Almost a year has gone by! Finally got round to editing our Bali honeymoon (yay!) and I'm super excited to share some impressions of our exceptional travel experience with you today. Our Bali honeymoon. <3
I remember it well, our nuptials on April 15th, 2017! A day written in the stars, the fragments of that day still play in my mind like a beautiful black-and-white movie. And I'm still pinching myself. How did I get so lucky? I married my best friend! It's him who makes me happy every day, I feel it in the little things and in the big things he does and say. I love making him happy and I can't feel but overjoyed to be expecting this little nugget with him. June will be here soon and we're super excited to meet our little guy! Wait! Did I drift away a little from my topic? I got a little carried away I know, I just needed to express how blessed I feel to spend this journey together with him and as a family-to-be.
Bali! We dreamed of going to Bali for a longtime. (bucket list!)
So the day after our wedding. And a slight panic, also known as Packing Day :-) well actually more like night) because we didn't manage to finish packing in the weeks prior to our wedding yet. Who knew planning a wedding takes so much time! Oh well, I guess we had to live the little chaos because let me tell you, as tiring as it was, it was hysterical, sooo much fun! It's a lasting anekdote on its own. Haha! :-)
The 24 hours of travel (and waiting for connections in Hong Kong), bags under the eyes for days (zombies really!) and having had almost no sleep on the plane, were so worth it after all! Soon as we arrived at our hotel, the stress that was left fell of our shoulders. We stayed at a one of the Sudamala Resorts in the beach town of Sanur.
We had a wonderful stay and we hereby want to thank the most kind and helpful staff again for adding to the magic of our stay. A memorable two week stay it was!
A special thanks to our taxi driver and tour guide Adi Sundaram, we want to thank you again for our adventures together! Friendship over miles, dear friend!
Upon arrival we went for our first plunge into the idyllic pool of our hotel. Romantics we are, we started our holiday with a retake on our wedding opening dance. Yes, true story. (Yes we are cheesy) We held on to each other in the pool underneath the star lit sky and we sung and danced to Moonriver. That's that beautiful song by Henri Mancini, known from Breakfast At Tiffany's, which is one of my favorite movies ever. A moment we'll always remember. What can I say? We make our own magic!
One of our favorite things about our stay at Sudamala Resorts definitely was the tranquility of having breakfast outside while local musicians played authentic Balinese music in the hotel garden. Well that sure was the best way to start a day filled with happy thoughts! Also memorable was our Spa treatment at the hotel and the yoga sessions in the morning. How we miss it! Well those are just a few memories that really stood out.
Of all the places we visited during our stay on the island, these were the highlights for us: the beautiful landscape of the Tegallalang Rice Terrace, feeding the cutest monkeys at the Monkey Forrest, the beauty of the water palace Saraswati Temple in Ubud, the architecture of the temple on the Bratan lake called the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, unwinding at the White Sandy Beach also known as Virgin Beach and a visit to the beautiful Tirtagangga Water Palace.
In the two weeks we were in Bali, we saw a lot of the islands beautiful places but unlucky for us I got very ill and the second week we fell like we missed out on a lot. We did a few activities but not as we planned it. We made the best of our final days, resting at the hotel, discovering more places in the proximity of the hotel and we went to the Bali Zoo.
Looking back and knowing how big the island is and how long it often takes to drive from A to B we would also have opted for a minimum stay of 3 weeks. If we were to return to Bali someday in the future we would definitely stay in more than two hotels, one per region probably, to better explore the best the different regions have to offer and to fully emerge in a slightly more adventurous experience. We would likely stay at one or more of smaller nearby islands or visit Lombok as well.
Bali is a different world. A beautiful island with its paradise beaches and feels but it's also a place where existance is hard work. We went on an excursion and we talked to a couple of social, open-minded locals who cared to share their stories with us and we got to know a lot of insights about life for the Balinese people and their culture. Which is very different of how tourists tend to see Bali.
We came back home changed and inspired. Taking pieces of the Balinese culture and important life lessons with us in our hearts.
We'll always cherish our Bali journey!
"Two drifters, off to see the world
There's such a lot of world to see
We're after the same rainbow's end, waitin' 'round the bend
My huckleberry friend, Moon River, and me "
A snippet from Moonriver - Henri Mancini
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If you are planning a trip to Bali or if you want to talk about our adventure, send me a message or comment below this post. I would love to hear your experience! Leave me a note! xo Anaïs