After 4 days in Singapore we flew to Bali, it is just a 2 hour flight. We arrived in Bali on New Year’s Eve. Bali is a very affordable island.
We stayed at the Grand Hyatt Bali https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/indonesia/grand-hyatt-bali/balgh?src=corp_lclb_gmb_seo_aspac_balgh beautiful hotel with excellent service. We were upgraded to a suite with a living area, which was perfect with the kids. There was a nice basket of fruit and water awaiting us as well. The entertainment at the hotel bar was perfect for the evening. It was a guitar trio that played a lot of famous songs and sang very well.
January 1st we just chilled at the beach and pool to welcome 2019. The hotel has severals beautiful pools and slides for the kids. On the beach, close by the hotel, you can have a great 1 hour massage for US$10!
For dinner, we got a cab (we used Blue bird app, it worked great) and we went to Bumbu Bali 1 restaurant, authentic Balinese cuisine in a traditional crafted village home setting. The food was very tasty, we loved it. The curries arrived with several sides and garnishes as well.
Day 2: We hired a driver, for $35 a day. We told him where we would like to visit, and he planned the route for us. The driver picked us up at 8:30am at the hotel, I recommend you don’t leave the hotel too late, the traffic in Bali is very intense.
Our last stop of the day was Jungle Fish Hotel and Beach Club, it is Ubud’s famous open-air, split-level restaurant with a pool. Even if you are not a guest at the hotel, you can enjoy its Asian and Mediterranean menu selection, and also its classy club-like swim-up pool bar section, where you can listen to music, while enjoying a cocktail and snacks. You have to spend at least $50 dollars (we were 4), and you can have a cabana and towels to use the pool. It was a beautiful place with good food and an infinity pool with a view of the mountains.
After a day of touring around, our driver Dika, dropped us back at the hotel, we were so tired that we took shower and ordered room service.
Day 3: Our first stop was the GWK Cultural Park, it is the number one cultural icon in Bali. The Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue is designed to be one of the world’s largest and highest monumental statue in the world.
After the Cultural Park, we went to La Brisa Beach Club, a beautiful place with great food. All the beach clubs have a minimum to spend, but it is ok if you are planning to eat and have some drinks. Located in one of the most well known beaches in Bali, the Echo Beach. The menu is devoted to all the seafood lovers and innovative drinks. The venue decor is reminiscent of a rustic home of a Balinese fisherman.
Our last stop was visiting Uluwatu Temple, a Balinese Hindu sea temple. It is located on the cliffs of the sea. They have an amazing show that starts at 6pm. The temple has beautiful ocean views and an amazing sunset.
Before going back to the hotel, we asked our driver to drop us at Bali Collection, a mix of Dinning & Entertainment and lots of restaurants in Nusa Dua Bali. It is just a 5 minute walk to our hotel. We chose The Royal Kitchen Indian restaurant for dinner and it was delicious.
Bali was just an amazing experience for all of us…what a beautiful Island. Its spectacular mountain scenery, tropical beaches and the friendly Balinese people. It was a great family vacation. We wish we could have stayed in Bali at least 2 more days, it would be perfect to enjoy more the hotel and beach. Here are a few of my favorites moments:
When we arrived at the airport, I saw this phrase: “This is not a good bye, but see you later.” I hope that is true, it was a perfect few days.