It was around 9 in the morning when we landed in Denpasar International airport after a happening Cruise in Singapore. Despite spending 3 days and 2 nights in Singapore, fresh air of Bali made me feel like this is just the beginning of our honeymoon. The extremely beaming feelings made us temporarily forgo our mandatory couple fight.
Bali is super friendly to tourists. Starting from smooth immigration process till the end of our trip, it felt like each and every one in Bali is well trained in tourism. Our visa on arrival on Indian passport was absolutely free unlike our expectation that it is going to cost a bit. Policies keep on changing so you better check it for the updated one when you plan to Visit Bali. Indonesia is one of the places where Indians feel like millionaire on a temporary basis and thus, any expected expense would not bother you much. When we traveled on June '16, the currency conversion was something around 1 INR = 196. 891 IDR.
Drinks gave us mini heart attack :P
It was not the drinks but the cost of drinks which gave us mini heart attack. Liquor is subjected to 200 to 300% tax in Bali! We had carried one bottle from Singapore airport already which prevented us from burning more holes. However, there are numerous beach shacks which serve quality drinks at pretty decent cost.
We opted for two different resort/villa in two different places
While in Nusa Dua
Bali is a huge place with plethora of activities ranging from adventures activities, countryside visit, shopping to beach relaxations. We didn’t want to miss out on different types of excitement provided by different locations of this enchanted Island. Thus, we split our seven days and six nights stay and stayed in two different parts of Bali. Also, since it was our honeymoon, we didn't mind splurging a few extra bucks on high end resort.
From the airport, our first destination was Melia Bali- The garden Villas resort in Nusa Dua. Melia Bali is a luxurious humongous beachfront resort and spa with stunning ambiance for every kind of tourist ranging from family, couple or groups. It is situated in Southern part of Bali around 14 kilometers from the airport. It has numerous restaurants with different kinds of international cuisines including a beachfront restaurant where most of the activities are organized. It was so welcoming and idyllic environment that we decided to not go out on the first day and instead explore the Resort and its nearby places. Our evening ended beautifully with amazing dinner in the beachfront restaurant of the Resort and a few glasses of cocktails relished lazily listening to relaxing sound of waves while seated on the huge couch beside the tranquil beach. You can read my full review on Melia here