SEE:Tampaksiring – LUNCH: Kintamani – SEE: BAS Nature Bali Plantation – TEA: Alila Villas – SEE & SHOP: Uluwatu Temple DINNER: Jimbaran Bay
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.
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!
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.
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!