Bali is full of beautiful spots. Secret beaches, breathtaking rice fields and waterfalls hidden within the jungle. However, there are a few MUST do’s when you do find yourself in Bali. And one of them is to cuddle with a monkey. And then I mean, not in a zoo, not behind a cage, but monkeys that are free to stand and hang wherever they want. In a special forest in Ubud you will find them searching for their beloved bananas jumping from tree to tree but also from person to person.
When walking around in Ubud you notice monkeys jumping from roof to roof, hanging in trees eating stolen fruit. However, there is one place where you can really interact with them. In the Sacred Monkey Forest you can witness them from close, in fact so close to the point where they will be chilling on your shoulder. Its definitely an amazing experience that you will never forget.
Before walking through the monkey gates there are a few things you should know in order to not have any problems with the monkeys and make it out safely.
Now you know a few rules of the forest you are free to go wonder in this beautiful green jungle! The forest is rather big and we spend about an hour walking around viewing all the beautiful spots. The views are amazing and the tropical smell and sounds that surround you are indescribable, its another world.
I highly recommend you to visit this little piece of monkey paradise.
The address is: Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
You can visit the forest everyday between 8.30am and 6pm.
An adult entrance ticket costs 50k Idr (2.80 Gpb) , and children from the age of 3-12 go in for 40k Idr pp (2.30 Gbp).
Many tourists that come to Bali find themselves wanting a tattoo at the end of their holiday. These tattoos usually end up being something like a classic wave or a star – yes very original. However, if you are one of the few that are actually looking for a place that can help you invest in a safe and amazing looking tattoo then there are a few tattoo shops you can go. In fact, there are over 700 tattoo shops in Bali. One better than the other of course. However, people that love old-school – attention! Because this is the number one tip for you!
Hundred Brothers Social Club is a tattoo shop that you will find in Kuta. They mainly focus on creating old school / traditional tattoos. They are a shop full of talent and passion.
As you walk into the shop you can immediately feel a relaxing vibe. You can feel the artistic flow and positive energy. With some crazy and beautiful drawings on the wall you can’t help but feel excited and uplifted due to the bright colours.
I had the honours to meet a tattoo artist with the most amazing artistic skills. With a steady hand and creative mind he managed to create a masterpiece. To find out more about this amazing artist follow him on Instagram: Gunz_tattoo
I definitely recommend this tattoo shop to any tattoo lover. The shop has high hygiene standards, the artists are extremely nice and uplifting and most important of all, you will be going home with a unique piece of art!
Where to go
The address is: Legian Kaja Street no.460X Kuta, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Opening times: 10am – 20pm
For more information or just curious to see some more work then follow the artists on Instagram: Hbsc_bali , Gunz_tattoo
When in Bali it is rather hard not to find some kind of calmness. You practise yoga, you tend to have a healthier diet, you listen to the birds and the rustling palm-trees. Bali has its sneaky magical power that will enlighten you whether you are looking for it or not.
But if you decide to get even more relaxed or you are just looking to pamper yourself and/or others then I know just the place for you. Here you will find a little piece of heaven.
You will find this little piece of heaven in the beautiful Canggu. Goldust is a spa in which you can completely let yourself be spoiled from head to toe. The moment you set step into the shop you can feel the relaxing vibe. The environment feels fresh and calm. Bright and vibrant colours of the beautiful dresses and fabrics that hang in the shop immediately catch your eye. Its pulling you into a wonderful world of beauty and fashion! Jewellery is elegantly laid out on the table in the middle of the shop and every delicate necklace or earring looks stunning. I spend a long time browsing through the beautiful fabrics and dresses until I finally made my choice! – Honestly, you will not leave the shop for a while as you keep seeing more beautiful things, making your choice harder and harder. When wearing one of their dresses you will notice that the quality of the fabric feels amazing. It delicately lays on your skin giving it an airy and soft effect. Making you look and feel like a Bali fairy!
After completely being zoned out in their beautiful shop I got told it was time for my treatment. – My excitement quickly turned into utter relaxation. I was shown to the second floor on which you will find an absolutely stunning room. Here you get seated in an extremely comfortable chair in which you just melt away. You are offered the most amazing fresh ginger tea, giving you both a little wake up kick, but puts you at ease due to its warmth and its sweet honey after taste. The watermelon bites next to your tea will give you a little fresh and sweet bite for when you finish your relaxing massage. As you have been in a relaxed position for the last hour you will slowly be putting some movement into your body again, and by drinking your hot tea and taking a bite from the fresh watermelon it will make you feel fresh from both the inside and outside.
I received a massage named ‘The Stress Buster massage’. (60 minutes – 240k Idr/ 90 minutes – 340k Idr) It truly is amazing and it definitely does true to its name. Stress falls of your shoulders and you are relaxed and comfortable. The massage included amazingly smelling oils, and hot stones creating both a suiting effect but also makes your muscles feel relaxed and you can feel any tension drift away.
I definitely recommend you to get the 24k GOLD facial (90 minutes – 1.450k Idr- around 80.40 Bp) or the GOLD collagen eye treatment (150k Idr- around 8.30 Bp). They both leave your skin feel fresh and beautiful. The mask is made of ingredients that slow down collagen depletion, increases skin’s elasticity, lightens the skin’s complexion, stimulates the cells making the skin firm, improves blood circulation and prevents premature ageing! – I mean what is not to love!
If you feel like your golden treatment was so amazing but you won’t have time to go back to the spa, you won’t have to worry. In the shop you will be able to buy products such as creams and the GOLD collagen eye mask which you can apply yourself.
Their treatments (especially the Golden treatments) are rather popular so make sure to book in advance. I definitely recommend you to visit this little piece of heaven, whether this is with your man, your best friend or just by yourself, it will leave everyone feeling calm, beautiful and Golden!
Tip: Visiting this beautiful spa is the best activity if you are on your honeymoon or when you are celebrating something special such as a hens party! – And for the ultimate relaxation choose one of their ‘spa packages’ for a true golden treat!
The address is: Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No.66, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351, Indonesia
They are open from Tuesday until Sunday from 9am – 8pm, and Mondays 9am – 6pm.
Every night in Bali is a goodnight to go out and enjoy the nightlife. If thats going out for drinks and going crazy at Pretty Poison, or if thats sitting on the beach in a Fatboy enjoying a local beer listening to live music. For the people wanting to do the first, I have something in store for you which I will be talking about in the upcoming blogs! But for the people wanting to chill on the beach, watch the sun go down and get that Bali vibe I have just the place for you!
The beach named Batu Bolong in Canggu is always full of people and there is always a great vibe. In the day its a great surfing spot, but stay a little longer in the evening and you will find yourself sitting in a Fatboy watching the sunset with a beer in your hand.
Live music is being played and the Bob Marley records are coming out. This whole vibe is just magical. With the sound of the sea crushing against the sand in the background, you tilt your head backwards and look at the stars, thinking “I am never going home”.
If you are loving this spot but are starting to get hungry you can either eat on the beach or you can walk up a few meters and you will find a place named Old Mansin which they serve amazing food and drinks. Its also a great spot with the best atmosphere and lovely people! So don’t even get changed and stay in that bikini, and get your booty down to the beach to enjoy one of many Bali’s summer nights!
If the rustling sound of the palm trees, the crushing sound of the waves or the chirping sound of birds doesn’t calm you down, maybe its time to put yourself in the cobra position! But lets be honest, any day or any time is the perfect time to practise some yoga. Its good for your body and mind and it will leave you feeling relaxed and amazing.
I love feeding my body and mind with such goodness and so I quickly ended up finding a yoga studio here in Canggu. In fact, I just came back and I feel amazing. I am writing with my head still in the clouds.
Today I visited a yoga studio named The Practisein Canggu. Its a little hidden from the main road but you will find a sign leading you into a small side road. Once you walk a little further a beautiful place will appear. Inside the bamboo fence there is a stunning studio where several beginner to advanced classes will be held daily.
The room where the classes are held are large and circle formed. The roof is made of bamboo and has a large opening along the side which overlooks the garden. The whole building, every room, every seat, everything is made to create a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.
After a class you can feel that both your mind and body are at peace. You walk down the steps and find yourself in the common area where there is fresh ginger tea for you to sip on. You sit down and sink into one of the chairs, while you overlook the peaceful garden. Birds are chirping, water is dripping, the whole experience is amazing.
This studio is amazing, lovely people, peaceful atmosphere, great community and I feel great. This is definitely a must do when you find yourself in Canggu. Because who wouldn’t want to put their head in the clouds once in a while?