Bali Trip Day 2 (Part 2) – Alila Villas, Uluwatu Temple & Jimbaran Bay

DAY 2

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

Alila Villas

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.

13. Alila copyOpen air reception area

14. Alila copy 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!

15. Alila copyThe sitting area overlooking the infinity pool.

18. Alila copyThe cliff-edge Sunset Cabana which is often used for special occasion such as wedding ceremony.

16. Alila copyThe mesmerizing backdrop definitely make the wedding an exotic experience and a life-long unforgettable memory.

20. Alila copyWe 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.

Uluwatu Temple

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24. Uluwatu copyThe 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.

22. Uluwatu copyThe 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.

Jimbaran Bay

25. Jimbaran Bay copyEating 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.

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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?

26. Jimbaran Bay copyWe 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!

28. Jimbaran Bay copyOn 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!

Bali Trip Day 1 & 2 (Part 1) – Tampaksiring, Kintamani & Kopi Luwak Plantation

DAY 1

Singapore Changi Airport – Denpasar International Airport – STAY: Bali Kuta Resort and Conventional Centre

This was one of the most looked forward Fridays as this marked the start of our long-awaited trip to the Island of Love – Bali!!

We flew from Singapore at 9.05pm and arrived at Denpasar (Ngurah Rai) International Airport at 11.35pm. Our driver for the entire trip, Mr Bagus, picked us up from the airport and sent us straight to our hotel – Bali Kuta Resort and Conventional Centre, where we stayed throughout our stay in Bali. Mr Bagus offered a pretty reasonable rate for only Rp 350,000 (S$45) per day per car which can cater up to six person (Toyota Avanza) plus 2 ways free airport transfer on the first and last day! Sound like a deal?

Bali Kuta Resort copySadly, this is the only picture of the resort that we have, which we booked through Hotelclub for S$100 per night for a Junior Suite. Well, I must admit that it did not live up to our expectation. Rooms are quite different from the nice pictures that are shown on the website. Overall, the resort is pretty run down. Given that there are so many other options, we will definitely not come back again in the future. To be fair, though disappointed, we shouldn’t expect much for the price we paid.

And, this marked the end of our Day 1.

On a random note, there is no time difference between Singapore and Bali.

DAY 2

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

TAMPAKSIRING

Our first stop was Tampaksiring Temple, which is also known as Pura Tirta Empul. This Hindu temple is built around holy water springs, where Hindu devotees purify themselves by means of ritual bathing. It is believed that the sacred springs have a wide spectrum of healing and purifying properties.

Entrance fee is very cheap. It costs us only Rp 15,000 (S$2) per person. And don’t forget to wear a sarong which can be rented for free at the entrance of the temple.

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Offerings made of flowers, rice, leaves and food can be found everywhere, for instance, at the entrance of homes, temples, before and on statues etc. The offerings are made on a daily basis by the Balinese as it is believed to bring prosperity and good health to the family.

Upon entrance, we were greeted by this amazing architecture. It ‘s such a beautiful and tranquil place to walk around.

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5. Tampaksiring copyClose up of the purifying pool with 12 fountains that disperse the holy spring water.

 

7. Tampaksiring copyUpon leaving the temple, we came across another long rectangular pool filled with koi with various sizes and hues.

KINTAMANI

Next, we continued our journey up north east to Kintamani, a highland area where the active volcano Mount Batur and Lake Batur are located. It was an easy 45 minutes ride to reach the top of the village opposite Mount Batur.

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Being touristy, we stopped by Batur Sari Restaurant for buffet lunch. We opted for the outdoor Gazebo seat to enjoy the cool breeze and the breathtaking scenery while filling our stomach with some local delicacies. Forget about the food, it was mediocre with the price slightly at a higher end (around Rp 90,000 / S$11.50 per pax).

One thing to note is that there are plenty of souvenir and fruit sellers along the street. They can get pretty annoying when a number of them start following and pestering you to buy. Do not ask for the price if you do not intend to buy.

KOPI LUWAK PLANTATION

On the way down the hill, we dropped by at the BAS Nature Bali Plantation for a cup of the world’s most expensive coffee – Kopi Luwak.

9. BAS Nature Plantation copyAs we walked down the path, we came across various interesting plants and trees, i.e. cocoa, gingseng, vanilla etc.

12. BAS Nature Plantation copyIn Indonesian language, “kopi” means coffee while “luwak” means civet cats. Now, something very interesting.. or you can call it disguising. Kopi luwak is made of Balinese coffee berries which is processed in a very unique way. The civet cats choose the ripest and sweetest coffee berries for their diet. The consumed beans then undergo some fermentation in the luwak’s digestive system before their exit. The intact beans pooped are then gathered, washed, dried, roasted and brewed.   

11. BAS Nature Plantation copyAnd what’s a better way to satisfy our curiosity other than trying a cup of kopi luwak? Well, a small cup like this costed us Rp 60,000 (S$7.70)!

10. BAS Nature Plantation copyIf you don’t want to spend so much for just a small cup of coffee, don’t worry, you can still sit down and enjoy the lush scenery at the coffee plantation while sampling some complimentary coffees / teas of different flavours, i.e. arabica coffee, ginger coffee, cocoa, ginger tea and lemongrass tea etc. I personally love the ginger coffee and lemongrass tea.

As we are not coffee enthusiasts, we can’t really tell the difference between the luwak coffee and the normal coffees. Some claim that the coffee is sold for its story rather than its premium quality. What do you think?

The Mayor of Tiny Town Cafe (MOTT)

Tucked away in one of the shophouses along Cantonment Road, we found this modest cafe – The Mayor of Tiny Town Cafe (MOTT). We first came to notice this humble cafe one working morning while waiting for the traffic light to turn green in order to cross over to the Outram Park MRT station, located directly opposite the cafe.

We decided to visit this cafe one Saturday morning for brunch.

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MOTT is a simple yet homey cafe. The interior of the cafe is Japanese Zakka style inspired. It is decorated with unique and tiny ornaments carefully handpicked by the owner, who was an ex SIA air-stewardess, from all over the world during her jetsetting days.

Not knowing what’s their specialties but since we were craving for some English breakfast, we ordered one of their recommended items on the menu – MOTT breakfast ($15.90).

Mott breakfast copyThe MOTT breakfast is made up of a sunny side up, crispy bacon, ham, sausage, roasted tomato, sauteed mushrooms with herbs, spinach and waffles. A very typical breakfast dish with nothing much to shout about until… we tasted the waffles! Undeniably, the waffles were really great and impressive! The golden brown waffles are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. It is tasty even eaten alone without any toppings! No wonder that they have replaced the commonly used toasts for breakfast set with their signature waffles!

Only until then that we realized their specialty is simply their waffles! MOTT offers a wide selection of freshly baked sweet or savory waffles. We will definitely come back again to try out more waffles dishes!

Other than that, we also pampered ourselves some freshly brewed teas. We had a glass of iced-nectarine tea ($3.90) and a cup of Hanami Gryphon Artisan Hot Tea ($.390).

black tea with peach copyThis black tea with a hint of peach is very refreshing at first sip with a nice sweet peach lingering aftertaste. The sugar level is adjustable at personal preference. Simply love the flavor of this tea!

Tea copyOn the other hand, Hanami is a Japanese sencha with cherry blossoms flavored tea. The sakura flavour is subtle but complimentary. It’s a bitter sweet experience. Definitely worth a try.

Other than the all day brunch and waffles, MOTT also serves some pretty unique mains and desserts like Blue Salmon and Mayor’s Mischief! Can’t wait to try out these dishes during our next visit.

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The Mayor of Tiny Town
61 Cantonment Road
Singapore 089757
Telephone:+65 6222 7089
E-mail: mott@mottcafe.com
http://www.mottcafe.com
 
Opening hours:
Tues to Fri : 8am to 6pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 9am to 7pm
Closed on Mondays

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