During my time in Bali, I got to do a whole lot of wonderful exploring. In case you've missed anything, I've also written about healthy places to eat in Ubud and where to do yoga in Bali and all my favourites from my trip to Bali in March. In this post, along with my top healthy places to eat in Bali, I've included my favourite beaches and places to stay for you as well. If you'd like to see more of my pictures, there are heaps on my Instagram, @amelia_harvey_.
Seminyak is just next to Kuta but it’s a much classier destination – with new restaurants, cafes and bars popping up all the time, it’s become a real hub for amazing dining and great shopping. Stop by for a night or 2 at the end of your trip and live it up!
Partner of Down to Earth Café in Ubud, you’ll fine delicious healthy, mainly vegan food. Earth Café does awesome smoothies and juices – it’s perfect place to escape the busy streets of Seminyak. There’s a great health food store attached with essential oils, yoga clothes, healthy food and sweet treats.
Great salads, funky décor and awesome staff, Cornerhouse is the perfect place to grab a tasty lunch and delicious smoothie while you peruse the shops on the main street of Seminyak.
Sea Circus is my favourite place to go for breakfast in Seminyak – they do great juices and have a range of healthy options like Acai bowls and gluten-free toast. We went there every day last time we were in Seminyak – it’s that good!
For slightly fancier (but still super affordable) meals, try:
One of the best meals I’ve had – the curries are amazing. We asked our waitress to choose our order and she did a great job.
Really amazing seafood, the slickest staff of anywhere I’ve been and you’ll feel like you’re a world away from the business of Seminyak as you look over the rice paddie out the back.
beautiful, fresh Italian food with a menu that includes lots of vegetarian and Paleo friendly options. Located right on the beach, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a balmy Bali evening.
Cool vibes, seriously awesome décor and fun food, it’s a great place to hang out with a group of mates.
*Note: if you’re planning a dinner at any of these fancier places, book at least a week ahead – they fill up quickly, especially in August which is the busiest month in Bali.
We loved staying here – great location, very helpful staff and an excellent free yoga class every morning! The spa is beautiful and reasonably priced (in Aussie terms) as well.
Canggu, a 20 minute scooter ride from Seminyak, is a bit of a hipster haven with the surf break on Echo beach pulling a Bondi-like crowd. Unlike most other places you’ll go in Bali, it’s very spread out, making it the perfect place to hire a scooter and explore on your own without being faced with scary traffic! It’s very much an up-and-coming area with a lot of development happening but you’re already spoilt for choice when it comes to great places to chill out, soak up some good vibes and enjoy some tasty food.
Great menu with heap of healthy options, we went back to Betelnut every day we were in Canggu for either breakfast or lunch, make it a must visit on your Bali trip.
Deus ex Machina
Part motorcycle, surfboard, and mens clothing shop, part Skate Park, part, gallery, part tasty café, Deus is a must-visit while you’re in Canggu. Spend some time drooling over the beautiful bikes and boards – the man in your life will definitely appreciate a trip to Deus!
Green Ginger Noodle House
Super fresh, tasty, and cheap Vietnamese food, with awesome salads, soups and the most amazing corn fritters ever. It’s cosy so you might want to book – you’ll be so glad you did!
I stayed at Villa Rona with 3 of my girlfriends and it was amazing. It’s really the perfect set up for 2 couples and it’s kitted out with a full kitchen, dining area, living room and private pool along with 2 private double bedrooms. Book at least a few nights – you won’t want to leave! The host, Kadek is incredibly sweet and will help you book any day trips or activities or organise for massages and spa treatments at the Villa.
This one is probably just for the surfers - with the black sand and big swell, it's not the best place for a dip!
The Bukit Peninsula
Pitaya smoothie at a Bingin Beach Warung (restaurant). Bingin has quickly become one of my favourite beaches in Bali – it’s got a pumping surf break but is also great for swimming and is lined with places to grab a meal or a coconut. White sand beaches set the Bukit Peninsula apart from the rest of Bali’s volcanic black sand bays, you’ll definitely want to spend a bit of time here next time you’re in bali!
The Cashew Tree - Bingin
Chilled vibes, a killer breakfast menu and an easy walk from Bingin beach, we went back to The Cashew Tree Daily. You’ve got to try the bright purple Pi owl while you’re there.
Swamis - Bingin Beach
Mexican inspired vegan options with a front row view of the surf break; Swami’s also does yoga classes. Make sure you drop in!
Padang Padang Beach
Seriously beautiful beach, its calmer than Bingin making it the perfect place to chill for a day in the sun. I went down early for a beach run and it was dead quiet apart from a few surfers. Once the day heats up, the beach is populated with stalled and places to grab a bite to eat but there are still plenty of quiet nooks to lounge in.
Incredible sunset at Uluwatu
Uluwatu beach at low tide - perfect place for a dip!
The place to watch the sunset, Uluwatu is one of the places that pops into my mind when I go to my "happy place". Walk down the stairs to the beach at low tide and have a swim while you watch the surfers. The wander back up to one of the Warungs and have a bite to eat while you watch the sun go down. Single Fin, at the top of the clif, is well known for a good spot to watch the sunset - if you can nab one of the seats overlooking the surf break, its great. Try somewhere else for food though - I been disappointed with the food and service every time I've eaten there.
Lakshmi Villas Padang Padang
Lakshmi Villas are a little slice of heaven. I stayed there with my boyfriend, my sister and her boyfriend and we couldn’t have been happier. The 2 double rooms, each with private open air ensuites make it perfect for two couples – there’s even an extra bed on the mezzanine which could accommodate another person or two. The host, Wayan, really made the stay, helping us with transport and recommendations. The villa has a kitchen and a pool and it’s about a 10 minute walk or 2 minute scooter ride to Padang Padang beach. It really was the perfect place to explore the Bukit from and I’d go back in a heartbeat!
General Bali Tips
- When you arrive you will need to pay $35USD for the entry visa. You can pay in most currencies, it cost us about $42AUD. When you leave there is a 200k Rupiah (about $20AUD) departure tax so make sure you have that tucked away.
- Don’t be afraid of bargaining – that’s how they roll in Bali! Do it with a smile and be prepared to walk away if you don’t get the price you want. I would decide how much I was willing to pay before asking the price and go from there. Sometimes they’ll give you a crazy high price to start with so don’t be afraid to offer much (much) less. If it’s still too high for you, say ‘no thanks” and walk away! There will be another shop selling the same thing, I promise.
- Ask for the meter to be turned on when you hop in a Taxi or agree on a price before you hop in.
- Bali runs on island time – so relax into it! You might find food takes a while to come and things take a little longer than you’re used to. The great thing is, you’re in a tropical paradise and you’re probably there to slow down! Sit back, and take it all in.
Lots of love and happy travels!,