The emerald green rice fields of Sidemen was a dream come true
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SWEET BALI: If you are dreaming about Bali, we will provide some more inspiration directly from the Land of the Gods, its sheer natural beauty of looming volcanoes and lush terraced rice fields, about peace, serenity and carved temples. Bali is the leader of exotic destination travels for quite some time now. Here is our unique perspective on all the things you should and shouldn’t do while you’re visiting.
Dessert in Ubud. If you happen to like food and Netflix, then you probably came across this little program called “Chef’s Table.” One of the chefs featured on the show is Will Goldfarb. Otherwise known as one of the former pastry chefs of ElBulli in Spain. Even though he might not need any extra publicity, his Room 4 Dessert in Ubud can offer you some tasty dishes.
According to the chef, he was playing around with local ingredients and came up with a whole new plethora of desserts. By plethora, we mean nine courses of dessert in one single night. If you’re lucky the Angel’s Kiss will be on the menu while you’re visiting. It’s an iconic dish, featuring soy, mango, jackfruit, pandan, and chamomile.Book in advance before you go if you want to visit this restaurant.
Not so Sweet. On the other hand, if you’re craving our classic Western fast food, and you want to visit a local fast food joint, just don’t. It’s not because we want to tell you to be immersive. Rather because the food there doesn’t really taste like the food you’re getting in Europe.
This is true for every corner of the world, but a cheeseburger in Germany is pretty much the same as the one in London. However, that’s not the case with Bali. If you want a cheeseburger that much, just go to McDonald’s.
Tanah Lot and Ulun Danu. Yes, Tanah Lot temple is one of the most famous attractions in Bali, but there is a good reason for that. It’s spectacular. First of all, it’s a Hindu temple that sits atop a huge, picturesque rock formation. Secondly, because of the unique position of the temple, the waves are crashing in the rock. Moreover, the sunsets are so beautiful, that people flock to the site during this time of the day. If that doesn’t make for a breathtaking Instagram picture, nothing does.
However, if you want an equally satisfying experience, but you don’t like big crowds, we have an alternative. It’s Ulun Danu temple at the brink of Baratan Lake in Bedugul. Since this is a very scenic and rather large area, you can catch your breath here and explore. In fact, the lake itself is very serene, and it’s the perfect place for contemplation and meditation. Moreover, this is a whole complex of small temples on water. They have a strong spiritual and historical meaning to Balinese people.
Dive or freedive. If you have an adventures spirit in you than perhaps this recommendation is the best one we can offer. Scuba diving or freediving in Pemuteran. Pemuteran, as a small fishing village is a bit secluded from the rest of Bali. That can be a good thing if you want to avoid crowds. However, that’s also important if you’re going to try freediving. This can be a challenging activity, and if you’re not up for it, then scuba diving is still an option. The underwater world is magical and filled with wonders no matter which way you choose to see it.
Drive off to see Sidemen. Our goal was to provide you with places you’re not going to find on every Bali list on the internet. That is how we came up with Sidemen, as an alternative to Ubud. Therefore, for any nature lovers, Sidemen is going to be a dream come true. The emerald green rice fields are almost untouched by man, or at least they look that way. Moreover, Mount Agung is nearby, and that’s a visual treat in itself.
Sacred Waters. Okay, it’s impossible to talk about Bali and not mention Eat, Pray, Love. However, Tirta Empul is so beautiful that we had to write about it here. Despite the popularity of the book, and the fact that it was used as one of the locations in the move. It’s a temple complex close to Ubud with small pools and fountains in the courtyards. You can swim here and see the temples from the water. Additionally, Balinese people believe the water has a healing effect. Moreover, our good ideas for a trip to Sweet Bali are for free.
This story was written by Sam Hoffman living in Bali