Category Top Five Picks

Top picks by Zissou | Inspired Bali

1. Waking up to the sunrise at Bonzu, my thatch and bamboo art/ design/home overlooking Mount Agung and the Ayung River.

2. Surfing Tugu (Batu bolong, Canggu) at sunrise ( or sunset ) with my mates, then breakfast at Canteen.

3. Hiding away in the Bukit for the weekend–check out Warung Indah at Balangan Beach.

4. Tuesdays are art-house movie nights at Petitenget Restaurant, Jl Petitenget, Seminyak.

5. Monthly ‘Disko Afrika’ beach parties–best tunes, best crew in Bali–music from Afro-beat to funk and hip hop.

Zissou, London is an artist and designer with a background in technology and a foreground in sustainability. And yes, his real name is Zissou.

Top picks by Alex Malinsky | Inspired Bali

1. To keep me in a peak state, I get a minimum of two massages a week. I either go for a soft soothing touch, or firm reflexology at Sedona Spa (Jl Raya Campuhan-close to Bintang in Ubud) or Kush (Yoga Barn).

2. Grazing on delicious greens and healthy meals at amazing restaurants gives me endless pleasure. My favorite spots in Ubud include the clean and organic Down to Earth (Jalan Goutama) or the more affordable Dayu’s Warung (Jl Sugriwa, 28) .

3. I like to often times jam out after-hours at Soma with friends, listening to Johnny beat the drums while sipping on a warm spiced ojas builder.

4. Swimming in the rivers and holy spring water pools of The Royal Pita Maha (Jalan Raya Desa Mas, Gianyar) a luxurious retreat centre 30 minutes from Ubud.

5. I dance anywhere I can get to. Friday nights and Sunday mornings at The Yoga Barn in Ubud are two wonderful opportunities I try never to miss.

Top picks by Sook Fun Chen | Inspired Bali


Sook Fun Chen

  1. Chinamoon on Monkey Forest Road has authentic Taiwanese noodles and a must try banana red bean yogurt.
  2. Spending half a day at Swasti Eco Cottage in Nyuh Kuning for organic meals, swimming in natural salt water pool and visiting farm animals. It has a beautiful vegetable garden.
  3. Daily coconut water at fruit stall on Jl. Raya Nyuh Kuning. Variety of seasonal fruits and Ibu Badung knows and can tell you lots about her produce.
  4. Great “getaway” at Hotel Harris Jimbaran. Wonderful staff and breakfast is amazing. Incredible value for money.
  5. Sang Spa 2 on Jl. Jembawan, Ubud has great rooms and ambiance. Love their fresh fruit snack.

Sook Fun is a Pilates teacher and owner of Movement Matters.

Top picks by Emily Kuser | Inspired Bali

Emily Kuser has been involved in a ridiculous amount of fun and weirdness over her five years in Bali. She teaches yoga at Yoga Barn.

  1. 5:00 a.m. solo motor bike rides north to Kintamani – the place to go for mindblowing volcano and sunrise views. Follow up with a walk along the Batur Lake lookout trail with the voodoo temple.
  2. AWESOME twenty minute Denpasar airport reflexology session at Nu Prasada Reflexology, next to Terminal 7 – best with Junie (or any of those kids). There are times I just get to the airport too early, ya know?
  3. One hour from Ubud, splashing around in the Air Panas Sengeri (hot springs)accompanied by radical views, amazing fresh bread and delicious soups at Village Above the Clouds in Munduk Andong.
  4. Surprise “ooohey goooey” visits to my fiancée at Hubud, Ubud’s very cool co-working space.
  5. Sunset tea and wine dates with old friends (and new) at our home on Sayan ridge. The view? Let’s just say I can see dinosaurs roaming.

Top picks by Brenda Ferreira

Brenda Ferreira is a multi-talented artist, dancer and counselor who resides in Ubud. She lives by her motto “ Live from the inside out. Do the next indicated step and trust your instincts.

1. I love Tirta Tempul, the water purification temple. Bring your own offerings and make your way under the fountains, releasing all forms of negativity….come away washed clean in the spirit.

2. Go to White Sand beach north of Candidasa for a great get away day! Blue water, white sand and young coconuts.

3. Go to Milano Salon in Ubud and get a mani/pedi and a back rub or head massage all at the same time. Decadent!

4. For Artists…buy gorgeous handmade paper in a full range of colors at the shop next to Tutmak on the Football field on it’s on Jalan Dewi Sita.

5. For a real Italian meal go to Black Beach in Ubud. Try the gnocchi…the gorgonzola sauce is amazing and the red sauce is the real stuff.

Top picks by Inspired Bali

  1. Kundalini yoga class with Daphna, then sip one of the most artistically presented coconuts in the world. All this and more at Desa Seni (Jl. Subak Sari,13. Canggu).
  2. Head north for some mind blowing snorkeling at Menjangan Island then rest your head at Mimpi Resort in Pemuteran.
  3. Meet up on the first of each month for the Big Ubud Clean Up. Find it on Facebook.
  4. Our team loves coffee so we meet-up and brainstorm at Anomali (Jl. Raya, 88 in Ubud).
  5.  Dancewalking, anywhere, anytime.

Top five picks by Jason Andries


1. Water purification at Sebatu. Cleansed and purified in the heart of the jungle, surrounded by the gods and nature spirits.

2. Best carrot cake on the island is at Ruth’s American Desserts. Cream cheese icing that tastes like marshmallows.

3. Walking in Batur valley. Just park you  bike somewhere and start walking. Bring sunscreen and hiking boots. Magnificent volcanic terrain equals happy adventures.

4. Japanese warung KZU, Seminyak. Quick, easy, great expat vibe and the lasagne bechamel sauce is heavenly.

5. Snorkeling of Nusa Penida. Crstal clear water, intimidating island cliffs. untouched seabed and a kaleidescopic explosion of marine life.

Justin Andries is a spiritual and life coach, inspirational speaker and adventure seeker. Always armed with a smile and a few words of conscious expansion.