When I began to edit photos of this trip I quickly realized my computer was overflowing with (too many) beautiful images of our amazing journey. I've decided the best way to share this trip with you is to split it into a couple of different posts. That way I can share where we stayed, ate and what we did in each place without it being too confusing.
So welcome to Pt.1 of the Bali Series: Seminyak!
Seminyak is a touristy beach town in Bali with tons of shops, spas, restaurants and hustle-bustle. When we stepped off our (long) flight into Bali, this was our first destination.
It's a great starting point because there's no real culture shock and it allows you to relax and get acclimatized before you start adventuring.
Best things to do in Seminyak:
- Get a central hotel. We stayed at The Ize and loved it, but there are lots! There is so much to see and it's super hot (on average about 30 degrees Celsius). It's nice when your hotel is central and you can pop back to it to change or jump in the pool before heading out again.
- Try restaurants! we liked The Junction (Tyler swore it was the best chicken curry he's ever had - and that says a lot), Hotel Mexicola and the food at our hotel's restaurant (see above).
- Get a massage and mani pedi! We both agreed the best massage we got on our trip (we tried lots of places) was also the least expensive: $6.50 (for an hour!) and you can get mani/pedis for about $4.50 each
- Check the outskirts of Seminyak for home decor shops that have amazing lighting, furniture etc. at unbelievable prices.....If only we could have fit it in a suitcase to bring home with us :(
Below - We stayed two nights at a really amazing, modern hotel in the heart of the town called The Ize Hotel. The location was fantastic, the staff was super helpful, the breakfasts and food were amazing and the rooftop pool was definitely a highlight of the trip. I couldn't have picked a better place to stay for our first few nights.
Below - If you visit Seminyak you have to make sure to visit Motel Mexicola for tacos & coconut water straight outta the coconut (which is available almost anywhere in Bali for about $2). Their wacky, fresh decor is brilliant, quirky and totally loveable. It's hard to keep up conversation when there are just so many trinkets and so much graphic genius to keep your eyes occupied.
To get a negative side note out of the way I must say one of the most surprising parts of our trip was learning that Bali does not have true infrastructure built for garbage disposal. I really believe in experiencing a foreign place without judgement for systems that are different from your own. From talking to locals we learned in a lot of places garbage disposal consists of items being collected and thrown into rivers. During rainy season, the monsoons wash this river garbage into the oceans and it collects on the beaches.
The biologist and nature-lover in me did my best not to be judgemental about this sad reality. Instead I came away from the situation with a profound sense of gratitude and realization of the complexity of North America's waste management and recycling educational systems. In developing countries, it's taking great efforts by some (as we heard from locals) to change the way people think about and have access to education regarding waste disposal and it's effect on this unbelievable world we live in.
It didn't affect our trip too much as we didn't have tons of beach time scheduled in Seminyak (plus, we found other great beaches - which you will hear about in future posts), and there was so much other stuff to see and do. I just wanted to share with others that this is something to be aware of when booking a trip (especially during rainy season).
I'll be posting more of our adventures this week so check back to
make sure you don't miss Part 2 of the Bali blog series!