Desha Gehi’s Bachelorette in Beautiful Bali
Marked by beautiful sunsets and sweet surprises Desha’s bachelorette was a joy ride with her friends.
Desha and her best girls have an annual ritual of going away on holiday and last year, as they chilled out in Sri Lanka, little did they imagine that their next trip would be a bachelorette!
“The five of us made a pact – no matter where in the world we are, we do one girls’ trip a year. We planned Bali during our holiday last year and when I happened to get engaged before we booked our tickets, this holiday turned into my bachelorette,” Desha grins.
Bali, the land of sun and fun, is known for its panoramic sunsets and Desha and her girls didn’t miss one, “Whether you’re lazing at the bar with a Bintang in your hand or sipping on one-too-many daiquiris by the beach if you’re in Bali, you have to see the sky break into an array of colors.” In fact, the girls pinned all the popular sunset beach bars on their travel list, “Bars like Ku De Ta, Potato Head, Woo Bar and Rock Bar are brilliant to watch the sun become one with the sea. Amongst all, Potato Head was our favorite!”
And naturally, no trip to a new place is complete without some touristy tick marks. The girls visited Ubud, where Elizabeth Gilbert found solace in bestseller – Eat Pray Love. “If you want a feel of traditional Balinese culture, this is the place,” Desha advises, “Whether you decide to stay there or not, you must do a day trip. The drive there has beautiful roads overlooking rice paddies and numerous temples and shrines where one can worship Lord Ganesha amongst other deities.”
As they journeyed to the Hollywood accredited Ubud, they paused at interesting locations. “Enroute Ubud, we visited a coffee plantation and tasted the world famous Kopi Luwak amongst sixteen other coffee flavors. Honestly, I wasn’t super keen on the idea of visiting a coffee plantation but when I heard we were going to try the world’s most expensive coffee (which by the way, is made of coffee beans excreted by the Luwak – a nocturnal civet cat), I was curious to see what the hype was about!” Desha remembers. Up next was a stop at a restaurant to refuel, “After tasting the heavily priced coffee, we stopped at a restaurant overlooking the stunning Mount Batur, an active volcano, where we happily took some pictures and relished some chilled, refreshing coconut water. You won’t believe it but each coconut was so big that we called for just one between 5 of us!”
The squad also visited the famed Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Desha says, “There are about 700 monkeys and 186 other species of trees in 12.5 hectares of forest. Needless to say that if you aren’t a wildlife lover, this place isn’t for you. My friends and I, however, had a blast, fed the monkeys, struck a few poses with them and then headed straight to our final destination.”
Once there, the girls shifted into a chill-zone, “We just strolled through the market for some knick-knacks. It was a delight to see so many souvenir stores sell a range of Balinese style-paintings, silk scarves, key chains, handicrafts and more.”
Desha cherished some extra special moments from this extra special trip, “On our first day my friends decorated the villa with different wall hangings and quotes, got personalized glasses made and a box full of champagne gummy bears. They made me wear my bride-to-be sash and off we went for some drinks. This set the tone for my bachelorette and I knew this trip was going to be the most special trip of my life with my best friends.”
And on their last night, the girls showed up, squad style, Desha says, “After being out the entire day, we got back to the villa at about 10 pm and decided to take it easy and chill as we had an early morning flight the next day. I went into my room to freshen up and change into my nightclothes. As soon as I stepped out, I saw my girls wearing t-shirts that read ‘Squad’ and glares that said ‘Team Bride.’ They handed over my ‘Bride’ t-shirt to me and popped a bottle of bubbly to celebrate our last night. Their gesture was so special and was surely something I will never forget in my life!”
There’s nothing quite like traveling with your best friends especially when the trip is your last one before getting married. Desha says, “Honestly, the entire trip was special in some way or the other. From eating the last bite of Nutella toast from each other’s plates, refusing to get a foot massage if we didn’t get to sit together, getting rid of creepy lizards in the living room to all five of us trying to pop one bottle of bubbly together (since one person couldn’t do it alone) – every single moment was special!”
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