My Bali adventure, where to begin? The Bali experience is something that can’t be explained, it’s a cultural and spiritual journey that needs to be experienced in order to be understood. I honestly just fall more in love with this place every time I go.
This is always the first stop off for us as it is close to the airport and offers something for everyone. We're talking surfing, amazing wave breaks, unique shopping, some of the most beautiful beaches and for the foodie, fantastic restaurants. The locals are so lovely and cheerful that it would be hard to have a bad day, someone was always putting a smile on my face.
Canggu is famous for the yoga and we struck gold with our Airbnb as it was opposite an amazing yoga studio called Samadi Bali (also a cafe serving everything health). Post yoga we had açai bowls and turmeric lattes which continue to be my daily obsession.
Unbeatable Bali sunsets at Potato Head
Samadi breakfast bowls
Samadi yoga studio
The Airbnb had shabby chic written all over it, we had our own pool overlooking palm trees and other wonderful greens. We spent most our time exploring, eating and soaking up the rays at The Lawn Cangu (glorious beach bar with a super chill atmosphere).
Places to eat which are a MUST - The Loft, Nude Cangu, The Lawn, and Cafe organic. If you are looking to go all out then I would recommend the W hotel in Seminyak ( about a 20 minute bike away from Cangu) It's a little more pricey but the sushi and all the surroundings will blow your mind!
The Loft Bali
The Lawn Canggu
Potato Head beach club
Mrs Sippy Bali
Potato head beach club is the best place for sun downers and to watch those unbeatable Bali sunsets. Mrs Sippy Bali is also close by and good fun for a boogy and also to drool over the insane interiors think earthy tones, open roof dining and leafy greens..an architects heaven!
Next stop was Uluwatu which is a laid back area in Bali with beautiful beaches and breathtaking cliff top views. It’s a great place to relax and get away from the crowds.
We got a taxi from Canggu which took around an hour. We stayed in a place called Le Bamboo Bali which was heaven. You are surrounded by tropical greens, insane views and a white washed infinity pool. In the middle was a large open roof yoga studio where you could have your own private lessons.
Le Bamboo Bali
Cliff top views from the Temples
Every morning we would head down to Nalu bowls for the infamous Bali smoothie bowls. Loaded with exotic fruits and nuts and handed over to you in a coconut shell.. so YUM!
Cliffs and ocean air
The view point at Karma beach
Visit Karma beach to experience the views and the crystal clear shades of blue. Balangan beach for a good surf and if you fancy popping a sarong on go and see the Uluwatu Temples (again amazing view points).
Living life on the edge
Morning yoga practice
The Nusa Islands
Just a boat ride away, it was time to see the Islands. There are three Nusa islands and they’re easy to reach via a short ferry ride from Bali. Nusa Ceningan is the smallest, nestled between Lembongan and Penida. While it’s not nearly as popular as Nusa Lembongan, I actually think it’s the much, much better option between the two and we stayed in Le Pirate beach club.
Upon crossing the bridge over to Ceningan you’ll notice how dazzlingly blue and clear the water is. I’ve honestly never seen a shade that baby blue anywhere else.
At Le Pirate the staff were so friendly, the place had a really buzzing atmosphere and you had the crystal clear water literally outside your hut.. what more could you want?
Le Pirate Beach Club
Views from Le Pirate Beach Club
About 3 minutes from Le Pirate you’ll see a sign for the Blue Lagoon and trust me when I say you’ve never seen water this colour hue..it almost doesn't look real! The cliffs over the water provide the perfect vantage point for the amazing lagoon.
The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon
Every evening when golden hour struck we would head to Sandy Bay Beach club on Nusa Lembongan, we sat on cushty beanbags in the sand and ate our weight in fish tacos. The front row sunset views were pretty spectacular and brought us back every night!
We took a boat to Nusa Penida to go and see the famous Kelingking viewpoint, which is possibly the most photographed place in all of the Nusa Islands, but for good reason – it’s amazing and really does look like a T-rex head.. can you see it?
There is so much to see on the Penida Island's, I would recommend getting a jeep as a lot of the roads are offtrack and uphill. We finished off at Dream beach to sip on coconuts and take in the toweringly tall palms.
To Dream beach
Palm Tree galore at Dream beach
This time round we did Gili Meno, as the year before we visited Gili Air (which I actually preferred). Gili Meno is the smallest of the three islands and by far the most peaceful and under developed. It’s possible to walk around the island along the beach or paths of Gili Meno in under two hours.
Our three days in Gili Meno involved lazing around in a hammock, reading books, eating fresh fish and snorkling. It's so quiet and peaceful the Island almost feels a little bit deserted, I think for us it was too quiet but if you are honeymooning or want to escape life then this is the place to come. We stayed in a beautiful place called Ottalia and spent most our time at Mahamaya beach club where I drank copious amounts of papaya smoothies! The sunsets were unbeatable and it really is a place to unwind and shut off from the world.
Gili Air has a little more to do and a better choice of restaurants and a bit more of a vibe! As beautiful and tranquil Gili Meno is I would do Gili Air again and again!
Sand and Sea
Inhaling papaya smoothies at Mahamayas
Unforgettable golden hours
Mahamaya Beach club
Last but not least one of my favourite places in Bali.. Ubud! Its definitely Bali's cultural heart. Your surrounded by rainforests and terraced rice paddies, Hindu temples and shrines and some of Bali’s most famous landscapes.
We stayed at Flora which is a peaceful place located on the hillside near Ubud. Several spacious huts are decked out with four-poster beds draped in white veils and large picture windows.
Conveniently, our place was right next to the centre of Ubud and also our favourite vegan restaurant Alchemy (they make the YUMMIEST vegan pizza).
Alchemy vegan pizza
Some of the hotels in Ubud are shockingly (amazing). We had lunch at The four seasons followed by a mini tour of the breathtaking gardens..I have never seen such an immaculate garden of greens.
Four Seasons Ubud
For one of the best views in Ubud go to The Hanging Gardens of Bali. It's in the heart of the mystical Ubud Jungle.. and will fulfil all your needs!
The Hanging Gardens of Bali
Wake up before the sunrise and walk the Campuhan Ridge Trail. The pathway meanders up the hill and once on top of the ridge you’ll have some really peachy views, better to go early before it gets busy.
Campuhan Ridge trail
Make sure you visit the Rice paddy fields and the Tirta Empul Water Temple to get your soul blessed and rid those sins...It feels surprisingly good!
Until next time Bali.