I visited Bali a total of 5 times last year. Although I am now familiar with some parts of the island, I am no way an expert.
But I would love to share 5 places that I WILL always visit whenever I am in Bali.
1. Potato Head Beach Club
|Image from PHBC website|
If I don't get too tired from a flight, I would drop by at Potato Head before heading to the hotel for a check-in. If you love lounging while watching the Sun set, you'll love it here. Imagine doing that with a chilled drinks in your hand! The food isn't too bad too and the music in the background is brilliant! I'd recommend you to try the Balinese wine Artisan, the Chardonnay specifically. Pair it with their cheese platter and you just sit back and relax. You'll love life more!
Potato Head Beach Club is located in the lively Seminyak. My favourite area in Bali.
Tips: If you are a party of more than 2 people, do make reservation prior to your visit especially on the weekend. They are always full during sunset. Transportation is NOT a problem, you can ask the security personnels to call a taxi for you.
|Ewan babe-watching here in June 2014|
2. Pasar Seni Sukawati / Sukawati Art Market
If you love arts, crafty stuffs like I do, this is definitely a must-visit. It is quite a distance from downtown Kuta or Seminyak, about 45 mins to an hour drive with the ever popular "macet" or traffic jam which is normal in Bali every day. But trust me, the trip is worth it. This is the place where you can get souvenirs or home decor items or anything at all at a bargain. And when I say bargain, that's what you should do whenever you shop there. My favourite find is the beach dresses and they are as cheap as IDR25,000 (approximately RM8.00) a piece!
Tips: Go very early in the morning. The seller would give you a good price because they believe in "Pelaris" as in your business will attract more customers for the day. Wear something very thin or short as it gets really hot, I kid you not.
|Us at Sukawati|
3. Mal Bali Galleria
There are many duty free or premium outlets in Bali, but my favourite is this. For store list, go to their website here. There are two parts to the mall, the other part is where you can find food, books and other non luxurious branded items.
4. Spa, Spa, Spa!
My trip to Bali is never complete if I don't go to a spa. And spas are aplenty everywhere in this island. If I am pressed for time, I would just go to the spa in the hotel where I stay. But I've tried several independently operated spas and my favourite, which was recommended by my aunty who is an expat living in Bali is Tanggas Bali, located along Sunset Road.
5. Cafe Batu Jimbar.
I would plan my itinerary to end on a Sunday. And right before I leave for the airport, I'd go to Sanur which is about 40 mins drive from downtown Kuta/Seminyak for their Organic Sunday Market. This is where you can feast on traditional Balinese delicacies the healthier way. Apart from the food and coffee, the ambience is what attracted me to return. Getting a table is hard too as many people flock in and would take their sweet time.
Tip: If you have extra time to kill after your meal, drop by at Harris Store for last minute souvenir shopping. It's cheap! And located opposite Cafe Batu Jimbar.
|Look at my tummy!|
So there you have it, my favourite places in Bali. My next trip will be at the end of this month and I can't wait to return to these places. Also, there are few places I'm going to try on this trip so this list may change next month!