I’ve dreamt of travelling to Bali for as long as I can remember. We’re talking years and years here. I can’t even remember why it shot to the top of my list as a dream destination but once it did, it wasn’t going anywhere!
So what did I do when my dream came true and I headed there for a two week holiday in October with S?
I had so much advice and a million recommendations from friends that had already been, I almost didn’t know where to start. Couple that with sorting out a relocation to London at the same time and it’s fair to say there was a serious lack of planning! I think it actually ended up working in our favour though, we had a rough idea of what we wanted to do but no strict itinerary to follow.
Arriving in Denpasar mid-afternoon meant we decided to stay fairly local in Seminyak for the first couple of nights. It’s a vibrant and dynamic place, home to endless shops, bars, cafes, clubs and hotels.
It wasn’t my favourite place, but it served us well in getting to grips with Balinese life and we did find a couple of spots we loved – Potato Head Beach Club for great cocktails and music while the sun goes down, where we spent our first evening relaxing. And Coffee Cartel for super chic interior and of course, perfect coffee.
Having had a pretty disturbed sleep what with an earthquake followed by the ‘that was a real earthquake, what if a tsunami follows’ thoughts (I know this sounds extreme, but seriously, a real earthquake is pretty unsettling!) we had the lazy second day we deserved and slept for most of it, dragging ourselves out of bed to head the beach and plonk ourselves on some beanbags to watch the sunset.
Bintangs in hand…
A sweet shisha
And our first sunset
On top of the world? I think I just might be…