Lush mountains, a rumbling active volcano, rice paddies and epic surf are just a few reasons why millions of travelers make the annual pilgrimage to visit the
Island of The Gods. Bali burst onto the tourism scene in the 1970s, thanks to its idyllic island vibes, beautiful people and proximity to Australia.
Bali can be one of those places, that unless you know, you don’t know (where to go) and your peaceful and relaxing island vacation can quickly turn into a hot sweaty mess (and not in a good way) so here’s the low down on where to head to in Bali.
Neighbourhoods of Note
If you have been to Bali in the past 2-3 years you will have heard of people talking about the new host spot to hit up. Quieter than Seminyak and super chilled, these days it’s all about “Canguu” pronounced Chan-goo.
Canguu popped up on travelers radars when Deus Ex Machina moved in and build their temple of enthusiasm a few years ago and ever since here has been a steady stream of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants popping up.
Tucked up in Canggu, the Fella Villa is the prefect place to get your chill on with your crew. The villa features 3 bedrooms including a Japanese inspired room that opens up to its own private Koi pond. The villa features a private garden filled with cacti, succulents and draping vines, the prefect place to eat breakfast or spend a lazy afternoon in a hammock.
Perched high up on the cliffs overlooking the Indan Ocean, the southern most tip of the island, and the most culturally sacred, Six Senses Uluwatu is the ultimate luxe stay in Bali. Design your own luxe Six Senses stay including series of immersive experiences that lead the way to discovering one's inner self and finding balance.
This teeny tiny unique bamboo pod is set amongst rice paddies in the shadow of Gunung Agung, Bali’s active Volcano and is the prefect escape for a couple looking for a low fi off the grid vibe. Bright and airy with an outdoor bathroom and totally instagrammable day bed.
‘Serves up fresh, organic and vegan meals from sunrise to sunset making it the perfect place to drop into before and after a yoga class/ swim/ day in the sun. Produce is locally sourced and the staff super friendly.
If Millenial Pink and brightly coloured instagrammable Acai bowls are you thing thing then pull up a pink stool at Kynd Community. Open early for breakfast and right through to sunset start with the Berry Tropical Smoothie and work your way through the plant based menu to a Kynd Big Mac for lunch.
Hanks Pizza and Liquor
Sometimes when you are on vacation, all you really want is a pizza and a really strong cocktail. Hanks Pizza and Liquor serves up both with a killer playlist and rock/ dive bar inspired interiors. Perched high up in Seminyak, its the kind of place you can spend a whole evening with a great group of friends and wonder why you don’t do it more often.
Part Swim Club part bar, Mrs Sippy is one of those places that literally everyone goes to just once. The people watching is superb- the high diving board provides hours of entertainment. When the sun sets Mrs Sippy serves up dinner and then a little dancing courtesy of the visiting DJ’s.
Perched up high on the cliffs at Uluwatu, Single Fin has become a Bali Institution.
Single Fin can do a Sunday Session… any day of the week.
The sprawling balcony overlooks the spiritual homeland of surfing (in Bali) and an afternoon can easily be spent watching the surfers below right up until the sun dips into the ocean. The views are stunning and just like the Bintang (local beer) the vibe is very chilled.
Mano Beach House
Euro beach vibes in Bali. It’s a thing. Manos is tucked away in a secluded location and the vibe a little more low key than some of the other beach clubs. If you have ever wanted to spend a day in one spot and have everything you could need then this is it.
It’s up there with some of the best coffee, this coffee snob has ever had. Baby Revolver is barely big enough to sit down, but it's oh so charming.
Yoga and Wellness
Bali is literally bursting with Yoga and Wellness Studios. Here's a round up of a few we have tried and local favorites.
Seminyak Yoga Shala- Perfectly located in the heart of Seminyak
W Hotel- It’s yoga, but a a bar, in a super luxe hotel.
Desa Sani- An immersive village experience located in Canggu.
MÛ Bali- Located at Bingin, this resort is a haven for surfers and non surfers.
Surrounded by green terraced hills around an hour from the chaos of Denpasar, Ubud is quiet, green, creative heart of Bali. Travelers flock here for low key luxe yoga retreats, vegan cafes, galleries, curated retail stores and even co working spaces.
Book a few days in the forest to reset, relax and get offline... but beware the temple monkeys!