Ubud was my favourite place in Bali – it’s where the book Eat, Pray, Love was set and is like Mecca for yogis, a far cry from hedonistic Kuta just an hour and a half away. Even though I’m not into yoga, spiritualism, or anything of the sort I still loved this place and … Continue reading EATING, PRAYING AND LOVING IN UBUD
After saying goodbye to my beloved Dusun I had high hopes for another nearby villa – Javana Royal Villas. The online reviews had been pretty decent and on paper the place sounded amazing, but in actual fact, these “royal” villas ended up being nothing more than a royal letdown.
Yes, at a glance, this villa does look very beautiful – and don’t get me wrong, it is. But when a place costs $600 USD per night, looking good is just not enough. The devil is in the details with this place, and that is where it really let us down.
Firstly, one of the appeals of a stay at Javana was the fact that it offered a private hot tub!
Turns out that this ‘hot tub’ was a total joke. With a tiny tap like you would expect to find in a bathroom sink and water that never got warmer…
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Yep, you are reading it right. This chica went back to Bali for the third time this year!
So how did the Dusun stack up against the Kunja?
Much like at the Kunja, the check in process was seamless. After quick photocopy of my passport and putting a few signatures on a few bits and bobs, we were off to go settle into our one bedroom villa.
Now you may be thinking, ‘why does it say we?’ Well, remember that fella who I told to meet me in Bali for our second date? Turns out that that whole situation is lasting a bit longer than just two dates. Said fella lives in Adelaide and I…
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There is nothing quite like a little Bali getaway to recharge the batteries!
It was time for me to get away from it all and truly indulge – so why not in Bali? The flights from Darwin only take around 2 hours and 25 minutes, and not only are they short, but more often than not they are also dirt cheap!
I landed into Bali Denpasar airport later than planned at around 10.30pm and after whizzing through immigration thanks to the newly introduced lack of Visa on Arrival requirements for Aussies (woohoo) I was whisked away from the airport into the heart of one of Bali’s most popular regions – Seminyak.
Seminyak is Kuta’s slightly classier younger sister, and is popular due to its densely packed bars, restaurants, shops and nightlife. I was only to be in Seminyak for one day and one night before heading up to Ubud and instead…
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After a wonderfully relaxing night in my own private villa, it was time to get out and soak in some beautiful Balinese sights. I chose to hire a private driver for around $40 AUD for the day. This is a pretty reasonable price for an entire day, and it meant that I wouldn’t have to risk getting stranded in the middle of nowhere. Public transport is far from reliable in Bali – so having transportation sorted is majorly important.
I had absolutely zero previous exposure to Balinese culture – so I was keen to soak up as much as I possibly could.
After departing from Seminyak, the first stop of the day was the gorgeous Pura Samuan Tiga. Visiting this temple is free but a small donation is expected. Workers across the road will put you in a suitable sarong and then you are free to roam for as long…
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