Bali is an Indonesian island that possesses a timeless tropical beauty and cultural charm. It has sacred Hindu temples, lush green scenery, amazing people, and beautiful beaches. On top of that, it’s extremely affordable. I’ve been to Bali twice now and I truly love it. Why do I love Bali so much? Find out below!
The people of Bali are the top 3 nicest people that I have ever encountered. Almost everyone has a smile on their face and is eager to learn more about you. As a Black woman, I often worry about how I will be treated because of the color of my skin but I have experienced nothing but love and kindness from the Balinese.
Balinese food is affordable, delicious, and made with the freshest ingredients! One of the most popular dishes is nasi goreng, which is an Indonesian fried rice. Balinese people eat a lot of fresh veggies and staples found in other Asian cuisines such as rice and noodles. When in Bali, you can always get a freshly squeezed juice or pressed smoothie with your meal. The island also has a sizable population of foreigners who have opened restaurants with cuisines from their home countries. I recommend exploring the streets surrounding your hotel or downloading the app GoJek and ordering delivery.
One of my favorite places is Buddha Bowl where you can get a delicious meal and a huge coconut for around $7.
Speaking of food, I strongly believe that the best way to learn about a culture through the food. With that being said, it’s imperative to take a cooking class in Bali!
Most cooking classes are in the town of Ubud. It’s the cultural heart of Bali and has been recently popularized by the movie Eat, Pray, Love. Most classes offer free pickup and drop off if you are staying within Ubud.
I took a cooking class at Paon Bali and it was amazing! I learned how to cook so many dishes and it was very interactive and hands-on.
The dollar goes FAR in Bali. You can stay in a 4-star hotel for under $60 per night and eat meals for under $10. A 50-minute Uber ride costs around $11. I also got a gel manicure for only $16, half the price of what I would pay at home. Although there are gorgeous, expensive resorts, anyone on any budget can go to Bali and feel very comfortable.
Potato Head is an ultra-hip beach club in Seminyak. I absolutely LOVE Potato Head! The food is great and the drinks are on point.
For Bali standards, it’s pretty pricey but if you’re from a big city, the prices are on par.
If you are with a group of people and want to reserve a cabana, you must go add your name to the list when it opens.
They don’t take online or phone reservations for cabanas and there is literally always a waitlist.
Balinese massages are very calming and relaxing. The Balinese massage technique combines Chinese, Ayurvedic, and even Swedish techniques with essential oils to stimulate the flow of your blood and chi energy in your body. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? There are massages places all over and even smaller hotels have massage therapists on staff. Be aware that all massages are not created equal so make sure you check out the place and the reviews before you go.
Although Bali is a small island, it boasts a diverse landscape. There are sandy and cliffside beaches everywhere.
There are also lush green jungles and rice paddy fields, mountains, and volcanoes. It’s truly a picturesque destination.
Do you love Bali yet?