I got a chance to visit the beautiful island of Bali this summer and I came back exhilarated, rejuvenated and happy!
Bali is home to beautiful temples, cliff-guarded beaches, lush rice fields and a great choice of cute cafes and places to hang out in.
It can sometimes be a little hard to find your own slice of paradise if blissing out is your modus operandi, but if you look past the touristy spots of Kuta and Seminyak, Canggu is a quiet and cool beach community.
CANGGU: Think yoga studios, healthy cafes and a hip surf vibe. Surrounded by lush rice fields it is undoubtedly the coolest place to stay in Bali.
The Duck, Canggu
Steer clear of hotels as Bali has the most beautiful villas and home stays. Tucked away in a quiet lane, yet close enough to the restaurants and the beach - with it’s own wooden cabin room, outdoor bathroom + kitchen and an inviting pool, this picturesque Balinese villa is home goals!
Karuna Laungani is wearing the Jodi Sleep Elephant Night Suit
Breakfast or Lunch at Shady Shack
Hungry and looking to awaken your cells!? This cafe is located by the rice fields. Plenty of shaded seating areas, tropical greenery and a great vibe make this a great hang-there-all- day spot. Think fresh, healthy and flavourful food. From the Nori bowl and the Onsen eggs to the raw Banoffee cheesecake, you will want it all!
Dinner at Dandelion
It is hard not to fall in love with this place. You can feel the warmth from the moment you enter this beautiful wooden, traditional Joglo that houses the restaurant. With it’s lush, rustic vibe and modern Indonesian food, this is a place you should not miss. A special mention for the service and staff who make you feel at home and are so much fun to hang out with. If you have a liking for fluffy animals (and who doesn’t?), make sure to pay a visit to the backyard where you will find Dandelions’ cute bunnies.
Bali has a vibrant yoga community and some lovely yoga studios. With it’s tranquil surroundings and a large yoga shala built over a gorgeous pond, this is the perfect spot to relax and unwind. It also has an organic restaurant and weekly organic farmers market, selling fresh produce and even handcrafted jewellery.
Finn’s Beach Club or The Lawn
Tropical pool party vibes, with infinity pools overlooking the sea, a DJ spinning tunes and a cool mix of people. Best place to lounge in with a cocktail at hand.
The mother of all water parks, this is one helluva of a ride. Theme park lovers, look no further. Set in a lush tropical forest this water park has all kinds of rides for thrill seekers. Head here for a day of exhilarating fun. It’ll be a blast.
ULUWATU: 90 minutes from Canggu you land right in the middle of limestone cliffs, hidden beaches and a friendly surf community. A gorgeous coastline and amazing ocean views add to this lovely place.
Uluwatu Beach House
Thatched-roof rustic bungalows set in a tropical lush garden, this place offers eclectic decor, a great pool and a cabana to lounge in. Carolina, our warm host was very helpful and resourceful!
Lounge all day in Jodi Pyjama Suits
Karuna Laungani is wearing the Jodi Sleep Cloud Night Suit
Breakfast at Suka Espresso
Cool brekky place with healthy bowls, sourdough sandwiches and the best coffee.
Lunch at Drifter
A surf shop with a garden cafe set at the back, you cannot miss their breakfast burritos and home made Kombuchas.
Dinner at Barraca
Italian food heaven, this quaint cafe serves yummy comfort Italian cuisine. Set amidst green fields with it’s rustic decor this is a charming place to catch a delicious meal.
Sunset drinks at Dugong in Suarga Resort
Situated on a cliff, overlooking the ocean, make sure to catch sunset drinks here with the most breathtaking 180 degree views of the coastline.
Drinks and Dancing at Single Fin
Another place to watch the waves of Uluwatu, is this relaxed casual bar. With more lovely ocean views, it’s a great spot to shake a leg and let your hair down.
Hike down to the pristine Balangan or Bingin beach to catch the waves or sit in one of the local warungs(restaurants) and watch the spectacular views. Definitely the best beaches on the island.
Farm Cooking class at Pemulan Bali
Ge a slice of Balinese culture and hang with the welcoming and warm locals at this cooking class set in a lush green organic farm. Great way to spend a day, cooking yummy food, while downing a Bintang or two.
The lush leaf dress is perfect for an island get away
Karuna Laungani is wearing the Lush Wrap Dress
Striped Maxi Dress
Karuna Laungani is wearing Birds of Paradise Strappy Maxi Dress