I'm back from a 10-day adventure in Bali! While rough around the edges, this island in the center of Indonesia has a lot to offer for the yoga- and nature-loving traveler. Check out a few other photos on Instagram and see my food & accommodation recommendations below!
A few of my recommendations:
Take a yoga class from Bex in the open air studio at Yoga Barn. The classes here were life-changing. (Ubud, Bali)
Hike Mt. Batur at sunrise. Yes it feels like this trek is controlled by the Balinese mafia and is a huge tourist attraction, but the views were incredible, and the mug of tea and banana sandwich (cooked by VOLCANO STEAM) at the top never tasted so good. (Kintamani, Bali)
Swim in the waterfalls at Sekumpul. Worth the 200 stairs back up after. (Buleleng, Bali)
Scuba with turtles and clown fish while doing a test-dive to the reefs off Lombok. I am so glad I did this and was really happy with the instruction and guides at Manta Dive. (Gili Trawangan, Lombok)
Nine Heaven Vegan Warung for delicious vegan Indonesian food and kimchi. Despite feeling a bit stifled in Ubud, this city is a vegan's paradise. (Ubud, Bali)
Yoga Barn Garden Kafe. It was easy to spend a wonderfully absurd amount of time at Yoga Barn. Their menu has some hits and misses, but we loved their raw choices -- especially the jicama-rice sushi. (Ubud, Bali)
Pituq Cafe. Another place I dined at multiple times, and there are still a few things I wish I'd been able to try! Highlights were the jackfruit curry, papaya salad, homemade herbal teas, and island-chill ambiance. (Gili Trawangan, Lombok)
Night Market on Gili Trawangan. This is where I felt like I ate the most delicious, authentic, and well-priced Indonesian food. A handful of stands were serving a sampler plate -- you get a scoop of rice and can pick 4 or 5 different dishes for maybe a dollar each. I still think about that chili tempeh and curried pumpkin.
A'aliku Bungalows. This was my favorite place of the four hotels/Airbnbs/bungalows we stayed in. The staff was stellar, location was great, rooms comfortable -- I felt completely at home and fell into the routine here a little too easily. I'm not surprised at the amount of Westerners who visit Gili T once and never leave! (Gili Trawangan, Lombok)
Soraya Yoga Wellness Center. I actually didn't get a chance to stay here, but took a number of their yoga classes (REIKI YIN?! Yes.). The space is only a few months old, but is beautiful and clearly very carefully designed. It's a little farther off the main strip with easy access to the mellow beaches on the west side of the island. (Gili Trawangan, Lombok)