When you mention Bali to people, you often get mixed emotions. Some love it, some don’t. We get it.
Families flock to the kid friendly resorts of Nusa Dua and Legian, guys head to Kuta and Uluwatu for the beers and surf. But what about the girls?
We’ve provided the ultimate guide to Bali where you can take your girlfriends, your mum, your mothers group friends (sans kids of course) or even the solo traveller looking for an Eat Pray Love experience.
Those who have been to Bali before will give you the hot tips of all the usual favourites: Motel Mexicola, Sea Circus, Ku de ta, Finns Beach Club, Potato Head, La Plancha, Miss Sippy. If you’re wanting a fast beating pulse like these – high five! However, look a little further and you’ll find some gems.
We’ve uncovered the secret spots that we still want to keep for ourselves – but – girl power right? Here are some of our favourites:
A haven for the arts, health retreats, monkey forest, yoga and the rice paddy fields, Ubud provides a slower pace to the rest of Bali. Two days here will feel like two weeks.
Head to Jungle Fish Pool Bar – immerse yourself pool side in the infinity pool on the cusp of the rice paddy fields. This is seriously where all the cool kids go but still you feel as though you’re in on a secret that no one else knows about.
Needing a cleanse? Head to The Yoga Barn with a range of 15 daily classes to choose from and afterwards, Acai Queen is the go-to. We promise.
A favourite of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Restaurant Locavore is the ultimate foodies haven. With fine dining modern cuisine, you will feel rock star all the way. And lets be honest, we all want to feel that way on holidays.
The Lawn is a favourite amongst locals like Lindy Klim. Watch the surfers whilst sipping on a Sangria, enjoy the lazy days pool side as you watch the sunset.
24carat Gold Facials? Yes please! Head to Goldust Beauty Lounge for the ultimate spa party for a day of pampering with wine, nibbles and giggles.
If you’re after something or the alternative option, head to the vegan nail bar Maria Curau within the rice fields where you can have free hand nail art designs, all toxic free whilst sipping on Kombucha.
When you think Seminyak, two words come to mind. Private Villa.
Renowned for your very own sanctuary, and some with your own butler – hello! – step into an oasis of pure luxury – there are hundreds to choose from from a one bedroom to up to 5 bedroom villas. Perfectly positioned with walking distance to your favourite café, shops or beach, our top favourites: Pradha Villas, The Ulin Villas & Spa (see below) and Villa Suar.
Calling all rose’ lovers because The Rose Social is a must visit. You’ll feel like you’re in the south of France with your cheese board and cool tunes as you people watch and enjoy 2 for 1 Frose on Fridays.
Give me Coffee. We’ve found your little local where you won’t just visit once. Revolver Espresso is an institution with attitude. And we can’t get enough of it. Coffee by day and cocktails and wine by night from 6pm aptly named Revolver Nights. You won’t forget this place. We promise.
Now we said that the guys usually head here for a surf, HOWEVER, Omnia Bali is the newest cliff top/over the water hot spot you simply cannot miss. The view sells itself and if you’re after a venue that has a heartbeat all day and into the night, this is for you party animals.
For some last minute gifts because oops! You’ve done nothing but spoil yourself – head to the boutiques on Jalan Raya Seminyak where you will be spoilt for choice, the department stores in Kuta for your favourite surf brands or even the markets for all the sunglasses and handbags that you will never use but hey! Cheap!
Oh and a hot tip. Before leaving Bali, visit the TG Lounge at the airport, and for $30 AUD, you receive a 15 min foot massage, free bintangs, all wine, food, shower, water and comfy seats whilst you reminisce about your last hours in Bali before home to reality hits.