An Expert-Approved 3-Day Itinerary For A Relaxing Bali Escape
Just a 3-hour flight from Manila lies a beautiful tropic destination perfect for unwinding, de-stressing, and having some fun.
Bali, called the “Island of the Gods,” is an island in Indonesia known for its beautiful beaches and vibrant tourist destination. The climate and environment are very close to the Philippines, and the culture and the things to explore are endless. Its deeply spiritual and unique culture is a marvel to experience and the enormous choices of accommodations make it an interesting and easy-to-navigate-around destination.
While some people enjoy a packed itinerary, some view travel as a way to relax and de-stress from the daily grind. This is why if you’re looking for a fuss-free trip, here are great spots to check out for a 3-day visit in Bali, approved and experienced first-hand by EIC on the Move host and Metro Society editor-in-chief Raul Manzano.
Bali has tons of accommodation choices. But if you’re planning to go around Bali and experience the city and island life, it’s easier to check in to a property that’s close to the city.
Equilibria Seminyak is a tropical paradise in the middle of the city. It features private villas so you can bring your whole family or your group of friends along. What’s also unique about this property is that every villa is equipped with your own personal waterfall, cascading right beside your bedroom. The bedroom itself is a highlight, outfitted with 100% bamboo linen sheets.
A butler is also assigned to you. If you’re ordering any food from the hotel or availing of services from their spa, all you need to do is tap on their provided iPad, which gives access to all their products and services.
And speaking of the waterfall in every room, this beautiful feature is actually connected to the swimming pool at the second floor, where you have the dining area and the kitchen.
You won’t even have to go too far for a great spa experience. Equilibria Seminyak’s Equalize Spa is a gem that’s waiting to be discovered.
The spa rooms are equipped with a tub filled with herbs and botanicals, to help you relax and open up before the massage. Their signature massage (which is a unique combination of Balinese, Shiatsu, and Hawaiian types of massage) is a treat, especially after the 3-hour flight and all the walking and scurrying around in the airport. It’s a great first stop right after you land in Bali; it's exactly what you need to get yourself ready for the days ahead.
Jambe Asri Agrotourism
Kopi luwak or civet coffee is a popular coffee variant that’s produced mainly in Bali. Kopi luwak beans are coffee cherries ingested and then egested by the Asian palm civet.
If you prefer your coffee strong, then you’ll love civet coffee. It is, however, one of the most expensive variants of coffee since the coffee cherries have to go through the digestion of the civet for fermentation, before it is roasted to become beans.
To meet a civet, visit the plantation, and get a taste of their coffee, drop by Jambe Asri Agrotourism. There, they also offer a tasting menu that consists of 13 different variants of coffee and tea.
Bali beach life
The highlight, of course, of any Bali trip is the beach. Bali is home to phenomenal white sand beaches that lend an astounding view of the sunset and sunrise.
There are many beaches to explore in Bali, and they can get crowded especially during peak season. But for a quieter and more exclusive beach experience, Raul visited the Sanur Beach, which is off the beaten track and serves as a private enclave for huge estates.
The 2- to 3-hectare beach is an absolute paradise, great for lounging around, swimming, or drinking cocktails. Locals also go here to pray to their Balinese gods for their animals and trees.
Grow Up Rooftop Bar
And speaking of cocktails, certainly a great way to spend your evenings in Bali is on a rooftop bar with a great view of the sunset and the Balinese cityline.
If you’re staying in Equilibria, look no further than this nearby rooftop bar. On top of L Hotel Seminyak is a chic and quaint bar that’s an extension of the hotel’s signature Grow Bali restaurant, the brainchild of award-winning Chef Ryan Clift.
Expect dishes prepared with fresh and locally sourced produce, and bespoke cocktail blends you’ve never tried before.
Before you head home, make sure you drop by Bali’s famous Ubud Market, a treasure trove of local crafts, beautiful textiles, and excellent handicrafts.
Woven baskets are great accents to any home—expect only the best quality and prices when at Ubud. The woven baskets in the market come in different sizes and shapes, and some are smoked to achieve a certain kind of color without having to use chemical colorants.
Anything you want to take back home for yourself or your family and friends, Ubud Market has it for you—and their products have affordable prices, too!
Follow Raul’s adventures on EIC On the Move, with premiere episodes on Mondays, 9 p.m., on Metro Channel, channel 52 on Sky Cable and channel 174 on HD.