Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Trip to The Famed Island of the Gods - Bali, Indonesia

We brought the kids to the beautiful island of Bali during the recent March school holiday. Wifey did quite a fair bit of research on the island and decided to book a Villa at Semiyak - a quieter city with more upscale beachside resorts and villas.

Chandra Villa is situated in the Oberoi area of Seminyak, north of Legian. The 3-bedroom villa which we booked had a private swimming pool and generous open-plan living and dining areas with fully equipped kitchen.

Villa Entrance

Pavement leading to individual Villas

Continental breakfast was prepared and served by the butlers in our villa every morning.

We spent most of the time in the Villas swimming, reading and sun bathing and also requested massage treatment in our villa itself.

Seminyak is renowned for its endless range of dining choices, especially on Jalan Raya Seminyak and Jalan Laksmana. The variety of cuisine, style, setting and ambience is truly inspiring. One of our favourite was Rumours along Jalan Raya Seminyak. The price was reasonable (compared with Singapore) and the food interesting and good.

The other restaurant worth mentioning was Oceans27 at Kuta area. Located along the beach behind Discovery Shopping Mall, it is both a restaurant and a beach club. Here, you can enjoy the sunset while drinking cocktails and have fantastic grilled dinner on the beach listening to the DJ’s playing chill out music.

Other than lazing in the Villa and finding good food around the area, we booked a 7-seater MPV with driver on one of the days and went to few famous places of interest such as the active volcano Mount Batur, Ubud the center of Art and the scenic Tanah Lot Temple at the coast.

Along the way, the driver also stopped us at some interesting places like a hidden shop in the bushes selling local fruits and products.

Unlike any other islands in largely Muslim Indonesia, Bali is a pocket of Hindu religion and culture. I was unaware of this until this trip and was surprised to find out that one of their famous dishes was "Babi Guling" - Suckling Pig.

Seminyak Beach

Man selling peanuts at Seminyak Beach

Satay hawker 

Babi Guling at Ibu Oka

It is different from the suckling pig we have in Singapore

An old lady roasting the coffee beans

Local Spices

Exotic local fruits

Ubud Central

Central Market, Ubud

Padi Terrace

Lake Batur

Tanah Lot Temple

Kite Flying at Kuta Beach

All in all, it was a very enjoyable and relaxing trip and I am quite sure we will be back very soon in the near future.
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