Sunday, 8 April 2018

A Week in Seminyak and Kuta, Bali

 If you don't follow me on Instagram, this post may be a little bit of a surprise to you.

I know, I know. I said I was going to Japan. I'd PLANNED for Japan. I'd bought everything for Japan! But then, as is my luck, after an hour of sitting in the airport I was told I'd better head back down to collect my luggage as my flight was cancelled.

And, by the way, while we're on it - Thanks to KLM for dealing with it all so well! I posted back in September that a certain other airline who cancelled my Orlando flights were absolutely awful about it. KLM have been friendly since the beginning, provided a refund pretty quickly and chucked in a bonus flight too. Thanks KLM!

 Anyway, back to how I ended up in Bali.

  Well, if I'm honest, I actually sort of expected the Japan flights to be cancelled. Just had a feeling. And I'd learnt since last time and the very quick dedicating an entire day to picking a new destination, planning it all and then going that evening was kind of stressful, so this time I already had two back up plans in mind just in case - Bali and St Lucia. It was very close and I went backwards and forwards between them a few times, but ultimately, Bali was much cheaper and on an airline I'm a frequent flyer with, and so it won!

 The Bali trip was split into two parts - a week exploring the beachy parts of the south like Seminyak, Legian and Kuta and then a week in Ubud taking shorter trips into the north.

 I'm sure it won't surprise you at all to hear that one of my favourite things about Bali was the food. I LOVED the food. It was delicious and cheap and service was usually absolutely fantastic. It was also nice to go to an area where there were a lot of healthy options - I found myself eating so well because there were so many healthy options available. The above photos are from Naughty Nuri's.

 Okay, let's talk about the beaches. While you SHOULD be going to Bali if you want a lovely relaxing holiday, you probably shouldn't be heading over there for the beaches. They're just really not all that nice at all. You'll get harassed a bit, but more than that they are just very dirty with literal piles of rubbish all over the place. You can however make a quick trip over to one of the surrounding islands if you want beautiful blue beaches instead!

  Don't get me wrong - you'll have fun on the beaches. They are surrounded by lovely restaurants and beach clubs and it's a nice bit of exploration, but don't go there expecting pristine white sands and turquoise seas as you will leave very disappointed!

 Kuta is where you're going to want to go for western entertainment, followed closely by nearby Seminyak if you want it a bit more upmarket. There's plenty of beach clubs, live music, and all sorts of entertainment. Want cocktails? You'll have plenty of choice here.

  It is insanely westernised though - you'll hear significantly more Australian accents than you will anything else, and that is including the locals!

 The three beach areas are all pretty close by. We walked between them all, combining walking along the water itself to walking along the main road and taking in some of the impressive hotels and bars. If you'd rather not, transport is easy. There's no end of mopeds for hire, and you will become very used to every single taxi that passes you beeping at you! As with everything else in the area, the taxis are very cheap, but we preferred to get the full experience and walk it all.

 Kuta is also the place to go if you want to buy some bits from your favourite stores at discounted rate. I STILL regret not buying some OPI while I was there - for some reason I was convinced I could get it for cheaper than the roughly £7 that bottles were selling for. I did however massively take advantage at Victoria's Secret there and left with five perfumes, including the beautiful golden Angel that I have wanted for literally years. I'd actually kinda made a deal with myself that I wouldn't buy any perfumes on this trip as I have a habit of always buying them at the airport - but they were just at such a discounted rate there that it seemed really silly not to!

If I was to recommend you one bit of night life, I'd absolutely suggest that you go to Azul Beach Club in Legian. The drinks are interesting and creative and come in gigantic Tiki heads. We'd originally thought the drinks were quite expensive compared to others in the area (still very cheap though!) but then saw the size of the awesome glasses that they were coming in!

Overall, we had a good time exploring Seminyak and Kuta. It made a great and simple starting point to Bali and had plenty to do. If you're the sort of person who enjoys a bit of beach time, some good night life and plenty of good food, there will definitely be something for you here!

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