BALI ISLAND LIFE
A travel guide by Pris & Eve from Welikebali
Seven years ago we took the leap and swapped city life in Amsterdam for islandlife in Bali. We planned to stay one year, excited to explore our roots and enjoy life in the tropics. Now, seven years later we’re still here! We fell in love with the island… the ocean, surf, swaying coconut trees, endless sunkissed days and her magical sunsets. The beautiful Balinese people, culture, kindness and smiles. And started our blog @welikebali where we share all our favourite islandlife moments.
For us, Bali grew out to be more than just an island. It represents a lifestyle of creativity, love, freedom, travel, joy, health & counting your blessings every single day. No wonder the roots of Faithfull the Brand lie here on the island. We’re so proud of the girls!
Each part of Bali is filled with incredible things to see, eat and explore. After being here all these years we still love to roam the island for new or hidden places. We curated some of our latest favourites for you in this special Faithfull travel guide. Hope you’ll love it!!
Beach // Sunkissed days filled with sand and salt at Sal Secret Spot on Bingin Beach. Our favourite little tropical weekend escape. Float in the pool all day, sip on a coconut or a walk down to Bingin Beach for a dip or surf. The new beachfront rooms above Bingin Beach are beautiful as well.
Jungle // Hideout in Selat Karangasem is so beyond magical, words cannot explain. We woke up with morning light beaming through the jungle on our face, nothing but the sound of the river and the cutest kitten came to cuddle with us in bed. This incredible bamboo house is for rent on Airbnb and hides out between the mountains and rice fields in Karangasem. There is absolutely nothing touristic in the area, it’s pure and serene. We stayed one night here but we already want to go back and stay here for a few days for a digital detox and do nothing but sip tea, talk about life, watch the river flow and brew new ideas.
Urban // Last month we stayed two nights at Katamama Hotel on Petitenget Beach. In a rooftop suite at this incredible, contemporary boutique hotel behind Potato Head Beach Club. Every detail is handmade or handpicked and created by local artisans. A must sleep for the creative luxury traveler and when you’re looking for something unique and inspiring.
On the same venue you’ll also find an Akademi Bar (best cocktails on the island), Movida (delicious Spanish inspired food), Alchemy (raw vegan food and juices), one fifteen coffee (our secret Wi-Fi coffee sesh hideout) and Canaan (small creative gallery / store with incredible textiles (we are obsessed with anything shibori), ikat, ceramics, stationary and other artisan objects.
Bali is heaven for foodies like us. We’re always thinking about food and talking about where we’ll go eat. Seriously, it’s a thing. We’re so lucky we live on an island where healthy restaurants and cafes –by both local as creative food entrepreneurs from around the world- are plenty but above all incredibly good. Lately we’re into vegan food, as vegetarians we love to eat plant-based. Here are a few of our current favourite vegan establishments:
Peloton Supershop in Canggu is a cycle shop slash vegan café run by our friends Madi and Tom. All day plant powered happiness and coconut cappuccino’s! Don’t miss the coconut ice cream dessert.
On our last trip to Ubud, we made a pit stop at Moksa for the farmers market and lunch. The market is held each Saturday in their garden. And the plant-based restaurant is serving healthy dishes, using all local and home-grown products. You’ll literally sit next to the field where you’re eating your veggies from. The team there is so sweet and the owner loves to chat with the guests about his passion for plant-based food.
Sage’s is vegan cuisine at its best. The minimal interior draws all the attention for incredible dishes like the jackfruit taco’s. We’re craving it all the time so sometimes we just drive here all the way from Seminyak to Ubud just to eat here. It’s so worth it.
And our all-time favourite Earth Café is always a good idea. You’ll find it on Oberoi Street. With the Planet Platter you can’t go wrong.
Our top three favourite island boutiques at the moment:
At the Gooseberry Intimates Flagship Store you’ll go crazy on the irresistible lace lingerie. On the first floor there’s a fine, elegant nail salon. Where we love to get spoiled with the girls.
At Kimsoo you’ll want to pack up the entire store to bring home. We’re obsessed. This oasis of an interior and homeware store also just opened a small coffee bar at the side of the store. On our recent splurge we bought the cutest straw hats and bags.
We love to treasure hunt local souvenirs to bring home or gift to friends and family. These are our three favourite areas to go:
Double Six Street: Roadside stalls with beach accessories. From crochet bikinis to sarongs and jewellery to straw baskets and hats. Make sure to bargain. Start with one-fifth of the price of what they ask and then hustle towards a nice price. Make a pit stop for a Revolver coffee at Sacred Ground (our daily coffee fix) and grab lunch at our favourite Warung Melati. It’s a little hidden: turn left at pizzeria Marzano and then take second gang to the left.
Seminyak & Kerobokan Street: We love to shop the traditional Bali offering boxes for home or to gift to friends. We have them in all colours and our latest one is a beautiful set us back and white beaded boxes. To store our bikinis! You’ll find them everywhere along the roads of Bali. We like Merta Asih Shop on Seminyak street, the sweet family here also makes custom designs. On Seminyak street you’ll also find many cute boutiques and Kerobokan street is our to-go for homeware.
Ubud Street: On the main road towards the Tegalalang Ricefields and the beautiful Pecatu secret holy springs (both incredible places to see), you’ll find this street filled with wooden and artisan homeware and furniture. You’ll buy them straight from the source, so it’s super cheap and also perfect for wholesale.
SEA, DO, THINK, FEEL
A few more of our favourite things to do:
- Surf: Uluwatu & Canggu are our favourite waves
- Beach: on weekends we love to escape to Bingin Beach. White sand beach and good food at Swamis (vegetarian) and Kellys Warung
- Yoga: The Practice in Canggu & Morning Light Yoga at Uluwatu Surf Villas
- Sweat: hooked on Barre Class at Bali Pilates Studio in Seminyak
- Road trip: Cruise by bike along local coast villages to Candidasa and enjoy a serene night at Pondok Pisang
- Brunch: W Retreat, Biku or La Lucciola with the girls
- Sunset: Single Fin, Uluwatu
We love to explore the beauty of Indonesia, as the archipelago exists of more than 17,000 islands. Last June we made an incredible dream trip to Flores with our friends. Where we found The Maldives of Indonesia.
After a night at Flores’ main town Labuan Bajo’s at Le Pirate hotel (just a one hour and fifteen-minute flight from Bali!) we hopped on a boat called Le Pirate Explorer for two days of island hopping.
It was beyond magical. We swam with manta rays, saw dolphins, sea turtles, visited the most incredible deserted islands and mermaided for hours in blue waters. We slept on top of the boat in cute white cabins, sun bathed in nets sliding over the water and woke early up to see the sun rise above the sea.
We sat on deck with all the girls, staring quietly towards the sky – so thankful and blessed to experience this kind of beauty. Meanwhile our wanderlust awakened more than ever and we said to each other let’s travel as much as we can.
If you’d love to know more of our favourite spots, we’re about to release our Welike Bali Travel Guide this month, featuring 250 of our all-time favourite spots on the island. Keep an eye on our Instagram @welikebali and blog.
Live Love Life
Pris & Eve