Where to go in Bali, 15 women share their experiences

by | Oct 10, 2018 | Bali Holidays - Where to go?, Bali Holidays, Why Go?, Wanderah Women | 0 comments

We asked 15 women, with different interests,  for their Bali tips and advice. We wanted to know where to go, what to experience and what they took away from their time in Bali. One thing was clear from the responses; Bali has a magic that has to be experienced.

Bali attracts a diverse crowd of travellers, thanks to the varying activities and experiences found on the island. Whether you’re a surfer following the best waves, a yogi looking to develop your practice, a party lover wanting to enjoy a variety of beach clubs, a spiritual traveller seeking to reconnect, or, an explorer wanting to embrace other cultures; Bali offers something for everyone.

Mirella, The Netherlands

What was one of your favourite experiences in Bali?

Scootering through the highlands of Kintamani and coming across small villages, drying spices and beautiful vistas.

Where is your favourite place to go in Bali?

Ubud; I Iove the combination of a lush landscape, great veggie restaurants, yoga, temples and culture.

Your biggest insight following your time in Bali?

Bali sparked my creativity, I felt I belonged, and that I am capable.

Where is your favourite place to go in Bali?

It’s a toss up between Ubud and Candidasa. Ubud because it is so peaceful and beautiful and has a sense of serenity about it and Candidasa for the diving, that was the first place I visited in Bali and the diving was amazing.

What was one of your favourite experiences in Bali?

Diving with manta rays in Candidasa for the first time ever, it was very special. Visiting Tirta Empul, the sacred water temple, just north of Ubud. Hearing the amazing sounds of the gamelan (traditional Balinese) music played at temples and during ceremonies.

Your biggest insight following your time in Bali?

I learnt how to relax and feel calm – you can’t help but be relaxed in Bali!

Deborah is from the UK and a writer at solo in style

Marbree is from the US, a bespoke travel designer and blogger

Where is your favourite place to go in Bali?

Visiting the villages of West Bali was a really special experience, it was an opportunity to see parts of the island that are not heavily visited and get a feel for the breadth of the island’s culture.

What was one of your favourite experiences in Bali?

Receiving water blessings from high priestess Ida Resi Alit in Ubud, walking through rice paddies and along streams in Sideman, diving Menjangan Island, learning to make all-natural sunscreen, shampoo, and other skin-care products with my mom, watching the sunrise during morning walks, watching the sunset in the Gili islands with good friends, there are too many wonderful memories to pick only one favourite.

Your biggest insight following your time in Bali?

There is beauty all around us and when we rush from one place to another, we catch only the tiniest glimpse.

Where is your favourite place to go in Bali?

Tirta Empul Water Temple, just north of Ubud, it is such a beautiful, sacred cleansing place and I love a ritual and a ceremony!

What was one of your favourite experiences in Bali?

Eating loads of amazing food, because I love food! What’s on offer in Bali – and in particular, Ubud – is truly amazing! From traditional Balinese warungs to beautiful cafes, serving instagrammable dishes. There are so many delicious vegetarian, vegan and raw food options and decadent fine dining. Everywhere I go, I am served up a plate of art and deliciousness!

Your biggest insight following your time in Bali?

Bali will deliver EXACTLY what it needs to deliver for each individual, the island will support you in discovering who you really are, EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.

Kirsten, UK

Cori is from the US and joint owner of Ethnotek Bags

Where is your favourite place to go in Bali?

It’s more like the in-between places. I love all of the different drives through rice fields, up in the mountains and on the coast- and the fact that you can do all of those in one day!

What was one of your favourite experiences in Bali?

So many to choose from! Trips to the beach are really high up there – I love Canggu, in the south-west, and Amed in the north-east of the island. Being able to spend a few hours in the spa, snorkelling in Amed, and the Mount Batur volcano trek to watch the sun rise above the island was just magical.

Your biggest insight following your time in Bali?

That I can slow down, experience everything and that I can be myself completely.

Where is your favourite place to go in Bali?

I loved being in Ubud unless I was in Amed scuba diving and eating.

What was one of your favourite experiences in Bali?

Ubud felt like home….whatever ‘home’ is. Getting outside of Ubud to Amed or the Gilis felt like a vacation (plus diving!) and then coming ‘home’ was great

Your biggest insight following your time in Bali?

I did a lot when I was in Bali that made a big impression on my life, and those experiences reassured me that I was on the right path.

Amber is from the US and a content creator

Sophie, New Zealand

Where is your favourite place to go in Bali?

Ubud. It’s a place of healing, softness, lovingness and connection with the Balinese people and the conscious heart-centered tourists on their respective spiritual paths. I fell in love with so many beautiful people from all around the world. From all walks of life. I connected with so many beautiful people from all around the world, through yoga, healing circles, cacao and sound medicine ceremonies. An auspicious delight to share time and sacred space with so many like-minded beings. Indeed a privilege to experience deep friendships with so many global citizens of the world.

What was one of your favourite experiences in Bali?

Cacao ceremony Ubud, visiting local Balians (Healers) for full moon ceremonies and surfing.

Your biggest insight following your time in Bali?

Be kind to all beings, be grateful. Live in the present moment!

Where is your favourite place to go in Bali?

The beach. It costs nothing, it’s a great place to relax with a book and you can surf. I like Seminyak beach and a lot of the ones down in the Bukit peninsula – Balangan beach, Bingin Beach and Padang Padang Beach – for that combination of reasons.

What was one of your favourite experiences in Bali?

The community; almost every beach and restaurant I go to people know me. Makes Bali feel more like “home” than home ever did.

Your biggest insight following your time in Bali?

Be nice, smile and say hello to everyone.

Chantell is from the UK and a blogger at Travel for your life

Nistha is from India and the author of No Shortcuts and Seven Conversations.

Where is your favourite place to go in Bali?

I loved Ubud; it is quiet, beautiful and has a great energy.

What was one of your favourite experiences in Bali?

Biking around the rice fields outside Ubud and soaking in nature, in all its various forms – beauty is often found in the simplest of things.

Your biggest insight following your time in Bali?

Your life problems really are tiny, appreciate the beauty of life.

Where is your favourite place to go in Bali?

The Jewuk Manis Rice Walk in Ubud. Not as well known as Campuhan Ridge walk, but geographically parallel to it. Its quiet- and one of my friends (Ibu Kadek) sells coconuts, homemade coffee and coconut oil along the way. Entry via the South is through the beautiful Jl Kajeng, and the North exit on Jl Kelabang Moding is right next to Pyramids of Chi.

What was one of your favourite experiences in Bali?

There are too many- but a recent one is when my mum and grandma came to visit me in Bali and we went to Sidemen together. It’s a beautiful town that has spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and a variety of crops (rice, flowers, peanuts, corn, veggies). We spent days just sitting on the balcony, watching it all, listening and reflecting. You can also take guided walks through the ricefields.

Your biggest insight following your time in Bali?

That we are all connected, and interdependent on each other, and the systems around us! In Bali, networks and community are so very important. Whether this is the ‘webs of knowledge’ that make up a village ceremony, the balanced ecosystems in the forest that support our life, or the spiritual thread that connects people and consciousness on this island. The answer is connection.

Steph is from Australia and currently volunteering at Ancut Garden Oasis

Emma is from the UK, a nutritionist and founder of Smart Nutrition

Where is your favourite place to go in Bali?

All peaceful beautiful views and sunsets – whether that’s overlooking the green rice fields of Ubud or over the epic sunsets over the sea in Canggu.

What was one of your favourite experiences in Bali?

Climbing Mount Batur. What an amazing breathtaking sunrise after an epic climb in the dark. It was a real bonding experience too, I made some great friends up there.

Your biggest insight following your time in Bali?

My soul needs to escape once a year and now I know it can.

Where is your favourite place to go in Bali?

Sok Wayah in Ubud, just up a hill off the main road (Jalan Raya) you will find a hidden village in the rice paddies, with winding paved roads, that reminds me of Dorothy’s yellow brick road. There are some amazing little places up here; Molecha Organic a low-key warung, run by a lovely family, serving organic food grown in their garden. It’s my hidden gem. The dragonfly sauna is an amazing place to watch the stars at night from the saltwater pool. Pomegranate restaurant is a magical setting of lush fields filled with fireflies at night.

What was one of your favourite experiences in Bali?

The potato head beach club in Seminyak is my happy place. The pool, the vibes, the stunning sunset views over the sea, but above all the awesome music. Being there to dance to two of my favourite DJs, Jackmaster and Skream, in such an awesome setting was truly amazing.

Your biggest insight following your time in Bali?

Everything in life is energy, if you understand that and learn to trust your intuition, nothing can stop you.

Ash is from the UK and the founder of Wanderah

Sabrina, Canada

Where is your favourite place to go in Bali?

Ubud. It’s like a nest, the home you want to have, to feel inside out, a magical place. In Ubud, you can be yourself, *totally*. No one will judge you if you don’t put up this stylish surfer vibe or if you write for 6 hours at a cafe, gazing at rice fields. Time goes at your own pace. There are *amazing* countless eating spots, traditional or modern/healthy, wellness options, yoga, etc and even some going out spots! You do what you want, and it’s just… perfect!

What was one of your favourite experiences in Bali?

Climbing Mount Batur in the middle of the night was incredible. Not a hard hike but with enough challenge to make you feel proud at the end; the sunrise from the summit was amazing! Pairing it up with Tirta Empul water temple makes for a perfect day. A highly spiritual place where you get to cleanse your karma; how incredible is that?! There’s also a holy spring pond that is just fascinating.

Your biggest insight following your time in Bali?

That taking time for yourself is necessary to reconnect with who you are.

Where is your favourite place to go in Bali?

Jungle Fish – a beach club without a beach – set to a stunning jungle backdrop. It is gorgeous and a perfect spot to work on creative ideas, relax or play to my heart’s content.

What was one of your favourite experiences in Bali?

Freediving in Amed, building my confidence from diving 1 meter to diving 10 meters.  I also enjoyed a day at The Edge in Uluwatu. It was a stunningly beautiful day spent with lovely people.

Your biggest insight following your time in Bali?

That the world is beautiful and we need very little to be truly happy.

Alex is from the UK and a wellbeing and performance consultant

Marieke, is from The Netherlands and the founder of Brächa Leather Bags

Where is your favourite place to go in Bali?

Canggu. A surfers paradise, surrounded by rice fields, trendy cafes and restaurants and decadent beach hangouts. I love the chilled vibes and the people this little town attracts.

What was one of your favourite experiences in Bali?

Bali is known for its healing energies and a healing session was one of my favourite experiences.

Your biggest insight following your time in Bali?

I can wake up every day with a smile.

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