Wandering: My Island Home
Our darling friend Lucette Romy gave us a quick peek into her adventures in Bali, shared some of her favourite spots and tells us just what it is about the place that keeps her coming back!
The last four years have been spent chasing the warmth of the summer sun on my skin. Australia and back to Bali year after year.. I’ve formed friendships like family and found my little island home.
Weeks go by without knowing what day it is as each blurs into the other, working, exploring, laughing and eating an abundance of delicious foods. I am lucky enough to find myself living in the Canggu area, 20 mins out of Seminyak where the community has really started to flourish and expand.
This is a little peek into some of the things I do week in week out, when I’m not working and even when I am.. in tropical paradise.
Some of my favourite cafes are just a 5 minute drive from my villa and I don’t know what I would do without them..
Vegan paradise.. Everything on the menu is completely vegan, I find myself here on the daily. Peloton was created by some beautiful friends of mine, passionate about health, fitness and plant foods. They combine their love of plant foods with exercise, doubling up as a cyclist shop for anyone wanting to get around town without a motor.
The regular order: Plant Powered with gluten free toast and a side of pumpkin or mushrooms with a delicious Pump Me Up green juice or Cool Breeze smoothie.
The Shady Shack
Beneath the trees and little huts, this little spot is the vegetarian sister to Betelnut cafe just across the rice fields.
The regular order: The Nori Bowl and a Kale Storm smoothie.
Lucette wears Bandit Pants
This intimate little spot has been a favourite of mine for years. Vegetarian thai food for all to enjoy.
It is really quite hard to pick a fav off the menu though I would definitely recommend: The Green Curry with red rice, Chinese Greens with vegetarian oyster sauce and of course… The Larb. You are in for one amazing dinner spread!
I still love to cook and prepare a lot of my own meals at my villa. There are plenty of great local markets in my area which are on daily, though every Sunday I love to visit Samadi Bali. On any other day of the week Samadi is a yoga studio and cafe, but on Sunday’s the garden transforms into a 100% organic farmers market with local produce, kombucha, clothing, skincare and homewares. It’s incredible and the quality of the produce and items are fantastic, it is definitely a haven for a lot of the expat community to get some of the items that may not be available at other shops or local markets!
The most well known waterfall to Canggu is about 2 hours drive and is in the Bedugul region known as Git Git. We took a little trip there up the windy roads and into the mountains as the rain set in, unfortunately we lost our way in the maze of paths to Git Git but fortunately for us.. we found a different waterfall and my oh my was it beautiful. If you’re brave enough and the water isn’t cascading too rapidly, you can actually swim up behind the waterfall and climb up the rocks to find a small cave. The three tier waterfall was definitely worth getting lost for!
Lucette wears the Canyon Skirt
A 20 minute drive from the centre of Ubud will find you at Fivelements retreat. Hidden in the trees along the river. If there is one place to go and relax.. this is it. The spa, the restaurant, the rooms and the staff all with a divine energy and tranquil nature. I spent the day here exploring slowly, enjoying everything and being pampered by the river with a white kaolin and green tea matcha body clay wrap that was as heavenly as my surroundings.
If you’re a resident of the East Coast of Australia, you will know that it is near impossible to watch the sun set over the ocean.. this is simply geography. Head down to Echo Beach at Canggu, find yourself a coconut and somewhere to sit and watch as the sky lights up.. Pastel Pinks and golden hues lighting the sky and saying farewell to another blissful balmy Bali day.
I spent a few days staying at the lovely JungleRoom Bali to get away and be immersed a little more in nature.. Just a quick 10 minute drive from my own villa, it was such bliss to feel like I was on a mini holiday but still able to get the work done I needed to in town. Surrounded by untouched jungle, the owners had several tradition wooden joglos sent in and set up on the property as well as two incredible antique, traditional Sumatran Karo houses. I couldn’t believe how calming it was to immediately be able to escape yet be so close to the hustle and bustle of town! JungleRoom really has it all, with a beautiful yoga studio set up in the trees, classes run nearly every morning and a gorgeous kitchen with complimentary breakfast for the guests, chia puddings or scrambled tofu.. Can I stay forever?