Bali – the Island of Gods

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My Organic Bali
Bali – the Island of Gods
My Organic Bali

Living local, eating local, dressing local... Bali is a special place for Mind, Body and Soul in so many ways.

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Your Home is Your Heaven
Bali – the Island of Gods
Your Home is Your Heaven

I found my pinterest board in Bali.

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The Bali Tailor
Bali – the Island of Gods
The Bali Tailor

I found The Bali Tailor online a while ago and ordered a couple of things for my daughters birthday. Everything is made to order, using sustainable leather, hand made by skillful craftsman.

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Gardening in Ubud
Bali – the Island of Gods
Gardening in Ubud

Picking up lunch from the garden #growyourown Bali has been truly blessed. As island if Gods where the soil is so fertile that EVERYTHING grows. True luxury. A quick tour by our host's proud Chef. I'm taking notes like crazy. Look at this climbing pumpkin! Who would have known. A #sustainable #ecofriendly #patch where the scraps are devoured by the pet goats and bless, the #freerange chickens would rather be indoor, far away from the roaming. Fascinated by the fact that ducks are the best rice paddy pest controllers. This natural farming technique is completely pesticidefree, creating a a unique connectedness among the local farmers.

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Sunset moments
Bali – the Island of Gods
Sunset moments

Enjoying sunsets in Bali with my love from various angles and heights. I was on such a great health trip that I was glad to find an extensive menu of mocktails at La Laguna.

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Jamu Jamu
Bali – the Island of Gods
Jamu Jamu

Jamu (old spelling Djamu) is a traditional medicine from Indonesia. It is predominantly a herbal medicine made from natural materials, such as roots, bark, flowers, seeds, leaves and fruits.

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The Island of Gods
Bali – the Island of Gods
The Island of Gods

In some places the sky kisses the earth.

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Magali Pascal boutique
Bali – the Island of Gods
Magali Pascal boutique

People ask me where I shop, to which my answer is that I shop online because I usually know exactly what I want and being a self employed mother, I have no time to waste. On the other hand, Bali, together with Sydney, are top of my list for all things fashion & #home #shopping here in #bali #funtime #bohochic #homedecor #abisstyle

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Private Villa
Bali – the Island of Gods
Private Villa

Living inspired with a touch of dream at Kim Soo's Home.

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Sandy Feet
Bali – the Island of Gods
Sandy Feet

Sunset aperitivo spiced up with hot corn at Jimbaran beach.

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Self-Care moments
Bali – the Island of Gods
Self-Care moments

A full body scrub with natural Balinese herbs (available on AJ Shop) , a massage with botanical infused oils, a petal bath and you are reborn.

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Cafe Gallery
Bali – the Island of Gods
Cafe Gallery

Slowliving at The Slow surrounded by art for every kind, fine tunes, organic produce and juice.

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Interior crush
Bali – the Island of Gods
Interior crush

Living with plants and handmade goods can look this good.

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Honeymoon breakfast
Bali – the Island of Gods
Honeymoon breakfast

When you grow up with fresh bread, you will have a nose for it where ever you travel. This ones home made by the Honeymoon bakery.

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Gratitude
Bali – the Island of Gods
Gratitude

This is what gratitude looks like in Bali. A tradition to lay offerings daily, for blessings and to keep the unwanted astray, gratefully!

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Ice Cream is always a good idea
Bali – the Island of Gods
Ice Cream is always a good idea

Quick stop at Gaya Gelato, savouring home made, natural, Italian gelato. A pure delight.

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Fresh Fruit
Bali – the Island of Gods
Fresh Fruit

Found the cutest fruit stand just in time for more fresh fruit after a long hike through the rice paddies.

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Sunday market haul
Bali – the Island of Gods
Sunday market haul

A tradition of mine and a recommended way to discover the culture when traveling, is to get up at the crack of dawn to visit the local markets, meet the farmers and pick up some hebs and spices for cooking and skincare.

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collectibles
Bali – the Island of Gods
collectibles

My eyes caught these gorgeous pieces at a cafe in Ubud made by unknown artists.

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my organic Ubud
Bali – the Island of Gods
my organic Ubud

Sometimes you find things when you are not looking for them. A delightful casual surprise at this cafe.

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rice terraces at Tagalalang
Bali – the Island of Gods
rice terraces at Tagalalang

You haven't been to Ubud if you haven't seen these gorgeous rice terraces following ancient traditions of rice sustainable cultivation.

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breakfast under the sky at Bisma Eight
Bali – the Island of Gods
breakfast under the sky at Bisma Eight

After yoga breakfasting on local fresh produce at the Copper Kitchen in the boutique hotel Bisma Eight who practice #growyourown with Australian Chef Ben McRae.

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hand made ceramics
Bali – the Island of Gods
hand made ceramics

Picking up more plates at Gaya ceramics. My favourite potter founded by Marcello Massoni. They work with small as well as luxurious hotels for custom made table and bathroom essentials.

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supporting the locals
Bali – the Island of Gods
supporting the locals

A pit stop at my favourite jam shop in Ubud for taste and sophistication in packaging.

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Bike Moments
Bali – the Island of Gods
Bike Moments

slow living these last days here witåh my love. Taking time before we hit the road on this cutest vespa to take in breathtaking views of life, villages, rice paddies, crashing oceans ...

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Summer time in Bali, is a dream come true. I’ve been here many times, seen the changes that occured over the past twenty years, and despite that I still love going back to spend time on this magical Island of the Gods.

From the magnificent mountains, to rugged coastlines to volcanic hillsides, black sandy beaches, green lush rice fields. Located between Lombok and Java, Bali hosts a rich and diverse culture that is totally unique. Why is it called the island of Gods? Apart from the fact that you pick up the goods vibes from the moment you set foot on land, Bali is home to thousands of Hindu temples in every nook and cranny. The predominantly Hindu culture is a rare form in the Muslim dominated country of Indonesia.

There ‘s a spiritual feel on the Balinese island as you wake up every morning. The women religiously begin their day with prayers at their homes and in temples. A cleansing ritual that starts at the crack of dawn, when the women splash a bucket of water in front of their porch, putting together their daily offerings from the local markets for the famous Hindu purification rituals.

Bali became popular in the late 1970s that a flock of hippies went on to explore this beautiful island. Especially attracted by the beaches of Kuta that hosts many surfers to this date.

I am naturally attracted to everything that is spiritual. What feels good, does good and these offerings in Bali also look good! They are made up of bunches of Plumeria and various colours of Frangipani, adorned mildly on an intricately square-shaped palm leaves pinned together with bamboo sticks like a basket called the Canang Sari.  What I only just found out is that the different colours of flowers in this palm tray symbolizes a Hindu God. Sometimes the offering include betel nuts, lime and even tobacco. The Balinese offering known as Banten is a form dedication to god as a Thank you note as well as to the demons – not as a prayer per say but as a request to go away. Sounds like me burning smudges and Palo Santo in my house, wearing evil eyes and diffusing feel good incense.

There are many new places to explore on Bali, one of them being Canggu. Once a remote quite green place, now the centre of hipsters, boutique hotels and a stylish cafe lined up one after the other.

Eat, Pray, Love.Elizabeth Gilbert

Bali Pop-Up Shop

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STAY – UBUD

Bisma Eight – a boutique hotel in central Ubud with private infinity pool looking towards the lush green forests a step away from the Monkey forest. Excellent breakfast menu and my favourite way to start each day on their rooftop with a yoga session. If you are staying there, don’t miss the chance to visit their vegetable gardens (although they will soon be converted into luxury villas with their very own vegetable patches).

Honeymoon Guesthouses – my little hidden gem. Backpackers, shoppers, lovers. The guesthouses give a climpse into the Ubud living in traditional/retro architecture. If you are around, go grab your breakfast there. The bakeries are fresh from their own bakery (try the cinnamon roll), juice you can imagine is just the best Vitamin boost and their coffee’s great. Also offer morning yoga classes I enjoyed a lot.

Como Hotel Ubud – want to hit the pause button to restart? Try this hide-away. Pilates, yoga, Ayurvedic cuisine with local organic produce. Pure bliss.

Janat Resort  –  A hard to beat view onto the wast forests of Ubud. Truly a place to reconnect with nature. A gorgeous luxury hotel.

EAT – UBUD

Juice Ja Cafe – a discovery when we were thirsty for fresh juice. Organic everything, food, drinks, shop. We ended up going back for more.

Sari Organik – a simple place for lunches in the midst of rice fields. No high expectations, just enjoy the track there, the view, the fresh home made food and juices and lay back.

Casa Luna – Another place to taste local delicacies. This place is run by the lovely Australian-Indonesian couple who also have the Honeymoon Guesthouse and the

Locavore – Casual, modern cuisine made of local and fresh produce, with special menus for ‘herbivores’ . All ingredients are 100% tracable from sustainable, supporting domestic farmers, the local community.

Nusantara – Get a taste of Indonesia. You won’t recognise anything on the menu. A refreshing feeling of discovering at Nusantara which means “Indonesian archipelago”. Home cuisine, excellent service, modern interior. A place to remember.

SHOP – UBUD

Gaya Ceramics – There is not a visit to Ubud without visit to the gorgeous Italian couples ceramic atelier and shop Gaya Ceramics. Looking for something unique, classy, locally made, this place will be your Eden. And while you are at it, go grab one of the best Italian gelato to top your table ware , home goods shopping, at Gaya Gelato.

Are you Bali Coffee hunting? Since there’s a new trend of coffee in Bali, it was quite difficult to find the ‘real’ Bali coffee in cafes. We traveled all the way to the centre of Denpassar to one of the oldest coffee distributors, to sip on one of them with the locals. A great experience.

Whilst in Ubud we found this place, Seniman Coffee, which sells coffee that is grown on Bali as well as blends from neighboring islands. Great taste and stylishly packaged that spending a bit more for a Bali Kopi was totally worth it!

Want to do something different? Attend a weaving workshop at Threads of Life and learn the traditional art of weaving and natural dies using local plants. Fascinating!

SPA – UBUD

Being a prevailer of natural beauty, finding the right spa is a must for my vacation trips, especially when Im traveling without my kids (because they always come first in line for me). I was delighted to meet Ketut Jasi and discover her all natural herbal local spa, Cantika Zest.

My recommendation, book a scrub, massage and petal bath for two, and make room to go back in your schedule the next day, because you will be obsessed by that time. All her products are hand made using local botanics, ancestral recipes, assuring quality and toxic free products.

STAY – SEMINYAK

Katamama – A Balinese boutique hotel, balancing tradition with modernity, showcasing centuries-old crafts of Indonesia in a contemporary context. Handmade artworks and wooden furnishings, yoga classes, fruity elixirs, a boutique Canaan gathering delightful local products to bring a bit of Bali back home.

EAT – SEMINYAK

Mama San – Step into colonial Britain in Shanghai feel in the 1920’s with marble tables, chersterfields, high industrial style ceilings with a cuisine to die for by Australian star Chef Will Meyrick.

Bali Batik – a colonial feel, clean touch, with the charm of South East Asia, spice filled space for delicious Asian dishes from Indonesia, Vietnam and neighbouring countries.

Shelter Seminyak – from preservative free ice lollies, to club sandwiches with a twist, to fruit bowls and Indonesian peanutty dishes, it’s a great escape from the buzz of the boutique filled streets.

Sardine – romantic setting with view on the rice fields, lit by night. Sophistication on a plate, sweetness in the service. Love this place for a date and dinner with friends.

Sunset beach time at La Laguna – think hippy chic, gypset style, Legian beach, Cafe del Mar and the scent of Frangipani. This is it!

SHOP – SEMINYAK

Definitely the mekka of shopping in Bali. Here some of my favourites for fashion (Magali Pascal (dresses, tunics and everything pretty for assertive feminine ladies) , The Bali Tailor (bags and shoes handmade of sustainable local leather), Gooseberry Intimates, nice to see the lace in store as opposed to online. My ultimate favourite under-neath brand that makes you feel special instantly), Kim Soo Home (although Im not a fan of black and white interiors, I loved her shop and sense of style in this cute Balinese refurbished house with mini pool and deliscious breakfast treats).

STAY – CANGGU

Villa Suami – When traveling with family or friends, nothing beats the home feeling but when staying in a private villa with no scheduled times for meals and no pool closing times. A quick drive up from Deus cafe, this is an amazing place to stay and get the full Bali rice field feel.

Villa Fellas  – a hidden gem, by the Fella Swim – wear designers that instantly makes you relax. Refined designed gallery type villa featuring art from local and international artists and photographers.

The Slow – a walk up from the beach boutique hotel with artisanal furniture, an art gallery, all-day dining, run by the superstar couple Geroge Garrow (creative mind behind the surf brand Insight & his model wife Cisco. They met on a set n Australia and stayed together ever since. ‘A place to rest your bones, stir your senses, and expand your mind.” as the couple says.

EAT – CANGGU

Little Finders – a swift mix of Melbourne flavoures and Bali spices set in a chilled environment not to be understated by the hidden space. Behind the scene is award winning chef Fany Hermawan.

Cafe Organic Bali – cafe, juice bar, made with raw organic local ingredients, serving vegetarian dishes, smoothie bowls and salads.

Betelnut Cafe – breakfast, brunch, healthy lunch, afternoon snack, birthday cake or just eat your cake for what ever reason.  Keeping healthy with seasonal fresh local cooking, mixed with international favourites. We loved this place!

On my Eco Lodge hunt I found a few amazing places to spend the night in stylish sustainable Balinese lodges and hotels. Quite amazing what the architect firm IBUKU who also made the famous Green School is setting up for urban conscious consumers like us.

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