Life in Bali is a lesson in mindful living—from the eco-friendly resorts to the organic restaurants to the yoga retreats and wellness centers. Even the fashion is mindful, using natural dyes, handwoven fabrics and artisanal techniques. And what could be a better setting for this sustainable lifestyle than a tropical paradise with active volcanoes, miles of lush rice fields, and clear blue skies? They don’t call it the Island of the Gods for nothing.
Bali Boat Shed: This colorful store carries clothing from three of its own in-house labels as well as 45 other brands. Think cheerful prints, easy basics and relaxed beachwear.
Niluh Djelantik: Gisele Bundchen is a fan of these handcrafted leather shoes and sandals. Need we say more?
Biasa: For elegant luxury, look no further than Biasa’s handcrafted and hand-dyed clothing, bedding and home décor.
Souq: This lifestyle store is teaming with clothing, accessories, home décor, furniture and more, created in collaboration with local artisans.
Kuluk Gallery: If it’s traditional Indonesian handicrafts, artifacts, antiques and textiles you’re after, look no further than Kuluk Gallery.
Uluwatu: Pay a visit to one of this brand’s 13 shops for clothing, nightwear and bed linen in handmade Balinese lace.
Mister Zimi: Known for its relaxed silhouettes and vibrant prints, Mister Zimi is the place to go if you’re looking to energize your vacation wardrobe.
Motel Mexicola: This hot spot is known for its modern Mexican cuisine, array of tequilas, and buzzing atmosphere.
Tiger Palm: Head to this all-day restaurant for food spanning South East Asia. Influences range from Malaysian to Thai to Chinese to, of course, Indonesian.
Murni’s Warung: One of the oldest restaurants in Ubud, this open-air multi-level spot serving traditional Balinese cuisine is beloved by celebs like Mick Jagger and Richard Gere.
Kafe: The expat community loves this organic vegetarian restaurant for its wide-ranging menu: from curry bowls to spaghetti to burritos.
Casa Luna: This restaurant serving traditional Balinese and Mediterranean cuisine is a favorite with both locals and visitors. There’s also a culinary school onsite where you can learn all about the local cuisine and traditions.
Seniman Coffee Studio: Indonesian coffee is world-renowned so make sure to visit this café/studio for a selection of single-origin coffee beans from across the archipelago. They also offer coffee workshops where you can learn skills like latte art as well as various home-brewing techniques.
Badung Market: This four-storey building selling local crafts, textiles and foods is Bali’s biggest traditional market.
Jalan Gajah Mada, Denpasar
The Yoga Barn: This spiritual center in Ubud offers daily yoga classes and also has an onsite Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Center where one can go for “authentic healing rituals” performed by trained therapists using herbal oils.
Blue Stone Botanicals: A must-visit if you’re on the lookout for handmade, all-natural Balinese and Javanese essential oils, balms, soaps and more.
Eco Gypsy House Bali: This eco-friendly villa is handcrafted and hand-carved out of wood by Javanese artisans and contains a private pool. If it’s peace and quiet you’re after, this property surrounded by rice fields is a perfect choice.
Alila Villas: Considering its spot atop limestone cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, suffice it to say every day will involve breathtaking views.
The Bingin Beach Villas: Choose from one of three open, airy villas that are all a short walk from the beach and some of the best surfing spots in the world.
Como Shambhala Estate: If it’s a holistic wellness experience you’re after, this luxury health retreat is a no-brainer. Engage in yoga, pilates or qigong with trained specialists, or head out for some adventurous mountain biking or hiking.