys, he really did end up buying ice cream that night.
|Mad Pops, Seminyak|
After that, we walked to La Plancha to watch the sunset while having dinner while lounged on colorful bean bags under equally colorful umbrellas, with music playing in the background. Easier said than done. The walk to La Plancha was a tricky one because of the tiny roads which was just confusing on Google Maps. Needless to say, we took a taxi home before it got dark and the party people would start to get drunk, and then we chose to go night swimming in our villa's private pool instead.
|Sunset at La Plancha|
We had breakfast and went swimming in the hotel's pool before heading to Canggu for lunch at Warung Bu Mi. Warung Bu Mi is just a small local eatery (perhaps Bali's version of the Filipino carenderia) and considering we ordered SO MUCH food, it was by far the cheapest and most delicious meal we had in Bali! Well worth the infamous "Bali Belly" symptoms I suffered that night. While I have a pretty tough stomach, my husband and I ate basically the same things except for one vegetable dish - which I think caused me to vomit everything out and the vomitus was well, green, like the vegetable. :(
|The Dipan Resort swimming pool|
Aside from looking around at some shops and checking out Love Anchor, we weren't very much entertained at Canggu and it was such a hot day so we headed back to Seminyak and had a smoothie bowl at KYND Community. P.S. The Instagram shot was not worth it. It was priced like how it would be priced in Australia, and while the smoothie bowl and shake were good, they weren't good enough, if you know what I mean.
|KYND Community, Seminyak|
We stopped by The W Seminyak - entrance is free - but it's crazy expensive to stay there for a night. It was beautiful though - exuded an aura like Cebu's Shangri-la.
|The W Seminyak|
After this, we just headed back to our villa for another swim (it's that hot in Bali, we swim/shower twice a day!) We then got another full body massage ($7.50 only this time!) - and then by this time, I was feeling quite ill with Bali Belly symptoms and was back and forth to the toilet overnight. Thankfully, I was more or less feeling fine and up for our transfer to Ubud the next day.
A Jeannie in a Bottle Blog travel post will always be affordable without sacrificing comfort. And for this trip, I made sure to include some luxury too! Because where else could you afford to live like royalty for a few days? If on a tighter budget, the "unnecessary" expenses are easy to skip!
|Seminyak Itinerary and Budget|
*all costs displayed in AUD on the assumption that $1 AUD = IDR 10,000
My favorite part of this Seminyak itinerary was starting out the trip lounging on a day bed at Potato Head Beach Club, feeling the summer vibes while music played, swimming in the infinity pool and just KNOWING that this is the start of my week-long holiday in the tropical paradise of Bali.
Have you been to Bali? What was your favorite part?
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