Experience the warmth of Bali
Bali appeals to all the senses. I came here from Jakarta, so I love the quietness! You can just feel the calm and tranquillity.
The warmth of the Balinese people and the cultural diversity here is something I really enjoy. It’s so peaceful I almost feel I’m the one on holiday.
For guests who want to experience that peace I recommend they see the Uluwatu temple, about 30 minutes from here by car. It’s said to be the most sacred in Bali and is inhabited by monkeys.
But Bali’s not all about peace and quiet. It’s a great place for watersports too. If you want to hear the roar of the waves, the beaches of Nusa Dua are for you.
On my days off you’re likely to find me enjoying the fresh air in Bedugul – and the tastiest fruit at the Bali Strawberry Farm. Or I might go to Kintamani. I love the feeling of cool places and I’d much rather be in the mountains there than on the beach, it’s about 15 degrees cooler.
Exploring Bali can be hungry work. I love the satay at Warung Nasi Ayam Ibu Oki in Badung. Balinese satay is unlike you’ll taste anywhere else. The meat is minced with local herbs before being cooked on a skewer. The fragrance of it cooking is a memory of Bali you’ll keep forever.
Even for regular visitors, Bali still manages to surprise. I’d advise a trip to Tanah Lot temple, where a holy snake lives inside a cave. It’s said that if you touch the snake you’ll be lucky.
I touched it once, three years ago – and I can’t complain!