LUXE / HEALTH Bali travel bible…part two

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One of the best bits about Bali is that no matter where you end up staying, it’s such an easy place to get around so there’s really no excuse not to explore everything this beautiful island has to offer.

While we were based in Seminyak for the duration of our trip, we made sure to get out and about whenever we could.  The best mode of transport is undoubtedly a scooter but while it’s super simple to navigate your way through the smaller hubs like Seminyak and Canggu, if you’re venturing any further afield, you will definitely need to hire a driver (approx. $45/day) or catch a taxi as the open roads can be terrifyingly busy!

Here are a few of my top spots from Canggu, north of Seminyak, to Uluwatu in the south…

Crate Cafe
Batu Bolong
Canggu

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If you’re looking for a healthy brunch or lunch stop, then Crate Cafe is a must-visit!  I was craving a salad and was pleasantly surprised by the selection.  Grab a smoothie while you’re at it!

Betelnut Cafe
Batu Bolong
Canggu

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This place is amazing and definitely a Canggu institution!  Everything is clean, green, organic and packed full of flavour.  Our mouths were watering with every dish that came out of the kitchen, but once again we were drawn to their delicious tacos.  Their dragonfruit kombucha was also pretty as a picture and super tasty!

La Laguna Bali
Jalan Patai Kayu Putih

Berawa

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Located on the beachfront about 20 minutes north of Seminyak, La Laguna is definitely worth a visit.  The bohemian vibe is spot on with the driveway lined with old gypsy caravans.  We stopped in here a couple of times and can highly recommend the mango lassi (a delicious yoghurt based smoothie) as well as the slightly deconstructed crème brûlée which comes served on perfect bite sized spoons!

Pedang Pedang Beach

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As you come down the steep staircase which winds through the rugged cliff face, you know you’re in for something special when you reach the bottom.  Pedang Pedang beach is absolutely stunning and a little spot of paradise.  We asked our driver to stop here on our way to Uluwatu and I’m so glad we did.  Grab a coconut and make the most of the Insta-worthy scenery.

Nalu Bowls
Single Fin Restaurant & Bar

Uluwatu

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After weaving your way up and down Uluwatu’s steep cliffs, stop in at Nalu Bowls and order everything…seriously!  Pictured above is the ‘Pipeline’, a delicious mix of banana, mango, pineapple, fresh coconut and coconut milk topped with Nalu’s famous homemade granola.  It’s the perfect dish to enjoy while kicking back at Single Fin and watching the amazing surfers.

Blue Point Bay Villas
Uluwatu

Blue Point Bay Villas

By the time we’d finished our Nalu Bowls, we were looking for a spot to chill out, have a swim and relax so we popped next door to Blue Point Bay Villas.  Set on the edge of the Uluwatu cliffs right next to Single Fin, this pool has one of the best views in Bali and even if you’re not a guest, you can pay a small fee to drop in, use the pool and grab some lunch.

Rock Bar
Ayana Resort

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Our final stop on the way back to Seminyak was Rock Bar at the stunning Ayana Resort.  Nestled into the cliff, Rock Bar has been hailed as one of the top spots to view the Balinese sunset.  Just make sure you’re there early as you have to line up to get in, especially during peak holiday seasons.

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LUXE / HEALTH Bali travel bible…part one

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From the moment you step off the plane in Bali, the suffocating heat wraps itself around you and almost instantly, the heady smell of incense fills the air.  This is Bali…and it is beautiful.

Although I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Bali before, it’s a country I’m endlessly fascinated by.  I love its people, always so warm and welcoming, the culture and the sights and smells that overwhelm your senses.  There is also a seemingly never-ending list of things to do and see, and places to eat!

So, while this is by no means a comprehensive list (and no doubt I will update this post on each subsequent visit), here is part one of my LUXE / HEALTH Bali travel bible.  I hope if you’re lucky enough to venture to this beautiful part of the world that you can tick some of these hidden gems off your list.

On this latest trip, we were based in Seminyak, a bustling hub of motorbikes, shops and delicious restaurants that will leave your mouth watering.  So here are some of my favourite spots to eat…

Revolver Espresso
Jl kayu aya / Gang 51
Seminyak – Oberoi

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Revolver was without a doubt our favourite spot for coffee, breakfast and a fresh juice.  Their menu is amazing, but I would definitely recommend trying their signature dish The Revolver, aka smashed avo and poached eggs.  Other honourable mentions include Goodfellas, ricotta pancakes with berries, the Tony Montana juice and Bulls Eye, their delicious homemade muesli with almond milk.  Bang, bang!

Corner House
Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak

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Great for brekkie, lunch or even dinner, Corner House is the perfect place to stop in for a cold drink and a delicious feed any time of day.  Nasi Goreng is Bali’s national dish so if you haven’t given it a go yet, make sure you order it here!  Their prawn and soft shell crab laksa was also out of this world.

Motel Mexicola
Jl Kayujati 9X
Petitenget, Bali

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If you love Mexican (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?!) then Motel Mexicola is one restaurant you MUST tick off your Bali bucket list!  My husband and I literally rolled out the door afterwards as we couldn’t help but work our way through their extensive menu.  Their tacos are unreal, but I would also highly recommend their BBQ pork ribs and grilled corn kernels with sour cream and cheese…um, yes!

MoVida
Located in the new boutique Katamama hotel
Jl Petitenget No 51B
Seminyak, Bali

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If you’ve been lucky enough to visit MoVida in Melbourne or Sydney, then let me tell you that Frank Camorra’s new MoVida Bali restaurant definitely does not disappoint!  You may wonder what on earth the photograph above captures, but just take my word for it and order the soft shell crab squid ink sliders…delicious!  The service here was also amazing and our lovely waiter Wayan knew every detail of the menu inside and out.

Sea Circus
22 Jalan Kayu Aya [Oberoi Rd]
Seminyak, Bali

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Sea Circus has become a Seminyak institution and if you’re looking for colour, then this is your joint!  Although I don’t think their tacos are quite as tasty as those at Motel Mexicola, everything is deliciously fresh and it’s a great spot for breakfast.  Try their guava and mango kombucha if you’re feeling trendy and as a treat, order the banoffee parfait (we may have ordered two!)

BO$$MAN
Jalan Kayu Cendana No. 8B
Seminyak, Bali

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Finally, you can’t go to Seminyak without visiting BOSSMAN.  I can confidently say that the burgers here are the best I’ve ever eaten, anywhere in the world, so just treat yourself (you’re on holiday after all) and order the Al Capone.  If you’re really hungry, try the Loaded Fries with pulled pork and jalapeños, A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Phew…enjoy!

x A

 

 

LUXE / HEALTH on tour…

Bali

From the moment my fiancé and I stepped off the plane in Bali two years ago, I was in love.  It’s a melting pot of culture and chaos and no matter where you decide to explore, there’s so much to see and do…even the sticky sweltering heat couldn’t ruin my mood!

So, when we were deciding where to go for our honeymoon, there was no question – we were headed back to Bali!  Now all we need to do is decide which beautiful spot to visit first…

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