After visiting Bratan Lake, we hopped onto Mr Bagus’ Avanza and continued our journey to Tanah Lots for some shopping and sunset viewing. We reached there about 4 plus in the afternoon. Looking at the blazing hot sun, we changed our mind and decided to drop by a nearby resort – Pan Pacific Nirvana Bali Resort instead, for some relaxing moment while enjoying our tea.
Influenced by contemporary Balinese décor, the setting of the resort is idyllic.
We ordered a set of English afternoon tea set at Sunset Lounge while enjoying the spectacular coast line and the surrounding award-winning golf course. The ocean temple of Tanah Lots can also be viewed from here!
Our classic English tea set (USD 15) comprises of a pot of English tea, sandwiches with smoked salmon & cucumber, cream egg watercress, cheddar cheese & tomato; scones with double cream & strawberry jam English fruit cake, strawberry tart, lemon meringue pie and baked apple crumble.
Enough of some tranquility moments and with the sun setting soon, we proceeded with our original plan to Tanah Lots, one of the famous tourist attractions in Bali. The sea temple was built to worship the Balinese sea Gods.
Sitting on a large offshore rock, visitors can walk over to the temple during low tides.
When the tide is high, the temple looks like an old ship floating on the sea.
As one of the most visited places of interest in Bali, Tanah Lots is an area of highly commercialised. The carefully planned path leading to the temple is full of souvenir shops. Always remember to bargain when you’re shopping in Bali!
If you fancy a romantic dinner, there are restaurants at the mainland cliff top with open-air setting.
Naughty Nuri’s Warung
We left Tanah Lots as the sunset and dropped by Naughty Nuri’s Warung for dinner. This place is famous for its pork ribs. We did not have the chance to try any other pork ribs in Bali but would definitely rate the pork ribs here very highly.
Upon entrance, we came across this colourful pig decoration which we found it to be very cute.
We order a full slab of pork ribs with some wedges to compliment with the meat. The pork ribs were bursting with favour and grilled to perfection. The meat was so tender that it can be easily pulled off from the bone while the outer layer was super tasty!
The cafe mimics a Balinese style warung which was built with wooden shack, completed with dimmed light, posters and framed photos all over the wall in the Warung. It is such a lovely place to dine in! Will definitely come here again in the future if we happened to visit Bali again!
With a full stomach, we headed down to the busy area of Kuta to explore around before we called it a day.
The Ground Zero Monument to commemorate the victims of Bali bomb tragedy happened in 2002.
SEE: Taman Ayun – LUNCH: Pacung Restaurant – SEE: Bratan Lake, Bedugul – TEA: Pan Pacific Nirvana Bali Resort – SEE: Tanah Lots – DINNER: Naughty Nuri’s Warung – SHOP: Kuta
We started our day traveling northward to visit the royal family temple of the Mengwi Empire – Pura Taman Ayun, which is also known as ‘Garden Temple in the Water’. As suggested by its name, Taman Ayun literally means ‘the temple in a beautiful garden’. The temple has been recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
Upon entrance, we were greeted by a lush green landscape garden with a water fountain.
Visitors busy posing for their best shots.
There is an Art Centre in the temple with many beautiful artworks available for sale.
Surrounded by a narrow, man-made moat, the holy courtyard can be admired by glancing over the wall.
The merus or multi-roofed shrines make a lovely background for great photography opportunity!
After a short stay of about 30 minutes at this beautiful, laid-back and peaceful temple, we continued our journey to Bratan Lake.
On the way to Bratan Lake, we made a pit stop at Pacung Restaurant for a quick lunch.
The restaurant served very typical Balinese buffet lunch with food spread like fried rice, satays, fried noddles, soup, white rice, fruit and desserts etc. The price was about Rp 95,000 (S$12) per person. Food was nothing to shout about but the scenic view of paddy terraces was pretty impressive.
Located at 1,200m above sea level, here we arrived at Lake Bratan, the second largest lake in Bali. With the altitude, the weather here is pretty cooling and comfortable.
We made our way straight to the lake after passing through a landscape garden filled with various flowers and statues.
At the edge of this volcanic lake sits an old temple called Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, which was built back in 1663 in honour of the Goddess of the Lake, Dewi Danu.
This temple is very unique as it seems as if it is floating on the water. Don’t be fooled, it is actually constructed on a small island surrounded by the lake.
If Uluwatu temple is impressive because of its amazing cliff view overlooking the Indian Ocean, then the Bratan temple is stunning because it is located at the beautiful lake with Mount Bratan and Mount Catur as the backdrop. It is definitely one of the most picturesque temples in Bali!
You can even have a boat ride across the lake to enjoy the beauty of this place.
On the way to Uluwatu Temple, we decided to drop by Alila Villas for afternoon tea after a long ride from Kintamani. Do note that if you’re traveling during the peak season especially in December, most likely than not, this itinerary won’t work as the traffic in Bali can get very crazy. The best way to avoid this is to plan your accommodation in accordance with your itinerary so that you don’t have to travel from one end to another end within a day and get stuck in the jam for hours. Not only that, isn’t it a great excuse to experience as many resorts as possible during your short stay?
We stumbled across the website of Alila Villas one day while doing our research on places to visit during our stay. And boy, we were totally fascinated by just looking at the pictures! Hence, we quickly made an appointment at The Warung, one of the cafes in the villas, which serves Balinese and Indonesian cuisine.
Undoubtedly, this is by far the most beautiful and amazing villa that we have ever visited. The feeling of tranquility sets in almost immediately as we stepped into the lobby. We were greeted by the gentle sea breeze in the open-plan designed lobby. A staff dressed in white uniform approached us and guided us to the cafe.
Open air reception area
While making our way to the cafe, we were again, amazed by the awesomeness of the architecture. The gorgeous view of the infinity-edged pool overlooking nothing but the breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean immediately caught our attention. It was jaw-droppingly stunning!
The villa is modern without losing a touch of Balinese feel. Designed by a famous Singapore architectural firm WOHA, its eco-friendly and outstanding design has earned it loads of awards around the world. And of course, to be able stay in such a place which comes with private pool, spacious interiors, incredible view and a butler for each and every villa, it sure comes with a hefty price tag! It’s easily USD700 per night (excluding tax) at the minimum!
The sitting area overlooking the infinity pool.
The cliff-edge Sunset Cabana which is often used for special occasion such as wedding ceremony.
The mesmerizing backdrop definitely make the wedding an exotic experience and a life-long unforgettable memory.
We took the outdoor seats in order to fully enjoy the beautiful view. We ordered Es krim dadar – coconut pancake with vanilla ice-cream and caramel sauce (Rp 65,000 / S$8.80), assorted Bali delicacies, Kue Bali – Dadar gulung, pisang rai, sumping waluh godoh biu (Rp 70,000 / S$9.50) and some juices. While dining there, we were also provided with in-house amenities like sunscreen, insert repellant and face mist which we totally loved.
After spending about 45 minutes in this paradise, Mr Bagus picked us up and off we went to Uluwatu Temple, which is about 20 minutes drive from here. Uluwatu Temple, also known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, is one of the oldest temples in Bali, located at the edge of cliff overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean.
The architecture of the temple blend in so well with the surrounding to create a harmony feel. But what impressed us most was the magnificent view of the whole horizon. Standing at the cliff while watching the sunset and the waves hitting on the rocks was simply amazing. Had our tranquil moment here despite being extra cautious towards the mischievous monkeys at all times! Remember to hold on to your belongings when you’re here, especially your glasses, cameras, small accessories etc. And yes, don’t be surprised that the monkeys here eat glasses.
The entrance fee was Rp20,000 (S$2.50). As usual, remember to dress properly when you’re entering the temple. Sarongs and sashes are available for free at the entrance.
There is also kecak dance performance every evening for Rp 70,000 (S$9). As we are not really a fan for culture dance, we have given this a skip and continued our journey to Jimbaran Bay for a sumptuous seafood dinner.
Eating seafood on the beach in Jimbaran Bay is always part of the plan of most visitors’ itineraries when visiting Bali. It is the home for many grilled seafood warungs, scattered along the beach.
Dining tables are set up right on the sand for the guests to have lovely feasts while enjoying the cool sea breeze, the beautiful sunset and the romantic setting with the whole area lit up with candlelight after dark. How not to be romantic?
We wanted to try out Lia’s Cafe initially as we have read a lot of good reviews about the restaurant, but since Mr Bagus suggested another restaurant with better seafood, we thought, why not? Hence, we took his advice and dined there instead. We can’t really remember the name of the restaurant but it was for sure not recommended. Food was average with some of the seafood being overcooked and not forget to mention about the sky-high price! We felt so ripped off after the meal!
On a positive note, the setting was gorgeous with local live bands entertaining the guests with their wonderful singing. All in all, one advice, pick the right restaurant!