After exploring the island of Gili Trawangan, I am again in Bali.
I stayed all the night at the Ladera Villa Ubud, a 10 minute walk from Ubud center; my room had a kitchen and bathroom opened directly on the outside, and a private pool. I paid about AUD 90 (60 €) each night for a double room with breakfast included. Cleanliness, service, position and ambience were perfect; I really recommend this place to stay a few nights in Ubud.
I decided to spend the next two days to the beach and in some famous sunset bars.
Accompanied by a private driver for the day, my first stop was at Pantai Pandawa Beach: a long beach of white sand and crystal clear water. A few years back, it was attended only by local people because of difficult access; nowadays, to reach it you just need to take the new road obtained after digging in the limestone mountain that divided it from the rest of the island. Along the beach you can find some small shops of local food and fresh fruit.
Take a fresh coconut, sit on the beach and enjoy the moment!
After spending the morning there, direction Padang-Padang !
Located in the south, it is a small creek that you can reach by taking a long narrow staircase in the middle of the rocks; for who likes to surf, it is possible to rent surfboat. The characteristic of this beach is the fact that it is embedded in the rocks, and its green emerald water.
It is a small paradise hidden in nature!
After a day between beach and sun, nothing better than a drink admiring the sunset: Rock Bar, I’m coming!
Located inside the Ayana Resort and Spa, the Rock Bar, as its name suggests, lies on rocks directly on the sea offering a spectacular view of the Balinese sunset.
Jazz as background music, and elaborate cocktails create the perfect atmosphere.
The successive day, I went to one of Southeast beaches called Nusa Dua Beach.
Here, no surfer, no shops. Just two small bars / restaurants runned by small families offering traditional Balinese cuisine. A long, quiet beach with a unique flaw: it is in the middle of many hotelsh, which means that the biggest part is private. It is not a particular beach, but if you are looking for a relax day, this is the place to be: you can get a massage for only 10 AUD (7 €) with the waves sound as background.
After a massage and a few baths, my new friend Wayan, the private driver took me to Seminyak where I spent the entire evening. It is the most touristic city – after Kuta – and therefore the nightlife is quite lively, but also the least characteristic of Bali.
I choose to spend the night in one of the most famous place, the Potato Head Beach Club.
I arrived around 17.00 and everything was already full. Western restaurants, bar in the pool and direct access to the sea are the elements that attract every day tourists from all the world.
I enjoyed a dinner with a view of the sea, while the sun went down coloring the sky with incredible shades of color.
Really a nice place to go for a night if you’re ready to spend more than a classic Balinese night.