How many times have you cried at the end of a holiday? I hadn’t until my trip to Bali, either. The beaches, the food, the culture… I can honestly say it’s the best place I’ve ever visited, which is why I think it’s only right I share every single detail with you guys. Take note (literally)…
Where to stay
My boyfriend and I stayed here for the first week of our holiday and I can safely say it was F-A-U-L-T-L-E-S-S. From the moment we were welcomed with a homemade ginger and lemon juice and wet towels (god’s gift after a 16 hour journey), I knew it was set to be a good’un. There are three pools, 0 sunbed stealing and consistent service from the hotel staff.
Food comes in the form of matcha cookies, quinoa porridge, homemade almond butter, flaxseed toast and fresh fish, with the perfect location next door to the famous Potato Head and plenty of bars, restaurants and shops a short walk away. See? Faultless.
Cost: £110 a night including breakfast.
Probably the most expensive resort on Gili Trawangan, but boy is it worth it. We booked last minute and hopped on a quick speedboat from mainland Bali to Gili T, where we took a horse and cart to the Pondok Santi Estate. I’d try and explain what followed but I think this picture does a better job:
A coconut plantation circulates the estate complete with 10 private pool bungalows, and trust me when I say you’ll never want to leave. Food = 10/10. Room = 10/10. Service = 10/10. Basically paradise on earth.
Cost: £150 per night including breakfast.
Top 3 things to do:
1. Hike Mount Batur
Super tiring but the feeling when you reach the top is one everyone should experience. Be warned, the whole hike takes about six hours, but tourist operators will tell you it’s about four.
2. Watch the sunset at Ayana’s Rock Bar in Uluwatu
3. Eat at Bambu, Merah Puti and Jimbaran’s Four Seasons
When to visit
We visited in August (mid way through the dry season from May-September), and only saw one tiny rain shower. It was the perfect humidity and, unlike what you’d expect from the summer holidays, it was never particularly busy.
How to get there
We flew with Malaysia Airlines, taking one trip to Kuala Lumpur and then on to Denpasar. It took 16 hours which is currently the quickest route from London and cost roughly £480 each.
If beach breaks are your thing, Bali is a no-brainer. Besides being absolutely beautiful, it’s seriously affordable once you’re out there (we spent around £700 each on a 16 night holiday), and you’ll come back feeling more relaxed than ever. I’m already planning my next trip…
What do you think? Will you be visiting?