Fernanda Casiraghi on Bali
Curious, energetic, insatiable. A pure Sagittarius, Fernanda is constantly on the move and has a relentless passion for travel. Among the many destinations explored, there’s one above all that has stolen her heart, Bali, now her second home. Living between the Asian island and Milan, Fernanda works in the travel and fashion industries, and is tirelessly searching for new challenges and experiences. Ask her to talk about her passions, and you’ll be infected by her incontrollable enthusiasm. Want to catch a glimpse of this? Read on for her carefully curated guide to the “Island of the Gods.”
Biku Bali This charming restaurant, a former antique store, is my absolute favorite place. Come here for lunch, dinner or to drink a cup of tea throughout the day. Their Balinese cuisine is excellent to say the least, with something extra special when it comes to desserts. ~Seminyak~
Sardine An elegant restaurant decorated with extreme care, facing a rice field. The incredible atmosphere and amazing food make this one of the best restaurants in Bali. I absolutely recommend booking it. ~Seminyak~
Kilo Bali For those of you who can’t give up on fusion cuisine and design environments, this is the perfect location! ~Seminyak~
Sambal Matah Excellent Indonesian and Asian food, with great value for money and a welcoming atmosphere. I really recommend trying their pork ribs, a local specialty! ~Ubud~
DRINK & PARTY
La Laguna Bali A beach bar and restaurant that’s impossible to forget! An open-air museum, with a gipsy-chic atmosphere and great care in every detail. Pro tip: try some of their delicious tapas and cocktails at sunset. ~Canggu~
El Kabron Spend an entire day at this "beach club" perched on a stunning cliff. It has a small but incredible infinity pool where you can enjoy the sunset, while sipping on a glass of champagne or good sangria. The food is also great! ~Uluwatu~
Single Fin What was once a simple wooden shack on a cliff at Blue Point beach, has now become one of the coolest spots. Go there to sip on a frozen “Bintang” beer at sunset, watch surfers ride spectacular waves and dance away at their DJ set. A reservation is absolutely necessary. ~Uluwatu~
Potato Head If you love beach parties in a club with a pool, bar and restaurant, this is the best spot in Seminyak! The coolest parties are thrown here with international DJs artist from all around the globe. ~Seminyak~
Fresh Fish on Jimbaran Beach - You can’t miss out on this experience. The daily catch of fresh fish and charming location (tiny restaurants next to one another with wooden tables and candles on the sand) create such an amazing atmosphere!
Jatiluwih Rice Fields - These rice terraces, protected by the UNESCO World Heritage, definitely deserve a visit. The extraordinary beauty of the area and the great cultural value of the traditional irrigation techniques, will leave you stunned!
Besakih Temple - Bali’s “mother temple” at the feet of the Agung volcano, is considered the most impressive of the island. The most important Hindu ceremonies are celebrated here, so if you get the chance, visit at this time!
Tanah Lot Temple - You’ll understand why this is the most popular among Bali’s temples once you admire its incredible location. You can’t actually walk into it, as it’s literally immersed in the ocean, but it still remains an essential stop!
Balinese Dances - You can’t come to the “Island of Gods” and not witness their dances with incredible costumes. It’s for sure the best way to take in this magical island’s traditions!
Rafting in Ubud - If you love some adventure, rafting on the river in Ubud is a great way to explore the forest and get yourself immersed in nature. You’ll have a blast!
Bali Pulina Coffee Plantation - It’s almost impossible not to run into a Luwak coffee plantation when exploring Bali. This coffee is known to be the most expensive in the world for its particular production process (the beans are ingested by a civet, the owl of palm trees). This plantation offers both tastings of various kinds of coffee and a marvelous view of the jungle.
Uluwatu Beaches - These marvelous beaches deserve a couple of days of exploring. The two I love the most? Nyang-Nyang is isolated and deserted, reached after a 20min hike. You’ll immediately forget the pain it took once you get there! The second is Sundays Beach Club. Accessed only by a small funicular, it has a restaurant and a bar. At sunset, big comfy cushions are placed around a bonfire. Truly amazing!
Kim Soo Out of the many incredible boutique shops in Seminyak, this absolutely deserves a visit, both for its great choice in products and cozy location (it has also a small café inside)! ~Seminyak~
Jalan Oberoi & Jalan Raya - It’s impossible not to wonder into the incredible boutiques lining these two streets in the center of Seminyak. Don’t miss Magali Pascal, one of my favorites. ~Seminyak~
Ubud Art Market - The popular artisan market in the centre of Ubud is the perfect place to find innumerable cotton and “batik” garments (traditional handmade fabric), wooden handicrafts and other typical souvenirs. You can’t go home without a Balinese “sarong”! ~Ubud~
Local Artisans - The villages of Tegallalang and Mas, in the vicinity of Ubud, have an infinite array of wood and stone carving shops. Go and observe the craftsmen that have been working according to tradition for the past generations. The same goes for the Kerobokan area, close to Seminyak. ~Tegallalang, Mas, Kerobokan~
The Colony Hotel Hidden in a small street near the beach, this delightful boutique hotel is one of my favorites. Its sophisticated atmosphere, special architecture and excellent service really stole my heart. ~Seminyak~
Blue Karma Ubud A jewel immersed in the green rice paddies. Their refined architecture, carefully arranged décor, and beautiful pool will win you over. If it’s available, I highly recommend a bungalow on two floors: just wonderful. ~Ubud~
Bambu Indah Resort It’s hard to explain how spectacular this jungle resort is in words! The rooms were once ancient houses, built more than 100 years ago, for the noble Javanese to give to their new young wives. A true design gem. ~Ubud~
Alila Uluwatu My absolute favorite luxury resort! Their extraordinary sustainable design is in total harmony with Bali’s vibe. It’s perched on a wonderful cliff in the southernmost coast of the Bukit Peninsula, a real paradise. ~Uluwatu~