July 3, 2019

Just Back From: Bali, Indonesia

By Garrick Lee

The island of Bali is known for its lush scenery, iconic rice paddies, and picturesque beaches. Across the island, visitors can take part in a wide range of experiences from relaxing resorts to lively beachside bars. NextGuest’s Brand Marketing Manager, Garrick Lee, recently jetted off for some rest and relaxation, returning with everything you need to know to have the best time on the island of Bali.


What did you love most about this destination?

One thing I love about Bali is that there is something for everyone. No matter what your interests are, or whatever you are in the mood for, you can find the perfect activity to enjoy. Whether you are an animal lover who wants to explore the Monkey Forest, a thrill seeker who wants to swing over rice patties, a professional relaxer who wants to spend the day at Potato Head Beach Club, or even an influencer who just wants to get that perfect shot at Lempuyang.

The island of Bali is enormous – every day can be a new adventure.


What would you recommend to a first-timer in this destination?

I have two pieces of advice for those visiting Bali for the first time:

  1. Split your time and stay in two different areas.
  2. Hire a driver.

The island of Bali is huge – going from one area to another can take up to 3 hours. Therefore, after you do your research and figure out what you want to see and do in Bali, plan out where you want to stay. The two most popular areas, in my opinion, are Seminyak and Ubud. Start in Ubud for exciting nature activities such as hiking. Then, make your way down to Seminyak to enjoy the sunset beach views and fine dining. Not to mention, Seminyak is closer to the airport so your last day won’t have to be spent in a car.

As for driving, you could rent a scooter or a car, but the roads are windy and going long distances would be difficult. Hiring a driver takes the worry out of navigating, finding parking, and more. I would recommend Bali Sun Tours.


What is one thing that a first-timer must do in this destination?

This isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but after a long flight, there is no better way to kick off a trip than to unwind with a massage. I personally love massages, and of all the places I’ve traveled, the Samaya Massage at the Samaya Bali Spa is my favorite. Beyond the exceptional service and amenities, the Samaya Massage involves two massage therapists who synchronize their movements for an unmatched experience.


What is your favorite dish from here, and where might we find it?

This is not a specific dish, but my favorite restaurant was The Sayan House in Ubud. It is also now my favorite restaurant that I have ever had the opportunity to dine at.

This beautiful restaurant is perched on the top of a hill, with a view that seems straight out of a postcard. The food is a fusion of the subtle flavors and techniques of Japan, and the flavorful spices and elements from Latin cuisine. The surprising mix of flavors coupled with innovative drinks and attentive service makes for an unforgettable meal.


Tell us about the locals.

The locals in Bali are extremely nice and helpful. We had rented a scooter to drive short distances – meanwhile, we had no business doing this since neither of us had ridden a scooter before. In the beginning, when we had trouble starting the engine and parking our scooter, the locals were so nice and genuinely wanted to help us out.


What is something they have in this destination that you wish you had at home?

If the beaches and the sunset views could be transported to New York, it would be perfect. No shade against Coney Island, but the warm blue water, and the silky soft sand are the perfect backdrop to many of the beach clubs. Seminyak is famous for beach clubs, and while this one is not as famous as Potato Head, Ku De Ta is a slightly more relaxing atmosphere for enjoying the stunning sunset views of Bali.


What are five words that describe this destination?

Serene, Picturesque, Adventurous, Enriching, Rejuvenating

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Editorial Contact:

Garrick Lee
Brand Marketing Manager
Phone: (212) 752-9425
Email: garrick@nextguest.com