Candyfloss sunsets, a laidback lifestyle and Bondi-inspired wellness are just a very few reasons why Bali now has my heart. First visiting 6 years ago, I’m now on my 3rd visit to the Island, and I couldn’t love it more. Magical for mindfulness, healing for the soul and creativity inspiring, Bali really is a place that stays in your memories and imprints on your mind for many moons to come…

A daily dose of ocean breeze and a face of summer sun for over a month, Canggu has become my temporary residence for the next month and I couldn’t be happier about it. Located in South East Asia, it’s easily accessible from the UK (expect a minimum 16 hour flight), with flights into Denpasar daily from London airports. Having now been here a fair few weeks, I’ve now travelled around some of the more popular tourist spots and sussed out many an Instagram photo opportunity. I’ve visited Uluwatu and Ubud and frequented quite possibly every cafe, coffee spot and cocktail bar in Canggu. I’ve also sampled some of the most beautiful villas and hotels I’ve ever been lucky enough to stay at.

 

BEST IN CANGGU:

for the luxe factor…

The Santai, Canggu (chictretreats.com)

On the border between Seminyak and Canggu, The Santai hotel served up serious luxury. Comprised of private villas, I had 3 bedrooms with a larger than life swimming pool and beautiful surrounding gardens and spa area. I wanted to stay here forever, and not just because of the outdoor bathroom. Bigger than the bedrooms and lounge area together, an outdoor bathroom is quite possibly one of my favourite things about coming to Bali. At the Santai, they’ve stepped up their game though, and boast seriously beautiful bathrooms. Huge monsoon showers, a bath big enough for 4 and so Instagram worthy, you’ll want to recruit a live in photographer (or find yourself an Insta-husband). Second to showering however, the service was impeccable, the interiors and architecture were awe-inspiring and the food was so good you didn’t want to sample the outside restaurants. HIGHLIGHT: Reclining on a bean bag in the pool with a cocktail in hand and the sun on my face

 

BEST IN SEMINYAK

For a stunning Instagram shot…

The Amala, Seminyak (chictretreats.com)

After a 28 hour trip from London to Bali, I couldn’t have kickstarted my trip in a better way than arriving at gone midnight to this stunning villa. Stepping-stones over water paved the entrance to this small but perfectly formed private villa and with an open-air lounge/kitchen area, complete with pool, you’re definitely greeted with the wow factor. The master bedroom had bi-fold doors opening out onto the pool, along with a favourite of mine, a 4-poster bed. Treat yourself to a massage in their spa, your body will thank you for it, and order the pancakes for breakfast, they are beyond delicious. There are plenty of restaurants and beautiful beach clubs nearby too, should you wish to venture out. HIGHLIGHT: waking up with a view of the pool glistening in the sunlight and a clear blue sky above

 

 

Check out Chic Retreats to have a read of my interview with them HERE and head to their website to view all their other stunning locations and accommodation they offer. chicretreats.com

BEST IN ULUWATU

For a real Balinese experience…

Toraja Bambu, Uluwatu

Hidden away in the quieter area of Uluwatu, Toraja Bambu consists of wooden Torajan bungalows made of Bamboo and hoisted up into the air via a bamboo staircase. A canopy bed, an outdoor bathroom with huge monsoon shower and a swimming pool that you can wrack up some serious lengths in.  The Dharma cafe there serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and is quite possibly some of the best food I’ve eaten at a hotel before – order the chicken wrap, it’s outstanding! Also make use of the massage facilities there, the 60 minute full body massage was life changing and sorted out a cranky back I’d had from some over zealous dancing the night before. Outsdie of the hotel, Single Fin Beach Club and Ulu Cliffhouse are both must-sees, with out of this world views, cocktails to enjoy in the sun and all night parties. Check which days/evenings they have events on though – Single Fin hosts parties Wednesday’s and Sunday’s. HIGHLIGHT: Eating breakfast at Dharma Cafe and looking out over the pool area onto the sea.