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My Romantic Bali Exploration 10D9N

9.15.2015


Santi Mandala Villa, Ubud

Just so excited about going on my first romantic trip with my boyfriend (let's call him G). It's just so weird calling him my boyfriend. Is there a not so intense word to use? beloved, darling, sweetheart? It's all new and exciting to me since he's my second boyfriend *blushes*. Sure I go on dates for the past year, but I never expected to fall in love again. The occasional crushes and likes are fine up till now and the thought of going into another relationship scares me. We will take it slow and easy, get to know each other and enjoy each other's companionship. Darn I sound like some old woman now.

3.5 hectares hillside garden

 Santi Mandala Villas - Garden Villa

 the outdoor bathroom

When I told G I'll be celebrating my birthday (year end) in either Korea or Bali. He asked why not go on a romantic trip together for my birthday. He said Bali would be perfect for me. I do love Bali, and I hope to relive Bali in another light, this time with someone special. We will be flying to Bali on Christmas day itself and be back after New Year's. This makes it a triple kill trip - Christmas, New Year and Birthday all together so we're going to make it count, not only in staying longer but also at beautiful places I picked out myself.

We pretty much decided and booked accommodations for Day 1 - 3 (Kuta) and Day 6 - 10 (Ubud). Day 3 - 6 is not decided entirely. For the moment, G is going to research but it takes him ages to research and he's a very indecisive person so I made back up on Agoda (free cancellation) for a nice Balinese budget place called the Puri Kelapa Cottages. Only Rm500 for 4 nights stay :D 5 mins walk to Sanur beach. Surrounded by eateries and bars, heard it's cheaper there than Kuta / Seminyak beach areas.

 Kuta - Bali Prime Villas

Kuta - Bali Prime Villas "Pool Villa"

Kuta - Bali Prime Villas

While I'm still researching what to do, where to go and if we both die of boredom? (my bff says why are we staying so long, we'll be bored there). Thinking of all the possibilities and making this the ultimate Bali trip, I came up with an itinerary for a 10D9N Bali exploration.  Here's what I planned out so far covering must see places in Bali from West, East, South and North region. Comments are welcome! Nothing is set in stone yet except for staying in Kuta and Ubud.

Day 1
25/12

DENPASAR - KUTA

Reaching just in time for check in at Bali Prime Villas, I booked a private pool vila that look just like The Banjaran Hotsprings, Tambun (Ipoh). Though from the pictures it seems like a beautiful replicate, I hope it lives up to it's reviews. Located at a quiet area, out of Kuta's busy night life situated in between Seminyak & Kuta. The Villa provides free shuttles to the nearest Seminyak Beach and Kuta town. I think it's great that we have the best of both world to explore for the next 3 days.

Arrive
Check-In
Free & Easy
Seminyak Beach
Kuta town


Meals :                   
Accommodation :     Bali Prime Villas


Day 2
26/12


DOLPHIN TOUR (NORTH)

Groupies greet the morning, and their driver, at 4am ready for a day of guided sightseeing. Enjoy the sunrise as you arrive at Lovina Beach, a chilled-out 12km coastal stretch to the west of Singaraja in Northern Bali. Take to a boat for a closer look at the scenic area and the pods of dolphins that call this part of the coast home. Refuel with an included breakfast before taking advantage of a unique opportunity to meet a dolphin for a memorable photo.

4am - 2pm
See the playful pods of dolphins at Lovina Beach in Northern Bali
Get up close with the unique creature for a memorable photo opportunity
Enjoy an included breakfast
Marvel at the towering GitGit Waterfall, surrounded by lush rainforest
Visit Bratan Lake and Kuning Temple


Meals :                      Breakfast
Accommodation :      
Bali Prime Villas


 Day 3 
27/12

KUTA - SANUR

Quietly tucked away in the midst of green surroundings, Puri Kelapa Garden Cottages is Natural, Serene & Peaceful. Puri Kelapa can be your home away from home. Equipped with pool and spa, the hotel is located in the heart of the traditional Sanur village and only 5mins walk away to the famous sunrise beach of Sanur. There's a lot of places to eat here that I hear is cheap and still not touristy like Kuta or Seminyak. 


Check out
Kuta town
Check in Sanur
Beach walk
Cycling


Meals :                      
Breakfast 
Accommodation :      
Puri Kelapa Cottages


Day 4
28/12

TOUR 1 NUSA DUA + ULUWATU + JIMBARAN (SOUTH)

An ocean sunset, cliff-top fire dance and stunning views of Bali’s legendary surf breaks are the three pluses of this tour. The actual highlight, though, is the Uluwatu Temple, one of the most spectacular Hindu temples along the Bali coastline. 

Built by a high Hindu priest from East Java named Dang Hyang Dwijendra in the 11th century, this beautiful temple is located atop a limestone cliff towering 90 meters above the Indian Ocean. Here, enjoy a performance of The Ramayana epic-based Kecak Dance with the majestic temple and sunset as its background, then continue on to a small fishing village at Jimbaran, where a seafood dinner will be served right on the beach, concluding the memorable evening.

Nusa Dua BeachUluwatu Temple, Bali's famous cliff-top temple
Kecak Dance, a dramatic performance with sunset as backdrop

Jimbaran Seafood Dinner

Meals :                      Breakfast
Accommodation :     
Puri Kelapa Cottages


 Day 5
29/12


TOUR 2 BEDUGUL & TANAH LOT SUNSET (WEST)

Bedugul and Tanah Lot Sunset Tour is an impressive experience to visit Ulundanu Temple with breathtaking view of Beratan Lake Bedugul and Wonderful Sunset At Tanah Lot Temple. Visit places interest in Bali like Taman Ayun Temple with Royal Family Temple.

Tanah Lot temple is anyone will think about the beautiful sunset, awesome rocky beach, and graceful beachfront temple. Tanah Lot temple was built around sixteenth century, seeming like an islet surrounded by the sea. Particularly when it comes to sunset in Tanah Lot beach, you will be mesmerized by the magnificent view of the sun descending into the horizon. This concept of 3 temples has also influenced the smaller unit of Balinese settlement in the level called " Desa ". The temple as a whole is dedicated to the god of the sea.

Mengwi royal family
Bedugul
Ulun danu temple
Beratan lake
Tanah lot

Meals :                      Breakfast
Accommodation :      
Puri Kelapa Cottages


Day 6
30/12

SANUR - UBUD

Breakfast at the hotel and maybe some sight seeing before Santi Mandala picks us up to Ubud. Santi Mandala Villa is a beautiful resort with traditional Balinese architecture on a 3.5 hectares hillside garden with rice paddies & tropical gardens. It's actually located near Sukawati, right by Ubud (25mins drive). Free shuttles 5 times a day to Ubud's cultural town. This is another place away from the busy town.

Check out to Ubud
Ubud exploration


Meals :                      Breakfast
Accommodation :      Santi Mandala Villa 

Day 7
31/12

New Year Eve - FREE & EASY

I think everywhere will be so pack and traffic will be so bad. We'll explore the surround areas of this hillside garden. Rent a bike and cycle around this place. At night we will be having a New Year Eve Buffet with countdown and performances! Can't wait. 

Meals :                      Breakfast, Dinner 
Accommodation :      
Santi Mandala Villa 


Day 8
1/1

TOUR 3 - GOA LAWAH + TIRTA GANGGA PARK (EAST)


First journey during east Bali tour is visiting the beautiful goa lawah temple or more known as the bat cave temple located near the beach, the unique in this temple is there a cave where thousand bat hanging up in the cave. Then continue the tour to visit the Tenganan village is the traditional village in east Bali which still used the old traditions, ceremonies and rules of ancient Balinese, and its unique village layout and architecture. The east bali tour continue to visit the Taman Ujung water palace, is beautiful water palace was built by King karangasem for recreation place for royal family and then we will stop at local restaurant for having lunch with Indonesian food, after lunch we will continue the east Bali Tour to visit the last site in this packages is the Tirta Gangga Park is the water palace with beautiful setting and the function was same like ujung water palace is for recreation park for royal family. Is great full day tour to east bali we offer to complete your journey in this amazing islands, the tour will using private car and English speaking Bali driver to make your more convenient during the amazing full day east Bali.

Meals :                      Breakfast
Accommodation :      
Santi Mandala Villa 


Day 9
2/1

TOUR 4 KINTAMANI (MIDDLE)

The best full day tour in Bali to visit Kintamani Village with breathtaking view of an active volcano and lake Batur from the top. Kintamani Tour will visit places of interest in Bali Starting from Tegalalang rice terrace, The holly Spring water of Tirta Empul, visit Coffee plantation and than Lunch at Kintamani at local restaurant with view volcano of mount Batur and lake Batur from distance.


Batuan temple
Tegallalang rice terrace
Cofffee plantation
Mount Batur/Kintamani
Tirta empul

Meals :                      Breakfast
Accommodation :     
Santi Mandala Villa 


Day 10
3/1

END OF TRIP 

The last day is reserved for some peace and quiet. A "no drama day", perhaps a walk around the resort and take the resort shuttle to Ubud / Sukawati market exploring and eating. We have to be back at the resort so we can get our airport transfer to Denpasar to catch our flight at night.

Meals :                      Breakfast
Accommodation :      -


30 comments:

  1. Congrats Tammy! Enjoy your trip with G.

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    1. when is your Bali trip with your guy too? haha :D

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  2. Syok nya!~ Makes me wanna have a romantic gateway, too!

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    1. u already got a cool Taiwan getaway larrr.... hahahha!!

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    1. ^__^ u.. sick also can come read and comment

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  4. for me this food is a not to be missed and best meal I ever had in Bali - Warung Babi Guling Sari Dewi Bp. Dobiel

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    1. wah at Nusa Dua oh! not sure can go or not :(

      Address: Jalan Srikandi No.9, Nusa Dua, Bali 80361, Indonesia

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    2. Ask your tour guide/driver bring you there! I ate it on the last day before going home lol.

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    3. Shiok!!!! Since i goin Nusa Dua on Day 2 i can ask driver bring me here for lunch!!!! Thx heaps babe!!!! I google and reviews also say its good!!!! Happy!!!

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  5. So happy for you and G, Tammy! Have been reading your blog for quite a while and really enjoy reading it! Well planned itinerary but perhaps something extra?

    Was thinking that you can consider to do something different! Swim with dolphin - http://www.balidolphins.com/ ? Dolphins watching - http://www.baligoldentour.com/lovina-beach.php ? I am sure this will help you to spice up the trip with extra romanticness..... Hehe

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    1. :D thanks a fabulous suggestion Derek!!! actually been thinking about Dolphins... but not sure if it's going to be a short while lookin at them from afar or... so your links really helps a lot! Thank you.... for following our Kisah Cinta...

      If G is here, he will say terima-kasihlah to you in his Irish @ Malaysian accent.

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    2. You are most welcome Tammy! I am not sure how long will it be as I have not done that before. A friend of mine did that and she had so much fun! Perhaps you can check with them first (I am sure you know what to do. LOL). Oh ya, Kisah Cinta is always interesting! Keep us posted on "Kisah Cinta TG"

      Oh G! I might laugh to hear terima kasihlah in that accent.... Haha.... Hello G!!! (if you are reading your T's blog)

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    3. I've entered Dolphin TOUR now thanks to u! It's on Day 2 coz Kuta / Seminyak to Lovina is free. From other places they charge for transportation :(

      But then again I think we will be able to wake up 3am to get ready for the pick up to see dolphin coz Day 1 we sampai, we would be excited sial to be in Bali and can't really sleep the night and then... be energetic for the 4am trip to Lovina :D

      Oh and the fact that we haven't started exploring Bali leaves us with 95% energy still on Day 2 to wake up early early and go up north for Dolphin watching.

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    4. I don't think G reads my blog! haha... Kisah Cinta TG? add IF = TGIF

      his terima-kasihlah is very funny.... next time I record it to show u all how he tries to talk Malaysian!!!

      for dolphin, the journey to Lovina takes 2 hours, reach by sunrise so can capture beautiful sunrise pics. Then sit the small boat out to the sea takes 1 - 2 hours. Then I hear everyone waits for dolphin there. It's only 30mins watching n then back to the beach for breakfast and then will head back to Kuta. Along the way the tour brings us to some hot spots like Lake Bratan which is nearby and waterfall sight seeing.

      Not bad not bad.

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  6. Dear bali mmg best! I dh pergi dua kali pun still rasa nk pergi lagi..hahaha..ada satu tempat tue i lupa dah nama boleh tengok dolphins kt tgh laut.. Boleh la kalau masuk dlm list u..memang menarik..

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    1. Wah u dah dua kali?!!! K k mmg best mcm ni. How long did u stay n which area u stay in? That dolphin tu kat Lovina! Kena tanya kat G dia minat dolphin tak duly

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  8. Aww...a T&G love trip!! it sounds so exciting..happy for you Tammy!! A week without reading your blog post bores me a lot lol! Have a good time with G there! ("G" really reminds me of Baby G watches...lol so cute la his nickname u bagi Tammy!) >.< <3

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    1. T&G hahaha... macam TWG right.... wow.. u.......read my blog all the time.... i feel so... ENCOURAGE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!! thank u thank u!!!!!!!!!!!!! We call each other Baby..so..wow Baby G does sound so cute!!!!!!!!!! I'm Baby T (baby t for women top). WOAHHHOOOOOO!!!

      Now Baby Pinku... also sounds good :D

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  9. Nice one! I wish I can have the same as you.........(FOC part and the spa)

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    1. ^___^ u can follow my itinerary :D hahhaa..... but where FOC lar.. all I have to bayar

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  10. Tammy, that is an awesome planning! Good job!

    Must try in kuta. FLAPJAKS. Nothing balinese tho. But their pancakes, so so so good.

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    1. Heyyy :D Catheryn!!! thx for the recommendation. I shall google that FLAPJAKS out and see their pancakes!!!!!!! already drooling when u say pancakes

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  12. Such a wonderful place for visit. Bali is a place full of nature, loving people and Bali Driver.

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