Bali Life by: Bianca Bovell
The past month and a half has been a trip of a lifetime to say the least. I traveled half way across the world to the island of Java in Indonesia: the home for wood carvings and furniture manufacturing. I was on a mission to find a manufacturer who would be able to turn my designs and the pieces of my imagination into a reality for my new homeware line, Norbrook Home, which will be launching later this year. While in Indonesia, I learnt so much about myself and my business, how to deal with foreign companies and the art of negotiation. Finding my feet was difficult, but once I could stand and learn to walk in this new place, the hard steps were all so very worth it.
While the manufacturing companies spent a couple weeks making samples, I decided to head to the neighbouring island of Bali to see the other side of Indonesia. My sister and friend booked their flights and headed to join me on my touring. To make the most of our time, we decided to stay in three different areas of the island to cover as much ground as possible. First up was Jimbaran Bay which is in Southern Bali, away from the crowds and surf waves in Kuta, Jimbaran Beach stretched for miles lined with fish shacks and calm clear water along it’s shores. In two nights we covered a lot of ground – we visited the famous surf beach Padang Padang (also featured in the infamous Eat, Pray, Love that every girl can appreciate it). We also made it to the famous Rock Bar to watch a very insta-worthy Bali sunset. Stopping at the Sundara Hotel Bar for a night cap while looking over their amazing infinity pool while listening to live music – we walked along the bay back to our hotel with the moonlight shining above like we had never seen it. Guiltily, due more to jet-lag rather than productivity we awoke very early the following morning and spent the day at Finn’s Beach Club. To get down to the beach club we had to climb into a little tram that took us from the cliffs to the waters with monkeys swinging from the trees around us. It was almost a scene out of Jurassic Park, minus the dinosaurs, but you’d be surprised those little monkeys can be aggressive! After relaxing all day at Finn’s, we then took in the sights at Uluwatu Temple and watched the surfers catching their last waves at sunset while sipping cocktails at Single Fin’s Beach Bar.
We checked into our new hotel for the second part of our Bali tour and as we arrived, we already knew we wouldn’t want to leave. It was a dream when our expected garden two bedroom villa was unexpectedly upgraded to a private pool villa. Seminyak is known as more the hip and happening place in Bali, so naturally our first night there we hit the town. La Favela was a really cool spot of late dinner and drinks; and by ‘late dinner’, I mean a dinner that we almost didn’t have because despite being half way across the globe we were still Jamaicans and obviously late for our reservation! Sunday lunch at Sisterfields the next day was an awesome hipster spot that gave us the fuel necessary for the rest of the day spent shopping (and haggling) in the Seminyak Market.
Monday in Bali still meant I had a bit of work to deal with so I had to play catch up when I met the girls at Potato Head Beach Club. After the sunset, and a brief detour thanks to Becca’s terrible google maps skills we made it for dinner at Motel Mexicola – highly recommend for great Mexican food and a cool vibe. Our last day in Seminyak was spent soaking up the sun at the Azul Beach Club and then driving to see the Tanah Lot Temple.
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