Locals: Naomi and Elena, Bali
Bali. The travel experience which can’t quite be explained in a neat little package. The “Island of the Gods” can be as much a spiritual and cultural experience, as it can be the place to let your hair down. The kind of place where you can choose to visit an ancient temple and fill your soul with all the good vibes it desires or to dance the night away in a trendsetting cocktail bar, or both! Whatever your heart desires, Bali delivers – and some. When it comes to RnR, Bali can be as much ‘Rest and Relaxation’ as it can be ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll baby! The very reason two clever trendsetters came together to bring you The Dose Bali, a spa treatment which will cater to all your Bali travel needs. Whether you are there to cure a hangover or for an anti-aging detox, this IV-Treatment based therapy haunt captures the two extremes of an Island which offers it all.
Ahead of our own trip to Bali, we simply had to spend time with company founders Naomi and Elena, because if anyone was going to talk us through doing Bali right it would be the girls that have made this oasis their personal playground.
Name: Naomi and Elena
Occupation: Co-founders of The Dose Bali
Currently living: Bali
We have lived here: for around 2 years now
We moved here because… I (Elena) loved it and wanted to base myself on the island. Naomi’s job in digital marketing allowed it so why not!
Career highlight here: Probably when our patients give us positive feedback, we’re genuinely thrilled when we’ve helped make someone feel better
Hidden gems: Nusa Lembongan is only a 20-minute boat ride from Sanur and has beautiful blue water and great diving nearby. We also love Bingin beach, stay in one of the boutique hotels along the cliff top and watch the surfers as the sun goes down
Must visit: Getting out of south Bali and going to a waterfall (there are heaps) and a temple (also heaps but Gunung Kawi is one of our favourites, it’s carved from the rock and is not usually too crowded) is a nice way to see a bit more of the island
For an authentic Indonesian meal: Warung Sobat is an expat favourite for a cheap and cheerful meal. For high-end Indonesian, Sarong is hard to beat
For fine dining: We are completely spoiled for choice with all the amazing food around. Mama San is one of our favourites for Asian food and cocktails. Sardine is the place to go for seafood (and an artfully lit rice paddy view). Sangsaka is a newer restaurant on the scene here; the food is outstanding and would easily compete with the best of Melbourne or Sydney.
Best night out: When we have friends in town this is a failsafe fun night. Start with tacos and drinks at Sea Circus then carry on for some margaritas at nearby Motel Mexicola, around 11 or 12 head over to La Favela (a 10-minute walk or quick taxi) to hit up the dance floor in one of the coolest bar settings around (think: derelict Amazonian mansion vibes)
For dinner with a view: La Lucciola is right on the beach so you can watch the sunset over a drink then have an Italian meal. Barbicoa and Metis both have lovely gardens/rice paddy lookouts
For the best kind of drinks, visit: It’s hard to go wrong with the cocktails at Ku De Ta, their bartenders know what they’re doing
Happy hour must visit: Old Man’s up in Canggu has a one-hour happy hour from 5-6pm with two for one drinks. Watching the sun go down and the surfers come in over a few frosty daiquiris is a great start to a night
Neighbourhood everyone must visit: If we have friends staying in Seminyak we always tell them to spend a day up in Canggu since that area has such a different feeling
To hang with the locals, visit: Denpasar or your local warung (café)
Best place to stay: In Seminyak the new Alila hotel is beautifully done and in a perfect location (the beach on one side, restaurants and cafes to the other). For villas, TheLayar, One Eleven and Chandra are all stunning. A bit further afield, we love Komune hotel in Keramas: surfing, yoga and a beach club, this place is a perfect escape.
Best place to shop: To find furniture, homewares and handicrafts Kerobokan’s Kunti II and surrounding streets is the place to go. For clothes, walk along Seminyak’s main street Kaya Ayu, you’ll find everything from Natasha and Magali Pascal to basics labels
To treat yourself, beauty wise, visit: The one-hour reflexology massage at Cosy Spaon Batu Belig is a favourite, it’s quiet and peaceful and you get to choose your own music. Lemon Nails is a new little Canggu spa that feels very Diana Vreeland-glam. Plus you can get a fresh juice while you get a pedicure!
Must try when in Bali: Balinese massage, corn on the beach, a sunset coconut, a cream bath (like a head massage with conditioner), nasi campur (kind of a mixed plate of local dishes).
For the best sunset, visit: We love the laid back vibe at 707 beach bar at the end of Batu Belig. Single Fin (down in Uluwatu) also has an epic sunset view
Bali in 3 words: Rice fields, traffic, smoothie bowls (we’re cheating and using five)