Monday, April 22, 2019

Bali - Day 2

18 April 2019

Had hotel buffet breakfast, not a wide selection I would say.

Picked up by our driver and headed to Tanah Lot.

Spotted plenty of greenery along the way due to the plantations. So comforting and pleasing to the eyes.

It was about 1.5 hr drive from Ubud to Ulun Danu Bratan Temple which is located on the north of Bali.

Plenty of tourists and there was a festival on that day. Despite that, you can definitely feel the serenity of this scenic spot.

Our next spot was the famous Hantara Gate which is nearby. There is entrance / photo-taking fee of RP300,000 for foreigners.

The queue for photo-taking was so long even though they restrict 10mins per pax. It just felt like forever under the sun. After queueing for an hour, we decided to follow some of the tourists by standing at the side and played with angles to take photo.

The next spot was Waterfall Breeze Eco CafĂ© overlooking Golden Valley Waterfall. Our driver couldn't find parking for this cafe therefore we trekked from the side access point. Probably 1 km away with slopes and uneven paths.

The recommended parking spot is as pointed below and you just have to take an easier trek about 200m away to the main access point. We actually took the trekking route from the "Red Coral" which was really far.

We had a late lunch at the cafe, don't expect a great menu, just enjoy the scenery. The owner was very friendly and provide us with wifi for us to contact our driver. Our wifi egg connection was almost non-existent in the area.

We headed back to Ubud which is another 1.5 hr journey.

We alighted near Ubud Palace and walked to Lovster for dinner.

The bread was buttery and crispy. The lobster wasn't sweet like I expected but the amount of mayonnaise was generous.

Headed back to villa at about 9pm for another dip in the tub.

Bali - Day 1

17 April 2019

Departed Singapore Changi Airport by Garuda Indonesia at 11:50am. The aircraft was a Boeing 737-800 which is really small with only 3 seats on left and right aisle.

We arrived at Ngurah Rai Airport at about 2:30pm and met our driver Nyoman. You can click on his name to be directed to his FB to request for a quote.

Our first meal in Bali was at Ayam Tilang Lunak Malioboro which is just 5 mins from the airport. The 1/2 chicken was so crispy that the small bones can be eaten even if you wear dentures.

Finally it's time to make our way to Kupu Kupu Barong Villas & Tree Spa by L'occitane in Ubud. A big thank you to L'occitane Singapore for the wonderful prize.

The drive was about 1.5hr and we were talking almost the entire journey.

We were greeted warmly by the staff and we were surprised that we had a butler.

The bird is real

The sun began to set when we check-in and as I blogged now, I realized that I didn't save the villa photos I uploaded on Instagram. We were staying in the Duplex Pool Villa 1 facing the forest and could see a tiny part of Agung River.

After settling down for a while, we got dressed up for dinner at Bridges. Prices were affordable and service was really good.

My main fish was seared salmon came with wasabi potato and lightly-torched miso paste. Delicious and the portion was perfect.

I picked poached pear with coconut sorbet was dessert. Average I would say.

It costed me less than S$40 for an affordable fine dining meal with good ambience.

We returned to our villa at about 9pm.