On Point Bali Blogs 

Hey friends if you are heading to a particular area of Bali, then be sure to hit up ( or follow ) these excellent Instagram accounts, Facebook pages and boutique blogs providing you with the most up to date and best deals for each location. These accounts are dedicated to their area and are a wealth of knowledge. LOVE their work. 

The Gu Guide

https://cangguguide.com/

Insta: @guguidebali

The Seminyak Snob

http://www.theseminyaksnob.com/

Insta: @the_seminyak_snob

UbudHood

Insta: @ubudhood

The Bukit Guide

Insta: @thebukitguide

The Lembongan Traveller

https://www.thelembongantraveller.com/

Insta: @thelembongantraveller

The Gili Guide

http://thegiliguide.com/

Insta: @thegiliguide 

LMB  xxx 

Location by location, popular tourist spots in Bali. 

Hey Bali Lovers, I get loads of private messages every day asking for advice and information about holidays tips to which I have an automated response pointing people to my app for most queries ( apologies as for years I have tried to provide personalised responses and just couldn’t keep up with the queries any longer). However a reoccurring theme regarding which area of Bali to stay in is repeated of late. So my little run down of popular locations includes: Kuta – head to Kuta if you are keen for market shopping, enjoy partying and socialising which includes loads of alcohol consumption, have your wits and common sense about you regarding personal safety and crime, enjoy shopping for all the International Brands at larger Shopping malls, love to socialise with the locals at the beach bars and are looking for larger hotels with all the mod cons or also ‘old school’ smaller Bali home stays for budget travellers. A plus side to Kuta is the close proximity to Waterbom Park and the Baby Turtle Sanctuary. 

Legian – Legian is not too far from the airport and is great again for market style shopping, some boutiques and nice casual dining options and is somewhat close to Waterbom Park. It is a softer option for the party crowd with several sports bars dotted around and is great if you enjoy casual sunset drinks on the beach. Legian is popular for budget and luxe travellers with a range of hotels to suit all travellers and sits beautifully in between Seminyak and Kuta. Families enjoy Legian due to having many popular beach side eateries great when travelling with kids. 

Seminyak- Seminyak is a definitely more upmarket and has considerably more boutiques and only small pockets of Market style shopping. The cafes, dining options and Bars are definitely more upmarket and fashionable and the style of accommodation is also more mid priced to luxury with a large blend of resorts and luxury villas available. 

Umalas/ Batu Belig / Berawa – are beautiful areas which are quickly becoming built up, yet have smaller style hotels with a blend of Villas as well. There are no market stalls or large shopping malls, however there are some excellent cafes and restaurants and some boutiques and they are much quieter than perhaps Seminyak, Legian and Kuta. These areas are great if your keen to explore both Seminyak and Canggu. 

Canggu – Canggu has become incredibly popular in recent years and attracts a lot of families and younger people. There are some great, cafes and smaller bars which have popped up and a small amount of boutiques. There aren’t any market stalls, shopping malls etc but there is awesome surf. Splash water park + Bounce and Strike Bowling Alley are big draw cards for families. 

Balian and Medewi- are fantastic little get away locations with no shopping, no sports bars, no night clubs. Casual budget accommodation and dining options are abundant and great surf and beautiful scenery is why people come here. 

Candidasa – A beautiful village vibe with small casual dining options. No shopping, nor night clubs and there are a few larger exclusive resorts but mainly smaller home stays and budget resorts. 

Sanur – still has that old school, quiet Bali vibe with budget and luxury accommodation, calmer beaches than other locations, so it’s good for those with small children. Sanur has some market shopping, yet no boutiques or large scale shopping malls and has some lovely casual eateries and is a very popular location for retirees. 

Nusa Dua- Has some of the islands most beautiful beaches and is mostly large scale upmarket resorts. There is one large shopping Centre although it has manly local crafts for sale and a food Hall type of thing. So not an area for much shopping or dining out other than what the resorts have on offer. Popular for Golf enthusiasts, families which like resorts which offer everything and those with higher budgets. 

Balangan – is a stunning beachside location and is mainly for surfers or those wanting to relax with very casual, local style eating options and boutique or very casual budget accommodation. It’s a favourite of mine as I enjoy the coastal tranquility. 

Bingin/ Padang Padang / Uluwatu – again another favourite of mine and is mainly for surfers / beach lovers and again families wanting to coastal vibes to relax. With stunning beaches (however loads of stairs need to be navigated to access them not for those who are elderly, unfit or may have special needs). There are a couple of boutiques and great coffee spots and cafes however no markets, nightclubs, large shopping malls etc. 

Ubud – remains a craft and yoga hub for those seeking beautiful scenery and a retreat perhaps. Ubud has some of the best markets on the Island for shopping and a range of boutiques and Tegallalang rice fields are a must for craft shopping and viewing. There is a huge variety of dining options as well. 

Lembongan- is incredibly laid back and mainly for surfers, divers and snorkelers with a great variety of accomodation, yet no shopping or nightlife at all. 

Gili’s – are stunning and for those who love to dive and snorkel and also those that love to party hard. 

I haven’t been to Bedugal, Lovina or Amed as I get super car sick so can’t really comment until one day when I travel around the entire island to find new discoveries and will report back. I hope that helps a little xxx

Jungle Fish, Ubud ~ Bali

After walking the Campuan Ridge we decided to check out the new Jungle Fish Restaurant in Ubud. Set on the hillside with this stunning view this classy new place boasts a delicious and eclectic menu. We enjoyed the Pink Panther ( dragonfruit smoothie), choc shakes, Squid, Meatballs, Nuggets and a great fish, fennel and cous cous lunch.  We completed the meal with creamy cold icecream and hot chocolate lava cake. You can choose to dine up on the balcony or chill poolside with a more casual bar snack menu. You do need to pay to swim and lounge by the pool bar and your kids will need to be supevised however are more than welcome, with a great kids menu as well. A stunning new place for lunch if you are in Ubud. xxx

   

    
   

Bambu Indah ~ Ubud.

So I came across this amazing photo on Pinterest of Bambu Indah, and I immediately was drawn to stay here a while. Bambu Indah is a stunning yet distinctive boutique hotel which was carefully curated by designers and long term residents of Bali, John and Cynthia Hardy. In 2005, eleven antique Javanese bridal homes were brought to Bali and restored. Bambu Indah is available to for those seeking something a little more unique yet being comforted by the luxury and service of an intimate hotel. Bamboo Indah prides itself on combining antique architecture and design, with modern and sustainable practices in a luxury environment. Welcomed with a fresh baby coconut you are ushered into a larger space through these amazing pod like structures, the design is amazing and will leave you sitting ever so elegantly with your mouth wide open in amazement. Indulge yourself with some of the really yummy cuisine from the home-grown ingredients. As butterflies giant bees and red dragon flies float around the garden, you can make a splash into the fresh water pool. Bambu Indah does not have concrete paths as the paths are made from flat stones that are, at times, irregular. It is inappropriate for wheelchairs or strollers, but perfect for anyone looking to relax in a tranquil retreat. Whilst most pools in Bali use enough chemicals to melt your skin off, this one has been built by digging a hole, lined with high density polyethylene which is recyclable after its 60 year life cycle, and use lava stones and a vegetation regeneration zone, which naturally cleanses, filters and oxygenates the water. A water flow system which creates a natural pool that does not use chlorine, algaecides or cement.The result? clear water so clean you can drink it, surrounded with large, beautiful stones from the mountains, a rope swing for the Tarzans in your family and deck chairs to relax. We stayed in the two room house, which is named after John’s oldest daughter, Elora, this is a house of light and style. This house is filled with Tibetan carpets and antique Chinese and Javanese furniture. It has a downstairs bedroom with a private garden bathroom. Enjoy an afternoon tea, or laze on one of the many daybeds, when you walk through the new building the view is absolutely breath taking with a huge valley below with the river, rice paddies, swaying palm trees and on a clear day Mt Agung staring back at you. Dare if you wish to climb the huge tree house and feel like you are in the tree canopy, or find the magic door in the garden leading you down the valley slope through the most fairy like garden walk, of secret pathways, Indian Jones style bridges and more. You must play with the musical instruments also they make the most whimsical sounds I have ever heard, my boys did not want to leave. We loved this place, a perfect blend of rustic charm, boutique comfort, fun and intrigue. I cant wait to return. For more details and booking inquires see the website http://bambuindah.com/DSC_0432 - Copy (2)

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Melukat Di Sebatu ~ Karmic Cleansing Ritual

After some really unfortunate events occurring this past year for me, a Balinese Hindu friend suggested we head on out to Sebatu ( about 10 minutes from Ubud) for a Melukat purification ceremony. I’m of no particular religion and I really didn’t want to impose, however after being reassured we would be welcomed we decided to go on the adventure. We packed appropriate traditional attire and had all our required offerings, it was a full moon which adds more power to the ceremony. I gave some of the locals a giggle when I got changed in the car park rather than down near the water however on we pressed down a few hundred stairs ( one guy laughing as he told us there were 700 of them). We knelt down and prayed with a small flower 3 times, we waved the incense, we then lined up and walked on the slippery pebbles, in the icy cold water. After inquiring if I could just splash myself a little, I was told no I need to get into it entirely I held my breath and lay back. We then submerged ourselves under the freezing waterfall and then once truly cleansed we went and repeated the prayer ritual ( I didn’t drink the water as others were doing). We changed ( definitely not for shy people as there are not private facilities) into our traditional attire and returned to pray once more and provide the appropriate offerings. The water at times goes dark and murky and this represents the negativity leaving the body. We were so cold and a little overwhelmed and forgot to look at the colour of the water. I am looking forward to seeing how my cleansed karma pans out. This is not really a tourist attraction as such as you need to prepare all the required offerings to participate. It would also not be appropriate to just observe as at this particular place its a pretty confined area. It is not suitable if you are not particularly fit or are elderly due to the many slippery stairs to climb. It was an amazing adventure and very emotional for me to be a part of and I am extremely grateful. If you have some Balinese Hindu friends perhaps ask them if they could take you in small groups if you are particularly interested. There are a few other water temples around the island where you can also particpate in this ritual.
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Alchemy = Raw Vegan Cafe & Salad Bar, Juice & Smoothie Bar, Raw Chocolaterie, Colon Hydrotherapy, Holistic Clinic

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Alchemy is a place of transformation created by a group of earth-loving, tree hugging, downshifters who met in Bali and connected over their passions for live food, green juice and raw chocolate! In the current insatiable material world, they are here to promote heart-based culture and set the intention for unconditional Love, Authenticity, Health, and Gratitude and they are doing this well !  These are their values and they practice them every single day. They aim to stock superfoods, fresh organic produce, and are boasting the best organic juices in town, they create the most delicious raw salad bar, and have hard-to-find products in Bali, they have a great range of organic cosmetics & house essentials, home-made snacks, raw desserts & chocolates – which are as much locally sourced  & organic as possible! Located in Ubud , Jalan Penestanan. Phone +62 361 971981 Web – http://www.alchemybali.com/  email – hello@alchemybali.com Instagram @alchemybali

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~ The Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud ~

So credit where credit is due this little guy is pretty cute, as long as he is only in 2D and on my computer screen. To say I am scared of monkeys would be a huge understatement, after several devastating traumatic events. Including being bitten ( hard, drawing blood and instilling the fear of rabies ) by an alleged pet at a dodgy villa we stayed at, having a 3 foot tall male monkey in Ulu’s try to steal my baby ( or perhaps it was the mango we were sharing still undetermined) and being deep in the Sacred Forest, 8 months pregnant and having my “friends” (yes you know who you are) and the banana seller lady (with the  big stick) think it funny to throw bunches of bananas at my feet and call all 605 monkeys in from the forest to feed off me ( or the bananas again undetermined).  I think I am quite within my rights to never want to look at a monkey again. However the novice Bali traveller may wish to visit the Sacred Monkey Forrest in Ubud. There are approximately 605 (according to the website)  long tailed macaques which live in the monkey forest being of 4 distinct troupes. Within Balinese Hinduism, monkeys represent positive and negative forces. The Balinese both loathe and revere monkeys for example the ones that that occupy sacred Balinese Hindu temple sites (like the Sacred Monkey Forest) tend to be revered and protected by the Balinese. One reason for this is that monkeys, in the form of a Barong, are believed to be capable of guarding temple sites against evil spirits. However, they are also of the belief that monkeys can be negative in nature which is reinforced when, for example, they raid rice fields or snatch items from their shops. There is a small fee to enter the forest and I recommend you do not have any items like sunglasses, water bottles, snacks or phones in your pockets or on you, as they will be taken by the monkeys. You have been warned !

Monkey Forest Road, Padangtegal Ubud.
photo Copyright © Kalle Kiander ( http://www.kiander.se )

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Bali Buda Cafe & Health Food Shops

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If you love your food fresh, organic, ethically sourced and have small toddlers in tow? you may really like the Bali Buda Cafe, with its focus on real food, it is a great place opening from 7 – 22:00, 7 days a week and popping up in several locations on the island. They have a small enclosed reading/ play area to contain the toddlers while you enjoy a fresh mixed juice or a wrap packed full of goodness. Here are the locations

Bali Buda Bukit

Shop & Home Delivery – Jl Raya Uluwatu, Br Wanagiri
Nusa Dua, Badung Bali, Indonesia – 

Bali Buda Ubud

Café, Shop & Home Delivery – Jl Jembawan #1 (across from the Ubud Post Office)
Ubud, Mas, Gianyar 80571 Bali – Indonesia

Bali Buda Kerobokan

Café, Shop & Home Delivery – Jl Banjar Anyar #24
Kerobokan Bali -Indonesia

Their Services

  • We strive to offer healthy homemade meals that satisfy all dietary persuasions.
  • We deliver meals and groceries within a certain radius from each of our outlets – call to see if your area is applicable.
  • We can send our products to other islands within Indonesia, please contact us for further details.
  • We offer info on how to enjoy a day at the farms we buy from. See Our Farms for more info.
  • We do birthday cakes, see our birthday cake book for ideas – please order 48 hours ahead.
  • We have a rack of information about many of our products in the shops.
  • We act as resource center for any community events, health and nutritional information.

For more details Click here