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Title: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on February 19, 2013, 03:54:26 PM
Seeing as I just booked my tix back from DPS - HKG - TLV on CX and LY for 30k in J, I figured it made sense to start a  master thread to see what type of Bali knowledge is lurking around here.

Anyone raising their hand?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on February 20, 2013, 08:05:19 PM
Seeing as I just booked my tix back from DPS - HKG - TLV on CX and LY for 30k in J, I figured it made sense to start a  master thread to see what type of Bali knowledge is lurking around here.

Anyone raising their hand?
When are you planning on going?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on February 21, 2013, 02:28:19 AM
When are you planning on going?
Going in mid-December, although it seems that it's part of the rainy season.

Due to the HH devaluation, it looks like I'll be staying at the Conrad.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on February 21, 2013, 10:15:37 AM
Going in mid-December, although it seems that it's part of the rainy season.

Due to the HH devaluation, it looks like I'll be staying at the Conrad.
Sounds great. I am working on a trip there for this coming up summer. I would like to spend some time in Ubud also as it is supposed to be a very cool place, with lots of rice paddies etc. with great rental villas. How much time are you looking to spend in Bali?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on February 21, 2013, 01:39:41 PM
Sounds great. I am working on a trip there for this coming up summer. I would like to spend some time in Ubud also as it is supposed to be a very cool place, with lots of rice paddies etc. with great rental villas. How much time are you looking to spend in Bali?
It's coming on the tail end of a 9 day (or so) Thailand trip, so it'll be 4 or 5 nights, including shabbos.
I booked for 5 nights to maximize the HH discount, so the room cost 28k per night, vs. a published cost of around $220.
Not the greatest value, but better that than paying cash out of pocket.

Although I will say, some of the hostels and rental units looked very nice, and quite cheap as well.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on February 21, 2013, 04:17:20 PM
It's coming on the tail end of a 9 day (or so) Thailand trip, so it'll be 4 or 5 nights, including shabbos.
I booked for 5 nights to maximize the HH discount, so the room cost 28k per night, vs. a published cost of around $220.
Not the greatest value, but better that than paying cash out of pocket.

Although I will say, some of the hostels and rental units looked very nice, and quite cheap as well.
I have Hilton points as well as SPG points but I plan on booking private villas with kitchens and pools for cheaper then the hotels. Airbnb is a great resource. We are planning on going to Tulamben which is in north eastern Bali for a few days. They have amazing underwater wrecks and you can get a scuba license in 3 days for 350 USD with a private instructor. Then I want to spend Thurs to Sunday in Ubud where I think it will be nice for Shabbos. Then Sunday to Tuesday in Seminiyak or Nusa Dua, still not sure.
On the way there we plan on spending Shabbos in Singapore, and booking a cheap ticket from Sin to DPS.
Getting home is the hard part, I may fly DPS to BKK for the 86 dollar tickets, spend a day there and fly home thru Europe. I will probably use UA miles for one ticket and AC for the others.
Wonder if AC allows an open jaw plus a stopover.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on February 21, 2013, 11:11:05 PM
Sounds great.
As the time gets a bit closer, I'll have to ask you for advice on activities, although since I'm going w/ 3 little 'uns, I'll be more limited.
And I agree with the AirBnb and other sites like it. It's just that if I don't burn the HH now, I may not have a chance in the future at a decent rate.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on February 22, 2013, 12:57:15 AM
Sounds great.
As the time gets a bit closer, I'll have to ask you for advice on activities, although since I'm going w/ 3 little 'uns, I'll be more limited.
And I agree with the AirBnb and other sites like it. It's just that if I don't burn the HH now, I may not have a chance in the future at a decent rate.
With 3 little ones I would think Bali is the perfect place! You got me thinking about booking the Conrad, although if anything I will just book the Hilton singapore. I am not yet booked although I should have this wrapped up within a few weeks.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on February 27, 2013, 05:05:15 PM
They're closing the Bali Hyatt from August till January for extensive renovations per FT.
Hotel seems to be a great value at a Cat 1, but maybe it'll increase after the work.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: gunit770 on February 27, 2013, 05:16:54 PM
I gotta pipe in to this thread: I'm going to be in Bali mid-late december. Also have the conrad booked for a few nights to get rid of my hilton points before they become even more worthless. In regards to the rainy season: it may be worth it depending on the weather to go to neighboring lombok island (right next door...3 hour high speed boat ride) where people say the weather is slightly less rainy. It is also less well developed over there (all i could find points wise was a sheraton spg). But I am going to assume that it will be nice since it only supposedly rains a few hours a day and thats only in the late afternoon. Il be going CX F and returning through BKK on ElAL. I look forward to hearing reviews from people who go before me. Anybody going to be on my flights?

Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on February 27, 2013, 05:20:05 PM
I gotta pipe in to this thread: I'm going to be in Bali mid-late december. Also have the conrad booked for a few nights to get rid of my hilton points before they become even more worthless. In regards to the rainy season: it may be worth it depending on the weather to go to neighboring lombok island (right next door...3 hour high speed boat ride) where people say the weather is slightly less rainy. It is also less well developed over there (all i could find points wise was a sheraton spg). But I am going to assume that it will be nice since it only supposedly rains a few hours a day and thats only in the late afternoon. Il be going CX F and returning through BKK on ElAL. I look forward to hearing reviews from people who go before me. Anybody going to be on my flights?
Please pipe in, there's a dearth of Bali knowledge here.  :)
I'm there in mid December as well, so let's do a DO there.
I'm routing back in biz class through HKG in CX and LY.

Let's keep in touch.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 15, 2013, 08:15:04 AM
Thinking about canceling the Conrad stay since it's not such a 'steal', and I figure that there are tons of resorts always offering deals, and the Conrad never had rave reviews.

Anyone ever use http://www.baligetaway.com.au/hotels-villas-bali?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on March 15, 2013, 09:59:36 AM
Thinking about canceling the Conrad stay since it's not such a 'steal', and I figure that there are tons of resorts always offering deals, and the Conrad never had rave reviews.

Anyone ever use http://www.baligetaway.com.au/hotels-villas-bali?
Yeah that is why I did not book the Conrad myself. Website does have some nice looking properties, although never heard of it.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on April 21, 2013, 08:49:12 AM
The IC Bali has prices starting at around $115 per night w/ very good TA reviews.
Anyone ever stay there?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on April 29, 2013, 11:40:30 PM
We are booked!! 9 days in Bali this July!
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on April 29, 2013, 11:42:38 PM
We are booked!! 9 days in Bali this July!
hotel plans?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on April 29, 2013, 11:51:07 PM
We are booked!! 9 days in Bali this July!

Congrats!

Seems like a looong time in one place, though.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on April 29, 2013, 11:56:10 PM
Congrats!

Seems like a looong time in one place, though.
Thanks! After finding EWR - PEK in J open the day after t bav I just could not pass it up.

Depends on how you look at it. I see it as 9 days with a nanny for my baby for 350 dollars, a nice amount of time to get my scuba license, a happy wife and still 2 days in BKK and 3 in SIN and one in PEK :) There is a lot to do there we are moving to 3 different places in order to get it all in.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on April 29, 2013, 11:56:57 PM
Congrats!

Seems like a looong time in one place, though.
Supposed to be lots to do in Bali. Both inland and beachside.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on April 29, 2013, 11:58:09 PM
hotel plans?
4 nights in the Hyatt Sanur at 5k points a night, working on Suite upgrade, 3 nights in Ubud https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/620260 and 2 in Seminyak in a private pool villa on the Indian ocean.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on April 30, 2013, 12:00:21 AM
Thanks! After finding EWR - PEK in J open the day after t bav I just could not pass it up.

Depends on how you look at it. I see it as 9 days with a nanny for my baby for 350 dollars, a nice amount of time to get my scuba license, a happy wife and still 2 days in BKK and 3 in SIN and one in PEK :) There is a lot to do there we are moving to 3 different places in order to get it all in.

So 9 days in DPS, 3 in SIN, 2 in BKK, and one in PEK?

15 day trip? Awesome.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on April 30, 2013, 12:02:30 AM
So 9 days in DPS, 3 in SIN, 2 in BKK, and one in PEK?

15 day trip? Awesome.
Exactly!

Get really lucky on tickets, with EWR - PEK on UA and then SQ from Pek to Sin and Sin to Bali with a stopover in Sin for Shabbos all in J. Return is starting in BKK also in J. Just need to change to TG in F. Booked one ticket with AC so the infant was only 100 the other with UA points.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on April 30, 2013, 12:03:43 AM
Exactly!

Get really lucky on tickets, with EWR - PEK on UA and then SQ from Pek to Sin and Sin to Bali with a stopover in Sin for Shabbos all in J. Return is starting in BKK also in J. Just need to change to TG in F. Booked one ticket with AC so the infant was only 100 the other with UA points.

Try to get on the A380, otherwise getting the new F is like winning the lotto.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on April 30, 2013, 12:09:45 AM
Try to get on the A380, otherwise getting the new F is like winning the lotto.
Will do that's good to know. There are so many options from BKK and I have a few months so hopefully I will get it. Meanwhile I am busy busy with the hotels and all.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on April 30, 2013, 02:17:11 AM
4 nights in the Hyatt Sanur at 5k points a night, working on Suite upgrade, 3 nights in Ubud https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/620260 and 2 in Seminyak in a private pool villa on the Indian ocean.
Lucky, they're closing the Hyatt for a long time to make renovations. It's a great deal.
Are you upgrading to a suite?
Also, are you renting a car?

I'll probably do BnB for Ubud for 5 days (including shabbos) since i may be all beached out after being in southern thailand for 9 days prior.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on April 30, 2013, 02:22:56 AM
Lucky, they're closing the Hyatt for a long time to make renovations. It's a great deal.
Are you upgrading to a suite?
Also, are you renting a car?

I'll probably do BnB for Ubud for 5 days (including shabbos) since i may be all beached out after being in southern thailand for 9 days prior.
Oh wow yes then Ubud does sound nice. Yes that Hyatt is a great deal. I do have a friend with a suite upgrade, they are going to book it for me and I will just transfer them UR points.

Not renting a car as a driver for a full day is 50 USD all inclusive, and I have a good driver so that will be a lot easier. No one reccomends renting as driving is hard and hiring a driver is not more expensive. We are gonna be in Ubud for Shabbos too, figured would be a nice place to spend it. Be carefull when booking there as many places are far from Ubud itself, could even be 20 minute drive and they say it's in Ubud. Our place which I just booked has a private pool and kitchen and I got it for 380 for 3 nights.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on April 30, 2013, 08:06:17 AM
Cannot use suite upgrade on award bookings
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on April 30, 2013, 09:10:31 AM
Cannot use suite upgrade on award bookings
Ouch. I guess I will just book the club floor for 7k a night. Still a bargain. I have a diamond that is going to book it for me but all the suites are not showing even as revenue so I wonder if they are avail either way.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on May 09, 2013, 01:19:49 AM
I've been looking at AirBnB for different locations in Bali for 4+ ppl, in a private home or villa, and am posting some links to some of the places that have stuck out for a combination of their beauty and price.

Ubud:
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/620260
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/384588 (no pool)
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/360425
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/689670 (no pool, in the middle of nature)
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/409635 (saltwater plunge pool)


Kuta:
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/862185  (3 bedrooms, can rent it all for $115 per night, and the house looks stunning.)
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/166278
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/167881 (only 1 bedroom, but it's a treehouse!)
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/540741
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/576220 (shared pool)
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 09, 2013, 01:30:17 AM
The first place you posted in Ubud is where we are staying! Got it for 120 a night when I said I am only using one bedroom even though in July the rate is 150 a night.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on May 09, 2013, 01:38:41 AM
The first place you posted in Ubud is where we are staying! Got it for 120 a night when I said I am only using one bedroom even though in July the rate is 150 a night.
really pretty place, great job!
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 09, 2013, 01:44:06 AM
really pretty place, great job!
Thanks! I felt like I could not settle on a place without a pool. My hotels are finally sorted out.

4 nights at the Hyatt Sanur for 20k Hyatt points, which is a steal. Got waitlisted for the next open suite. 3 night in Ubud at the villa total was 380 for the 3 nights. Last 2 nights we are staying in Seminyak in a private pool villa here  http://www.koenokoenivilla.com/ for 440 all in for 2 nights. Seminyak seems to be the nicest area out of Nusa Dua which seems to be to much like Miami for it to be worth staying there.

Check out this place in Seminyak. It just opened in November so I got good deal. All the reviews on TA were excellent.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on May 09, 2013, 01:53:54 AM
Is Seminyak a beachy place?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 09, 2013, 01:59:04 AM
Is Seminyak a beachy place?
Seminyak is right next to Kuta and really is an extension of it. It goes Kuta, Legian and then Seminyak. It is on the beach and it seems like it's a very nice area to hang out. The only difference between Kuta and Seminyak is that all the nice hotels are in Seminyak like the W etc and it's not full of drunk Australian tourists. It's much more high end, they call it the Soho of Bali.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on May 09, 2013, 01:57:06 PM
@Fan of Dan
I read that you have to register everywhere you go, and if it's not a hotel, then you have to pay some type of fee to the government.
Are you familiar with this?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 09, 2013, 03:03:54 PM
@Fan of Dan
I read that you have to register everywhere you go, and if it's not a hotel, then you have to pay some type of fee to the government.
Are you familiar with this?
First time hearing about it. Is it a tax sort of thing or a visa related issue?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on May 09, 2013, 03:27:32 PM
First time hearing about it. Is it a tax sort of thing or a visa related issue?
Seems visa related. Read it in Frommers.
Google it and let me know what you find.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 09, 2013, 08:46:37 PM
Seems visa related. Read it in Frommers.
Google it and let me know what you find.
A basic google search did not pull up anything. Where in the Frommers book did you see it? I have it out now from the Library.

In regard to visas you just get it at the airport, doesn't seem to have any restrictions. The lines are supposed to be bad so I am hiring someone to rush us thru.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on June 16, 2013, 02:01:12 AM
http://travelisfree.com/2013/06/13/should-i-go-to-bali/

Just booked my ticket from HKT to DPS on Malysian Airlines, so I'm almost all set.

Still trying to decide where to stay though. We'll be there for 5 nights including shabbos, so I want to stay at a single place to avoid too much schlepping around.
1) I've got the 25% SPG discount on miles for reaching Gold, and perhaps I'll have the 35% discount if I reach Plat. SPG has some nice looking locations in a variety of locations, but I value my points very highly. But if the discount works w/ the 5th night free at Sheraton, it can be a very good deal.
2) I had booked, then canceled the Conrad. Now with the points increase, I don't see any chance of returning to there.
3) The great Hyatt value isn't applicable since they're closing for renovations.
4) There are some really nice AirBnB properties all over the place, available for around $100 a night. These have private pools, multiple bedrooms, etc. But they lack the other amenities of hotels.

So, any advice? Both for location as well as type of accommodation?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on June 16, 2013, 02:08:29 PM
Most Airbnb units have cleaning help, but they are not hotels. If you want to stay in one place the whole time I would look into Seminyak or Kerobokan. Seminyak being a bit nicer. Nusa Dua ppl say is very sterile and not Bali like, and Ubud will be boring for that long. Go as a day trip. Another area to look as is Candidasa but it's supposed to be quite there.

From Seminyak you can go to ubud and the whole Bukit peninsula, as well as the East coast if you are into diving. There are many hotels that offer private villas with pools that are still part of the hotels but they can be pretty steep. For Shabbos I booked thru Airbnb for privacy but the rest of my time is split between the Hyatt and a villa style hotel.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: gunit770 on July 18, 2013, 10:28:16 PM
Most Airbnb units have cleaning help, but they are not hotels. If you want to stay in one place the whole time I would look into Seminyak or Kerobokan. Seminyak being a bit nicer. Nusa Dua ppl say is very sterile and not Bali like, and Ubud will be boring for that long. Go as a day trip. Another area to look as is Candidasa but it's supposed to be quite there.

From Seminyak you can go to ubud and the whole Bukit peninsula, as well as the East coast if you are into diving. There are many hotels that offer private villas with pools that are still part of the hotels but they can be pretty steep. For Shabbos I booked thru Airbnb for privacy but the rest of my time is split between the Hyatt and a villa style hotel.


Have you been there yet?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 08, 2013, 09:14:16 PM

Have you been there yet?

Just got back! We had the most amazing time! 9 days of pure relaxation.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on August 08, 2013, 10:54:42 PM
Just got back! We had the most amazing time! 9 days of pure relaxation.
TR please.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on August 08, 2013, 11:00:11 PM
Just got back! We had the most amazing time! 9 days of pure relaxation.
Welcome!
Good to have you back. I'm down to 4 months left till my trip, and need to finalize stuff soon.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 09, 2013, 12:13:23 AM
Welcome!
Good to have you back. I'm down to 4 months left till my trip, and need to finalize stuff soon.
Thanks!! Will be happy to help out with anything. You are gonna love it!

TR please.
Working on it  :)
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 11, 2013, 12:13:00 AM
Here is my TR for our trip to Bali.

The outline of our trip was a day in Beijing, a weekend in Singapore and we then flew from Singapore to Bali on Sunday night. Our flight there was part of our UA tickets so we flew on Singapore airlines in J. We were in Bali from Sunday evening until the following Tuesday. We then flew from Bali to BKK on a separate ticket with AirAsia and we spent 2 days there and flew home.

Before we booked our trip to Bali we were nervous about taking a 5 month old baby to Indonesia, but the truth is Bali has a good tourist infrastructure and you don't need to take malaria tablets etc. so it's not such a bad place for little ones. It actually worked out really well. The locals never see pale skinned blue eyed babies so they were thrilled to see her. Even grown men would stop to schmooze with her and see if they could get her to giggle.

Sunday evening we finally arrived in Bali. Before you go to immigration you need to pay a 25USD fee per person for the entry visa. The whole process was pretty quick. They also x-ray everything in your luggage at customs, but thankfully they didn't mind that we had a suitcase full of food. We then met our driver who drove us the 45 minute drive to the Hyatt. We paid him 15 dollars.

The Hyatt is a really good value (until they renovate) at 5K points a night. We got upgraded to a Regency room overlooking the Indian ocean. The grounds are really spacious, filled with waterfalls and gardens etc. and they have their own beach. We stayed there from Sunday night until Thursday morning.

Monday morning I got picked up from the hotel by a company called Bali Scuba for my scuba course. I paid them 350 for the full open water scuba course. While I was diving my wife went to the Spa at the hotel and we hired a nanny for 4 dollars an hour to watch the baby. The Hyatt is in a town called Sanur which is really pleasant and has a good mix of locals and tourists so in the afternoon when I returned we went walking along the beach and watching the locals fly their kites. The whole area is very interesting, and you can also see the fisherman on their traditional boats bringing in the fish.

Tuesday I spent the morning diving again, this time till just 11:30. In the afternoon our driver picked us up and drove us to the south of Bali. We went to an area called Nusa Dua which has many nice hotels and a really cool blowhole in the ocean. This is where Obama will stay when he comes later this year. We then toured the Bukit peninsula and saw sunset at an area called Uluwatu. Uluwatu is a temple (they don't let you inside the part that they pray) built on top of massive sea cliffs. They have monkeys all over the place chasing each other etc. and it's a fun place to spend a few hours. The scenery along the water is really amazing, and the monkeys sitting on the ancient ruins and watching the crashing waves down below was really cool.

To be continued....
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on August 11, 2013, 12:22:50 AM
Here is my TR for our trip to Bali.

The outline of our trip was a day in Beijing, a weekend in Singapore and we then flew from Singapore to Bali on Sunday night. Our flight there was part of our UA tickets so we flew on Singapore airlines in J. We were in Bali from Sunday evening until the following Tuesday. We then flew from Bali to BKK on a separate ticket with AirAsia and we spent 2 days there and flew home.

Before we booked our trip to Bali we were nervous about taking a 5 month old baby to Indonesia, but the truth is Bali has a good tourist infrastructure and you don't need to take malaria tablets etc. so it's not such a bad place for little ones. It actually worked out really well. The locals never see pale skinned blue eyed babies so they were thrilled to see her. Even grown men would stop to schmooze with her and see if they could get her to giggle.

Sunday evening we finally arrived in Bali. Before you go to immigration you need to pay a 25USD fee per person for the entry visa. The whole process was pretty quick. They also x-ray everything in your luggage at customs, but thankfully they didn't mind that we had a suitcase full of food. We then met our driver who drove us the 45 minute drive to the Hyatt. We paid him 15 dollars.

The Hyatt is a really good value (until they renovate) at 5K points a night. We got upgraded to a Regency room overlooking the Indian ocean. The grounds are really spacious, filled with waterfalls and gardens etc. and they have their own beach. We stayed there from Sunday night until Thursday morning.

Monday morning I got picked up from the hotel by a company called Bali Scuba for my scuba course. I paid them 350 for the full open water scuba course. While I was diving my wife went to the Spa at the hotel and we hired a nanny for 4 dollars an hour to watch the baby. The Hyatt is in a town called Sanur which is really pleasant and has a good mix of locals and tourists so in the afternoon when I returned we went walking along the beach and watching the locals fly their kites. The whole area is very interesting, and you can also see the fisherman on their traditional boats bringing in the fish.

Tuesday I spent the morning diving again, this time till just 11:30. In the afternoon our driver picked us up and drove us to the south of Bali. We went to an area called Nusa Dua which has many nice hotels and a really cool blowhole in the ocean. This is where Obama will stay when he comes later this year. We then toured the Bukit peninsula and saw sunset at an area called Uluwatu. Uluwatu is a temple (they don't let you inside the part that they pray) built on top of massive sea cliffs. They have monkeys all over the place chasing each other etc. and it's a fun place to spend a few hours. The scenery along the water is really amazing, and the monkeys sitting on the ancient ruins and watching the crashing waves down below was really cool.

To be continued....

Sounds great so far.

How was the actual traveling with the baby?

Was the nanny from the hotel?

How was the scuba diving?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: easy48 on August 11, 2013, 12:29:36 AM
We then flew from Bali to BKK on a separate ticket with AirAsia and we spent 2 days there and flew home.


Did you fly Air Asia in F?  How was it?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 11, 2013, 12:32:49 AM
Sounds great so far.

How was the actual traveling with the baby?

Was the nanny from the hotel?

How was the scuba diving?
The scuba diving was amazing. The water was over 80 degrees and the reefs and different kind of tropical fish were really cool. Far better IMHO than the GBR.

The nanny wasn't from the hotel, we hired her based on TA. She was really good with our baby, although about 100 dollars went missing and I suspected that she took it. When I mentioned it to her she denied taking it and she asked me to call hotel security. They searched all her bags as well as her clothing and didn't find it so we will never know. She didn't seem to mind that we asked her about it.

Flying with a baby wasn't to bad. We got the bassinet seat and all the flight attendants were really nice. Especially in Asia where they would hold her if she cried and they would put her to sleep for us. Not to bad  :) Was way harder than travelling before we had her, but it was certainly manageable and the approx. 22 hours of flying in each direction wasn't that hard.

Did you fly Air Asia in F?  How was it?
The Air Asia flight was a single cabin  :( We paid about 115 a person for the 4 hour flight and for an extra 4 dollars per person we got to sit in the bulkhead and board first etc.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 11, 2013, 12:34:16 AM
Some pics from Uluwatu
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 11, 2013, 12:35:03 AM
Sunset at Uluwatu and scuba diving
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: MLM on August 11, 2013, 01:47:11 AM
Post more pics!
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 11, 2013, 01:55:21 AM
The beach in front of the Hyatt, and monkey at Uluwatu
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: andrew on August 11, 2013, 08:35:54 AM
Especially in Asia where they would hold her if she cried and they would put her to sleep for us. Not to bad  :)
Im not sure which one is crazier this or the nanny , your baby is 5 months in the hand of a stranger?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on August 11, 2013, 08:41:00 AM
Im not sure which one is crazier this or the nanny , your baby is 5 months in the hand of a stranger?
Kinda thinking the same, but afraid to say it...
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: moish on August 11, 2013, 09:13:43 AM
Kinda thinking the same, but afraid to say it...
+1, i bit my tongue...
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 11, 2013, 09:24:30 AM
Kinda thinking the same, but afraid to say it...
+1, i bit my tongue...
Im not sure which one is crazier this or the nanny , your baby is 5 months in the hand of a stranger?
Trust me we feel the same way about it. It's not like they asked us first. I would hear a cry and next thing she was in the FA arms. We did try to limit it but by the end of the trip we sort of gave up. BH she didn't come down with anything. The nanny was recommended by many people thru pm on TA and she has a website and all. Even with all that we didn't let her leave the room in the hotel and the Hyatt staff all knew not to let her walk around with our baby. There is no way she could of gotten past them with her.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on August 11, 2013, 09:59:13 AM
Here is my TR for our trip to Bali.

The outline of our trip was a day in Beijing, a weekend in Singapore and we then flew from Singapore to Bali on Sunday night. Our flight there was part of our UA tickets so we flew on Singapore airlines in J. We were in Bali from Sunday evening until the following Tuesday. We then flew from Bali to BKK on a separate ticket with AirAsia and we spent 2 days there and flew home.

Before we booked our trip to Bali we were nervous about taking a 5 month old baby to Indonesia, but the truth is Bali has a good tourist infrastructure and you don't need to take malaria tablets etc. so it's not such a bad place for little ones. It actually worked out really well. The locals never see pale skinned blue eyed babies so they were thrilled to see her. Even grown men would stop to schmooze with her and see if they could get her to giggle.

Sunday evening we finally arrived in Bali. Before you go to immigration you need to pay a 25USD fee per person for the entry visa. The whole process was pretty quick. They also x-ray everything in your luggage at customs, but thankfully they didn't mind that we had a suitcase full of food. We then met our driver who drove us the 45 minute drive to the Hyatt. We paid him 15 dollars.

The Hyatt is a really good value (until they renovate) at 5K points a night. We got upgraded to a Regency room overlooking the Indian ocean. The grounds are really spacious, filled with waterfalls and gardens etc. and they have their own beach. We stayed there from Sunday night until Thursday morning.

Monday morning I got picked up from the hotel by a company called Bali Scuba for my scuba course. I paid them 350 for the full open water scuba course. While I was diving my wife went to the Spa at the hotel and we hired a nanny for 4 dollars an hour to watch the baby. The Hyatt is in a town called Sanur which is really pleasant and has a good mix of locals and tourists so in the afternoon when I returned we went walking along the beach and watching the locals fly their kites. The whole area is very interesting, and you can also see the fisherman on their traditional boats bringing in the fish.

Tuesday I spent the morning diving again, this time till just 11:30. In the afternoon our driver picked us up and drove us to the south of Bali. We went to an area called Nusa Dua which has many nice hotels and a really cool blowhole in the ocean. This is where Obama will stay when he comes later this year. We then toured the Bukit peninsula and saw sunset at an area called Uluwatu. Uluwatu is a temple (they don't let you inside the part that they pray) built on top of massive sea cliffs. They have monkeys all over the place chasing each other etc. and it's a fun place to spend a few hours. The scenery along the water is really amazing, and the monkeys sitting on the ancient ruins and watching the crashing waves down below was really cool.

To be continued....


Great report, would you reccomend bali for singles? Part of a lengthy asia trip. Hyatt 5k per night sounds amazing!
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on August 11, 2013, 10:38:53 AM

Great report, would you reccomend bali for singles? Part of a lengthy asia trip. Hyatt 5k per night sounds amazing!
As of now, you can't book at that hotel past mid-November. They're closing for up to 2 years for renovations.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 11, 2013, 11:21:12 AM
Great TR. Want to read more!

As of now, you can't book at that hotel past mid-November. They're closing for up to 2 years for renovations.

 :(
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on August 11, 2013, 11:33:04 AM
Great TR. Want to read more!

 :(
I thought the same, but realized I want to go to Ubud.

This is the place I'm serious about right now.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1153072

What do you think?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on August 11, 2013, 11:37:49 AM
I thought the same, but realized I want to go to Ubud.

This is the place I'm serious about right now.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1153072

What do you think?

Not sure I would trust one of these places without reviews

Also, if Avodah Zarah bothers you, Ubud is basically one big one.

Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on August 11, 2013, 11:40:59 AM
Not sure I would trust one of these places without reviews

Also, if Avodah Zarah bothers you, Ubud is basically one big one.


But her name is Kim. It sounds very trusting.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 11, 2013, 11:43:09 AM
Looks beautiful, but I love using points whenever possible, all else equal.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on August 11, 2013, 11:47:35 AM
But her name is Kim. It sounds very trusting.

:)
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on August 11, 2013, 11:50:34 AM
Looks beautiful, but I love using points whenever possible, all else equal.
Almost no point options in Ubud (Westin opens next year), and with 3 adults, 3 kids, a hotel wouldn't cut it w/o at least 2 rooms.
But a villa w/ a cook (gotta find a way to utilize that), private pool, stunning views, and an on-call driver is a very tempting option.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 11, 2013, 12:12:02 PM
Almost no point options in Ubud (Westin opens next year), and with 3 adults, 3 kids, a hotel wouldn't cut it w/o at least 2 rooms.
But a villa w/ a cook (gotta find a way to utilize that), private pool, stunning views, and an on-call driver is a very tempting option.

Darn. We're looking to go between when the Hyatt closes and when the Westin opens. We'd like to spend a night or two in an Aman, but then, that's why we want the remainder on points :P
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on August 11, 2013, 12:16:02 PM
Ubud Hanging Gardens or one of the Chedi properties can often be had on Jetsetters etc for a good price.

This place should be quite cool:http://www.sinnivillas.com/index.php (http://www.sinnivillas.com/index.php)
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on August 11, 2013, 12:18:28 PM
We'd like to spend a night or two in an Aman, but then, that's why we want the remainder on points :P

If only going to one, make sure its Amanjiwo
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 11, 2013, 12:20:11 PM
Ubud Hanging Gardens or one of the Chedi properties can often be had on Jetsetters etc for a good price.

This place should be quite cool:http://www.sinnivillas.com/index.php (http://www.sinnivillas.com/index.php)

Wow... ever seen that Sinni one on Jetsetter? Looks QUITE cool.

ETA: Ah darn:

Quote
When will it be completed?
Estimated completion between March / April 2015.

That seriously looks like one of the coolest hotels, both literally and figuratively that I've ever seen. Almost makes me want to go somewhere else this time around and wait until 2015 when this opens...

Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on August 11, 2013, 12:26:28 PM
Wow... ever seen that Sinni one on Jetsetter? Looks QUITE cool.

ETA: Ah darn:

That seriously looks like one of the coolest hotels, both literally and figuratively that I've ever seen. Almost makes me want to go somewhere else this time around and wait until 2015 when this opens...



If you are ponying up for one Aman anywhere, and are open to going to the Phillipines, go for Amanpulo. There is nothing as beautiful anywhere IMHO

Think of it as 50k SPG per night :)
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 11, 2013, 12:33:01 PM
If you are ponying up for one Aman anywhere, and are open to going to the Phillipines, go for Amanpulo. There is nothing as beautiful anywhere IMHO

Think of it as 50k SPG per night :)

We were toying with Boracay and/or Palawan...

When you say beautiful, I know you must be talking about the resort, but geographically as well?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on August 11, 2013, 12:34:08 PM
We were toying with Boracay and/or Palawan...

When you say beautiful, I know you must be talking about the resort, but geographically as well?

Geographically. Beaches are unreal.

Take a look on the FT Luxury Hotels thread for lots of reviews
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 11, 2013, 12:34:46 PM
Geographically. Beaches are unreal.

Take a look on the FT Luxury Hotels thread for lots of reviews

Been to MLE/BOB? Prettier than that??
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on August 11, 2013, 01:02:47 PM
Been to MLE/BOB? Prettier than that??

Never been to BOB, but yes, prettier than MLE.

Also the Island is quite big so you have a ton of privacy and space to yourself on the beach.

I know at least one other DDF'er was there but not sure that he wants to chime in
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 11, 2013, 01:15:17 PM
Never been to BOB, but yes, prettier than MLE.

Also the Island is quite big so you have a ton of privacy and space to yourself on the beach.

I know at least one other DDF'er was there but not sure that he wants to chime in

Done.

(http://static.tumblr.com/51zydlm/I0om5b67t/bucketlist.jpeg)
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 11, 2013, 01:38:21 PM
Thanks everyone for all the feedback.

On Wednesday we took a side trip to an island called Nusa Lembongan. If you take one side trip from Bali this is the one to take. Getting there takes about 30 minutes in a speed boat which leaves from Sanur. As there is no harbor you have to wade in the water until you get onto the boat. A baby made that pretty interesting. As this is the only way to get to the island there were porters loading our boat with suitcases etc. for those spending a few days there. The island itself is so peaceful that they still don't have any cars on the island. People get around by foot or bike, except for the rare pickup truck used for transferring tourists. All the locals dress in their traditional costumes and the women walk around with baskets on their heads. The only sounds you hear besides for people are roosters and the ocean.

When we first arrived on the island we went to an area called the mangrove forest. There we paid a local guy 20 dollars to take us drift snorkeling, while our nanny waited on shore with our baby. Drift snorkeling is snorkeling in an area with strong currents so you don't have to swim. Instead you go shooting in the current and the boat follows you. The water was warm and crystal clear and we felt like we were in an aquarium. We spent the rest of the day at Mushroom beach, which had great swimming (no currents) before taking the boat back.

On Thursday we checked out of the Hyatt and our driver took us to east Bali to a town called Tulamben. The drive up to Tulamben is very scenic and there were many rice paddies along the way. We also passed many cool ceremonies while we were driving. There is a very cool shipwreck in Tulamben and I finished my diving course on the wreck while my wife hung out with our baby. Getting my scuba license was something I always wanted to do and it was really worth it. When I was done our driver took us to Ubud where we spent the next few days.

Ubud is high up in the mountains and it's all about the Balinese culture and scenery. There are many rice paddies all over the place, along with many hotels and villas. The weather in Bali was very nice, clear skies during our whole trip with no humidity, but in the mountains it was a bit cooler. Probably around 80 degrees or so. At night till around ten pm there was some sort of temple ceremony going on and there was music and these odd sounds blaring through the countryside. We stayed in a private villa for 380 for 3 nights with our own private pool.     https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/620260

Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 11, 2013, 01:41:22 PM
Nusa Lembongan
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 11, 2013, 01:42:01 PM
Snorkeling on Nusa Lembongan
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 11, 2013, 01:43:21 PM
Shipwreck at Tulamben
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 11, 2013, 01:44:20 PM
Check out the camouflage on the scorpionfish
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 11, 2013, 02:42:44 PM
The drive from Tulamben to Ubud. The volcano in the picture is called Agung.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: gunit770 on August 11, 2013, 02:59:29 PM
We stayed in a private villa for 380 for 3 nights with our own private pool.     https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/620260

I am thinking of staying in that villa when I go to bali in December. Any additional info you can provide about that villa? Location? Ability to grill some kosher meat? mosquitos? cleanliness of pool?
Thanks!
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 11, 2013, 03:52:16 PM
I am thinking of staying in that villa when I go to bali in December. Any additional info you can provide about that villa? Location? Ability to grill some kosher meat? mosquitos? cleanliness of pool?
Thanks!
Location is great. 5 minutes from central Ubud, though not walking distance. They have a driver that can take you for free back and forth. The pool was super clean, but the kitchen which is separate from the villa was pretty buggy. There were mosquitos and ants although that is probably more of an Ubud thing than this villa in particular. When I have a second I will post some pics of the villa, along with the rest of my TR.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on August 11, 2013, 03:59:10 PM
I am thinking of staying in that villa when I go to bali in December. Any additional info you can provide about that villa? Location? Ability to grill some kosher meat? mosquitos? cleanliness of pool?
Thanks!
Hmm, I'm thinking about it also in December.
What are your dates?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on August 11, 2013, 06:06:13 PM
You got me sold on Bali:) how is Nov weather?.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 11, 2013, 06:12:12 PM
You got me sold on Bali:) how is Nov weather?.

http://bit.ly/19m2Ir0
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 11, 2013, 06:45:39 PM
You got me sold on Bali:) how is Nov weather?.

Great report, would you reccomend bali for singles? Part of a lengthy asia trip. Hyatt 5k per night sounds amazing!
I don't see any reason not go single. There is so much to see and do there.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: gunit770 on August 11, 2013, 06:49:09 PM
Hmm, I'm thinking about it also in December.
What are your dates?

Dec 25-30. I have been researching our decision to go during the winter and I have been hearing more and more about how rainy it is in december. Are you at all concerned about that?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on August 11, 2013, 08:34:04 PM
Dec 25-30. I have been researching our decision to go during the winter and I have been hearing more and more about how rainy it is in december. Are you at all concerned about that?

I was there last year those exact dates.

Rained a couple of hours a day but got some sun. Overall, not the best time to go but quite doable
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 11, 2013, 08:36:37 PM
I was there last year those exact dates.

Rained a couple of hours a day but got some sun. Overall, not the best time to go but quite doable
Was it very crowded? When I was there everyone was saying how August and December are the 2 busiest times.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 11, 2013, 10:25:22 PM
Our villa in Ubud
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 11, 2013, 10:27:25 PM
Here is the end of my TR.

On Friday we went an hour north to see a volcano called Batur. The setting of the volcano is way up in the mountains and there is a really cool lake next to the volcano. We then went to see a famous rice paddy called the Tegalalang rice terrace. It is built onto the side of a hill and you can see the how they maximize the space to grow rice in every nook and cranny. We then toured Ubud which has a Grand Palace along with a not to be missed monkey forest. The park staff can help you get a picture with the monkeys posing on top of your head. Adjacent to the Palace is a large market where they sell all sorts of souvenirs. We got back to our villa at around 2 and prepared Shabbos. I couldn't think of a more peaceful place to spend a Shabbos and we really got to rest up and relax. They had a large table outdoors next to the pool which is where we ate the meals. From the top floor of the villa all you see are people working the rice paddies.

Sunday we checked out of the villa and went to see the Jatiluwih rice paddies, which stretch out as far as the eye can see. I thought that by now I wouldn't want to see another rice paddy but it was definitely worth it. You can hike along the fields and see the farmers in action. Our driver then took us to our next villa which is located in Seminyak.

Seminyak is the place to be with many villas, hotels, etc. If your into shopping there is plenty of that too. We paid about 440 for 2 nights for our private pool villa which was steep but well worth it. http://www.villakoenokoeni.com/gallery.php?cat=1&=0 The villa had just opened in October so they were running some sort of promo. The villa had an infinity pool with a waterfall, a real wall around it so that it's impossible for anyone to see in, and a separate dining area from the sleeping area. The dining room opens up to the pool which was nice, and the whole wall is glass that can fully open. The pool area has a bathroom and shower and the master bedroom has a huge Jacuzzi plus 2 showers, one indoors and one outdoors. The bedroom itself was really large and modern. If it wouldn't be so expensive I would have stayed there the whole time.

In Seminyak itself all there is to do is swim and lounge at the pool or go to the beach. We spent most of the time chilling in the villa although we did go to a place called Kuta to watch the surfers. There are really big breaks and it's fun to watch.  Sunset at the beaches were really amazing. On our last day we walked from out villa to the beach to see our last sunset. As the sun was setting a large group of Balinese came down to the beach holding spears, a basket and gathered around in a circle. As soon as  the sun dipped below the horizon they ran to the water, all smiling and cheering. When I asked if it was a wedding (they looked so excited!) they said it was a cremation ceremony and at sunset they pour the ashes into the ocean.

Tuesday morning we caught our flight to Bangkok. Something to keep in mind is that you need to pay 75,000 IDR in the airport as a departure tax, and you can only pay in local currency. They don't charge babies, although for the visa on arrival we did need to get one for our baby.

All in all we had a great time in Bali and would recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing and cheap place to spend a week or so.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 11, 2013, 10:28:08 PM
Tegalalang rice terrace
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 11, 2013, 10:29:08 PM
Monkey forest in Ubud
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 11, 2013, 10:29:50 PM
Jatiluwih rice paddies
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 11, 2013, 10:31:46 PM
Our villa in Seminyak
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 11, 2013, 10:32:27 PM
Sunset over the Indian ocean and the cremation ceremony
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on August 21, 2013, 08:01:08 AM
Can anyone help me figure out when shabbos ends in Bali in mid-December?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on August 21, 2013, 09:54:33 AM
Can anyone help me figure out when shabbos ends in Bali in mid-December?

Myzmanim
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on August 21, 2013, 10:16:16 AM
Myzmanim
Thanks. I had searched it previously and it didn't show up. But when I entered DPS, it worked.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 21, 2013, 03:33:03 PM
Thanks. I had searched it previously and it didn't show up. But when I entered DPS, it worked.
I got it to take Ubud.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on August 21, 2013, 04:11:22 PM
I got it to take Ubud.
What did you enter?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on August 21, 2013, 06:51:09 PM
What did you enter?
Just Ubud, and the option for Ubud Bali Indonesia came up.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on August 26, 2013, 08:40:51 AM
How long should I expect it to take from Ubud to the airport on motzai shabbos? I'm trying to figure out if I can send out my parents that evening so they get back at a better time?
Is a flight leaving at 9:45pm good enough if shabbos ends at 7:07?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on August 26, 2013, 01:30:31 PM
How long should I expect it to take from Ubud to the airport on motzai shabbos? I'm trying to figure out if I can send out my parents that evening so they get back at a better time?
Is a flight leaving at 9:45pm good enough if shabbos ends at 7:07?

cutting it a little close but should be fine if they leave right away
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on September 09, 2013, 04:46:10 PM
Can anyone recommend a driver in Bali?
The villa we may rent (http://www.vrbo.com/308296) recommended this company, http://www.rentalmobilbali.com/bali-car-rental/.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on September 11, 2013, 12:46:33 AM
Can anyone recommend a driver in Bali?
The villa we may rent (http://www.vrbo.com/308296) recommended this company, http://www.rentalmobilbali.com/bali-car-rental/.
I used a guy named Sila. Really friendly guy, great rates and brand new vehicles. We couldn't have been happier to use him. http://www.silatours.com/transpot_service.html
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: gunit770 on September 11, 2013, 06:40:41 AM
Can anyone recommend a driver in Bali?
The villa we may rent (http://www.vrbo.com/308296) recommended this company, http://www.rentalmobilbali.com/bali-car-rental/.

Word of caution Drago: booking a villa in the mountainous region may not be the best idea in the rainy season...
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on September 11, 2013, 06:47:45 AM
Word of caution Drago: booking a villa in the mountainous region may not be the best idea in the rainy season...
Good point.
You say that because the roads will be impassable? I know that we want to be in the Ubud area, but that specific villa is around 40 minutes out.
Would a villa closer to Ubud be a better option?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on September 11, 2013, 03:14:33 PM
Good point.
You say that because the roads will be impassable? I know that we want to be in the Ubud area, but that specific villa is around 40 minutes out.
Would a villa closer to Ubud be a better option?
Ubud itself wouldn't be an issue as far as I can imagine. Not sure about the one's further out.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: gunit770 on September 11, 2013, 05:16:58 PM
Good point.
You say that because the roads will be impassable? I know that we want to be in the Ubud area, but that specific villa is around 40 minutes out.
Would a villa closer to Ubud be a better option?

Not only roads but vacation experience. I'm sure you don't want to spend your vacation in constant rain. Closer to Ubud would be much better but I would try to get as close to the coast as possible.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on September 12, 2013, 12:15:56 AM
Not only roads but vacation experience. I'm sure you don't want to spend your vacation in constant rain. Closer to Ubud would be much better but I would try to get as close to the coast as possible.
Thanks for the advice.
We chose Ubud b/c we'll be in Thailand prior, and will on beaches there. We're looking for a change of pace.
Rain wise, it seems like it rains around half the days in Ubud in December. If it comes down to it, we could always do activities close to the coast during the day. Bali isn't such a big place.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on October 24, 2013, 11:06:21 AM
Great deal at a really nice Ubud hotel:

http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/indonesia/bali/1846/ubud-hanging-gardens?nm=splash&ca=asia&cl=1&rid=6
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 24, 2013, 11:25:01 AM
Great deal at a really nice Ubud hotel:

http://www.jetsetter.com/hotels/indonesia/bali/1846/ubud-hanging-gardens?nm=splash&ca=asia&cl=1&rid=6
Wow, really nice. Since I'm going w/ 3 kids though, I don't think it'll work.
I'll probably book a villa soon, since that'll give max flexibility.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 25, 2013, 03:48:08 AM
Looks like I'll be staying here.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g297701-d1448149-Reviews-Villa_di_Abing-Ubud_Bali.html

We'd prefer to be in Ubud itself so that adults can go walking around on shabbos and in the evenings.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on October 25, 2013, 09:48:13 AM
Looks like I'll be staying here.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g297701-d1448149-Reviews-Villa_di_Abing-Ubud_Bali.html

We'd prefer to be in Ubud itself so that adults can go walking around on shabbos and in the evenings.
Looks nice what are you paying?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 26, 2013, 12:43:30 PM
Looks nice what are you paying?
If we go, the total for 5 nights is 1,680 w/ all taxes, etc.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on December 27, 2013, 12:26:53 PM
15 ft. snake kills man outside Bali Hyatt. Stayed there in August, that's pretty crazy.

http://www.mercurynews.com/nation-world/ci_24801371/huge-snake-kills-man-at-bali-hyatt
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on December 27, 2013, 12:29:31 PM
15 ft. snake kills man outside Bali Hyatt. Stayed there in August, that's pretty crazy.

http://www.mercurynews.com/nation-world/ci_24801371/huge-snake-kills-man-at-bali-hyatt
This is moving down my list now...
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 27, 2013, 12:30:07 PM
This is moving down my list now...
Because of this? Just don't carry a 15 foot python on your shoulders
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on December 27, 2013, 12:31:02 PM
Because of this? Just don't carry a 15 foot python on your shoulders
True. This is not moving that far down my list.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on December 27, 2013, 01:07:19 PM
This is moving down my list now...
When it was 5K Hyatt points a night it was worth the risk   :)
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on January 05, 2014, 07:39:29 AM
Does anyone know of any other destinations with great villa rentals (with pool etc..) closer to the US (but not in) that would be worth visiting with young kids in June/July?

Was in Bali this past summer and was great...
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on January 05, 2014, 09:43:16 AM
Does anyone know of any other destinations with great villa rentals (with pool etc..) closer to the US (but not in) that would be worth visiting with young kids in June/July?

Was in Bali this past summer and was great...
Maybe Costa Rica? Where did you stay in Bali?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: ChikkyMonkey on January 05, 2014, 01:48:02 PM
Maybe Costa Rica? Where did you stay in Bali?

Rented a villa in Seminyak..
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on January 05, 2014, 02:43:20 PM
Rented a villa in Seminyak..
Nicely done. I wonder if we were in Seminyak at the same time.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on May 12, 2014, 09:40:01 PM
Anyone have any recommended stays in the Bali area Kuta Beach area or another places for 2 Bucherim? Air B n B? the cheap Hyatt for 5k per night is under construction.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 03, 2014, 01:10:28 AM
Anyone try and have kosher meals delivered to DPS? I'm thinking of reaching out to an outfit in Australia. I think Kleins delivers to MLE, so I don't imagine it'd be an issue to get food delivered to DPS.

@Fan of Dan -- how was USAT Liberty? I think I've slotted 2 full days for diving, and I think that'll be one day.

Anyone ever take the fast boat to Gili islands? Supposed to be other worldly.

As of now we're doing three nights in the Grand Executive Suite at the GH and three nights in a Conrad Ocean Suite at, well, the Conrad. I could have done a airbnb villa, I guess, but my wife prefers hotels.

Last, aside from spending some time in Ubud, and doing the monkey forest, and perhaps diving, anything else a must-do/see?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on August 03, 2014, 01:33:30 AM
Anyone try and have kosher meals delivered to DPS? I'm thinking of reaching out to an outfit in Australia. I think Kleins delivers to MLE, so I don't imagine it'd be an issue to get food delivered to DPS.

Kleins supposedly will do MLE and SEZ. They said they can't do DPS
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 03, 2014, 01:56:01 AM
Interesting. I wonder why not.

Anyone have any other ideas for delivery of food into DPS? I'm trying to avoid having to shlep food.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on August 03, 2014, 02:25:26 AM
Ubud villas are highly recommended. I haven't seen any chain hotels there yet, and you'd be missing out on a lot of the natural charm if you stay in hotel.

They have some stunning looking bike rides north of Ubud, around volcanoes and in the countryside.

And we schlepped food.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 03, 2014, 02:30:56 AM
Yeah, we plan on doing a bike ride or two in and around Ubud.

Trying to avoid having to do that,  but if we must,  we must.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on August 03, 2014, 03:15:57 AM
Yeah, we plan on doing a bike ride or two in and around Ubud.

Trying to avoid having to do that,  but if we must,  we must.
Enjoy!
It's on my list for a 2nd visit, along w/ Vietnam perhaps.
Just depends if the AA deval holds off long enough and we can work it out w/ the kids schedule.

Northern Bali also has good reviews and seems to be much less traveled. Perhaps check that out as well.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on October 01, 2014, 09:59:16 AM
Some people might find this useful:

http://bali.mehthesheep.com/private-pool-villa/
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Suave on October 01, 2014, 10:56:25 AM
How many votes for a Bali TR? I covered 12 cities and villages by motorbike..
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on October 01, 2014, 11:37:38 AM
What kind of question is that?

ETA: I.e. who would vote against that?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 01, 2014, 02:04:52 PM
How many votes for a Bali TR? I covered 12 cities and villages by motorbike..
Plz
If you post it tonight, maybe I'll go back instead of SGN  :)
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 01, 2014, 02:15:32 PM
How many votes for a Bali TR? I covered 12 cities and villages by motorbike..

Count my vote :)
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on October 07, 2014, 05:43:21 AM
http://travelisfree.com/2014/10/06/indonesian-hopper-with-korean-air-miles/
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 14, 2014, 12:57:27 PM
PHL to DPS (Bali) for as low as $541, and earning a full 21000 miles to boot. HT to the flight deal.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on October 14, 2014, 05:00:21 PM
Got excited until i saw that this fare is available for only 14+ day trip
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 01, 2014, 08:40:28 PM
NYC (EWR) to DPS (Bali) for as low as $676, and earning 20000+ miles for it. 7 day minimum stay required.

HT to TFD. - Valid for travel on the outbound until December 9th or January 5th, 2015 March 25th, 2015 for Monday through Thursday departures with a 7 day stay minimum. There is limited availability at the $676 price point. There is better availability for $30 $50 more. Must purchase at least 3 days in advance of departure.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Suave on November 02, 2014, 10:59:35 AM
NYC (EWR) to DPS (Bali) for as low as $676, and earning 20000+ miles for it. 7 day minimum stay required.

HT to TFD. - Valid for travel on the outbound until December 9th or January 5th, 2015 March 25th, 2015 for Monday through Thursday departures with a 7 day stay minimum. There is limited availability at the $676 price point. There is better availability for $30 $50 more. Must purchase at least 3 days in advance of departure.
Where can this be booked? nothing on kayak.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: avrumy22 on November 02, 2014, 11:52:27 AM
How many votes for a Bali TR? I covered 12 cities and villages by motorbike..

When you have a chance.... :D
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 02, 2014, 02:59:31 PM
Where can this be booked? nothing on kayak.

Assuming that it is still available, this is from TFD.

How to Book:
Book via Google Flights link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search.
The flight information has been pre-populated for you. All you need to do is enter the dates for for the Newark  Singapore, Singapore Bali, Bali Singapore, and Singapore Newark segments as found on ITA.
It will link you to United.com to book.

Read more: http://www.theflightdeal.com/2014/11/01/united-676-newark-bali-indonesia-roundtrip-including-all-taxes/#ixzz3HwXWOsWm
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: EMCC on December 23, 2014, 02:14:10 AM
Can Israelis go to Bali? How? Do Americana need visas? Do Israelis?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 23, 2014, 02:34:01 AM
Can Israelis go to Bali? How? Do Americana need visas? Do Israelis?

For Americans there is a visa upon arrival.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on January 28, 2015, 04:29:05 PM
How many votes for a Bali TR? I covered 12 cities and villages by motorbike..
Any chance of getting this?

Starting the planning stages of a trip there.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on January 28, 2015, 04:30:52 PM
Any chance of getting this?

Starting the planning stages of a trip there.
back to that side of the world?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on January 28, 2015, 04:39:16 PM
back to that side of the world?
My kid is still "little" and "free". Plus we like that side of the world.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Suave on January 28, 2015, 08:23:12 PM
Any chance of getting this?

Starting the planning stages of a trip there.
Crap, i was hoping no one would remember I even offered. So much work, so little time.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on January 28, 2015, 09:54:52 PM
Crap, i was hoping no one would remember I even offered. So much work, so little time.
No worries. Next time i see you outside, i'll just harass you.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Suave on January 28, 2015, 10:32:40 PM
No worries. Next time i see you outside, i'll just harass you.
When are you planning on going?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on January 29, 2015, 08:34:33 AM
When are you planning on going?
Summer i think. Planning on doing this together with Singapore.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on January 29, 2015, 08:49:11 AM
Summer i think. Planning on doing this together with Singapore.
how do you guys have so much time to go
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on January 29, 2015, 09:14:53 AM
how do you guys have so much time to go
I can work remotely and my wife is off of school then.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on January 29, 2015, 09:15:25 AM
I can work remotely and my wife is off of school then.
1. i wish i could work remotely
2. given #1, i wish my employers were as flexible as yours
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: moish on March 01, 2015, 03:26:23 PM
4 nights in the Hyatt Sanur at 5k points a night, working on Suite upgrade, 3 nights in Ubud https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/620260 and 2 in Seminyak in a private pool villa on the Indian ocean.
is it odd that the place you link to has the same exact pictures as a different property?

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/213423
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: moish on March 04, 2015, 01:15:11 PM
I used a guy named Sila. Really friendly guy, great rates and brand new vehicles. We couldn't have been happier to use him. http://www.silatours.com/transpot_service.html
was he just a straight up driver or was he also a tour guide?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 04, 2015, 01:54:15 PM
More driver, less tour guide, but he was somewhat informative.

Recommended.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on March 09, 2015, 12:28:47 AM
More driver, less tour guide, but he was somewhat informative.

Recommended.
+1 I felt that he gave the right amount of info without being annoying and in your face the whole time. On one drive he had another driver who was definitely more of the tour guide type.

AJK I didn't realize you ended up using him how did it work out?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 09, 2015, 12:30:01 AM
+1 I felt that he gave the right amount of info without being annoying and in your face the whole time. On one drive he had another driver who was definitely more of the tour guide type.

AJK I didn't realize you ended up using him how did it work out?

Worked out wonderfully. I believe he charged us $50 total for the whole day!
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on March 09, 2015, 12:31:43 AM
is it odd that the place you link to has the same exact pictures as a different property?

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/213423
Only thing I can think is that it's a different villa. It's a group of several villas so it would make sense. It's a bit out of Ubud but it's a really nice place and so peaceful. Most of what we wanted to see in Ubud was a 5 minute drive or so. We were there for Shabbos.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on April 15, 2015, 10:11:38 PM
$386 from LAX to Jakarta, Indonesia on Delta - http://www.theflightdeal.com/2015/04/15/delta-386-los-angeles-jakarta-indonesia-roundtrip-including-all-taxes/. Very cheap, great price.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 11, 2015, 02:14:35 PM
What are the options for getting to DPS once you're across the pond? Here's what I've collected so far, please chime in with other options...

CX from HKG
KE from ICN
QF from SIN (and AUS, NZ)
QR from DOH, SIN
SQ from SIN
TG from BKK
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on May 11, 2015, 02:16:33 PM
What are the options for getting to DPS once you're across the pond? Here's what I've collected so far, please chime in with other options...

CX from HKG
KE from ICN
QF from SIN (and AUS, NZ)
QR from DOH, SIN
SQ from SIN
TG from BKK
I'm flyinh JFK-ICN-SIN (not DPS because i want a real F) and then likely GA or something else for the hop to DPS.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on May 11, 2015, 02:19:30 PM
KE F over SQ F? Wow. extra stop though
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on May 11, 2015, 02:28:35 PM
What are the options for getting to DPS once you're across the pond? Here's what I've collected so far, please chime in with other options...

CX from HKG
KE from ICN
QF from SIN (and AUS, NZ)
QR from DOH, SIN
SQ from SIN
TG from BKK

Pretty much every major city in Asia has direct flights to DPS
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on May 11, 2015, 02:30:16 PM
KE F over SQ F? Wow. extra stop though
I'm flying KE because of the 10% for infants.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 11, 2015, 02:58:16 PM
Pretty much every major city in Asia has direct flights to DPS
Sorry I didn't clarify, but was looking for miles redemptions only.

I'm flyinh JFK-ICN-SIN (not DPS because i want a real F) and then likely GA or something else for the hop to DPS.
Thanks. So you mean that KE ICN-DPS is not real F? How so? Is it not lie-flat?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on May 11, 2015, 03:00:47 PM
Sorry I didn't clarify, but was looking for miles redemptions only.
Thanks. So you mean that KE ICN-DPS is not real F? How so? Is it not lie-flat?
It's odd. Looking at seatguru now, it looks like they do have flights. I'll call up and find out.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 11, 2015, 05:19:49 PM
It's odd. Looking at seatguru now, it looks like they do have flights. I'll call up and find out.
Yeah let me know.

Ideally, I'd like to burn MR. Looks NH can book JFK-NRT-DPS in F (so only 1 stop, and the second leg is on Garuda which seems to have real F acc to seat guru) for 120K. Doesn't seem like a bad option. Of course SQ is an option but it will be 2 stops JFK-FRA-SIN-DPS and availability is tough to come by. How's NH availability normally?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on May 11, 2015, 05:21:22 PM
Yeah let me know.

Ideally, I'd like to burn MR. Looks NH can book JFK-NRT-DPS in F (so only 1 stop, and the second leg is on Garuda which seems to have real F acc to seat guru) for 120K. Doesn't seem like a bad option. Of course SQ is an option but it will be 2 stops JFK-FRA-SIN-DPS and availability is tough to come by. How's NH availability normally?
Could be the flights on the day i need don't have F and the J was full as well. It is an old F product and not near as nice or comfortable as the 777 product i will take to SIN.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 11, 2015, 05:54:08 PM
Yeah let me know.

Ideally, I'd like to burn MR. Looks NH can book JFK-NRT-DPS in F (so only 1 stop, and the second leg is on Garuda which seems to have real F acc to seat guru) for 120K. Doesn't seem like a bad option. Of course SQ is an option but it will be 2 stops JFK-FRA-SIN-DPS and availability is tough to come by. How's NH availability normally?

I can assure you that NH isn't booking you in GA F.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 11, 2015, 07:04:44 PM
I can assure you that NH isn't booking you in GA F.
Ah, can J happen?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 11, 2015, 07:34:52 PM
Ah, can J happen?

Theoretically, sure.

But not on your routing.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on May 11, 2015, 09:43:35 PM
Theoretically, sure.

But not on your routing.
So, are their any options to use MR and only have 1 stop? Can KLM book KE J/F?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on June 03, 2015, 12:05:24 PM
Can anyone advise why the Conrad Bali paid rates are so cheap (sub $200). Is that normal for the area?


@AJK, still waiting on TR.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 03, 2015, 12:36:23 PM
Can anyone advise why the Conrad Bali paid rates are so cheap (sub $200). Is that normal for the area?


@AJK, still waiting on TR.

Yes.

Remind me over weekend.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on June 03, 2015, 12:37:41 PM
Yes.

Remind me over weekend.

You will not leave until i have all the information needed.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: ZCN on June 04, 2015, 02:36:16 PM
Considering a trip to Bali for late December and I'm trying to figure out all the different areas. First off, does it make a difference with the weather if we stay in Ubud, Kuta, Seminyak, or somewhere else? And what in general is the difference between these places?

2nd, I want to stay in a villa with a private pool (via Arnbnb). Which area is more likely to have this type of property? TIA
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Suave on June 08, 2015, 07:39:14 AM
Considering a trip to Bali for late December and I'm trying to figure out all the different areas. First off, does it make a difference with the weather if we stay in Ubud, Kuta, Seminyak, or somewhere else? And what in general is the difference between these places?

2nd, I want to stay in a villa with a private pool (via Arnbnb). Which area is more likely to have this type of property? TIA
STAY AWAY FROM KUTA! Its the party zone full of drunk ozzy's and scantly clad women. (The whole denpasar area is just crowded)
Ubud is in the center, further from beaches, but artsy, natural and quite. If you want further away and closer to beaches, diving etc try Amed.
South Kuta is a bit quieter (but often windier) + a few high end resorts.

Ubud has the highest density of airbnb properties IIRC

Seminyak is where the undercover Jewish family lives (PM for info)

How long are you going for? what do you enjoy? who is coming along?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on June 08, 2015, 03:59:52 PM
IMO, if doing Bali, do Ubud and the north.
No need to stay in beach towns, since those are a dime a dozen in Asia.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 17, 2015, 07:34:21 PM
so Indonesia just removed visa fees for visitors from 30 countries including the US

conveniently 3 months after i waited an hour and a half on line to buy one...
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on June 17, 2015, 08:10:42 PM
so Indonesia just removed visa fees for visitors from 30 countries including the US

conveniently 3 months after i waited an hour and a half on line to buy one...
That's good to know. I didn't even realize i needed to get one for my trip.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 18, 2015, 03:54:58 PM
That's good to know. I didn't even realize i needed to get one for my trip.
you would have found out soon enough when arriving to a line a mile long
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on June 19, 2015, 01:23:54 AM
you would have found out soon enough when arriving to a line a mile long
Yea, that's one of the things that the websites warn about, make sure you have money when you get to customs.
We got lucky, no line when we arrived.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on June 19, 2015, 01:30:43 AM
Yea, that's one of the things that the websites warn about, make sure you have money when you get to customs.
We got lucky, no line when we arrived.
I don't recall having  much of a line either.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 19, 2015, 08:45:53 AM
so i guess i was just "lucky"
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on June 19, 2015, 08:46:31 AM
Yea, that's one of the things that the websites warn about, make sure you have money when you get to customs.
We got lucky, no line when we arrived.
Local currency?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on June 20, 2015, 05:05:39 PM
Local currency?
US dollars.
http://www.holidaytobali.com.au/bali-holiday-guide/arriving-in-bali/
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on June 23, 2015, 09:59:28 AM



Remind me over weekend.
Which weekend?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on June 23, 2015, 10:01:19 AM
Which weekend?
It has come and gone already.

Maybe when he gets off the plane, he will post it.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on June 23, 2015, 04:23:42 PM
do i have any options from TLV-DPS booking with AA that arent 3 stopovers?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: monkey123 on June 26, 2015, 07:34:44 AM
Planning a trip to Bali this summer.

I see a lot of people are writing to visit Ubad, however I want to be on the beach unless Ubad is offering something amazing.

Looking for a fairly priced villa with a pool either in Ubad or on the beach somewhere, any recommendations would help.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on June 26, 2015, 08:15:24 AM
Planning a trip to Bali this summer.

I see a lot of people are writing to visit Ubad, however I want to be on the beach unless Ubad is offering something amazing.

Looking for a fairly priced villa with a pool either in Ubad or on the beach somewhere, any recommendations would help.
Airbnb is very good in Bali
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on June 26, 2015, 09:48:08 AM
Beach isn't outstanding in Bali
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on June 26, 2015, 11:50:24 AM
Beach isn't outstanding in Bali

None compare to beaches like Whitehaven Beach, Camps Bay, or Eli Nido, but depending which beach, some are very nice.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on June 26, 2015, 12:00:56 PM
None compare to beaches like Whitehaven Beach, Camps Bay, or Eli Nido, but depending which beach, some are very nice.
Is it bad that i got excited of a possible TR finally being posted when I saw you had commented here?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on June 26, 2015, 12:05:19 PM


Eli Nido.
You seem to be very into that, haven't been there yet, correct?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on June 27, 2015, 03:10:53 PM
Planning a trip to Bali this summer.

I see a lot of people are writing to visit Ubad, however I want to be on the beach unless Ubad is offering something amazing.

Looking for a fairly priced villa with a pool either in Ubad or on the beach somewhere, any recommendations would help.
Beaches in Asia are easy to come by.
Spend time in Ubud, or further north IMO, and if you do beaches, don't do the tourist towns. There are a lot of other options, along w/ small islands off of Bali that look intruiging
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on June 30, 2015, 09:19:42 AM
Got the email below from the Conrad. Anything worth it there?

(http://i.gyazo.com/335d29bd02fcdd307c361f781ee89545.png)
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on June 30, 2015, 09:53:12 AM
Beaches in Asia are easy to come by.
Spend time in Ubud, or further north IMO, and if you do beaches, don't do the tourist towns. There are a lot of other options, along w/ small islands off of Bali that look intruiging
+1  it would be silly to miss out on Bali for their beaches. Nusa Lembongan (a nice island not to far away) has gorgeous beaches with all the Balinese charm.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on June 30, 2015, 10:52:38 AM
+1  it would be silly to miss out on Bali for their beaches. Nusa Lembongan (a nice island not to far away) has gorgeous beaches with all the Balinese charm.
mmmmm

looks great, makes me want to jump a plane back there
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: monkey123 on July 09, 2015, 03:12:51 PM
Still looking for a Villa to stay at, can't make up my mind and haven't seen any great deals on a nice place. Id take suggestions if anyone got some.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 09, 2015, 03:32:03 PM
i stayed here, not bad if you dont mind a few bugs

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1471563?euid=731fa02f-90d9-0180-0328-06b1c6f4f8b1
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on July 09, 2015, 03:45:57 PM
i stayed here, not bad if you dont mind a few bugs

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1471563?euid=731fa02f-90d9-0180-0328-06b1c6f4f8b1
Seems expensive for Bali
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 09, 2015, 04:02:05 PM
Seems expensive for Bali
when i booked it, there was nothing comparable (2 bedrooms + private pool + good reviews) for cheaper
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on July 09, 2015, 04:06:08 PM
Not sure if this will help anyone, but i just booked SIN-DPS RT on GA for two adults and an infant for $411 USD.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: monkey123 on July 09, 2015, 04:12:39 PM
What dates?

Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: monkey123 on July 09, 2015, 04:14:04 PM
i stayed here, not bad if you dont mind a few bugs

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1471563?euid=731fa02f-90d9-0180-0328-06b1c6f4f8b1

Looks beautiful, however Its not available for my dates :(
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on July 09, 2015, 04:14:07 PM
What dates?
7/31-8/5
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 09, 2015, 06:15:48 PM
Price mistake on hotel?
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hotel-deals/1693311-4-ubud-heaven-penestanan-villa-bali-17-night-bft.html
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on July 09, 2015, 06:52:20 PM
Price mistake on hotel?
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hotel-deals/1693311-4-ubud-heaven-penestanan-villa-bali-17-night-bft.html
too bad ill be there before April
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on July 10, 2015, 12:58:13 PM
Travel issues due to the volcano...

Article here. (http://news.yahoo.com/holidaymakers-stranded-volcano-closes-bali-airport-045930971.html)
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: LuxJeru on July 19, 2015, 09:27:18 AM
Is there any restrictions on bringing in food to Bali?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on July 19, 2015, 09:51:03 AM
Is there any restrictions on bringing in food to Bali?
I don't believe so.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on July 19, 2015, 10:32:25 AM
Is there any restrictions on bringing in food to Bali?

I brought in a box of Pom and they had no problem with it
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 19, 2015, 12:04:37 PM
Is there any restrictions on bringing in food to Bali?
Definitely.

Have cash--American $20s and $50s--and be prepared to grease your way in.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on July 19, 2015, 12:28:48 PM
Definitely.

Have cash--American $20s and $50s--and be prepared to grease your way in.
while i dont know about the corruption there, here is the official rule
Quote
The provision of minister of health No. 329/Menkes/Per/XII/1976 on the production and distribution of food.
WARNING it is prohibited to import into Indonesia territory unregistered foods and beverages except in reasonable quantities carried by the passengers to use during the trip
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 19, 2015, 12:35:15 PM
Pointing to "rules" in Indonesia lol
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on July 19, 2015, 12:44:45 PM
Pointing to "rules" in Indonesia lol
a quick google search seems to show people have no issues as long as declared
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 19, 2015, 12:46:31 PM
K you rely on Google; I'll rely on my own experience as well as that of Singapore locals who travel there a few times a year.

That said, I didn't have to pay a bribe, but I did have the cash.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 20, 2015, 11:26:41 AM
New Ritz (per email)

http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Mandapa/Default.htm

Looks very nice, particularly since it's not on the beach, but inland.

Edit: Doesn't currently participate in the points program.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 20, 2015, 11:28:32 AM
New Ritz (per email)

http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Mandapa/Default.htm

Looks very nice, particularly since it's not on the beach, but inland.

Edit: Doesn't currently participate in the points program.

About time; they open for reservations?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 20, 2015, 11:32:13 AM
About time; they open for reservations?
yes
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on July 20, 2015, 12:16:59 PM
About time; they open for reservations?
You going back before you even post your TR from the first time?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 20, 2015, 12:43:03 PM
You going back before you even post your TR from the first time?
Would love to. I feel like I didn't have nearly enough time, in part due to shabbos and the weather.
It's great having the shabbos app, but until it can be applied to transportation and techum issues, things remain challenging.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 21, 2015, 12:44:17 AM
You going back before you even post your TR from the first time?
Lol no no.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: moish on July 24, 2015, 07:20:07 AM
Would love to. I feel like I didn't have nearly enough time, in part due to shabbos and the weather.
It's great having the shabbos app, but until it can be applied to transportation and techum issues, things remain challenging.
you can always ask your rabbi and see what she says
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on July 24, 2015, 09:08:17 AM
you can always ask your rabbi and see what she says
I tried, but no dice.
I'm looking elsewhere
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Florida4321 on July 26, 2015, 08:31:21 PM
conrad koh samui or st regis bali ?

anyone been to both to comment ?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on July 26, 2015, 11:13:14 PM
conrad koh samui or st regis bali ?

anyone been to both to comment ?
Probably want the Thailand thread, but i was at CKS and really liked it.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on July 27, 2015, 09:32:50 AM
What did people do for phones? Can i get a sim card in the airport?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 27, 2015, 09:55:54 AM
What did people do for phones? Can i get a sim card in the airport?
Yup.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on July 27, 2015, 10:03:35 AM
Yup.
What is the pricing like? I remember Japan was expensive so i just used wifi the whole time.

Same with getting a sim in SIN?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 27, 2015, 10:07:46 AM
Bali is very cheap. Was like ten bucks or so for a week.

In SIN I rented a mifi device based on a bunch of factors. Was about $45.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on July 27, 2015, 10:09:24 AM
Bali is very cheap. Was like ten bucks or so for a week.

In SIN I rented a mifi device based on a bunch of factors. Was about $45.
Sounds good. Thanks.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: iAm on August 02, 2015, 10:21:01 PM
I'm headed out to Bali next week, and will be there for two Shabbosim. There is no Chabad there, so I was wondering what my options were for Shabbos.

I'm under the impression that the options are kept on the dl, so PMs would also be appreciated if you are uncomfortable posting publicly. Thanks.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 03, 2015, 05:35:16 PM
BUMP.

Ubud Hanging Gardens or one of the Chedi properties can often be had on Jetsetters etc for a good price.

This place should be quite cool:http://www.sinnivillas.com/index.php (http://www.sinnivillas.com/index.php)
Wow... ever seen that Sinni one on Jetsetter? Looks QUITE cool.

ETA: Ah darn:

That seriously looks like one of the coolest hotels, both literally and figuratively that I've ever seen. Almost makes me want to go somewhere else this time around and wait until 2015 when this opens...


So... it's 2015, and instead of a posh Sinni Villas property doing booming business, they seem to have vanished almost without a trace. Did they go out of business or something?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 03, 2015, 06:15:04 PM
Gone. Never developed.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on August 03, 2015, 06:20:53 PM
Creating artist renderings are a lot easier than building.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on August 03, 2015, 06:29:29 PM
Creating artist renderings are a lot easier than building.

Truth.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 03, 2015, 06:45:46 PM

Creating artist renderings are a lot easier than building.
Truth.

Not true. I know many construction workers with the artist skills of a tuna casserole. :P
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 03, 2015, 06:56:58 PM
So what's the deal with the Hanging Gardens, anyway? There's shockingly little discussion of it in this thread, for such a prestigious property...

Any way to get it without shelling out obscene quantities of dineros? (Think $600+ per night. :o)
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: LuxJeru on August 05, 2015, 04:17:55 AM
So what's the deal with the Hanging Gardens, anyway? There's shockingly little discussion of it in this thread, for such a prestigious property...

Any way to get it without shelling out obscene quantities of dineros? (Think $600+ per night. :o)

If you looking for a villa with pool in Bali. I stayed at the Royal Santrian, it is similar the the pavilions in Phuket however its just bigger, nicer and directly on the beach! I'd say a little more luxury as they have 10 people per a couple here. 
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 05, 2015, 05:53:10 AM
If you looking for a villa with pool in Bali. I stayed at the Royal Santrian, it is similar the the pavilions in Phuket however its just bigger, nicer and directly on the beach! I'd say a little more luxury as they have 10 people per a couple here.

Yes, but it's not in Ubud - resorts on the beach are a dime a dozen. But more importantly, it doesn't have this:

(http://hanginggardensubud.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/HGU-pool-aerail-high-res3-.jpg)
(http://hanginggardensubud.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/hanging-gardens-ubud-pool-girl-seated1.jpg)

Marina Bay Sands fans, eat your heart out. 8)
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on September 06, 2015, 05:58:44 AM
Exactly why I recommend Ubud over the beach resorts.
Stunning pix
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: moish on September 06, 2015, 03:55:41 PM
i hope batchy didnt take them
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on November 02, 2015, 05:12:51 AM
So I've got a flight on hold back to DPS, and I'm really hoping it'll work out.
My thoughts for this trip is to spend the time in either northern or eastern bali (biking, motorbikes, villages) and then take a ferry over to Lombok.
Anyone spend time in these areas?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AharonInIsrael on November 02, 2015, 06:23:58 AM
So I've got a flight on hold back to DPS, and I'm really hoping it'll work out.
My thoughts for this trip is to spend the time in either northern or eastern bali (biking, motorbikes, villages) and then take a ferry over to Lombok.
Anyone spend time in these areas?
I feel like Suave was, no? Didn't he just have some thread on Bali (on mobile)?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on November 02, 2015, 06:55:22 AM
I feel like Suave was, no? Didn't he just have some thread on Bali (on mobile)?
Yup, just found the thread, thx.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: ZCN on December 20, 2015, 10:14:19 PM
Trying to decide last minute where to stay in Bali. We will be there in the next few weeks, the height of the wet season. We have a choice of staying in North Kuta or Ubud. I prefer Ubud but I'm concerned about the increased chance of rain due to it being in the mountains. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: ADG on February 19, 2016, 09:53:35 AM
How many AA miles would it take from JFK to DPS on Cathey pacific? (both J and Y)
Or on singapore in a "F"in suite ;D
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: MrPrime1 on March 10, 2016, 02:58:08 PM
i have a trip scheduled for may and was wondering if anybody here got vaccinations. specifically hep a and typhoid. im reading conflicting reports online.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 10, 2016, 03:15:01 PM
No.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Suave on March 10, 2016, 04:48:39 PM
i have a trip scheduled for may and was wondering if anybody here got vaccinations. specifically hep a and typhoid. im reading conflicting reports online.
If you have kids and are insured then get them.
As a practicing Jew I never really felt the need for vaccination as Keeping Kosher & Shmiras Habris will protect you.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: shwarmabob on March 10, 2016, 08:11:49 PM
i have a trip scheduled for may and was wondering if anybody here got vaccinations. specifically hep a and typhoid. im reading conflicting reports online.
you should get Hep A and B anyway. Insurance covers it.
Typhoid is not covered by insurance. I think the pill is about $65
check out the CDC's guidelines
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: hyman.chaim on April 05, 2016, 01:58:44 AM
I'll be going to Bali from JFK 6:15am (in a few hours from now). Actually flying first in Jakarta and gonna sleep for a few hours before flying to Densapar. Will be getting into Bali 6pm on Thursday. Does anyone here have any recommendations where to stay for shabbos that makes it possible to observe shabbos and have a minyan and kosher food / atmosphere?
I am traveling with a non-jew so I need a solid plan lol thanks!
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on April 05, 2016, 03:20:48 AM
I'll be going to Bali from JFK 6:15am (in a few hours from now). Actually flying first in Jakarta and gonna sleep for a few hours before flying to Densapar. Will be getting into Bali 6pm on Thursday. Does anyone here have any recommendations where to stay for shabbos that makes it possible to observe shabbos and have a minyan and kosher food / atmosphere?
I am traveling with a non-jew so I need a solid plan lol thanks!
iirc, there are no official jewish institutions in bali
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on April 05, 2016, 03:39:07 AM
I'll be going to Bali from JFK 6:15am (in a few hours from now). Actually flying first in Jakarta and gonna sleep for a few hours before flying to Densapar. Will be getting into Bali 6pm on Thursday. Does anyone here have any recommendations where to stay for shabbos that makes it possible to observe shabbos and have a minyan and kosher food / atmosphere?
I am traveling with a non-jew so I need a solid plan lol thanks!
No minyan at all. Rent a nice Airbnb.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on April 06, 2016, 09:26:55 AM
iirc, there are no official jewish institutions in bali
Official being operative word.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on April 06, 2016, 09:29:19 AM
Official being operative word.
yup
but pretending that s/t small exists, is it really worth going out of one's way to go there, unless it's to bring them s/t?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: J-town on August 06, 2016, 04:42:57 PM
Any issue bringing raw meat into Bali?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Suave on August 09, 2016, 12:10:24 PM
Any issue bringing raw meat into Bali?
Hit or miss, Local Jews bring in from SIN on a regular basis.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 01, 2016, 07:55:52 PM
Any issue bringing raw meat into Bali?

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=25584.msg1210657#msg1210657
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on September 07, 2016, 04:03:53 PM
Anyone here ever been by the "Chabad" or  the shul?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on September 12, 2016, 11:54:51 AM
Anyone here ever been by the "Chabad" or  the shul?
Update: got in touch with them. They were run by chabad of SIN and are closing in a week due to making Aliya.
No replacement known yet.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 18, 2016, 04:33:44 PM
Planning a 3-night/4-day trip and deciding where to stay (and I'd prefer not to switch places).

Up thread people mentioned that the beaches in Bali aren't that amazing (and I'm not such a beach person). I also noticed there are a lot of new and cheap SPG properties opening in Ubud in the next few months.

I've heard good things about The Laguna (12k SPG) in Nusa Dua, but that Nusa Dua can feel "sterile" (Prices in Ubud aren't set yet since most of the new SPG hotels aren't accepting reservations yet besides the Sthala for 7k).

Would staying in Ubud for 3 nights be closer to the main attractions, or is Nusa Dua nicer because of the beaches, even if they're not so nice?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on November 19, 2016, 11:52:55 AM
Planning a 3-night/4-day trip and deciding where to stay (and I'd prefer not to switch places).

Up thread people mentioned that the beaches in Bali aren't that amazing (and I'm not such a beach person). I also noticed there are a lot of new and cheap SPG properties opening in Ubud in the next few months.

I've heard good things about The Laguna (12k SPG) in Nusa Dua, but that Nusa Dua can feel "sterile" (Prices in Ubud aren't set yet since most of the new SPG hotels aren't accepting reservations yet besides the Sthala for 7k).

Would staying in Ubud for 3 nights be closer to the main attractions, or is Nusa Dua nicer because of the beaches, even if they're not so nice?
If you dont want to move around then stay in Ubud. IMO you would do a lot better to stay in a villa with Airbnb or similar. Beaches aren't Maldives style but there are some amazing experiences once you get inside the water.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 20, 2016, 12:05:42 AM
If you dont want to move around then stay in Ubud. IMO you would do a lot better to stay in a villa with Airbnb or similar. Beaches aren't Maldives style but there are some amazing experiences once you get inside the water.
I actually looked at the Airbnb links up thread and they looked really nice and cheap. Is Ubud the best location because most of the activities are there or just because it's nicest?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on November 20, 2016, 12:11:25 AM
I actually looked at the Airbnb links up thread and they looked really nice and cheap. Is Ubud the best location because most of the activities are there or just because it's nicest?
Its the cultural center and the most to see and do. Best base for everything.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 20, 2016, 12:18:17 AM
And the reason you didn't stay there was because the place you stayed at was nicer? How was its  location?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 20, 2016, 12:54:13 AM
I stayed in Nusa Dua for my entire stay. I did Ubud for a day and didn't feel like it was a shlelp.  3 nights at GH and 3 nights a Conrad, suites in both.  GH is nicer, Conrad is nicer. Craziest breakfast you've ever seen.

Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on November 20, 2016, 01:28:03 AM
GH is nicer, Conrad is nicer.
How exactly do you figure?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 20, 2016, 01:31:35 AM
I stayed in Nusa Dua for my entire stay. I did Ubud for a day and didn't feel like it was a shlelp.  3 nights at GH and 3 nights a Conrad, suites in both.  GH is nicer, Conrad is nicer. Craziest breakfast you've ever seen.
You didn't feel like it was a shlep but you didn't go back for another day? Is there only 1 days worth of stuff to do there? Did you look into the Laguna or any SPG properties?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on November 20, 2016, 02:40:47 AM
And the reason you didn't stay there was because the place you stayed at was nicer? How was its  location?
I stayed in both. The beach villa I stayed in the first days was  by far the most luxurious and pampering property I ever stayed at yet I wouldn't hesitate to stay in Ubud again if/when I go back.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 20, 2016, 10:01:14 AM
I stayed in both. The beach villa I stayed in the first days was  by far the most luxurious and pampering property I ever stayed at yet I wouldn't hesitate to stay in Ubud again if/when I go back.
Cool! Do you think splitting a 3 night stay is worth it? Seems best to just stay in one place, and based on this Ubud seems to be that place.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on November 20, 2016, 10:06:59 AM
Cool! Do you think splitting a 3 night stay is worth it? Seems best to just stay in one place, and based on this Ubud seems to be that place.
Last time I thought about switching I had serious opposition and that was for a longer stay and in Maui which has less to "do" then Bali. Just stick with one place though.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 20, 2016, 10:14:18 AM
Last time I thought about switching I had serious opposition and that was for a longer stay and in Maui which has less to "do" then Bali. Just stick with one place though.
Got it. Thanks.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 23, 2016, 12:01:51 AM
When looking for an Airbnb place in Ubud do I want to be right in the center or town or farther out? How far out is too far?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Suave on November 23, 2016, 04:16:17 PM
When looking for an Airbnb place in Ubud do I want to be right in the center or town or farther out? How far out is too far?
Depends, if you plan on having your own mode of transport (Scooters are $5-$10 per day) then I would suggest getting something outside of town

I Stayed here for a few days and loved it: http://www.booking.com/hotel/id/villa-anandani.html


https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/8135512
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1873752
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 23, 2016, 04:32:59 PM
Depends, if you plan on having your own mode of transport (Scooters are $5-$10 per day) then I would suggest getting something outside of town

I Stayed here for a few days and loved it: http://www.booking.com/hotel/id/villa-anandani.html


https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/8135512
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1873752
The last place you linked looks nice. We'll have a baby so a scooter is probably not going to work out, and we don't plan on having a car. They do say they'll offer transport to town. Did you stay in the 2nd Airbnb place above? Do you know if the entire place has AC or just the bedrooms?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Suave on November 23, 2016, 04:35:01 PM
The last place you linked looks nice. We'll have a baby so a scooter is probably not going to work out, and we don't plan on having a car. They do say they'll offer transport to town. Did you stay in the 2nd Airbnb place above? Do you know if the entire place has AC or just the bedrooms?
I only stayed in the booking.com place, (I stayed in other places too, but was more budget friendly, not fancy)
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 23, 2016, 04:36:06 PM
I only stayed in the booking.com place, (I stayed in other places too, but was more budget friendly, not fancy)
Ah. Thanks. The main thing is that I can look for places outside of town which seems to be the best ay to go even without a car.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on November 23, 2016, 04:56:39 PM
When looking for an Airbnb place in Ubud do I want to be right in the center or town or farther out? How far out is too far?
Most nice villas with views are not in the center of town. A good portion of them will provide a ride into town if you dont have a driver. But I recommend getting one, they cost $40 for the day all inclusive.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: iAm on November 23, 2016, 05:03:28 PM
Spent a few weeks volunteering in Ubud last summer. While I agree that scooter is the way to go in this town,  the driving skills are not the greatest ive encountered in the world and I wouldnt recommend learning here if youve never used one before.

Some recommendations:
You must hike Mt Batur/Aguag. It will require you to wake up at 2am, but its been one of my most memorable travel experiences thus far.
Spend some time at the Yoga Barn in town
If you are able to get on a bike, spend a day on a scooter checking out the rice terraces from the ground as opposed to driving by; its the real way to see this island.

They have cock fights here as a form of religious service; if that's you're type of thing (it wasn't mine), there's ample opportunity to partake.

- Cant really help you with the accommodations part; I stayed in a homestay for a few bucks a night. But the airbnb place looks cool.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 23, 2016, 05:48:51 PM
How exactly do you figure?

Should have said GH is nice, Conrad is nicer.

You didn't feel like it was a shlep but you didn't go back for another day? Is there only 1 days worth of stuff to do there? Did you look into the Laguna or any SPG properties?

I felt like one solid day was enough. I guess I'm open to the possibility that I missed out on something, but I've yet to hear what.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 23, 2016, 05:52:43 PM
And, just by the by, motorcycle/moped in Bali was one of the scariest and most exhilarating things we've done. And that's coming from a skydiver, bungy jumper, and great white shark diver.

...Essentially, it's a must do.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 23, 2016, 06:03:10 PM
And, just by the by, motorcycle/moped in Bali was one of the scariest and most exhilarating things we've done. And that's coming from a skydiver, bungy jumper, and great white shark diver.

...Essentially, it's a must do.
Do they have baby seats on mopeds?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 23, 2016, 06:08:12 PM
Should have said GH is nice, Conrad is nicer.

I felt like one solid day was enough. I guess I'm open to the possibility that I missed out on something, but I've yet to hear what.
Also Ubud nay be centrally located, but how easy is it to get from there to other places people generally visit? I heard the road to get to/from Ubud is quite windy. Is it easier to get to places from Nusa Dua?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 23, 2016, 06:29:12 PM
Do they have baby seats on mopeds?

This is *all over.*

(https://api.monosnap.com/rpc/file/download?id=0sBRvXkgdIBWLEq4FqI4kGZu0ojDc3)
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 23, 2016, 06:30:33 PM
This is *all over.*

(https://api.monosnap.com/rpc/file/download?id=0sBRvXkgdIBWLEq4FqI4kGZu0ojDc3)
Wow!! I don't know if I could ever convince DW to agree to take our DD in such a fashion. Could you convince your DW to take your DS that way now?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Suave on November 23, 2016, 07:14:08 PM
I'm assuming you've read this: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=56317.0
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on November 23, 2016, 07:30:38 PM
I'm assuming you've read this: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=56317.0
Yup. Though thanks for the reminder to reread.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on November 25, 2016, 08:24:09 AM
Also Ubud nay be centrally located, but how easy is it to get from there to other places people generally visit? I heard the road to get to/from Ubud is quite windy. Is it easier to get to places from Nusa Dua?
Depends what stuff your looking to do. Yup, the road is quite windy but it's not like you speed either way. I found Ubud to be a better location with a child.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 11, 2017, 12:44:25 AM
Booked a flight back using the QR sale with the family.

What other places in Indonesia are recommended for a few days? Yogyakarta looked intriguing.
Gili Island a quiet alternative to Bali?

Anyone familiar with northern Bali? Would like to do a hiking/village experience for a few days.

Also, any recommended tour companies to contact? We did the last trip on our own since it was much shorter.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on January 11, 2017, 12:56:55 AM
Booked a flight back using the QR sale with the family.

What other places in Indonesia are recommended for a few days? Yogyakarta looked intriguing.
Gili Island a quiet alternative to Bali?

Anyone familiar with northern Bali? Would like to do a hiking/village experience for a few days.

Also, any recommended tour companies to contact? We did the last trip on our own since it was much shorter.

Ubud
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 11, 2017, 12:58:16 AM
Ubud
Was there and enjoyed it, but looking for other ideas. Trying to avoid the touristy southern part of the island, and  may make more sense to go to the Gili Islands for beach time.

Ideally, I'd love to learn how to scuba dive, and I'd imagine the costs would be decent.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 11, 2017, 01:36:12 AM
Scuba is fantastic in Bali. If you're really adventurous, some of the world's best diving is in raja ampat.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 11, 2017, 02:25:06 AM
Scuba is fantastic in Bali. If you're really adventurous, some of the world's best diving is in raja ampat.
Saw that, but it seems to be a place just for scuba, and I'm with 4 kids...
Plus, as a beginner, I'll be happy with anything decent.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Suave on January 11, 2017, 02:50:27 AM
Booked a flight back using the QR sale with the family.

What other places in Indonesia are recommended for a few days? Yogyakarta looked intriguing.
Gili Island a quiet alternative to Bali?

Anyone familiar with northern Bali? Would like to do a hiking/village experience for a few days.

Also, any recommended tour companies to contact? We did the last trip on our own since it was much shorter.
First of all, look into Kai Islands, its a bit off the beaten path, some of the smaller islands there have not yet been trampled by tourism.

As for northern Bali, I have done it twice, look through my bali thread.
Recommended spots:

Amed
A nice chill place, no real nightlife so it's more laid back and generally more family friendly. Some very decent villas & hotels there.

Kubu / Tulamben
About 30 minutes north of Amed, not really a place to stay but I did a discovery dive (I think I paid $85 for 2x20 minutes) and explored the USS Liberty wreck. Most of the scuba companies are based in Amed.


Batur Hotsprings
May be a good daytrip for the kids (i stayed in the area overnight as well)

Lovina Beach
This town is know for the dolphin tours, I did not really like the place too much, seemed to have a lower quality crowd.

White Sand Beach, Blue Lagoon (great snorkeling) & Virgin Beach were my favorite on the east side of bali.

I'll be glad to answer more specific questions.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 11, 2017, 03:57:31 AM
First of all, look into Kai Islands, its a bit off the beaten path, some of the smaller islands there have not yet been trampled by tourism.

Thanks for the idea, looks really nice. Just wish there was a direct flight.
We're not overly beach focused, so would Kai have lots of nature options? Seems to be a quiet beach getaway.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Suave on January 11, 2017, 04:08:01 AM
Thanks for the idea, looks really nice. Just wish there was a direct flight.
We're not overly beach focused, so would Kai have lots of nature options? Seems to be a quiet beach getaway.
I haven't been to Kai, it's on my list. Don't know much about it.

If you're into nature and want something more accessible, perhaps lombok Island is what you should be researching.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Suave on January 11, 2017, 04:10:42 AM
P. S. If you want something awesome for the kids, I recommend Cebu/bohol in the Philippines. Submarine rides, swim with whale sharks. Tarsier sanctuary, waterfalls, scuba etc...
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 11, 2017, 07:14:15 AM
P. S. If you want something awesome for the kids, I recommend Cebu/bohol in the Philippines. Submarine rides, swim with whale sharks. Tarsier sanctuary, waterfalls, scuba etc...
Next time :)
The QR sale on kids was too good to pass up, and July is the best weather season in DPS area.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on January 11, 2017, 09:04:08 AM
Next time :)
The QR sale on kids was too good to pass up, and July is the best weather season in DPS area.
Really? July is the best weather? Good to know, since I'll be there then.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on February 08, 2017, 05:13:52 AM
So the plan is as follows.
5 days Lombok (close to Sennginni), includes a sabbat
6 days Bali (Amed beach), includes a sabbath
2 days Yogyakarta

Airbnb's in each
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on February 08, 2017, 08:31:09 AM

2 days Yogyakarta

Airbnb's in each

Loved that part of the country. Go to Borobudur for sunrise. One of the coolest things I've ever done
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on February 08, 2017, 03:18:32 PM
Loved that part of the country. Go to Borobudur for sunrise. One of the coolest things I've ever done
yup, looks stunning
what else do you recommend in that area?
where do you advise doing an airbnb there? center of town, outskirts?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on February 13, 2017, 01:26:28 AM
If flying into Jakarta, and then flying to Lombok/Bali on a different airline, do I have to pick up the luggage in Jakarta, or can it be checked all the way through?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on February 13, 2017, 11:31:44 AM
yup, looks stunning
what else do you recommend in that area?
where do you advise doing an airbnb there? center of town, outskirts?

Can't advise re Airbnb as I stayed at a hotel right near Borobudur but def take a horse and buggy ride around the area and see the rice paddies and villages. We also visited a Midrasa which was quite interesting.



Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on February 14, 2017, 02:39:01 AM
Can't advise re Airbnb as I stayed at a hotel right near Borobudur but def take a horse and buggy ride around the area and see the rice paddies and villages. We also visited a Midrasa which was quite interesting.
So you were outside of the city?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on May 02, 2017, 12:11:03 AM
Does anyone have recommendations for activities to do with a 16 month old? Sure, it'd be nice to hike mountains that involve 2am wake up times, scuba off the coast of Nusa Dua and ride around on Motor bikes with mini chairs for the baby in front, but that isn't actually going to happen.

We'll be sleeping in Ubud the whole time, but can obviously go elsewhere for an activity.

The only two things I've found so far are the monkey forrest (though many say it's overrated) and a tour/walk of the rice fields. Are there other activities that are good to do with a kid that are unique to Bali? Does anyone have a driver to recommend for personalized tours?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on May 02, 2017, 03:56:43 AM


Does anyone have recommendations for activities to do with a 16 month old? Sure, it'd be nice to hike mountains that involve 2am wake up times, scuba off the coast of Nusa Dua and ride around on Motor bikes with mini chairs for the baby in front, but that isn't actually going to happen.

We'll be sleeping in Ubud the whole time, but can obviously go elsewhere for an activity.

The only two things I've found so far are the monkey forrest (though many say it's overrated) and a tour/walk of the rice fields. Are there other activities that are good to do with a kid that are unique to Bali? Does anyone have a driver to recommend for personalized tours?

Bali zoo. Many great photo opportunities with animals.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on May 02, 2017, 08:57:58 AM

Bali zoo. Many great photo opportunities with animals.
That's it?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on May 02, 2017, 08:59:27 AM
That's it?
No, will have up remember what else I did.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: MrPrime1 on May 02, 2017, 03:46:59 PM

Bali zoo. Many great photo opportunities with animals.


loved bali zoo. got an awesome pic upclose with a lion
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on May 02, 2017, 05:01:32 PM
loved bali zoo. got an awesome pic upclose with a lion
How long did you spend there? Any longer than any other zoo?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Suave on May 03, 2017, 10:59:35 AM
Does anyone have recommendations for activities to do with a 16 month old? Sure, it'd be nice to hike mountains that involve 2am wake up times, scuba off the coast of Nusa Dua and ride around on Motor bikes with mini chairs for the baby in front, but that isn't actually going to happen.

We'll be sleeping in Ubud the whole time, but can obviously go elsewhere for an activity.

The only two things I've found so far are the monkey forrest (though many say it's overrated) and a tour/walk of the rice fields. Are there other activities that are good to do with a kid that are unique to Bali? Does anyone have a driver to recommend for personalized tours?
Batur hot springs has kid friendly activities like boat rides (little goose shaped paddle boats that you take onto the crater lake), pools etc.

There are a few places like http://www.peekaboofun.com/ - but it's not anything unique to Bali
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Denverite on May 26, 2017, 11:29:24 AM
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2132748-monkey-mafia-steal-your-stuff-then-sell-it-back-for-a-cracker/ (https://www.newscientist.com/article/2132748-monkey-mafia-steal-your-stuff-then-sell-it-back-for-a-cracker/)

This cracked me up...watch out for these guys in Bali!  :D
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: moish on May 26, 2017, 11:39:31 AM
Or dont give it back at all, as I witnessed
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 08, 2018, 12:07:59 PM
Any recent experience with shabbos in bali? Online search shows 2 Chabad center links, where you email them for location info and they supposedly get back to you. Neither of them have responded in the last few weeks. Are there any Chabad houses or Jewish communities in DPS these days?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on May 08, 2018, 12:20:05 PM
Any recent experience with shabbos in bali? Online search shows 2 Chabad center links, where you email them for location info and they supposedly get back to you. Neither of them have responded in the last few weeks. Are there any Chabad houses or Jewish communities in DPS these days?
They have been having a hard time getting people to stay there, they don't last long.
Chabad of Singapore usually deals with it, contact them.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 08, 2018, 02:28:07 PM
They have been having a hard time getting people to stay there, they don't last long.
Chabad of Singapore usually deals with it, contact them.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on July 18, 2018, 04:52:02 PM
Bali Hyatt to reopen as Hyatt Regency Bali and pricing as a cat 1.

https://milestomemories.boardingarea.com/hyatt-regency-bali-reopening-book-rooms/
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on July 18, 2018, 10:09:20 PM
Bali Hyatt to reopen as Hyatt Regency Bali and pricing as a cat 1.

https://milestomemories.boardingarea.com/hyatt-regency-bali-reopening-book-rooms/
Why go all the way to Bali to stay in a hotel when you can get an amazing Airbnb for super cheap?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on July 18, 2018, 10:15:07 PM
Why go all the way to Bali to stay in a hotel when you can get an amazing Airbnb for super cheap?

For cat 1 I would take hotel any day over paying for an airbnb in that range.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on December 30, 2018, 09:44:06 PM
Has anyone been to Bali in June?  Is it full time rainy or just on and off?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on December 30, 2018, 09:47:19 PM
Has anyone been to Bali in June?  Is it full time rainy or just on and off?
We went at the beginning of July and it was clear and sunny the entire time (4 days).
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Le-Oh on January 22, 2019, 01:11:33 PM
Thanks.
Were they able to help you?
Thinking of going to Bali.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Le-Oh on January 22, 2019, 01:19:43 PM
Was anyone in Bali recently?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on January 22, 2019, 08:26:58 PM
Was anyone in Bali recently?
Not recently, but planning on going again .Any important changes recently?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Le-Oh on January 24, 2019, 10:15:44 AM
Not recently, but planning on going again .Any important changes recently?
I just want to see an updated TR or itinerary, since all of them are pretty old.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Naftuli19 on June 26, 2019, 04:16:07 PM
Not recently, but planning on going again .Any important changes recently?
highly considering it...
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: OMG! on September 03, 2019, 08:16:50 PM
Has anyone been to Viceroy Bali Hotel (can be booked for 30k Hyatt), in Ubud?

Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on September 04, 2019, 05:52:51 AM
Has anyone been to Viceroy Bali Hotel (can be booked for 30k Hyatt), in Ubud?


https://theluxurytravelexpert.com/2016/04/27/hotel-review-the-viceroy-bali-indonesia/
https://www.theflightmiles.com/blog/2017/12/30/review-viceroy-bali-hotel-ubud
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Kobe Bryant on September 04, 2019, 06:37:45 AM
Was anyone in Bali recently?
+1 looking to go in January , would love some ideas about how to get there from NYC in J, and where to spend shabbos?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Le-Oh on November 25, 2019, 02:33:05 PM
Was anyone in Bali recently?
Bump
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: OMG! on December 24, 2019, 06:14:49 PM
Bump

Sorry for the late response, I was there in September. It was amazing!! Do you have any specific questions?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: OMG! on December 24, 2019, 06:25:11 PM
+1 looking to go in January , would love some ideas about how to get there from NYC in J, and where to spend shabbos?


There are many options from NYC. To list a few: CX, CZ and SQ.
There's Chabad there: https://www.chabadbali.org/ (For security purposes; you may have to submit Photo ID etc. showing that you're jewish, before they disclose the location).
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on December 25, 2019, 03:58:02 AM

There are many options from NYC. To list a few: CX, CZ and SQ.
There's Chabad there: https://www.chabadbali.org/ (For security purposes; you may have to submit Photo ID etc. showing that you're jewish, before they disclose the location).
wow, wish i had known that, brought lots of food each time we had gone
Are they in a beach city, or center of island
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on December 25, 2019, 08:33:59 AM

There are many options from NYC. To list a few: CX, CZ and SQ.
There's Chabad there: https://www.chabadbali.org/ (For security purposes; you may have to submit Photo ID etc. showing that you're jewish, before they disclose the location).
Pretty sure that's not an "official" Chabad location.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: OMG! on December 25, 2019, 12:48:50 PM
wow, wish i had known that, brought lots of food each time we had gone
Are they in a beach city, or center of island

They don't have an official restaurant, they only give food on Shabbos.

They're in the Beach area.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: OMG! on December 25, 2019, 12:49:51 PM
Pretty sure that's not an "official" Chabad location.

I'm not sure about that. It may not be listed on Chabad's website for security reasons.
I know that they are affiliated with Chabad of Singapore, Hanoi and Ko Samui.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on December 25, 2019, 01:02:31 PM
I'm not sure about that. It may not be listed on Chabad's website for security reasons.
I know that they are affiliated with Chabad of Singapore, Hanoi and Ko Samui.
My bad. Just confirmed it. The lack of mention on Chabads site plus the non Chabad template site and the previous sketchy Jewish situation threw me off.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: YYZOGG on February 11, 2020, 11:36:32 AM
I'm not sure about that. It may not be listed on Chabad's website for security reasons.
I know that they are affiliated with Chabad of Singapore, Hanoi and Ko Samui.
The Rabbi / shliach of Singapore told me that They sent the shliach to Bali.
Only 5 religions are legally recognized in Bali so they are careful. Mind you,  when we were there on shabbos the shliach of Bali was dancing in front of his house with some Israeli guests.  Looking Jewish/ Frum and singing shabbat songs. He also has a Mashiach crown on his mail box outside the home.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: YYZOGG on February 11, 2020, 11:42:08 AM
 Dirta +62 877 6285 1185 (whatsapp) drove us around in Bali. Traveled with a family 3 adults and 3 young children. His van was big enough and his rates were very reasonable. I think the average 1/2 to full day price was in the $40- 60 usd . If he is not available he sends a friend. His friend was very good as well. They both speak english well.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: OMG! on February 11, 2020, 11:50:49 AM
The Rabbi / shliach of Singapore told me that They sent the shliach to Bali.
Only 5 religions are legally recognized in Bali so they are careful. Mind you,  when we were there on shabbos the shliach of Bali was dancing in front of his house with some Israeli guests.  Looking Jewish/ Frum and singing shabbat songs. He also has a Mashiach crown on his mail box outside the home.

Most people over there don't know what "Judaism" is (Yes, I asked dozens of people there). So, they aren't concerned about the locals seeing them.
But, they do want to keep a low profile in the larger picture, so the higher officials don't find out.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Naftuli19 on May 18, 2020, 11:47:11 AM
Anyone been to Bali in end of October to jan time. would like to start putting a trip together, also really considering the STR or the ritz any recommendations on which one?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: sunnywilson09 on May 18, 2020, 01:43:44 PM
As the time gets a bit closer, I'll have to ask you for advice on activities, although since I'm going w/ 3 little 'uns, I'll be more limited.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Drago on May 18, 2020, 02:01:54 PM
Anyone been to Bali in end of October to jan time. would like to start putting a trip together, also really considering the STR or the ritz any recommendations on which one?
Was there in that time period, but spent time in Ubud and north rather than the beach towns. Did airbnb villas.
Went with young kids.
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: Naftuli19 on May 18, 2020, 02:04:21 PM
Was there in that time period,
How was the weather?
Title: Re: Bali Master Thread
Post by: jpscuba720 on May 28, 2020, 09:48:27 PM
Anyone been to Bali in end of October to jan time. would like to start putting a trip together, also really considering the STR or the ritz any recommendations on which one?
I was in Bali and the gili islands during the first 2 weeks of November 2018. flew over from phuket. a little bit rainy in the morning but from 10 am to 12 it would clear up for the rest of the day. i was in ubud, kuta and uluwatu. did all airbnbs. stayed right on Padang beach. spectacular views. You will have a wonderful time.