There are many reasons why Bali is one of the most favourite destinations for many of us. The Island of Gods appeals to soul searchers, swanky crowds to luxury travellers. No matter what you are seeking, once seems never enough, for your next getaway to this magnificent island of Indonesia, we have compiled a must-try list. Check these places out.
Cliff Edge Spa Cabana
Alila Uluwatu takes spa pampering to the next level with the newly unveiled Cliff Edge Spa Cabana set atop the breathtaking Uluwatu Cliff. Spa goers will be swept away in an exclusive open-air cabana for two, perched 100 metres above the sea. Unwind in a specially curated 120-minute spa treatment whilst enjoying uninterrupted view of the Indian Ocean and the soothing sounds of the crashing waves and chirping birds. This ultimate indulgence encompasses a refreshing foot soak, a choice of Balinese or Therapeutic massage, sound healing and a rejuvenating eye ritual. alilahotels.com/uluwatu
Looking for an Australian café? Head to Sensorium, the café that feels like it is straight out of a quaint neighbourhood in Melbourne. Located in the hip Canggu, the place evokes your senses with the décor inspired by cosy Australian interior fused with Japanese simplicity and minimalism. William Lim, Chef-Owner, brings his childhood memories to modern Australian Brunch with Asian twist; try our favourites – Brunch Raman Soup topped with 62c egg, pickled daikon, wild mushrooms, chicken roulade and delicious chicken dashi, or Textural of Mushrooms served with homemade seaweed paste,
kailan, fried onion and rye bread. Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong No.31A – Canggu, North Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali
Chef Maurizio Bombini is no stranger to the culinary scene in Bali. Chef Maurizio, previously at Bulgari and Ritz Carlton Mandapa, now serves up to his very own contemporary Italian restaurant – Mauri in the heart of bustling Seminyak. The menu celebrates the culture, food and beauty of Maurizio’s hometown – Apulia region. A glass-enclosed show kitchen takes the centre stage, propped with five-seat chef counter for up-close and
personal interaction. The main dining area is designed to be an intimate space for only 40 seats whilst the Mezzanine bar offers aperitivo-style cocktails and light bites.
Jl Petitenget No 100, Seminyak
John Hardy Seminyak Boutique
Bali is a paradise for shopping, so don’t miss artisan handcrafted jewellery by John Hardy. Each distinctive collection conveys evocative symbolism and honours the transmission of creative energy from the artist to the wearer. Stop by the newly launched John Hardy Concept Boutique in central
Seminyak which caters handcrafted John Hardy jewellery, brand artifacts, and purchasable local artisan goods — ranging from textiles to ceramics to incense — that further bring Balinese culture to life. The boutique also hosts workshops, seminars, and immersive experiences designed to more deeply introduce you to the rich creative traditions and diversity of Bali. After your shopping spree, stop by the kitchen to try out an evolving menu created in collaboration with Locavore — a renowned local restaurant — highlighting the farmers, fishers, and slow food artisans of Indonesia, as well as the unique seasonality of local produce.
Jalan Raya Petitenget, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Bali
Stay at Alila Uluwatu – a streamlined, contemporary resort on the limestone cliff-top designed by WOHA – a renowned architecture firm. Boasting nothing less than picture-perfect ocean views, the resort allows you to rediscover the joy of pure relaxation in unparalleled comfort and space in each of its 61 oh-so-chic luxury pool villas.
An array of culinary experiences awaits jet setters ranging from tantalising Western and Mediterranean cuisine and traditional Indonesian cuisine. Cosy up in Sunset Cabana Bar for an evening of artisanal cocktails whilst gazing on a stunning Uluwatu sunset.
Text by Rosalyn Sayswang
Photos by Rosalyn Sayswang, Alila Uluwatu, Sensorium, Mauri, John Hardy