Recently, we travelled to Bali to shoot our soon to be released AW17 Collection. Thankfully, it wasn't all work, and we managed to visit some of our favourite spots whilst there. After taking many trips there over the years, we wanted to share some of our top tips to help you plan the trip of a lifetime, should you be planning a visit to this beautiful island.
One of the main reasons we love Bali, is the chilled out vibe. Even though there are some lovely restaurants to dine in, floaty and relaxed is the way to go.
Our essentials are:
Hotels / Villas:
The Oberoi, Seminyak - Perfect for a couples retreat
The Ungasan, Uluwatu - The most spectacular infinity pool you'll ever see. With it's own private beach club, Sundays Beach Club.
The W Hotel, Seminyak - Right in the heart of Seminyak, perfect for a trip away with the girls.
Hideaway Villas, Uluwatu - Perfect for a peaceful and quiet stay
The traffic is pretty crazy in Bali, and therefore most of the locals get around on mopeds. Although they are a lot of fun, we wouldn't recommend if you are visiting that you do this as the roads can be quite dangerous. Instead, we use Taxis to get around the island. At only $3 - 4 dollars to travel across town, it's a great alternative even if it does take a little longer.
Uber runs in Bali as well as a local alternative Go Jek. Although be careful if you are using either of these services as the local taxi drivers aren't too keen on the app takeover!
La Lucciola - Delicious Italian restaurant overlooking the beach. A relaxed evening dining ambiance in the open air under a huge Balinese thatched roof where you are served great pasta and wine.
Sardine - Charming seafood restaurant on the outskirts of Seminyak town. Ask to have your dessert overlooking the paddy fields.
Sarong - Seating arranged under two traditional pavilions with food inspired by the flavours across South East Asia.
Motel Mexicola - A lively hangout offering tasty Mexican bites. Finish your meal off with some dancing on the table!
Bars and Beach Clubs:
Ku De Ta - Best spot for a sunset drink before dinner
Potato Head - Lively beach club with a swim up bar
Finns Beach Club - A personal favourite
Rock Bar - Incredible views, an experience not to be missed!
The Monkey Temple in Ubud
White water rafting
Shop at the local markets
Wander the boutiques of Seminyak
Surfing (we recommend a lesson if you're a beginner, the waves are big in Bali!)
Dine in one of the many delicious restaurants
Party the day away at a beach club
Indulge yourself in a relaxing massage
We hope that's given you lots of inspiration for your trip to this beautiful island!
Love, Marble Swimwear xx
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