apologies for a super long post, i am so keen to visit bali but have so many questions! there seems to be heaps of useful information on trip advisor - this is a great forum...but with so much information im feeling really overwhelmed and dont really know where to start, everywhere sounds fantastic!!
basic outline is that id like to take my boyfriend to bali in early december for his 21st birthday. Looking for a more romantic, enjoy-each other kind of holiday but still able to experience bali...
I really like the idea of Seminyak - still get a taste of the action, but not as full on as kuta sounds. Ive talked to a few travel agents and because we are both young they seem to keep pushing me towards Kuta but it just seems a bit too full on for us (sounds wierd i know!) I have a decent budget, and was thinking something like 4 or 5 nights somewhere in seminyak (maybe a few in a villa and a few in a resort or if we can get a good price on a villa, all in a villa!! hehe...seems like all the really nice resorts in seminyak (ie oberoi, legian, anantara) are very expensive? Havent heard much about niksoma though - can someone advise? all over though, the villas seem great. Some of the few that i really seem to like are Villa Uma Sapna, Kamuela Villas, and Disini Villas, however also like The Villas Bali Hotel and Spa. Which of these would you recommend? Also what are the breakfasts like? Most of these places say breakfast served in villa - is this continental style with no cooked items or a full breakfast? how does it work?
Having visited thailand three times and in love with it, i have been spoilt with big range of breakfasts in the big resorts. however, since i am paying for this trip myself, bali seems more appropriate for what we want and better price (thailand is not as cheap as it used to be i have found - accomodation wise anyway, and always very over-crowded these days)
Another idea i seem quite keen on is having a couple of nights at the hai tide huts? these seem quite popular on this forum, yes? Ij ust want to ask a little about the shared bathrooms, is it invasive or wierd? How is the food/breakfast etc and are they safe? I heard someone mention Dream Beach at lembogan and some photos look gorgeous..small but very pretty! is that far from hai tide huts? Also any particular hut that i should request? (this goes for all accomodation!!)
am also tossing up with ubud - from friends etc, peopel seem to love it. Although me and my boyfriend are more beach-orientated kind of people and without sounding horrible, not too cultural!! (im sure we would enjoy it if we took the time but its not something we do voluntarily) Whats the vote on ubud? save it for a day trip (only relaly want to see monkey forest etc! haha, my boyfriend loves stuff like that. do you actually see alot of monkeys? do you get to feed or anything? i know in thailand first time i visited about 5 years ago we went to monkey island on a day tour and were over-run by cheeky monkeys and hand feeding them bread and bananas, ireckon at least 50!! the second trip we saw 2 monkeys in total with about 20 other people on the island with us, and the last trip no monkeys at all!?! very dissapointing!
also if we found a nice villa for a few nights in seminyak - would you recommend a resort in jimbaran bay or sanur - just to experience a few different types of accomodation, you know enjoy the privacy of a villa but also be able to make use of some of the fantastic resort facilities? what are some nice resorts that you recommend that are far enough away from kuta but close enough to visit during the day or night if we felt the need? has to be about $150 aus a night or up to that range...can you still get something nice for that ?
anyway im sorry this is a huge post...basically i just have been reading so many reviews and looking at so many resorts and because everything seems great, im now a little overwhelmed and cant find a starting point. i basically want a nice, relaxing holiday for me and my partner - not too expensive and to introduce him to asia - hes never been anywhere in asia (which i love having frequented thailand, malaysia, singapore etc many times)
accomodation recomdations, areas etc would be muchly appreciated!!!
thanks heaps and hope to hear from you all soon!