Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Best of Bali

With all the beautiful beaches and Instagrammable spots in Bali popping up all over my newsfeed, I made sure to add it to my never-ending bucket list of places to visit. Planning to visit Bali soon? Read about our experience and discover some tips you might find useful when you visit the Island of Gods!

I love the feeling of stepping into a completely new world; perhaps it's because I enjoy the freedom of discovering new destinations and immersing myself in all that each place has to offer - amazing food, breathtaking sights, friendly locals, and a whole new culture that allows me to continuously broaden my horizon.  Last week, I was able to tick Bali off my bucket list with my best friend, Ash. I must say, we were left awestruck standing amidst places of natural beauty. 

How to go to Bali from Manila?

Book a flight. The good news is, Philippine passport holders are entitled to a visa-free entry to Bali. We booked ours via Air Asia at Aside from the friendly prices they offer, they also have a very accommodating cabin staff. The flight was both pleasant and quick. Within 4 hours, we had touched down in Denpasar airport, Bali.

What are some of the essential things to bring to Bali?

1. Pocket money - Bali uses Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). You can exchange your dollars into IDR when you get to the airport and you'll become an instant millionaire! (The cost of anything over US$75 is equivalent to millions in Rupiah.)

2. Sunblock, hat, shades, umbrella - Expect a very hot weather in Bali since it's located near the equator. Make sure you keep yourself protected from the heat.

3. Bug spray/ Insect repellant

4. Extra clothes

Where to stay in Bali? 

Bali is home to a large number of relaxing villas, airbnbs, and hotels. We stayed at Watermark Hotel & Spa located in Jimbaran around 10 minutes away from the airport. The hotel staff were very friendly and accommodating to cater to all of whims. When we arrived at the hotel, we were given welcome drinks. Upon entering our "Zen" inspired suite room with a balcony overlooking the hotel, we can't help but snuggle in our spacious queen-sized beds. The room also has a sizable bathroom with dual sink and bath tub perfect for a relaxing post adventure bath. I think it's also unique that the room has a water dispenser - makes life so much more convenient! To top it all off, my favorite part of the hotel was their roof deck infinity pool with a splash bar. Watermark Hotel sure knows how to put it for the gram. 

Overall, we couldn't have had a more relaxing stay in Watermark Hotel & Spa. You can book their rooms HERE.

How to go around Bali? 

To maximize our 3-day trip and to make it easier for us to explore Bali, we booked a private rent-a-car through Sayap Bali Tours (Instagram: @sayapbali). I think it's more cost efficient than riding taxis especially if you're traveling in groups. Also, if you're renting a car with a driver, he also acts as a tour guide since he can recommend places to visit or good restaurants in the area. 

What to do in Bali?

For those of you who have been asking me about my Bali trip and for those first timers struggling to plan their itinerary, keep reading 'cause I've laid out our 3 day itinerary for you guys. Enjoy!

DAY 1 (March 7, 2018) : 

10:55 PM: Arrival. Take hotel shuttle going to Watermark Hotel & Bali Spa (Jimbaran) 

DAY 2 (March 8, 2018) : 

8:00 AM: Enjoy hotel's infinity pool + Breakfast at the hotel, W Senses Restaurant

12: 00 NN: Lunch at Motel Mexicola - The interior of the place was really instagrammable. We made sure to take lots of photos with the beautifully styled restaurant. Although we were not satisfied with their food that much so we went to another restaurant nearby, Sisterfields to have our lunch (Part 2).

3:00 PM: Shopping at Seminyak Square. 

7:00 PM: Seafood dinner in Jimabaran Bay. I swear, they have the best seafood!! This was my favorite meal in Bali. 

DAY 3 (March 9, 2018) : 

7:00 AM: Pick up from hotel to NUSA PENIDA - Island hopping

Broken Beach - Angels Billabong - Kelingking Beach - Love Tree - Crystal Bay

7:00 PM: Back to the hotel. Dinner at hotel's Japanese restaurant, Imadoki.

DAY 4 (March 10, 2018) : 

7:00 AM: Breakfast at the hotel (W Senses, Watermark Hotel & Spa)

9:30 AM: Pick up from hotel: UBUD Tour

Silver Factory - Segara Windhu Souvenir Shop - Lunch at Warung in Ubud - Coffee Plantation / Swing at Rice Terraces - Tegenungan Waterfalls 

7:00 PM: Return to the hotel

11:00 PM: Flight Back to Manila

Through the tours, the food, and most especially the ocean view, it's hard not to fall in love with the Island of Gods. I highly recommend Bali if you're looking for adventure - it's a mental and spiritual respite from the busyness of everyday life. I myself plan to go back as well!


  1. Dear Rhea, it's such a great blog post. Thank you for staying with us.

  2. I adore Bali and its aesthetics, it is an old dream of mine to visit this wonderful place and see all this beauty with my own eyes.