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Bali & Gili Islands, Paradise in South East Asia

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13/07/15

Bali & Gili at a glance: Rice Paddies | Magical Sunsets | Holy | Pure | Smiles | Yoga | Surf | Clifts | Beaches | Sea | Palms | Nasi Goreng | Bintang | Terima Kasih ubud-bali

I’m writing this post on a Saturday afternoon, sat in my kitchen in North West London. The sun is shining in our back garden, while sharing crisps & cookies with one of my roomies -she’s also working today, -on her phd in her case-…
It’s warm, the sky couldn’t be any more blue and clear, the atmosphere is incredibly summery in London these days and it feels so good…
I’m craving a beach holiday lots, ideally somewhere far away… Some destination ideas are bugging me these days… but whilst I wait for these to materialise, I’m pulling out some of last year souvenirs from this amazing trip to Bali and Gili Islands to share with you…

bali-rice-paddyBali, the island of Gods –  These images will guide you though:
Seminyak – Touristy and by the beach, a good first stop for a night or two when you get to Bali.

Ubud – A little deeper in the interior of the island. It’s all about little cute cafes, shops & yoga in the village and lots of stunning walks through the rice paddies all around.

Munduk – It’s a couple of hours drive from Ubud, up in the mountains. The scenery on the way up there is very pretty and once there you need to stay at Puri Lumbung Cottages, it’s a destination itself. Watch out for the pictures, you’ll see what I mean… 🙂

Amed – Good spot if you’re after some lonely relaxing times and fresh fish. Some of the boats to Gili depart from there, so it’s a good stop over.

Uluwatu – My favourite in the island, all about surf & sea vibes… Check out the post I wrote some weeks ago, you’ll see yourself what I’m talking about… 😉

Gili Islands – Three hidden gems just half way through Bali and the neighbour island of Lombok. No roads, so no car allowed there… They’re so tiny that you can walk around each of them or alternatively cycle around.

I didn’t know about this paradise on earth until I started planning the trip to Bali… I don’t think they’re that well known in Europe, so let’s keep it as secret as possible, so they remain as lovely as they are… 😉 
Gili Trawagan is the one you want to be at if you’re after music, good vibes and bonfire parties on the beach until dawn… Pretty magic atmosphere!  If you want to get a bit more of a relaxing vibe, then Gili Air is your island… I didn’t get to see Meno, I believe it’s just as pretty, just a bit more family vibe.

 

My recommendations & must-visit:
Potato Head Beach Club (Seminyak) – This is a pretty cool hangout if you want a pool alternative to the beach… just in front of the beach! This is an absolute not to be missed when visiting Seminyak… 
Indus Restaurant (Ubud) – You need to have dinner in this place! It’s got such a pretty setup in a sort of colonial style mansion… Try and get a table by the terrace, facing the palms and the river… If you get lucky as we did, you’ll also face the moonshine 🙂
Naughty Nuri’s Warung & Grill (Ubud) – Smokey delicious BBQ in this tiny warung just off Ubud centre.
Laughing Buddha Bar (Ubud) – We spent a few nights here while in Ubud – Cool atmosphere and live music just on Monkey Forrest
The Yoga Barn (Ubud) – This is probably known to you if you’re into yoga… A morning class within this surrounding is a delight to any yoga lover… But even if you’re not a yoga fan, pop by to visit and have some delicious organic lunch by their lovely terrace, great food and vibe!
Sama’s Cottages (Ubud) – Perfect place to stay while visiting Ubud – Really good price, great location, lovely cottages and pool, super helpful staff, massages on demand and breakfast served to your private terrace every morning… Doesn’t it appeal you…? 😉
Karma Koma (Ubud) – This is a French firm boutique you can’t miss in Ubud – You’ll want to pop by this shop before you head to the beach… Amazing dresses, tops and skirts in their very summery special touch…
Jatiluwih Rice Terraces – On the way from Ubud to Munduk, the real Bali in full essence!
The Pura Taman Ayu & The Pura Tanah Lot Temples – Also to be visited when traveling from Ubud to Munduk.
Puri Lumbung Cottages – Probably one of the best mountain resorts I’ve ever been to. This is the most authentic you can get in Bali – Pretty magical, stunning sunsets, delicious food… There’s not much to do and see in Munduk, but this place really worth the ride and the visit…
Chill Out Bungallows – This is the place you want to stay at when visiting Gili Air – Seriously, don’t look any longer. Super cute bungallows, perfect location, perfect bar literally on the beach and amazing food…

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