Bali; A Place of Silence

Om Suastiastu From Bali! Bali is a favorite destination for many people around the world and it’s easy to see why! Btw, in case you’re wondering what Om Suastiastu means, it means “hello” in Balinese language. If you are looking for a place where you can relax, and totally unwind, this is definitely the vacation spot for you.  From the rice patties, to the beaches, to the temples, the landscape is as beautiful as a Picasso painting.  No one but God could have made anything so beautiful. The only thing that I could have lived without was the long plane ride to get there. However, if you have to do it, I highly suggest taking Singapore Airlines; they made the experience so much better.

From the rice patties, to the beaches, to the temples, the landscape is as beautiful as a Picasso painting. No one but God could  have made anything so beautiful.

To break up our flight, we had a f ew days layover in Singapore. I had been wanting to go since seeing the movie, Crazy Rich Asians.  While you’re on that side of the world, it’s definitely worth a layover (more about Singapore later).  But if I had to make a choice of which place I would return to, it would definitely be Bali. Although Singapore was fascinating to visit, the vibe is different.  The minute we stepped into the Bali airport, I immediately felt an “at home feeling.  The island showcases a variety of impressive volcanoes, crystalline beaches, world-class diving, diverse nightlife, iconic rice fields, and gorgeous waterfalls. The balance between atmosphere and accessibility is second to none. However, I don’t feel like five days was enough. We did get to see most of the “Instagram worthy” attractions; the water temple being one of my favorites. But, if I could make one recommendation….give yourself at least 7 days, 6 nights. Due to the traffic and the amount of time it takes to get to most places, your days are long and you don’t get a lot out of them.

And just like that, we were back at home again, longing for one more day on the beach. Because I we didn’t get to spend as much time in Bali as we thought, it is definitely on my list of places to go back to. If you can, pay for some of the excursions in advance, please do so. We did end up missing the show at Uluwatu because it sold out upon arrival.  So, if there is anything you absolutely must see, try to schedule it in advance.  We stayed at a villa this go-around, and it was definitely a nice treat. A little secluded that you couldn’t walk to anything, but the staff made sure to get us anything we needed. I don’t think you could go wrong with a hotel or villa. The warmness of the people is so welcoming, you would enjoy your stay anywhere. But….that massage tho!! If you don’t do anything else….please don’t do go home without getting yourself pampered. It is so worth it! Bali can be as silent, or as loud as you want it to be. It has a calmness to it, but can also serve as a party place if you want it to. Make it your own.

Experience Bali for yourself. ANSE will be returning in June 2021.


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