Bali: The Ultimate Wanderlust Destination

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I want to be back on a beach, with a cocktail in hand, on a gorgeous beach, soaking up some sun! Much as I love being snuggled up by the fire at home, right now, I want a holiday: I want to get away from Europe, see a different country, experience a whole new culture, read a light novel on the beach, and relax. After spending an incredible three weeks in Sri Lanka this summer, I’m already desperate to head back over to that side of the world again next year, and it sounds like Bali is the ideal place; my dream holiday, the ultimate getaway.

A few friends have been there, and I’m always on Pinterest, Instagram and travel websites oggling where the best places are to go. So, for all of you wanderlust-lovers out there, all of you who are planning a winter sun get-away or are super organised and planning your summer holiday already – this is my dream trip to Bali.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love a little bit of luxury: a little bit of pampering, a nice pool, and a great hotel room, which means, that my ideal holiday would have to be a 5* getaway. Don’t get me wrong, this doesn’t mean that I don’t want to see the country around me, far from it, but there is nothing better than coming home from a long day sightseeing, a long day travelling around, to a beautiful pool, an authentic dinner in a luxurious restaurant and, most importantly, a really, really comfy bed!
I’m a bit of a holiday addict: I’m forever perusing holiday websites in the hope of a good deal, a last minute break or a hotel that looks to die for! Recently. I’ve discovered The Luxe Nomad, and I think I’ve had a little gander at all of their hotels – they’re mainly based in Asia, but they have hotels everywhere – well worth a little look if you’re booking a holiday any time soon.
Uluwatu, the surfer’s paradise of Bali, sounds like just the place to start a holiday: beautiful, unspoiled beaches, little coves you can hide in, plus fun bars for when you’re feeling sociable. You just know that any surfer’s paradise is going to be a fun place to be! It sounds like the ultimate holiday destination (I can already taste the cocktails!). As if the scenery itself wasn’t enough, I think I’ve found my dream hotel: Karma Kandara. Views of the ocean, a seafood restaurant to cater to all your fishy needs, and villas that might as well be palaces. Oh, and did I forget the infinity pool with a poolside bar? That just tops it off! I wonder if the mister fancies a holiday….
Culture is always a huge part of any holiday for me, and after being spoiled in Sri Lanka, I’m desperate to dip my toes into Asian culture again. Ubud seems to be the place to go: the cultural hotspot of Bali, with the Monkey Garden, never mind the fact that it’s the Buddhist sanctuary town. Visiting temples is always such a special part of seeing a country, and Bali is no exception. Not only are they beautiful, but it’s amazing to see the local people interact with their religion. I was so touched by this in Sri Lanka, and I bet I will be again in Bali.  Where to stay? After digging around on my new favourite holiday site, I came across this little gem of a hotel, the Shamballa Moon. Described as a romantic hideout, that comes with a private in villa chef and an infinity pool, it might be a great struggle to leave! It looks like the picture of serenity and luxury. A definite must for this ideal holiday. 
Ever since I’ve been a kid, I’ve loved museums, I have no idea why! And I delight in dragging whoever I’m travelling with to at least one museum per holiday. In Bali, I want to see the Pasitika Museum, in Nusa Dura, to see their famed art collection. And after this, I’d like to head back to the beautiful beaches here! There’s a 5km stretch of beach, perfect for whether you want to lie and read, take a walk, play games or have a go at surfing. Whilst I don’t think I’d ever make a great surfer, that doesn’t mean I’m not willing to go, and make a fool of myself in the process! You guessed it, there’s another gorgeous hotel. The Bale boasts private swimming pools, the gorgeous Fluid Bar & Lounge (right beside the main pool area with comfy chairs and candles – yes please!), a spa to really treat yourself, and the newest bar and bistro on the island. 
Asian cooking is exceptional, and it sounds like Balinese cuisine is no exception, from the more basic soups and Nasi Goreng to 24 hour cooked duck, there are literally hundreds of culinary delights to be sampled here. It would be such a shame to miss out the food, so stumbling into little restaurants is just as much a part of seeing a country as visiting its museums, temples and tourist attractions – if not more so.
Pura Luhur Batukaru is one of the most iconic temples, along with Pura Lempuyang, in Bali, you’ve probably seen a photo of it, and it seems like it’s a necessary addition to any holiday in this country. Tucked away in Tabanan, next to Bali’s second highest volcano, this temple is just a short detour from the famous rice fields. It would be silly not to take a little trip! 
The last thing, and the best thing about travelling, is finding unknown hidden gems. Obviously you can’t plan for these! But what you can plan for is a few days where you leave yourself to be guided by people you’ve met, local people and allow yourself to get away from your guidebook, from the tourist trail and actually see the country. It’s amazing to see the top destinations, the well trodden path, but the best memories, stories and experiences come from meeting the Balinese people yourself and really exploring their country. I’ve been told that Balinese people are some of the friendliest people worldwide; people who want you to experience their country, and I can’t think of anyone better to guide me! 
Bali seems to be the country that has it all! From beaches, to parties, to culture, rice fields, yoga and diving, Bali has almost too much to offer. Whenever I go, it’s going to be a jam packed holiday full of exploring and relaxing all at the same time. I’ve no idea when I’m going but I already can’t wait! As a friend said to me, volcanoes, waterfalls, temples paddle boarding and diving, what more could you want?!

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  • steve.r hudson

    Mum and me were there for a month in the mid 80's.

  • So jealous – would loveee to go!