When you think of the perfect vacation, what comes to mind? For me, it’s the image of deserted white, sandy beach leading to a glimmering turquoise blue sea, with the sun glowing beautifully on a cloudless day. It’s an image that invokes the feeling of pure rest and relaxation…not a worry in sight and nothing to do but to enjoy the beauty that is before me.
The perfect vacation
In reality, it isn’t always easy to get to that secluded beach destination and the truth is, most of the time even if I were to be there, I would be worried about seeing and trying everything I should to make the most of the trip. However, over the years of visiting many places, I finally found my perfect vacation… It’s a very relaxing few days spent in Nusa Dua, Bali.
Beautiful statue on a roundabout
My first visit to Bali was in April, 2007 with my mother. It was a short one; 4 days and 3 nights. We stayed in Sanur, booked a full day tour and had a spa day. It was really nice but unfortunately it rained almost all the time so we didn’t go to the beach much. A couple of years later, I went again to Bali, but this time with HP. We spent 7 days there and split it between Nusa Dua and Legian area. We loved Nusa Dua so much that a year later, we returned again to it, staying at the same place and going to the same beaches.
Padang Padang Beach
A few months back, after almost three years of not visiting Bali, we went back for a vacation…and it was perfect. We went to our favorite beaches, ate at familiar places, stayed in the exact room we stayed in before and just relaxed. It was during this trip that I finally realized that coming to Nusa Dua was my perfect vacation.
A statue of Rama
Everything is so familiar to us yet foreign enough to remind us that we are in fact on a vacation. There is no fussing about what to see or do or eat. Instead, we just make the plans as we go and completely enjoy each and every delicious minute of relaxation. I can safely say that there is no other place in the world I would rather vacation at to rejuvenate myself and come home a new person.
Balinese statue, covered in moss
The only problem with knowing you have found your perfect vacation is the compulsion to start planning your next visit to that destination.
A fluorescent pedicure on a gorgeous beach
Lucky for me, I’ll be heading there again in a few short months.