There’s no better escape than Bali. Just a three and a half hour flight from Perth, we touched down and headed straight to Motel Mexicola in Seminyak for midnight fish tacos and a cheeky Bintang, before winding along the little island laneways to one of our favourite destinations, Canggu.
Fella Villas, in the heart of Canggu, is the perfect base for relaxing and exploring the coastal village. Rise with the sun and laze by the pool with a good book and a bowl of freshly cut papaya, or cool down with a rain shower under the banana palms in one of the twin outdoor bathrooms. Pure heaven. At midday, venture out to nearby Crate cafe for a well-made coffee and acai bowl before wandering along Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong toward local favourite Old Man’s, popping into the lifestyle boutiques along the way. Quince, in nearby Berawa, is another great addition to the coffee scene with simple, honest food by a Melbourne trio. They also have a beautiful lifestyle store on-site with handmade ceramics and textiles from both Australia and local artisans.
If you can’t resist good design, recently opened boutique hotel The Slow is not to be missed. Just 200 meters from local surf beach Batu Balong, the brutislist-inspired building is fitted with locally made furniture and natural stone finishes. The open design space is modern and minimal, yet warm and inviting with over 200 species of plants and a distinctive local feel. Every element has been carefully curated to create a sensory experience like no other; from the soundtrack, to the art and local cultural elements. With its Californian cool, laid back vibes it’s the perfect place to catch-up with friends over a T-01 Tonic (jamu, turmeric, tangerine, roots) or The Pink (vodka, hibiscus flower, lime, vanilla) hand-crafted cocktail. It’s also very hard to leave.
The open design space is modern and minimal, yet warm and inviting with over 200 species of plants and a distinctive local feel.
From there, continue toward the ocean to The Lawn and relax on one of their woven Balinese mats at golden hour. Watch the surfers catching waves and simply enjoy the good life in paradise.
LOCATION / CANGGU, BALI
STAY/ FELLA VILLAS
EAT / QUINCE, KOMBUCHI BREWING CO
DRINK/ THE SLOW
SHOP WOMEN / MAGALI PASCAL, YOLI AND OTIS
SHOP MEN / NON-TYPE
PLAY/ THE LAWN