BALI.. IT'S BAGUS BABY!

BALI.. IT'S BAGUS BABY!

 by Amy Wren

THE HOLIDAY DESTINATION MOST OF YOUR AVERAGE AUSSIES ARE ALL TOO FAMILIAR WITH!

 

Anyone who’s ever been lucky enough to go to Bali, more than likely went home rocking their first Bintang singlet knowing exactly why this humble island of Indonesia is so damn dreamy. Swim-up pool bars? $10 massages? You’d be silly not to!

Endless options of day spas, yoga retreats & organic cafes to indulge in, all within a motorbikes ride away? Yes, please! But aside from the obvious aforementioned appeal, Bali is so much more than Bingtang's and ‘morning prices’.

Think: smiley locals with a resilient spirit, and a fascinating local culture worth delving into. Yep, Bali is pretty bagus! And if you haven’t made your first foray to the holidaymaker’s haven and you're not sure where to stay or what to do then here's the run down! 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • $2 Bintang Beer on the beach

  • Endless coconuts

  • Yoga at Samadi Yoga Canggu

  • Sunday sessions at Single Finn

  • Cocktails at Potato Head Beach Club

CANGGU

It's been referred to as 'The Brooklyn of Bali' for its abundance of eco organic food and drinks bars popping up around Canggu, fuelled by the countless ex-pats who live here. It's more of a state of mind rather than a place and you'll be promised a chill out time in Canggu. There's no shortage of cold drip coffee, yoga studios, and tattoo shops to immerse yourself into. A trip to the monthly Saturday markets at Old Man's is a great way to sus out the local talent of crafts and foods. Canggu also hosts some epic surf breaks, especially at the famous Echo Beach, where locals and tourists gather to take advantage of pumping waves. 

WHERE TO STAY 

Splash out - Frii Bali Echo Beach

Only a 6-minute walk from Echo Beach, this contemporary boutique hotel is a unique concept in Canggu, with a colourful facade overlooking rice paddies and out to the Bali sea. Featuring all the high quality facilities one would expect such as a roof top restaurant, spa treatments and room service complemented with a quirky twist. Stay on the ground floor if you want to open your bedroom door and step right into the lush lap pool. 

Jalan Munduk Catu No. 32 Canggu, Bali 80361

Backpacker Budget - The Farm Hostel

By far the coolest Hostel on the island and the only located on the popular Jalan Batu, the vibe here is peaceful and true to the beauty of the Balinese lifestyle. A converted high end villa, the facilities here are equal to what you'd find in a hotel, using locally sourced furniture and plants, all the fine details have been taken care of to the highest quality. If you're chasing tasty food, a good night life or a surfing lesson and yoga then it's all within 5 minuets. The friendly team are some of the nicest guys you'll ever meet and will happily point you in the right direction.

JI. Pantai Batu Bolong No. 29 Canggu, Bali 80361

WHERE TO EAT

Our pick -  Dandelion

Our pick for very good reason, not only can you feel the warmth from the moment you walk into this beautiful wooden, traditional Joglo but vibe here is where it's at, and a feeling that will stay with you through your entire meal. Complete with bunny rabbits hopping around the garden to set the ambiance, the highlight is the delicious local food that is sure to keep you coming back.

Also try - Beatle Nut, The Shady Shack Milk & Madu

WHERE TO PLAY

SEMINYAK

Seminyak is in the heart of the most popular destination in Bali, people flock here for the luxury and relaxation that it's neighbour Kuta lacks. Renowned for it's hip hotels, cool cafes, slick bars and boutique shopping. From high end-pool clubs to simple beach bars where you an enjoy an ice-cold Bintang, Seminyak has it all. While Seminyak is no small secret it pays to get oriented with our guide to living it up in the cool corner of the island.

WHERE TO STAY 

Splash out - W Resort Bali

Seminyak's hottest resort where the landscape tropical WET pool sets the scene for a stay in paradise. Featuring a 24-hour fitness centre, day spa and located within minuets from all the best boutiques in the area, here you'll find it all. Dine in fine style at or treat yourself to a Margarita at one of the 5 restaurants or bars and then party hard at WOOBAR with a choice of 50 different Martini's to indulge in!

JI. Petitenget, Kerobokan, Seminyak, Bali, 80361, Indonesia

Backpacker Budget - M Boutique Hostel

The first boutique hostel in Seminyak with unique 'pod style' beds that give it a warm and comfortable yet relaxed atmosphere for it's guests. Featuring all the facilities one needs, include a common area with computers, TVs, books, boards games and not to mention the amazing swimmer pool located in a beautiful terrace area with colourful and comfy bean bags. The best spot to chat with friends or meet other guests.

JI. Petitenget, no.8 M, Kerobokan, Seminyak, Bali, 80361, Indonesia

WHERE TO EAT

Our pick - Motel Mexicola

The most instagrammed dining spot on the island with it's over-the-top Mexican madness interiors. This vibrant and colourful venue is so snap worthy you'll be hash tagging to your hearts content, turning into a makeshift dance club after dark. During the day settle into one of the funky colourful booths and try the delicious fish tacos or Mexican tapas that'll perfectly compliment your Margherita, or for the evening expect to find yourself dancing on the tables and shotting tequila. 

Also try - Sisterfields Cafe, Livingstone Bakery & Sea Circus

WHERE TO PLAY

  • La Favela - The best nightclub in Bali

  • Potato Head Beach Club - A great day beach club vibe

  •  Ku De Ta - For an all day beach bar and the trendiest place to be seen in Seminyak

  • La Laguna - This eclectic oceanfront bar is an Instagrammer’s dream and run by the same folk as La Favela.

UBUD

Located in the cool mountains, just one hour's drive from the north of the airport, Ubud is home of some of Bali's most lush jungle and famous rice paddies fields. You cannot deny the beauty of this town that has become a magnet for Balinese healers and also Western alternative health practitioners of every kind - something that was only exacerbated by the book and film, Eat, Pray, Love. There are hundreds of shops selling antiques, woodcarvings, crafts, textiles and of course silver jewellery.

WHERE TO STAY 

Splash out - Ubud Wana Resort

Ubud Wana Resort is a hidden heaven oasis for the peace conscious traveller. Featuring rooftop gardens, 3 swimming pools and an easy walking distance to Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary that provides a short-cut walking access to Ubud down top. Guests can easily visit all the shops, yoga centre, restaurants and all the cultural activities of the local community. 

81 Soi Ruamrudee 2, Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand

Backpacker Budget - Ons Hostel 

Ons Hostel is more of a bed and breakfast rather than your traditional hostel. Located just behind Monkey Forest Road, offering a garden and swimming pool with Free wi-fi you'll feel right at home lounging on the beautiful white-washed furniture.

No 12, Jalan Nyuh Bojog, Br Nyuh Kuning, Ubud, Indonesia

WHERE TO EAT

Our pick - The Elephant Restaurant

The location and view of this beautiful restaurant is nothing short of amazing. Overlooking the beautiful Tjampyhan ridge, the atmosphere will have you returning time and time again. With a focus on creating delicious, healthy food in a conscious and sustainable manner. Try the sweet potato fritters #mouthwatering! 

Also try - The Sayan House, Taco Casa & Cafe Wayan

WHERE TO PLAY

  • Monkey Forrest
  • Yoga at Yoga Barn
  • Tegallalang Rice Terrace  - The most photographed landscape in Bali
  • Ubud Art Market
  • Ubud Palace
  • Silver Shopping 
  • Tenenungan Waterfall
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