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I was browsing through my photos of a recent trip to Bali and came across a few that I’d like to share. If you’re planning a trip to Bali I hope they help. Enjoy x

Also check out my previous posts on Ubud and Bali

Tanah Lot temple. A Hindu temple set on a rock formation in Tabanan Regency, west Bali
Tanah Lot temple. A Hindu temple set on a rock formation in Tabanan Regency, west Bali
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Sunset at the W Hotel. Live dj’s and a cool sunset vibe
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Sunset at Seminyak beach. Grab cocktails at Ku de Ta, a great sunset venue and awesome restaurant
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Durians, the king of fruits. A local Balinese favourite.
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Shopping in Bali. Don’t forget you really must barter. It’s expected!
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Watch the sunset and surfers with the locals on Seminyak beach
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A view over the Ayung river at Kapu Kapu Barong Villa and Spa Resort
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Temple and water gardens in Ubud
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Forest villas at Kapu Kapu Barong
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The Legian Hotel in Seminyak. Book a beachfront table at the restaurant and watch the sunset from this beautiful ocean location
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The Legian Hotel at sunset
Regal slang Rice Terraces in Ubud
Tegalalang Rice Terraces in Ubud
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Dinner at the W Hotel
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Catch up with the monkeys at The Monkey Forest in Ubud
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Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud
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Dinner includes a live temple traditional dance show at The Lotus Restaurant, Ubud

Ubud

Bali travel tips Ubud Semanyak

Day 3

It’s time to find some of the real Bali. We wanted culture, art, temples…a place to find serenity. Ubud beckoned.

Kupu Kupu Barong Villa and Tree Spa retreat is a secluded resort built on a hillside with great views of the Ayung river and breathtaking natural surroundings.  With an amazing view of the valley below, surrounded by rice field, temples. This was the Bali we’d come to see.

Travel Ubud Bali vacation tips

Some say that Julia Roberts (Ubud was the spiritual home in Eat, Pray,Love) is responsible for putting Ubud on the map and they may add that the onslaught of tourism may have spoilt Ubud, but I would disagree.  Despite its popularity, Ubud has managed to retain it’s culture and serenity.

Ubud is located in central Bali, located among rice fields and steep ravines, small farms and dense forest.  Temples are plentiful and shrines to Hindu gods are on almost every corner. It is also Bali’s major art and cultural center. Did i mention Ubud has a Royal palace, oh and it has tons of great restaurants, and shops.  So what isn’t there to love!
Travel Ubud Bali vacation tips

Bali travel tips Ubud Semanyak

Bali

The Pan Pacific Nirwana Resort and Spa, Semanyak, Bali.

The Pan Pacific Nirwana Resort and Spa, Semanyak, Bali.
The Pan Pacific Nirwana Resort and Spa, Semanyak, Bali.

10 days in Bali

The Pan Pacific Nirwana Resort and Spa was a welcome relief to an incredibly long journey to Bali due to cancelled flights and airport delays as a result of volcanic ash (but that’s another story!). Even though we arrived in the dark, the hotel was gorgeous. The tropical fruit drink, the scent infused refreshing towels, the friendly staff and the front desk agent that upgraded our room were all outstanding.

The Pan Pacific Nirwana Resort and Spa, Semanyak, Bali.

Located away from the main tourist area, adjacent to the golf course, the 255 acre golf and spa resort in Tabanan sits on the cliff overlooking the ocean.

The Pan Pacific Nirwana Resort and Spa, Semanyak, Bali.

The Pan Pacific Nirwana Resort and Spa, Semanyak, Bali.

Nirwana Resort is a grand affair with awe inspiring beach views over looking the majestic Tanah Lot temple. (It’s just 200 meters away, accessed through the resort gardens). We were able to take in this major tourist attraction, without the tourists, from the hotel grounds. Note: Don’t make the mistake we made and discover a small community of bars and restaurants, 2 mins from Tanah  Lot, on the last day.

The Pan Pacific Nirwana Resort and Spa, Semanyak, Bali.

The Pan Pacific Nirwana Resort and Spa, Semanyak, Bali.

Resort includes several pools, lagoons, resting bales overlooking the pool, massage huts overlooking the beach and great restaurants.

The Pan Pacific Nirwana Resort and Spa, Semanyak, Bali.

We decided to start out trip to Bali with 3 days in a golf resort to combine poolside relaxation (no beach access) with golf Indonesia-style.  Although we’d negotiated discounted green fees, we felt golf at Pan Pacific  Nirwana was still quite expensive.  Designed by Greg Norman, the course is pretty cool.  A great course with picturesque views, well-looked after and a golfing challenge. The caddies were awesome, good fun and helpful.

The Pan Pacific Nirwana Resort and Spa, Semanyak, Bali.

The Pan Pacific Nirwana Resort and Spa, Semanyak, Bali.

The Pan Pacific Nirwana Resort and Spa, Semanyak, Bali.For someone looking for the typical native Bali experience, this is probably not for you. If you are looking for incredible accommodations, great golf and A+ customer service, this is the place to stay!