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4D3N Bali Itinerary Travel Article
A travel itinerary article describing a nature-inspired relaxation escape to Bali.
Shrouded in Nature: A 4D3N Itinerary for Bali's Zen Hideouts
Explore the majestic side of Bali untainted by humans.

Bali is a bustling tourism hub, and for good reason — whether you’re looking for food, culture (or a combination of both), adventure or night life — chances are that Bali has plenty of it. For better or for worse, this also means that the beautiful island has become rather commercialised, with storekeepers looking to make a quick buck off passing tourists being a common sight.

Our focus in this travel guide is thus on seeking the quiet, natural beauty of Bali — that which has existed long before people came along. A disclaimer before we start things off, however: most of the locations listed below are in fact embellished with human comforts, but the defining factor is that they allow you to take a moment to slowly and fully appreciate and marvel at the wonders of the Earth.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s take a 4D3N journey through the land and the sea from Seminyak to Ubud!

Day 1: Kuta Beach
We’re gonna skip straight to the good parts: after touching down at Ngurah Rai International Airport and unpacking at your accommodation of choice, the first thing you’d want to do is to get into your swimsuit and head straight to Kuta Beach.
Photo credit: bali-holiday-deals
Your senses will immediately be well indulged: the warm summer sun, the smell of the ocean, the soft sea breeze, the picture-perfect view of the horizon, and the metronomic lapping of the waves combine to wash away whatever tension you have left in your mind and body.

The beach stretches farther than the eye can see, but as you stroll in the sand with the water gently tickling your toes, the only notion of time you’ll be paying attention to is the sun slowly coming down to meet the sea.
Photo credit: Hotels di Bali
When you’re feeling a little hungry and in need of a drink to cool down, head over to Potato Head Beach Club — one of Bali’s most recognisable beach clubs. Lounge at any of their outdoor sun beds or dip in the infinity pool and bask in the gorgeous sunset views.

Potato Head Beach Club
Address: Jalan Petitenget No.51B, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Opening hours: 10AM – 2AM, daily

Day 2: Canggu Beach
Bali has numerous beaches along its coastlines, and while we’re not going to be able to visit them all, it’s definitely worth the time to check out a second one.

Our choice is Canggu Beach, farther up north from Kuta Beach. While the two beaches are in close proximity, the vibe differs greatly. Canggu Beach is filled with surfers ranging from getting on a surfboard for the first time to seasoned enthusiasts.
Photo credit: The Lawn Canggu
Sitting just on the edge of Canggu Beach is the very aptly-named The Lawn, a beach lounge with a seated picnic style set up under the palm trees on the neatly trimmed grass. The atmosphere here is more laidback, with many choosing to pair their drink with a book under the shade.

The Lawn
Address: Jalan Pura Dalem, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Opening hours: 11AM – 11PM, daily
Photo credit: The Slow (L); Eat and Treats (R)
While not exactly the hallmark of au naturel, we feel that The Slow deserves a nod here for encapsulating what the Bali island life is all about. This venue — incorporating accommodation, all-day dining, drinks, art, local culture and interactive retail set on the coast of Canggu (see what we mean?) — is curated aesthetic at its finest.

The Slow
Address: Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong No.97, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Opening hours: 7AM – 11PM, daily

Day 3: Ubud
After getting on a Grab ride for about 1.5h, we arrived at Ubud — a hillside town in Bali more closely situated to the wilderness, and better known for being an arts and culture centre.

You’d be forgiven if you’d thought that you wouldn’t be seeing any beach clubs here, but then again, you’re wrong. Sort of.
Photo credit: Afar
Situated amidst the lush jungle overlooking the Osh River Valley, Jungle Fish Bali calls itself the “no beach… beach club”. The property, a part of the Chapung Se Bali Resort & Spa, is beautifully designed with different seating areas — the locker-esque pods and hanging beds in a patio resembling a bird’s nest being a couple of noteworthy examples.
Photo credit: Jungle Fish Bali
Jungle Fish Bali
Address: Jalan Raya Sebali, Kelusa, Payangan, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia
Opening hours: 7.30AM – 10PM, daily

Day 4: Mt. Batur
This isn’t exactly Day 4 yet — as we were picked up from our lodging before daybreak, at 2.30AM. The reason for travelling at this ungodly hour is so that we can make the trek up Mt. Batur to see the sunrise from its summit. Having last erupted in the year 2000, the active volcano stands 1,717m above sea level.
Photo credit: Mount Batur Trekking
The trek up takes about 1.5 hours, and while you don’t have to be particularly fit to get to the peak, you’d only have your torchlight to illuminate the path, which is filled with loose stones that may slip from under your foot a few times.

The guides, who do this pretty much every day, will lead the way and pace the trek to arrive at the summit around 6.30AM, with time to spare before the sun starts to appear from below the horizon. Miles upon miles of greenery, Batur Lake and Mt. Lombok slowly coming alive under the sun’s warm rays is truly a sight to behold, and is well worth the effort to make the trek.

After spending some time on the peak and checking out the crater, you should get to the base of the volcano two hours later.

Photo credit: Bali Helper
If the view from the top wasn’t enough, reward yourself with a warm soak to relax your muscles at Toya Devasya, also known as Batur Hot Springs. Set against the backdrop of the volcano and lake, there are four natural hot spring pools and a warm Olympic-sized pool. Above the hot springs are also high-pressure showers that can help to provide massaging effects.

Toya Devasya
Address: Jalan Puri Bening (STA), Toya Bungkah, Kintamani, Bali 80652, Indonesia
Opening hours: 7AM – 7PM, daily
 

That’s not all! While we couldn’t find the time to fit in more, Bali still has plenty of calming nature to offer. Special mentions include: Uluwatu’s beachside cliffs, Tanjung Benoa, waterfalls such as Gitgit, Sekumpul and Tegenungan Waterfalls, Tegallalang Rice Terrace and Campuhan Ridge Walk.

With so many gems, Bali is an island destination that you should keep at the top of your list for nature and relaxation travels.
4D3N Bali Itinerary Travel Article
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4D3N Bali Itinerary Travel Article

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