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Heavenly Bali

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A February 2006 trip to Bali by beautysan

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Quote: This is an extreme trip, staying in an exclusive hill resort one day, and stay at the rock-bottom price guest house on the other. Both ways, Bali is full of fun and sun.

Heavenly Bali

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The luxurious hill resorts in Ubud are highly recommended for total seclusion and relaxation. Just close your eyes and pick any of them. All of them must have something great to offer. Balinese food - Babi guling (roasted pork rice) and Bebek Bengil (dirty duck). Very tasty! Most of all, Balinese smiles. People are very friendly and helpful there. They provide top-notch service with top of the world smiles. You'll love them and wonder why terrorism could ever happen to people as lovely as them?! Quick Tips: Best handicraft shopping can be found in Ubud. I managed to haggle the price down 60%! Best Balinese furniture shopping can be found in Seminyak...Read More

Komaneka at Tanggayuda

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Komaneka at Tanggayuda Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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We were very lucky to be able to grab the great deal from Komaneka ; a 2-day, 1-night stay at Komaneka Tanggayuda that only cost $185 (this promotion is no longer valid now). For this great price, we got the best room of the resort (the valley pool villa), where we had a private villa with spectacular view of the valley from our plunge pool and gazebo—privacy guaranteed. The interior of the villa consists of typical Balinese furnishings; like the four-poster, king-size bed, and comfortable daybed. There is also a CD and DVD player, and we could borrow CD or DVD from the resort library. The washroom is huge, it can probably fit one and a half bedrooms in my apartment. There are two vanities, one dre...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 29, 2006

Komaneka at Tanggayuda
Banjar Tanggayuda, Kedewatan, Ubud
Bali
+62 361 978123

BluePoint Bay Villas & Spa

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Hotel | "Blue Point Bay Villa & Spa"

BluePoint Bay Villas & Spa Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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If you are looking for a vacation away from it all, and dine-in meals at your resort instead of in town, this resort is the ideal place to be. Situated at a cul-de-sac near the Uluwatu temple (about 1 hour bumpy ride from Kuta), it offers a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean below. Especially spectacular is the infinity pool that gives the optical illusion of flowing water into the ocean far below the cliff. This resort also has a beautiful glass wedding chapel, a smaller version of the glass chapel at Tirtha Bali Uluwatu. Room rates vary from a $120 standard studio, to a $680 presidential ocean view villa. The staff here is very friendly as well. We just visited the villa to spend the time ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2006

BluePoint Bay Villas & Spa
Jalan Labuansait
Bali 80364
+62 361 769 888

Bali Summer Hotel

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This hotel is situated in a perfect location, within walking distance to Kuta beach (only 200m away!) and within the bustling shopping district itself. For $25 per double room per night (breakfast included), it is truly a bargain. The double room is equipped with air-conditioning, a private bathroom, a telephone, and an in-house cable TV. There are cheaper rooms with less amenities. Ask at the reception for choices of rooms, and it is perfectly okay to bargain for lower prices than the published rates. There is also a swimming pool in the hotel if you have had enough of the hassling in Kuta beach. The hotel provides free airport transfers, as well as free transport to the seafood restaurant at Jim...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 10, 2006

Bali Summer Hotel
Jalan Pantai Kuta No. 38
Kuta, Bali
+62 361 751503

Dewangga Bungalows

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Dewangga Bungalows Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Dewangga Bungalows is centrally located in the heart of Ubud, the cultural district of Bali. Set amidst a lush tropical garden and trickling water features, the bungalows are all individually designed with Balinese furnishing and original carvings by a renowned Balinese artist. We stayed at Dewangga Homestay, the cheapest category of Dewangga Bungalows, which cost us only Rp140000 per night for a double room with ensuite facility and hot shower, breakfast included. There is only fan in the room and mosquito coils are provided. The room is basic but comfortable. What I like most is the patio outside the room, where we could relax and laze around on the bamboo arm chair. The only complaint I have wa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 10, 2006

Dewangga Bungalows
Jalan Dewi Sita
Ubud, Bali

Sayang Maha Merta Beach Hotel

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Hotel | "Sayang Maha Mertha"

Sayang Maha Merta Beach Hotel  Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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We booked this hostel online, not knowing what we'd gotten ourselves into. The Ratna Room, with a fan and cold shower, costing only $10 per room, including breakfast, was a real eye-opener when I saw it online and immediately booked it. Indeed, our stay was an eye-opening experience, with horror. The room and bed sheet were very dusty, and it looked as if no one has stayed there for months. The room is very small and hot, and there's a fan provided, but it's still too hot to bear. There are two windows in front of the room that comes with just a very thin, tiny curtain. That means there's no privacy at all in this room. The toilet was another horror story. There were cockroaches running around, the to...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on September 10, 2006

Sayang Maha Merta Beach Hotel
Jl Melasti, Lebak bene Legian Kelod Kuta
Bali 80361
+62 361 751 249

Bumbu Bali

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Restaurant | "Bumbu Bali Restaurant"

Bumbu Bali Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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Although it is voted best restaurant in Bali and reputed with a Balinese cooking school, I think this restaurant is definitely over-rated. The ambience of the restaurant is typically Balinese. The food is traditional Balinese style but somehow I think the Balinese restaurants in Malaysia tasted even better and with lower price! The set dinner(BALINESE RIJSTTAFEL Rp185,000) offers a huge variety, with three appetizers, one soup, seven dishes with rice, and four types of desserts. It is enough for two moderate eaters. Bumbu Bali scored in terms of variety, but not taste, service, nor value-for-money. If given a choice, I would rather eat in a cheap 'warung' for authentic Balinese cuisine.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 24, 2006

Bumbu Bali
Jl. Pratama, Matahari Terbit Bungalow
Bali, Indonesia
(62-361) 774502

Babi Guling Ibu Oka

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Babi Guling Ibu Oka Photo, Bali, Indonesia
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The specialty of this warung (hawker stall) is the nasi babi guling (roast suckling pig).This dish is an all-in-one platter of rice with pork meat, fried pork skin, pig intestines, gizzet, and vegetables. This dish is not recommended for people who do not eat pork. For pork eaters, this is the mother of all pork dishes. The pork meat is nicely marinated and very tender. The fried pork skin is very crispy and delicious. Finger licking good! This shop is loved by the locals and tourists alike. The atmosphere is very casual, everyone sits on the floor, sharing a long low table while Ibu Oka, the owner of the stall I presume, shaves the tender juicy meat off the pig h...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 26, 2006

Babi Guling Ibu Oka
Jalan Suweta/Tegal Sari No. 2
Ubud 80571

Bebek Bengil

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Restaurant | "Bebek Bengil Restaurant"

Bebek Bengil Photo, Ubud, Indonesia
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Bebek Bengil, translated to English, means Dirty Duck. The signature dish of this restaurant is none other than dirty duck, done to perfect crisp. Highly recommended to be eaten with your hands. It might be a bit dry for French connoisseurs, but what the heck, we are in Bali! Other than the dirty duck, they also have local cuisine like nasi goreng (fried rice), nasi campur (mixed rice set). The mixed rice set is very delicious, and satisfying too. This restaurant also prides itself on having the most unique ambience in the whole of Bali. It was built right next to a padi field, with open air huts spread out near the padi field and lotus ponds. The huts have low tables w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2006

Bebek Bengil
Jalan Hanoman
Ubud, Indonesia
361-975489

Cycling in Ubud

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Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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Cycling in Ubud is highly recommended for those who don't mind a combination of uphill and downhill roads. We rented our bicycles from our resort in Tanggayuda, and cycled along the road towards Kedewatan. A recommended stop is the viewpoint just beside Kupu-Kupu Barong resort. We locked our bicycles near the entrance to the view point(it was safe) and started our trek to Ayung River. At the mid point, we had a good view of the valley of lush green padi fields and the flowing Ayung river glittering in the morning sun. There are some recommended treks which might take half a day but as we did not have enough time, we did not take the trek. You might bump into a 'freelance' trekking guide who would volu...Read More

Sight-seeing in Bali (Part 1)

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We hired a driver for 2 days to bring us to the sights of Bali. Our driver is Made (pronounced as Ma-De), a cheerful, reliable and honest driver. He is contact-able through his mobile phone 08123608229. I do highly recommend him as he charged a very reasonably price, was punctual and very accommodating. Unlike my usual tight travel schedule, I decided to slow down to Balinese pace this time and only visit a couple of sights each day. We started out to visit the Four Seasons Resort in Jimbaran, en route to Uluwatu. There was a strict security check at the entrance to Four Seasons due to the recent bombing within the vicinity. We got in all right and had a look around the luxurious resort. The st...Read More

Sight-seeing in Bali (Part 2)

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Early in the morning, our good driver Made was already waiting for us at the guesthouse lobby. We went directly to Tanah Lot temple before it gets too hot and too crowded. When we reach there, we almost have the whole place to ourselves, except that the sea around Tanah Lot was full of surfers! There are 2 temples in Tanah Lot, one on an island maybe 20m off the shore and none of them permitted tourists to its interior. During low tide, visitors could walk to the island from the shore and receive a blessing ritual from the priest, of course, with a price. From Tanah Lot, we continued our journey to Tegalallang to see the tiered padi fields on hills. It was not worth the trouble to go...Read More