We bring you each month our coolest places to go, food we love and experiences we enjoy. We will also share with you news about inspiring artists, designers and entrepreneurs. Our 5 May favorites are exclusively from our travel through the magical island of Bali:
Bisma Eight Boutique hotel | Ubud, Bali
We love Ubud, an amazing little town in the highlands of Bali, filled with traditional art and craft. If you are traveling to Bali, there is no way around visiting Ubud.
And even though it has become quite touristy over the years, not only because of Elizabeth Gilbert’s infamous book ’Eat, Pray, Love’, there is still some pretty cool hotspots. We definitely recommend Ubud’s Bisma Eight, surrounded by nature, just a little away from the main strip and the tourist hustle bustle of the center. This gorgeous industrial-chic boutiquey hotel with only 38 spacious suites divided into 3 categories, is an absolutely luxurious treat. We had the pleasure of staying in one of the Forest Suites on the upper floor. A huge 50 square meter suite with a separate living area and a private jungle-view balcony for a magnificent view over the rainforest trees.
The interior is a perfect match of Japanese minimalism, Scandinavian-style furniture and accessories that reflect tradition Balinese craftsmanship. The highlight of the suite is the huge Japanese onsen-style tub in the bathroom, made from Canadian cedar wood. This tub is a statement of pure indulgence. From lazy days in the sun, with your eyes on the green tropical backdrop, the subtle noise of the jungle in your ears, to the hotels own (heated outdoor) infinitely pool, which will blow you away! Think killer cocktails by your side to romantic sunsets and candlelight dinners in the evening.
Workshops and classes
If you like to stay active on holidays, Bisma Eight is your soulmate ever. Depending on the day of your stay, there are Hatha yoga sessions on the rooftop from 8 – 9 am (daily), Balinese traditional dance workshops from 4 – 5pm (Monday), Canang Sari (Balinese offerings) from 4 -5pm (Tuesday), Balinese traditional cooking classes from 10:30 – 11:30am (Thursday), a Crafty Mocktail Masterclass from 3 – 4pm (Saturday) and an Ubud town leisure cycling, held from 4 -5pm every Saturday & Sunday.
Food and drinks
From the lobby, a staircase leads up to heavenly Copper Kitchen & Bar. The menu is full of traditional and international dishes made from locally-sourced ingredients, including the hotel’s organic garden. For a gentle breeze and a view at dinner, go for a table on the trellised rooftop. You can take your breakfast anywhere you’d like; from waffles with yuzu parfait, ricotta dumplings, poached eggs, fresh pastries and more, with freshly squeezed juices, herbal teas and delicious coffee. For serious cocktails head to the hotelbar. You can also order ice-cold drinks and after-swim cocktails and nibbles throughout the day at the Pool Pavilion, and the Library Cafe, where you can enjoy a really good cup of coffee with a book from the hotel’s collection. The cafe brews Kintamani-grown Arabica coffee from local Tetap Happy Coffee Roasters.
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For more Ubud adventures
The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, an important spiritual, economic, educational and conservation center for the village of Padantegal, is just one kilometer away as is also Folk Pool & Gardens, just a 10-minute walk from the hotel. For brunch, order eggs many ways, freshly-baked breads, fruit-filled smoothies and lychee iced tea. Following the ’clash of cultures’-theme of the cafe, the 25 meters long outdoors swimming pool is an inclusive leisure spot, where you can indeed ’clash and splash’. On weekly basis Folk provides great themed events and Sundays a selected DJ will make the poolwater vibrate. Check out their program: www.folkubud.com.
Ubud (medicine in Sanskrit) was once a center for medicating the body & soul. Nowadays it is full of (healthy) boutiques; check out the many Bali shops with the best organic, natural and eco-friendly items. Kou Bali, for organic & natural handmade soap, Kou Cuisine for natural and delicious handmade jams. Try our favorite: milk caramel. Venture further afield to the mesmerizing Tegalalang Ceking Rice Terraces in Jalan Raya Tegalalang. Btw, avoid going at midday; get tracking early morning or late afternoon. Enjoy the cool mountain breezes and on the way, the longest row of art shops from generations of woodcarvers and craftsmen.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu | Uluwatu, Bali
Bali, aka the ’Island of the Gods’, is home to more than thousand temples. We love to feature one amazing temple, the Pura Luhur Uluwatu or popularly known as the Uluwatu temple, spectacular located on a cliff’s edge approx. 70 metres above sea level.
This temple is celebrated for its regilious importance and the stunning naturel surrounding. Thus making it one of the prominent sites in Bali, frequented by the Balinese Hindu pilgrims and visitors to the island alike. It is one of the six key temples believed to be Bali’s spiritual pillars. Just like anything else important and historical, the history of Uluwatu temple is documented on ancient lontar, palm leaf scrolls inscribed with ancient Balinese or Javanese letters.
Pura Luhur Uluwatu is also one of the top places on the island to go for a really stunning sunset, overlooking the beautiful Indian Ocean and daily Kecak dances performances.
Opening hours: 09:00 – 18:00. As a place of worship however, it is open 24 hours daily. Location: Pura Luhur Uluwatu is located in Pecuta Village, Kuta sub-district, Badung regency.
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Crate Cafe | Canggu, Bali
The concept of Crate is to offer good food, good prices and great vibes. Delicious dishes are 50K, about 3 euro. Drinks start from 25K. All ingredients are brought in fresh every morning, reducing the need for fridges (energy saving) and no food waste as they use all products.
Working with only local suppliers and local staff and therefore helping out the community. The success of Crate is to keep the concept simple and consistent – so the lovely owner told us. The new Crate is a cafe, a conceptstore and a gallery in one, giving new upcoming brands the chance to present their collection to a large audience. The Crate Concept Store has a curated range of clothes, jewelry and accessories. Next to the store you’ll find the Crate Gallery. It’s great that Crate gives a platform to young creative people. Crate, I love you a latte!
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Indigo Resort | Seminyak, Bali
If you have a chance to go to the new Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach, you will definitely living the actual tropical dream holiday! With the grand opening this month, this newly-built property celebrates both the ancient and modern zeitgeist of Bali.
Designed by A49, with 270-room resort and 19 villas laid out across 4.7ha, InterContinental’s Indigo brand has opened its first resort, at the southern end of Mesari Beach in Bali’s Seminyak. Indigo’s design remit looks to the neighbourhood for inspiration, delivering a contemporary interpretation where the emphasis is on fun. There are lots of delightful touches such as local goodies in the minibar and room service delivered in tiffin carriers (traditional lunch boxes). Each light-filled guest room comes with a day bed and spa-inspired ensuite, local fabrics and objets-d’art; the 19 really amazing villas feature wonderfully private outdoor pools, whirlpools and marble bathrooms and are laid out like a typical Balinese house.
Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach welcomes everyone to its cozy yet chic lobby, all decked in wood-panelled flooring and furnished with sleek, contemporary chairs and tables. Enjoy the brilliant and expansive Main Pool, the Secret Garden Pool and 4 jacuzzis, where as the third swimming pool is one for children only. There are 7 lifestyle dining offerings, to suit every moment of the day or night, with great food & drinks. Sunday brunch is really awesome! You’re beyond spoilt for delicious food choices at this oh-so fabulous hotel with an open kitchen concept featuring live stations such as, fried dim sum, pizza, banh mi, as well as buffet spread of local’s favorites like nasi goreng, mie goreng, satay and many more. Not to mention of course the impressive and delicious dessert station.
Leisure facilities for guests range from local cultural explorations to body and mind wellness. The spa features 10 treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge, a reflexology lounge, a nail beauty lounge and a 24-hour Health Club with a yoga space, power stretching, weight-lifting, martial arts and TRX. All in all, we loved every day!
Seasalt Restaurant| Seminyak, Bali
One of the little things we certainly take home are the salted watermelon amuse bouches. They are so deliciously addictive!
The juicy, crisp flavor of the watermelon helps soothe the kick of the salt. If you’re planning a special dinner and looking for a seafood restaurant with a view, drop by at Seasalt Seminyak. It has a calm atmosphere, a minimalistic but chic bar. We choose the deck over the indoor area. Simply because of the incredible ocean view and the company of live acoustic performance. The dining concept of Seasalt is amazing, bringing guests a taste directly from the sea. It is not only about fish, prawns, crabs and shellfishes but also seaweeds and the sea salt itself. For us, it was a memorable experience, the fresh unique food, the undisturbed ocean view, the smell of seawater, the waves sound and the cosy set-up of the restaurant. Thank you, Seasalt for the lovely and delicious B-day cake. Everything was perfect!
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