Dear Joy Readers,
Ok we have given you the low down on how to get there and what to take now lets talk about where to stay.
Now as we have a young family we always stay in the Seminyak area which is very safe and family friendly. For those of you who are younger and don’t have a young family then Kuta or Legian may suit you more which has a lot more night life than Seminyak.
For those of you who have retired and want something even more low key then Seminyak then you may want to look at somewhere like Ubud which is in the Country’s North. Ubud offers up amazing scenery, art galleries, spas and restaurants or if you prefer the South you might like Nusa Dua which offers up plenty of resorts and water sports and Sanur is a little more low key.
We have mainly stayed at Dyana Villa’s in Seminyak. We keep coming back to the same place as it is beautiful, the staff are so friendly and it is quite central to everywhere we want to go. They also offer a daily maid service, who come and cook your breakfast every morning (I have managed to take away with me their recipe for amazing nasi goreng), clean the villa and most importantly take your washing away everyday and deliver it back washed, ironed and smelling like a tropical island. You have babysitting included in the 8hrs that you have your maids for but you can also get them to babysit at night time at very reasonable rates and you know that the children are perfectly safe. The Villa’s have a 24hour security guard and you can’t get into the villa’s without getting past security. The villas all have their own private pool which is the norm for villa’s in Bali. Dyana Villas have accommodation ranging from 1 bedroom villas all the way up to a 5 bedroom villa.
We have also had the staff cook a traditional dinner for us in the villa. They will head off to the local market to buy the groceries and then come back and cook you an amazing Indonesion Feast. When they did this for a birthday dinner for us they fed 4 adults and 5 kids (with a birthday cake) for less than A$50 and we had to send a stack of food home with them as we were never going to get through it all.
We always ask for the same two ladies Ayu and Illuh too look after us when we visit, as our kids love them and they love our kids, they have become like a part of our family, we actually keep in touch with them on facebook. On our last trip in February we didn’t stay at the villa’s but we made sure we made a trip down to Dyana Villa’s just to say Hi to Ayu and Illuh.
We did notice on our last trip that Seminyak is a lot busier than when we first started going, back in 2009. We stayed a little further north of Seminyak this time in Petitenget which is very close to Kerobokan and loved it. We were very close to some of the new amazing restuarants that Bali has on offer and found plenty more new places to eat that were just mind blowing. What I love about Bali is the huge range of food on offer from anywhere in the world as well as the amazing spaces that they turn into restaurants.
Petitenget was great as we hadn’t stayed there before and it gave us a chance to be out exploring more of what this amazing little island has to offer. You will quickly discover that no matter where you stay you will find whatever you are looking for or whatever you need close by. What we loved this time is we were a quick 5 minute bike ride down to the beach where at sunset there are plenty of restaurants set up with bean bags right on the sand where you can sit and sip a drink with an umbrella in it and watch the sun slowly dive into the sea.
Do your research before you go for accommodation, just have an idea of what type of accommodation you want whether it’s a Hostel, Hotel, Villa or Resort. You will be able to find a plethora of accommodation on offer and some incredible deals. If you don’t need to have everything booked too far in advance you can get onto booking.com, tripadvisor or agoda and book your accommodation a week or two before you go and you will get some amazing deals. Don’t ever panic if you have nowhere to stay, there are literally thousands of places and you will find somewhere.
We have stayed with friends in the past which makes the accommodation cheaper and there are plenty of 4-5 bedroom villas around that have plenty of space for two families and most villa’s come with your own private pool. We have looked at a few 8 bedroom villas which are mind blowing and could sleep several families or be used for special events such as weddings,birthdays or family reunions.
We stayed at the Hotel Neo last time in Petitenget which was very cheap. We had read some bad reviews about it and we were a little nervous, but I tend not to pay too much attention to reviews as you will always find someone who is unhappy with something. This place was great, the room was a decent size, the air conditioning worked, the bathroom was clean, the pool area was lovely and the staff could not do enough to help us and we had daily breakfasts included. As we didn’t have the kids with us we didn’t really spend much time in our room so this was perfect. They did have laundry facilities available but it was much cheaper to just take our laundry to a local laundry which are really cheap and easy to find and will have your laundry washed and ironed and ready for you the next day.
We spent a day last time just riding around and looking at villa’s which the staff are more than happy to show you and it is well worth it if you have the time as you can get a better idea of what is available and see some amazing villa’s.
There are Villa’s and Hotels absolutely everywhere. Now if you’re wanting to stay in a Resort there are also plenty, some of our favourites in the Seminyak and Petitenget area are the Samaya, The Legian, The Oberoi, and the W Resort. If you are happy to stay in a resort and are not looking to do much else you can head down to Nusa Dua where there are resorts everywhere that have absolutely everything available and you won’t need to leave the place if you don’t want to. A couple of the resorts down there are The Grand Hyatt, The Novotel and The Intercontinental. You will find that just about all of the big resort chains have a presence down in Nusa Dua and Jimbaran Bay. If you do want to do some shopping a cab ride to Seminyak won’t take long and now there is the new toll road it is so much quicker than it used to be.
So hopefully this has given you some ideas on the variety of accommodation that Bali has to offer.
Next blog will be where to eat, be prepared I will struggle to keep this one short!!!!!
The Joy Girls xx