THE BALI TRAVEL GUIDE (UPDATED)

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When it comes to travel, Bali is always a destination, that is on my list of must visit places. I’ve been countless times and every time I visit, it is different and better than I ever remembered.

My last Bali guide in 2017 I wrote that ‘Bali is such a special place to me, no matter how many times I visit, is it just one of the most beautiful destinations and probably the easiest holiday you'll have. Being so close to us, it is always high on my list when looking for a low cost, relaxing holiday, because it always ends up being more affordable to travel to Bali for two weeks than it is to head anywhere else in Australia just for a weekend away.’ And I definitely still stand by that. If you’d like to read the original Bali guide, I’ve linked it here.

With this Bali guide, I’ve updated the restaurants and cafes we visited.

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We’ve just arrived home to Melbourne from Bali, and miss it already. The weather this time of year is perfect, it’s dry season, so there’s no rain, the temperature is a perfect 28 degrees, so it’s definitely bearable and possible to keep you makeup from slipping off.

This visit, we stayed in Seminyak for two nights, specifically to visit Sister fields for their Australian inspired breakfast, Bossman Burgers for the truffle fries and baba guling burger for lunch and our favourite restaurant U Look Hot In Bikini for the trust the chef dinner menu. But other than that, Seminyak has definitely lost its charm. It has become a tourist destination, which some may love, but its not for me.

For the rest of the holiday, we stayed in private villas in Canggu and Berawa, which were incredibly relaxing, beautiful and modern. They’re both more quiet areas, less touristy and the calibre of restaurants and accomodation is by far the best in Bali.

In terms of new finds, Billy Ho we visited twice because we had to try more of the menu. It describes itself as a ‘cooling solace’ in Canggu, and that it definitely is, with an Asian inspired menu, and a must order ‘Mexican in Tokyo’ cocktail, it has quickly become our go-to restaurant.

Another new favourite is Parachute complete with Bakery, Beer Garden and Farm, the food is incredibly fresh, the menu is refined and works on a seasonal basis. All tables are under an incredible parachute which looks beautiful at any time of day.

When it comes to pool clubs, Tropicola and La Brisa are our go-to’s. Tropicola is a retro themed, block coloured, pool club complete with day beds, bottle service and two large pools, so there’s plenty of space for everyone. La Brisa is your sunset drinks pool club, with a shipwreck theme, complete with a bar overlooking the beach, bean bags and our favourite sushi menu.

For breakfast in Canggu, Cafe Organic was our favourite last trip, and still is this trip. Try the skinny coconut long black for a fancy take on your morning coffee, along with a smoothie bowl and you’re ready for the day. This trip we ventured up to Ubud for the day, to Full Circle for lunch, and it did not disappoint. We hired a driver and stopped off at Tegallalang Rice Terrace on the way. For lunch perfectly cooked salmon, along with a bloody mary was top of our list.

We also treated ourselves this trip to Kynd Creamery for the most insta-worthy ice creams, complete with mermaid tail biscuits.

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