We checked out Kuta beach last night which definitely was not worth the time! We were trying to decide between Seminyak and Kuta beach, and decided that Kuta maybe more interesting as this was the “true” Bali and how it was discovered by the australian surfer crowd. And it was exactly that – very touristy and crowded with surfer/backpacker crowd. There were also a lot of street vendors hustling and shoving their wares into your face, and following you around. (The “wares” included a wide range from illegal drugs to cigarettes!) We walked around for a bit, got a couple of drinks at a hookah bar, and hailed a cab back to the hotel.
Today, we have planned a sunset trip to Pura Luhur Uluwatu. This is a temple at the top of a cliff and is best visited at sunset, when the sea breeze rises and you can hear the waves crashing at the bottom of the cliff. We hiked to the top of the cliff (only 10 min) to take some great pictures. There are several monkeys here, so make sure that you remove any loose hanging jewelry, shades etc.
For dinner, we check out Restaurant Balique (same owner/designer as Villa Balquisse). The food was yummy (and very reasonably priced); the decor was simply lovely!
Some pictures of the restaurant (we left our camera in the hotel, so these are some pics from our phone)
Mie Goreng was delicious – I am simply obsessed with this Indonesian fried noodle dish!We also ordered the Ikan Pepes (steamed fish) which was perfectly cooked. Dessert included a brownie (gluten-free) with hazelnut ice cream, ginger creme-brulee, and some more herbal tea.