I’ve been back in the UK for a few days, Man, I’m missing island life in Bali! This was my first solo trip and I am honestly gutted to be back home. Everything about this trip was amazing and I wouldn’t change a thing! I flew from Manchester airport on the 24th April with a completely open mind and excited (& a little nervous) for the trip ahead. I had initially chosen Bali because It seemed like a really interesting place to go to and the photo’s I had seen on Instagram & in travel mags looked stunning and fairly safe for solo travellers. I most definitely made the right decision, It was everything and some….
Changgu: 3 nights
Where to stay: I arrived at around 5pm at my first hotel The Kirana Hotel & Spa. I literally chucked my suitcase in the room, hoped in the shower and went to meet a friend for a few beers at Old Man’s, This actually turned into more than a few beers but I actually think it might have cured the jet lag, The Kirana hotel was ideally located, It was a 5 minute walk to the beach and there are so many cafes & restaurants to choose the most delicious food from.
I stayed in Canggu for 3 nights/ 4 days, so the following day I took a little wander around Changgu, I stopped for breakfast at the Shady Shack, You have to go there, its so instagramable and the food is so good. I sat and watched the world go by for a few hours chatting with a few people, it was lovely. you know me, Eating is my full-time hobby so I was quite happy to brunch my way through the day. While I was in Canggu I had a surfing lesson by the awesome Oka on Pantai Batu Bolong beach. He is based right in front of Old man’s Bar so you really cannot miss him. I bloody LOVED surfing! I had so much fun even though it was really hard to pick up. I want to go back and have a good few days lessons so I can pretend I’m a surfer chick.
If you are around the Seminyak Area, Head to La Fevela, the interior of this place is madness, It’s a bar/club. It’s busy but there are a lot of different rooms to wander through, La Laguna also looks pretty epic, I went in the daytime, But I have seen photo’s during the evening and it looks like the funkiest place ever. The entrance to the bar is lined with old school gypsy wagons with beautiful lighting in them. Both of these bars are apparently owned by the same person, hence the funky design in them.
Ubud: 3 nights
I got a driver to take me to Ubud from Canggu, It cost me 350,000 IDR. one thing to note, unless you travel by scooter the traffic is pretty bad in Bali. Due to me having a case I had no option other than getting a driver however when I head back to Bali (I’m already wanting to go back) I will take fewer clothes and use a rucksack or duffle bag which I can strap to a scooter for quicker journeys.
Where to Stay: I checking into Adiwana Arya Villas which is just like stepping into total luxury. It only opened 2 months ago so they are currently offering great prices through booking.com. the villas are set in the middle of rice fields which makes the whole resort peaceful and the perfect place to relax and unwind it also has a beautiful view of mount Agung too. While I was in Ubud, I got a driver to take me to some of the usual tourist spots. The Rice Terrace, The Holy Water Temple, Coffee plantation and a beautiful waterfall. this was pretty much a full day tour, My driver Made was so friendly and knowledgeable about the area.
There are some great places to eat in Ubud. I wandered around looking for Melting Wok which unfortunately was fully booked, I had seen it on the Bali Bible app but I guess so had everyone else too, so I headed to Black Beach Italian restaurant one night and had a tasty Pizza. I also went for lunch at Oman’s. A traditional Balinese cafe where you helped yourself to food and paid a donation for the meal you ate. I think it’s an amazing idea & the food was so damn tasty. While in Ubud I went with a total babe called Sam who I had met around the pool to the local night market. We were the only tourists however the street food was unreal and the atmosphere was even better.
I went to sleep pretty early on my last night in Ubud because I had an early start, I was heading to Nusa Lembongan.
Nusa Lembongan: 2 nights
Where to stay: I actually met my friend here, they had already checked us into the D’Nusa Beach Club, the room was so spacious and we had our own little entrance to the pool. this is a really nice hotel and only a few minutes walk to the beach. The hotel has 2 pools to choose from but to be honest I spent the majority of my time either on a scooter whizzing around the island or in the ridiculously blue sea snorkelling with Manta rays & the most colourful fish I have ever seen. If you are thinking about heading to Nusa Lembongan you have to contact Nemo Captin, Here is his Instagram. He knows exactly where to find the Manta’s & pretty fish, plus his boat is lovely too. Contact him on Whatsapp and get booked onto a trip!
The first night I ate at Tasty Bait, A really cute restaurant that served tasty food with a brilliant live singer, I sat eating my Pad Thai & Pulled pork wedge stack (I am fully aware this is an odd combination but it was just what I fancied) while listening to this guy for a few hours. With sand on the floor, it was so chilled out & the staff could not have been nicer. The following evening I headed to Hai Bar & Grill, It has a beautiful setting on the beach and the interior was very Balinese, beautiful bamboo lighting and accessories which I am now trying to work out how I can incorporate this into my house. The food was lovely, I tucked into the fish of the day which was so good, Definitely try here if you are ever in Nusa Lembongan.
Uluwatu : 3 Nights
Where to stay: Jepun Sari. I think this may be classed as a homestay. It was super chilled and a perfect end to my trip to Bali. The double room was a perfect size and was cheap as chips, it was £100 for all three nights. It was actually pretty quiet when I stayed and the pool was so relaxing to lounge around and the beers were available from the pool bar.
While I was in Uluwatu I was blown away by the sunsets, They had been pretty spectacular throughout my whole trip but in Uluwatu, they were just unreal. stunning. Just look at them though
If you are staying near Ulu, you have to visit Casa Asia, Italian restaurant. The food is so damn good, that good we went twice. Obviously, a trip to Bali would not be complete without a visit to Nalu bowl. I headed there mid-morning for breakfast and opted for the J-Bay Bowl. A bowl of peanut butter goodness which I am going to try to perfect at home. Instagrammers often hype up a place and it’s a little unjustified, but, Nalu Bowls is totally worth a visit. The food is fresh, tasty and aesthetically pleasing too.
One thing I nearly forgot to mention was the Detox night at Yoga Searcher. A night in their organic spa was pretty awesome. I loved the Herbal Steam Room & the Infra Red Sauna, I put on lots of beautiful body oils and just relaxed. They also have a super warm pool & an Ice pool. I only managed to put my legs in that one, I know its supposed to be incredible for the body but I just couldn’t hack the cold. If you have a free evening you should check the timetable out and head over for a peaceful spa treatment.
I could go on & on about Bali, there was rarely a moment where I sat still, I loved every single aspect of my trip and I can not wait to head back soon. I have really only just scratched the surface with this post so if you want any recommendations just give me a shout on Instagram or twitter 🙂
Just a little shoutout to the absolute babe Laura (Lauralouisebeauty). She put me in touch with her brother who lives over there. He gave me lots of recommendations for my trip, so thank you, Laura. you are a legend! 🙂
X Leanne X
*Disclaimer: very few of these pictures have been edited & if they have it was just to sharpen the image of the fish slightly. Just FYI, in case you were wondering, the sea really is THAT blue!