If the first thing that pops into your head when you think of Bali is Eat, Pray, Love, you’re not alone. Elizabeth Gilbert’s self-heal book (and the subsequent movie starring everyone’s favorite toothy girl-next-door, Julia Roberts) has made Bali a mecca for travelers searching for internal inspiration (and perhaps a hot Brazilian businessman). Luckily, the Balinese have a good sense of humor about our newfound obsession…in our favorite Ubud roadside resto, Naughty Nuri’s, a sign to diners keeps it simple: ‘Eat, Pay, Leave’.
This exotic beach destination is a hotspot for romantic escapes, favored by celebrities, such as Mila and Ashton, who took their first vacation as a couple here back in 2012. The Beckhams have also graced Bali with their presence on numerous occasions. Whether you’re looking to restore during a meditative retreat or disappear into beach club revelry, Bali has you covered. After a week of basking in the sun, visits to ancient temples, and eating the savory spiced cuisine, you will fall in love with this magical island, too. Abundant with oceanside villas, lush jungle terrain, colorful wildlife, and a pervading sense of spirituality, it’s a wondrous all-in-one destination unlike anywhere else.
Seminyak is the hub of hustle and bustle, made hip by an influx of expat Australians, perfect for jetsetters looking to browse endless boho boutiques (our favorite is Biasa) by day and ball out at famed nightclubs by night. This is your chance to up your resort-wear wardrobe, as party dresses are just as acceptable as board shorts. You can’t go wrong with a Marysia suit. The inland town of Ubud is the cultural center, filled with ancient temples, meditative healers, and endless shopping, a must stop on any trip. Here you can visit terraced rice paddies and majestic volcanoes (suggested styling is a DVF jumpsuit or Figue peasant top).
For quieter, luxury beaches, Nusa Dua is a stunning region of lush greenery on the south side of the island. Think glamourous, beachfront resort complexes, perfect for showing off your newest bikinis. Manggis is often referred to as “old Bali,” set in the lesser-traveled to East Bali, abundant with vast beaches, volcanoes and palaces that give this region a regal resonance. Don’t forget your yoga gear, as practice here is more a way of life than a work out.No matter where your travels take you, you’ll head home bronzed, rejuvenated, and as filled with new experiences as your suitcase is filled with shopping finds. The path to enlightenment is paved with clothes, after all….