Bali has been a wonderful experience and whilst I only got to spend a week there I got to see and stay in some really special places.
They call it paradise island and it truly was! I had vast beaches, luscious rice fields and gorgeous cafés right on my door step, such a contrast from London. An action-packed week was planned for me and because of the short amount of time I got to spend in Bali I visited two places, Canggu and Ubud.
Where to stay
The Slow was exceptional. Opening at the end of 2016 the boutique hotel is an “immersive experience” boasting large open spaces, sustainable materials throughout and the owner’s personal art collection in every room – very bohemian meets LA cool.
I was lucky enough to stay in a pool suite for 2 nights, it was my own piece of paradise. The room was surrounded by beautiful greenery which I could see through the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the plunge pool. All room accents had been thoroughly thought out, with each piece of furniture providing a function as well as a gorgeous aesthetic.
Communal areas were all gorgeous. Meals were served in the dining area which doubled up as a meeting space for entrepreneurs in the daytime. I especially loved the plant chandeliers that hung from the rooftops!
Needless to say leaving this place was sad. I had a wonderful time here and would love to return again in the future.
Places to visit
Echo Beach was a heavenly spot, I found it so unusual because of the volcanic sand which made it dark in colour. It’s a great place for leisurely strolls along the coast, an afternoon of sunbathing, lunch overlooking the ocean, or if you’re a super-duper surfer this is the place for you.
We had to rent a scooter for the day to get to Tanah Lot which was about a 30-minute drive from The Slow. It’s one of Bali’s most iconic landmarks, known for its exceptional setting just offshore on an expansive rock surrounded by crashing waves. Whilst you’re not able to go to the shrine from the shore you will be met with breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean – every photographers dream!
Another highlight of Canggu was Monsieur Blonde Jewels, a gorgeous store just up the street from The Slow. Founded by a French jewellery designer, all pieces are handmade with semi-precious stones. I did get a little bit excited, purchasing a couple of stacking rings and some delicate moonstone stud earrings.
Where to eat
Shady Shack – don’t let the name mislead you, this place is anything but shady. Hidden amongst the green rice fields is this little vegan/vegetarian gem that serves healthy veggie bowls and delicious fruit smoothies all day.
Peloton Surfshop – a vegan cafe serving super tasty food! I recommend the Tricken Schnitzel Burger with sweet potato fries and the Pink Floyd, a Mango, Banana, Dragon Fruit, Mixed Berries & Coconut Milk delight! The Matcha latte’s were pretty good too.
So, that’s the end of the Bali Travel Diary vol.I. Look out for vol.II where I share my experience of Ubud.