Bodacious Bali: An Ode To My Favourite Island

Guess who’s back in Bali for the 4th time? If you haven’t guessed it yet, yes I’m obsessed with Bali or Indonesian islands in general. The last time my husband and I were in Indonesia was when we spent an exciting week in Gili Trawangan, an island in Lombok that we obviously fell in love with instantaneously.

I told my husband that one day I would like to take him to Bali and show him why this place is my favourite, a very popular tourists destination and also why it’s worth traveling almost 20 hours just to get here. The Bali experience is something that can’t be explained, it’s a cultural and spiritual journey that needs to be experienced in order to be understood.

So we chose Bali as our small and intimate wedding destination because we wanted a beach wedding, and I wanted my husband and his family, and also mine to experience Bali because none of them have been here and I have been raving about this island for as long as I can remember. It’s also fair to say that it’s an ode to my favourite island, ever.

Planning a wedding is not easy, although it’s small and intimate. It took us a year to find the right location, deal with the planner and also fix everyone’s logistic. It was a stressful time, but we pulled it off. I couldn’t be happier with our pick because everything was so perfect from the get go. The place we picked for our excursion was The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa located in Nusa Dua Bali, a vast and manicured place where you leave the chaos of the rest of the island behind as you pass the guards.

Nusa Dua features predominantly luxury hotels, internationally acclaimed and approved. It was a no brainer to have our special occasion there. The Laguna is an exquisite place with incredible services. The minute you step into the resort, it’s like you’ve just landed in paradise. The landscape, view and atmosphere do live up to its name and reputation. It was one of the luxurious stays I’ve ever experienced in my life. We had an event manager called Felix who helped us a lot throughout our 10-day stay at the resort, who handled a party of 15 Norwegians tirelessly – he deserves all the credits.

This resort offers spacious rooms, seven large lagoon swimming pools and stunning views of the Indian Ocean, a private beach, all-day delicious dining experience, friendly and accommodating staffs around the clock. You really don’t feel like leaving the place at all – it’s a wanderlust dream. We hardly went anywhere during our stay, except for when we wanted to experience different food and visited the local market.

Having seven different pool options made us really excited, we experienced different setting everyday. It was really perfect to unwind after months of working without any break or getaway – a very well deserved holiday. The weather was also perfect all week round, it was warm and crispy.

Nusa Dua is known for its beaches where travelers can soak in the sun by day, then enjoy marvelous Indonesian cuisine and wines by night. The beaches here are perfect for swimming, surfing or lounging, and are the perfect coastal retreat for travelers on a honeymoon looking for a quiet and exotic adventure or those who come to Bali to pursue rest and relaxation.

The Wedding

Our wedding reception took place a few days after we landed, so we had ample time to relax and prepare everything before the big day took place. We did our wedding, read our vows (or more like renewing after a couple of years, lol), and got certified under a gazebo at the resort. It was not exactly at the beach because I didn’t want to, but it was really next to the beach so the whole setting was overlooking the perfect picturesque beach, but we had our dinner reception on the beach though which was really fantastic.

Bali is a great reminder of how important kindness and generosity are – the locals are always so positive, lovely and cheerful that it would be hard to have a bad day as people here will always spread good energy even though some of them have nothing much to offer. I was really happy to be back, it always feels like home, and I will definitely come back for more that Bali has to offer.

I’ve also explored other places in Bali that are worth sharing. Stay tuned for my next post where I’ll be sharing my experience on Nusa Penida island, and my stay in Seminyak and Kuta Bali!





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