Rock Bar at Ayana Resort offers incredible sunset views.
With the return of direct flights to Bali, Air New Zealand inflight service manager Sarita Rani shares some of her favourite spots on Indonesia’s holiday island.
I was born in Java, the interior part of Indonesia, and have been flying for Air New Zealand for over 21 years.
What’s great about the Bali route is it not only gives me the opportunity to visit my homeland but it gives others the opportunity to experience it. I know it’s a popular destination for our customers and crew – and even Indonesians love to go to Bali for holidays!
The temples in Bali are beautiful. You should go to Tanah Lot, which is located on a rock in the sea, surrounded by water. It has incredible views. Uluwatu Temple is also beautiful for the sunset.
Another famous place for sunset views is Rock Bar at Ayana Resort, but you’ll need to plan to get there early, around 4pm – it’s always so busy.
You have to try Holland Bakery, which has lots of locations in Indonesia. They sell a delicacy called kue nastar, a pineapple tart which is like a cookie with fresh pineapple filling. The lapis legit traditional layered cakes are also delicious.
I also recommend an Indian restaurant called Queen’s, located near the Conrad Hotel. I organised a dinner there for the crew and pilots who were travelling over on the first flight.
Bumbu Bali Restaurant is a great place to go for authentic Indonesian food and they also do cooking classes.
Finally, you can’t go to Bali and not get a massage. It’s much more affordable than in New Zealand. If you’re in the Nusa Dua area, I recommend the Carla Spa.
Bali is a safe place, and people are very genuine, so I’d highly recommend it as a destination. But if you have the chance, you should visit Java, which also offers authentic food, beautiful beaches and temples – it’s just not as well known as Bali.
Either way, Indonesia should be at the top of your list for your next holiday.