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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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