Glam Intern, Emily Primavera recently took a trip to the picturesque popular holiday location, Bali, Indonesia. We asked her to share her experiences and Bali travel-tips with our Glam readers!
Stepping off the plane onto the tarmac, a wall of humidity hits you. After a short trip to a luxurious resort, this is quickly fixed by plunging into the beach front pool for a happy hour piña colada. Sounds pretty perfect doesn’t it?
I was lucky enough to get a taste of Bali’s renowned tourist hot spots, Kuta and Seminyak.
As soon as you hit the streets you’re thrown into a hectic bustle of tourist hunting taxi drivers, suit makers, hair braiders and bikini clad tourists. Trawling through the many street side markets will bring you refuge, if only for a few minutes before Bintang singlets end up in your hands. Beyond the fake branded goods, I was delighted to find an abundance of Paisley printed clothing, bright beaded jewellery, silver homewares, embroidered bags and feathered dream catchers. A visit to Kuta’s new Beachwalk Shopping Mall also proved bountiful; a beach-front complex filled with a mix of international brands.
There wasn’t too much time for shopping, with Bali’s array of activities on offer. A Lembogan Island cruise featured a full day of snorkeling, kayaking and swimming at one of Bali’s many sister islands. Another day was packed with white water rafting and an elephant safari ride – definitely a must!
All this activity called for happy hour cocktails and of course, local food. Fresh seafood fills tanks in Kuta’s restaurants, ready at your demand, but it’s impossible to go past Indonesia’s iconic satay and mi goreeng. Seminyak is buzzing with bars and restaurants that deliver a taste of luxury in paradise at low prices. These locations mirror Australian quality with a twist of local Balinese flavour, and not to mention excellent service.
Potato Head Beach Club – Seminyak
Hidden from the outside world, you can step into a beach front oasis of restaurants, bars, sun lounges and pools. Of the three international restaurants, Lilin’s South Easter Asian cuisine was a perfect choice for some tasty Indonesian spice. For under $15 I was able to get a main meal, side and Bintang beer.
Drink & Dance
Motel Mexicola – Seminyak
A colourful, eclectic, Mexican themed bar and restaurant designed by renowned Adelaide designer James Brown. Super sized cocktails served in fresh coconuts, lovely music and friendly hosts; what more could you ask for?
Bali Garden Beach Resort – South Kuta
It’s easy to forget the bustle of the street as you’re welcomed into tropical gardens, three pools, a pool bar and a beach-front restaurant. And of course everyone’s best friend, wi-fi.
I was quick to book multiple massages – available for a fraction of the price for the equivalent treatment in Australia!
While there’s plenty of stories to deter you from Bali, my experience left me wanting more, and it’s definitely worth a visit.