Hello Bellas! We are back from our favourite place, Bali, and what an island adventure it was! After almost 3 years without a family holiday, the 5 of us packed our suitcases and jet set our way to Indonesia!
Today, we are coming at you with our ultimate guide to Bali and all our own little tips and tricks we have learnt along the way!
- The Shady Shack for breakfast or lunch is a must! The juices are heavenly and the food is oh-so fresh!Definitely sample their health “shot” juices to keep that Bali tummy happy! We frequented Shady Shack more than once within the few days we were there!
- After a shop at the famous Love Shack pop up stores and a little bargaining with the locals, head your way down to the beach for a fresh cold coconut and some lunch at Old Mans bar and cafe!
- For dinner, we fell in love with Penny Lane! This is hands down the coolest, most aesthetically pleasing restaurant we have been to in Bali! And the cocktails are equally as good!
Our last leg of the trip was on a tiny little island about 2 and half hours from Bali via boat - to the dreamy Gili Air. Once you get there, you could easily never leave! This island takes you back in time - there are no cars on the Island and the locals get around everywhere on horse and cart! We suggest staying for as little or as long as you like, but to make the boat trip worthwhile we recommend 4 nights minimum. There are 3 Gili Islands - Gili T - or the party island. Gili Meno - the honeymoon island. And Gili Air - the Family Island.
We stayed at the beautiful beachfront De'Coco Villa. Gili Air has so many things to do for everyone in the family. We rented bikes and rode around the whole island which is approximately 4 kms. We stopped at little swimming spots along the way and for a cold coconut at the little beach warungs.
Another day we got to go on an adventure and go turtle watching! We packed the snorkels in a little boat and early in the morning, the locals took us to the little turtle hotspots and beautiful coral reefs around the island! We saw sooo many and it was definitely the highlight of our trip! We also had lunch at Gili Meno.
Every evening all the little bars and restaurants along the beach pull out their colourful beanbags and you drink delicious cocktails and watch the magical Indonesian sunsets that neverrrr get old!
Our favourite restaurants on the island would have to be Mama’s Pizza and Mowie’s. We went to Mama’s twice; it was mouth-watering Italian food and after lots of Nasi Goreng it was nice to have a taste of home by the end! Mowie's was delish too! The cocktails were the best we had all trip and the menu had a little bit of everything and it did not disappoint!
Gili Air is a true Island experience with some beautiful culture thrown in for good measure - the locals are unbelievably friendly and hospitable and have the warmest and happiest smiles you can’t help but get swept up in their relaxed and laid back pace! We will definitely return to Gili.
Let us know in the comments if you have any questions for your Bali holiday, or feel free to share any top tips from your own Bali adventures!
Happy travels, Bellas!