TRAVEL INSPIRATION: BALI
I’m not even going to apologise for how picture-heavy today’s post is. Because this is some of the most amazing destination photography I’ve ever seen. No lie, some of these pictures took my actual breath away, they’re that good.
Thank you so much to photographer extraordinaire Roberta Facchini. Not only because I’ve just added yet another country to my bucket list, but for also capturing it in a way that shows its true spirit. Oh, and there’s food. A lot of delicious food…
Name: Roberta Facchini
Current Title + Company: Roberta Facchini Photography
Where you live: London
Destination: Bali and the Gili Islands
How long does it take to get there? My flight was from London to Seoul and then to Denpasar. It takes a day or so.
What made you pick the destination? Bali has been in my bucket list for such a long time that finally, in October 2012, I decided to book a flight and spend 10 days travelling by myself around the island, north to south, east to west. I always pick a motto for every trip I decide to embark myself on, and for this journey to Bali it couldn’t be easier, the motto was: “Spoiling myself daily“!! There is no better place to do that.
Bali is a dream country for a photographer! There are endless photographic opportunities, magnificent sceneries, colourful traditions, the most welcoming and sociable people, delicious food.. you just can’t get enough of it! Not to mention how perfect Bali would be for a romantic honeymoon or getaway treat with your other half. Needless to say, this was an unforgettable trip! Bali is seriously a magical place like no other. It’s also a very safe country for a female travellingsolo, which is an aspect I always need to consider when I travel by myself.
Where did you stay? For the first two nights I wanted to experience a Balinese Guest House, so I stayed at Nirwa’s guesthouse, which is located exactly in the middle of the rice paddies and is famous for making the best banana pancake in Ubud town :)
After that I treated myself to a luxury resort with an infinity pool. Bali has some of the most luxurious resorts you can dream of. After researching and reading every possible review online, I choose the Puri Wulandari Boutique Resort & Spa. I couldn’t hope for a better stay, it’s one of the most gorgeous hotels I’ve stayed at in my life. Trust me, if you are looking for a luxury honeymoon retreat in Bali, you have to book this place right now :)
What would you recommend to do (any special/unique points of interest, restaurants, activities etc?) I actually wrote a whole blog post with my tips for a romantic holiday in Bali, but my top recommendations are:
1)Stay with a Balinese family in a Guest House
2)Take a walk or cycle though the rice paddies
3) Experience the Balinese culture, their traditions and don’t miss out on any traditional ceremony you stumble upon. Locals are always aware of all the ceremonies that are taken place, even in nearby villages. They are the best source to discover when and where the rituals are happening. They will be more than happy to take you to one and explain you its meaning. I saw the most spectacular ceremony on my first morning in Ubud.
4) Spend quality time with the Balinese. They are sociable, polite, warm and especially always with a smile on their face. It’s beautiful chatting with them, learning about their culture and beliefs and discovering their traditions.
5) Always eat Balinese food. I was amazed by how good the food was; you won’t be disappointed.
6) Take a Balinese Cooking Class. I can’t recommend this enough, this was one of my favourite experience in Bali and couples will love this fun and intimate day.
7) Pamper yourself and your other half with romantic & relaxing massages. Bali is known to provide fantastic massages, and it’s all true.
8) Visit Balinese temples. I loved wondering around the temples with my sarong and curiously observe rituals & prayers.
9) Enjoy sunsets & sunrises.The most beautiful pinkish sunset I experienced was in Gili Trawangan at Sunset Bar. Balinese Temples such as Tanah Lot or Uluwatu are obviously magical places to enjoy sunsets with your loved one.
10) Stay in Ubud and visit the Gili Islands I spent two nights in Gili Trawangan but I heard amazing things on the other two Gili Islands as well. If you are planning a romantic and secluded honeymoon in Bali, then the Gili are the perfect islands for you to unwind for a few days. They are reachable by boat from Padangbai.
How easy is it to get around? Do you need a car? It’s very easy to get around: Bike, motorcycle, cars.. I had a guide taking me around with his motorcycle for some of my days there. There are also many organised tours, so you won’t have any problems.
What would be your top packing tips? Camera & lenses, light & simple clothes, yoga mattress, towel, Bali guide, bottle of water and especially a Sarong (although you can find it there).
Would you visit again? I can’t wait to visit Bali again!
- Photographer: Roberta Facchini