Hi! my name is Stella (@stellagodwin) and I am a mixed Swedish and Indonesian woman living in Bali. I moved here when I was about six years old and basically grew up here. I work in a co-living and co-working company called Outpost and we have three different locations at the moment around Bali, and soon opening one in Cambodia and Thailand. Being mixed cultured myself I have fallen in love with the culture here because of all the different things that the Balinese believe and do.I have always been amazed at all the different vibrant colours that they wear and all the offerings they need to prepare for any kind of ceremony. And the people are all very kindhearted and always have the biggest smile on their faces.
What is a typical breakfast and where would you go?
Well it depends what you want, you could either have Indonesian food for breakfast or the classic American breakfast. I personally like western breakfast and would go to BAKED as I think the place is aesthetically pleasing and the food is great. They are also very well known for their fresh made sourdough and pastries!
Where is your favourite place to grab lunch?
Hmmm, my favourite place to grab lunch would be Milu. You can find me there any day at around lunch time. I like this place because the atmosphere of the restaurant just feels like home and all the staff are very welcoming and friendly. There is a big selection of food, from Indonesian to western so it’s easy to choose depending on what you feel like on that day 🙂
What is the ideal afternoon activity in an Island like Bali?
The ideal afternoon activity here would be walking on the beach to catch a great sunset or if you are a surfer I guess catching some waves in Berawa, Batu Bolong, or Echo beach. Or if you are too lazy to go on that walk just grabbing a beer in one of the beach shacks with some of your friends and watching the beautiful sunset is always a good idea.
Where are the best places for dinner?
In the evening I usually find myself having dinner in one of my favourite restaurants like Milk and Madu and La Casetta with a bunch of my friends or having a couple of drinks. Once that is done I usually go home. But if I am not in any restaurants then I am definitely on my bike cruising and on the hunt for the best ice cream 🙂
In a busy city like Bali is there anywhere to chill?
Because Bali isn’t really a city there are loads of places where you can go to just chill. Although in the centre, and even Canggu, it can be a little hectic with the parties and all the different events happening at once. You can always find a place by the beach or even go to Ubud where it’s more on the hippie side to just chill and relax.
What is there to do for something fun and different?
There is a lot of things that tourists would want to do when they go to Bali, let me name some that are on the top of my head:
- Take surfing lessons in the infamous Double Six beach or even Batu Bolong.
- Go and climb Mount Batur which is a volcano on this island and see the sunrise from up there.
- Go on the Campuhan Ridge walk in Ubud,
- Go chasing waterfalls, because we have a lot of beautiful hidden waterfalls here.
- Visit the hot springs in the north of Bali.
- Visit all the big temples here, one of them being Tanah Lot.
Where is the best area to stay/sleep for young travellers?
The top four places that young people always tend to go too are Seminya, Ubud, Canggu, or Uluwatu. But it really depends on what you want to do when you get to Bali. Canggu is more of a hectic area where you can surf and also party on other days. There is always something happening and you will never be bored. Seminyak is closer to where all the department stores are and all the cute little cafes that you can only access by walking. Ubud is a little more on the relaxing side, if you want to see some monkeys or even learn to be a yoga teacher that’s the place you should go! And Uluwatu is for all the surfers that want to catch pumping waves.
You should check out Outpost as they have places to stay in Ubud and Canggu and even have a coworking spot you can work from on the serious days 😉 They also do events and activities around Bali!
What season would you recommend visiting?
I would recommend coming and visiting in the summer! Which is from April to August when there’s good weather but it’s not too hot. As Bali is a tropical island it can be very hot and humid here.
Is Bali best for a family holiday/friends holiday or a couple holiday?
Bali can be for everyone. There are so many things you can do here that will include everyone from little kids to your grandparents. It’s never a boring place to visit for a holiday. As they say, Bali is the island of the Gods 😉