On the road again and I’m feelin fine! There’s something so cleansing and exciting about going somewhere new. It’s a feast for the senses and something that I welcome with open arms. My destination – Nusa Lembongan – a quaint little island off the south-east coast of Bali. Nusa Lembongan is a surfers and divers dream. Crystal clear turquoise water, laid back vibe and an abundance of sea life. Although the island is becoming popular with tourists it is still relatively untouched. It has kept it’s Balinese hospitality and charm, but still has an adequate range of accommodation and eateries.
What to do?
Hire a scooter and take a ride around the island and neighbouring island Nusa Ceningan. You wont be disappointed. There are hidden beaches, spectacular vistas and adventures to be had at every turn. And the good thing? It’s tough to get lost. So ditch the maps, be spontaneous and you’ll be amazed at what you find.
Snorkel or scuba dive. Words and pictures cannot do what is under the water any justice. But I’ll just leave this here anyway…
Where to eat?
For healthy, sustainable and vegetarian eats and drinks, you can’t go past Bali Eco Deli. They reward plastic bottle recyclers with 10% off the bill and everything is sourced locally. Some of my favourites from the menu include:
– Morning dates packed smoothie
– Banana bread
– Purple boost smoothie
– Cucumber mint chiller
If you’re looking for fabulous service, a great view, and an extensive food and wine menu all conveniently situated next to an infinity pool then you can’t go past The Deck. Just click the link then click your ruby heels 3 times repeating the phrase “there’s no place like home” and if you’re lucky you’ll get transported to laid back luxury heaven.
Another beach side alternative is Hai Tide in Mushroom Bay. Think white sand, cool breeze, cocktails, open air cinema and scrumptious pizza. Their local delicacies are also worth a mention (especially the Soto Ayam). They also have Bintang beer on tap if you are that way inclined!
Where to relax?
Sandy Bay Beach Club – kick back by the pool, lounge on the the beach, order a cocktail, read a book and hey presto your day is done! You can also stop by their shop ‘The Walking Tree’ to pick up some new threads, homewares and international wines and cheeses.
Where to yoga?
The Yoga Shack is the place to go! The octagonal open-air bamboo yoga shala is simply stunning. Classes cost 100,000 rph and are suited to all levels. Styles include hatha, vinyasa and yin. All equipment is provided. And the owner used to teach and H20 Yoga and Meditation so you know you’re going to get quality teachers.
Though there are plenty of things to do in Nusa Lembongan, my suggestion is to soak up the island lifestyle and JUST RELAX. Enjoy the slow pace, the smell of the sea, and being in nature. And if Nusa Lembongan isn’t quite the place to do it, come and visit me on Gili Air on the 30th of April for my ‘Rest and Renew‘ workshop.
My next stop, Amed!