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Bali, Indonesia 72-Hour Vacation

A Taste of Honey


You wake up in good shape and spirits, ready for your second day. At the beach at the foot of the hotel, there happens to be a fish market where boats converge in the morning. If you are an early bird, walk to the beach and watch the action. Also take a look around and spot the "bars" where the fishes caught in the morning will be cooked in the evening. Freshness guaranteed. No need for reservation. After your day of exploration and return to the hotel, dinner al-fresco on the beach with the locals will be a nice and very inexpensive experience.

It is difficult to ignore that there are 20,000 temples in Bali and visiting at least one of them is a minimal ritual to observe for any serious tourist. From Jimbaran, choose from two accessible temples. The shortest drive is to Uluwatu Temple located at the extreme southern tip of the island. Perched on a bluff where waves—experienced surfers love them—come crashing, the temple is dedicated to the spirits of the sea and guarded by monkeys rather friendly, although a tad kleptomaniac. The site offers spectacular views and is more impressive than the structure itself.

Tanah Lot is farther and in the other direction, but it's the most celebrated one. Built on a promontory only accessible at low tide it stands as a mysterious fortress guarded—they say—by poisonous snakes. There's a fairy atmosphere at sunset when the silhouette of Tanah Lot is outlined against the orange red sky. Unfortunately, it's also the time where tourists gather from everywhere to admire the famous dusk scenery.

The return to Jimbaran will take you to the Legian/ Kuta/Seminyak area with an opportunity for shopping for batiks, clothes by Indonesian designers, antiques at Milo's, The House of Yanie, Bin House and other stores (see addresses below).

If you came for sports, surfing at Kuta and Legian is good and safe for beginners. Experienced surfers might prefer to choose Canggu and Nusa Dua while real pros will probably take their quarters at Padang Padang or at Uluwatu under the cliffs of the Uluwatu temple.

The ultimate diving spot is Menjagan Island on the North Western tip of Bali within the West Bali National Park. Fishes abound along the coral walls. Easier to access is Tulamben in the North East. The wreck of a liberty ship is home to almost tame fishes.

Golfers might want to experience the Bali Golf and Country Club in Nusa Dua Beach (tel. 771797) and its 18-hole championship course (about a 15-minute drive from the hotel). After the heat of the day, tennis is another alternative on one of the two floodlit "Wimbledon" courts of the Four Seasons.

In this southern area dining at Bumbu Bali is an option. Nestled in the garden of a Balinese home, Bumbu Bali restaurant (15-minute drive from Jimbaran) under the guidance of a Swiss owner serves uniquely Indonesian fare accompanied by dances and music. A bit touristy but well done and pleasant, Bumbu Bali also offers an Indonesian cooking class and accommodations in a choice of selected villas.


Ubud Area

Ayung Terrace
Western, Indonesian & healthy alternative.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
Sayan, Ubud, Gianyar
(62-361) 977-577

Fusion gourmet.
Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Ubud
(62-361) 975-768

Nusa Dua/Jimbaran Area

Bumbu Bali
Authentic Balinese food.
Jl. Pratama, Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua
(62-361) 774502

Taman Wantilan
Contemporary cuisine and Indonesian-inspired specialties.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
Jimbaran, Denpasar
(62-361) 701010

Terrace Restaurant
International & Thai cuisine.
Amanusa Resort Bali
Nusa Dua
(62-361) 772333

The Watercourt
Authentic Balinese cuisine.
Grand Hyatt Bali
Nusa Dua
(62-361) 771234

Kuta Area

Kafe Warisan Restaurant
& Bar

French Mediterranean cuisine overlooking the paddy fields.
Jl. Raya Kerobokan No. 38, Kerobokan
(62-361) 731175

Kin Khao
Thai Cuisine.
Jl. Kartika Plaza, Kuta
(62-361) 757808

Kuni's Bali
Japanese Cuisine.
Jl. Lasmana 80
(62-361) 730501

Made's Warung
Indonesian & European food.
Made's Warung Jl. Pantai Kuta & Made's Warung Jl. Raya Seminyak
Kuta: (62-361) 755297
Seminyak: (62-361) 732130

Un's Paradise Restaurant
European cuisine and Indonesian specialties.
Between Poppies Lane 1 and Jalan Pantai, Kuta
(62-361) 752607


(Updated: 05/15/09 HC)

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