Bali has a special place in my heart. I was there last May and it’s definitely still one of my favorite memories. From Ubud, Seminyak, Kuta and Jimbaran, I wished I had more time to explore the rest of Bali! Prices in Bali vary GREATLY. It can be very budget friendly to very very expensive. This makes it a great paradise for many backpackers as well as honeymooners looking for a great time.
One of my favorite ways to get around Bali (and probably one of the easiest) is by Uber and Grab taxi! Though both are not favorable in many places, they still exist. I’ve taken some regular taxis but I felt like my Grab drivers were more talkative and a simple way to get to know a little more of local culture. On the day of arrival, I called an Uber driver from DPS airport. And boy was DPS’s arrival terminal hectic! Many taxi drivers will wait there insisting there is no Uber or Grab. If you head straight out into the parking deck, you can call a Grab or Uber.
A ride from DPS to Ubud(1.5hr ride) cost about $30USD. It’s hard to find a Grab or Uber ride back once you’re in Ubud though so ask for your driver’s info and if he is willing to come pick you back up. Mine was! Although many hotels in Ubud do offer car hires, they are pricier than the typical Grab ride. The only time I booked a car hire was to see the Ulun Danu Bratan Temple and several other attractions in the countryside. I stayed at the Puri Sebali in Ubud. It overlooks some of the most amazing rice terraces and in the morning you’re welcome to join their morning walks or bike rides. The breakfast is fabulous and the infinity pool is also a big plus.
In Jimbaran, we loved having dinner on the beach. There are several stalls that will let you pick which seafood you’d like them to cook displayed at their storefront. Everything is served with a side of sauteed garlic morning glory and rice. Super fresh and super simple! When you see a cart of grilled corn rolling by, make sure to get some! Which brings me to some of my other favorite places to grab a refreshing bite in Bali! Nalu bowls and Cafe Organic serve up some of the most amazing pressed juices, salads, fruit and smoothie bowls.
On lazy days, I simply enjoyed lounging by the pool with a nice cool drink. The Ayana Resort in Bali has some of the most amazing pools! They even sell ice cream by the pool which was quite satisfying on a hot summer day. Though prices here are comparable to U.S. pricing, the Rock Bar is definitely the place to go to get drinks and watch a beautiful sunset. The Rock Bar is right past the ocean pool and literally on a big rock. Ayana also has a sister hotel called the Rumba Jimbaran. Guests at the Rimba have access to Ayana’s grounds and pools. Both resorts are magical so make sure to visit both!
Jimbaran beach has huge waves and can be a bit scary to swim in. Aside from the beach BBQs I would recommend going to Nusa Dua or Kuta for beaches. There’s a great vibe in Kuta and if you’re looking to surf, this is your place. You can also find parties and nighttime entertainment in Kuta. The energy here is young and fun! I feel like Jimbaran is a bit more quite and more suitable for newlyweds looking for a romantic escape.