Seminyak & Ubud: Bali Done Two Ways:
With only three nights and four days in Bali we sought to do Bali two ways; Seminyak and Ubud are the two regions we ultimately settled on. Seminyak provided us a fun, laid-back, affordable and chic experience complete with a charming boutique hotel and stylish beach clubs. Ubud on the other hand was full on luxury and honeymooning vibes with our private pool villa in the jungles replete with a butler, golf cart transportation and room service.
Our group—which was missing two people for this trip—had traveled to 20+ countries together before Bali. We frequently made the distinction to others about the difference between traveling and vacationing. We know that all vacationing is travel but surely not all traveling is vacationing. And though we traveled to beautiful and far-off places our time and budget constraints frequently led to very colorful, stressful but ultimately worthwhile travel experiences for us. With the one exception of our travels to Mexico coming to mind, we didn’t think our group had ever truly vacationed together.
Bali was our chance to remedy that and the island did not disappoint. We lounged, laughed, ate, swam and moved around at our own leisure. The island can be expensive despite the $1 USD to INDR 13,3337 conversion rate but it can also be affordably if you strategize correctly.
Seminyak is affordable and would be great for a quick trip or solo travel.
Dash Hotel is fun, flirty and bustling with people and activity. For $50/night you won’t be disappointed.
We booked the hotel on booking.com and got free welcome drinks, 15-minute shoulder massages and 20% off a meal at their restaurant.
The public beach in Seminyak leaves a lot to be desired but the stretch of beach at Potato Head and Ku De Ta are pristine. Food, drinks, grassy areas, day beds and beautiful people make both Potato Head and Ku De Ta the hottest places in town.
For Potato Head and Ku De Ta the minimum spend for a day bed is approximately $40 and $80 USD respectively. Our personal favorite of the two was Potato Head without a doubt.
Food at Dash Hotel is good and one member of our group was particularly fond of their Nasi Goreng (Indonesian fried rice). With a happy hour that boasts ‘buy 1 get one free’ drinks you also can’t go wrong with Dash’s bars (indoor and rooftop)—whether you stay there or not
Get a private driver and head to Ubud. If you’re into coffee ask the driver to stop at a Luwak coffee plantation.
If you’re looking for luxury Puri Wulandari is the way to go. The villas are amazing, the pool pristine, the food stellar and the staff is beyond attentive.
You can also affordably experience Ubud by finding cheaper accommodation particularly in and around monkey forest. The people we met mentioned getting great deals on Expedia.
While in Ubud you must experience white water rafting in the Ayung river—the longest river in Bali. It was our first time doing so and after 2 hours, 26 adrenaline inducing streams, a waterfall, new friends and a lunch that was included in the tour, we were made to be believers.
Our dedicated butler at Puri Wulandari took care of the logistics and all we had to do was walk out of our villa in the morning when it was time to go.
Lastly, if you’re able, be sure to experience a Bali sunrise and/or sunset.
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