White sand beaches, crashing blue ocean waves and the beaming sun – I really couldn’t have asked more from my Bali summer holiday break.
If you’re thinking about your next holiday destination, I would seriously advise considering Bali. Not only for the guaranteed sunshine but for the friendly locals, cheap yet high-quality restaurants – offering a range of around the world cuisines, spas, beach clubs and opportunity to get close to nature.
We stayed at the W Retreat in the heart of Bali – Seminyak. Famed for its Sunday Brunch Club – Where unlimited cocktails and champagne are complimented by fresh BBQ seafood, Indonesian and Asian fusion foods and American deserts (£70). http://www.wretreatbali.com/
Seminyak has a modern, unspoilt tourist feel. The town centre is surrounded by the ocean and the town is completely accessible by foot (although taxis are very cheap too). Seminyak offers boutique shopping, surf cafes, late-night bars, spas and a flea market selling locally made products.
Food wise, this ranged from Indonesian, healthy raw vegan to French Bistro. Check out BOSS MAN for the best burgers in Bali and Grocer & Grind for potentially the best coffee I have ever experienced. For the health conscious, Earth Cafe was a real highlight, offering buckwheat and quinoa pancakes accompanied with raw pressed juices.
The sunset is truly breathtaking and sets around 6pm this time of year. KU DE TAR is a great place to grab a sunbed, bespoke cocktail and watch the sunset. They even floodlight the sea in the evening, which looks incredible against the warm night sky. http://www.kudeta.com/
After a few days in Seminyak, we headed over to Ubud and checked into a holistic healing hangout called The Yoga Barn. http://www.theyogabarn.com/
Surrounded by rice fields and willowy palm trees, The Yoga Barn is an action-packed community centre for the spiritually inclined. It’s the kind of place where you’ll drop in for a session of vinyasa flow and then stumble into a deep meditation session, before sipping on a green juice and pineapple pancakes at Kafe Ubud. Classes start from £6 for 90 minutes.
After a few days in the jungle, we were having ocean-withdraw, so headed over to Canggu A.K.A surfer’s paradise. This is a particularly up-and-coming area of the island and the place to go if you’re keen on learning how to surf. We went to Finn’s Beach Club – a striking bamboo structure beach club, set on a private beach offering unbeatable 180-degree ocean views whilst listening to the house tunes from Resident DJ’s. http://www.finnsbeachclub.com/
I flew with Thai Airways and I couldn’t recommend them enough. A little tip – Ask to sit upstairs or book a seat upstairs when you check in online. There are about ten rows of economy seats behind first class and you really do receive a first class service, irrespective of your ticket class.