Bali: our twelve night itinerary & costs snapshot
Before we landed, we had plenty of ideas and thought that we would end up staying in at least four different locations across Bali and the surrounding islands. Our flights from Perth were booked two weeks before take off, and most of our accommodation and activities were booked just a day or two in advance to give us the most flexibility.
When we arrived, we soon realised that Bali is best taken slow. We experienced Ubud and the surrounds, Gili Air and Seminyak over twelve nights, and we are glad we didn't try to fit any more in. Bali traffic is as bad as its reputation, so you're likely to need at least three weeks if you want to stay in more than four places, to make the travel times worth it and to give you a chance to relax.
UBUD (DAY 1)
The cultural heart of Bali, a two-hour drive from the airport
PAYANGAN (DAY 2 - 4)
Twenty-minutes further north sits the beautiful Alila Ubud hotel, overlooking the Ayung River Valley
UBUD (DAY 5 - 8)
Cooking classes, spas, markets, and a day with Amansuka Tours
GILI AIR (DAY 9 - 11)
Sun, sand, snorkelling and delicious seafood
SEMINYAK (DAY 12- 13)
Window shopping, cocktails and fancy restaurants
Nirwa Homestay (£19/night), Nirvana Pension (£20/night), Jungut Inn (£10/night)
Alila Ubud (£170/night)
Aza Zil Bungalows (£27/night)
Lotus Tirta Seminyak Hotel (£24/night)
Warung Biah Biah (£), Warung Siam (£), Canderi (£), Ibu Oka (£), Fair Warung (££), Melting Wok (££), Arang Sate (££), Legend Cafe (££), Locavore (£££)
Plantation Restaurant (£££), Cabana Lounge (£££)
The Waterfront (£), Safari Beach Bar (£), Ruby's Cafe (££), Mowie's (££), Classico Italiano (££), Zipp Bar (££), Chill Out Bar (££), Sharkbites (££)
The Cabin (£), Fat Turtle (££), Champlung Bar (£), Warung Nia (££), Char Char Bar & Grill (££), Batik (££),
The prices and cost indications include service charge and tax, and are based on two people sharing during August 2016.