Nichola is a freelance writer, producer, and social media consultant from Melbourne. She left her former job as a producer on The Project, Network Ten to explore more of the world. Nichola is a beautiful nomad, aiming to spend at least a quarter of the year outside of Australia. She also writes for another Bali based website called inBali.org, as well as this great piece on the food in Bali – http://www.inbali.org/world-
WHAT INSPIRES YOU ABOUT BALI:
Bali is really unlike anywhere else. You can visit the Island of Gods and have any sort of holiday you desire. Whether I want to get in touch with nature, eat delicious food, never leave my villa, or meet fascinating and inspiring new people, I can do it all in Bali. The local Balinese people inspire me and are the reason I keep coming back. They can never do enough for you, such generous and welcoming people. I travel a lot and it is a truly humbling experience that you don’t really get anywhere else.
HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU BEEN TO BALI:
I have been to Bali a few times over the last five years. Each time I come back it feels completely different and every time I fall in love with it more and more. The island is developing at such a fast pace, but I do think that it’s being done is a way that respects the people and the place .
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE BALINESE CULTURE?
The Balinese culture is respectful and traditional. The Balinese are very spiritual people and there culture is very rich. I feel it is a very personal experience for each individual whether they’re Balinese or not.
WHAT DO YOU STAY IN BALI? WHICH AREA?
Whenever I come to Bali I stay in at least a couple of different places. I think there is so much to see and do that you’re silly not to explore if you can. A ten day to two week trip is the perfect amount of time get yourself to at least few different areas across the Island. I like to spend my time in Seminyak for the food, Uluwatu for the beaches and Ubud for the tranquility.
FAVORITE PLACES IN BALI?
When it comes to food in Bali you are truly spoilt for choice, but these are some of my favourites.
Breakfast: My favourite place for breakfast in Bali is Sea Circus – it has such a fun vibe, always jam-packed with people and delicious food. I like to have their Acai Bowl, it keeps you feeling full and healthy for the rest of the day.
Lunch: If I’m in the Seminyak area you’ll likely find me having a smoothie at Sisterfields, a salad at Zucchini or lounging the day away at the Potato Head Beach Club drinking coconuts and eating burgers. If I’m up in Ubud I spend most of my time at The Elephant, not only do the have the best food in the mountains you can have a swim in the pool beneath the restaurant.
Dinner: Mama San in Seminyak my top choice. The food, cocktails, interior and vibe makes this place what it is. Jimbaran Bay has a picturesque setting of restaurants lining the beach and you always get to eat the freshest seafood under the twinkling stars. In Ubud I can’t go past degustation menu at Locavore Restaurant or some South American fare at Pica.
Shop: Magali Pascal is a French label based in Bali. Beautiful designs, staff and store.
WHERE DO YOU RELAX AND RETREAT IN BALI?
Body Works is my one stop shop for relaxation. I can easily spend an entire day there doing anything and everything from massages to manicures. It’s so affordable and the staff are amazing, they want to give you to best experience every time.
YOGA & MEDITATION
I always try to spend some time at Yoga Barn in Ubud. It is a beautiful space, with talented teachers. If you completely want to immerse yourself in the yogi experience their guest house is a great option too, but if you’re one for swimming and sun-baking as well as some yoga then there are plenty of villa’s surrounding the yoga studio that have those facilities for you.
I also find Pilates quite meditative and Faz at The Art of Body is one of the best Pilate instructors I’ve ever come across.