Travelling to Bali – When You Really certainly can be a Newbie

Following on from our beginners guide to Bali, we’re now turning our attention to the luxury side of the island. What makes Bali so unique from other popular holiday destinations is its enormous variety; it has something for everyone, and it’s all mixed up together in harmony.

Restaurants

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Metis Restaurant
(source: http://metisbali.com/)

It’s very easy to sit in a local warung and have lunch for a few dollars… then go next door to a fine dining restaurant to have dinner cooked for you by a world class chef. Merah Putih in Seminyak and Metis in Petitenget are just two establishments that have opened th

eir doors to this type of diner, and most of the 5 star hotels include their own 5 star restaurant run by an executive chef.

Hotels

While Bali is popular with backpackers and has many hostels and cheap accommodation for travellers on a budget, its also home to many extravagant hotels and resorts. The W Retreat, Banyan Tree, Four Seasons, The Ritz-Carlton, and Le Meridian are just some of the 5 star hotels to be found that offer complete packages for holidayers so they don’t even have to venture outside of the hotel grounds if they don’t wish to.

Villas

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  The Shanti Residence, 5 bedroom villa in Nusa Dua (source: http://www.asiaholidayretreats.com/villa/the-shanti-residence-5-bedroom-nusa-dua/)

With around 20,000 privately owned villas already built on the Island of Gods, Bali is one of the most famous destinations for luxury villa holidays. The very best villas in Bali can be found in the Seminyak, Petitenget, and Canggu areas, which normally includes a private pool, with some on the beachfront with amazing views of the ocean and sunset. These villas are also popular with honeymooners and wedding parties as they can accommodate large groups and offer butlers, chefs, and drivers to attend to every need.

Cars

While the majority of cars in Bali are typical taxis, and 99% of all other cars are coloured black, silver, or white, it’s not unusual to spot a luxury sports car from time to time. Porsche, Lamborghini, and Ferrari’s are owned by some of the more wealthy residents on the island despite Bali not having a road infrastructure to suit this type of vehicle.

Shops

Infamous for the amount of fake goods available (including fake clothing and fake DVDs), Bali also has a collection of designer shops. Malls such as Beachwalk in Kuta, Lippo Mall, Park 23, and Seminyak Village are increasing the amount of Western brands opening their own stores in Bali. Of course, all the big surf brands (Roxy, Quicksilver, Oakley etc.) have been here for some time, other luxury brands are also venturing into Bali as well as many top quality independent brands which adds to Bali’s uniqueness.

Bars & Clubs

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Potato Head Beach Club in Bali (source: http://www.facebook.com/potatoheadbali/)

While the local community tend to meet up outside a local convenience store for a few beers, there’s a huge range of bars and clubs (throughout Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Petitenget, and Canggu) aimed at different tourist types. Amongst this is a collection of luxury bars and clubs. Mirror and Jenja are both aimed at high end clubbers in Bali, and more will be opening soon. Rock Bar (at Ayana Hotel) and Woo Bar (at W Hotel) are both popular for watching sunset each night. And there’s also an ever-increasing number of beach clubs including the old favourites such as Potato Head, Ku De Ta, and Finn’s, where world famous DJ’s will descend for some amazing party nights.

When I go to Bali I always bring my leather weekender along with a passport wallet and toiletry case. I can’t imagine travelling without these crucial items and since I travel light, these are the only bags I need.

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