With postcard perfect beaches, forests dotted with temples and endless emerald rice paddies, Bali is a land of unsurpassed beauty. From the bustling resort enclave of Seminyak, to the spiritual sanctuary of Ubud, we’ve packed all you’ll need for your island getaway.
The Beach People round towel (centre) Clockwise from top left: Zimmerman Floral Rebel Frill bikini, Zimmerman cap, Lomo Diana camera, Holistic Silk Yoga Mat, Blu Girl cover-up, Atelier Lumira Balinese Ylang Ylang travel candle, Ancient Greek leather sandals, Sun Bum sunscreen, One Teaspoon Bandits cutoffs, Holiday Read: Alexa Chung It.
BUDGET: Alila Manggis - A secluded, stylish seaside resort an hour east of Kuta. Set amidst a coconut grove, the resort is nestled between the sea and Bali’s most sacred mountain. Popular with yogis and nature buffs.
LUXURY: Alila Villas Uluwatu – Staking it’s claim on the rugged Bukit Peninsula sits this cool, contemporary cliffhanger of a resort with dramatic eco-friendly design. Panoramic views over the Indian Ocean complement architecturally striking pool villas, each with serene, minimalist interiors, seductive outdoor living spaces and personal butlers on tap.
Potato Head, Seminyak - This beach club has it all going on with distinct bar and dining areas offering everything from pool side cocktails served with funky tunes, to exquisite French/Japanese influenced fine dining and excellent South East Asian style tapas.
Chiringuito El Kabron, Pecatu - Perched high on the limestone cliffs of the Bukit Peninsula, the view from El Kabron is all Bali, while the vibe, the soundtrack and the cheerful blue and white decor are pure Ibiza-style 'chill out'.
Ibu Oka. Famous for its babi gulung (suckling pig); come early for the crispiest skin.
Naughty Nuri’s Warung, UBUD. World-famous roadhouse bar and barbecue joint with terrible food and excellent martinis.
Biku Tea House, Seminyak is famous for its elegant afternoon teas, served inside a traditional Javanese house.
Word Of Mouth, Seminyak. Beautifully curated shop, but we go there for the great café and punchy cocktails.
Amed Beach on Bali’s Northeastern tip for snorkeling.
Padang Padang Beach and Pandawa Beach for sunbathing.
Sunset visit to the 11th Century Uluwatu Temple perched high above the Indian Ocean.
Image Credits: Ultimate bali, Maya Resort, Ubud, Bali Farmer's Markets, Como Shambhala Estate Ubud, Sanur Beach, Ubud Market, Word of Mouth cafe/store Seminyak, Alila Villas Ulluwatu, Como Shambhala private dining, CSE BKG Yoga Ayung, Rice paddies image National Geographic Travel, la Planca Seminyak, Hotel Tugu.