Stopped by Bambu Indah in Ubud this morning, for breakfast. Designed by John Hardy, this eco-luxury boutique hotel is quite something.
Traditional Javanese bridal homes restored to perfection. Looks like a place I could spend a weekend at.
As I walked in to Barbacoa on Jalan Petitenget in Kerobokan, my gaze for whatever reason shifted to the right. And there he was. A big succulent pig 'sitting' in the pit.
After spotting him I knew exactly what I wanted for dinner!
Newly opened Barbacoa serves up a good selection of wood fire BBQ items in tapas type portions. Everything is to share. Best of all it is situated in a cavernous warehouse space which is quite unique in Bali and looks impressive.
I've been meaning to try this place out for quite some time. Gorgeous, gorgeous is all I can say.
The tapas at Catalunya were exquisite, the suckling pig being the absolute highlight!
Oh yeah, right after slicing up the piglet our waiter did the customary throw of the cutting plate into the ground. Ole!
If someone was to ask me to paint an idyllic Bali image, one of the images that would come to mind is a beachside bungalow with a thatched roof, surrounded in incredible lushness, palm trees reaching out over the water, the sea gently lapping onto the shore, surrounded by peace and experiencing the gentle touch of the Balinese people.
Well, staying at the Gaia Oasis resort in northern Bali meets that description!
Located in Tejakula, discreetly tucked away on the beachside of northern Bali, the lushness of the landscape captivates your soul. The bungalows blend perfectly into the green surroundings, providing spacious and well appointed rooms with very high ceilings and the prerequisite outdoor bathroom / shower.
The restaurant serves wonderful organic food. When we were there, the menu was Ayurvedic. Not sure if that was due to the visiting yoga group, or if they have an Ayurvedic menu every day.
Oh my, the lamb curry with chapati is to die for! Actually everything tasted amazing at Lelle Lello!
Just don't wear your best pants to this small gelato shop / Indian pop-up kitchen right across the Samaya Hotel in Seminyak, for you definitely don't want to spray yourself with curry.
BTW, you may think the gelato / Indian combination is rubbish, but after your roti, you will see how well a guava gelato tastes. Even better, try out their 5-bowl degustation gelato special.
Merah Putih refers to the Indonesian flag - red white - so the menu is contemporary Indonesian and very good. Plus the decor is heavenly. Literally!
It is located on Jalan Petitenget in Seminyak.
Ulun Danu Beratan temple is one of the main temples of Bali, located on the shore of Beratan lake. It is also perhaps one of the more touristy ones. The setting is beautiful, the grounds are well kept yet they somehow allowed several kitschy elements to spoil the spiritual and historic feel of the place. All around the grounds you will find brightly coloured kitschy statues of various animals. Doesn't suit the place at all! Now why did they do that?!
If you're a surfer, you will love the spot for supposedly this is a good surfing point.
If you're not, then you come here for a casual lunch, lazy afternoon, and to watch the surf bods stroll by with customary board in hand.
Komune Beach Club is located up the coast of Sanur.