MY OWN PRIVATE … BALI

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MY OWN PRIVATE … BALI
Image Credit: COMO Uma Canggu

Tripping this Easter or dreaming of a getaway? Aussie designer Rebecca Johnson from The GlamSwag spills on her favourite hermit-crab hideaway.

Where do you stay?

The Legian Bali. My husband and I honeymooned here in 1997 when it was brand new and surrounded by rice paddies. There are no rice paddies now, but it is still the most tranquil hotel in Seminyak. The rooms are huge, the staff are amazing, and the views are to-die-for. It always smells of tuberose - my favourite scent in the world. The pool bar is the place to be at sunset when they serve the best French rosé and incredible raw tuna that has been marinated using the Japanese method. 

What do you wear?

I have just returned and it was super-hot so I lived in my Xirena Channing button down shirts teamed with my favourite Current Elliot denim skirt, Xirena Drue dress, Isabel Marant ruffled minis, Caravana kaftans, and floral dresses by Faithfull The Brand and Rixo London that I styled with Birkenstocks and studded sandals by Isabel Marant. Poolside, I wore bikinis and one pieces by Marysia, my favourite bucket hat from Lack of Colour, P.E Nation Bumbag and Lucy Folk jewellery.  

Favourite place to look for cool home décor?

Kim Soo in Seminyak for candles from Duft and Chandelle, fab silk camis and dresses and gorgeous linens.  In Canggu, check out Suswar Home for vintage batik cushions backed with velvet; FOMO for jewellery, and Cove Island Essentials for clothes and my new  favourite ceramic brand “Cisco and the Sun”. It is designed by the owner of The Slow which is a fabulous new resort next to old Mans in Batu Balong and my second favourite place to stay.

Best breakfast?

My go-to is definitely the chia bowl at Sea Circus served with rosella and cashew granola topped with chia pudding, coconut yoghurt, strawberries, blueberries and banana. I also love Cafe Bali in Eat Street for its stunning food, service and interior. An oldie but goodie.

Dinner go-to?

For somewhere special I like MÉTIS. It is exquisite and elegant and looks over rice paddies and a lush tropical garden. The menu is based on classic French cuisine with a Mediterranean twist.  

Where do you find great coffee?

Kim Soo Café does great coffee and the yummiest homemade cakes. It’s an experience.

Best bar?

Ku de Ta on the beach or The Legian for breathtaking views and a quiet drink. I love Finns Beach Club for a cocktail and a massage on the beach. 

Image Credit: Salty Wings

One thing you have to do in Bali?

Spend a day at Nusa Lembongan, an island located southeast of Bali. The water is crystal clear and its great for surfing, snorkelling and swimming with the manta rays. Watch the sunset at The Deck Café and Bar. It’s incredible. 

Best spot to laze, graze and sip. All Day.

The new Como Beach Club in Canggu is fantastic. Great cocktails, beautiful panoramas of the surf and sunset, orginal DJ sets and amazing food.

Best place to take the kids while you chill?

Mrs Sippy Bali is one big pool party with Bali’s largest salt water pool. It’s fun for everyone.