This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Groupon Getaways
I am so sad to see our Bali Groupon Getaways come to an end. This trip has been so much more than we could have ever hoped for when we booked it. The sites, the food, the people, everything in Bali has truly exceeded our expectations. Our first two days on the island were spent enjoying the beach and taking a cooking class.
Bali adventure with Groupon
One of the cool things we have been able to do in Bali is meet with the tour guide my parents had over 10 years ago when they were on the island. They have stayed friends over the years via email and Facebook and we were able to connect with him on the island. He spent two days showing us the true beauty of Bali.
We visited the UNESCO World Heritage site in central Bali the Jatiluwah rice paddies. It was amazing to see so many lush green rice paddies. We learned that there are two types of rice being planted right now. Bali rice and Hybrid rice are the two types of rice. Hybrid rice has a quicker growing season and is starting to be the predominant crop.
During our visit to the rice paddies we had lunch at an amazing restaurant overlooking the fields There were dragonflies dancing over the fields and you could hear the water working through the fields. One of the most amazing lunches I have ever experienced.
After the rice paddies, our guide took us to the amazing Ulun Danu Beratan Lake Temple on a lake near the mountains. The area was filled with students on field trips from the island of Java. There were swan boats you could rent to paddle around the lake and speed boat rides. We loved wandering through the gardens and exploring the area.
One of the places we really wanted to visit during our trip to Bali was Tanah Lot. The temple is only accessible for part of the day depending on the tide.
We were so happy when we arrived for sunset and were able to walk around the temple. There was an area with sea snakes you could get close to but we skipped it. I figured poisonous snakes did not need to be part of our dream trip.
One of the biggest surprises of our trip was the Saraswati Temple. We asked our driver to stop at Starbucks so we could pick up a few gifts. You can imagine our surprise when we walked around the corner and found this temple. The water was filled with these gorgeous Lotus Flowers.
One of the best parts of our Groupon Getaways was that we had the chance to stay in two different parts of Bali. Groupon arranged for a driver to pick up us and move us from one area to the next.
The best part was the day also included a tour and visit to see a Barong Dance performance. The Barong Dance performance was truly amazing. The costumes were so intricate and beautiful.
Our Groupon trip included an arranged tour driver who also took us to visit the famous Monkey Forest in Ubud. I had no idea there were 600+ monkeys here. Everywhere you look there are monkeys.
Thankfully our driver told us to pull out our water bottles and any food from my purse so the monkeys couldn't smell it and want to get it. We saw a few people lose their water bottles to a cheeky monkey.
We have been staying at the Anini Raka Spa and Hotel as part of the Groupon Getaways. The hotel is right next to the rice paddies. The picture above was taken right outside our room watching the sunrise. We have truly enjoyed our time at the hotel.
During one of our day tours from Ubud, we had the chance to visit the Elephant Cave. This cave is open and you can walk inside though thankfully it is not that far into the cave. The area is beautiful and you get the chance to see a truly amazing temple.
After the Elephant Cave, we headed to Tirta Gannga Water Palace. It was pouring down rain during our visit but that did not stop us from exploring. The grounds were absolutely stunning. By the time we got back in the car, we were drenched and laughing.
We have truly enjoyed our Groupon Getaways to Bali. The trip has been so much fun and truly exceeded our hopes. It was super easy finding the deal on Groupon . We are already looking to see what the next adventure we want to book is. There are so many amazing air-inclusive travel deals on Groupon . I see lots of time being spent dreaming of our next dream trip.
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I would love to go on a Bali Getaway WOW! This looks so beautiful and the experience would be amazing! I will have to check out groupon more often for trips like these I would love to getaway this summer.
An adventure to Bali is one I KNOW I would never forget. The photography of the place is so stunning. I mean, the architecture there is simply unreal, isn't it? I LOVE the monkeys too, so sweet. But I'd be afraid they'd bite me hehe
How beautiful is Bali? I would love to go. We have never been, but I think it's definitely on my bucket list. It's nice that Groupon offers such a great deal making this dream vacation actually a possibility! Off to check it out!
Oh my, I had no idea that Bali was so gorgeous! I have been considering some travel abroad and your information has put Bali on my map! So exciting!
This looks like a nice vacation getaway. Those photos make me want to escape to it all. I could easily get into my own space there.
What amazing pics!! I bet the trip was just magical. Bali is definitely on my bucket list of places to go!!
I can't even describe how gorgeous it looks there. Absolutely amazing!
That is absolutely fantastic that you got to go to Bali via Groupon Getaways! I have always been curious about purchasing vacation packages through them, but I am glad there are so many bloggers who have positive testaments that they really enjoyed their stay. As a fellow blogger and avid traveler I will really look into the Groupon Getaways! Thanks for sharing!
I am happy you enjoyed the trip to Bali. I am from Indonesia, so it always makes me smile when someone says they had a good time in Bali, or other part of Indonesia.
The pictures are so pretty! I hope that won't be the last time you will ever visit Bali. 🙂
I've been hearing a lot about Groupon and all the amazing they offer. This would be amazing. Bali is a dream of mine. It's so beautiful!
Christi from sexymoxiemama.com
You take absolutely gorgeous photographs. I have heard nothing but really great things about Bali. From your post, I know my husband and I would love to travel here some day. Thank you for sharing your adventure.
WOW! your pictures are amazing! How precious is that primate with her baby?!?!?! I really want to visit Bali, and visit the same place you went for lunch…dreaming of the dragon flies dancing over the water already.
I can't wait to read about your other adventures!
OMG this looks so beautiful! I would love to go to Bali and experience all that tranquility! It's like a spa all around you!
Wow! Bali looks beautiful! I'd love to visit one day. I'd love to travel. One day I'll get that chance!
Bali looks absolutely fantastic! I love those terraced hills, and the general green of everything is just great. Bali is going on my bucket list for sure. Now all I have to do is get there!
It would really be nice visiting Bali and its heritage attractions. Good thing that there are groupon packages like this to make it more affordable.
What an amazing place. Your photos have totally captured the magical allure of Bali. Some day....oh, how I would love to travel here!
I lived in Bali for a couple of months and this post just took me back. I love it there, it is such a beautiful place to visit. I am so glad you enjoyed it. It is like a second home to me!
Carrie, I would love to live in Bali for a few months. We truly fell in love with the island.
wow.Bali is so beautiful. i am sorry for you that the trif ended but come on you will advanture more places soon. i am going to check all the photos of your advanture in bali
Bali is one of the few places I'd truly like to visit. Your pictures are magnificent. I would not even care if a monkey or two stole my water or treats!!
Wow... stunning photos! I was married last September in Gibraltar, and we've yet to decide on a honeymoon. Thanks to your post, Bali has been added to the list : -)
You're brave to travel with Groupon. So far, every restaurant I've tried through Groupon had been an adventure of the worst kind. Maybe it's just in Denmark, but I'd be afraid to travel with them.
We had a great experience traveling with Groupon. I really enjoyed being in Bali and exploring the area.
Joanne T Ferguson
What gorgeous photos and the place look idyllic! I doubt I will ever get there, but it is always fun to experience a place through other people's unique eyes and experiences!
Oh wow Bali is so clean and the views are so refreshing and mesmerizing. This is such a great vacation spot for lovers and family. I have never experienced seeing dragonflies in the fields while having a meal. The images are really beautiful and I'm sure you enjoyed everything in the experience.
We absolutely loved the experience. It was a dream trip and we can't wait to share more photos.
Sounds like you had an amazing time in Bali, I would so love to visit one day especially the temple and rice fields. I would have skipped the poisonous snakes too lol
I was so glad we did not see any snakes. I think I asked our guide every day if we were going to an area the snakes would be.
Wow! Those pics are amazing and I'm so jealous! Wow! Wow~ Double Wow!!! I felt like I was watching South Pacific and looking at Bali Hai... it's amazing! So green those are great pictures, and you were actually there. Are you sure you didn't those out of National Geographic? hehehe just kiddin! Okay pinch yourself cuz you are awake! Thanks for sharing.
So glad you enjoyed the photos! Bali truly was a dream destination.
What an amazing trip! Traveling and seeing the world is something I would love to do, especially places like Bali that are so different from the US.
The temples are amazing! Now I want to go to Bali to experience what you've experienced.
Joy | The Joyful Foodie
Bali is one of the top places on my bucket list. It looks so beautiful! That monkey shot and the sunrise...stunning. Sounds like you had a wonderful experience. It must have been so fun meeting up with your parents' tour guide as well!
Fi Ní Neachtáin
I never knew that groupon did getaway deals? Is this available in Ireland too I wonder? Bali looks incredible!
I'd love to go just to sit and enjoy the beautiful scenery. The skies outside the Anini Raka Spa and Hotel were absolutely beautiful!
Look at those gorgeous pictures. I think I love the flower most. My camera doesn't zoom like that one. I"m ready for a trip.
I've seen a lot of bloggers lately saying they got to go on all of these fun adventures for less because of Groupon. I really need to try it.
Bali is so beautiful! It looks like something right out of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Wow! Bali looks beautiful! I'm a big fan of Groupon. I'll have to check them out next time I travel.
It looks pure magical! That lotus flower is so vivid, bright and beautiful! And how cool that you met your parent's guide from 10 years ago and that they have stayed in touch. I'm with you, I would have skipped the snakes, too.
It looks like you had an amazing trip. The pictures are so beautiful. My parents visited Bali and loved it
Wow what a an incredible landscape. This really makes me want to start exploring other countries. That water palace is beautiful.
Wow! Makes me want to visit Bali this year! 🙂 I'm really curious about the Elephant Cave. 🙂
The scenery is absolutely breathtaking. This is the sort of romantic vacation I would love to experience.
Wow it seems like it was a great trip. A lot of people are scared to trust Groupons but this blogpost proves that somethings are worth the risk.
Your pictures -- AMAZING!! This looks like a great place. I've used Groupon for all kinds of things, but never a trip. I've always been a bit hesitant to try them on that large of purchase. Sounds like it worked out great for you.
This looks like a totally beautiful place to go indeed. I would love to travel here and see all these sites in person. These are amazing pictures for sure. Thanks so much for sharing. I so have to get here some day.
I'm so glad that you had experienced an wonderful adventure in bali. Those photos looks beautiful and I'd love to visit there one day.
How AWESOME is it that you were able to meet the tour guide your parents had while they were in Bali! Talk about things going full circle! What an awesome trip it must have been <3
Wow! I can't believe you got such a great deal and I can't believe how unbelievably stunning it is there! Those are amazing pics!
Esther of Local Adventurer
looks beautiful! we've been to bali twice but never really left the resort. next time we're there, we need to get out more!
I feel like I didn't even notice that Groupon did vacations! It always showed me product and work out places!
This is gorgeous!! I'd hate to see this trip come to an end if I were you too. Your pictures are amazing! It's breath taking.
This looks like an amazing trip! I was supposed to go to Bali several years ago but there was a lot of terrorist activities at the time, so it got cancelled - hopefully will get there one day!
What an awesome opportunity! I love all of your pictures! I want that monkey lol. And good call about the snakes! I don't think a snakebite would be too fun lol.
Joanne T Ferguson
What an amazing trip! Unfortunate for the lovely Balinese, their country will now suffer based on recent events
Robin (Masshole Mommy)
What an adventure. I prefer to stay in the US when I travel, but who knows - maybe I will make it to Bali someday!
The island of Bali was truly amazing. So worth the long plane ride. We are already talking about going back again soon.
Wow, this looked like it was an amazing trip. And how awesome that you were able to connect with your parent's tour guide.