Bali, Bali, Bali.
My first trip to Bali was at the beginning of 2013 (so literally “at the beginning” that we celebrated New Years on the flight from JFK to Taipei). My friend and I picked a nice big hotel to stay at (for nine consecutive nights) in a super touristy area and we had NO IDEA the culture, the history and the beauty we missed out on, until after the fact.
Safe to say, my second trip around – I intended to make the most out of my trip. I booked hotels all around the island and even on a smaller island about 30 minutes off of the east coast. Some of the most beautiful moments I had in Bali weren’t captured by a camera – in typical “real, genuine” moments for the solo traveler fashion. However, some of the photos below are some of my favorite from Bali and I’m sure they’ll spark some instant wanderlust for Bali.
A Bali sunrise complete with palm tree silhouettes and sacred “saput poleng” the black and white cloth can be found all around the island, marking statues and even trees to be sacred.
And a typical Bali sunset! Complete with scooters, umbrellas, string lights and palm trees.
Scooters are so typical in Bali that you can even catch a ride on one (usually for only $1-$2 USD!) the same way you can catch an Uber in the states!
Many of the properties in Bali have rooms that open right to pools like this one at Inaya in Nusa Dua.
The constant debate over sunset or sunrise being better will never end in Bali. This was a perfect #PinkHour sunrise over the Inaya property in Nusa Dua.
Another perfect sunrise over the sea in Nusa Dua.
Even shopping in Bali is pretty! Look how perfect the décor at this home décor shop in Seminyak was!
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Lotus flowers are sacred in Bali and you can stumble across charming lotus ponds, like this one at Hotel Tugu in Canggu, all over the island.
The only thing better than the topical flora at Hotel Tugu is when it overflows into the spa area and is accompanied by antique Balinese furniture.
Having my own private pool at Hotel Tugu didn’t hurt, either.
The tropical flora at Hotel Tugu also makes for an awesome selfie opp.
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Hotel Tugu is located on the west coast of Bali so you get to capture a stunning sunset like this one.
The sunsets at the Breeze, the beach front restaurant at The Samaya Property in Seminyak were almost unbelievable.
All of the villas at the Samaya came complete with their own private pool for private floating sessions just like this.
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Just when you think Bali can’t get any better – you make friends with a monkey at the sacred monkey forest in Ubud.
The rice paddies all have little walking/bike paths and are the perfect place to get lost.
This is your average scenery when walking along one of the rice paddy paths.
The only thing better than a rice paddy? A sunset reflecting in a rice paddy.
When strolling along the rice paddies you’ll inevitably stumble upon people ankle deep, harvesting and sowing the paddies.
The Balinese’s dedication to their religion is unlike anything I’ve experienced before and signs of it can be found all around the island.
Offerings can be found all around the island and when you visit a local market you’ll find evidence (in the form of flowers, petals and banana leaves) of how the offerings are made!
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#IHaveThisThingWithDoors Do you have a thing with doors? You will after you leave Bali!
The yoga house at Kayumanis Resort in Ubud was stunning amongst the morning light and fog.
The honeymoon suite at the Kayumanis resort in Ubud had sweeping views and not only its own private pool but also its own hot tub.
A view from the top! The top of Nusa Lembongan island, with Bali in the backdrop.
A swing over the aptly titled, “Dream Beach” on Nusa Lembongan.
The swing was also a great photo op, of course.
Lunch for one on Lembongan. Can you get enough of these views and hues?
Nusa Lembongan was so beautiful it brought a smile T H I S B I G to my face.
The only thing better than a sunset over Bali? A sunset over Nusa Lembongan.
Rice paddies, palm trees and pretty skies.
Rice paddies, palm trees and pretty skies *insert heart emoji*
Sunset over Tanah Lot, one of the many sacred temples in Bali.
Tanah lot is divided into two temples and the sunset behind both of them were wonderful.