Departure Date: 14/06/2018
Let Travel Counsellors Take You to Bali... Bali, contains extraordinary beauty along with amazing cultural diversity. The Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa offers visitors to Bali a wonderful base from which to experience all that makes Bali the island paradise that is loved by so many. The resort retains its charm and character which makes the Balinese architecture so distinctive, with temples and gardens, grand spaces and intricate woodcarvings. Nusa Dua works with the splendid natural surroundings, creating an oasis which exceeds every expectation.
All guestrooms, suites and villas are designed with the same attention to detail, incorporating Balinese elements with all the home comforts you could wish for. Few resorts offer the same variety of dining options whilst retaining such a high level of quality. At Nusa Dua, you can choose from five outstanding restaurants – everything from high-class formal dining to succulent grills at the beach. Sip away on signature cocktails across our three bars. For special occasions, why not dine in style with a private gazebo on the beach?
Whatever your interests, you’ll find plenty to do at Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa. At the Spa and Sports Centre, there’s everything you need to keep you active and healthy, or you can lie back and do a little as you wish next to the pool or beach. From a well-equipped games room to kids’ entertainment at Gecko Kids Club, Nusa Dua have thought of everything. And last but by no means least, you’ll find more than 150 metres of white sandy beach at the front of the resort – this paradise coastline is perfect for sun-seekers as well as water sports enthusiasts.
Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa offers an authentic and exclusive taste of Bali. Participate in the Bali Local Eat Street Tour: Bali’s street food is fresh, fast, cheap, and a great way to crack into the local scene. Join this Bali tour to go behind the tourist areas to where the locals eat: on Seminyak’s Eat Street! Visitors will stop at a secret warung that local taxi drivers love, a roadside café specialising in Bali’s most famous dish, and finish it up with an Indonesian dessert cooked on open coals. Hungry yet?
Dig into delicious Indonesian cuisine just like the locals do, Taste Bali’s iconic dish, babi guling, in a busy local restaurant. sample local flavours like soto ayam and “Joss Milk”, try a homemade dessert cooked on hot coals (we recommend the banana and chocolate!), discover the Indonesian and international culinary influences that have landed on Bali, from Sumatran to Malaysian to Korean.
In Bali, the villages all have nightly food markets where locals go when the sun goes down. In Seminyak and beyond, locals head out with their family and friends to Eat Street, and on this Bali food tour, we’re joining them at all their favourite spots!
Your food journey starts in the middle of the rice fields, on our office deck where your guide will offer a rundown for the night ahead. We’ll then depart and wind through the back streets of Bali, riding in a fully restored 1980 VW Kombi limo, with music playing and conversation flowing.
Our first stop will be a local roadside warung (café) famous for its babi guling (rotisserie-cooked suckling pig). Your guide will order for you a shared dish for two people and explain all that appears on the plate before you — which will have maybe five or six different elements. Don’t forget to buy some pork crackling!
From there, it’s back into the VW Kombi and we’ll head to the largest local Eat Street in Bali, tucked just behind Seminyak’s major tourist area and easy to get to — but oh-so local! We’ll start at the top of the street, where your expert guide will escort you through the numerous small warungs and stalls, picking out things for us to eat as we go.
The street here is jam-packed with motorbikes and cars, and the later it gets, the busier it becomes; we go a little early to make sure we can get into the places we want. Of course, your guide is also an expert on local food, and will explain to you the food and traditions of what is on offer.
On arrival, your guide will explain all the places that are available for eating here — far too many for one night! The good news, though, is we always share dishes on a night like this, so you’ll have lots of room to try it all.
We’ll walk from here down a dark street to the local taxi drivers’ favourite soup kitchen, a very simple cement-block building that is home to the yummiest soto ayam (chicken noodle soup) in the area. This is one of Indonesia’s most famous national dishes.
Walking back to the main street, you’ll learn about all the different culinary influences on offer: Javanese, Sumatran, Sulawesi, Malaysian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Thai/Indonesian fusion. You’ll learn about traditions like ikan bakar (barbecued fish typically enjoyed with beer and a side of music!)
If you like spice (or think you do), then we can stop at a small place specialising in Japanese fusion, where there’s a chili challenge that goes up five levels to “inferno” with the world’s hottest chilies!
Or, if you need an energy boost, how about an energy-filled dessert, Indonesian-style! You’ll see “Joss Milk” sold all over the country, which is an Indonesian energy powder you mix with milk. Believe it or not, it goes amazingly well with our favourite desert, which we’re going to grab at a small warung. This place is famous for its dessert made from a crumpet-style batter cooked in an earthenware pot over hot coals. Choose from the top 10 list or design your own; our favourite is chocolate, banana, and cheese and it only costs about USD 1! Or, maybe we’ll get some dessert at a Korean ice creamery that has some of the best ice cream you’ll find in Bali.
The prices are cheap all long Eat Street, so if you decide you want to buy some more treats, you can pick up some extras for about USD 0.50 to 2. (How much can you try in one night?) Your guide (now your best foodie friend on Bali) will assist you with finding a taxi for your trip back to your hotel (or to the next stop for your night out). And now that you have the keys to Bali’s local Eat Street, you can come back on your own to try even more local dishes.
Want to see where the local food you’re eating is grown? Book our Total Bali Food Tour and have this tour combined with our rice terrace trek.
Return flights from Johannesburg via Singapore to Bali, approx. airport taxes, return airport transfers, a 7-night stay at the 41/2 Star Nusa Dua Beach & Spa sharing a deluxe room with breakfast daily and a Bali Local Eat Street Tour. The Bali Local Eat Street tour includes: Local English-speaking guide, bottle of water on arrival, food samples as per itinerary (one soto ayam per person, shared babi guling dish, dessert), transfer from meeting point to Eat Street.
7 Nights from R18,797 pps
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