We'll be the first ones to admit that we're pretty spoiled when it comes to travel. From the plentiful, gorgeous coastlines of Australia - including our stunning home base on the Gold Coast - to the fascinating, culturally rich, nearby destinations of New Zealand, Fiji, India, Indonesia, and other parts of Southeast Asia, we are never at a loss for new destinations to explore and inspire our sense of style.
Without a doubt, however, one of favourites will always be the 'Island of the Gods,' aka Bali, Indonesia. Please enjoy photos from our recent trip, as well as tips for enjoying your bohemian Bali getaway (with style advice included).
Bali: Discovering the Island of the Gods
First, a little background. The only Hindu island in Indonesia, Bali is also home to the most expensive coffee in the world (Kopi Luwak), an assortment of different landscapes and climates - volcanoes, rainforests, beaches, mangroves, etc. - and a thriving cultural scene that includes daily offerings, ceremonies, dances and more.
For visitors who want to venture beyond the main tourist areas of Kuta, Seminyak, Ubud, Nusa Dua and Uluwatu (though they are absolutely worth a visit), we also recommend a trip to Bali's other islands of Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida, as well as the small fishing town of Amed. If you have the time (and aren't afraid of a rocky boat ride), the tropical Gili Islands are also a can't miss.
Favourite Bali Highlights:
Located in the southern region of the island just north of famed Uluwatu Beach, Bingin Beach is set alongside steep cliffs, renowned for its prime surfing conditions, low key dining options, oh so charming accommodations and prime sunset views.
Komune Bali Resort
Tucked away in the quiet area of Keramas in southeast Bali, Komune Bali offers exquisite accommodations fronted by several excellent surf breaks and a scenic black sand beach. While not a budget option, the staff and amenities are miles above most other resorts we've stayed in. Guests are encouraged to indulge in a number of their daily offerings, including the health hub with yoga and fitness classes, organic restaurant, and sparkling lagoon pool (and cocktails) at the Beach Club.
La Plancha Beach Bar & Restaurant
If colourful beach umbrellas, bean bags, Bintangs and cocktails in the sand sound like your idea of fun, head to this Seminyak staple for a memorable sunset celebration. While there are tons of posh beach bars and clubs around, sometimes a simple bean bag, live music and lovely view is all you need.
We are always on the hunt for new and exciting things to do in Bali, so if you have any suggestions you think we missed, feel free to leave them in the comments below. Thank you for reading!