Where to Stay- What to Do in Bali

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We recently had the opportunity to visit Bali sans “baby girl”.  Although we have been to Bali before, this was our first vacation by ourselves since having our daughter almost 3 years ago.  If you ever have the opportunity to travel to Indonesia, I highly recommend the Ayana Resort and Resort and Spa in Bali.  Well, because they have the number one rated spa in the world and…you should read on.

The Fruits

From the fruit stand to the fruit plate, the fruits were abundant, they were delicious.

DAVA Restaurant at Ayana Resort

I can’t even remember the names of all the fruits that I had on this plate our first morning there.  But they were really delicious.  Actually, let me try…star fruit, mangosteen, papaya, snake fruit. passion fruit, dragon fruit…I think that you can figure the rest.

The Flowers

No tropical locale would be complete without gorgeous flowers.  I had to get a close up of this one!

The Food
How about some fresh seafood? From fishing village to seafood restaurant, freshness and variety are prominent fixtures in Bali.
Jimbaran Fish Market
Kisik Restaurant adds market style touches and you get to pick your own seafood!

Talk about fresh seafood! At Kisik restaurant at the Ayana Resort, you can pick your own seafood, have it weighed and prepared to your liking.  All this while you wiggle your toes in the sand.  I have a picture of my toes on the sand, but I will spare you the details.

Even the chef was excited about our selections.

Grilled Snapper at Kisik Restaurant, Ayana Resort

The Activities


Seriously, I had not been on a bike in about 20 years! But, our tour guide was patient… boy was he patient while I figured it out again.


Beach Bike Tour at Ayana Resort
Kubu Beach, Bali

The sweet reward at the end of the ride.  It made every ache and pain (the day after), so worth it.

The tour guide: He has patience of steel

Balinese Cooking Class

The Ayana Resort also has a cooking class available for guests.  We signed up for a Balinese cooking class at Padi restaurant.  It was loads of fun.

We made Balinese Seafood Satay (Sate Lilit) & Nasi Goreng ( Balinese Fried Rice)

I was really getting in to this part

This commercial wok was so heavy that I could barely lift it.

Chef Ukir did this one
Nasi Goreng (Balinese fried rice with seafood) & Sate Lilit (Minced seafood satay)
Cooling things off in the kitchen with some coconut water

Perfume Making

At Ayana, you do not have to be a celebrity to make your own signature fragrance.  The process is fun and much as it is easy.

Reminded me of being in chemistry lab

After answering some thought provoking questions and mixing some scents, I had my custom fragrance.  Complete with it’s own original name.   The cool part is that I can reorder a bottle whenever I run out.  They keep your information on file! Pretty sweet isn’t it?

Some Things to Keep in Mind

  •  From the east coast of the United States, it takes about 24 hours to get to Bali
  • Requires a passport for travel
  • Religion: Mostly Balinese Hinduism
  • Most people speak English on the island (at the resort everyone does)
  • Child care is available via Nanny’s on call and they have a “kid’s club” as well

Lastly, no trip to the Ayana Resort without a trip to the Rock Bar! Even for a non drinker like my self, the view is amazing.  Once voted as the best view from a bar in the world!

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  • Comments ( 4 )

  • avatar
    Sharon Thoms

    Hi, nice post. Bali is only about a 5 hour flight from where I am in Oz, looks so nice where you were. I could go there just for a big spoonful of that lobster. YUM. Oh your flower is a Hibiscus, we have a couple in our garden. Your cooking course looked cool too and the food yummy too. Good idea having an adult only holiday. Makes it a real holiday, not to mention, would have made you feel like your real old self again. That would be fun!

    • avatar
      Lisa -The Domestic Life Stylist

      You are right Sharon. An adult’s only holiday was truly needed. Some how I did not know that I needed it so bad until I got it.

  • avatar

    That trip looks so amazing. That fruit plate… oh man. I’d love to go one day 🙂

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