world: Byron Bay, Bali, Noosa, Portugal, Morocco and Sri Lanka. Hall’s road to the blissful beach life started seven years ago, working in fashion marketing and really needing a break. Heading to the Ubud hills of Bali, indulging in yoga, ayurveda spa therapy and healthy foods, the ‘monkey chatter’ in her mind fell away. “Over breakfast after a yoga session one morning I realised I was happy – it was a harsh wake-up call, as I hadn’t been happy for a long time.”
- Bali has been famous for fabulous ever since Charlie Chaplin came here to party with Noël Coward in the 1920s. These days Kuta beach is full of Aussies called Macca wearing terrifying budgie smugglers, so Seminyak, on the coast to the west of the capital, is the place to go. A magnet for creative people, many of the world’s best designers are based here and the stores are filled with bargains. Bring your credit card and be prepared to max it.
- The Seminyak bar and restaurant scene has gone stratospheric. Parties at the iconic Ku De Ta are the stuff of legend: highlights including the Underwater Wonderland Bikini Party and White Party. The 12-course tasting menu featuring coral trout ceviche, foie gras and Jimbaran seafood stew at the upstairs restaurant, Mejekawi, is heaven. Can’t be doing with dress codes? The place to be seen in your bikini is Potato Head, with its swim-up bar.
- Bali is a raw foodie paradise, home to a fantastic variety of guilt-, sugar- and dairy-free fare, the best being found at Divine Earth, where the raw desserts will have you drooling.
- Traffic in Bali goes completely nuts from 5pm, as tourists seek a sunset view. Get to La Plancha in Seminyak early, and watch surfing films while sitting in oversized beanbags until it’s ‘Ahhhh’ time.