Departing from my regular busy Bali type holiday staying in the more energetic and very commercial and tourist dense Kuta ,we chose to visit a more quieter part of Bali, Sanur (on the recommendation of our neighbour who just returned from a family holiday the day I spoke to him).
Some cringe at the mention of Kuta but from time to time I shamelessly admit and enjoy the hustle and bustle of a busy South East Asian city filled with tourist. This particular holiday however was going to be a more slower paced and still minded holiday, especially given that we only had 3 nights in Bali.
Here are my 6 small reasons to love Bali :
I mentioned earlier about our neighbour. It was he who convinced me with his holiday pics of the hotel he stayed at to stay in Sanur this time. Just the perfect location choice for the limited time we had. The Besakih Beach Hotel, is a small basic hotel “resort” that’s situated directly along the beach front. What made this particularly appealing to me was the location of the pool and dining area, that over looked the beach but under a canopy of lush trees and leafy sap green foliage. Watching people walk or ride along the “boardwalk” whilst resting my chin on the pool’s edge added to my relaxing travel experience here.
2. Sanur, You’re Not Too Bothered
Unlike in Kuta, Sanur although has some hawkers, they don’t crowd the beach or loiter outside your hotel waiting for tourists to say “boss boss you want fill in the blank”.
It’s just nice to be able to walk around outside of the hotel complex without constantly having to say “no thank you” rejecting the offers for a hair braid, a sarong, a “designer” watch, a massage (which I often say yes to!) .
This part of Sanur is a great balance of a quiet location by the beach with just the right amount of tourists.
What’s a holiday without a water park?!! I/we love Waterbom park and there’s never been a time that we haven’t come to Bali and not spent the entire day playing and relaxing at Waterbom park. We’re big kids and who said we need to grow up?!!
I don’t go on all the rides especially those with big drops! (I’m like the cowardly lion in the Wizard of Oz) but I do go on most. I tend to spend a lot of my time in the water especially around the lazy river, It’s my favourite thing to do apart from falling asleep after a satay lunch snack in the cabana we hired for the day.
If you’re not a water park kind of person, you can always take a day trip into the mountains of Ubud, but that’s in another post for later.
4. The Food
Being Chinese Singaporean I have a bias towards foods with rich flavours which is why I love Balinese/Indonesia cuisine it’s very similar to what I am accustomed to and brought up eating.
The large variety of tropical fruits excites me. So many and so colourful. We rarely get such a large selection of exotic fruits in Australia, and if the supermarkets do stock them they’re rather expensive and generally tasteless.
Oh yes, and being able to have the choice of having noodles and rice, or a western breakfast is a big bonus because hubby doesn’t always favour the Asian breakfast. Eating my breakfast whilst seated on the beachfront people watching is a fabulous way to start my morning.
I don’t necessarily have a favourite place. I just have favourite foods and sometimes when I’ve had an over indulgence of Asian meals well, there’s plenty of western meals to choose from. I like that most warungs cater for both. It makes travelling easier with a western husband with a delicate stomach.
I know I said this holiday wasn’t going to take me to the busy Kuta district but we wanted to go to the movies and the only place to watch the latest release without watching a dodgy video captured DVD new release, is the cinema in Kuta. Which is about a 30 minute drive from Sanur.
And to enjoy the Gold Class/Premier experience of recliner seats, a light throw blanket to keep warm from the chilled air conditioned cinema, and to have our ordered food and drinks brought out at time that we requested we had to go to Kuta.
I know we can do this back at home in Australia but there’s just something about doing what you would normally do in your homeland but in another country and experiencing it differently ……and cheaply! …just to compare the experience.
6. Beach Side Dining
Despite being Singaporean I should be used to the humidity of South East Asian countries but in truth I tend to melt. So being able to dine on a quiet beach watching the cerulean blue sky darken with the gentle ocean breeze is most comforting for me.
There are so many venues to choose from along Sanur’s beachfront. I guess you just have to decide what mood you are in and where you would like to see the moon reflect over the ocean.
I actually have a 7th reason
There are many serene and tranquil places for me to sit, sketch, reflect and write, away from technology , enjoying my digital detox.
After this short getaway to Sanur I’m now keen to spend more days exploring and discovering Sanur. I think my days holidaying in Kuta are behind me. Unless I’m in a partying mood which does happen from time to time. But for now I think stillness and slowing down is what I am seeking. Having a holiday with no itinerary, no expectations of things to see or do and less “noise” and digital pollution slows time right down. And I think also keeps us healthier. A happy healthy holiday!
What’s your preferred style of holidaying?