Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Weekend in Bali

Since Yvette is here for a visit, we decided last Thursday to take a last minute weekend trip to Bali. (I know I've mentioned it before, but one of the most awesome things about living in Singapore is its close proximity to really cool places, like India, Thailand, and Bali. It's super cool to be able to grab a cheap last-minute ticket for a 2-hour plane ride and end up at some exotic tropical destination. Even if that were Singapore's ONLY perk, it would be a very significant one. Anyway, back to Bali. . . )

We stayed in a beautiful private villa in Seminyak, a small town on the south side of the island. I forgot to get pictures of the inside of the villa, but here are a couple pictures of the outside:

Every morning, a butler came in to cook us breakfast and clean up the villa and a driver was available to us for day trips. On Saturday, we drove to a popular beach about 30 minutes from Seminyak and enjoyed a few hours on the beach. The waves were awesome and the water stayed shallow for a long distance, so Caleb enjoyed splashing in the surf.
The Beach Babe

Saturday evening, we went to Ku De Ta, a chic restaurant right on the beach. It was highly recommended by all of the travel sites and so we were really wanting to check it out. We called for reservations, but were told that nothing was available. We decided to just show up and see if we could get a table. And, sure enough, they found us something. The food was awesome (though a bit pricey) and, if you're ever in Bali, you should definitely go.

Sunday, we took a scenic trip to Katamani Volcano. We passed through several small villages and enjoyed the stunning beauty of the mountainous rice paddies.

We were scheduled to return home Sunday evening, but were having so much fun, we decided to extend our stay. Josh had to be back for work on Monday morning, but he insisted that Yvette and I stay an extra day and enjoy our mini-vacation. His suggestion was met with nothing but enthusiasm on our part =) We spent the last day walking around the shopping district of Seminyak and talking with the locals. We dedided that Seminyak is the Santa Cruz (California) of Bali. Everyone is super laid back and surfer-ish in an Indonesian sort of way. It was fun to talk with a few people and learn more about what life is like when you live on Paradise Island. We finished out a trip with one last swim in the pool in our villa and headed to the airport, thankful for a wonderful weekend.


Sharon said...

Looks lovely. Can't wait to hear about the trip in more detail.

not2brightGRAM said...

Great photos of an awesome adventure! Were those taken with your new camera, Bec?

I love the last one; very artistic.

Hurry home! We all miss you the more when we see these, and I just can't wait to meet the Beach Babe! ;-)

kirsten said...

yes. based on those pictures, i would say proximity to bali is a definite perk!!

Pam said...

Hello! I live in Singapore also!
I'd love more info on this...a spontaneous weekend trip sounds great right about now. Can you email me at pgrulich@aol.com, I'm looking online right now for deals, but any help would be appreciated!

Kenj said...

"Super Cool" doesn't begin to describe it. "Magnanimously cool" is more like it.

gee gee said...

what a great vacation..every thing sounds out of this world....a cook comes in and fixes breakfast...boy that would be hard to take!!! did you have to tip them???? looking froward to your coming home..good pictures...

Four Buttons said...

we did so much of the same as you...the volcano and the beach and ku-de-ta, which was oh-so-good. LOVED Bali and so glad you did too!! the rice pattie pictures are gorgeous!!