The ultimate luxe Bali escape - 2 weeks in paradise
Indonesia14 days / February 2020
Bali. Who doesn't dream of spending time in this mystical tropical paradise? After 8 trips, I've build this itinerary based on my idea of the ultimate Bali escape.
Highs & Lows
Rice fields, food, culture, pool villas, beaches.....I can't even decide. This island packs it all in!
Traffic. Don't expect to get anywhere in Bali in a hurry. Just relax. Bali is for relaxing.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
Only that I'd extend the trip to see more and stay longer.
Anything go wrong during the trip?
Not a lot, but the rooms at Dreamsea Surf Camp have absolutely no noise insulation, and the (lovely) private ensuite bathroom was located across the hall. Both created a little bit of a impediment to privacy. Two nights would be my maximium there because of this (I was very grateful for normal walls and an internal ensuite at the following hotel!)
How was the food?
Kubu at Mandapa Maurie at Seminyak Kisik at Ayana And the Rock Bar - even if you don't stay at Ayana, this place is worth a visit!
What tips would you give a friend?
We did some of these destinations in 5 star resorts, but honestly, Bali does accommodation really well at every level. You don't need to stay 5 star to enjoy some luxury in Bali.
Light weight clothes, avoid nylons, and bring your flip flops.
Finding a good driver can make your Bali trip so much easier, but to be honest I've used many drivers over the years visiting Bali, and most will bend over backwards to ensure you enjoy your trip.
Sideman surprised me. I totally loved it, but to be in a region in Bali without any of the tourist traps, that was refreshing and a wonderful surprise.
- Seminyak, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
My pick for Seminyak is The Royal Beach Seminyak MGallery Collection. Its central, and right on the beach. I've stayed here a few times now, and you can enjoy the lovely hotel rooms, or if you're looking for something luxe, try the beachfront pool villas. Either way, its a fabulous property that you'll absolutely love.
- Padang Padang Beach, Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Dream Sea Surf Camp located literally on the beach at Padang Padang. I did 2 nights here, but if learning to surf is on your bucket list - definately extend. This place is the epitome of instaworthy. Think boho luxe with a mid-range budget and instagram opportunities everywhere you look.
- Ubud, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Luxury Pool Villa at Mandapa Ritz-Carlton Ubud - A decadent luxury escape you'll find it difficult to leave
- Sangkan Gunung, Sidemen, Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Cepik Villa Sidemen - A mid-range villa in the middle of rice fields in Sideman. Spacious traditional villa, amazing food and stunning views.
- Jimbaran, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Ayana Resort and Spa - We booked in to stay at Ayana Resort, but we ended up moving over to the Villas at Ayana.