Bali Instagram Diary

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1/ Sunset on the beach in Seminyak  2,7,8,9,10,13/ Infinity pool at Ayana  3,5/ Birthday drinks for my mum at Rock Bar  4/ View from Ayana (wearing Asos top and shorts)  6/ First sunset at Ayana  11/ Fresh fruit breakfast  12/ Kubu beach  14,15/ Ayana  16/ Breakfast at Sahana Villa (Asos jumpsuit, market clutch)  17/ Mie Goreng and Nasi Goreng for lunch!  18/ Supermuse by the pool  19/ Samudra horizons  20,21/ Sunset from the W Hotel  22/ Indonesian breakfast!  23,24,25,26,27/ Sahana Villa pool (Asos bikini, Karen Walker sunglasses, Samudra clutch, Giant Swan)  28/ Wise words along busy Seminyak streets  29/ Sunset from Potato Head’s pool  30/ Cocktails and lunch at Cafe Bali for my sister’s birthday  31/ Bliss  32/ Streets of Seminyak  33,34/ With the beautiful staff at Sahana Villa  35/ Sunset from W with my baby brother  36,37/ With my sister (wearing Asos top, Lover shorts, See by Chloe sandals)  38,39/ Sunset drinks at W Hotel’s Woo Bar  40,41,42/ Dinner at Sardine amongst rice paddies (wearing Asos dress and sandals)  43/ Perfect dinner setting for…one?  44/ Flying in to Sydney  45/ Sydney airport (wearing Lover jumpsuit, See by Chloe sandals, 3.1 Phillip Lim bag)

I flew to Bali just one day after arriving home from Germany, and my mind was left somewhere up in the air along the way. It was displaced by a bad experience with Virgin Australia and Etihad triple debiting mine and my partners account, (which even now a month later hasn’t been reimbursed) left us both broke.

As my luck/absent mind would have it, I somehow was distracted by a Balinese taxi driver yelling at me while I was finishing using an ATM. He wouldn’t stop hassling my brother and I so after I took my money, I turned around and asked him to stop. I’m not sure how it happened, but somewhere during the distraction and verbal abuse my bank card disappeared without me knowing. Later that evening I found someone had used it for over 15 transactions, completely draining my account of over $2,500.

After having Etihad wrongly triple debit, and this money stolen with my account there is absolutely no way I would have been okay if my family wasn’t there. Someone said that they couldn’t believe how much bad luck (3 items/money stolen in 2 years) but for how often, far and solo I travel I am actually thankful and surprised it hasn’t happened more, or god forbid something worse. Travelling is always a gamble and with the highest of highs of seeing the world, some bad experiences happen along the way. I couldn’t stress more how important it is to have good travel insurance. I’m not writing this to whinge at all but my readers need to know that as with life, travelling isn’t always as wonderful as it looks in filtered snapshots. I have my fingers and toes crossed that my bank will get my stolen money back, but dealing with Etihad and Virgin Australia has been disgustingly impossible.

Bali was a conjoined celebration of my mum’s, sisters and brothers birthdays, and also our first family holiday together in over 12 years. It was amazing to be able to spend time the rare time together but I do wish my mind wasn’t elsewhere trying to beg for any money back. My original plan of seeing Gili Islands and Ubud was rain checked for a hopeful next time, but every single day was still serene to see the sunset on fire with a cocktail in hand.

My Bali recommendations from this trip-

Ayana Resort and Spa- My family and I stayed for only 2 nights as mum’s birthday treat as it is (what I consider) extremely expensive. I absolutely recommend it for weddings or honeymoons, as the grounds, cliff top views and staff are completely out of this world. Our favourite thing about Ayana is of course the Rock Bar built in to the side of the cliff, whom saves their best seats for hotel guests.

Villa Bukit- A brand new villa on the island of Nusa Lemongan that we made a last minute, and only one night dash to. We all wished we could stay longer in this enormous and beautiful villa nestled amongst the trees on the mountain. The staff organised our snorkelling boat trip, and showed us around the island on motorbikes. It was our favourite time in Bali, and felt so removed from the craziness of Seminyak.

Sahana Villa- This was definitely my favourite villa, with three separated large rooms conjoined by a huge open living space and kitchen. As soon as we entered the villa each time we would completely forget the busy streets of Seminyak were just a hundred metres away. I personally adored the beautiful staff, and spent a lot of time talking with them while they spoiled us with incredible Indonesian recipes.

Sunsets- Ayana’s Rock Bar. Potato Head’s pool and bar. W Hotel’s Woo Bar.

Restaurants-
(I personally loved eating Indonesian dishes prepared where we were staying, but also went exploring a few places that were recommended to me;)

Sardine - Set among the rice paddies but only five minutes drive out of Seminyak, this feels like you’ve somehow been transported to Ubud for the evening. Every single member of my family also voted it the best food we had in Bali.

Motel Mexicola - A fun and quirky Mexican restaurant, very suitable for young adults to have a relatively cheap but delicious meal and cocktails/tequila shots before going out.

Cafe Bali - I loved Cafe Bali thanks to its incredible pumpkin gnocchi and cocktails. I was surprised at just how cheap it is for great food and atmosphere compared to everywhere else surrounding. And the menu is huge!

Sarong –  This restaurant is recommended very highly of but isn’t for me. I am obsessed with their entree of chicken with chilli, wrapped in beetle leaf but I think the vibe and prices are aimed at more mature adults than I.

Watercress –  Refreshingly healthy and fresh food with coconuts accompanying our lunch.
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  • http://twitter.com/jess_penny Jessica Penny

    Looks like you had an awesome time. And those sunnies are gorgeous! xx

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  • Sydney Amy

    This all looks so amazing! Bali seems beautiful.
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  • natalie

    amazing photos!

    bali looks beautiful

    xx

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  • Anna Black

    These photos are incredible, the first one is my favourite, it’s so magical! Beautiful colours, thanks for sharing!

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  • http://www.thegirlieblog.com/ Girlie Blogger

    Your pictures are stunning. Bali looks amazing. Thank you for sharing them, as well as your well-written suggestions.

  • irugnotmis

    thank you for sharing your story & bali recommendations with us. i sincerely hope everything get sorted out eventually (the bank and the triple!! charge)

  • Iren

    Awesome pics!!! Wish I could go there too….

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  • Emily Whitehall

    Absolutely love your Instagram photos, looked like you had an amazing time! I hope you managed to have the time of your life, even with the obvious travelling struggles.

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  • http://bellaconscience.blogspot.com/ bellaconsience

    your travels are so extraordinary…thank you for sharing it with us

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  • rhodawong

    super pretty! looks like an amazing trip!

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  • Sofia

    thanks for sharing everything with us :) this is why you’re my favorite blogger ;)

  • Luisa Meoli

    Everything looks fresh, exciting and pristine!! Would love to visit sometime <3

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  • sagit

    What a wonderful photos!!!

    Love it all! It looks like a real dream :D

    Seems like you had lots of fun there ♥

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  • her persona

    amazing scenic pictures, hope all works out for you!

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  • Sabrina

    amazing place!
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    xoxo

  • Stacey

    Totally with you about the Travel Insurance! I will never travel anywhere without it! On my first overseas holiday to Bali my best friend badly broke her ankle whilst in the foam pit at one of the night clubs. My friends and I were extremely intoxicated and what I thought foggily at the time was just a sprain turned out to be the biggest nightmare of my life. We spent 10 hours at the hospital and at the end were fronted with a huge medical bill that none of us could afford! I don’t like to think about what would have happened if we didn’t have the insurance because it was scary and hard enough. However it did make for the perfect 21st speech! So moral of the story is: never leave home without travel insurance and don’t get drunk and play in foam pits in dark nightclubs in Bali :D

  • stylishlyinlove

    Rest and relaxation and lots of fun. What a wonderful trip. I hope you’ll do a video. I really enjoy it.

    If you get a sec, check out my latest post ‘From a Skirt to a Dress’. Thanks in advance.

    Have a great weekend.

    Sofia

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  • http://festofstyle.blogspot.com/ Christina

    seing these pictures makes me wanna fast forward the next week and jump right to Friday and my trip to Palma. Have you ever been there? If so do you have any tips of where to go?

  • Huyen

    dreamy pictures, experiencing the beauty of Bali a bit through your impressions, thank you for sharing!

    xx

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  • Belen Sanchez

    Amazing pics and trip! http://www.fashionandthecity.es

  • http://twitter.com/GazetteJessica Jessica G.

    Amazing pictures!

    xx.

  • http://www.melindadiorio.com/ Melinda DiOrio

    Beautiful photographs! Sorry to here about your bank troubles but looks like it was an amazing trip!

  • Pili’s Style

    I would need this escape right now!

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  • martabarcelonastyle

    wow!!! that place is amazing!!! and those photoss are magical!!! :D D
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  • Саша Тернер

    WOW!

    after your photos I want visit Bali very veryyy much dear!:)

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  • Jade

    Amazing photos ! Bali looks wonderful :)

  • Sandra Cuñat

    The photos are amazing! I love the first one!

  • http://twitter.com/FoxyOxie Oksana Radionova

    As usual, the beauty of your photos is indescribable. Looking forward to hearing from you, love! I recently re-read through all of your European travel posts and have so many questions! XOXO

  • http://twitter.com/giostylebook Gio N.

    wooooooow!! such a beautiful place!!!

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  • Radka Sokoliova

    WOW So stunning! :)

    Love,

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  • Kacie Cone

    Gorgeous photos! I am so very jealous!!

  • http://www.deancorno.blogspot.com/ Dean Corno

    That’s awful that all of that happened! Your pictures look amazing though!

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  • Kae K.

    Stunning pictures!! I wanna go to Bali too :)

    xx Kae

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  • Marjo Leppälä

    OMG these photos are amazing!!! <3

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  • Joy Yiu

    beautiful photos! Bali is gorgeous xx

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  • http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/ Newborn Fanatic

    I love how you always look so sunny and cheerful in your pictures!! :D

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  • Meelena

    aaah this is dreamy!! I’m currently preparing exams and these pictures are killing me!

    xx

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  • Kelley

    Oh Sorry for the bit of bad luck, but it looks like were still were able to have an amazing time… and get some stunning photographs. Thank goodness for family and the beauty of nature, can get ya through any tough time.

    xo
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  • Winston & Willow

    Bali looks stunning have to add that to my travel itinerary x

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  • Marci Vintage

    This makes me want to go back to Bali.. So stunning!

  • Molly Pavlovich

    So sorry about your bad luck! But remember a rainbow comes after rain :-)

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  • Lali from parrotscanfly

    hi i live in bali and i’m really sorry to hear what happened with your money, i’ve been in almost all the places you mentioned and they’re so great specially rock bar & potato head. i go to cafe bali often on the weekdays as i’m starting an accesories business and as you said prices are very reasonable.
    hope you enjoy my beautiful island even that i’m from spain :)
    here’s my webpage if you want to have a look: http://www.parrotscanfly.com
    bye thanks!

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  • Ine Desmet

    Wow, this looks so great!! I wish that I was there as well.

  • http://twitter.com/goodasgoldblog Good as Gold

    Such a wonderful post! The vibrancy of your photos is so intense! Jealous… Over in Canada here we’re freezing our buns off. http://www.goodasgoldblog.com check us out!

  • Lydia Bishop

    I cant believe those airlines for not sorting this out…. especially since you have so much influence in the blogging world! Sigh that must be super frustrating! But Bali looked amazing and I hope you were able to forget about it!
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  • Mary

    Amaziingggg pictures! I would love to be there right now!

    Mary

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  • Pilar

    This is why you’re my favorite blogger! Eventough you’ve had horrible experiences you always find a way to not let problems like this ruin your trips! Wish I could be more like that! I hope with all my heart that you get your money back and if you make a video diary of what looks like an amazing experience. I cannot wait to see it!

  • Simona S.

    Breathtaking! Paradise! *_*

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    xx

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  • Hannah Lindman

    I had such a blast following this trip on instagram! I’ve been to Bali, however my trip was not nearly as lush as yours. Now I need to go back and visit all of these fantastic places!

  • Hannah Lindman

    Also, what kind of camera did you use to take these pictures?

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  • Marta Purriños

    It’s a dreams. Where I live this is the same.
    Good luck.

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  • Nina

    How fortunate are you?!!!

  • Silvia

    wow, amazing place and photos!

  • Ando

    It looks and sounds like you live such a hard life! haha

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  • Patricia

    Thanks for visiting my country, Indonesia! Love your outfits and dresses!

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  • sophia

    where us your black bikini in picture 2 from!? so simple and chic!

  • http://twitter.com/balitravellife Matt and Monico

    Love your pictures. Like they say: Pictures say more then a thousand words. You caught Bali as it is, an unique place. I bet many people are looking for flights to Bali after seeing your post!

  • Adele

    Heaven on earth!!

  • http://arumlilea.blogspot.com/ Leanne Van Breda

    That’s such a shocking experience. I can’t believe they haven’t reimbursed you yet! I’m glad you had a beautiful time none the less. I’m travelling to Bali with my sister at the end of the year. Cannot wait for those beautiful sunsets and cocktails!

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  • Jovana

    Wow,heaven on earth!Amazing photos :)

  • Mide

    Did you take the pics with an iphone 5 or a DSLR. Just Curious Thanks! :) #ASpiringBlogger

  • Cyl

    I’m from Bali and I must say I’m very ashamed of what some people do here to get more money by harassing or trapping the tourists. Bali has so many cool places to go and what you have in your list doesn’t even cover 1/10 of those must visit places. I hope you have a better experience next time you visit my island. The true balinese people are very friendly and polite despite the language barrier sometimes. I love seeing your photos and follow your blog. Best combination of leisure, great view, nice atmosphere and great fashion sense….

  • Gustudio

    Absolutely spectacular! This is definitely going to my “go to” list in the future. Been wanting to venture the world since I was a kid. If only man had a longer lifespan then I would visit every place in the world and learn about their culture.

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  • neil

    Wow So amazing!!
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