Sunday market at Samadi, Bali

 

Its a sunny Sunday, the perfect day to be strolling around a market getting your fresh fruit and veggies! One of my favourite markets in Bali is the organic Sunday market at Samadi. The most beautiful and fresh fruit creates a rainbow of colours. The smell of sweet summer hangs in the air and you’ll see fruit that you never even know excited.

From exotic fruit and vegetables to bags full of nuts and fresh bread. This is the perfect place to stock up on some healthy deliciousness for the coming days! Here they only sell organic locally produced food by the farmers in the area.

 

 

I love going to this on Sundays as it has the perfect Sunday kind of atmosphere.  Samadi is also a yoga and wellness centre – this explains the calmness and relaxing vibe that hangs in the air. They offer yoga classes everyday and there is also an organic cafe on site. Stroll around the food stands, try on some dresses and do some jewellery shopping and then have a healthy bite to eat. To me that sounds like the perfect Sunday morning!

 

 

Samadi‘s market is on every Sunday from 9am until 14.00pm. Have some delicious breakfast or lunch or enjoy a stroll around the food, clothing and jewellery stands.

 

 

This is one of my favourite places that I’m sure you will love just as much as I do! Enjoy!

Samadi is located on Jalan Padang Linjong 39, Echo Beach, Canggu Bali.

 

 

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Yoga, meditation and relaxation at the beautiful Udara resort, Bali

 

I recently stayed in Udara Bali resort which is a place hidden in-between the beautiful rice fields and a few meters away from the sea. Udara Bali is a healing yoga resort offering a wellness and detox lifestyle. I love going to this place for a weekend to completely zone out and get physically and mentally recharged. Its architecture will get you speechless from the moment you walk in!

 

Where is Udara Bali resort

I love the open space that this resort has, giving you lots of breathing space and a sense of calmness. Its located in a very quiet area called Seseh which is walking distance from Echo beach in Canggu. Before visiting Udara Bali I never even knew off this beach! This spot is a lot less touristy compared to any beach near Canggu and you are surrounded by palm trees and huge rocks which create a real Bali vibe!

 

 

What can you do at Udara Bali resort

As you are only a few meters away from the sea you can hear its waves in the background while laying in your bed. Everything gives a sense of calmness and balance. Even the architecture is in harmony. The architecture is beautiful and typically Balinese with its straw roofs, bamboo, wooden rooms and green plants. It all creates a cosy and tropical atmosphere!

The resort has different levels which are all open and have the most incredible view. On the top floor you have a great panoramic view over the sea, on this level they also practise yoga and meditation. Imagine that, you open your eyes after meditation and you set your eyes on a view over the sea and the palm trees – its dreamy. They hold different types of yoga classed such as Kundalini Meditation and Hatha Yoga. If you are interest then click here for their monthly schedule!

 

 

My favourite thing about this place is taking a swim in their swimming pool! This pool is beautifully taken care of into its last detail. Different artists made the art sculptures that surround the pool. The architecture holds hidden meanings, secret monkeys hiding in-between trees and caves surrounded by sculptures. This has to be one of the most magical pools I have ever been in!

 

 

The pool has three different types and temperatures of water. And when climbing down the rocks a sauna, steam room and meditation room are all hidden in-between the sculptures hidden inside the cave.

 

 

What can you eat at Udara Bali resort

As Udara Bali resort offers a detox lifestyle you could expect the food to be healthy and tasty. However, little did I know that I would fall in love with the chef! The food they serve is fresh, clean and full of vibrant flavours!

My favourite smoothies are both the ‘Pina Collada’ and the ‘Super green’. The ‘Pina colada’ (40k Idr/2.20 pounds) consists of pineapple, ginger, dates, coconut milk and cinnamon. Its sweet, tangy and smooth all at the same time. Perfect for an afternoon delight. The ‘Super green’ (40k Idr/2.20 pounds) consists of apple, cucumber, spinach, celery and lime. This juice is perfect for a detox  or to get a little health boost in the morning. Its extremely fresh but still has a sweet flavour taking away a little of the overly green taste making it absolutely delicious.

 

 

When looking at the food menu you notice that there are options for vegetarians, vegans and pescatarians. My favourite lunch dish and dinner dishes is the ‘Mexican quinoa wrap’ (54k Idr/ 2.90 pounds) and the ‘summer roll’ (54k Idr/2.90 pounds). The ‘Mexican quinoa wrap’ is made with black beans, quinoa, corn, guacamole, capsicum, lime and coconut yoghurt. This dish is filled with flavours, its comforting but the coconut yoghurt gives it a fresh kick. Leaving you feeling full and satisfied but still feeling like you have eaten clean and healthy food. Its perfect, crunchy, delicious, fresh, creamy and flavours dance in your mouth.

 

 

The ‘summer rolls’ is a much more fresher dish with crunchy rainbow vegetables, coriander, quinoa and peanut sauce. This dish tasted raw, fresh and delicious. Dip the rolls into the crunchy creamy peanut sauce and you have yourself a mouth full of delicious goodness.

You can enjoy their great food for breakfast, lunch and dinner as they have a restaurant open at all time. There is also a bar located next to the swimming pool in which you can enjoy your snack at anytime! Just dip yourself into the water, swim over to the bar and enjoy your ‘Pina Colada’ while your still in the water hanging on the bar. I mean, what more do you want!

 

 

I woke up from the sound of the sea, opened my curtain and looked over the beautiful architecture and swimming pool and instantly felt at ease. Nevermind a morning shower when you can dip yourself into a freezing cold bath just outside. I highly recommend you to visit this stunning place for a romantic weekend or a mental and physical detox holiday on this beautiful island.

If you would like to find out more or want to visit Udara Bali resort go to www.udara-bali.com. I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it just as much as I did!

 

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Desa Seni – A Bali dream

Sometimes we just all need to have a day of zen. Back to basics, no rushing, no phone calls, no work, just you, yourself and a yoga mat. The perfect place to enjoy a perfect day like this is at the yoga resort in Bali named Desa Seni.

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Desa Seni Canggu, Bali

Desa Seni is an art village that offers daily yoga classes, personal yoga retreats and wellness packages filled with amazing treatments. They also offer a holistic spa and an organic restaurant in which they serve all kind of green goodness. In their artistic shop you can buy clothing, jewellery, yoga matts and many more things such as their own branded beauty products and oils. You could easily spend  your whole day here if you feel like you need to detoxify your mind and body.

The moment you walk into the resort you get overwhelmed by the calmness. The environment and the greenness that surrounds you creates a peaceful effect.

The extremely friendly staff escort you inside but then stop to strike the gong creating a healing sound to welcome you into the resort. This already makes you feel welcome and the sound of the gong creates subtle vibrations, which have a magical effect.

 

In a garden full of tropical flowers and palm trees you follow the path of the oddly satisfying circled rocks and skip from one rock to the other. You just end up following the path which tends to lead you, instead of you having to decide which way to go. It feels like everything in this resort has been carefully thought of. From evenly set out stones (which unknowingly satisfies and calms any person) to buddhas and namaste signs and symbols that are hidden everywhere. They tend to remind you to feel zen.

All you hear are birds singing and palms rustling. You can really feel that everyone that walks around really is there to enjoy nature and peace and quiet. Its almost as if everyone has just finished an amazing yoga lesson and still have their head in the clouds. Its creates an amazing vibe making you want to take a big breath and let all your stress fall of your shoulders.

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Yoga Lesson – Desa Seni Canggu, Bali

When spending an amazing day at this dreamy place I joined a yoga class first thing in the morning – the perfect way to start your day!

The yoga lesson was held in a beautiful open space in the middle of green nature. Due to it being in the shadow there is a slight breeze creating a cooling effect – which is very pleasant during practise. They also offer Fly High Yoga which is definitely a must try! My yoga teacher was named Bernd and he had a very soothing voice creating a calming effect. He helped when was needed but was not at all pushy. Perfect for beginners but also for experienced yogis.

Also, all the yoga equipment is taken care of so no need to bring your own yoga mat if you don’t own one!

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Healthy snacks after yoga- Desa Seni Canggu, Bali

After yoga you are offered fresh ginger tea. Its deliciously fresh, giving you a little kick to wake up your body! You can enjoy this tea in the ‘tea area’, which is a beautiful space accompanied by artistic pieces and has a lovely view over the green garden.

After an amazing yoga lesson you might get hungry, luckily they offer the most delicious organic food in their beautiful restaurant. If you follow the path through the green grass you will find a cute restaurant hidden within the palm trees. On your way there you walk past a little garden in which they grow fresh crops and vegetables. This just adds to the amazing experience creating an organic and natural atmosphere. Who knows that that crop of salad might be laying on your plate 10 minutes later.

When you arrive at the entrance of the restaurant you will find several shoes that have been taken off before entering alongside a basket filled with coconuts and another filled with gorgeous avocados.

When sitting down you notice a fresh breeze flowing through the restaurant, which help create the calming sounds made by the colourful wind chime. It all creates an amazing and relaxing scene.

As soon as you open the menu you get overwhelmed by the delicious options. It consists of vibrant flavours and surprising combinations, all made with organic products.

As I was feeling amazing from the yoga session I attended I decided to order a fresh ‘green juice’. This freshly made juice tasted very green but it still had a sweet aftertaste. Great for after yoga to feel clean and energised!

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Desa Seni Salad – Desa Seni Canggu, Bali

I then ordered the ‘Sawi Spring Roll’ (85k Idr/ 4.80Gbp) which is definitely the perfect snack or appetiser. These vegan rolls consist of garden vegetables with a tofu and almond spread to then be perfectly rolled in sawi leaves. They were deliciously light and crispy and tasted raw and full of green goodness!

Another delicious meal I highly recommend is the ‘Desa Seni Salad’ (75k Idr/ 4.20Gbp). This salad consists of fresh greens with tempe manis, corn, tomatoes, sunflower seeds and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette – all in all a delicious bowl of green goodness! The crunchy tempe adds texture and the fresh dressing is an amazing touch!

You will find that this menu is full of delicious and healthy options sourced organically. And for the sweet lovers, they also offer healthy, vegan and raw desserts! You will leave the restaurant satisfied and feeling amazing!

A spa treatment is of course a must when staying in this beautiful resort. They offer all kind of treatments such as Hot Stone Therapy (90 min – 600k Idr/34 Gbp) or a Aromatherapy Massage (75 min – 500k Idr/28 Gbp). The massages are almost a ritual in itself and you leave the room even more relaxed then before. To enjoy the calmness and amazing feeling after your massage you sink into a comfortable chair and enjoy the view over the garden while sipping on your hot tea.

I honestly believe that this is one of the most amazing and beautiful places I have ever stayed at. If you decide that you need to spend more then just one day in this paradise then spend the night (or week) in one of their gorgeous rooms or houses!

For more information about staying at Desa Seni or booking a treatment or yoga lesson please visit www.desaseni.com