Written by Jiayi Ng
Edited by Candice Neo
Planning a getaway to sunny Bali with your girl squad and fretting about what to do there? You’ll be surprised at all the exciting girly stuff this island has to offer!
The island may be renowned for its numerous beaches and natural sights, but that’s definitely not all. From shopping, spas to beautiful villas, Bali is home to what you girls love most – affordable luxury holiday indulgences!
Shopping till you drop, pampering yourself at a luxury (but affordable) spa, and gorging on gorgeous dessert – does that already sound like the best holiday ever? We’ve got even more in store, so gather the squad and join us for an awesome adventure that won’t break the bank!
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Getting to Bali
Direct flight (total cost from SGD 175)
Take Tigerair, AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia, SilkAir or Singapore Airlines from Singapore Changi Airport to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. (Flight time: ~2h 40 min)
Direct flight (total cost from RM 400)
Take Malindo Air, AirAsia or Malaysia Airlines from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. (Flight time: ~3h)
Transportation is one of the things that can easily make or break a trip, and Bali’s taxi scene isn’t always the easiest to navigate. So… why not hire a private driver or car charter and be your own boss instead?
If you’re not convinced, click here for our Five Reasons for Getting a Private Driver or Car Charter that You Never Knew (not clickbait at all).
We’ll leave the nagging and other snoozefest details for the end – now, on to the fun stuff!
The Ultimate Girl Squad Bucket List
(Shopping, spa, cafes and more!)
1. Get pampered at an affordable luxury spa
You know it, most of us suffer from the Office Lady Syndrome (aching neck and sore shoulders).
But guess what, there are so many reasonably priced spas all over Bali, you can enjoy a luxurious pampering session (and relieve all those knotted muscles) with the girls without a heavy price tag!
Photo via amelhutahaean, mojo_minx, lidyapermata
La Joya: Enjoy sweeping ocean views at cliffside spa (Website | More info) 2. Go for (retail) therapy
Tjampuhan Spa: Chill at the mystical spa right by the flowing river (Website | More info)
Elephant Safari Park Lodge: Relax amongst the wildlife (Website | More info)
Jaens Spa: Affordable luxury relaxation (Website | More info)
As the adage goes, when a group of young ladies get together, there’s some shopping to be done! Buying stuff is the best therapy for any female soul, and Bali is here to satisfy with both mainstream and quirky shopping choices.
Welcome to a shopping heaven where anything is possible, and you can find…
Photo via _miss_vs, oceanbellz
Bali may not have reached the epitome of Bangkok’s fashion trends and hipster night markets, but its weekend markets has its own Bohemian chic vibes most island babes will love.
So ditch that Sunday night party plan – it’s time to hit the bazaars!
Love Anchor: Trendiest hipster market in Canggu (Website | More info)
Old Man’s: From beachwear to organic food (Website | More info)
We know humans only have one body, but that doesn’t stop us from wanting to own every pretty outfit we lay our eyes on.
And Bali has plenty of those – from tropical-chic dresses to unique bikinis, here’s where glamorous girl squads are born.
Lily Jean Bali: Get tropical-chic outfits (Website | More info)
The White Peacock Bali: One-of-a-kind hand-sewn pieces (Website | More info)
Thaikila Bikinis Bali: Chill out in unique and pretty bikinis (Website | More info)
Mist: Feel like a goddess in flowy dresses (Website | More info)
Photo via mybeachhome, novi.koo
Falling in love with life in Bali? With so many furniture and homeware shops, you can easily take the island back with you!
Bungalow Living: Bring the resort home (Website | More info)
Toko Emporium: Get in touch with your quirky side (Website | More info)
Tamara Danielle: Travel back in time with vintage accessories (Website | More info)
Lio Collection: Bali’s answer to IKEA (Website | More info)
Photo via tansiuli, laurabutrawer
Who says shopping can’t be a good deed? Say hello to guilt-free binge shopping!
Here in Bali, going green looks good, tastes good, and is priced good – everything a girl could possibly want.
Kou Bali: Get au naturel soaps, salts and jam (Website | More info)
Blue Stone Botanicals Bali: Relieve your stress with essential oils (Website | More info)
Earth Cafe Bali: Munch into the yummiest organic fruits and veggies (Website | More info)
Bali Buda: Stock up on health-friendly late night snacks (Website | More info)
Photo via lindachristiani, kylabirgitta, BaliExclusivo
No more tacky souvenirs – with special locally made gifts, you can get something different, meaningful and impress your family and friends too!
Pie Susu Asli Enaaak: Savour the sweet Pie Susu, a yummy local delight (More info)
Threads of Life: Flaunt yourself in handcrafted traditional fabric (Website | More info)
Green Village: Make your own Balinese traditional instrument (Website | More info)
Jalan Raya Singakerta: Hide your secrets in these artistic wooden boxes! (Coordinate here | More info)
Photo via iwoshm
Even if you are not particularly interested in art, the unique pieces that litter the streets of Bali will have you becoming art moguls in no time.
From incredibly life-like paintings to lovely little trinkets and sculptures, there’s a type of artwork for everyone here!
Sukawati Art Market: Outfit yourself with handmade accessories (More info)
Nyoman Jendra: Fall into the whimsical world of Nyoman Jendra’s illustrations (More info)
Syah Gallery: Grab a painting made just for you (More info)
Reservo Art Gallery: Pocket some pop art pieces that Andy Warhol would be proud of (Website | More info)
3. Must-do attractions
The moon is blue tonight and you are bored – what next?
Bali is a place where boredom dies faster than the daylily, so no worries about that. If you ever find yourself tired of all the shopping, eating and chilling out (what a blasphemy), there’s still plenty of things left to do!
3-a. Catch the breathtaking sunset at Uluwatu Temple
Photo via tijana.brdar_
Read more here about Uluwatu temple
3-b. Chase ghosts at the abandoned Taman Festival Theme Park
Photo via missscarlett100
Read more here about Taman Festival
3-c. Where bamboo villas are built around trees at The Green Village
Photo via kermitramos
Read more here about The Green Village
3-d. Take sunset photos by the majestic cliffs, caves and sand at Melasti Beach #squadgoals
Photo via petereklesya
Read more here about Melasti beach
4. Nurture your food baby with Bali’s best delicacies
The Diet has no place in Bali, land of the yums and tums. It’s time to embrace your food baby as you taste all that the island has to offer.
It’s now or never, when you’re alone with your trusted comrades and no one’s around to stop you. And if they do… you know it’s time to reevaluate the friendship.
4-a. Munch to jaw-dropping views at One Eighty’s cliffside glass-bottomed infinity pool
Photo via aaronraja
Read more here about One Eighty
4-b. Transport yourself to Britain for high tea at Standing Stones Restaurant
Photo via gitahuang15
Read more here about Standing Stones Restaurant
4-c. Feel on top of the world at an airplane restaurant – Keramas Aero Park
Photo via sri_widiary
Read more here about Keramas Aero Park
4-d. Be a rose among the orchids at Orchid Tea Lounge’s greenhouse cafe
Photo via diaspredani
Read more here about Orchid Tea Lounge
4-e. Party by the beach at Azul Beach Club
Read more here about Azul Beach Club
Where to stay in Bali
Unwind in beautiful villas
When it comes to fun and comfortable environments for hush hush late night talks, Bali definitely doesn’t lack. From small, quirky accommodations to huge properties that will make you feel like princesses, it’s up to you to get cozy or go big.
In fact, if your villa is so comfortable that you simply don’t want to leave, you can even choose to stay in for a lazy day and get an in-villa massage, or rent a quirky float and Instagram away.
Photo via ciarad2, missyyu, deafebya
Have you ever slept in a bubble before? Before you write us off for being crazy weirdos, a literal bubble on the beach is just one of many mind-boggling and cool accommodations you can find in Bali.
From scenic bamboo domes to having rhinos for neighbours, rest assured that you’ll never run out of choices.
Bubble Hotel (From USD $88 per night): Live in your own bubble (Website | More info)
Firefly Eco Lodge (From USD $26 per night): Look over the paddy fields from an eco-cottage on stilts (Website | More info)
NewEarth Haven Eco Dome (From USD $149 per night): Stay in a unique bamboo home with breathtaking views (Website | More info)
Mara River Safari Lodge (From USD $226 per night): Hang out with the zebras and rhinos (Website | More info)
Photo via tamaramanubulu, lynn____l
Travelling in a group and don’t want to literally burst your bubble? Bali has plenty of two-bedroom villas that are just nice for medium-sized parties.
Danoya Villa (From USD $108 per night): Affordable luxury in Bali’s shopping district (Check rate | More info)
Sandi Kala Villas (From USD $120 per night): Embrace the mermaid life in a floating villa (Check rate | More info)
Ini Vie Villa (From USD $130 per night): Enjoy floating breakfasts and a swing over the pool (Check rate | More info)
Villa Swara Hari (From USD $133 per night): Seek comfort in the heart of Ubud (Check rate | More info)
Photo via narns_s
Ahem. Welcome, princesses, to your very own luxurious palace in Bali.
Get a taste of the high life at Bali’s luxurious three-bedroom villas – and guess what, these won’t burn a huge hole in your wallets!
Wonderful Villa (From USD $254 per night): Lounge in your very own infinity pool (Check rate | More info)
Pandawa Beach Villas & Spa (From USD $200 per night): Walk from your oceanfront private pool to the beach! (Check rate | More info)
Bali Corner Residence (From USD $230 per night): Live in the royal lap of luxury (Check rate | More info)
Kuta Ardenia Residence (From USD $161): Relax in a home away from home (Check rate | More info)
More details on getting around
Private driver, car charter or cab?
Unfortunately, there’s no perfect universe where all the places you want to go to are conveniently lined up on one street, so there’s the problem of getting around.
As we mentioned above, we vote for getting a private driver or car charter over taking a cab. Here’s why:
Beware of these tourist scams!
We all know the holiday mood can be dampened if someone in the group unknowingly falls prey to scammers.
This can be common in Bali, but here’s sharing with you some of our personal experiences and insights gathered from other travellers, so you can be armed with sufficient ammunition information to make the smartest decisions while having fun in Bali!