If you’ve been following ‘Earth’s Magical Places’ over the last few months you should be well aware of my Bali Island Hopping adventure. Afterall, I have written a handful (a pretty big handful) of posts about my time in Indonesia.
This said I wanted to make one final post explaining where I stayed and how much time I spent in each destination… Mainly because I enjoy reading itinerary style posts myself, but also to provide a suggestion of how you too could spend two weeks in paradise.
Thus, below you’ll find my complete Bali Two Week Itinerary:
Days 1-3 Sanur Bali –
My first few days in Indonesia were spent acclimatising to the humidity of South-East Asia and combating my Jet-Lag in the laid-back province of Sanur.
With a full itinerary planned for the rest of my trip, it was amazing to have a few days to relax by the pool and enjoy my new surroundings… The food in Sanur is pretty darn good as well!
Because of this, I’d highly suggest starting your trip in either Sanur, Seminyak or Jimbaran as these areas are located close to the airport. Trust me, the proximity is a godsend when all you want to do after a long flight is collapse on your hotel bed!
TOP TIP: when you arrive in Bali make sure you’ve done your research on visas for Indonesia as you may need to apply for one in advance if you’re coming from certain countries!
Where to stay –
For my first few days in Bali, I wanted to treat myself to a little luxury and decided to book three nights in the Artotel Sanur– which I have actually already reviewed in full here.
There is, however, a lot of different types of accommodation available in Sanur, whether that be more affordable hotels or private waterfront villas! In other words, there’s something to suit everyone.
Where to Eat –
As mentioned above Sanur is full of fantastic places to eat. However, the eateries here are mainly local Warungs, so if you’re looking for westernised food you could be disappointed. This said I personally loved sampling Indonesian dishes and eating with the locals!
Day 4 – Transfer to Nusa Lembongan
Next, I departed from Sanur’s port to the beautiful island of Nusa Lembongan. Despite being small in size this little island is packed full of fantastic things to see and do – Check out my post on the Best Things To Do In Nusa Lembongan.
Less developed than the subsequent islands I visited, Nusa Lembongan (along with its two sister islands: Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan) brought a quiet relaxed atmosphere and all the island vibes I could dream of!
With hindsight, I wish I’d allocated more time to this little island as it broke my heart to leave after only one day. Thus if you’re planning your own Bali two week itinerary you may want to extend your stay here!!
Where to Stay –
Being relatively under-developed and small in size, there aren’t hundreds of place to stay in Nusa Lembongan. My hotel of choice was Sammada Hotel & Beach Club . Other than slightly dodgy WiFi, I have no complaints!
Where to Eat –
I was super knackered after a full day of exploring Nusa Lembongan so decided to eat dinner at the hotel. Despite being a decision made out of laziest, it turned out to be a magical evening! This was mainly thanks to the atmosphere; I was blessed with the best company, sea views and four courses for only 20,000 IDR… Not a bad deal if you ask me.
Days 5-7 Exploring the Gili Islands –
Perhaps the destination I was most excited to explore on this trip were the Instagram famous Gili Islands.
Taking another sea-sickness educing fast boat from Nusa Lembongan, I arrived at the biggest of the three islands (and my chosen base) Gili Trawangan at around 11am, which allowed optimum time for exploring…
I’ve actually already written a detailed post on how I spent my time in the Gilis. But, to give you a quick run down, it was three heavenly days of snorkelling, sunsets, eating and drinking… My four favourite things ;).
Where to Stay –
My time on Gili Trawangan also brought my favourite accommodation choice: Villa Ombak. This hotel proved to be the perfect combination of luxury and island minimalism – the rooms are built within traditional bungalows! Featuring two pools (one with a bar I might add) hammocks, giant chess boards and a spa, I could have easily spent my whole time in the Gilis with-in the hotel grounds… Thus I would highly suggest a stay!
Where to Eat –
Rather than suggesting where to eat in Gili T, I’m going to tell you which restaurant to give a miss: Trattoria. After eating here ALL my travel buddies and I got bad food poisoning…. As you can imagine, throwing our guts up was not the nicest way to spend our last day!
Day 8 a trip to Lombok –
Ok, So I should have really called this post: Bali, Lombok, and the Gili Islands itinerary. But hey-ho…
Off the main tourist trail, Lombok is one hell of a ‘Magical Places’. Open green fields, towering mountains and cascading waterfalls are just some of the sights this island has waiting for you…
Sadly I only had time for a day trip. None the less, this was more than enough time to be blown away but Lombok’s beauty and the kindness of its locals!
Read how I spent my day in Lombok!!
Where to Eat –
Nothing could beat the views that greeted me from the restaurant I stopped in for lunch on Lombok. Sadly I can’t remember (or find) its name 🙁 but, if you visit Tiu Kelep Waterfall, you will see it adjacent to the sites entry point!
Days 9-12 Discovering Ubud –
The next morning I had to wave goodbye to island life (my heart is still breaking over this fact) and head back to mainland Bali. I made the journey back by ferry, which was honestly such a better experience than taking the vomit inducing fast boat!
Anyway, I digress, once I was back in Bali I ventured inland to the popular destination of Ubud.
Despite getting its fair share of tourists, Ubud has somehow managed to keep its authenticity, making it my favourite area in Bali. It’s laidback, yet not boring. Cultural yet trendy… All this not only makes Ubud an interesting place to visit but also means there’s an abundance of things to do!
I’ve in fact got a post on Unique things to do in Ubud, which you should check out… Although its ok if you want to visit the monkey forest – I went too. 😉
My favourite activity? Simply enjoying the beautiful surroundings which actually much reminded me of the jungle in Lombok. 🙂
Where to Stay –
My hotel in Ubud (The Anumana) was in the perfect location: its right next to the monkey forest and within walking distance of the areas main restaurants! Whats more the pool is simply stunning and very Instagram-able…
TOP TIP: hotels in Bali tend to be fantastic value for money, I didn’t have a huge budget for my trip but managed to spend most nights in amazing and beautiful hotels without ‘breaking the bank’. 🙂
Where to Eat –
Ubud really spoils you for choice in terms of places to eat! Thus, I can’t choose a favourite spot… This said the food at Kubu at Mandapa is particularly good.
Days 13-14 Relaxing in Seminyak –
My final two days were spent back on the coast and close to the airport. Seminyak is certainly more touristy than any of the other areas I stayed in, but by this point in the trip I have to be honest in welcoming the familiarity!
TOP TIP: Rather than heading back to South Bali, another great option would be to head east. There are lots of things to do in East Bali, and there’s a certain charm to this quieter area which is more than worth exploring!
Where to stay –
I saved money in Seminyak by staying at the Grandmas Plus Hotel. For just £10 a night my room was perfectly clean and had excellent WiFi, which meant I could finally spend an evening binge-watching Netflix – Yay for me. 😉
Where to eat –
As mentioned above, Seminyak is a very tourist orientated province. Thus, a lot of places to eat are influenced by western tastes. This said, there are still some quirky restaurants/cafes that add a little bit of charm. My personal favourite was the Mac-Cheese Cafe which serves (yep you guessed it) Mac and Cheese… But its topped with nachos… Now, this may sound weird but I’m still craving another portion now!
So there you have it, my Bali Two week Itinerary… With hindsight, I wish my trip was a few days longer so I could have had more time to explore the Nusa Islands and Lombok – but you live and learn right?
Travelling with Kids? Why not read this Child-Friendly Itinerary?
Thanks for reading, if you’ve been to Bali yourself I’d love to hear how you spent your trip in the comments below!
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Bali looks simply exquisite in your photos, makes me want to go back! Sounds like you had the best two weeks. Thank you for sharing your itinerary – I’ll be back to nab some tips 😉 xxx
Been to bali and ubud last week. Gili islands and many other places are still to be done surely to tick mark on next visit
This is perfect as I’m planning my Bali 2-week holiday for next year 😀 thanks for your recommendation, will pin this for later!
Glad to have helped! Enjoy your trip 🙂
Been to Bali a few times and yet haven’t been to Gili Islands or to Lombok…hopefully will visit soon
You should they’re amazing!
Bali looks amazing and you have quite the itinerary. I can’t wait to go!
ah your pictures totally take me back to Bali, I just love it there! So nice you went to the other Nusa islands, I only made it to Nusa Lembongan – I loved that it was less busy than Bali… it is almost a vacation from Bali actually!
Thankyou – and yes I agree its a wonderful spot 🙂
This is an excellent itinerary! I have never been to Indonesia but I can see myself doing this same itinerary. I do thing (like you mentioned) Indonesia is full of magical places. Seems like the islands have a lot of the things I like: waterfalls, beaches and many opportunities to relax. I think I need more than two weeks!
I would have definetly loved more time too 🙂
I haven’t been to Bali yet, but the more I read about it, the more I want to go. Hopefully I will get a chance to visit it one day!
Fantastic itinerary! I’ve always wondered what there is to do in Bali besides hanging out at the beach and eating amazing fresh food. Thanks for sharing! Now I just need to find two weeks off from my job…
Ahh yes that’s the real struggle
I’ve been wanting to get to Indo for yeaaaaars but have been saving it (and Thailand) for when I have a good 2-4 weeks each to explore. This will definitely come in handy when that happens! Great photos.
Thank you!! I certainly need to return to SEA to explore Thailand!!
Nusa Lembongan definitely looks like my favourite place of them all.. but they are all like a slice of heaven!
Agreed… although it’s certainly hard to pick a favourite!!
This is a truly detailed and exceptional itinerary! Bali seems like paradise on earth. When’s the best time of the year to go there?
I visited early June and it was the perfect time! Sunny but less humid than other months 🙂
I’m dying to go to Bali… this seems like a great and super comprehensive itinerary!
Bali is my favourite destination.nice blog.
Yay! I spent two weeks in Bali last year and loved it! This post brought back some great memories. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for reading 🙂
Awesome. We’re hoping to visit Indonesia next year. I bookmarked this for when I start planning the trip. Thank you 😀
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Spend pretty much all day reading through your blog and I’ve throughly enjoyed myself, I love your content!
Thank-you for such a lovely comment means a lot 🙂 xx