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CrystalPhuong.net is a Personal Style & Travel Blog based in Singapore, written by Crystal Phuong. The blog was nominated FOUR times in Top 10 Best Fashion Blogs in the annual Singapore Blog Award from 2012- 2015, voted as one of the Best Lifestyle Blogs in Singapore in 2013 by Hotelclub.com, and Best Travel Blogs in 2016 by Foodpanda.com. Crystal hopes to connect and inspire young women to lead a healthy and happy life. Be confident, be positive, and be kind.


(This photo credits to The Royal Beach Seminyak)

Last Easter weekend, my boyfriend and I took a short trip to Bali for our getaway. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you probably saw some photos I posted about this trip. I first went to Bali 3 years ago, and I blogged about it here and here. On the second visit, Bali gave me a whole new experience. The first time I was in Bali, I thought it was a fun and beautiful place, but I wasn't sure when would I be back there again. This time, the magical island completely stole my heart. My boyfriend even wanted to extend his stay for another week. It was his first time going to Bali. 

We stayed at The Royal Beach Seminyak (TRBS), which is situated on the exclusive Seminyak Beach and surrounded by a luscious tropical garden. We love this hotel so much, more than we expected. Besides our spacious bedroom and bathroom, TRBS offers endless exotic atmosphere and luxurious experience. There are two pools in our resort, one facing the ocean and the other is in the heart of the garden, a few restaurants, spas, living rooms, gyms, and many more. 

We arrived at our hotel quite late, around 9pm. Once settled down, we quickly went for dinner at the hotel restaurant and went for a walk along the beach. It was such a romantic and peaceful moment that I haven't had for a long time, exactly what I always wanted. 

I woke up at 10am the next day and never felt so refreshed. While I was still worrying about wasting half of the day sleeping, my boyfriend didn't seem to care about the time. He calmed me down and reminded me that there was no need to be in a hurry. "Just relax and do what you feel like doing, we are on holiday." He made me think of my first trip in Bali, which I went with a group of friends. We woke up at 6.30am, went for a bumpy bus ride to visit so many places during the day; clothes-making village, jewelry village, painting village, elephant riding, and temple after temple. By the time we got back to our hotel, we were so exhausted. The next day continued as early as the previous one. That sounds like torture to me now. 

 This time, I wanted to be free and easy and enjoyed every bit of it. My boyfriend and I spent entire day 2 exploring the area that we stayed. We walked around our hotel and somehow found our way to 17 mesmerizing doors like these. 

(This photo credits to The Royal Beach Seminyak)

The more we walked, the more we fell in love with our hotel. Its beauty exceeded ten times of our expectation. 

A huge garden as our backyard

the coolest creatures walking around. Can't get any closer to Nature than this.  

After enjoying the hotel, I wanted to visit the most happening street in Bali and so we did! It took us only 15 minutes walk to the Legian street from our hotel. The weather was hot and humid, as usual. An Italian ice-cream definitely helped to beat the heat. 

Or perhaps, strawberry margarita.

Legian still looks the same with many shops along the street. 

Seminyak still looks beautiful compared to the first time I went. 

The only thing that changed, perhaps, is me. I looked so much different compared to 3 years ago. It's crazy. Not only my look, but also my point of view changed. I paid more attention to the details, spent more time to enjoy and appreciate. Three years ago, I said: "I like Bali". Right now, I have no hesitation to say I'm completely head over heels in love with this place. 

Also, I finally did some activities that I thought I would never do in my entire life. It happened on my third day in Bali, which I can't wait to share with you in the next blog post. 

Thank you so much for reading! 
Crystal Phuong
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