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Where does it all begin?

Oh, sweet Bali.

The island that gives me so much love, inspiration, and happiness. The island that I found myself on. The island, where I experienced the best and worst days of my life. This island, that helped me become who I am today.

Let me tell you about an amazing experience I had.

Let’s jump back to December 2017. My 5th time in Bali, don’t get me wrong, every time I travel to Bali I stay up 1-2 months (so all together I’ve stayed 6 – 8 months on this island). This island has already become a “home” to me, not that I’d ever settled down in an apartment here! Our days are mostly spent by getting from place to place with a small scooter and 2 big backpacks (plus a bunch of other stuff). I must admit that we look pretty hilarious when we’re driving on our small scooter on the island! 😀

One day we even took a cab! It felt so luxurious! We truly felt like royalty being driven around by someone else! It was an amazing break from the scooter and 30kg backpacks.

We headed to Northen Bali and into the jungle. Everything here is really untouched and not spoiled by masses of tourists, mostly locals live here. This looked promising. The hotel we stayed in is called Munduk Moding Plantation, where we spent 2 lovely nights. The picture below shows the most magnificent infinity pool I’ve seen and the view is out of this world, such a unique pool.

(Kuva altaasta).

Munduk Moding Plantation has an actual plantation next to them that produces coffee, both for the hotel and for sale! We had an incredible first-hand experience where we got to see how coffee is made. And then we, of course, got to taste the freshly made coffee, it was less than a minute old! Honestly the best cup of coffee I’ve ever had…

The lady, who made the coffee for us, allowed me to take a part in the producing process. I got to try everything from roasting the coffee beans to grounding it to actual coffee. The way they drink coffee in Bali is a bit different from the usual. You start by adding the ground coffee to the cup and then just pour the hot water on top, it’s more like instant coffee, but the best instant coffee you can imagine! Coffee is definitely one thing you should bring home from Bali. You’ll find plenty of plantations in Munduk, so grab a few bags on your way home.

The pictures  demonstrate the process of making the Balinese coffee, just swipe and the next one will show:

(Kuva, swipe feature).

Munduk Moding Plantation is located in the heart of Northen Bali, those who follow me on Instagram (@bellamarias) may have seen the breathtaking pictures of waterfalls, beautiful temples and the Instagrammable nature in Bali. Many of those places are actually close to Munduk! My top 4 places you should visit are: Sekumpul Waterfall, Banyumala Waterfall, Pura Ulun Danun temple (the floating temple) and Git-Git Waterfall. You can read about them and other things my Northen Bali activity guide over *here*.

Later on, we got to experience horseback riding in the jungle with the Sumbawa pony! They are so SMALL! So if you are nervous or afraid of horses/ponies, maybe you’d be brave enough to give this one a chance? Totally worth it. I am an experienced rider, so a more adventurous ride would have been better for us. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to go for a ride like that, the slow one was nice too though! Rides that are longer take you deeper into the jungle and to the amazing waterfalls hidden there, the ride lasts for about a day. I have to try it out next time!

During sunset, we had some dinner by the incredible infinity pool I told you about. It’s a quiet evening, we can only hear the sound of the jungle we’re surrounded by, and a few grasshoppers (haha). We were given menus and I’m so happy to notice that they offer a lot of vegan food options. I had some (nimi ruuasta tarkista) and a glass of wine. My boyfriend and I are watching the beautiful sunset from the pool, saying goodbye to another lovely day in Bali.

Just another beautiful day of million amazing days on this island…

If you are keen to know more about Bali you can read the following posts I made of Bali:

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Thank you Munduk Moding Plantation for hosting us a memorable stay, with great hospitality and tasty vegan food. We are happy to come back anytime soon!

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Theanna Eco Villa & Spa

 

We arrived to the lovely Canggu for the weekend from Ubud. We came to this beautiful and unique place called Theanna Eco Villa and Spa, which is on a great location in Canggu. Old Man’s beach and Echo Beach were just a couple of minutes away by car, all the best restaurants and bars where close by, for example, Cafe Organic, The Shady Shack, Deus Ex Machina, Milk and Madu and Betenut Cafe! I’ll write a separate foodie guide for Bali in the near future, featuring a few of the examples above!

We had our own beautiful villa, which was part of the Theanna Eco Villa and Spa. Ours had a Japanese design and interior, the staff told us that every villa has its own unique design – and we couldn’t be happier about the design we got! The villas include your own private pool, bathtub, kitchen and garden, all just for your private use. It’s like an own little cosy home in Bali!

In case you get bored in your own private pool (I mean, I could have stayed the whole day… it was literally office goals for me), you should check out the main infinity pool (for all guests) by the Loop Pool bar. Enjoy the view, drink cold coconut water and enjoy life. What I liked most in the villa was the simplicity. Everything from the design and structure was simple yet beautiful, it made my body and soul feel rested. For me, who travels and works all the time, this place gave me the best possible energy boost and mindset to both work and relax. If you are in need of true relaxation, they offer various luxurious spa treatments, including massages and beauty treatments like manicures and pedicures.

On top of all wonderful things, we got a surprise in the morning! The wonderful staff surprised us with a floating breakfast! We got to choose from various healthy meals and everything was set up in the morning when we woke up – we even got it exactly when we wanted it.

I really enjoyed our short stay over at Theanna Eco Villa and Spa. I got to re-charge my batteries and felt really energised and relaxed afterwards. Everything had the “go with the flow” vibe, which I really like about the accommodation. My energy was focused on getting work done and not having to stress about anything. You absolutely have to visit this place if you’re visiting Canggu!

You can visit Theanna Eco Villa & Spa own website to book your own holiday in Canggu, where relaxation and a stress-free zone is guaranteed!

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JUNGLE ROOM BALI

Oh lovely Bali – the place I always return back to. Sometimes, I daydream about having my own little place over here – that would be my ultimate life goal atm. My first week started in Canggu – I would say that it’s kind of a surfer/hip village in my opinion. Canggu has that special kind of vibe – it has these iconic beautiful fields and the famous Echo Beach, this is the place where artists will come to satisfy their need for some true inspiration. The town is filled with lovely bohemian coffee shops, yoga studios and vintage boutiques, it’s like the opposite of the Kuta Beach, where tourist usually go when they visit Bali.

I stayed in this lovely villa called “Summer House”, which is part of the Jungle Room Bali Villas. It’s a small cosy hideaway place in the middle of the jungle. They all have a unique design, built from Sumatran woods and have a Sumatran design. You will find your inner child over here – My villa got this cute swing and a ladder! Outside you have a big pool, skateboards, frisbees, a yoga studio and everything you could imagine. It was like straight out of the jungle book movie. The Villa is located in a peaceful area of Canggu, in a very quiet area where all you can hear is the sound of the grasshoppers during the night.

The Villa has everything you could imagine – you literally don’t have to go anywhere from here to do things. I loved the Juice Bar they had to offer, they had a lot to choose from and as a vegan/healthy person, they had a lot of great choices for me. Gluten-free pancakes, avocado toast, smoothies, quinoa salad just for a few options… yum! I think a big reason why I like Bali so much is because they have a lot of fruit and delicious foods over there. PLUS speaking of food – I have to recommend you try cold coconuts with lime and ice! – You will thank me later 😉

You can book your own tropical hideaway by visiting their website http://jungleroombali.com/

*In collaboration with Jungle Room Bali