I write this to you, from a beautiful outdoor living space, in my bikini, poolside, in the middle of a 31 degree jungle.
Bali is my happy place, I try to come here every year.
Before I came to Bali this time, I collated a list of all the things I wanted to do and see that I hadn’t on previous trips. We started our trip in southern Bali. The Pecatu region. One of my favourite areas in Bali. My list was made up of several venues and places I had read about, or come across on other blogs and across different social media outlets. My list included places like the coveted Cashew Tree, AYANA Rock Bar, El Kabron, Finns Beach Club, Karma Kandara and Single Fin. In other words, all things Westernised. It didn’t take much of our stay to realise that these things are most definitely not the reason we came to Bali. We ticked a few off the list and then realised we found true pleasure in eating and visiting funky little places that truly embrace the Indonesian culture.
We hired scooters for 60,000 Rp a day, the boys surfed and we practised yoga and swam in the ocean. Eating our weight in Nasi Goreng inbetween. By night we stopped in at Circle K, stocked our backpacks with $3 Bintangs and scooted off, finding the best spots to watch the sun go down. An old abandoned building overlooking Uluwatu, with ‘Respect Locals’ paint rolled across the front of it and an abandoned paddock filled with cows, on the cliff edge above Bingin Beach were definitely the highlights. These moments would hands down, beat paying $15 for a cocktail in a bussling bar all pushing to get the best gram. We would then scoot around to find a hip little Indonesin eatery playing good tunes, and settle in for the night drinking Bintangs.
The Tiki House: We stayed at a beautiful two bedroom private villa in Bingin, equipped with our own private pool (like everywhere in Bali). It was the perfect spot for the four of us. Every morning would consist of the boys going surfing and the girls going to yoga, we would then meet back at the villa and the beautiful Balinese staff would cook us a big breakfast to set us up for the day. Poached eggs, a banana pancake and watermelon juice was my go to.
Bukit Cafe: Bukit Cafe is a luscious little cafe near Bingin. It is immaculate, and the staff are all so beautiful and so happy to be there working. If you have a sensitive belly or are a little paranoid about getting sick, I would recommend starting your jouney off here – it is pretty westernised. We stopped in twice for breakfast, the food and smoothies were amazing, and they even served flat whites.
Buddha Soul: Buddha Soul was a little on the pricey side, especially for Bali, but their organic fusion style, soul food was amazing. I had some mouthwatering fresh fish for dinner. They have an incredibly nutritious salad selection and everything is so fresh and flavoursome (isn’t everything in Bali?)
Cempaka: Cempaka is a proper little Indo eatery just up the hill before Padang Padang Beach. The prices are amazing and the food is tasty. There were only a couple of staff working but who can complain about a little wait when your eating $3 Nasi and Chicken Satay? Definitely a must do.
The Mango Tree: We stopped in at The Mango Tree for dinner one night because there was a funky Indonesian DJ playing good tunes and it was happy hour. We drank Mojito’s and ate crisp salads and fresh cooked prawns. The only let down here was realising the tree next to where we were eating had one too many rats perched in it. Pick a table alway from the big tree out front.
Drifter Surf Shop: Drifter cafe is a little retro coffee shop inside of a surf shop. We got a pre yoga coffee and some Kombucha, they serve a variety of health cakes and bliss balls also.
Nalu Bowls: We stopped in at Single Fin after yoga to get a delicious Nalu Bowl (smoothie bowl). They have a variety of different flavours and give you a generous serving, it kept us going until dinner! They’re around 60,000 – 90,000 Rp each ($6.50 – $10) They are a perfect pre and post, yoga and surf refreshing treat, especially on those balmy Bali days.
Kelly’s Warung: Kelly’s is one of our favourite little eateries located right on Bingin Beach. You can sit and enjoy your smoothie or meal while overlooking the surf. They have super comfy couches, so take a book and kick back if you have a surfer boyfriend like me. The coconut smoothie is amazing.
Southern Bali is hard to beat, it’s always a chill vibe, the roads are easy to navigate and there’s not nearly as much traffic as other parts of Bali.
Words from Zac; the surf pumped everyday.
Off to the next beautiful place. X