Today, I’m sharing the second entry to my three-part Bali series. Last week I showed an inside peak into my stay at the beautiful St. Regis Bali Resort and next week I’m taking you back to yet another slice of heaven. Although it was hard to leave the two resorts we stayed at….we did venture off on the daily to explore what the beautiful Bali had to offer. Prepping this post, I had a difficult time narrowing down and curating my photos to share with you all. As a result of an overwhelming amount of photos and lists, I decided instead to showcase my 5 Top Highlights!
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When I was planning my trip to Bali, I knew I had to visit a rice field. Indonesia is the third-largest producer of rice in the world and makes up approximately more than half of the calories in the average diet of the locals. As a weekly consumer of rice (although it doesn’t make up half of my calories) I was excited to see how this diet staple comes to life. As I looked below into the field, not only was I amazed by what goes into such production but how breathtaking the view was in front of me.
If you are looking for a beautiful sunset and tasty drinks that differs from anywhere else in the world, then Rock Bar Bali is for you. This bar is perched atop a distinctive rock along the Jimbaran Bay coast. Although I was told that it has become a tourist attraction, I did not share this experience. My husband and I were able to get a seat out on the patio with a perfect view of the sunset. I alternated between a Rockito (vodka, mint spring, fresh lemon and orange) and rose while Paul enjoyed Bingtang (Indonesia brewed beer).
Although I think the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, Bali is a must see, I have to admit that I have since acquired a fear of monkeys. Although I was in a nature reserve and Hindu complex, I felt scared of the unpredictable behavior I observed from the monkeys. They were literally jumping from branch to branch and stealing food out of tourists hands. Reflecting as I write this post, perhaps what actually scared me was how intelligent this species is! That being said, if you are visiting Bali make sure to go to Ubud (the most adorable town) and visit the real life Curious George!
I have been fortunate enough to travel a few countries in my life time and although many of them are known for their food (Italian pasta…yummy) I have never enjoyed food more than I have in Bali. The majority of the time I prefer to eat clean, whole foods that are packed with nutrients (majority…not all the time of course). Everywhere we ate in Bali we were served the most colourful dishes with the freshest ingredients. Although I have a long list of favourite places to eat in Bali, Sea Circus in the city of Seminyak is a must stop! This colourful restaurant is not only the perfect backdrop for a coffee photo but the food was even more delicious than it looked.
COLOURS OF BALI
Although this last highlight may seem vague, I still think of the colours I spotted in Bali daily. As mentioned above, the smoothies I drank, the energy bowls I ate and the fresh fruits I ordered by the pool were all in such rich colours that are impossible to replicate. Even though I was on a two-week holiday and not much could upset me, I do feel that being surrounded by such uplifting and vibrant colours impacted my mood in the most positive way.
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Blare June xx