Travel Notes: 3D/2N Instagrammable Trip To Bali | Clozette


From visiting historical sights to finding the best authentic cuisine, travelling is certainly one of life's greatest adventures. We're sharing some travel inspo for your future trips through our own escapades abroad.


Close your eyes and picture a tropical paradise. Do you see lush forest sceneries, pristine beaches and delectable fresh food? You might be thinking of Bali. With its picturesque rice fields, relaxing ocean views, vibrant party hubs and beautiful temples, this Indonesian island — also known to locals as the "Island of the Gods" — has risen to fame as a tourist destination. 


Bali Itinerary


Scroll through your Instagram feed and you're bound to find enticing photos of Bali. From the flower-laced swings to the wacky shots with local Macaque monkeys, it seems like there's no shortage of Instagrammable moments when you're in the island. Last month, we finally had the chance to visit Bali for #TeamClozette's company trip. Although we only got a few days to roam around the island, we managed to visit some awesome budget-friendly Instagrammable spots. Keep reading to know more!


Preparing for the trip


Here's something you need to know when travelling to Bali: arranging for private transportation beforehand is a must. The areas of interest — Ubud, Seminyak, Canggu and many more — are far away from each other and public transportation is very sparse. If you know how to drive motorcycles, you also have the option to rent one, but if you're like us who can't, then your best bet is to hire a private van. We booked ours via Klook


Bali Itinerary

Streets of Denpasar, Bali; this photo is taken from our hired private car.


The next item that should be on your prep list is to buy some Indonesian Rupiah. Although many establishments accept credit cards, it's always good to have cash. There are many local vendors in Bali with some good homemade merchandise and most only accept cash as payment. In the Philippines, the places with the best exchange rates for Rupiah are the local banks. But from experience, the difference isn't that big if you prefer to exchange at Ngurah Rai International Airport upon arrival. 


As for things to pack, make sure to bring clothes with breathable fabrics. Bali has an extremely humid and hot climate, so it's a must to pack some lightweight clothes. Some temples also have dress codes, so bringing some maxi dresses and skirts are especially helpful. Plus, these flowy pieces also complement Bali's carefree scenery. 


Bali Itinerary

Left : Me wearing some lightweight pieces; Right: Other suggested clothing


Finally, when it comes to accommodations, there are a couple of villa listings so it's not hard to find a good one. We stayed at Sari Villa Ubud while we're in Ubud and Kashantee Village in Seminyak. Both are extremely good spots and are located near attractions and within walking distance from establishments like groceries and convenience stores.


Day 1: Ubud Adventures

Tegallalang, Uma Pakel Swing, Ubud Place, and Ubud Market


We arrived in Ngurah Rai International Airport early in the morning. We bound straight to our hotel to get some rest and change into new clothes. Since we arrived very early, we thought we would be spared from the heavy traffic that Denpasar is quite known for. Well, we thought wrong. It took us almost two hours to get to Ubud, but at least we did get some sleep on the way. After freshening up, our private charter was already waiting for us. The first stop? Lunch! We had some at a wonderful place called Teba Sari. It's a restaurant with a view of the lush Tegallalang scenery. So it's a two-in-one stop — a restaurant and a sightseeing spot.


Bali Itinerary

Left: We ordered the Chicken Satay with Nasi Goreng (Balinese dish) and Bebek Bengil (crispy duck); Right: A sightseeing/photo spot at the restaurant overlooking the Tegallalang scenery


Our next stop was at Uma Pakel Swing. Thanks to Instagram, swings are now quite famous in Bali. There's a handful of places where you can try the swings and one of the best options is the Uma Pakel Swing. It's located just across Teba Sari restaurant so getting there was easy breezy for us. We also chose this place because it's cost-efficient. Other places would charge full packages (like unlimited swings, food and photo-taking at nests), which we knew we won't be able to fully consume because we're not daredevils who will go for multiple swing rides. At Uma Pakel Swing, there's an option to try just one swing and the nests for photo-taking, which was ideal for us. They also have photographers that can take pictures for you, and for a small fee, you can get all the digital copies (around IDR100,000/~USD7).


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Riding the swing and nest at Uma Pakel Swing; these photos are taken by their photographers


We spent a few hours at the Uma Pakel Swing, so it was already late in the afternoon when we finished. Afterwards, we headed to the Ubud Palace and Ubud Market (the places are just adjacent to each other). 



Bali Itinerary

Left: At Ubud Palace; Right: At Ubud Market


Ubud Palace was a bit quiet when we got there, but there were still some tourists. The place was very interesting and you can check out unique cultural artefacts. There's no entrance fee, but you would need to pay for the cultural show. Unfortunately, we missed the show when we arrived and needed to wait a few hours to see the next one.


In the meantime, we crossed the street and made our way to the famous Ubud Market. It's another Instagram-worthy spot if you're brave enough to pose in the middle of a busy marketplace. Here, you'll find bargain deals for cute rattan bags (around IDR100,000/~USD7 for the small, circular ones), batik pieces and magnet souvenirs. 


Day 2: #TeamClozette Team Building


Day 2 was dedicated to our #TeamClozette team building so we just basically travelled to Seminyak from Ubud (travel time was about an hour and a half) to meet up with our teammates. Here's a quick glimpse of our day.


Bali Itinerary

Left: #TeamClozette's Content & Campaign Team; Right: Kashantee Village


Bali Itinerary

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Day 3: Seminyak Adventures

Kynd Community, Potato Head Beach Club and Seminyak Beach


On our last day in Bali, we were given free time to roam the Seminyak vicinity. This time, we didn't have a private charter but in Seminyak, that's quite okay because Grab is accessible in this area (unlike in Ubud and Canggu). We first headed to Kynd Community, a restaurant slash ice cream shop that's very Instagrammable with its pink and tropical-themed interiors. During our visit, the restaurant was full so we just had some ice cream (and these are also Insta-worthy). 


Kynd Community

Kynd Community


Next, we walked towards Potato Head Beach Club, where you can also access the Seminyak Beach. From Kynd Community to Potato Head, the walk is about 15-20 minutes depending on how fast you are. Just one thing to remember, though: it's really hot so make sure you have water with you to hydrate. 


Potato Head Beach Club

Potato Head Beach Club


Surprisingly, entrance to the Potato Head Beach Club is free. It was already mid-afternoon when we got there and all the tables and cabanas were already reserved so we just had some drinks — we got the Kookaburra, which is a lemongrass-infused gin with passion fruit foam; it was strong — took some photos at nice spots and headed to the beachfront to catch the sunset. 


Bali Itinerary

Left: Kookaburra drinks; Right: Infinity pool at the Potato Head Beach Club


At the beachfront, you can rent some seats (around IDR200,000/~USD14) with umbrellas and the fee already comes with fresh coconut juice or other beverages. Another thing to note is to bring a water container that's not plastic. All plastic bottles are prohibited at the beach and its vicinity.


Just lounging around and taking in the scenery and watching the sunset was relaxing. Although I've seen beaches with more pristine waters and finer sands at home in the Philippines, Seminyak Beach's charm is in its vibrant setting; the upbeat music and energetic people make it a unique experience.  


Bali Itinerary

Seminyak Beach


Overall, I can say that Bali is a great place to go to for a change of scenery especially for city-dwellers who want to escape the hustle and bustle. It's the perfect place for people who want to explore nature cautiously and casually.


Although there are some places in Bali where you can do some hiking and other extreme nature-centric activities, most options are more on the carefree and relaxed side. I would definitely consider going back as I missed some hot spots like the Bali Sacred Monkey Forest. To me, it's a place worth travelling many miles for! 


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Believe it or not, our grandparents were once among the 'cool kids'. So we kind of owe it to them when it comes to styling. Whether it's your grandpa or grandma you took styling tips from, the retro trend has become a go-to for many of our current stylistas. The Clozette Community has definitely caught on, too. Check out how they went retro with their looks.


Sunday stroll style


Sunday stroll style
Sunday stroll style
Sunday stroll style
Sunday stroll style
Sunday stroll style
(Photo from: hannatantoco)


Polka dot trench


Polka dot trench
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Puffy sleeves and granny skirt


Puffy sleeves and granny skirt
Puffy sleeves and granny skirt
Puffy sleeves and granny skirt
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Gramps khaki blazer


Gramps khaki blazer
(Photo from: theliyanaaris)




Beach top and granny pants


Beach top and granny pants
(Photo from: sharniehung)


(Cover photo from: theliyanaaris)



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Though we largely depend on our cellphones for everything — including checking the time — there's something about wearing a watch that makes a lady look effortlessly elegant and sophisticated. It's an everyday item that can be both fashionable and functional. If you're shopping around for a new classic timepiece, you're in luck. Ahead, take your pick from Swatch's Fall-Winter 2019 collection.


BAU SWATCH


BAU SWATCH collection


On the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, Swatch proudly designed the BAU SWATCH collection. Bauhaus was originally a German art school in 1919 but soon became a modern art movement known for its unique approach to design and architecture. With Swatch’s distinct knack for combining technical innovation with artistically light-hearted designs, it is perfectly apt for them to pay homage to this timeless art movement. Through the watch designs in the BAU SWATCH collection, which feature primary colours and pure lines, it embodies a timeless essence that’s as classic as the 20th-century art movement.

I LOVE YOUR FOLK


I LOVE YOUR FOLK Collection


Embrace playful prints and bright colours with the I LOVE YOUR FOLK collection. It aims to honour culture and uniqueness by adding a touch of folk to seasonal looks — be it paisley, flowers, lace or patterns. From colourful and bright to a classic black-and-white, freely express your unique style with a piece from this range.


KNIGHTLINESS


KNIGHTLINESS Collection


If you have a taste for bejewelled and gothic designs, the KNIGHTLINESS collection is perfect for you. It captures the romanticism and functionality of design present during the time of monarchs and knights. The coat of arms subtly blends in with the watch face but upon closer look, you can truly see the details that are present in it. If you’re looking for a classic watch with a unique feature, this collection will have one for you.



Swatch x Louvre Museum


Swatch x Louvre Collection


Feel like wearing a work of art on your wrist? Add a quirky accessory to your outfit with a piece from the Swatch x Louvre Museum collection. Classic artworks such as Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and Guido Reni’s cupid from “The Abduction of Helen” get a contemporary makeover in this collection. They hold just the right balance of fun and vibrancy for a classic everyday item.


(Cover photo from: @swatch)


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