Drink: cocktails for a cause at Coup, beers in paper bags at speakeasy The Back Room, and tipples with a side of (off-key) tunes at Baby Grand.
with Chrissie Lam
Eat: At Locavore, you guessed it: Classically trained chefs make the most of the island’s exceptional produce in whimsical dishes like Eggplant in Disguise.
Pray: Rinse away bad spirits under showers of holy water, and receive blessings from a Hindu priest at Tirta Empul Water Temple. It’s literally unforgettable.
Chase Waterfalls: Explore Bali’s magical northern countryside and literally climb, repel and jump off waterfalls on Adventure & Spirit’s exceptional tours.
Meditate: Stop by Yoga Barn for a Tibetan bowl meditation, where the ancient sounds of singing bowls are used to send you into a transcendent state.
Get Creative: At Gaya Ceramics for locally-produced pottery, or try your hand at making your during a Throwing Thursday class.
Steam: Take a leisurely late-night lemongrass-scented steam in magical rice paddies at Dragonfly Village. Visit the fire pits in between trips to the pool.
Explore: Experience the wall-less jungle campus made for sustainable learning at the Green School, and visit well-crafted sustainable bamboo homes at the Green Village just a short walk from the school.
Shop: Bali is home to some of the coolest fashions and brands. Here are some of my favorites...
Quarzia - Pick up a flowy hand made silk batik in silk caftan.
Tradisi - Support indigenous artisans by purchasing handwoven and hand drawn batik fabric from the islands of Indonesia. All profits are spent on community projects.
WE-AR. Sustainable brand - This sustainable yoga and leisure wear brand has the answers to all your needs.
Magali Pascal - French designer in Bali with endless lace and diaphanous creations.
Prisoners of St. Petersburg. - Bold and graphic prints and eclectic finds reflect designer Pete's travels and well honed eye.
Work: Co-work at Hubud. Surround yourself with a growing number of international digital nomads.
To Stay: Sleep in contemporary comfort at the Tribe Hotel, and shop for locally made goods at the nearby open-air Masai Market.
To Explore: Spend an afternoon at the Kitengela Glass Factory, where locals upcycle glass into whimsical décor that feels straight out of your favorite Tim Burton film.
To Adventure: Escape the crowds in Masai Mara and head north to Lewa Conservancy. Savvy safari-goers love this Savannah, home of the Samburu tribe, where elephants and rhinos can roam freely.
To Remember: Snag your very own LOVE bracelet, made by fabulous Kenyan women, as a daily reminder of an unforgettable adventure.