This week I got to cross something incredible off of my bucket list. Although I seem to be doing quite a bit of that lately, this one was one thing I had set on high priority. So, myself and several friends from Gold Coast decided to take a trip to Bali, Indonesia.
Bali is a lush, vibrant, and bustling island, home to more than 5 million people. It is situated between the Java Sea and the Indian Ocean and is just one of the 70,o00 islands that make up Indonesia. Diverse in terrain, Bali is known for its incredible beaches, local-flare shopping, rainforest-jungles, waterfalls, temples, flowers and wildlife. Having the opportunity to experience it first hand was otherworldly- it almost felt like a dream.
My friends and I stayed in a private luxury villa in Seminyak, complete with private pool, kitchen, living area, and three massive bedrooms with spa-like bathrooms. We all enjoyed our time in the villa so much! It was so nice to be able to call it home for the week.
Outside of the villa itself, we spent a fair bit of time enjoying the grounds of the W Hotel. We spent one of the days at the W spa being pampered Bali style… all I can say is WOW. Truly one of the most incredible massage experiences I’ve ever had! I think it’s safe to say we all indulged and enjoyed every little bit of it. It’s nice to be spoiled sometimes 🙂
On Friday, we ventured beyond the borders of Seminyak and took a trip to see the jungles of Ubud. When I pictured going to Bali, I had imagined it to look just like this! We visited the monkey forest, where we spent the afternoon playing with the wild monkeys and feeding them bananas.
After visiting the beautiful monkey forest jungle, we took another hour long ride to hike through the rice fields. Despite being 108 degrees with the humidity, the fields were absolutely breath taking. Hiking down proved to be quite a challenge because it was rather steep and muddy, but when we made it to the bottom and looked up to see the fields surrounding us, it made the sweaty and muddy mess worth all the while.
Overall, our trip to Bali was fantastic! Would I go back again? Probably not. It isn’t very safe, and I was surprised to see how actually filthy it was. There are definitely beautiful parts and there are others that can be bypassed. Despite traveling with pneumonia (yes, I still have it), I feel so incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to see and experience first hand the culture that Indonesia had to offer with an incredible group of people. I’ll be counting down the days until we all get to travel again.