And we are off to Bali, Indonesia! I really enjoyed our time in Phuket, Thailand but I had no idea the beauty that was in Bali. I hadn’t really done too much research into Bali so it was the best surprise especially since we decided to make this the second part of our honeymoon last minute.
I would go back in a heartbeat and spend a month in Bali because there is SO much more that I wanted to see and do because there are certain parts that are bit more americanized and filled with trendy spots for dining and hotel stays. It would have been cool to hop around to different resorts and cities. I would recommend staying for 10-14 days if Bali is your only destination and check out different places. BALI IS CHEAP in the best ways and you can get a lot for an American dollar out there.
Alright, let’s dive in!
Getting there and back to the states
It took us about 7 hours to get to Bali from Phuket, and that is including the 2 hour layover we had at the Kuala Lumpur Airport. We flew Malaysian Airlines and it cost about $313 per person including taxes and fees.
Our flight details to Bali:
- Phuket, Thailand (HKT) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – 1.5 hours with a 2 hour layover in KUL
- Departed HKT December 15 at 10:30 AM – Arrived KUL at 1 PM
- Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Denpasar Bali (DPS) – 3 hours
- Departed KUL December 15 at 3:20 PM – Landed DPS at 6:25 PM
- NOTE: Bali is 1 hour ahead of Phuket, Thailand so you will lose an hour
On the way back home to the States we flew EVA Airlines from Bali to Taipei then Taipei to Seattle. From Seattle to Phoenix, Arizona we flew Alaska Airlines. Through the many airlines we flew this trip I would highly recommend trying to book with Cathay Pacific Airways for the big portion of your flight. The cost of flights back home were the MOST expensive for our entire trip, it was about $1,375 per person including taxes and fees. So, in total our entire trip was $2,394 round trip per person.
Our flight details from Bali to Phoenix, AZ:
- Denpasar Bali (DPS) to Taipei (TPE) – 5.15 hours with a 2 hour layover in TPE
- Departed DPS December 22 at 4:20 PM – Arrived TPE at 9:35 PM
- Taipei (TPE) to Seattle (SEA) – 10.30 hours with 1.40 hour layover in SEA
- Departed TPE December 22 at 11:40 PM – Arrived SEA at 6:10 PM
- Seattle (SEA) to Phoenix (PHX) – 2.45 hours
- Departed SEA December 22 at 7:50 PM – Arrived PHX at 11:38 PM
You will have to go through customs when entering a new country and when you come back into the States just in case you have yet to be out of the country. It is simple and the form can be filled out on your flight prior to landing, you usually just have to claim big purchases and liquor/alcohol.
OMG. When I say this villa was out of this world I mean it. We stayed in a beautiful 3 bedroom 3 bath private villa with our chef, driver, and housekeeping. The villa is a beach front property with your very own private pool in the town of Canggu (CHAN-GU).
Here are few links to access the property details and images.
I really enjoyed our stay here because it is so secluded on your own beachfront. The villa is surrounded by rice fields which makes even cooler. Our driver was the absolute sweetest man, the chef was so nice to have on sight, and you do have security at night.
- Best sunset views
- Views of the Indian Ocean
- The master suite bathroom is so romantic
- The private pool
- Private beach access
- Private chef (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
- Driver (must book day before if needed)
- Transportation to and from the airport
- The sand is black so it gets HOT, I would bring water shoes
- Travel adapter is needed here as well
- Buy alcohol before hand to have at the villa
- Do not drink the water, buy beforehand or as you go/need
- The driving is a bit chaotic because there are no roads through the smalls neighborhoods and the motor cyclists do as they please
Bali is really affordable once you get there. Their money in Bali is Indonesian Rupiah. About $14,000 rupiah equals $1 US dollar. Everything from our villa, to our driver, to food, drinks, massages, etc was super cheap. When I go back (because I am someday) I would stay longer and I would recommend hopping around to different villas and resorts because each little town is so different and you can choose to be in the jungle, on the beach in Canngu, or off a cliff with beautiful private beaches.
Here is a link of the surrounding areas of Bali. CLICK HERE. I would check out Ubud, Uluwatu, Seminyak, Nusa Dua, and Canngu.
We got in pretty late from the airport December 15 so Day 1 for us was Sunday, December 16. We started off our Bali trip with the Private Bedugul & Tanah Lot Tour. This is quite the long excursion but so worth it because we were taken all over Bali and saw/toured the most ancient temples.
We got a private tour and transportation to visit the Taman Ayun and Ulun Danu Beratan temples, we explored one their coffee plantations and got to try Balinese Coffe, and then we ended the tour by visiting the famous Tanah Lot temple. A lot of these temples date back to the 16th century so we enjoyed spending the day learning about Balinese and their culture.
- Lunch is include but at your own expense
- Click here for more info and cost of this excursion
We did the most tourist thing day 2 and went to the Bali Swings in Ubud. I do not regret the swing tour one bit but if I could go back I would just have had our villa driver take us so that way we could have explored other surrounding areas. We booked the Bali Swing, Waterfall tour by old-school volkswagen, click here for more information.
The swings were absolutely amazing because you are in the jungle and surrounded by lush green hills and just seeing the famous swings I had seen all over IG and Pinterest was cool. After we did the Bali Swings we went to the Tegenungan waterfall and you can swim here but it was SO PACKED so we decided to walk down to experience the waterfall and then we shopped at the market. Again, amazing experience but you can totally save money by booking the swings and using your villa driver and then go spend the day exploring other areas.
It took us about 5-6 hours to do this excursion and we started around 9 AM so we had enough daylight to grab beers and sit poolside, and catch our first Bali sunset at the villa. The perfect way to end day 2.
What was supposed to be our Private Sunrise Volcano Hike with Hot Springs Bath turned into a hard snooze for us. By this point we were pretty wiped and wanted a day to not be in a car and just enjoy the villa and use of having a driver. ALSO pick up time was between 1:30-2 AM, so we passed on this excursion.
This was the Volcano Hike were supposed to do, click here.
I am sure the hike would been absolutely beautiful but I am so glad we decided to take the day to ourselves because our bodies were screaming to slow down. We slept in, had breakfast on the patio at our villa, walked on the beach, and went to the town of Canngu to shop and sit at their day clubs to watch surfers take on the waves.
Food + Drinks + Beach Club:
- The Lawn
- Green Guru Smoothie Smoothie Bowl Bar
We ended the night with fresh made lobsters that our chef caught in the beach that our villa was located on. Talk about an experience…he literally walked in there caught about 8 of them and cooked them on the grill, and till this day this the best lobster I have ever had.
This was probably one of my favorite days we spent in Bali.
This was our relaxation day. I booked us a couples spa day at the Lagoon Spa at Villa Seminyak Estate. We had ourselves a 3 hour spa session that included a sauna session, footbath ritual, massage, facial, green tea scrub, seaweed body mask and flower bath. This in total was 8,053,760 IDR (Rupiah) which is around $565 USD.
You can look into this spas packages, here.
Our fifth day was filled with a beautiful day trip to Sundays Beach Club on the Bukit Peninsula. It is was such a beautiful private beach that had a restaurant and bar on site, along with beach chairs/cabanas, and water activity rentals. This was another favorite of mine because I would have never known this place existed, you have to take a little cliff elevator to get down to the beach and there was also a resort that you can book to stay on the peninsula. The Ungasan.
The excursion booked no longer exists, The Private Ultime Uluwatu Peninsula Tour, but after we spent the afternoon at Sundays Beach Club we headed to the Uluwatu Temple, one of Bali’s most important temples. You can expect ganesha statues, beautiful cliff views, wild monkeys, and a traditional Balinese dance at sunset.
WATCH THE MONKEYS: I about got attacked by one. A man was agitating one and it decided to take a run off a vehicle and jump right towards me.
Our last day in Bali…woke up with Bali Stomach because I ended up drinking the water at our villa dispenser so I spent all night and about half of the day sick from both ends of my body. Make sure you stop by a store and get many many water bottles so you do not run out like we did.
Once I got past the sickness, we laid pool side and just enjoyed the beauty of our villa and the last Bali Sunset. We took in the 15 day honeymoon we were wrapping up and couldn’t believe how fast it all went by.
It was the most honeymoon. Here are a few tips + tricks:
- plan ahead, each day even if you are only planning on stay at the villa or resort
- do not overbook yourself with excursions
- spend a day or two exploring surrounding areas
- plan out restaurants, beach clubs, and bars you want to check out because Bali is filled with amazing trendy spots
- hop around to different villas and resorts (stay in the jungle then stay beachside)
If you have any questions about our honeymoon or the Bali portion of it please feel free to drop a comment or email me.