In July I visited Bali again for a special birthday celebration. Birthday’s for me have always been the perfect time to get friends and family together and share in the celebrations. When I pondered what to do I thought of my favourite things, the beach, great food, and yoga.

On this visit we stayed in the Bingin Beach area which is in the south western cost of Bali. A popular surf beach below rugged limestone cliffs. It’s a steep and uneven walk to the beach but well worth the effort when you reach it.

When travelling I always have my design hat on and enjoy what many different cultures and surroundings bring to the places we visit.

Our villa had a lovely rustic feel. Lots of local stone, earthy colours, rough plaster walls and my favourite was the use of bamboo in our lovely four poster bed frame.

The local accommodation and café’s Bamboo and thatched open areas were in most cafe’s. Most of the café’s had large open outdoor areas. Again thatched roof’s and bamboo were use to shelter from the sun but so beautifully crafted it was hard not to admire them constantly. Local villa doors were intricate and always such beautiful colours.

From left: Most buildings weren’t perfect and I loved this gorgeous plaster exterior with chunky window frames at our local yoga studio, The Temple Lodge.  Centre image: The yoga studio interior was a mix of rough plastered walls, hanging plants and a view to the sky. The perfect start to each day. Far right: Local limestone used at nearby accommodation Mu Bungalows. Also a favourite spot for cliff top massages.

Guapa a recently opened Mexican restaurant had an interior with large open spaces, high ceilings and a simple colour pallete. From left: Mixing cane, stone, timber and concrete together perfectly.  Centre image: Breaking up the concrete with rustic timber in a grid pattern. The statement dried arrangement  Far right: Mixing seating styles together with large timber slabs for tables.

Elkabron with its spanish owners had a distinct stylish club vibe. Huge open areas with expansive sea views. From left: Curved seating areas with luxe fabrics. Centre image:  The seamed beanbags were certainly a favourite and super comfy. I loved the addition of artificial turf breaking up the plain concrete floors to. Far right: Entering the venue through soft linen sheers drapping from the ceiling and in long panels made for a catwalk experience.

Eating Out:

The Cashew Tree
Kelly’s Warung
Drifter
​The Loft
Elkabron
Ulu Cliffhouse
Guapa
The Temple Lodge
Blue Seed

Massage:

U Spa
Mu Bungalows
The Temple Lodge

Yoga:

The Temple Lodge
Mu Bungalows

And if you’re looking for great local places to stay with a short walk to the beach and loads of nearby eating spots.

​Here’s a few I noticed on my daily walks:

Mu Bungalows
The Temple Lodge
BoHo
Or Airbnb is perfect for finding your own private villa like we did.