Flying to Bali from Mumbai takes over 9 hours each way. Not many people decide to go to Bali over a long weekend. Well, we took a day off from work, made a three day long weekend to a four day long weekend and set off to to Bali. There is plenty to see and do in Bali and we would have loved to spend a couple of days more on the island, but the four days that we did spend were enough to relax and recharge us.
Our previous trip to Iceland was fairly hectic, with a day-trip planned every day and aurora watching scheduled for every night, we barely managed 8 hours of sleep everyday. It was cold chilly Icelandic winter with temperature slightly under 0 degrees Celsius. Having spent a week in Iceland, we came back happy and excited : we had walked over glaciers, tasted ice bergs and watched the Northern Lights dance.
However, next on cards, had to be a beach destination where we could relax every muscle and nerve of our body and feel rejuvenated. That was our agenda for Bali! So, here is what we did when we were there for four days…
Day 1: Exploring Nusa Dua
We boarded a Malindo Air flight, via Kuala Lumpur, which departed at mid night and got us to Bali at about noon. With the new bridge that connects the air port at Denpasar to the tourist hubs like Nusa Dua, it took us about 30 minutes to get to our destination – Grande Mirage Resort and Thalasso Spa in Nusa Dua. We reached just in time for lunch.
Lunch was followed by a siesta and then obviously, a super relaxing therapy at the Thalasso Spa. One hour in the spa and no longer did we feel the stressed muscles after a long flight… our body and mind seemed to be at ease. Maybe that is what Bali does to you…puts you at ease!
We spent the entire day in the resort and wanted to explore a couple of restaurants that served local Balinese food. Bumbu Bali, within walking distance from our resort was highly rated and we had a sumptuous dinner of local specialties along with some wine, which made us happier, literally!
Day 2: Canggu, Ubud and Kuta
Day 2 was all about exploring the island, as much as we could in just a day!
Canggu: Canguu is not on the cards for many tourists. There was a very special reason that we went there… to get a photoshoot done at the Canggu rice fields, that are close to the beach. I was pretty bored of having standard shoots of us and had been wanting to get this done for over 3 years. There are more reasons to it, which I will dwell on in a later post. As we did not know any photographer personally, we connected with Flytograher. And we are glad that we did! We spent a couple of hours on the rice fields in Canggu getting the photoshoot done, which was fun experience. Here is one of my favourite pictures from the shoot.
Temples: Next on cards was getting ‘templed out in Bali’. We visited the Tanah Lot temple and the Taman Ayun Royal Family temple before reaching Ubud, and ended up visiting a lot of temples there.
Ubud: We reached Ubud at about 1pm in the afternoon and loved the green rice fields around us. As we had lunch, with the swaying paddy fields in the back drop, we wondered why we stay in Mumbai? We spent the rest of the afternoon in Ubud – shopping, exploring more temples, sitting in coffee shops and running through the paddy fields.
Devdan Show in Nusa Dua: We had booked the Devdan Show for the evening and had to be back at our resort in Nusa Dua by 6 pm. We made it just in time to enter the the show. We totally loved the show – it took us though the cultural dance forms across Indonesia… arts that we would have never have explored had we not seen the show. The acrobats in the show were excellent and performed tasks that left us with our mouths wide open.
Later in the night, we decided to kindle our dormant spirit of the of the ‘party animal’ and headed to Kuta. We reached Kuta at about 10 pm on a Friday night and it was buzzing with activity. The buzz continued and reached a higher level by about mid-night. If partying is your thing, Kuta is your place!
Day 3: Luxury in Nusa Dua
Day 2 had been quite some action for us and we wanted to do nothing on Day 3. We were in Bali to do nothing, except sip on cocktails and watch the sea waves kiss the beach., weren’t we? We headed to the Samabe Suites in Nusa Dua, which is amongst the most luxurious resorts that we have ever stayed in.
With a private pool, 24 hour availability of breakfast, a chef that spins magic, we wondered if this is what paradise looks like!
We very busy on Day 3… busy being lazy… busy relaxing… and busy pampering ourselves silly.
Day 4: Back to Mumbai
Our flight from Bali departed at about noon, with a few hours layover in Kuala Lumpur. Considering that we had a valid visa for Malaysia, we stepped out of the airport at KL and had a nice hot lunch…Malaysia sure is a food heaven for vegetarians!
All good things have to come to end….so did our trip to Bali! We were back home in Mumbai by mid-night on Day 4.
More posts on Bali coming up this month…stay tuned!