Goa Gajah Elephant Caves on the outskirts of Ubud - who knew they existed!
This is what's great about having visitors. They all come armed with their guide books outlining the top 10 things you must see in Bali. And sometimes there are items on there that we've never heard off, such as the Elephant Caves.
This is a good thing though for it's something new for them and for us. Because seeing the same sites over-and-over again can be ... tedious!
This is truly a must-see when you come to Bali. We always use Bali Eco Tour company based in Ubud to arrange for our rice paddy walks. Seeing the countryside from the ground - literally - is how you come to appreciate the natural beauty of this island.
Not the best of pictures - they really don't do justice to the place and food - but believe me, the restaurant and especially the food, is totally awesome!
Senotsa Cove has totally changed since the last time I was there and Saint Pierre certainly adds a lot of class to the dining options in the marina.
All I can say is ... Wow!
Make sure you land by 1230!
If coming from Singapore, I take the 0920 Air Asia flight and land in Bali by noon. The Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali is empty then and you can walk right through.
Wait a few more hours and you will be in living hell! The line is super crazy for all the long-haul Asian flights start to land, with 300 pax onboard. And then the Middle-East flights. And then the European flights. And then ...
I have landed at midnight and the line can still be maddening!
Otherwise, I recommend that you arrange for VIP service in advance. It will cost you some money, but well worth your time. Bali Fast Forward has all the details.
If you're going to try a Singapore Sling, then you may as well try it where it was invented. At the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel.
Located on the second floor at the back of the Raffles Hotel, the feeling inside is like nothing has changed in 200 years! Same distinct bar smell, peanut shells all over the floor (for that's what you do - you eat your peanut and chuck the shell - it's actually a lot of fun!), people sipping their Slings and noise and banter coming from all sides.
This too is part of the Singapore story.
OK, it's not a rooftop bar ...
But it's a cool bar, hidden away, behind a library?
Located on 47 Keong Saik Road, originally, when this place opened up you entered through a small library, gave a password to the librarian and were let in through a secret door. Inside you could have the coolest cocktails that you can imagine.
Today you enter through a tailor's shop. But you still need a password, unless ... you are willing to do anything the seamstress says :-)
Grill & Bar. Burnt Ends.
Whoa, what an evening. By the time we left, they were laying out the plates for the next day!
All I can remember is: arrive. sat by the counter. chef decided what we were going to eat. sommelier/mixologist gave us awesome drinking advice. portion after portion of fantastic grilled cuisine kept arriving. was it burnt? crazy Londoners next to us. drinking whiskey shooters. laughing. chatting. very interactive evening. got up. head was swaying.
Big smile :-)
Burnt Ends: Brilliant dining concept and execution
Haven't been to Sanur in a long, long time. Totally forgot how beautiful it can be to have a drink on the beach.
Tandjung Sari Hotel gives you two options : round sitting table or day bed. You make the choice!
I have passed this restaurant in Seminyak countless times and finally today, we had lunch there.
I ordered zucchini pasta pesto thinking it's pasta with a pesto sauce accompanied with zucchini's. Instead I got a pasta made out of zucchini (ie. zucchini sliced into long thin noodles to make it look like pasta) in a pesto sauce. Not to my likening!
So I quickly ordered buckwheat pancakes ... Which I loved.
Earth Cafe has a very creative menu comprising many different tastes. All healthy options.
Who would have known that I would be trying my first cronut ... in Bali! I've been hearing about cronuts for so long, and even in the US I couldn't find them. But right there on Sunset Road is the newly opened The Harvest which has awesome desserts and yes, cronuts.
Well, at the end I wasn't that impressed with cronuts - but at least I can finally say that I tried them - but loved all the other desserts that we tried. Including my favourite a raisin Danish. Yum. Yum. Yum.