48 hours in: Seminyak
Seminyak is a great place to base yourself for 48 hours if you're visiting Bali for the first time as it's filled with great restaurants, cafes and things to do while you're there. Now I know when people think of Bali they think of great resorts, beaches and lots of culture so may not think of Seminyak straight away but there must be a reason why all the delicious restaurants have set themselves up there right?
I hadn't been Bali since I was about 9 (once upon a time when I lived in Jakarta for 2 years and my family decided to go on a holiday to Bali) so I was pretty excited to be going back & seeing it with a different perspective. Once all checked in our hotel it was all too obvious why crowds flock there every year, amazing hospitality from our hotel, great food at our doorstep, and incredible warm weather & this was just the start of our trip! Our rate at the hotel didn't include breakfast, however it all didn't matter to me because on the first day we sought out a "local" breakfast, and our concierge recommended Biku, and what a great recommendation it was. Matt ordered a mee goreng & I a nasi goreng and we loved every bite - a delicious wok-y flavour and great sambal to go along with (I love my chilli!). If you're not feeling a local breakfast, they also do offer a western option. After inhaling our breakfasts, we took a stroll down to Seminyak Square, and window shopped along the streets. There are loads of shops filled with pretty things from local designers and you can easily find your own little gems within these shops.
Other places we visited to eat during our time in Seminyak that we absolutely loved & would recommend in a heartbeat are Mamasan and Sarong for dinner, (these are sister restaurants, so whichever you chose you're surely in for a treat), Revolver for breakfast/coffee - I had a delightful cold granola bowl here or Sea Circus where the vibe is always super chilled, and Wild Hog, previously a franchise of Naughty Nuris (which I'll detail more in my Ubud post) for lunch.
Finally, I couldn't complete my trip in Seminyak without a trip to Potato Head Beach Club. Now I know this was purely set up for tourists (as probably are all the places I've mentioned in this post) but there is good reason why this place is so popular throughout. Plenty of areas to chill out, whether you want to be out in the sunshine or if you prefer a little shade, or if you just want to spend your time floating in the amazing infinity pool, there is somewhere that caters to everyone. They also have an extensive menu so you can literally spend a whole day there if you wanted to - just remember to get there early to bags a cabana as these go fast!
Another way to enjoy Bali but with all the great sunsets & views that all the brochures / travel blogs / websites have amazing pictures of is to stay in Uluwatu, on the west coast of Bali & take a cab/transfer to Seminyak for dinners. During the day you can relax in your resort or villa (we chose Villa Anugrah; think an amazing infinity pool, staff on site to help with all your requests, multiple plunge pools, all round luxury - also our wedding location so easily holds a special place in our hearts!)