Where to start? So much goodness packed into this magical little island…and always so little time on each trip to experience it all! The latest journey was aimed at letting go of the toxic elements of 2014, and there has been an abundance! I tend to find a great deal of healing in Bali, even if I am rushing around soaking up all of the new restaurants, shopping and other delights. I am good at finding a nice balance between this and afternoon siestas, midnight nudie swims and meditation.
Some of my favourite spots on this latest visit were:
Karma Kandara for cliff top resort luxury, breathtaking day spa and old school service. One of Bali’s most famous hideaways, a crazy drive through the middle of nowhere to the southern most tip of the island is well worth the trip, the seclusion is heavenly!
Brown Feather Hotel in Kerobakan for the cutest little hidden gem set on a rice paddy just far enough from the craziness of Seminyak to escape after a long day of shopping and eating!
Royal Pita Maha in Ubud for the ultimate in old world Bali this resort is simply breath-taking as soon as you enter the main reception area. The 3 different main pools are all set into the side of a mountain and lush forest, the holy water pool was a spot I just did not want to leave!
Food and Drinks:
El Kabron in Uluwatu for the best sunset view, yummy tapas and amazing cocktails. Make sure you book a spot outside as close to the edge of the cliff as possible, there is a minimum spend for this privilege, it is well worth the $30AUD though!
Mozaic Beach Club for beachfront sunset cocktails before dinner in the Canngu/Seminyak area, this is one of the nicest spots right on the beach with a good selection of pre dinner drinks, it also has a lovely restaurant although we didn’t eat there this time.
Bazaar Food Philosohpy for the most amazing slow cooked lamb and salt crusted whole fish! A new restaurant on Batu Belig in Kerobokan area, amazing fit out and they must have some of the only good lamb in Bali I suspect!
Crate Cafe in Canngu for hipster goodness and seriously cheap yummy food, a simple concrete slab with lots of lovely turquoise and a huge menu filled with healthy choices at crazy prices! I had a giant chicken and haloumi salad for $4!
Sardine in Kerobakan (just a short walk from Brown Feather) for the most amazing seafood set on a working rice paddy, the sounds of tranquility and such value for money! This is such an institution now and for good reason!
Revolver still has the best coffee on the island hands down! Pop in here for a break from the heat mid shopping and fuel up with the jerk chicken quesadilla with mango salsa, SO good!
Old Mans is the perfect spot for brunch with a beach view, and the giant hash brown with poached egg and fetta is delish!!
Los Luna Home is my dear friend Vanessa’s resin homewares which you must leave some space for in your suitcase!
White Peacock is a lovely little hideaway for homewares, clothing, jewellery and knick knacks not far from Seminyak Square in the back streets.
Seminyak Square – all of the taxi drivers know where to drop you if you ask for this spot, it is diagonally across from Revolver and has the best little market with lots of women’s clothing, be prepared to bargain! It also has some great kids and men’s clothes although not as big a range.
Do you have any recent favourites to add to the Bali love list?
Pics from top to bottom:
Karma Kandara Day Spa, Royal Pita Maha, Karma Kandara x 2 , El Kabron x 2, Canngu private residence, Karma Kandara x 2, Royal Pita Maha, Mozaic Beach Club, Karma Kandara, El Kabron.