A Guide to Beautiful Bali, part 3- WHERE TO PLAY & RELAX
Welcome to the third and final part of my ‘Bali Blog’!
In this part I’m going to take you on a journey of some of the best activities and things to do in Bali however it’s probably worth noting now that I’m more of a ‘relax on the beach with a book’ kinda gal than a ‘lets go for a 4 hour trek up the mountain’ gal so these suggestions are for the sloth in all of us.
- Spring Day Spa, Seminyak: We fell in love with Spring Day Spa on our first visit and made 2 or 3 more visits to this Seminyak spa during our time in Bali. Between the clean white interiors with hints of beach wood, warm welcoming staff and top of the line treatments, we seriously couldn’t get enough. Manicures, pedicures, full body massages and even a ‘Charcoal Facial’ later and we still wanted more.
- Away Spa at the W, Seminyak: I was lucky enough to have a visit included in my package whilst staying at the W and so checked out the space-age feeling day spa and all it’s offerings. Super high-tech and fancy, the Away Spa offers an oxygen bar, steam and sauna rooms and that’s all while you’re waiting for your beauty therapist! I was treated to a 24 carat gold body wrap, which left me feeling a million dollars (and sparkly like Edward Cullen).
- Amana Spa, Seminyak: You never know what you’re going to get when you visit the little spas owned by the villas themselves. With Amana Villas and their spa I was so pleasantly surprised. A rose petal foot bath kicked things off and it was all up hill from there!
- Karma Spas, Uluwatu: Hands down by far and away the most breathtaking, beautiful setting for a massage or beauty treatment. Nothing better than turning off the ‘wind chimes’ sound track and listening to the actual ocean crashing below you.
- Ubud Yoga House, Ubud: find your centre with a spot of morning yoga overlooking the lush green rice paddies in Ubud. It’s the one spot in the area for it so pop in and collect your thoughts with like-minded yogis!
- Balinese Cooking Class at The Alma, Seminyak: I’ve always wanted to do a cooking class in Bali (mainly because I can’t cook so if Nasi Goreng is going to be my one signature dish, at least it’ll be authentic!) I organized a three course one for myself, Lisa, Jake and Gen at the Amala in Seminyak and we had an absolute ball. You’re first taken through all the locally sourced ingredients and told all about their food and healing properties (before being told the Western equivalent so we’re able to make the dishes at home). We all took turns slicing and dicing, stirring the pot, making our satay chicken sticks and banana fritters, all the while improving our culinary skills with the local chef. We passed with flying colours (and have the certificates to prove it) and were so hungry from all our hard work, pigged out on the delicious fruits of our labour.
- Shopping, Kuta/Seminyak/Ubud: Bali is known for it’s excellent (and cheap) shopping. Poppys Lane 1 and 2 in Kuta is great for market good’s. Cheap sun dresses, fake Adidas tee’s and replica Chloe sunnies can be found here but make sure you at least ATTEMPT to barter- because they will sure as hell attempt to rip you off! There’s also a new shopping centre in Kuta which has shops like Top Shop for a little less than it costs back home. Seminyak has all the boutique-y stores selling stuff you’d find in Paddington or on Chapel St. Shakahuchi and NLP are just two of the popular fashion labels produced in Bali so you can grab yourself some bargains, especially if you’re cool with it being a season or 2 old. Ubud is famous for it’s silver wear and you can find some really beautiful bracelets, rings etc for a fraction of the price that you would normally pay.
So there you have it! A guide to beautiful Bali. Feel free to send me a Inbox message if you have any further questions or just want a little bit more info on any of my Bali blogs.