Bali is such a unique tourist destination that always have something new to offer. As a Balinese myself, I am continuously amazed with the new attractions in Bali.
If you come to Bali to have a taste of Balinese culture, perhaps you have heard about Ubud. The area has gained popularity since the publication of Elizabeth Gilbert Eat, Pray and Love. Or perhaps you are intrigued to go to Gunung Kawi, a historical site visited recently by former US President Obama 🙂 If you are a beach person then you might heard of Kuta and Sanur Beach. In recent years, though many tourists prefer to explore new areas in Bali.
Saba is one of them. Stretched along the Jl. Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra Saba offers a different experience.
We stayed in Sabasanti Villa. Its a five bedroom villa with swimming pool and modern room. Each room has a king sized bed that immediately excite my two girls. The first floor is equipped with pantry, dining room and kitchen. The second floor is equally spacious. Perfect for holiday with your family and friends.
From there, you can easily do various things around the area.
Here are some of the things that you can enjoy around Saba.
Dont expect white sand like Kuta or Nusa Dua. Saba beach is quite similar to Sanur. But the wave is quite strong, so it is not very ideal for swimming.
For now there are not many activities offered in the beach except for horse riding. In our last visit, my daughters try the horse riding from Bali Horse Riding. They charge half to hourly ride through Saba Beach.
The beach is also used for pre-wedding photo location. But I think nobody minds if you use it as post wedding honeymoon photo location 🙂
Indonesia is an archipelago with over 13 thousands island. It is rich in natural and cultural diversity. If you want to have a taste of Indonesian culture you can go to Taman Nusa.
It is a park that provides miniature and replica of different provinces in Indonesia. Each province presents its traditional house, furniture and artifacts. In some of the house, you can speak to a local person that is brought all the way from their place of origin. I like this place very much because as Indonesian I have not travelled much outside Java and Bali islands. At least I can get a preview of the diversity that Indonesia has to offer. Here are some interesting houses in Taman Nusa.
Another attractions around Saba is Bali Zoo. One of the main attraction is Elephant Ride.
There is also Bali Safari and Marine Park. But I will suggest you make a reservation for both place to avoid long queues during peak seasons.
Bali Bird Park
Bali Bird park host a variety of different birds. It is not as big as other park, but it is perfectly arranged for your convenience. Your kids gonna love it.
Keramas Aero Park
Fancy eating out with a different environment altogether? Keramas Aero Park offers you just that. It’s a restaurant on a real plane. With certain amount of purchase you can dine inside an aeroplane. I guess when you went on long hauled flight you have experience eating in an aeroplane. But, technically, you would not be able to enjoy the meal together with your companion. So, I took my family there. I love the fact that they have special set for children. Our girls always find it hard to eat spicy food. So, they are very happy to have a tempura and burger sets. For adults, the restaurant offers western food with a touch of local taste.
If you wanna taste local culinary, not to worry. There are plenty of restaurants with great food at affordable price. I am particularly fond of Graha Kariana. It has various local foods and it can deliver to Sabasanti Villa. Another nearby restaurant is Padi Buffet Ala’Carte which offers smaller portion with reasonable price.