Took a short trip to the south of Bali this June/July. It was a welcomed getaway especially since #adultingishard :p Thankfully, I had chalked up enough miles that my airfare on-board KLM was essentially already ‘paid’ for. I was pretty impressed by KLM and had a great experience flying with them. I had heard that it wasn’t the best airlines to fly with but in my opinion, the stewardess were really friendly, the organisation of getting onto the plane was orderly and the plane had all the comforts for a long flight albeit I flew on a pretty new plane, the Boeing 777. Being an animator, I was also impressed by their stop-motion in-flight safety video, watch the “making of” here to #getmindblown
Day 1: I arrived at Denpasar, pretty late since my flight got delayed from Amsterdam to Singapore and we were also stuck in the air due to traffic on the runway at Ngurah Rai International Airport. After arrival, I managed to get a local tourist SIM just after the Immigration checks which cost around Rp250,000 (SG$25). Although I suppose I could have gotten a cheaper SIM in town but I decided that I’d rather pay for convenience since hunting for a SIM card at 11pm might not be the brightest idea.
The journey to Canggu took around 45mins because of the jam at Denpasar town plus the roads in Canggu was really narrow and littered with potholes. I checked into Frill Hotel and met my friend who was already in Bali the week prior and we went for supper at Old Man’s Bar. The burgers weren’t anything to rave about and the crowd that night was pretty tame.
Our room at Frii hotel had direct access to the common pool and we bought pizza from the “second greatest pizza in Bali” and took it back to the hotel to soak our feet while having our second round of food, The hotel had very rustic/ hipster vibe and the shampoo/shower gel was had a really pleasant hibiscus smell. On the whole, I’d stay there again!
Day 2: We grabbed coffee from a lifestyle shop just down the road from out hotel. There’re many shops like that in Bali, hipster and the works that carry local brands.
After that, we went for breakfast and walked to the beach. It wasn’t that far away but because we took the more ‘shoppers’ route, we got carried away at the weekend market and many other little abodes It was a short stay at Canggu and the next trip down, I will want to dedicate more time there on the next trip.
Our driver came at 2pm and we headed to Ubud. We checked into The Athaya Ubud, a really serene hotel located near paddy fields. It was around 15mins drive from Ubud Market but there was a free shuttle service provided by the hotel. It was really convenient. We just had to Whatsapp the hotel to let them know where were at and they’d come pick us up.
We headed to Ubud Market where there were probably the best deals you could find if you haggled. One of the the dresses I got, was initially priced at RP350,000, I wasn’t super into the design so I said thanks and walked away but the shop owner kept asking how much I wanted for it and I said RP100,000. At first, she said RP250,000 but again I didn’t actually want the dress so I said, it’s ok and walked but she then stopped me and said ok, RP100,000. So really, like other’s say, haggling down to half the price is reasonable as she was able to give me more than that. Of course, because of her efforts, I had to buy the dress.
Day 3: One of the highlights of Ubud for me was Clear Cafe. We stumbled upon it while trying to find a massage spa the night before and decided to go for lunch there the next day. The restaurant features some locally sourced produce and all pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan menus like the strawberries for Bedugul and irish moss that they use in their drinks from Nusa Penida. Definitely a must go when visiting Ubud!
This was also the day we left Ubud and checked into DevinSky Hotel Seminyak. Out of the whole trip, this was the hotel that was the most expensive. But by expensive I mean S$95 per night, Breakfast included.. ehem.. relatively cheap… It’s located really centrally and just a short walk to potato head beach club. The room was also really big and comfortable.
Day 4: I was down with the case of chills and body aches so there’s really nothing much to say other than I got a sunburn from trying to warm up my aching body at the hotel’s pool! Also, don’t order the Sweet Corn Soup from Room Service unless you prefer broccoli tasting soup that was trying to pass off as corn.
Day 5: It was the day I had to leave but my flight was only at 8pm so I had the whole day to myself. I have to mention here that DevinSky Hotel was really accommodating in that they still allowed their guest to use the pool and spa facilities even after checking out which I really appreciate since I wasn’t feeling all that well too. I dedicated those couple of hours to getting The Body Luster Treatment and a Mani and Pedi at Re Day Spa, which I also visited the two years ago.
The Body Luster Treatment consisted of a Lime and Himalayan Salt Refreshing Foot Ritual + Oil Drizzling + Coconut and Vanilla Scrub + Energizing & Reboot Aromasense. and costs RP390,000 (S$39), was a really good deal however, I can’t say much about the Mani and Pedi apart from that their Shellac colours were very limited. On the whole, it was still worth the price considering that the ambiance was really nice and the therapists were professional.
It took around an hour to get to the Airport during rush hour traffic. I left the hotel at 5.30pm and was at the airport by 6:30pm which was really good since there was heavy traffic at Denpasar town.
Like many short getaways, it was too short and the next time, I would arrange to stay at Canggu and Ubud for longer as those towns were less crowded with tourist and more affordable as well.
PS: I arrived with the volcano erupting and left with the volcano erupting again too. Not sure if that’s a good sign or bad but so far, I haven’t won the lottery :p
For the lazy buggers out there, here’s a video blog: