Bali, I love you. The most beautiful, scenic, spiritual, interesting and colourful place I’ve been lucky enough to experience. Bali was more than incredible; it was inspiring and really opened my eyes in many ways. Bali is peaceful, but also bursting with life and their lovely people possess a refreshing aura of being truly happy, content and thoroughly blessed which is the beauty of Balinese culture.
Appreciation is huge in Bali, Balinese people are especially thankful for everything they have which is something that really influenced me. We went from Seminyak to Ubud, then to the Gili Islands, back to Ubud and finally back to Seminyak. Every part was simply wonderful, I wish we had more time there!
From Bali’s picturesque rice terraces to the tranquil healing temples, the serene beauty of Bali will forever mesmerise me and I’ve fallen in love with the place and even more in love with life! It was wonderful to see how gracious, down to earth and laid-back their beautiful people were. They all seemed to really live in the moment, see the good in everything and be nothing but happy and passionate about life.
I was constantly tip-toeing over little woven baskets, crafted by Balinese women that are plaited with palm leaves, filled with Balinese flowers, an incense stick and an assortment of offerings for the Gods. This is something Balinese people do every day and they include small amounts of what they’ve ate to say thank you. These are placed in front of family temples and shrines or their house or shop, the small peace offerings are everywhere you look which is really lovely and quite inspirational. The constant waves, smiles and positivity – what is not to love about Bali culture!
I couldn’t help but feel intrigued everywhere I looked, there’s so much going on and a lot of character in Bali, all you want to do is explore. Bali is incredibly artistic, from intricate wood carved doors (I really do have a thing for doors) to charming hand paintings and delightful complex hand-made jewellery, the place is just heaven. I was in awe. Visiting Bali definitely didn’t help my jewellery obsession.
The food is also incredible, you come across hidden street finds, full of flavour that has you thinking about it for days. There were a lot of organic/ natural raw food places that I actually really enjoyed. You can definitely taste the difference, organic food is just so fresh, pure, and full of natural flavour and you feel really good and full of energy afterwards.
We loved our stay at Le Jardin Boutique Villas and The Golden Tulip in Seminyak, the staff where exceptionally friendly and our villa was perfect. Seminyak is full of hand-crafted market stalls, great food choices, chilled pool parties situated on the beach, fun bars and the perfect beach for surfing and watching sunset. Having a scooter is a must in Seminyak – it is really busy and you can definitely get more into your day if you have a scooter. They’re also quite fun too!
Restaurants to visit:
La Lucciola – beautiful location with the prettiest fairy lights, but more importantly utterly delicious food. If your obsessed with prawns like me, try the spaghetti with king prawns, garlic and lemon. Amazing.
Métis – French, lovely romantic grounds, amazing desert.
Sarong – Asian cuisine, wonderful setting, incredible flavour and lovely atmosphere.
Ku De Ta – delicious pizza in many varieties to chill by the pool and beachfront with.
Cafe Organic – locally produced organic foods, super-smoothies, so much choice. Absolutely delicious. The blueberry pancakes are heaven on a plate.
Coral pyjama blouse in sheer stripe – ASOS
Black and white check ruffle skirt – Zara
Suede tie-up sandals – ASOS
Red mini bag – ZARAPink floral embroidered co-ord – H&M
Suede pink tie up sandals – ASOS
Red embellished mini bag – Zara
I’ve become obsessed with wearing shirts opened and off the shoulder. It’s a little different and makes your outfit that little bit dressier. I also rolled up those extra-long sleeves to create the illusion of puffed sleeves (also obsessed with sleeves at time minute). When I have my shoulders exposed I simply have to wear some sort of necklace/ drop earrings or I feel too bare but I did both (mainly because I couldn’t for the life of me get my necklace off). It’s either earrings or a necklace for me if the earrings are quite big but I kinda liked wearing both. That adorable handmade straw mini bag was also my favourite find in Bali. So cute!
Shirt – Zara. I also wore lace shorts underneath this from H&M.
Drop earrings – Asos.
Straw heeled mules – Office.
Necklace – Etsy.
Thank you Seminyak, you have been wonderful! 💗