Updated: Jan 14, 2020
In June 2017 my big holiday was to Bali, another place on my bucket list that didn't disappoint. We went to Bali for 3 weeks, and stayed in 4 different places in Bali, and the Gili Islands as well.
From Bali I learnt a lot, there was some things I would definitely do again. And there was some things that I wouldn't do again, and places that I wouldn't revisit.
IMPORTANT - you cannot drink the water in Bali, you have to buy bottled water. Make sure the water bottle is sealed, and if you get a drink at a restaurant ask for no ice.
Surprisingly this was my favourite place in Bali, I thought because it was so touristy that I wouldn't like it much. The Main Street in Seminyak has really cool shops, with the nicest clothes, and a lot of Australian brands. Although, that means that the shops are really expensive.
I ordered 3 bikinis from the Australian brand 'Lahana swim' and had to pay £60 just to get it from the post office in the UK...when I was in Bali I saw they stocked the brand there. My point is, if you like Australian swimwear, wait till you're in Seminyak, because it's everywhere.
There is also amazing restaurants in Bali, and some of the best food I've had. 'Sister Fields' was one of my favourite restaurants, with really healthy options (my favourite), and also cheat day foods. It is really cheap too, but its popular, so I would recommend going at an off-peak time, like 11am!
Ku-de-ta is also a place I would recommend, but once again it's really popular, you have to book sunbeds in advance, and dinner, but it's a great place to watch the sunset, and have a couple drinks. I had my birthday dinner here and I was really good, but it is so expensive, and you can definitely get better food elsewhere for a better price. So maybe go here just once to indulge yourself.
Also, You can release baby sea turtles into the ocean with the 'sea turtle project'. It's the cutest thing ever. You do have to wait a while to get your baby turtle though.
The best taxi company is 'blue bird' taxis, but there's a lot of fakes. The real ones are LIGHT blue. They have meters in them, so a 30min journey is about £2/3. The fake ones are dark blue, and they'll try charge you a lot more so just be careful.
Ubud was amazing, and so surreal. I had never been anywhere like it. BUT, it rains, a lot. So if you're looking to get a tan, maybe only stay here a couple of nights.
Ubud is pretty much a jungle, and there's loads to do. We went white water rafting through the jungle and it was by far the best experience of my life, was literally like when baloo had mowgli on his belly in the river in the Jungle book. (You can book this in your hotel, loads of companies do it, and it was about £50pp)
There's also Quad biking, which again is amazing. The food in Ubud is so good as well, and there's loads of places to try. Make sure you get the chicken satay sticks with peanut sauce (they sell them everywhere). And food is super cheap too.
We stayed in the 'Tjampuhan Spa' in Ubud, which was definitely one of the nicest places I've ever stayed, and I've never been anywhere quite like it. It's like a temple, but super luxury, and has the best views of the jungle ever. It's really quiet too as they don't have many rooms, and your room is in your own building, kind of like a villa.
Don't go here. It's really really quiet, meaning theres nothing there. No where to eat, no activities to do, and the beach isn't nice either.
4. Gili Trawang
It takes about an hour to get here from Amed, on a speed boat (you can also go from Seminyak though), we just booked the boat at the hotel, and got a driver to take us to the port. I think it cost about £60. The boat ride was horrible though, because the waves in Bali are so big. The boat that goes to and from Seminyak is a lot bigger and more sturdy, so you don't feel the waves as much. But the ride is worth it.
This is a tropical paradise. It's tiny so you can just get everywhere on a bike, or a horse and carriage (but thats so expensive)
Once again, there's some really nice restaurants. There isn't too much shopping though, and only a small nightlife.
The water is crystal clear, and the beaches are white sandy amazing beaches. All we did here for a week was eat, snorkel and sunbathe.
5. Getting Around
We hired a driver that took us from each place. Bali is really small so it's really easy to get around, there's always people on the street asking if you need a driver. You can also book airport transfers online, so that you'll have a driver waiting to get you from the airport, it only costs around £14.