Hotel Fees You Can Avoid During Your Staycation

Avoid unnecessary hotel fees during your stay

Planning on staycation in the near future? Make sure to find out information about the fees thoroughly. During this pandemic, staycation can be a safer choice especially when you book hotel that follows the health and safety guidelines well. Staying in a hotel for few days can cost a lot especially when you are being unaware of the fees being charged. There are unfortunately many irritating fees that many guests are not aware of until their time to pay comes. 

Avoid unnecessary hotel fees during your stay

It is possible for you to avoid some of unnecessary fees being charged to you. Hotels fees can be more annoying than airline fees because getting detailed information is not so easy. You need to call the front desk to ask proactively if you don’t want to be charged with amenities you don’t even use or need. And here are some of annoying hotel fees you can avoid during your stay:

Fee for checking in too early or late

Some hotels charge you extra fee if you check in too early or late. You can avoid this fee by checking on time. Make sure you plan our arrival and departure times carefully. It may sound ridiculous that you are being charged for checking too early especially when it is just within few minutes or hours. However, some hotels do charge their guests like this. It’d better if you find more information about this fee from the hotel you are planning on booking beforehand.

Fee for early departure

It sounds indeed annoying for guests to pay extra when they have a change of plan and need to leave earlier than what have been decided at the beginning. Some hotels indeed charge fee if you leave earlier. It is best to ask about this before or during booking process. Hence, you can inform them about your possible changes of plan to them and see if there is any solution to it.

Fee for the minibar

Minibar is often part of the hotel room’s furnishing. However, it is there not for free. Whatever you take, you need to pay for it accordingly. If you don’t plan on taking anything from the minibar, you can notify the staff in advance. Or, simply do not touch anything inside the minibar if you don’t want to get charged by extra fee. Keep in mind that minibar are often equipped with sensor which can detect a motion. So when you touch something from the minibar, the sensor will get activated, automatically adding the fee to your bill even if you don’t consume anything. 

Fee for room safe

Some hotels also charge guests for room safe fee to their bills. The fee can vary depending on the hotels’ regulations and terms. This fee is difficult to notice by guests. You have to talk tot he reservation clerk to know about this fee. You can notify the clerk if you don’t plan to use the safe. They will take this fee out your of bills right away. 

Ubud Beyond Eat Pray Love; 10 Awesome Things to Do

A lot of people get inspired from the Eat, Pray, Love movie and followed Julia Robert’s path around the streets of Ubud, rice terraces, and yoga studios in search of balance and harmony. Ubud is a laid-back traditional Balinese town in central Bali, Indonesia, full of culture, paddy fields, and palm trees. However, there’s more to do in Ubud than recreating the scenes of Eat Pray Love. From fine dining on the riverside to visiting temples and staying in the finest private villa Ubud, this peaceful little town promises a wide range of activities and interesting things to try for everyone. 

A Walk in the Sacred Monkey Forest

A Walk in the Sacred Monkey Forest
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The Monkey Forest is one of a holy site in Ubud which has been around since hundreds year ago. It’s a must see for every tourists who come to Ubud! Just make sure you carry as little as possible with you, as the monkeys are extremely fast and can unzip any knapsack to get to some food! Wearing sunglasses, having a lock on your rucksack, not taking any food, and not looking the monkeys in the eyes is an indication of anger to them. The monkey forest trek takes about 30 minutes, depending on how many monkey shots you take!

Spend the Morning at Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Spend the Morning at Tegallalang Rice Terraces from private villa in Bali
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Tegallalang rice terraces are the most famous rice terraces in Ubud and are only a short drive from Ubud. You may access them at various locations, and some of them will require a gift to the landowners, which they claim is owing to the paths they have constructed. However, the paths are in poor condition and can become very slick, so I would advise wearing decent footwear rather than sandals. The greatest time to visit is near the conclusion of the rainy season, when the rice fields are at their greenest.

Take A Shelter in A Cozy Library

Ganesha is an excellent source for books, film, and music for individuals interested in Indonesian media. If you finish a book on your long-haul travel or during your vacation, contribute it to the store’s Books for Bali program to help the local community.

Visit the Tukad Cepekung Waterfall

The light rays that stream through the cracks in the rocks from the top of the waterfall are well-known. It’s truly one-of-a-kind and breathtaking. It is not important to arrive early because the sun must be high enough in the sky to reach the top of the waterfall and light up the cave in the rock. Wear water-resistant shoes or don’t go because you’ll have to walk through water to get to this one.

Fine Dining on the Riverside

Fine Dining on the Riverside
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One of the few fine dining restaurants in Ubud that caters to both vegetarians and meat eaters, with views of the lush Ubud jungles. Not only does the restaurant have a cozy atmosphere on the inside, but as soon as you step outside onto the balcony, you’ll be transported to a beautiful oasis.

There’s nothing like being surrounded by nature and knowing you’re going to eat a fantastic meal to make you feel better! While you eat, the refreshing river rushes beneath you, presenting you with the calming sounds of rushing water.

There is nothing but greenery in front of you, where the rustling leaves serve as a constant reminder of the cold breeze that surrounds you. Because there are only a few chairs on the outdoor balcony, you’ll be able to escape the din and enter an exclusive location where you may be practically alone and at peace.

Go Glamping in Ubud’s Highland

Glamping simply refers to luxury camping. This trend allows you to get a closer look at the local culture and reconnect with nature. Meet new people and document unforgettable travel experiences. When it comes to elegant camping, Ubud tops the list with its luxurious glamping facilities that provide the ultimate stay in the heart of nature.

Stay in A Picture-Perfect Private Villa Ubud

Stay in A Picture-Perfect Private Villa Ubud

We really recommend to skip the hotels when you are in Ubud and opt for private villa instead. Ubud has plenty of vacation rentals options with private pools and amazing views overlooking the lush rainforest or rice paddies. Stay in one of the best private villas in Ubud, Bali, and be surrounded by beauty and stunning views. Unlike hotels and resort, staying in a private holiday home allows you the absolute independence. You’ll have all the spaces for yourself and able to cook for lunch and dinner, which will save you a lot especially for long term stay. 

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Walk along the Campuhan Ridge

Walk along the Campuhan Ridge
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This is a beautiful crest that runs parallel to the jungle-like lush foliage below. Unfortunately, it rained on the day we planned to visit, but I would highly suggest it! It’s also a great area to fly a drone, and it’s incredibly instagrammable! Again, go there as early as possible because it gets crowded with people and tours later.

Spend the Afternoon in Saraswati Temple

Saraswati Temple, located in the heart of Ubud, is one of the most magnificent temples in the area. Visiting the water temple is free of charge. When entering the sacred grounds, just make sure your shoulders and knees are covered (as with most holy temples in Ubud). When visiting Ubud, it is a good idea to bring a sarong with you. Admire the architectural intricacies and characteristics that honor Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of education and the arts, as well as the tranquil atmosphere.

Tongue-Numbing Dishes That Get You Addicted

For some people, it is such a non-sense to love eating foods that burn our tongue or make you sweat like crazy. However, it is not a thought spicy food lovers can relate to. For them, burning tongue and sweaty body are parts of the best effects of eating delicious, mind-numbing dishes. For them, they reach the satisfaction when they sweat a bucket. There are so many spicy dishes around the world you’d probably like to try but there are the spiciest out there you definitely don’t want to miss out:

Phaal Curry

Phaal Curry

Curry is already considered spicy on its own. However, Phaal Curry is on another level. This Indian dish will test your love of spicy foods. Many other curries get kick of from chili powder, green chilies, garlic, and paprika. Meanwhile, this particular dish take it to another level by adding habanero or scotch hot bonnet pepper. Those are added into the tomato-based sauce. Some people even made homemade version by adding ghost pepper, which is considered one of the spiciest chilies in the world. 

Jjambong

Jjambong is Chinese cuisine that was introduced in South Korea back then around 1880s. you can find Jjambong from restaurant to street food stalls. This is a noodle dish in which the soup is literally mind-blowing due to its spicy level. A bowl of Jjambong is loaded with variety of seafood such as squids and mussels. Added into the bowl is pork, noodles, cabbages, carrots, and zucchini. The special soup is made with kelp, gochugaru, which is a Korean chili powder made from Korean red chili pepper. 

Chilate de Pollo

This dish is packed with lots of delightful ingredients. This is basically braised chicken stew with bright red broth made from dried guajillo chilies and chilies de arbol. Another special ingredient that becomes the key is epazote, a herb which has licorice-like flavor. Even though tongue-numbing, it still taste delicious especially with the tomato base that help temper down the spiciness a little bit. 

Sichuan Hot Pot

Asian countries are known for their varieties of spicy dishes. They taste delightful even though your tongue is at the risk of getting burnt. And one of the spiciest dishes of all is Sichuan hot pot from China. It is interesting dish where you are served  a bowl of deep, red, steaming, bubbling broth. The key of the mind-numbing spiciness is Sichuan red chili and peppercorns. Other ingredients to add include tofu, beef, and some vegetables. Not only will your mouth feel the burn, your eyes will water, and your forehead will sweat a bucket. 

Rujak

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Rujak is fruit salad originally from Indonesia and can taste lots spicier than you think. Of course, the level of spiciness can be adjusted accordingly. However, the original rujak can make you sweat heavily. The main ingredients are varieties of fruits such as mangoes, papayas, guavas, star fruits, and more. It is then added special sauce made from palm sugar, lots of chili peppers, a bit of salt, a bit of shrimp paste, and tamarind paste.

Start Your Bali Nusa Lombok Journey Live Onboard

The Indonesian archipelago is made up of over thirteen thousand islands and is located inside the Coral Triangle. Among these islands, Bali is one of the most popular tourist attractions. Of course, it is also home to a number of outstanding dive locations. As a result, the Island of the Gods is serviced by a number of Indonesian liveaboards. The length of live onboard will often depend on how many islands you choose to visit. Diving cruises are available in two types: motorized dive vessels and traditional Indonesian sailing boats. Motor yachts are less prevalent in Bali than sailing boats, and the majority of them are modest and comfortable. If you want a little more luxury, boat charter Bali very large cabins with ensuite baths and a classy dining area.

sundeck with chair, table, and lazy chair - Start Your Bali Nusa Lombok Journey Live Onboard

Plan your Live onboard

USAT Liberty

Your live onboard journey will start from Bali! Diving and exploring shipwrecks offers a unique and thrilling diving adventure. For diving lovers, Bali is a paradise to see the spectacular underwater beauty. The most beautiful USAT Liberty wreck in Indonesia, even the world.

USAT Liberty shipwreck
Underwater shoot of USAT Liberty wreck. Tulamben, Bali island, Indonesia

The reefs on the USAT Liberty ship have been formed since 1942. The location of the USAT Liberty ship is not too far from the coast, about 15 meters, with fairly safe current conditions. This makes it easier for divers to move and approach the USAT Liberty location.

Japanese Shipwreck, Jemeluk Bay

This Bali private yacht charter will take you to Jemeluk Bay in Amed, where you may go diving. Amed is a magnificent underwater paradise in eastern Bali. Amed has several diving spots that showcase the beauty of coral reefs and fish varieties.

Japanese Shipwreck

Some of the locations are unique; for example, you can witness the wreck of a Japanese shipwreck called “Japanese Shipwreck.” The underwater post box is visible while spot diving in Amed, which makes it even more distinctive.

Gili island live onboard

Every year, tens of thousands of divers visit Gili, usually to take scuba lessons and expand their expertise and training. Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air are three small islands that make up the Gili Islands archipelago. On Gili Trawangan, Manta has to be our favorite dive shop. Any of your scuba courses can be completed in Manta.

Shark Point 

Shark Point is one of the most popular dive sites on Gili Trawangan. When you enter the water at Shark Point, you’ll be greeted by a coral reef plateau that drops to roughly 18 meters. Non-divers may find this frightening, but if you’ve ever dived with reef sharks, you’ll know that it’s an incredible experience! The black-tipped and white-tipped reef sharks that patrol these waters are actually quite shy and pose little danger to humans. Green sea turtles are abundant on Gili Trawangan, and Shark Point is a great site to see them.

jemeluk bay

Nusa Island

Over 250 varieties of coral and nearly 600 species of reef fish may be found on the three islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. Furthermore, this archipelago is one of the Coral Triangle’s most biodiverse areas. From August through October is the optimum time to look for it. The Mola Mola lives deep in the ocean, but during certain months, they come up to the surface to be cleaned of parasites. Diving Nusa Lembongan guarantees the finest underwater experience you can imagine, with the famed Mola-mola (Oceanic sunfish) at Crystal Bay and enormous Manta rays at Manta Point.

Iconic Street Foods Around The World You Should Try

As the city streets are slowly coming to life again when the situation of the global pandemic has gotten better, it is time to make a list of street foods you want to eat to help you relive some of the stress while also indulging your taste buds. There are so many delectable street delicacies around the world worth a try. Some of the best street foods in the world often double as a history lesson as well. There are interesting stories about traditions, cultures, or communities that has been brought back to some of the street foods. And here are several of them worth a try:

Cuttlefish Skewer

Cuttlefish Skewer Fei Jei, Hong Kong

This is street food you can find at Fei Jei, Hong Kong. Fei Jei is a type of vendor known for its vast array of innards.  Fei Jei was the original owner of this vendor who was selling this skewers with her father. Today, the vendor is operated by her son and continue to pull in the crowds. Aside from cuttlefish skewer, you can also find other menu in this vendor such as pig offal, intestines, turkey kidney, etc. However, the cuttlefish skewer is surely the highlight. It is made by flash-boiling and rendering to make it tender. It is then dipped is a soy-based marinade. Some mustard and sweet sauce are added to enrich the flavor. 

Tamagoyaki

Tamagoyaki

From the name itself, you must already know where this street food comes from. Yes, it is a Japanese street foods you can mostly find in Tokyo. To get the best one, visit a small shop called Tsukji Shouro Honten at the Tsukji Outer Market. Tamagoyaki itself is a sort of rolled omelette crafted with dashi or soy sauce. The shop itself was established in 1924 so you can imagine how many generations love this shop and its Tamagoyaki. You can also try another variation called Tamagoyaki Sando, where the omelette is smeared with Japanese mayo and encased in shokupan or white bread. 

Fricasse 

Fricasse

This street food can be found in Paris, especially at the Chez Bob, a tiny counter that has been a legend in Paris since 1982. Tunisian Fricasse is the signature dish of this legendary place. It is sort of sandwich stuffed with peppers, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, black olives, and white tuna. All the ingredients are covered in homemade harissa and cradled inside a crusty roll. This street food has its interesting history you can learn more about when you order it to the chef. 

Kota

Kota

This street food is one of the most iconic in South Africa and you can find it at Kota King in Sweto. This dish is made with a bread that has been hollowed out then filled with various ingredients such as meat, french fries, eggs, cheese, and sauces. This street food has been part of the local culture and tradition that there is a festival dedicated to the dish. At Kota King, you can try Kota with more elevated taste made by the owner.

Five Top Surfing Locations to Build A Villa in Bali

Five Top Surfing Locations to Build A Villa in Bali

Have you ever think of building a villa in Bali made especially for surfers? With tight competition of vacation rental and lodgings in Bali, one needs to stay creative and take one step ahead to stay in top of the competition. Being unique and maintain a strong identity of your own can help your business thrive and survive. You don’t need to have a villa in popular location in Bali in order to success. Carving out a carefully-planned strategy and choosing targeted market can put you on top of the game, and surf villa is one of them. 

Why Building A Villa in Surf Location Bali

Five Top Surfing Locations to Build A Villa in Bali

When surfers visits Bali to catch some waves, they want to choose a vacation property on or near the beach will allow them to make the most of their time in the water. Surf sites that are popular are likely to have beach access and storage, making it convenient for surfers to get their boards in and out.

Surfside vacation rentals provide guests with amazing views as well as the convenience of being close to popular surf spots. So, what do you say about building a surf house? Below are five best locations in Bali to build a surf B&B and villas.

Old Man/ Batu Bolong Beach, Canggu

Batubolong Beach—also known as “Old Man’s”—is located on the West Coast about 25 minutes north of Kuta. It’s considered a part of Canggu’s surf village. This beach is another excellent choice for intermediate and beginner surfers. With a reef bottom contour that is quite flat, this place usually produces medium-sized, soft longboard waves that break and reform multiple times. This helps to disperse the crowds and ensures that everyone has an opportunity to catch some waves.

Local youngsters rent out an outstanding assortment of boards right in front of the place in the parking lot. 

Padang Padang Beach, Uluwatu

A local warung in Bingin, Padang Padang.
A local surf warung in Bingin, Padang Padang. Image by @padangpadangsurfcampbali

Padang Padang, which hosts the annual Rip Curl Cup, is famed for its long tube rides and steep reef bottoms. When the waves are high, this surf spot known as the Balinese Pipeline is absolutely not for beginners. It boasts a monstrous left hand wave that can reach 5 to 12 feet in length. Booties might be an excellent option here because the reef can be rather sharp. On the right side, though, there is a modest beach break that is suitable for novices.

Padang Padang is a popular surfing destination between Bingin and Uluwatu, and it can get a little crowded at times. However, currently there are not many surfing B&B and villas in this Bali location yet. Having a vacation rental in this secluded Bali surf spot doesn’t only mean less competitions, but also potentially increase your popularity among surfers. 

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Green Bowl, Bukit Peninsula

Green Bowl, a not-so-secret surf location on the Bukit Peninsula, is named after the bowl-shaped ocean floor that is visible during low tide. The river reflects the greenery around it and is very breathtaking. There won’t be many people here because it’s not easily accessible (there are hundreds of concrete steps just to get to the beach). Green Bali or Green Balls are other names for it.

Nusa Lembongan

The little island of Nusa Lembongan is located west of Bali. It is without a doubt our favorite surfing spot in Bali, and one that we constantly look forward to visiting throughout our 12- and 18-day Bali Surf Trips. This small oasis is only a 25-minute boat trip from Sanur’s coast, yet the surf spots are half as crowded as those in Bali.

The best surf places are on the island’s north shore, facing Bali. Because of its location, swells have a tougher time penetrating the area, resulting in lower waves on Nusa Lembongan than on Bali. This makes it an excellent choice for novice surfers. The reef breakers on Nusa Lembongan are tide-dependent and create a totally diverse scene depending on how big or tiny the waves are.

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Keramas Beach, Gianyar

Bali is known for its ‘black beaches,’ where the sands are extremely dark, and what was previously one of Bali’s best-kept secrets has now become even more well-known and popular among surfers. Because it is widely regarded as one of Bali’s best waves, it is frequently the site of competitions like Billabong and Oakley. The black sand beach stretches for ten kilometers and provides spectacular sunset views in the afternoon. This location is quite secluded from the usual tourist spot in Bali, so any villa will quickly filled up with tourists. 

Are Homestays Better Than Hotels For Your Stay During A Trip

Accommodation is one of the most important elements when it comes to travel. You need to make sure that you will be staying in a safe accommodation that can provide you sufficient necessities. Hotels have been considered one of the most used accommodation regardless of the travel type people take. They have been there for a long time to accommodate travelers. However, you can find more options of accommodation now, including homestays. 

Are Homestays Better Than Hotels For Your Stay During A Trip
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Why homestays are more interesting to stay at during travel

Homestay itself is a part of someone home converted into accommodation specifically for visitors. The cost can be varied depending on so many factors. The host is the local family who provide sleeping arrangements for visitors and add other services such as breakfast, travel arrangements, pickups, laundry, etc. It operates almost like hotel but more customized and personalized. And here are several reasons why homestays have attracted more travelers nowadays:

Embracing authentic local experience

When you choose homestays for the trip, you get authentic local experience better than when you stay in the hotel. It is because you stay with the local family who know better about the true essence of the place. You get to build a connection with the place through the insider’s help. You can also ask many things to the local family about the place you are planning to explore. Hence, you can see beyond the tourist trail. 

Provide comfort when you are away from your home

During a trip, it is common to feel anxiety, nervous or uncomfortable. Added with staying in a hotel where everything looks stiff, you might start missing your home. Meanwhile, staying at homestays for the trip can help in easing up your discomfort. Homestays provide warm experience you can feel when you are at your own home. You can do what you always do such as strolling the house, enjoying a cup of tea in the balcony, etc. 

Enjoy home-cooked meals

The local family as a host usually provide meals as well in their service. This is the best chance for you to fully taste the authentic dishes. Home-cooked meals by local residents are the best to experience the authentic taste. You can also learn more about the dish by watching how they prepare it, the secret recipe, the story behind, etc. Also, you may request it as you prefer. For example, you may ask to adjust the level of spiciness or sweetness of the dish. 

Contribute to local economy

Another reason why homestays is better than hotel is that you can actually contribute to the local economy. Small and simple establishment might be a life-saving income for the host family who run it. This way, you also help the destination to grow and prosper. This is one of the ways you can give back to the community when travel. You might just stay for a few days but it could cause a greater good for the local community and economy. And this is how you travel sustainably and responsibly.

Better Vacation to Dragon Habitat with Private Boat Charter

Komodo is one of the most beautiful summer destinations in Indonesia, and it is gradually catching up to its bigger sister, Bali. Every year, thousands of tourists go to the region in pursuit of the world’s last dragons, which are fiercely protected by UNESCO and proudly stand as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Komodo is brimming with a wide range of adventure opportunities, and you may choose which one is right for you. Several liveaboard boats sail between the surreal-looking islets and translucent blue sea, taking you to fascinating destinations. Among these liveaboard tours is a private boat charter that you can rent solely for yourself. Sail only with your close friends, family, or loved one without any stranger interrupting the trip.

sundeck - Better Vacation to Dragon Habitat with Private Boat Charter
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If you like your own independence and solitude, a private liveaboard would be ideal for you. Here are some of the benefits of sailing on a private liveaboard vacation to Komodo with no one else on board:

Getting Secluded in the Bliss of Private Boat charter

Do you know how to get the most out of a vacation? A chance to get away from people and be completely immersed in Mother Nature’s gorgeous creations, shutting down “reality” on the other side of the planet and become completely alone in blissful seclusion. Is it possible to achieve “blissful isolation” with a dozen other individuals there (not to mention the fact that most of them would be strangers)?

dining area outdoor

Now, imagine the bliss of sailing in a private 3 days Phinisi boat tour from Labuan Bajo to Komodo Island. You and your chosen companions are the only ones on the boat. They could be your significant other, family, or close pals. This sailing tour can be an opportunity to perfectly dwell on exquisite gateway while enjoying quality alone time with your companion, with wide open seas, Komodo’s stunning landscape, and nobody else around.

No Need to Please Everyone

While an open journey might be uplifting, it also implies that numerous demands must be met. Sometimes the tour organizers must reach a hasty decision about which island to visit for the first time the next morning. In a Komodo boat charter, however, you (and your travel companion) will be the only passengers, so there will be no unneeded hassle or argument to resolve.

dining area indoor with glasses and cusines on board

Do you wish to see the dawn in Gili Lawa at 5 a.m.? Do you have a hankering for a gluten-free, carb-free seafood treat for dinner? Need to spend a little more time in beautiful Padar for some photography? Just go ahead and speak with your team! When you book a private boat charter in Labuan Bajo, the crews will put your needs first.

The Best Vacation is Kept Under Wraps

The best way to see Komodo is to go on your own personalized trip. However, if you’re going on an open excursion, it’ll be challenging. Operators frequently construct a cookie-cutter vacation schedule that will fit practically everyone’s needs to prevent conflicts.

When it comes down to personal preference, the open trip’s itinerary that’s designed for everyone might not satisfy your desire. You might still want to stay on the pink beach a little longer, go to Rinca after Komodo Island only to view more dragons, or forgo the day’s dive simply because you don’t feel like it.

The only time you can have a custom trip is if you rent the liveaboard exclusively for yourself.

Best Things To Do When Visiting Bali Indonesia

Now that Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport is already open to welcome international tourists from specified 19 countries, you don’t have to wait any longer to spend quality time in Bali. This is one of the most beautiful islands in the planet. Hence, there are so many people want to pay a visit. And the situation with covid-19 has restricted our freedom to travel. And now, bali is already open and what you have to do is to plan your trip and make your itinerary. Here are recommendations of best things to do for when you visit Bali:

Visit temples

Best Things To Do When Visiting Bali Indonesia

There are so many ancient, sacred temples in Bali that are open for visitors. What interesting from these temples is not only its ancient and beautiful architecture but also the location where they are perched. For example, Tanah lot temple is one of the most iconic because it it is also located on top of a rock, surrounded by the waves of the open sea. There is also Uluwatu temple which is perched on top of a cliff edge, presenting wider range of seascapes. There are many more unique and interesting temples worth visiting for you can choose. 

Get closer to the nature

Get closer to the nature

Bali is also popular for its paradise-like nature. And one of the most interesting places to visit is rice field. It is not just a regular rice field. The rice terraces of Tegallalang offer the best views of nature. It is located in Ubud. And the best time to pay a visit is in the morning so you can have  lazy stroll while enjoying fresh morning breeze. Aside from Tegallalang, Jatiluwih also offers amazing view of rice terraces. So you can pick your choice. 

Get your adventure

Get your adventure

Bali is known for its beaches but it is not the only thing you can enjoy while you are in Bali. You can also go get your adventure by hiking an active volcano. Mount Batur is is still active but still so many people want to explore this majestic place. It is best to join a group tour to catch the sunrise from the summit. Or, you can also explore Kintamani, a mountain village in central Bali. It is still part of Mount Batur. You can do many things here such as sightseeing, taking pictures, or interacting with the residents of the village. 

Shop and dine

Shop and dine

There are plenty of art markets in Bali you can visit that sell variety of craft and hand-made souvenirs. For example, there is Ubud Art Market located across the road from the Ubud Royal Palace. Explore small shops in the market and pick your own favorites from silk scarves, handmade woven bags, statues, hats, to kites. Then, don’t forget to enjoy culinary scene in Bali where you get to taste authentic Balinese dishes such as Sate Lilit, Babi Guling, Betutu, Lawar, and variety of seafood. You can visit one of the beachfront restaurants and cafes so that you can enjoy your meals with amazing views of the ocean. 

12 Secret Tips for Better Vacation in Nusa Dua Luxury Resorts

12 Secret Tips for Better Vacation in Nusa Dua Luxury Resorts

The Nusa Dua Bali tourism area is distinct from the rest of Bali’s tourist areas. The difference is Nusa Dua’s seclusion from the rest of the community. The road at the ITDC Nusa Dua portion is relatively broad, and it is properly maintained. Aside from a well-kept motorway, there is a tourist-friendly walking trail and a well-kept garden area. There are also just resorts, villas, and luxury hotels within ITDC Nusa Dua. All of the above features entice travellers seeking elegance, comfort, and safety while on vacation in Bali to stay in the Nusa Dua tourism sector.

Save Budget by Preparing Snacks & Quick Meal Before Coming to Nusa Dua Resorts

Once you get into the comfort of hotel & resort bubble in Nusa Dua, you will feel too lazy to get dressed for a quick trip to a convenience store. The gated ITDC complex where these 5 star Nusa Dua beach resorts reside is the epitome of luxurious neighbourhood with no small convenience store in sight. 

Save Budget by Preparing Snacks & Quick Meal Before Coming to Nusa Dua Resorts

Prepare ahead by stocking up some snacks you can munch on anytime. In the meanwhile, you might also want to stock on some Indonesian instant pot noodles. They’re quick easy meal you can whip in the room just with hot water and they actually taste delicious! Believe us—instant pot noodles have saved us million times on vacation. 

Bring Lots of Water 

You cannot drink raw tap water in Indonesia—unless you want to spend 3 days on continuous bathroom trip. The resort will give you two bottled water each day, but you’ll need more than that. So, don’t forget to buy couples of 1,5L bottled water during your snack-stocking trip to save you from dehydration.

Our tips: put all of your snacks, water, & instant foods inside a small suitcase or bag for easy carry. 

Boil Tap Water for Tea & Instant Food 

Now you know how precious water can be during your stay in a secluded resort, save more water by boiling tap water for tea and instant food. You will find water boiler in your room—once you boil the water, it’s good to consume. 

Google-Map Research for Nearby Eat-Out in the Area

We’re all too familiar with how pricey meals can be when dining out, let alone while on vacation. Three meals every day, especially when you eat up in the resort’s restaurants all the time, can quickly mount up. Research restaurants and eateries around Benoa & Nusa Dua you can visit for cheaper lunch and dinner. 

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Use Online Meal Delivery Service 

Don’t want to walk out from the comfort of the Nusa Dua beach resort Bali? Download Indonesia’s Gojek & Grab application (similar to Uber) and browse the vast selection of food—from fast food to Indonesian delicacies from hundreds of restaurants—you can order from there. 

Know the Schedule for Pools, Spa, Kids Clubs, & Other Places in the Nusa Dua Beach Resort

Max out your Nusa dua resort hotel vacation time by knowing exactly at what time facilities are opened. Some resorts, for example, opened the pool by 8 am but facilities like hot jacuzzi and pool slides will only be activated from 10.00 to 16.00. Don’t miss anything. 

Check Out the Schedule for Yoga & Other Activities

Check Out the Schedule for Yoga & Other Activities

Do you know that you can join a morning yoga class in a Benoa resort in Bali? Ask the receptionist or read your resort guide to know every details of activity schedule in the resort!

Research the Resort Restaurants

Although you may not consider eating to be a part of your agenda, one of the finest aspects of resort life is the variety of food alternatives available. If you look into the resort’s possibilities ahead of time, you’ll be able to get a reservation at a popular restaurant and pick the best time to fit it in amongst your other activities.

Add Pool & Beach Time to Your Itinerary

Add Pool & Beach Time to Your Itinerary

You might not think to check ahead of time to see what pools are available, but most resorts have a variety of options, from adult-only to kid-friendly pools, wave pools to splashpads, and even lazy rivers. By planning ahead of time the pools you wish to visit, you can ensure that you don’t miss out on anything throughout your vacation.

Also, remember one thing when you want to spend a day in the Nusa dua beach in the resort. The early bird gets the worm. If you get early to the beach, you’ll be able to obtain a prime spot for sand and sun. If you plan on spending the entire day at the beach or pool, book a cabana if one is available. This will provide you with a spot to relax and store your items when you are away from the sun.

Time the Spa Day

Spa regulars know that getting your spa day just right is half the battle. Do you want to start your vacation with a pleasant massage or wait until after an excursion to relax? When choosing a day and time for your appointment, be strategic. In any case, set aside some time before and after your appointment to rest and enjoy the spa’s services.

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Do Not be Too Ambitious on Itinerary Schedule

Relax, you are staying in a resort! Give plenty of free time in your schedule and allow yourself to just enjoy the resort. Don’t jam-packed your itinerary or you’ll come back to the resort feeling tired and not able to enjoy anything at all. Also, keep in mind that it takes time to get from point “A” to point “B”. Especially if you put Bali’s traffic into the equation. 

Our recommendation: set at least one and half slow day to just relax, swim, and lounge around the resort.