Bali Trip Day 1 (巴厘岛之旅)

BALI TRIP DAY 1 (巴厘岛之旅)

HELLO FROM #BALI 🇮🇩Back to Indonesia again after 3 months! The third visit to this country but it is my first time in Bali. I always wanted to visit Bali but don't have the chance. Since I got limited leaves to take, so Bali wasn't my top choice to make. This time, I and my hubby decided to visit this place as our pre-honeymoon trip. You know, before we going back to reality to plan our wedding. Lol. So for day 1, we gonna talk about visiting Uluwatu Temple and Rock Bar. If you like to see more photos, don't forget to check out #ShiniInBali on Instagram.

Iiga Warung.

We were so freaking hungry when we touched down Bali. We didn't plan the food itinerary on that first day, therefore, we asked our driver to recommend us some restaurant to dine in. Coincidentally, he brought us to the popular Iiga Warung which also falls in our itinerary for the other day.

Heard so many good reviews about this cuisine and we are looking forward to trying their foods. They served us the complimentary chips with BBQ sauce and we had ordered young coconuts for our drinks.

My hubby Kenji ordered the pork ribs served with rice while I had ordered the grilled chicken served with fries. The food tastes great and can't believe we finished it all (you can imagine we were so hungry at the moment).

Location : Jalan Raya Uluwatu I, Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan, Jimbaran, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361.
Opening hours : Daily (12.00pm - 11.00pm)

Uluwatu Temple - Pura Luhur Uluwatu.

Uluwatu Temple, or Pura Luhur Uluwatu, one of six key temples believed to be Bali's spiritual pillars, is renowned for its magnificent location, perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 70 metres above sea level. 

This temple also shares the splendid sunset backdrops as that of Tanah Lot Temple, another important sea temple located in the island's western shores. 

I believe we came here at the wrong hour because the sunlight was so dazzling! Our eyes can't keep open due to the bright sunlight. I think if you came here during morning time would be the better choice. But since our itinerary was so full each day, so we decided to put it on the first day in Bali.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu is definitely one of the top places on the island to go to for sunset delights, with direct views overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean and daily Kecak dance performances. 

Balinese architecture, traditionally-designed gateways, and ancient sculptures add to Uluwatu Temple's appeal.

Visitors must wear a sarong and a sash, as well as appropriate clothes common for temple visits. They can be hired here. The best time to visit is just before sunset. A Kecak dance is performed every day at the adjacent cliff-top stage from 18:00 to 19:00. 

Visitors are charged a nominal fee. What makes it the most favourite venue to watch a Kecak dance is the sunset background of the performance.

A small forest lies at the front and hundreds of monkeys dwell here. They are believed to guard the temple against bad influences. The serpentine pathway to the temple is fortified by concrete walls on the cliff side. 

It takes about an hour to get from one end to another as there are several fenced points along the way to stop. The views from the bottom of the water surging up against rocks and the ocean horizon are remarkable.

Without a doubt, what makes Uluwatu Temple spectacular is its cliff-top setting at the edge of a plateau 250 feet above the waves of the Indian Ocean. 'Ulu' means the ‘top’ or the ‘tip’ and 'watu' means a ‘stone’ or a ‘rock’ in Balinese. 

Several archaeological remains found here prove the temple to be of megalithic origin, dating back to around the 10th century. There are two entrances to Uluwatu Temple, from the south and the north.

Location : Pura Uluwatu is located in Pecatu Village, Kuta sub-district, Badung regency, about 25km south of Kuta and it usually takes around one hour to get to and from there.
Opening hours : Daily (9.00am - 6.00pm)
How to get there : Take the bypass main road to Nusa Dua and to Jimbaran and then follow the ascending road up to Uluwatu.

Rock Bar Bali.

Rock Bar Bali at Ayana Resort and Spa wins accolades from travel media the world over, partly thanks to its unique setting on a secluded limestone cliff. 

This premier sunset venue continues to win the hearts of patrons, some who fly to the island just to experience the signature cocktails, exceptional views, and moods set by its resident music director and a regular line-up of world-class international DJs. 

Getting to the Rock Bar itself is an experience. Past Ayana’s green cliff-top lawns you’ll notice two ways to descend, and both provide spectacular bird’s eye views. First is the ‘hard way’ down the extended flight of stairs that leads you to the Kisik Bar & Grill, which serves fine seafood under a thatched roof restaurant and at the tables on the sand. 

Continuing to the Rock Bar, you stroll along the cliff base causeway around Ayana’s free-form ocean beach pool.

At first, I'm actually wanted to visit another bar, but Kenji insisted want to visit Rock Bar so I had followed his choice. He keeps emphasizing how beautiful of Rock Bar and keeps showing those photos on the Internet to me. I had to admit that this place is indeed beautiful.

The Rock Bar boasts a minimalist design with an open-top platform seamlessly built onto the natural formation.

Ambient lighting from around the bar and the shades at sunset, together with traditional fishing boat lanterns that dot the seascape add to the dramatic appeal of the bar. 

No kidding, the sunset view really spectacular!

The second access is an effortless option, by means of a funicular ride down. However, expect queues, especially moments before sunset time. Queues are divided into two, one of which is a ‘fast lane’ reserved for hotel guests – one of the perks of staying at the Ayana. 

If you have the energy, we’d recommend going the ‘hard way’ as there are several stops along the descent that provide you with a memorable scenic and photographic moments of the seascape and horizon, the beach and cliff base, and most of all, the Rock Bar.

Perched 14m above the waves, the Rock Bar is a small centrepiece with the vast sky and the Indian Ocean as a backdrop. There are several round tables at the lower foyer and eight more steps up lead you to the main bar, which is bordered by glass screens. The Rock Bar’s innovative design was conceived by Yasuhiro Koichi of Japanese design studio Spin.

Wooden deck areas provide additional viewing points on both sides of the main rock that stretches along the coast, one of which is accessed via a natural cave. The cave walls sparkle with what seems to be crystal, quartz-like minerals.

The disadvantage of visiting this bar would be the waiting time. We had been waiting like total 1 hours+ just to get in Rock Bar. When we thought we could sit nearby the DJ, they said need to wait again and they don't serve reservation for that area. So my advise if you decided to pay a visit, come here and don't forget to take the number first.

Location : Ayana Resort and Spa Bali, Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran.
Opening hours : Daily (4.00pm - 1.00am)

Driver Details.
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