I think that anyone traveling to Bali will return with a renewed spirit, being on an island that not only offers beautiful beaches and palm trees, but also nature and culture are the perfect combination for a nice vacation. Bali is most visited during the months of July and August. Enjoy the beauty of the sunset from one of the temples, escape to one of the spas, and feel like a queen or enjoy the delicious Balinese food.

 

Normally I walk a lot during my travels and do and plan way too much but this time it was all about relaxing, trying new delicious meals and cocktails and playing at the beach with my family. Don’t forget to take time for yourself and your loved ones. 🌅 Durante mis viajes, camino mucho y hago muchas cosas, pero ésta vez en Bali disfruté de la playa con mi familia, tomé cocktails y simplemente descansé. No se olviden de tomar tiempo para ustedes mismos y para las personas que quieren.⠀ #livingthedream #fantasticearth #femmetravel #hiddengems #adventureawaits #adventuregram #fodorsonthego #thetravelwomen #getlost#travelphoto #exploretheglobe #ig_travelerworld #travelpicsdaily

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“Balinese believe that good spirits live in the mountains and evil spirits live in the sea.” Every day they share what they cook at home, with the gods. They make small packets of food and offer them three times a day, to pay homage to the good spirits and keep away the evil ones. 🌅 “Los Balineses creen que los espiritus buenos viven en las montañas y los espíritus malos viven en el mar”. Todos los días comparten lo que cocinan en sus hogares, con los dioses. Hacen paquetitos de comida y los ofrecen tres veces al día para rendir homenaje a los buenos espíritus y alejar a los malos.⠀ #livingthedream #fantasticearth #femmetravel #hiddengems #adventureawaits #adventuregram #fodorsonthego #thetravelwomen #getlost#travelphoto #exploretheglobe #ig_travelerworld #travelpicsdaily #bali

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Where to stay in Nusa Dua:

Bali has an innumerable offer of hotels, big and small and for every budget.

I chose the 5star Novotel Nusa Dua, which is a 15minute taxi ride from Ngurah Rai International Airport in Dempasar. Novotel is in a closed complex shared by large hotel chains like the Marriot. The decor is in exquisite Balinese style with statues and lots of greenery, beautifully manicured gardens, and excellent staff. It has a family atmosphere and I never had the impression that the resort was very crowded. The beach can be visited with the private hotel shuttle that departs every 15 minutes from the hotels reception. It only takes five minutes to reach the private beach, which has comfortable beach chairs, towels, a restaurant-bar, and the service of Balinese ladies who will gladly give you a massage while you listen to the sound of the waves. There is also the possibility to book water sports.

A 15minute walk from the hotel, you will find the Bali Collection shopping center; at night there is a very pleasant atmosphere and restaurants with live music will brighten your night. There are also shops and a big supermarket where you can buy fruit, water, sunscreen, souvenirs, or anything you forgot to bring.

Novotel Nusa Dua-Bali.

Novotel Nusa Dua-Bali.

Lunch at the beach-Novotel Nusa Dua, Bali.

Lunch at the beach-Novotel Nusa Dua, Bali.

What to do:

Since my stay was short and I did not want to have a very busy schedule, I decided to visit the following three places: Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, and Tanah Lot.

My advice is to start your trip very early, (I left my hotel at 8:30) and also, I would recommend planning in advance the places you will visit. My private taxi knew the places I wanted to visit and there were no surprises. As we travelled to the center and north of the island, we needed a full day (eight hours).

It was on a Sunday and there was not too much traffic, so we reached Pura Ulun Danu Bratan in only one and a half hours, but normally it can last more than two hours.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is one of Bali’s most well-known temples located on Lake Bratan. It is so beautiful that its image is on a 50,000rupee bill. The temple is surrounded by tropical gardens and flowers.

Our second stop were the rice fields of Jatiluwih. During the trip from Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, which lasted 35 minutes, we stopped to buy strawberries that a lady was selling. There are many fields of strawberries and coffee along the way. The rice fields are beautiful, for the Balinese culture rice is very important, as they also use it in ceremonies to pay homage to the Gods.

Our third and last stop was the Temple of Tanah Lot. To be honest, there were many people and so many cars parked in the small parking place that it took us 15 minutes to find a space. In spite of all this, I do not regret the visit. My advice: Try to isolate yourself in the beauty of the place and enjoy the moment. I would not put this on my top places to visit in Bali. I am sure there are other temples that are more beautiful than this one and less touristy.

The food in Bali:

Indonesian cuisine has Malaysian, Indian, and Chinese influences and is rich in spices, vegetables, and meat. The Nasi Goreng is a fried rice mixed with garlic, eggs, chicken, and/or prawns. Gado-Gado is a vegetable salad with hard-boiled eggs and peanut sauce. The Saté is made of small pieces of grilled meat (chicken, lamb, or pork) skewered and served with a peanut sauce.

Balinese like spicy food and they use Sambal, which is a mixture of tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, salt, and oil. The Curries, made with gember, cumin, and cilantro are also very popular.

Some advice:

  • Start your tour early in the morning to avoid the busses full of tourists and the heavy traffic.
  • Rent a private taxi; the cost for ten hours is 45 to 55 USD $ (depending on how far you want to go).
  • Plan at least one day to enjoy the “Dolce far niente. “Sweet doing nothing, enjoying the beach, cocktails, and massages.

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