Back in 2013 I went to Bali for 10 days. During that time I moved around the island and stayed in 5 different hotels. Here is a little about each one…
1. Aniniraka Resort & Spa, Ubud
Why I chose it? Close to many of the things I wanted to see in Ubud.
The first hotel I stayed at left quite an impression on me. Although it was the smallest (and least expensive), it set the tone for my stay in Bali. All of the staff was incredibly kind and always smiling. It was a quality that I would encounter over and over again. My stay at Aniniraka also introduced me to the wondrous rice paddies I would be seeing (and falling in love with) all over Bali. Waking up in the morning, opening my back door, and admiring the lush green rice paddies is something I will never forget.
2. Strawberry Hill Hotel, Bedugul
Why I chose it? It was unique.
This hotel was so cute! There are 17 cabins, each of which is named after a mountain in Indonesia. The walk out to the cabin was really nice because the grounds are so well cared for. You can even take a stroll by their strawberry patch and pick strawberries. I didn’t pick any while I was there, but that didn’t mean I didn’t get some fresh and delicious strawberry jam for breakfast (which was brought to my door in the morning!).
3. Aston Kuta Hotel and Residence, Kuta
Why I chose it? Within walking distance to the beach.
To me, Kuta felt very… Cancun-ish. It’s not for everyone. It was definitely more crowded than Ubud, with vendors around every corner trying to sell you beach towels and other souvenirs. I still enjoyed it though, and I loved my time on the beach. The Aston Kuta Hotel was a short walk from the beach and they also had a nice pool. The ambiance was more modern at this hotel and it had great amenities, including a spa.
4. Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort, Tabanan
Why I chose it? A five minute walk to Tanah Lot. And… it looked amazing!
Now this is what I call a resort! Awesome rooms, amazing pools, great restaurants, and spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. It was a great place to chill out, relax, and reflect on all that I’d experienced so far in Bali. Plus, you can walk down to the ocean and experience Tanah Lot at sunset. It’s the most amazing sunset I’ve ever seen!
5. Ubud Hanging Gardens, Ubud
Why I chose it? To flat out splurge and spoil myself.
I wanted my last stop in Bali to be purely about indulgence and pampering myself. I had gone full circle, returned to Ubud, and I didn’t care about the cost (that’s what credit cards are for, right?). When I got to Ubud Hanging Gardens, I knew I’d made the right decision. It’s pretty much in the middle of the jungle; quiet and secluded. When I arrived I was told I’d been upgraded to a two story villa. Which I thought was hilarious considering I was by myself. So there I was, standing by my own private infinity pool, gazing out into the jungle, unable to believe how fortunate I was.
The hotel was built in tiers, which allowed all guests to have great views and a sense of privacy. If you didn’t want to take the stairs, you could take a small trolley car down to the restaurant. The food was great, but what I’ll always remember the most about my stay there was the spa. I mean, when you get scrubbed down with chocolate and end up making chocolate milk in a bathtub, it’s pretty memorable.
I loved each and every one of these hotels, all for different reasons. Price per night ranged from about $30 to $500. As I traveled, I wanted each hotel I stayed at to be more luxurious. Mission accomplished!
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