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Bukit Peninsular
Bukit Peninsular
Uluwatu Beach
Suluban Beach
Hidden beach at a surfer’s paradise
Uluwatu beach might just be one of the smallest on the
island, but it could also be one of the most beautiful. With
dramatic rock formations, caves and big crashing waves
from the surf breaks, it’s definitely worth the walk down the
cliff side to check this little place out. The beach is mainly
used for experienced surfers to come in and out of the sea
to reach the famous Uluwatu surf spot, but you can climb up
some steps to a the local Delpi warung (cafe) to get the best
views of the Indian ocean, and to do some pro surf watching.
Suluban beach just to the right of Uluwatu is more swimmer
friendly so it’s worth visiting this spot during low tide when
you can reach this mostly inaccessible beach.
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Secret Swimming Spot
Getting There
From Seminyak, drive south past
Jimbaran and onto the coastal road
where you will see signs to Uluwatu.
Once there, you will see cafes and
bars such as Single Fin at the top of
the cliff. Walk down the steps until
you get to the beach.
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Canggu
Canggu
Villa Phoenix Airbnb
Crate Café
Beautiful boho surf pad
‘Life’s crate’ at this cool café
Crate café has to be the coolest kid on the block. With its
soundcloud beats blaring out through the open-air front
and onto the deck, hip young things with nose piercings and
5 panel caps hop off their motorbikes and gather at this
neighbourhood meeting spot.
This bohemian hideaway is positioned a stones throw away
from Echo Beach, close enough to hear the waves crashing
while you laze by the pool, and if you hop up to the second
floor balcony you’re in a good position to do a surf check. A
two bedroomed villa that can be rented by the room, what
strikes you is the amount of design and detail that goes into
making this place a home. The villa is filled with art found
locally in Bali as well as artifacts picked up from around
the world. The whole space is designed for outdoor living,
with the wall-less kitchen and living room, to the lush green
plants dotted in every corner. Staff are on hand to cook your
morning banana pancakes, and dog lovers will be delighted
by the live in host ‘Kiss Kiss’, their puppy.
Like any café in Bali worth their salt, Crate is serious about
their coffee, and their breakfasts are just as strong. With
names like ‘ Why So Cereal’ (frozen banana + goodies),
‘Hipstar’ acai bowls and ‘Goldilocks’ porridge (genius),
this place is all about being young and fun. It attracts
Canggu’s creative crowd, and holds monthly exhibitions by
the local community reflecting Bali’s exciting creative scene
that’s thriving.
With their own little moto ‘Life’s Crate’, I know where I’ll be
spending my mornings in Bali.
airbnb.com/rooms/899419
$100 per room per night
Echo Beach, Canggu
34
Batu Bolong, Canggu (on
the same strip as Betelnut
& Monsieur Spoon)
+62 812 38943040
@cratecafe
Crate Café
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Seminyak
Seminyak
Motel Mexicola
Kilo
Kitsch cocktail charmer
Step inside the crazy retro world of Latino loving Motel
Mexicola. Bold, bright and beautiful, this place has to been
seen to be believed. The interiors have been decked out
with the imagination of Quentin Tarantino, all crucifixes,
mirrors, melted candles and brilliant colours. My favourite
spot is the cute little booths decorated with neon framed
‘Virgin Mary’ pictures and kitsch black and white chequered
tiles. Head down to Mexicola for a cheeky margarita or two,
and kick-start your evening off with a dose of fun.
Laid back lounge
Motel Mexicola, Jalan Kayujati
No. 9 X, Petitenget Beach,
Seminyak
Jl. Drupadi No.22, Seminyak
+62 361 736688
+62 361 4741006
[email protected]
[email protected]
@motelmexicola
5.30pm – 12pm
Motel Mexicola
11am – 1am
After establishing itself as a firm favourite in Singapore,
Kilo has hopped over the shores and into this delightfully
designed minimalist building sitting quietly along Jalan
Drupadi. There’s Californian vibes all around with cactuses
sitting on carpets matched with cool industrial concrete
walls. The Kilo concept encourages it’s guests to share,
which is great as you’ll have a hard time choosing between
delicious dishes such as ‘Wasabi Tuna Tartare’, ‘Salt Baked
Snapper’ and the ’24-Hour Pork Belly’. With an emphasis on
using local ingredients, the menu is presented under ‘Raw’,
‘Warm’, ‘Comfort’, ‘Green’ and ‘Sweets’, and don’t forget to try
their bespoke cocktails for the full Kilo experience.
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Ubud
Ubud
Tampak Siring Bone Carving village
Mas Antique’s village
The Bone Collector
You may see examples of bull and buffalo bone carvings
appearing in shops on your travels around Bali, but I suggest
making a trip up to the specialist ‘Bone Carving’ village of
Tampak Siring to see the masters at work. Ubud is known
as the creative hub of Bali, and each village surrounding
it has it’s own unique skill that has been passed on by
generations before it. The quiet streets of the village are
dotted with store fronts where you can meet the bone
carvers themselves, and kindly ask if you can pop and see
their workshops which are usually just behind their shops.
Visiting the artisans themselves also means that you have
a greater choice of what’s on offer, and most do custom
orders so you can come with your own design to have carved
into the skulls. Nearby is the sacred ‘Tirta Empul Temple’
famous for it’s holy water, so you can make a trip to see both
while you’re here.
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Getting There
The village of Tampak Siring is a
30min drive north of Ubud town.
Once you have arrived, there are
many shop fronts selling their
wares although I recommend
‘Ida Bagus Tantra’.
Joyful Javanese furniture
For those of you that go weak at the knees at the sight of
brightly coloured Balinese doors and think it’s perfectly
practical to want to sleep in an antique Balinese day bed, I’ve
found just the place for you. A short 10-minute drive south
out of Ubud is the village of Mas, known best for it’s tradition
of woodcarving and also home to a collection of lovely
antique and wooden furniture. My favourite store of them
all is Tan Celagi Antique which stocks antique joglo furniture
from Java. Think 20ft wide carved wooded walls, turquoise
painted screens and intricately painted tall wooden doors.
They work with international shipping companies to make
that impulse buy that bit smoother. Another good shop is Jati
Mas Antik furniture, which sells doors galore down the road.
Getting There
Your best bet is to ask a taxi
driver to take you the short
10 minutes from Ubud to the
village of Mas. There are rows
of furniture stores along Jalan
Raya Mas.
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