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Breathtaking Bali By Sharon Goldstone
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My family and I visited Bali in August for two weeks and made wonderful memories! We had a three-centre holiday, visiting Sanur for six nights, Ubud for two nights and Kuta for five nights.

Our adventure began when we boarded our flight from Heathrow Airport, travelling with Malaysian Airlines. I was slightly concerned about the length of the 18-hour flight, due to having my young daughter flying with us. However, I was pleased to find that the food, staff and in – flight entertainment was great. We broke the journey in Kuala Lumpur for a few hours, and before we knew it we were landing in Denpasar Airport! As we exited the airport, we met our driver who was taking us to our first hotel. I was very pleased to see his friendly, smiley face. The people of Indonesia are some of the most kind and friendly people you will ever meet!

Beach in Bali

Seeing the Balinese roads for the first time was a surprise; a complete contrast to European roads. Balinese people primarily travel via scooters, and they were everywhere. Due to the crazy roads, I would highly recommend hiring a driver, as they are very inexpensive and very convenient.

It took us only half an hour to arrive to our first hotel in Sanur. The resort had a very relaxed vibe about it, there were plenty of places to eat and enjoy our evenings, ranging from five-star restaurants to bustling bars in the middle of town. We loved visiting the small restaurants (warungs) run by the locals. They were excellent value as the cost of living in Bali is very inexpensive. Everywhere we ate, there were traditional meals on the menu, but western choices were always included. (This was convenient as my son is very picky) I recommend trying ‘satay ayam’. They are delicious!

Waterfalls in BaliAfter relaxing in Sanur, our driver took us to Ubud, which was about an hour away from Sanur. En route to Ubud, we visited one of the many beautiful waterfalls in the countryside. We were able to swim next to it, allowing us to take some magnificent photos. Afterwards, we visited the ‘Luwak Coffee Bali Plantation’, where we sampled luwak coffee and how it is made, definitely a must for anyone visiting Ubud as it is a very unique experience.

Ubud is a tranquil rainforest resort. Perfect for anybody looking to relax in the heart of Bali, as there were various spas overlooking the marvellous rice paddies. Ubud is also very well renowned for being one of the most art – filled, cultured places in Bali. However, Ubud isn’t just a place for relaxation. My husband and son climbed to the peak of Mount Batur. They both described it as a once in a lifetime experience, and called it the highlight of the trip. Another remarkable place to visit is ‘Ubud Monkey Forest’. My husband loved playing with the monkeys and taking photos when they climbed on his shoulder!

Sunset in Bali

After a memorable time in Ubud, our driver took us to Kuta, which is very well known for its lively nightlife. We stayed on the outskirts of Kuta, which suited us as a family. I would recommend Kuta for anyone who is looking for a crazy party resort. In Kuta, there were various enticing attractions, like ‘Bali Safari and Marine Park’ and ‘Waterbom’ (one of the best waterparks I have ever visited) My personal highlight of the holiday was riding on the elephants at the safari park. The animals were gentle, and looked after very well.

Overall, we had a fantastic family holiday. The people there are extremely happy, friendly and really appreciate what little they have. I would absolutely recommend visiting to anyone!

View of Bali