I recently returned from an amazing honeymoon (and wedding!). It was certainly a whirlwind, but there’s no doubt that it was the best few weeks of my life. On the top of the list of highlights was the time we spent in Bali. Bali was like no other place we had been–it was bursting with delicious food, kind people, beautiful vegetation, incredible culture, wild monkeys, great (and cheap) shopping, temples, gorgeous beaches and anything else you could dream of for a travel experience.
Our first stop in Bali was in a little beach town on the west coast called Seminyak where we stayed at Uma Sapna Villa… and what a way it was to start a honeymoon.
We had a private villa (the specific room was Ambon) with a little pool and backyard. The 5-night package we booked included multiple full body massages, breakfast every morning, a candlelight dinner for two, one lunch for two and a one-day tour to wherever we wanted to go (including multiple stops). That alone could make for a five-star stay, but it exceeded that…and our expectations.
The beach was a nice 10/15-minute walk or only a $2 cab ride away. The main street packed with shopping and restaurants was just around the corner. The warm and friendly staff knew us by name. Our twice-a-day room cleaning left our room sparkly. The bed was comfy and the shower lovely. We were spoiled.
While they didn’t have a restaurant onsite, the daily breakfast was always delicious and so was everything we ordered from room service. From Nasi Goreng (a local fried rice dish) to an American cheese burger, we were always pleased.
The one-day tour was probably our favorite day in Seminyak. Our driver from Uma Sapna, Dharma, was a wonderful man who taught us so much about the people and the culture in Bali. He was accommodating and helpful–providing advice on bargaining, protecting us from wild monkeys (seriously) and sharing his knowledge on the sites we visited. We wished we could have spent more time with him.
When it came time to depart Uma Sapna and head to our next stop in Bali, it was bittersweet to say goodbye. It felt like we were leaving what had become our home. I can’t recommend it enough.
More on Bali coming soon…particularly a Balinese recipe.