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Below are my tips for Bali that I send to friends who are lovers of great food, amazing environments, and even more. Bali is just so good to create your own relaxing adventure…

Food baby Food – Seminyak

A scrumptious, relaxing & extraordinary lunch or dinner overlooking the sea, is Gado Gado and also La Lucciola is beautiful (if you like chocolate – you may love the chocolate desert they have – YUM) and I love their coffee frappe / icey drink. yum yum.

(Don’t leave without going to La Lucciola for breakfast, lunch or dinner … and plan to stay for at least 2 hours – it’s just so relaxing!)

I also loved Sardine – dinners there are so memorable. Others to try are Metis, Sarong (expensive – special night out!) and Mamasan. More here: http://www.travelfish.org/eatandmeet/indonesia/bali/bali/seminyak/eat

Pool Bars – Seminyak

Book for all day and/or sunset, take your swimmers, hang out and relax. Divine! Try W, Potato Head, Ku De Ta and the relaxed “cocoon beach restaurant”. Great for all ages too.

Accomodation

My favourite place to stay so far is Cicada Townhouses – where friends stayed in late 2012 – and in 2012 I stayed twice at Grandma’s in Seminyak (if you book here remember to choose seminyak as they have other locations).

Surfing

I highly enjoyed surfing lessons with Odyssey Surf School and they are great fun, pick you up from your villa / hotel and …if you wish, teach you Indonesian on the way. I had 2-person-private lessons – slightly better than group for me. More on what it looks like here: http://samanthabell.posterous.com/sam-the-surfer

When you arrive

If you are going to be around Seminyak, get a copy of the Yak magazine – great info and the map (see below) is really good as it shows all the great places.

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The Bintang (supermarket) in Seminyak is fabulous for the little shop that organises your local SIM card (phone and data) within minutes, to stock up on water and supplies. Homewares (!!) upstairs!

Ulawatu

Go! See the Kecak dancing at sunset. Beautiful, serene and picturesque views and the dancing is entrancing. If you’ve seen Baraka or The Fall movies, you’ll appreciate the kecak dancing even more.

Ubud

Around Ubud, I loved going to (and working at!!) Green School (book your tour here) and I’m yet to get to John Hardy’s jewellery place – also a treat by the sounds of things – you can email them and book in for lunch under the banyan tree which sounds lovely as food comes from their organic farm / compound.

There’s also a restaurant at the Como Shambhala Estate where we ate lunch and it’s soooo beautiful nested amongst the big gorge / greenery of Ubud.

Clear Cafe is also highlight in Ubud and many other cafes / restaurants to find!

Preparation

Wayan is great for a massage – every day! $10 per massage and will come to you. His mobile is +6281558359941 and you could SMS him before you arrive. Like many in Bali he doesn’t earn much so it’s nice to contribute to him & his family.

Kadek is a great driver +62 852 37117562 – very clean car with air con – no seat belts in the back seat – I can recommend another driver if you need this!

Entry visa for Bali is US$25 – have this in your passport or equivalent currency that can be converted. Another great alternative is organising a VIP service – US$30 – a person meets you and saves you about 30 mins – 1 hour of time. http://www.balinicetour.com/en/airport/1/0/baliPvipPairportPservice.html

Leaving Bali – hold onto 150,000 Rp for departure tax.

I am impressed by “Eat Pray Love” depiction of Bali and Ubud so if you haven’t yet seen it – could be worth a watch as a lovely lead in… Plus tripadvisor.com is a great check to see if hotels, restaurants etc are good. Here’s the places I’ve reviewed:  http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/members-reviews/sambe11

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Go!

That’s possibly enough!! You don’t need too many tips – go, enjoy, relax, get some sun on your bones. YAY!! It’s a very special place.

Enjoy!

Sam

…from my tips, Sophy’s, LJ’s, Libby’s, Brenda’s, and loads of others who contributed to my amazing times in Bali.

 

~~~ More of Sophy’s Seminyak tips in addition to the above here:

• LA SAL: A MUST, WE LOVE THIS PLACE – so romantic at night! Delicious tapas and Argentinean BBQ grills!

• THE JUNCTION – Stylish and well-priced lunch and dining spot. Recently renovated with a great new menu.

• HU U BAR – Tel: 736433 – SUPER romantic spot at nighttime. Gardens are just so pretty, with huge bean bags to chill out on.  Yummy cocktails and a great nibbles menu. Perfect for pre dinner drinks.  Food quite pricey

• MADE’S WARUNG – CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP!! – This is the place to go for Indo food. The Mee Goreng is to die for!

• TRATORRIA  – Great Italian!

• SEA CIRCUS – Drinks and food are great (steak get the thumbs up!).

~~~ A great link for parents from TeriL – Little Bali love.

~~~ 2011 Tips from Tresna

Ubud & seminyak tips from Tresna

Awesome surroundings:
Sari Organic (casual, walk through the rice field to get there)
Indus (mid range, great views during the day)
Mozaic (fancy pants)
Lamak in the bar (fancy pants)
Warung Enak (higher end Indonesian. One of my favourites)
Kemiri (fancy pants food/prices but a lovely relaxed place at Uma Ubud hotel. Awesome healthy spa cuisine. My friend Putri works here. )
Great bakeries/cakes:
Kakiang (good coffee too)
Casa Luna
Bali Buddah

Good coffee:
Kakiang
Bar Luna (avoid the food, steal the awesome wifi)
Tutmak (wifi here is good)
Casa Luna

Healthy eats:
Kafe
Bali Buddah
Juice Ja
Kemiri at Uma Ubud

Indo food:
Warung Mendez (just out of town in Penestanan)
Warung Mina
Ibu Oka (it’s all about the suckling pig here)
Upmarket Indo:
Kemeri at night
Warung Enak

Fine dining:
Lamak
Terrazo
Mosaic
Kemiri
Cascades
Como Shambhala
Drinking/cocktails:
Cinta
Lamak
Naughty Nuri’s
Siam Sally
Terazzo
Bar at Mozaic

If you’re hanging out in Seminyak make sure you have a fancy pants dinner one night at Sarong (great asian inspired food), cocktails as the sun goes down at the over the top Ku De Ta and/or the new Cocoon.
My favourite local eating place in that part of Ubud if Warung Melati on Jln Double Six almost at the end of the shops towards the beach. Go for lunch, pick white/brown or yellow rice and then point at the items you want.

What else….if you want some cultural stuff then I’d highly recommend the kecak dance at sundown at Uluwatu. Get to some temples…