Prem had wanted to do something extra special for his 4th wedding anniversary, and a trip to an exotic destination seemed like the perfect idea. And when the nature-kissed landscapes and divine temples of Bali were literally calling out to them from behind the computer screens, they were left with no doubt as to where they should go! Read on to know how their 8 days romantic trip to Bali turned into the most memorable affair of their lives.
We were confused between Bali and Mauritius at first, but our doubts vanished after reading various travel blogs on Bali over the internet. This marvelous destination promised to provide everything we wanted from our special vacation. In no time, we were looking for suitable packages online when, much to our delight, Traveltriangle landed in the searches with exactly what we needed.
There couldn’t have been a better way to celebrate the most special occasion of our lives! We ended up having more fun than we had expected. So, we decided to share our lovely experience with the world.
Details Of Our Romantic Trip To Bali
Trip Type: Romantic Trip
Trip Cost: INR 67,800/-
No. Of People: 2
Trip Duration: 7 Nights 8 Days
Inclusions: Breakfast, accommodation, airport transfers, visa, tours and sightseeing, English speaking driver cum guide
Exclusions: Lunch, dinner, airfare, travel insurance
Must-Have Experiences On A Romantic Trip To Bali And Gili Islands
It isn’t possible to see everything in a destination as gorgeous and grand as Bali in a single trip. So, we have listed some experiences that you must absolutely have here.
1. Spend At Least 3 Nights In Gili Islands
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Our stay at Gili Trawangan was the highlight of our trip. So much so, that we are left with a yearning to go back and explore it all over again! We simply relaxed during the two nights that we had in Bali, but we felt even that wasn’t enough to bask in the true essence of this place. Our Gili Island trip had started with the most exhilarating speed boat ride we had ever had. Lasting a good 1.5 hours, the boat journey through the clear blue Balinese sea was an experience of a lifetime.
Upon our arrival in Gili, we had spent the first evening simply taking in the awesome views of this gorgeous island from our villa and relaxing amidst the endless services that we were provided here. The next day, we explored this tiny island and the mesmerizing Gili Island beaches hand in hand. It is the best way to spend time here. Walking on those shores, I had the most stunning views ahead of me, my favorite person by my side, and the worries of the world and work far behind us – it couldn’t have been more blissful!
Among the two other reasons I fell in love with this place are its awesome nightlife and the fat range of amazing restaurants in Gili island. They don’t call Gili “Bali’s most sinful island” for nothing! In fact, if you are looking for romantic things to do in Gili, this is it – relaxing amidst its scenic enclaves, dining at the many great restaurants, and enjoying the lit nightlife of this island.
The nightlife scene of this island will remind you of those super crazy parties of the American Pie movie! The bars, night clubs, beach parties, and yacht parties transform the Gili island beaches into a colorful, and melodious hub that you just can’t get enough of.
2. Check Out The Beaches In Nusa Penida
Another charming island near Bali is the Nusa Penida. The scenic beauty will have you feeling you’ve been drawn into your favorite fairytale! Though the water isn’t as clear as in other popular tropical destinations, the postcard-perfect Nusa Penida beaches will leave you with a yearning to stay here forever.
We clicked millions of pictures of the four beaches we visited during our Nusa Penida island tour – Kelingking Beach, Crystal Bay Beach, Broken Beach, and Angel’s Billabong Beach, and still returned with a feeling that we couldn’t capture its beauty perfectly. But though the natural beauty, weather, and scenic backdrop of this exotic paradise are immeasurable, we did not find the water suitable for watersports, so decided against trying any.
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3. Stay At Marriott Hotel In Ubud
Set high up in the hills far away from the commercialized part of town, we found the utterly hospitable Sthala Hotel by Marriott is the best place to stay in Ubud. The enormous property is surrounded by lush greenery and is an attraction in itself. The hotel has awesome rooms with views of green paddy fields, forests, and a sparkling river. The hotel staff was super friendly and attentive to our needs.
Since the location of the hotel was far from the city center, they had an hourly shuttle service for guests that was totally reliable. They also had many activities like traditional Balinese dance performances and several walking tours, but we couldn’t avail any due to our packed itinerary. All in all, we couldn’t have picked a better and more beautiful option for our stay in Ubud!
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4. Pay A Visit To The Majestic Tanah Lot Temple
Many travelers think it is just another tourist attraction in Bali. It’s much more! For once, you’ll be bewitched by the sheer beauty of this place the moment you set your eyes on it. The temple in itself surely is beautiful, but it’s actually the location that makes it so attractive! Where else would you find a temple located right on the beach with high waves constantly crashing over it, creating a picture-perfect vision like no other!
The surroundings have been kept extremely clean and hygienic, which is another reason we loved this place. Though tourists weren’t allowed to enter the temple premises, simply basking in the gorgeous views of this unique sanctum with the melodious sounds of the waves and the surreal backdrop of the setting sun was enough to melt our hearts!
Here’s What Our Customised Bali Tour Looked Like
Day 1: Arrival at Kuta | Check-in at Swiss Bell Hotel | Candlelight dinner at Jimbaran Beach
Day 2: Nusa Penida tour – Kelingking Beach, Crystal Bay Beach, Broken Beach, and Angel’s Billabong Beach
Day 3: Taman Ayun Temple, Tanah Lot Temple, 3D Museum
Day 4: Speedboat transfer to Gili Trawangan | Check-in at Black Penny Villa | Leisure day
Day 5: Leisure Day | Beaches and nightlife
Day 6: Transfer to Ubud | Check-in at Sthala Marriott Hotel | Leisure Day
Day 7: Ubud Monkey Forest, Goa Gajah Caves, Mount Batur Village Tour, Kintamani Village Tour
Day 8: Departure
We Got You Some Bali Travel Tips For A Hassle-Free Bali Tour
- Learn some common words in the Balinese language like “thank you”, “OK”, “sorry”, “which way”, “how much”, and “food”, so that it’s easier to communicate with the locals.
- Spend at least 3 nights in Gili Trawangan to experience the true essence of this place
- Exchange your currency only from authentic stores and centers. Double check the conversion rate and the amount you should be getting before you actually hand over the money.
- Carry a water bottle with you at times.
- Avoid buying water from outside as much as possible. Fill up your bottles in the hotel itself. Packaged food items and water in Bali are very expensive.
- You will easily get 4-5 star hotels in budget. Do not opt for anything below 4-star.
- Most sightseeing points require you to reach them early in the morning. So, plan your itinerary in a way that you don’t end up traveling till late in the night and get proper rest.
- Make sure your knees are covered before you enter any Balinese temple, or you won’t be allowed inside. Wear long pants or buy ‘sarongs’ from the markets nearby.
- Expect maddening traffic in the cities and towns of Bali. Plan your travel accordingly.
- Travel by taxis as they are really cheap in Bali and easily available.
- Confirm the ingredients of whatever you order in Bali restaurants, don’t make assumptions. The menu in their language can be very confusing and you may not like what you end up with, especially vegetarians.
Our Experience With TravelTriangle
Our romantic trip to Bali and Gili Islands served as the perfect way to spend time with each other and take a break from our hectic schedule. But this was made possible only by TravelTriangle who was there to guide us at every step of the planning process without fail. Apart from a slight bump in the road during our transfer to the hotel in Ubud, everything was managed perfectly.
Common Queries We Had While Planning Our Bali Holiday
We had quite a few doubts while we were planning our trips as well as when we were finally packing our bags. Now that we’re back, we would like to answer them here so that others may be able to plan and execute their Bali trip smoothly.
Q1. What is the best month to go to Bali?
As per our research, June and July are supposed to be the best time to visit Bali. It rains continuously in March. And it did rain in Ubud’s Mount Batur for the whole day. Bali peak tourist season is during the months of July and August, and also in December during Christmas and New Year. If you want to experience Bali in its crowd-less form, you can visit during the months of April, May, June, and September.
Q2. Is Bali expensive for tourists?
Bali isn’t expensive as such if you see the value you are paying in terms of the Indian currency. Currently, 1 INR = 205.6 IDR, which should ideally make you feel so much richer when you’re making any sort of transactions in Indonesia. However, on the flip side, the MRP of consumables in Bali are 5 times that of what you get in India. For instance, A bottle of packages drinking water like Bisleri would cost you around INR 100 in Bali, while it’s just INR 20 here in India. A simple dinner of chapati and dal in a budget restaurant in Kuta cost me around INR 2,000.
The hotels, however, are cheap. A couple can stay at a good 4-star or 5-star hotel with breakfast in just around INR 3,000 per day. The taxis are moderately priced. It used to cost us around INR 50-200 for a distance of about 5 km in Bali, which is like 60-70,000 in Indonesian Rupiah (IDR).
Q3. What is there to do in Bali at night?
There is a lot to do in Bali at night. For starters, if you are traveling with your partner, you must not miss out on the experience of having a candle light dinner at any of the picturesque beaches. We had a candle light dinner at Jimbaran Beach, and totally loved the experience as well as the food! You can also head to any of the beachside shacks for dinner or some late-night snacks.
For a crazy nightlife scene, you can join the mad beach and yacht parties, especially in the Gili islands. In fact, the Gili nightlife is amongst the best in Bali. Other than this, there are various night clubs, beach clubs, rooftop bars, pubs, and live music venues in areas like Kuta, Seminyak that you can explore.
If you’re not looking for anything wild, you can simply watch a cultural show or two. Watch a Cabaret Show or get to the Balinese Theatre for a stunning cultural performance with a blend of drama, art, costumes, dance, lights, and music. You can also watch traditional dance performances and live fire shows in (or outside) the many temples. Or just simply head down to a lively Night Market in Sanur, Kereneng, Gianyar, or Badung.
Q4. How many days do you need in Bali?
Ideally, you need at least 7-8 days in Bali if you wish to see all its prime attractions and locations properly. But if you truly wish to experience Bali, and not just see it, you need to spend at least 3 nights in Gili Islands and 1 in Nusa Penida, which is going to bring the number of days to 10-11. If you choose to skip these two places you can easily manage to see Bali in just 8 days.
Q5. What should I buy in Bali?
Bali is a paradise for shopaholics looking for cheap clothes and craft items. The night markets of Sanur, Kereneng, Gianyar, or Badung are literally brimming with things like fine art handicrafts, antique and semi-antique furniture, paintings, delicately carved jewelry, wooden items, stone carvings, masks, woven and dyed fabrics and bags, and much more. You can also buy handicrafts at the Kumbasari Art Market in Denpasar.
You can grab beautiful bags and home decor items made from nature-inspired motifs such as batiks and tropical plants at the many designer stalls and homeware boutique stores. You can also buy cheap silverware and jewelry from local artisans in the many street markets of Kuta and Seminyak. Shoppers can also get a hold of many unique and creative handicrafts at the Tegallalang ‘Handicrafts Village’, like life-size wood carvings of animals, masks, paintings, traditional dance costumes, wall hangings, and more.
There are also various shopping malls and night markets where you can buy designer clothes and cheap apparels respectively. We did not buy anything more than mementos and souvenirs owing to the shortage of time, but we would have loved to explore these markets.
Q6. What should one pack for Bali?
Pack comfortable, light-colored cotton clothes for Bali as the weather remains quite hot and humid. Keep a pair or two of cotton or linen shorts as well as light flip flops as you’ll have to tread in the water a lot. There is no jetty at the Gili Island beaches and the Sanur beach, so you’ll be asked to get down in the water itself once your boat reaches there. For such conditions, sports shoes are not recommended since they’ll take a long time to dry off later.
Carry a small umbrella at all times, especially if you’re visiting in the monsoon season. Apply sunscreen generously before stepping out, wear a scarf to protect yourself against the sun, and carry sufficient medications for food poisoning and fungal infections. Don’t forget to carry mosquito repellents. Also, wear full-length lowers on days when you’re supposed to visit a temple as per your itinerary since one is not allowed to enter a Balinese temple with exposed knees. You can buy some comfortable surrongs for the same from the markets in Bali.
There couldn’t have been a better destination than Bali for their special trip! It is the perfect tropical getaway for a romantic holiday within a budget. Yearning for your own lovey-dovey escape to this exotic land? Get in touch with TravelTriangle’s experienced agents to help you plan your holiday in Bali for a comfortable and memorable experience.
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