It seems like that Bali can attract you the moment you need to cure of pains that only magical places can heal
The vibe of Bali and the people living there will help you to heal them for sure.
1| Slow and salty Amed
Amed, with its grey sandy and rocky beach, is on the east coast, only three hours from Ngurah Rai Airport (Denpasar). You can easily get there by taxi (around 550 IDR) or by shuttle bus (180 IDR). It is probably the right place if you want first of all to relax but also ideal for diving and snorkeling, due to its natural beauty and fantastic dive sites.
Where to eat?
WARUNG PANTAI, Jemeluk Beach, Amed. I had an amazing dinner in this little place. Hardly visible from the main street, it lures you in when spotted! Lovely table set up on the beach, enjoy the silence of the night while having dinner under the moon light with the touch of a candle and stars. In addition, food is delicious and the host is really friendly and nice.
GREEN LEAF CAFE’, Jl. I Ketut Natih, Abang, Amed Jemeluk, Bali. This is a special and peaceful place. I’d recommend whether it is for breakfast, brunch or either a snack. They also make coffee with an Italian Moka which for me is always a delight and especially the juices are out of this world!
What to do:
- Padi courses and all sorts of dive tours and trips
- Hiking tour before dawn to Mount Agung to watch the sunrise
- Discover the temples
Ujung – Water Palace
Tirta Gangga, Karangasem
Pura Lempuyang Madya
and its 1700 steps to reach the temple
Take your time to visit this temple, I would really recommend half a day because it’s not so easy to reach the temple, but it’s definitely worth it.
Therefore I suggest you wearing a good pair of shoes and bring a bottle of water. Eventually, you will be rewarded for your efforts.
- and the surroundings
White Sand Beach, Padangbai
From Amed you can get the transfer boat to the Gili Islands. I have personally chosen Gili Trawangan, the bohemian – island. I was more in the mood for that than for Gili Meno, because it is better for couples, quieter and less touristy. Or Gili Air, for the same reason, so small that you can see the entire island in a few hours, it’s beautiful especially for nature and to get in touch with the local community.
If Amed is a quiet place on earth, Kuta is exactly the opposite, it is really touristy and furthermore really chaotic. I have spent less than 48 hrs with friends there trying to find a nice and quiet place for a decent dinner which I eventually found and unfortunately I cannot recommend it because they also closed it! Instead, we had a great time at the hairdresser, we spent there an entire afternoon taking care of us with massages and girls stuff like that while chatting away!
So I suggest you to rent a motorbike and explore the south
Consiglio di noleggiare un scooter e di esplorare il sud
Pandawa Beach is also known as “secret beach” because back in the past, this beautiful spot was hidden behind a hill. Due to the difficult access to this location, this beach was empty and quiet (so a paradise!). Hence they decided to build up a toll road that leads you straight to the beach. In conclusion, the view and the beach itself are still beautiful but the surroundings have changed more than a little bit. Therefore we cannot definitely call this beach “secret” anymore!
Uluwatu Temple (Pura Luhur Uluwatu)
Ubud is considered Bali’s cultural heart. I have only stayed a few hours in Ubud, but it is worth spending some days and visiting places such as Ubud Monkey Forest; Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave; Puri Saren Agung, Ubud Palace; Tegallalang Rice Terraces.
Ubud is also one of the best places in Bali for food, there are so many beautiful and good restaurants and cafes all around.
Where to eat?
THE SEEDS OF LIFE, Jalan Gootama No. 2, Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar. Very cozy and artistic, specializes in raw food. info: http://theseedsoflifecafe.com/
THE ELEPHANT RESTAURANT, Taman Indrakila, Hotel Taman Indrakila, Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar. Vegetarian and not only restaurant in Ubud, serving delicious food with a beautiful view. info: http://www.elephantbali.com/
ATMAN CHILL CAFE’, Jl. Hanoman no 38, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar. Totally in love with its vegan chocolate banana smoothie.
4| Surfing in Canggu
Where? Echo Beach, Berawa Beach and Old Man’s/Batu Bolong Beach
Where to eat?
LA LAGUNA BALI RESTAURANT & BEACH BAR, Jalan Pantai Kayu Putih, Berawa, Canggu, Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara. Tapas bar and restaurant with chic gypsy vibe.
Rent a motorbike in Bali, it is easier and cheaper
Buy an Indonesian SIM card, you can easily check the map if you can’t find the way
When visit the temples, wear a sarong and respect the sacredness of these places
The Balinese Coffee, the kopi luwak, is apparently one of the most expensive coffee in the world. The reason why it is so expensive, it is because this coffee is produced by feeding the asian palm civet (or palm civet cat) with coffee berries. After 24-36 hours the coffee beans eaten by the civet are defecated. Basically collecting coffee seeds directly from the excrement of the animal. It is produced in Sumatra, Java, Bali and Sulawesi.
Balinese New Year’s Eve
The Nyepi Day is New Year’s Eve according to the animistic-Hindu tradition. Nyepi means “silence”. It is a day devoted to spiritual reflection and purification. According to popular belief, evil deities visit Bali during that day, and finding it silent and empty, they believe it is deserted and they leave, leaving the island in peace for another year. In reality, the main purpose of Nyepi’s abstinence is to push everyone to an introspection of personal values and to pray God Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa to keep the world in harmony. So all that could interfere with this practice is forbidden from 6am to 6am of the following morning. All, Hindus, foreigners and visitors, stay in their homes or hotels without electricity (lighting is prohibited), without being able to cook (prohibited to the burning of fire) or have sex, or use means of transport, work, any form of entertainment or recreation is forbidden. For 24 hours in Bali reigns silence and the night is completely dark.
In 2017 the Nyepy was held on March 28, in 2018 it will be the 17th March.