Bali is full of surprises and there are so many things to experience that we can easily get lost in between. This magical island is so marvelous that it would take an endless holiday to see it all. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
These are 5 things that I did in a 7-day trip as a first timer. Goal? Look for the best that Bali has to offer, effortlessly.
1. Eat Organic, Be Happy
If you’re into clean eating like me, Bali will make you feel at home. Due to the growing community of health-conscious folks, the vegetarian cafe scene is booming, and they seemed to have found the right formula — cozy and unique environments, delicious food, and unbeatable prices.
These charming cafes pop up wherever you go. Take the moment to lay back, gobble up a good book, have an afternoon tea or simply people-watch.
It’s ok if you find yourself taking pictures of everything you eat, #nojudge. The person next to you is most likely doing the exact same thing.
2. Let the sunset take your breath away
No trip to the island is complete without watching the last rays shine out over the ocean, preferably with a cocktail in hand.
If you’re around Canggu, you can NOT miss La Laguna. Seriously. This place is something out of a fairytale. As you walk in, you’ll find a collection of gypsy vintage caravans that look straight out of a children’s book.
Once you reached the actual restaurant bar, you’ll be blown away by the thoughtful details, from the batik cushions to the harmony of lights and color. No wonder that this place wows any traveler. A piece of heaven on earth.
Another great way to cheer the end of the day is by going for a walk at the Nalayan beach. Don’t be surprised if you’re presented by an astonishing sunset that will take your breath away.
3. Go ZenOmmmmmm
Anyone who has read Eat Pray Love knows the spiritual (and sometimes commercial) side of Bali. Often travelers from all over the world come to the Island of Gods to embark on a journey of growth, healing and surrender.
If you’re ready to go on a spiritual tour, you’ll have plenty of choices, from a variety of yoga classes, meditation, tarot card readings, Qi Gong, sound healing, and the list goes on and on. You choose.
I tried out the Tibetan Bowls Meditation with Swami Arun at Yoga Barn, Ubud. I must confess that I was slightly skeptical in the beginning, but then the magic happened. Just let it flow, and you’ll find exactly what you need.
4. Stay at a dream-like place
When starting to look for places to stay in Bali, you’ll have to agree that the Island has any type of accommodation, from majestic villas, bamboo houses, glamping tents, to high-tech architecture hotels.
During my short stay in Bali, Jungle Room was definitely my favorite. A truly unique space for explorers seeking for something different in a quiet oasis. There are 6 wooden houses — each of distinctive design. Enjoy the daily yoga classes, the incense perfume in the air at the morning dawn and chill at the big karo house (you can also check their art exhibition and watch a movie there).
5. Bathe in a hidden waterfall
Bali is more than the luxurious villas, awesome parties and good-looking hipsters.
If you’re a wild one, taking a cooling swim in a gorgeous waterfall will probably be the cherry on the cake of your Bali experience.
Tibumana waterfall is a hidden gem (for now). There was no single tourist around besides myself. In fact, it was basically desert and felt pure, untouched. The green scenario, the calming sound of the river along the trail and the sweet chirping of birds will transport you to a mystical world where you are nowhere to be found.