A couple of days after I arrived in Singapore for the first time we left for a weekend to Bali. This was during Chinese New Year. This is a more of a family holiday so not much was happening in Singapore over the long weekend during which this is scheduled, so a trip was in order.
Semanyak near the coast and more the typical beach holiday destination. We spent some time in beach bars like Ku De Ta and also organised a diving trip to the North of the island. The place we stayed in was Puri Madawi (photos) which was a bit out of the way but offered excellent value and lots of relaxation.
Again Sunset Hills was a bit out of the way but the view from the infinity pool is just the best. It has a brilliant view looking down on a ravine with a river down below. Here we continued the R&R
. One highlight was going for a massage Maya @ The Ubud. This is a hotel with a amazing spa centre which is situated next to a river at the bottom of a tropical ravine. Really stunning.
Ubud is centrally located in Bali and is renowned for its art and crafts industry. In Ubud we also saw some Balinese dancing. We were glad that we combined it with dinner because it wasn't exactly riveting stuff.
We also went off to see the volcano (dormant for now) and a Hindu temple with a spring which is quote famous (called Pura Tirta Empul I think - photos). And investigated local coffees.
At the volcano