Bali, Indonesia

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Wandering Marathoner / Asia / Bali, Indonesia


Filed Under: Asia by Tyler May 25, 2011, 8:52 am

Our relaxation theme continued from Phuket, on to Bali, Indonesia, where we searched for the perfect beach – Sanur (quieter, a bit dirty, with beautiful white sand and blue water), Nusa Dua (the hotel beaches seemed nice; the public beach a bit dirty), Dreamland (fun for watching surfers, with a neck-twisting shore break), Padang Padang (beautiful and isolated with a winding staircase that takes you down the cliff to the beach), and Seminyak (more upscale nightlife).

We found the most beautiful, quaint guesthouse in Sanur, called Kayu Sugih, which was a steal for about $30 a night. The small property was completely enclosed by stone walls, and had lush gardens, small temples and fountains. Every morning, the owner would walk through the property with a basket of fresh flowers and incense, decorating the various sculptures and making religious offerings. Upon request, breakfast would be brought to our door, and was never the same twice. The whole experience was amazing, and perhaps my favorite accommodation of our whole trip. The owner and his family were so sweet, that we almost didn’t want to leave.

In Bali, we simply relaxed, ate great local food (roasted suckling pig and nasi uduk), drank interesting things (civet dung coffee and local rice wine) and took day trips to the beaches and various temples. The whole island has such a mellow vibe to it and friendly, warm people… it’s definitely a special place that we’ll want to return to some day.

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