IF you're lucky enough to be escaping winter for pastel sunsets, cocktails and unfathomably cheap massages, then this is your go-to guide for making your green eyed friends watching at home (on Instagram, obviously) even more jealous.
Potato Head Beach Club: The only place in Bali to watch the sunset. Make sure you arrive early afternoon to secure the best spot. Alternatively, you can make a day of it by swimming in the pool from 11am… just don't expect to be able to find your credit card by the time they call 'final drinks.'
Earth Cafe, Seminkyak: Housed amidst the upmarket retail ghetto of Seminyak, this vegetarian cafe and store boasts salads, sandwiches, tacos and fresh juices so colourful that you won't even need to add a filter.
Single Fin Bar, Uluwatu: This surfer's bar and restaurant built on a high cliff overlooking the sea is also a prime sunset watching locale. Make sure you go on a Sunday night for the 'Sunday Sunset Sessions' hosted by a live band and DJ's that actually play decent music.
Old Man's, Canggu: Set a bit back from the foreshore, Old Man's is a beer garden and restaurant with a long bar and lots of scattered tables- the perfect place if you're travelling in a large group. It's pretty laid-back and colourful, with the ultimate island-life vibe.
Betelnut Cafe, Canggu: Breakfast, lunch or just coffee, Betelnut is an eclectic cafe that focuses on light and healthy cuisine, with plenty of flavour.
Gili Trawangan: Okay, this place is simply magical. Gili T is the largest of the three Gili Islands and motorised vehicles are prohibited- we chose to ride bicycles around the Island but there is also the option of horse-drawn carts. Amazing sunsets, crystal waters, and lots of places to eat and drink (and party until the wee hours if that's your jam).
The Gili Swings: For your very own Pinterest moment, make sure you venture to the Gili Swings. The swings are actually about a 20 minute bike ride (opposite Hotel Ombak Sunset) from where most of the Gili T hotels are located. Hence why a lot of people seem to call these the imaginary swings. Trust me, they do exist but you will have to wait in line for a photo, so it's not really as serene as the photo makes out...
Ubud: take a yoga class at Yoga Barn and book a tour at the John Hardy workshop for rare insight into the world of luxury jewellery making.
Where to stay:
Canggu- The Calmtree Bungalows
Seminyak: Hotel Villa Lumbug
Gili Trawangan: Hotel Vila Ombak