I needed a break from family life so I booked a holiday in Bali - How you can do the same
Updated: Aug 21, 2019
Sometimes you just need a break from your family and have some time to yourself. A quick holiday in Bali with my girlfriend was my solution to rest and revive.
Bali is such a great place to travel to on a budget, with or without kids. There are so many different things to see and places to visit. There really is something for everyone. As my family is originally from Indonesia, I've been on holiday in Bali before as a teenager. I went with my mother and grandmother and we stayed at Kuta Beach - where all the tourists go. I was keen to travel a bit further inland and explore the rice terraces, rainforests and volcanos again. My girlfriend said she needed a holiday away from her kids as well, so we booked our tickets and counted down the days til we flew out.
Bali Accommodation - Natura Villa Ubud Resort & Spa, Ubud
We stayed in Ubud at a place called Natura Villa Ubud Resort & Spa, just 3kms North East from the centre of Ubud, Bali. Natura is located on the banks of the Petanu River where you can hear the soothing sounds of the water rushing by. You can even access the river by walking down all the steps by the pool area. The jungle site has dramatic views across and along the river, which is densely vegetated with coconut trees, palms, exotic fruit trees and an abundance of advanced native trees. It was just magical waking up to the sounds of the rainforest, looking out the window and seeing this as your view:
Some images of Natura Villa Ubud Resort & Spa:
Bali Day Tours - Hire a driver for a day
You can hire a driver for a full day for about AU$70. They will basically take you to anywhere you want to go, wait for you to explore the area and return you to your accommodation again at the end of the day. We hired a driver for the day and went for a drive to visit the Rice Terraces, Coffee Plantations, Temples, Hot Springs and Volcanos. The good thing about travelling with a local is that they can take you to all the non-touristy areas for lunch and you can sample traditional food. Below are some of the photos that I took during our holiday in Bali.
Bali Coffee Plantations, Ubud
We visited multiple coffee plantations and sampled their coffees and teas, but the best one was the Silakarang Coffee Plantation. You can go on a free tour of the plantation where the guide will tell you all about the coffee making process, as well as show you around the plantation. You can also sample the Kopi Luwak Coffee (which are coffee beans eaten by animals called Luwaks, which are pooped out, collected, dried, roasted and ground to make Bali's most expensive coffee). If you're not a coffee drinker, you can also have a tasting plate of all the different teas they grow in the area too. After the tour of the plantation, you can purchase coffee or tea to take home with you, for quite a reasonable amount. This was my favourite:
Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Ubud, Bali
When we visited the Tegallalang Rice Terraces, we followed the signs and walked around the whole plantation! The best time to visit the rice terraces are early mornings, as there are less people there and you can usually get a photo without anyone in it. Most people stop at the terraces as part of a day tour so around midday seems to be the busiest time to visit.
Bali Swing, Rice Terraces, Ubud, Bali
The Tegallalang Rice Terraces are also a great place to have a go on the Bali swings. (Hot tip - if you want to go on the Bali swing, but don't want to pay the hefty prices at the coffee plantations, head to the rice terraces where you can have a go for much cheaper!)
Here is a quick video of me trying out one of the Bali swings:
Ubud Monkey Forest, Bali
We also took some time out to visit the Ubud Monkey Forest during our holiday in Bali. The Monkey Forest has three Hindu Temples inside it. The temples are an important part of the spiritual life of the local community, and the monkeys are important in the Balinese art tradition.
The Monkey Forest would be such a great place to take kids to visit. You just have to remember to keep walking if one of the monkeys jumps on you - which they did frequently. They are just looking for food and will soon jump back off again if you keep walking. There is a free shuttle bus from the Monkey Forest back into town that you can jump onto pretty regularly after you've finished your tour.
Ubud Markets, Bali
We also spent a lot of our time at the Ubud markets. We frequently visited massage parlours, beauty salons, fish spas, cafes, gelato stores, the fruit section and the homemade sweets section. We also bought so many souvenirs to take home to our kids, including kites, wooden toy cars, toys that you pull along on a string, musical instruments, and a whole lot more. It's so easy to fill up on toys, jewellery, sarongs, shoes and clothes when everything is so cheap! Just make sure that you don't go over your baggage limit at the airport on your way home again!
Campuhan Ridge Walk, Ubud, Bali
After spending so much time in a van touring around Ubud, we decided that it was time to get some exercise. We took a taxi out to the Campuhan Ridge Walk early the next morning and walked all the way along the paved trail until we got to the rice terraces at the end where we sat and had a healthy lunch in one of the cafes at the end of the walk. The walk took us around 2 hours to complete, including stopping a few times to take some photos along the way.
Our holiday in Bali comes to an end
We did end up missing our families while we were overseas and we kept in touch each night via Skype and FB messenger. The hotels usually all have free wifi that you can use for this purpose.
My girlfriend and I had a lovely week away and we used the time to reconnect with each other again, as life can get pretty busy when you have kids. Having a good support network is crucial when you're a parent, so it's important to nurture relationships with friends and family, so you always have someone to turn to when things get rough. I will always treasure this trip that we went on, and I'm sure that it won't be the last time we go away somewhere to rest and recharge together.
My gift to you - FREE Airbnb Credit
If you are inspired by my holiday in Bali and would like to book a trip either with or without your kids, there are so many cheap hotels on Airbnb to choose from. As my gift to you, if you head over to my "Get AU$55 worth of Air Bnb credit for free" blog post you will receive an AU$55 Airbnb credit to use when you book your first stay using the platform. You can also book an experience in Bali and get a discount of AU$21 using the link that I provided as well.
I hope this post inspires you to take a break from your family every now and then, and not feel guilty for doing so. Everyone needs time to themselves every now and then, and as long as you have a supporting family to look after your kids while you're away, you should be able to travel (near or far) and have the break you deserve. It's hard work looking after kids!
If you have enjoyed a holiday in Bali recently, please let me know by commenting below. I would love to hear all about it!
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