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A Few Of My Favourite (Bali) Things...
By Bianca Lucas
31 October 2012





 

1.       Yoga Barn – Ubud.

I could write a whole series on Ubud alone. I just adore the sleepiness, warmth and overall specialness of this town. But I won’t. Instead I will share two of my favourite things to do when here (although they are two of my favourite things in life in general).  The first involves yoga and the second eating.

 

I came to the Yoga Barn every day I was in Ubud. Early morning (7am is early when you are on holidays!) for the gentle but awakening ‘Morning Flow’ classes. Or, mid-morning, for the more rigorous ‘Hatha Flow’ classes (my favourite) or, later in the evening for the blissful ‘Restorative’ classes.

 

Classes start from 7am and run almost every hour until 6 pm. There are over 20 classes offered in 3 yoga shala’s at this peaceful place of practice set amongst rice fields. And all the instructors I had were wonderful.

 

On Monday evenings one of the yoga shala’s becomes part outdoor cinema. Patrons grab yourself some yoga mats and pillows and blankets and lie back and enjoy world movies or documentaries & free popcorn (2 bowls, but who’s counting).  If you go early you can even have a delicious vegetarian buffet dinner in the gardens for only an additional 45,000 Rupiah (approximately AUD$5) from their vegetarian cafe ‘Little K’. Yum!!!!

 

Attached to the school is ‘Kush’ where this yogini enjoyed a heavenly 60 minute Ayurvedic crown massage one day and returned a few days later for a ‘Balancing Ayuryoga’ massage. Did I mention heavenly? Derived from the Sanskrit language, Kush literally means happiness – Yes it does!!!

 

2.       ‘Kafe’

When a girls done all that yoga she needs sustenance and lots of it. Luckily ‘Kafe’ was able to accommodate. Yum, Yum, Yummy food and drinks.

Healthy and hearty all day breakfasts (coconut and banana ricotta pancakes were my favourite), chai and espresso coffee; lunches, dinners, desserts and cocktails all of it seriously good. I could eat & drink here and be merry every day for the rest of my life!

 

3.       Echo Beach Canggu

Located approximately 20 minutes north, and a world away from the hussle and bussle of Seminyak, an afternoon here was just not enough.

We swam in the beach, ate freshly caught bbq’d seafood and salads for dinner and washed them down with cold Corona’s. This was one of those perfect outings when you don’t know what to expect and it exceeds everything anyway. We left that night totally relaxed, with full bellies and big smiles.

  

4.       Sea Circus Cafe, Seminyak.

I have written a whole story on this place previously. Returning a few months after my initial discovery I wasn’t disappointed. I could move in here I love it so much. Gorgeous food. Gorgeous ambience. Gorgeous Coffee. Gorgeous little touches (like a little saying from Marilyn Monroe or Bob Marley with my morning coffee and Aesop bathroom products). Love, Love, Love it! I want to run away and join this circus.

 

5.       Bodyworks

In 2005 I was recommended by a work colleague to visit & I haven’t stopped.

It’s not the cheapest but its array of spa treatments, professionalism and amazing massages have me returning day after day when I am in Bali. It’s always super busy, but having said that once you leave the reception area, you would never know there was anyone else inside having treatments.

My favourites are the ‘Mandi Lular’ – a 2 hour exfoliation massage where you are massaged, rubbed in paste, covered in yoghurt, and finished off with in a warm bath filled with frangipanis. My skin never feels as soft and smells so good for days on end.

And of course every girl (and boy) needs a Mani and Pedi. Goes without saying really when your toes are on display all day and night long. I recommend sitting outside in their big lay-back chairs amongst the bougainvillea. Big Sigh!!
 
 

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