Category Archives: Bali

The One With Rock Bar Bali – Watching Sunset In Style

When I first mentioned that I was interested in going to Bali, it seems that a visit to the Rock Bar at Ayana Resort is a must. Almost everyone I have spoken to was waxing lyrical about the amazing sunset from the bar, located right at the cliff with a rather sheer drop into the ocean. It sounded dramatic in a way that I liked, so I put it down onto my itinerary for my Bali-day trip and made a point to visit.

And I did.

Buzz

My First Bali-day

The first thing you’ll notice when you arrived at Ayana Resort and Spa was how luxurious everything is. I was staying at some sub-standard place at South Kuta, so the difference was acutely felt. Walking to the bar took us through the resort, and after the third posh restaurant with glamourous fountains, the sheen of awesomeness started to wear off and everything seems to be a little over-the-top. It didn’t feel exclusive, just over-subscribed.

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The One With Balangan Beach – A Total Surfers’ Paradise

When we booked for our hotel accommodation, we were told that it is a 5-minutes walk from a certain Balangan Beach. To be honest, I was barely paying attention that fact – I was busier planning where to have my meals (as a foodie do) instead of researching more about the beach.

My First Bali-day

But I hadn’t had worried. The moments we clapped our eyes on the white sands and endless blue horizon and the blazing sun, I knew in an instance why this is a surfer’s paradise.

My First Bali-day

Balangan is one of Bali’s lesser known beaches, but it is all the better for it. Even though it was notoriously difficult to get to, the beach is never short of visitors and after late morning you will be hard pressed to rent empty chairs.

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The One With Aman Gati Hotel Balangan – A Balanced Review

I had to start off this hotel review on Aman Gati Hotel Balangan in Bali with a pre-empt, if you like, that this is going to be a balanced review. As much as I enjoyed the serenity and service at the hotel (which I booked through Airbnb.com), there was also much to be groused about and I thought I should view the glass both half-empty and half-full, so that you – the potential travelers – know what you are getting yourself into.

My First Bali-day

Getting There

The hotel provides a pick up service (for US$25) so it was pretty much hassle free for us. A uniformed driver waited for us at the airport, and the drive to the hotel was uneventful and as illuminating as it was the fist time to Bali for everyone in my group. We marveled at the stone-breaking sunshine and seemingly endless blue sky.

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