Appropriately named “The island of the gods” Bali is such a magical destination you have to visit while here on this beautiful earth. The people and beauty of the island is something you just have to experience, there is truly nothing else like it. The Balinese people are so humble and kind. Most are hindus and there are countless temples all throughout the island. I was told there are over 6000 temples on the main island alone. It was such a delight to experience the way the Balinese people live and to witness some of their rituals. Everyday they put out blessings to appease the gods and the demons. They spend quite a substantial part of their day making beautiful floral offerings. Sometimes the offerings are filled with food like rice and incense as well.
Bali fun fact: It’s so interesting how the balinese people are named. Basically they only have four first names. The first child is Wayan or Putu, the second child is Made or Kadek, the third is Nyoman or Komang and the fourth is Ketut and that cycle starts again for the fifth, sixth, seventh child etc. I found that so fascinating.
WHERE TO STAY?
My husband and I spent fifteen bliss filled days in Bali for our honeymoon. We wanted a private and intimate type of accommodation so we opted for private villas during our stay. We stayed in villas in Canguu, Nusa Lembongan and Ubud. If you’re interested in more of a resort type of vacation Nusa Dua is the perfect place for you. Some of the worlds best hotels are located in the south east part of the island. Also the popular destination Semniyak has a lot of hip hotels and amazing shopping with one of a kind boutiques.
Oazia Spa Villas | Canguu, Bali
Oazia is an enchanted private health sanctuary. We spent our time lounging by the pool and getting treatments at the spa. Ayu is the manager there and she is just such a sweet, generous and kind woman. She made our stay so pleasurable and ultimately relaxing. The body scrubs, facials and massage at the spa will leave you feeling like your walking on clouds. The food was deliciously made in house. Breakfast was included in the room rate but lunch and dinner are extra.
We stayed in Villa Aqua which is a two bedroom villa. The layout is all about open plan living and is filled with over-sized antique sofas and colorful décor exquisitely styled. The private pool and outdoor shower were some of my favorite features of the villa.
Villa Kingfisher | Nusa Lembongan
After our relaxing spa stay at Oazia we hopped on a thirty minute boat ride to another island to the southeast of Bali. Nusa Lembongan is a remote island just off of the main Island Bali. There are no cars on the island and the mode of transport is by scooter only. How fun? Hubby and I spent one day touring the whole island on a scooter and it was one of the moments I will always cherish.
Villa Kingfisher is a two bedroom villa overlooking the Ceningan channel. You can spend your day lounging in the wonderful infinity swimming pool or gazing at the seaweed fishermen and women bringing in their catch of the day.
Villa Shamballa | Ubud, Bali
Hands down my most favorite villa and place in Bali. Ubud is a such mystical and magical place, famously known as a centre of spiritual and physical wellness. Many centuries ago Hindu priest Maharishi Markandya came from Java and upon discovering the healing properties of the area settled in for meditation and healing practices. It is also known as an arts and crafts hub. The nearby villages consist of artists’ workshops, galleries and stunning rice fields.
Villa Shamballa is a “romantic hideaway magically perched atop a ravine overlooking the mystic Wos River”. The staff Dewa and Iluh were just perfection. Every aspect of our stay was literally perfect. The private pool and views looking out into the jungle is just breathtaking. Take them up on the spa services. You will not regret any minute of it. The floral bath made by Iluh after my massage was simply heavenly. The food at Villa Shamballa was one of the best during our whole trip in Bali. You have to try Iluh’s porridge. Once we tried it, we had it every day for breakfast until we left and the candle lit dinner at night was beyond romantic.
Have you been to The Island of the Gods? Bali could easily be my favorite place on the globe. I plan to live there one day. It is just so magical.