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