If you've read the latest resort we stayed in here, then you're probably aware I'm a huge fan of the Alila brand.
Alila Uluwatu is a minimalistic resort secluded on limestone cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean. The Alila Seminyak is a beachfront property overlooking the pristine white sand and golden sunsets, and closer to the energy of Seminyak proper.
Soori Bali sits between Mount Batukara and rice fields, and was designed by world-renowned architect Soo K. Chan and his wife Ling Fu. The Asian architecture was crafted out of local material.
The Slow is the hottest new hotel in Canggu, and one I have yet to stay at. If you go, you better let us know! It's a sort of new-age-cool meets industrial jungle... if there was such a thing.
A couple other fave's .. Anatara Seminyak and Katamama.
Ubud is filled with incredible hotels and villas. We stayed at the Alila Ubud this time around.
However, It's imperative during your stay in Ubud that you rest your head in the jungle.
Some of my other favorite spots to do that...
Como Uma Ubud and Viceroy Ubud.
At the Viceroy, if you're feeling rather fancy, take a helicopter ride (launched from their in-house heli pad) over the jungle. That's one way to see it...
Oh, the choices. It's easy to get caught up in the western style cuisine near the coast, but enjoy it now, because in Ubud you'll be dining Balinese style.
A few mellow spots in Seminyak and Canggu...
Nude Canggu, is just that, nude. Simple ingredients and even simpler decor.
Cafe Organic is a bohemian wonderland with the most colorful dishes! Order the Taro Latte (pictured below), if nothing else.
Sisterfields in Seminyak will likely be packed, but it's worth the wait. Just grab a coffee next door from their sister cafe, Expat. Be sure to pay the bathroom a visit at Sisterfields, so creative!
If you're under the age of twenty-five... or want to feel like you're twenty-five again... have dinner at Motel Mexicola, and once you've sipped on enough tequila, get up and dance!
A few fun spots for pictures, and having a drink...
Sal Secret Spot
The Lawn Canggu
Balinese cooking classes are a great way to immerse yourself into the culture of Bali, especially with the mass of Western style restaurants in Canggu & Seminyak.
If you're not up for cooking try a few of these dinner spots...
Batik for traditional Balinese cuisine, and a fun atmosphere.
Tiger Palm for a mix of Thai, Malaysian and Balinese dishes.
Barbacoa for Latin-American and a solid tile game. #ihavethisthingwithtiles (look it up).
Dinner in Ubud requires an empty stomach, and a full heart...
Bridges and Cafe Lotus are quite popular among tourists, but pretty tasty. You can't really go wrong in Ubud!
Hujan Locale is a charming spot in town for local food.
Kubu, which stands for hut, is located at the Ritz, and will literally have you dining in a bamboo cocoon. Great wine list, and perfect if you are craving a fine dining experience.
Indus Restaurant is traditional Balinese with great food, but an even better view! In the heart of Ubud, dine with a valley view and yet another incredible sunset.
Pay a visit to The Kayon Resort, and have a picnic lunch or dinner in the middle of the rainforest overlooking a waterfall.
Now that you have a full stomach from all the incredible breakfast, lunch and dinner spots in Canggu, Seminyak & Ubud... It's party time.
Spend the day (or night) at one of these fabulous beach clubs in Canggu or Seminyak...
Potato Head, which has locations in Singapore, Jakarta and Hong Kong, has their flagship property beachfront in Seminyak. International DJs and party-goers unite here to rage the day away in the pool, watch the sunset, and keep the party going all night.
Finns Beach Club has a younger vibe, but a dance party that never ends!
KU DE TA (pictured here) is a more mellow beach club, with awesome food! Hang out, watch the sunset, and sip on champagne!
Wake up at 3a.m. and drive to Ubud for a hike in darkness up Mount Batur to view the sunrise. Cook eggs in the heat of the volcano, and then hike back in time for an early morning coffee.
Relax over lunch at Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Ubud, and then head over to Monkey Forest to get a real taste for monkey life!
By that time you'll be exhausted, but the shopping in Ubud is not to be missed!
The Ubud Art Market has a selection of awesome interior decor. Haggle the crap out of everything though! They mark up the price 3 or 4 times the norm!
While there is so much to do in Bali, it is quite crowded just about anywhere you go. We escaped for a day trip to Nusa Penida, a beautiful little island just a thirty minute boat ride away from Bali.
Take an inexpensive private boat ride around the uninhabited island, and hop off at Manta Point to view the massive manta rays.
Venture out to Uluwatu, closer to the coast, and hike to Pecatu temple. It offers wonderful views of the ocean, and a number of monkeys who are likely to snatch your phone if you're not careful!
Relax the rest of the afternoon at a surfers paradise, Bingin Beach. There's a number of boutique, hostel-like, spots perched on the cliff serving smoothies and drinks while you watch the surfers work their magic!
I could literally make an entire guide to the shopping in Bali. Basically, the shopping is so phenomenal that you can get a shipping crate for a flat rate of $5,000 USD and pack it full of boho decor regardless of weight.
We had the opportunity to work with some local brands like Nico Nico Swimwear, Wild Collection Clothing, Sancerre while we were in Bali.