As a relatively close destination (approximately six hour flight from Brisbane), and one that's known for being popular with Australians, I'd always filed Bali away under: "I'll get there one day".
But when a couple of friends decided we should book a short holiday filled with yoga, pampering, great food and some relaxing beach time, Bali was the destination of choice.
We spent two nights in the lush, green rice fields of Ubud, followed by three nights on the quiet beach island, Nusa Lembongan.
Set in the hills and surrounded by rice fields, Ubud is beautiful.
We found ourselves drawn to many of the usual spots frequented by tourists including The Yoga Barn to try an Iyengar yoga class and Alchemy, Elephant Cafe and The Lazy Cat for fresh, healthy food and smoothies.
This tropical island with its turquoise waters and stretches of white sand is a beautiful and quiet place to unwind. Pass the time with some surf lessons, snorkelling or yoga classes, or indulge in some pampering at one of the day spas.
Nusa Lembongan appears to be in an interesting transition phase, with Western-style resorts, bars and restaurants popping up amongst the dirt streets, beach shacks and warungs.