The atmosphere on Bali just makes me happy
Els and Thomas Selis wanted to make a special trip this year with their four children, age 17, 15, 13 and 11. They chose for Bali and travelled all around the island for 3 weeks. The whole family fell in love with Bali: “After three weeks we really didn’t want to go home.”
“We are a family of six, which means we can’t go overseas every year,” Els explains. “This year I turned 45 and my husband and I had a wedding anniversary – all of which we thought were good reasons to go on a special trip with the whole family. Our youngest daughter came up with the idea to travel to Bali. I was worried this might turn into an expensive holiday, but on the other hand this was a once in a lifetime trip, so we decided to go for it. And everything turned out great!. The flight tickets are pricey, but life in Bali is not expensive.”
Els found Better Places through a simple Google search. “I wanted to plan our trip in advance, since I did not want to lose time on Bali making all kinds of arrangements,” she says. “But I wanted to create our own itinerary. I emailed several travel agencies, but Better Places just felt like the right fit. The small-scale of the organisation, their focus on sustainability and attention to the local people appealed to me. In addition, the local travel expert, Emile, responded quickly and promptly to all my questions.”
Bali with kids: plenty of variety
Together with Emile, Els created a beautiful 3 week travel itinerary for Bali. The family started in Ubud and then travelled to Munduk, Pemuteran, Sidemen, Nusa Lembongan and Sanur. “The trip was very varied,” says Els. “In Ubud we went cycling along rice fields, we did a cooking course, visited temples and of course, the Monkey Forest. In Munduk we visited a beautiful waterfall and made a trek through the jungle. In Pemuteran we did a great snorkelling excursions and went to a national park where we planted our own tree in the mangrove forest. At the small islands of Nusa Lembongan we enjoyed a wonderful beach holiday and we explored the island on scooters. It was equally fun everywhere, there was no place we found less interesting.”
The warmth of the locals is very unique
Els would recommend Bali to anyone. “The atmosphere and warmth of the locals is just so unique. The food is delicious and the sights on Bali are very diverse. For example, I can recommend the Banjar hotsprings, the high-altitude course at the Bali Tree Top Park, the rice terraces and the massages at the different spas in Bali. Normally, after three weeks we are ready to go home, but now we all wanted to stay longer.”
Tailor-made and personal approach
Els is also really happy with all the local guides they had in Bali. Their transfers were taken care of by the same driver and guide who took them to various sights and introduced them to local delicacies. “We really clicked with our guide, and he made the experience even more special for us,” Els says. “It felt as if we had known him for years. We even met his daughter and my children still have contact with her via Facebook and Instagram. I really feel that the tailor-made and personal approach is an added value of Better Places. Emile clearly knew what he was talking about and he gave us great advice. He created our itinerary totally according to our wishes; he knew the nicest small-scale accommodations, and the best guides. Everything was very well organized and we had a fantastic trip to Bali.”
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