The south coast of Bali is where most holiday goers head to for chilled vibes, beaches and healthy eateries. Popular with Aussies and foodies, Seminyak offers an abundance of healthy eateries, yoga classes and beach bars that turn to party destination come night fall.
Eager to seek out some healthy hangouts and desperate for a nutritious meal I hit the pavement. It wasn’t long before my face lit up at the site of a juice and smoothie bowl bar, then a vegan cafe and more smoothie bowls.
Earth cafe. This little cafe is part of a health store and is popular with the Aussie crowd. With an extensive plant based menu, I was spoilt for choice. However, considering they specialise in vegan food (and it’s fairly expensive), I didn’t enjoy it as much as I expected. My tempeh pillaf was a little bland and the green juice was rather pond wateresque. However, their vegan treats and the shops offerings were all very tempting.
Cafe moonlight. I desperately wanted to head here for breakfast; their sign read ‘make your own smoothie bowl’ and I was sold. Sadly no one else was interested.
Kynd. I majorly stalked their instagram and website. So many delicious options and I love their aesthetic.
Go fresh life. On our last day I decided that no matter what, I was going out breakfast. Despite being on my jack jones and the cafe being empty I felt super happy. I ordered a matcha delight bowl and a detox juice (their juices are delicious). I was in my element; post exercise high, nutritious tasty food, surround by fruit covered walls.
It’s my dream to leave amongst a thriving healthy scene, where I can get up early, workout and then head to breakfast. Although in my fantatsy I’m not alone.
Nook. We had our last meal here, overlooking the paddy fields. The setting was lovely but the ‘atmospheric’ lighting was so dim I struggled to read the menu. They had a great selection of food to keep everyone happy and they even had superfood cocktails.
There are many more but these are the only ones I managed to suss out.
Three cheers for me; I finally got to take a yoga class in Bali. Annoyingly my dad tagged along, bless him for keeping me company but just once i’d like to take a yoga class without him. Anyway, it didn’t matter the Seminyak Yoga Shala was AMAZING. I loved everything about it: the teacher, the vibe, the challenging flow.
The yoga shala is very easily missable; if I hadn’t been lured by the fresh juice menu of the vegan cafe next door we’d have walked right past it. The ground floor is a yogi shop with stairs that lead to the little studio. It’s well worth a visit.
Just keep swimming..
Of course there was swimming too. Even -10°c pool water can’t stop us from our daily swimming antics.
We did check out the beach but the red flags were out.
The Wonders of Bali
When we were in Ubud we made the decision to book a tour to see the ‘Wonders of Bali’, yes it was expensive but we wanted a day where everything was planned, organised and efficient. Without a tour, I doubt we’d have seen 6 wonders in 1 day.
Amongst pretty flora and fauna are hundreds of butterflies of all shapes and sizes, including the slightly creepy moth like ‘butterfly’. If you so wish you can have butterflies placed on you, but I did’t like the feeling of their tiny legs and sudden flapping.
Kilometers of picturesque rice fields, perfect for a scenic hike (as long as you’re ok with getting very sweaty).
Hands down my favourite part of the day. Major bonus everything was free!!! A guide shows you around the plantation, tells all about the coffee making process and the fresh ingredients. Then you get to sample some of their finest teas and coffee. Sadly all but one of the coffees were made with cream but I loved all the teas, especially the lemongrass.
If you’re willing to pay $5 a cup, you can sample kopi luwak (luwak coffee). Luwaks eat the coffee bean, excrete it and then it’s thoroughly washed and made into drinkable coffee. Since we had travelled half way round we tasted the world’s most expensive poop tea. The verdict? I liked it.
There are many waterfalls in Bali and although this one wasn’t as impressive as Lombok’s, it was still beautiful and provided a much needed cooling spray of fresh water.
Top of my ‘must do’ list was see a temple. Encapsulated by mountain mist, Pura Ulun Danu Beratan (the floating temple) lies on the volcanic lake of Danau Bratan. It is part of a temple complex so there was a lot of beautifully adorned Hindu architecture to admire. [Side note, I liked the fruit shaped bins scattered around the site].
I loved the vibrancy of all the beautiful fruit and vegetables and I couldn’t resist buying a punnet of strawberries and some lemongrass tea, which I am proud to say I haggled down from 120,000IDR to 20,000IDR ( approx £6.72 to £1.12).
Haggling 101 with Elle Boy..:
- How low can you go : they’ll tell you an extortionate price then ask you what you’re willing to pay. State a low price, they’ll say they can’t go that low but…
- Walk walk refusal baby : start to walk away and the price will dramatically drop.
We didn’t stay long, my albino skin marked me out as an obvious tourist and I was swarmed by stall owners pushing their produce into my face.
“No Madame I don’t wish to buy a dick keyring.”
Well dear reader, we have come to the end of our Balinese journey but I can assure you I have loads of great posts planned, including an upcoming trip, a birthday extravaganza and a soon to be launched Youtube channel!
Bless you all, Namaste x